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Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm

Dubbed the Versailles of the north, Drottningholm Palace is a stately royal residence about an hour from Stockholm. Stockholm is the home of countless cultural treasures, but there’s a lot more to discover when you step away from the city center. Drottningholm Palace is the stunningly ornate baroque home of the Swedish royal family, situated on Lake Mälaren, an hour...

Olde Hansa Medieval Restaurant, Tallinn

Tallinn is a city full of medieval flavors, not just in the architecture, but also in the food. Olde Hansa recreates traditional fare from the Middle Ages and renaissance, all in an authentic setting. In terms of an Estonian bucket list, this one was right near the top. I (Bernie) have loved medieval history since studying it as part of my conservatorium years. It’s...

Caesar’s Palace, Atlantic City, NJ

Caesar’s Palace symbolizes decadence, wealth and power. As one of the world’s most recognizable casino brands, the Atlantic City location proved to be more like an imperial summer home when compared with its Vegas namesake. 

 Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas dominates the strip. It’s built to impress and to invite excess. Grand fountains, chariots, arches and columns...

Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar, Austin, TX

Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar is an Austin staple, with raucous sing-alongs, charismatic performers and two grand pianos facing each other. We have been on our feet all day, walking back to hotel after our friend’s wedding, and decide to head down East 6th street to see what all of the fuss is about. It’s dive-y and reminds us a little of Surfers Paradise in Australia...

Fort Tryon Medieval Fair, New York

Once a year, New York’s nerds and history buffs descend on Fort Tryon Park for the annual medieval fair. After a dreary, wet week and the promise of a clearer, warmer escape to the outdoors, we approached the Fort Tryon Medieval Festival with high hopes. Not having been to a good medieval festival since attending the abbey museum version near Bribie Island...

Cruising the Bayou, Louisiana

Cruising a bayou in Louisiana is something we’d always wanted to experience. The promise of Gators and possibly the chance to see a real raccoon was always an exciting proposition. This will sound outlandish to most Americans, but living in the heart of Greenwich Village, there’s no raccoons to see (though a friend has spotted one in Central Park) and after...

Harrah’s Casino, Atlantic City

Harrah’s Atlantic City is the closest casino for New Yorkers looking for that Las Vegas pool party experience. For our first visit, we stay at Harrah’s Atlantic City – a casino a little out of the way and a couple of miles from the boardwalk. It targets a younger crowd, with pool parties, celeb DJs and Jersey Shore-type nightlife. The casino is a self-contained...

Gordon Ramsay’s Pub, Caesar’s Palace, Atlantic City

Pub grub, wings, beers – though it sounds inviting, we had great expectations when dining at Gordon Ramsay’s Pub at Atlantic City. 

 Gordon Ramsay, the sweariest, most arrogant celebrity chef this side of a Tourette’s diagnosis had better impress. Fuck – see, it’s catchy. Any dish that is less than exceptional will be greeted with mock cries of “shut it down”...

Rockaway Beach, New York

It’s not hard, not far to reach, we can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach. 

 Before ever visiting New York, Rockaway Beach was just another Ramones lyric. We never imagined it was a real destination, possibly due to the Ramones’ reliance of the word “rock” in many of its song titles and lyrics. See: Rock n Roll High School, Do You Remember Rock n Roll Radio...

Review: Rockaway Beach Surf Club, New York

Every self-respecting beach has its surf club and Rockaway Beach is no different. 

 Surfing’s thirsty (and hungry) work. All that paddling, the waves, the rips, the bails, the dumps. It will leave you exhausted, but glad to be alive. And especially glad to know there’s a place that serves fresh, authentic tacos, $5 beers and frozen margaritas. The Rockaway Beach...