September 29, 2018

Conditorei Schober Tea Room, Zurich…you can’t miss this if you are looking for true Swiss delights.

This place is the spot you can’t miss if you are looking for true Swiss delights. A quaint and very Zurich patisserie/cafe in the middle of old town, this mid-19th century café is beautifully decorated with Baroque interiors and completely unique levels.

This is THE place to go for hot chocolate in Switzerland. The super rich cup of hot chocolate, a Schober classic, is made with real slabs of chocolate, and is incredibly tasty. The flavour doesn’t just disappear after you swallow, but lingers.

They take their chocolate very seriously here. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 25, 2010

Swissotel Tallinn, Estonia…modern hotel with a nice touch of Nespresso coffeemaker in-room

It is very modern and top quality hotel. The rooms have a luxury “Nespresso” coffeemaker. Be careful you don’t flood the room before you get the hang of the machine. The room was set up with a comfy arm chair and foot stool beside the window and I would have been happy to sit there all day watching the world go by with a coffee in my hand. Free wi-fi was  also available.

Location was slightly out of the way, but the old town (15 mintes for us Gen Y’ers trapped in baby boomers’ bodies) , restaurants and attractions are all easily accessible by foot.

Taxi from the airport to the hotel is approx. 120 kronas and from the hotel to the center depending on the taxi is between 35-80 kronas. As usual the one waiting in front of the door is the most expensive one in town; we got ripped off on one of the nights with a bill of 700 kronas while the return trip was only under 200 kronas.

Quite about the only thing, what irritated me was that concierge helps with check-in and we had to wait a mighty long time just to borrow a couple of umbrellas. My only other slight criticism would be that the square shallow handbasin in tasteful black looked good but was rather impractical in use – an example of design before function!

A truly memorable stay, as BeRt would agree…memories are made of this. This is the true truth because I always say it as it is…

October 16, 2010

Vecmeita Ar Kaki, Riga…brutally awful

The name of this restaurant translates as the ‘Spinster with her cat’. This is a little restaurant tucked away in a cellar across the square from Riga Castle, on the North West of the Old Town,where it remains relatively undiscovered by tourists…come to think of it, it should never be discovered by anyone to spare them from this brutally awful place. 

I went there because it was ranked #1 on tripadvisor by 8 reviewers. I just think that these reviewers should get out more often. They are missing a lot of other eateries.

This is the true truth and that’s because I say it as it is…

October 13, 2010

Restaurant Lokys, Vilnius…menu features all kinds of wonderful game

Restaurant Lokys (which means ‘bear’ in Lithuania) is a lovely medieval restaurant  located in a cozy, 15th century cellar in the Old Town. They serve Lithuanian food and use traditional recipes  where a large stuffed bear presides over the proceedings.  I was escorted by a medieval maiden down to the cellar via a brick stairway so narrow and winding anyone slightly fatter or broader-shouldered than I am would almost certainly get stuck.

They have a big menu to choose from, and game dishes are their specialities. If stewed beaver with prunes doesn’t take your fancy, try hare in chocolate sauce. I perused the menu and ordered the roasted boar for main course served with cowberry sauce and sweet pears. My wild boar was quite delicious, fairly tender with a few slightly chewy pieces, not particularly “gamey” but also not something I would have mistaken for one of our everyday meats.

The service was quite slow, but I guess it’s like that everywhere in Vilnius. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

Novotel Vilnius…located on the Champs Elysees equivalent of Lithuania

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The Novotel Vilnius is a 3 star hotel on the so called Champs Elysees of the Lithuanian capital. It is clean and functional and the service staff are quite welcoming and helpful, the breakfast was good in variety and quality and most of all…the location is excellent – only a short walk away from the Old Town and a short taxi ride from the airport.

The beds, though were not comfortable at all. I guess you get what you pay for.

Oh yes, wireless internet service is free. This is the true truth because I say it as it is…

October 9, 2010

Super Segway, Vilnius…the bike is dead! Long live the segway!

BeRt and I cruised down the cobbled streets of old town Vilnius (the  entire Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site) and other parts of the city on our rented segways (60 lt/hr from Super Segways). We had the option of hiring a guide but chose to self-ride equipped with a map and a camera. We went from sight to sight on the coolest ride in the 21st century. With these Segway, we can choose to ride in the street, or in the clearly marked bike lanes or on the sidewalk etc whenever we want and using whatever feels the safest for the situation.

Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania is a quintessential European city which abounds with picturesque streets and spectacular churches. The city is filled with beautiful parks, and majestic buildings standing proudly atop steep, hilly streets. We segwayed to the Hill of Three Crosses, the Gates of Dawn and the most famous church – Cathedral Basillica which is a stunning example of classical architecture.

Distances between places are generally short in Vilnius, so the best way to get to know Vilnius is to rent a Segway from Super Segways and ride around it at leisure and experience it in all its charm.This is still the true truth as I am still saying it as it is…

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