• If you’re going to Vienna for a weekend, let us give you a good piece of advice: rent Manuela and Monika’s magnificent apartment located on Graf Starhemberg Grasse, which is walking distance to the main train station Wien Hauptbahnhof.

    Manuela and Monika have two beautiful apartments in the building: a one-bedroom on the first floor and a two-bedrooms on the fourth floor.

    We rented the one-bedroom on the first floor which has a very nice terrace. The apartment is very well equipped, light, superbly designed, furnished and spotless clean

    Manuela and Monika have paid attention to every tiny detail for the comfort of their guests: Vienna guides in English, French, Spanish and German, a few well-selected books/novels, wi-fi connection, cable TV with the main international channels, a very nice kitchen with Nespresso coffee machine, a supply of capsules and a variety of other supplies like small wine bottles, tea bags in the kitchen; plus a hair-dryer, toothbrush/toothpaste, body lotion and skin care cream in the bathroom.

    They also have a small corner near the entrance where guests can find umbrellas on the way out or take off their shoes and coats before proceeding into the rest of the apartment. They even have scooters in case you feel like discovering the city in a more sporty style!

    It was probably the best and the most beautiful apartment we have rented so far for a weekend.



    Monika GRÛNEIS (+4369910262158)

    Manuela K. FISHER (+436643430958)


    Graf-StarHemberg-Gasse 17/4

    A-1040 Wien




    Manuel & Monika Vienna's Apartment

    Manuel & Monika Vienna's Apartment

    Manuel & Monika Vienna's Apartment

    Manuel & Monika Vienna's Apartment

    Manuel & Monika Vienna's Apartment

    Manuel & Monika Vienna's Apartment




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  • Opt for Hotel Paris Off Seine, the first floating hotel on the Seine river in Paris, if you want to spend a few nights in a cozy atmosphere by the river with a trendy setting and a beautiful view of the Austerlitz train station and its dock.

    The hotel has 54 rooms and 4 suites, a nice bar for cocktails with an incredible view, a restaurant where you can have tapas or a nice brunch on the weekend looking at the heated pool.

    The hotel is perfectly conceived and designed by the architect Gérard Ronzatti.

    It’s a perfect setting for a romantic weekend or just for a night out for fun or out-of-the-ordinary, the standard rooms are 15 square meters and the suite 28 square meters, all the rooms are extremely comfortable and well isolated from the environment outside.

    Prices are reasonable for a city like Paris; the standard rooms are priced between 120 Euros and 122 Euros (taxes included) and the suites are for 232 Euros.

    The staff at the reception was very nice and welcoming; the atmosphere was relaxed and serene.

    A good tip from us, if you take a cab to come to the hotel, you should tell the driver to stop in front of the train station Austerlitz on the number 5 of Quai Austerlit.


    OFF Paris Seine

    20-22 Quai Austerlitz

    75013 Paris

    Tel : +33144066265

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  • Lucia Soria is a talented Argentinian chef working in her restaurant Jacinto in Montevideo, Uruguay.

    Before opening her own restaurant in 2012, she used to work for the famous Argentinian chef, Francis Mallmann. It was he who brought her to Uruguay in the first place.

    Now, she’s on her own at Jacinto, where she puts into practice her years of experience in order to offer to Uruguayans locavore food with a creative twist that they did not use to taste before.

    Jacinto is located in the Cuidad Vieja in Montevideo; the restaurant is beautifully designed in an old historic building.

    The lunch menu offers at least six starters, six main dishes and six or seven desserts depending on the day.

    It is rare in Uruguayan restaurants, but it has to be noticed that Jacinto makes its own bread. Most of the ingredients and groceries are organic and locally produced and supplied. Her cooking is fresh, generous and delicious.

    The wine list is dominated – and rightly so -- by local wines with a few selections from Argentina and Chile.

    The service is kind and efficient for Uruguay which, we noticed, is generally very slow.

    Jacinto is a good place to have lunch while you are in Montevideo, the restaurant is open from Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday for lunch and dinner.


    SarandiI calle & Alzaibar calle 

    +598 2915 2731


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  • Notre meilleur souvenir en Uruguay fut notre séjour à la Finca Piedra, une estancia privilégiant l'écotourisme qui permet d'entrevoir la vie de la campagne uruguayenne.

    La Finca Piedra est située en plein cœur du département de San José à 125 KM de Montevideo, elle est tenue par une française, Sandrine Van Kerckhoven. Son domaine est magnifique avec une réserve d'animaux plus ou moins exotiques : autruches, poules, paons, capybaras, chèvres et vaches. La finca possède aussi des chevaux magnifiques pour faire des ballades équestres.

    Si vous êtes en quête de repos comme nous, c'est l'endroit idéal pour se ressourcer. Pas besoin de quitter l'endroit, vous pouvez trouver votre bonheur sur place car le séjour en pension complète comprend le petit déjeuner, le déjeuner, le goûter et le dîner ainsi qu'une activité accompagnée par jour. Pour la détente, il y a une piscine, une salle de jeux avec table de billard américain, ping pong, mini terrain de basquet et pétanque. Et s'il fait mauvais, vous pourrez toujours lire un bon livre au coin du feu de la grande cheminée ou dans la salle de lecture.

    La nourriture est bonne et copieuse, elle est bien meilleure que ce que nous avons pu trouver en général en Uruguay.

    Le vin du domaine est à découvrir, les différents cépages comme le Tannat et autres sont à déguster avec modération.

    Le personnel est gentil, serviable, compétent et multilingue (espagnol, français et un peu d'anglais).

    L'adresse vaut vraiment le détour pour un séjour de quelques jours.


    Finca Piedra

    Ruta 23 km 125, Mal Abrigo,

    Departamento de San José, Uruguay

    Tel: (+598) 43 403 118



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  • The beauty of its architecture, the seafront with the blue view of the Mediterranean sea, the port with its mega yachts, the Camp Nou with its famous football club and famous football players and most of all the cool lifestyle of the Barcelonese, all of these make Barcelona a great city to visit and live in. 

    Here’s our must-do list for first time visitors and regular Barcelona lovers like us.

     -        Best Hotels: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, W Barcelona, Arts Hotel, Serras Hotel

     -        Best Rooftop bars: Mandarin Oriental Hotel; The Breeze bar at W Barcelona

     -        Best Restaurants: Xiringuito Escriba for a wonderful paella by the beach;  Ikibena for a fusion of Japanese and Brazilian food; Kaiku for the locavore seafood and homey cooking; Me for a creative Vietnamese cooking from the amazing chef, Thang Pham and of course, la Boqueria for the best tapas and local ambiance

     -        Best Brunch: Federal Café for its relax and bobo atmosphere; Majestic Hotel for a classy yet affordable brunch (with Champagne!)

     -        Best Spa: Aires de Barcelona

     -        Best Ballad: Barcelona Segway Tour

     -        Best places for kids: Cuitadella park, Park Guël; Aquarium Barcelona; Tibidabo amusement park.

     -        Best place to watch a F.C. Barcelona game:  Camp Nou

     Enjoy and have fun in this wonderful city!


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