5 hot deals in Europe
Paris, Prague, Amsterdam, Reykjavik and Budapest!
Dating back to the 1600s, the Marais’s Marché des Enfants Rouges is Paris’s oldest covered market, named after red-uniformed orphans who once lived nearby. It’s an excellent stop to buy both fresh produce and prepared dished. You’ll have a hard time choosing among the French, Italian, Japanese Lebanese and Libyan spreads. 39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003. The entrance is through a small iron gate.
Sandemans New Europe’s popular three-hour tour of Prague offers a headful of learning on this city’s turbulent past. The tours are free -- the guides work for tips only -- which means they come prepared to inform and entertain. Tours start at Old Town Square at 10:45 AM and 2 PM, usually seven days a week. Check the website to confirm. newpraguetours.com.
Two ways to visit Amsterdam for less. The most obvious is to rent a MacBike (macbike.nl). The second is to stay at two-star Chic&Basic in the Jordaan district – its 26 rooms are simple but clean and the staff is friendly. The common areas are where the chic comes in – there are nice corners to check your emails or plan your day. Some of the rooms overlook the lovely Herengracht Canal though, depending on availability, you may have to book in the higher price range for a view. Basic rates start at €95 and include a small breakfast. If you have trouble with steep stairs, request a ground-floor room. chicandbasic.com.
Reykjavik's three-star Hotel Bjork has 55 fully equipped rooms. The hotel makes for a good base, be it for business, sightseeing or overnighting before touring the countryside. Parking is free. You’ll be within walking distance of the city centre and not far from the Hlemmur bus station and the Kringlan shopping mall. The hotel has a restaurant, which focuses on local, healthy ingredients. From €85, breakfast included. bjorkhotelreykjavik.com.
If you’re planning a visit to Budapest, check out the three-star Hotel Sissi: it’s central and has a beautiful garden. There are 44 rooms, all with free WIFI. From €70, breakfast included. hotelsissi-budapest.com.
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