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Costa Rica – World of Birds

Costa Rica – World of Birds

When the land bridge between North and South America formed millions of years ago, the animal world literally exploded. Probably no other country in the world has such a high biodiversity in such a small area as the Central American Costa Rica. In addition to over a hundred different species of amphibians and reptiles, the world of birds is certainly one of the most flashy and colorful. In Costa Rica you experience a real bombardment of colorful feathers, huge super beaks and grandiose chants.
Reason enough for us, here in our top 10 ranking, to introduce our favorite birds.

Costa Rica’s birds – 10th place: Sulfur mask tyrant

No sooner have you arrived in Costa Rica than you are greeted by the distinctive song of the sulfur masked tyrant. In English it was named after its reputation that makes it unmistakable: Kiskadee.
If you want to watch the bird, you should search the power lines. The Kiskadee also likes to poke fruit from the plate if he feels he is not being watched.

Costa Rica’s birds – # 9: Chachalaca

The most colorful representatives of the Costa Rican birds did not make it to number nine, but certainly the most entertaining ones. Long before you can see them, their shrill calls indicate their existence. When the sociable hens emerge from the undergrowth, you think you are in Jurassic Park. They look like little Archeopteryx and mostly the brown birds have just nonsense on their minds. Therefore, the Chachalacas, as they are also called, deserve to be in 9th position.

Costa Rica’s birds – 8th place: Naschvogel

Definitely one of the most dazzling phenomena that Costa Rica’s tropics have to offer are the birds of sweet tooth. With their hopelessly lavish color scheme, the small, colorful birds definitely not only cast a spell on ornithologists. Many nature enthusiasts discovered their love for ornithology through them. Our blue miracle: A worthy rank 8.

Costa Rica’s birds – 7th place: frigate bird

We briefly leave the dense forests and go to the coast of Costa Rica. Because this is where our next favorite bird is native: the frigate bird. Its long, pointed wings make it unmistakable. Although it feeds exclusively on fish, the frigate bird cannot swim. Because he specializes in chasing other seabirds until they choke the fish out for them. This gave the extremely fast and agile birds the name “pirates of the skies”. And something else special: During courtship time, the males inflate their red throat pouch, which can then easily reach the size of a football.

Costa Rica’s birds – 6th place: Montezuma-fronted bird

The Montezuma- fronted bird, or Oropendula, made it to our number 6. Like many other birds, you hear the oropendula before you see it. Its exotic and mystical sounding calls provide that real jungle feeling. It is always worth looking for the Montezuma-fronted bird, because in addition to its beautiful appearance, its courtship behavior is extremely interesting: While the male calls, he holds on to the branch and plopps down like a wet sack. Usually the bird repeats the whole thing about ten times. Really very extraordinary and therefore our deserved number 6.

Costa Rica’s birds – 5th place: Macaw

No other animal embodies more Caribbean and tropical feeling than the macaw. Hardly any pirate film can do without the colorful, feathered character animal. If you want to see two different species of macaws in the wild, Costa Rica is the place for you. Almost 30 years ago on the verge of extinction, the strict protection of these birds and various reintroduction programs have paid off. Today more and more of the colorful birds are flying around. On the Pacific coast, where many almond trees grow, the scarlet macaws are easy to see. The rarer Great Soldier Macaws are at home further inland.

Costa Rica’s birds – 4th place: harpy

Sharp claws, a head of feathers and the dream of every ornithologist: the harpy ! It is one of the largest and strongest birds of prey in the world. His hunting grounds are the dense forests, and sloths and monkeys are the main prey. He can spot them from a great distance before whizzing through the dense branches as fast as an arrow and precisely to kill them. The harpy lives very hidden, even some local guides have never seen the animal. Nevertheless: In the Manuel Antonio National Park the sightings are increasing. So keep your eyes open.

Costa Rica’s birds – 3rd place: Toucan

With its huge beak and colorful plumage, the toucan is one of the stars in the Costa Rican rainforest. The birds come in different types. The most beautiful of the toucans is probably the fishing toucan, or rainbow toucan. From yellow to green and red to blue – the large-billed bird calls all colors its own. In addition to the provocative appearance, the calls of the toucans are also unmistakable. There is little better than watching the colorful hustle and bustle of the toucans over a cup of coffee in the morning as they feast on fruit and other delicacies.

Costa Rica’s birds – 2nd place: Quetzal

The well-deserved silver medal in our top ten of Costa Rica’s birds goes to the Quetzal. The home of the Quetzal are the cloud forests of Costa Rica, where it usually leads a life in secrecy. In the morning, when it flies a little deeper into the valley, where wild avocado trees grow, you have a good chance of seeing the colorful bird. During courtship the male gets a green tail over a meter long. Its belly is bright red and the beak shines a wonderful yellow. The quetzal : a mystical bird that has to be seen!

Costa Rica’s birds – 1st place: hummingbird

The gold medal of the most beautiful birds in Costa Rica, deserves the shining jewels of the rainforest. No other bird is more fascinating in so many ways than the colorful hummingbird. The little bird’s heart beats up to 500 times per minute. The hummingbird’s special wingbeat allows it to even fly backwards. 54 different species of hummingbirds live in Costa Rica. Most of the lively birds can be found in the highlands. It is always worthwhile to sit down next to a flowering bush and watch the colorful hustle and bustle of the little birds. When the sun shines, their brightly colored feathers shine in all sorts of colors. Definitely our winners!

Of course, we don’t want to ignore the rest of the approximately 900 bird species that Costa Rica has to offer. In no other comparable country live more different birds. On our trips, you can discover the colorful jewels of the rainforest. Our guides are looking forward to showing you.

Costa Rica - World of Birds

Hong Kong Overview

Hong Kong Overview

The Special Administrative Region comprises the island of Hong Kong (79.99 km 2) with the capital Victoria, the Kowloon peninsula and the New Territories with the hinterland of Kowloon as well as around 240 mostly uninhabited secondary islands. Hong Kong is the leading trade and financial center in Southeast Asia.

History: The island of Hong Kong became a British crown colony in 1842, which was expanded to include Kowloon in 1860 and the New Territories and numerous small islands in 1898 by a lease agreement (for a period of 99 years). According to an agreement signed in 1984, Great Britain returned the colony to the People’s Republic of China in 1997. According to this agreement, Hong Kong is to maintain its social and economic system and remain largely autonomous for a transition period of 50 years.

Politically, Hong Kong has had ever closer ties to mainland China since 1997. The transport links between the island and the mainland have been improved through infrastructure projects. At the same time, in 2014 the “umbrella movement” called for more democracy and free elections for Hong Kong. In the summer of 2019, young Hong Kong residents in particular protested against a bill that China had passed. People demanded freedom of expression and the rule of law. In order to attract media attention to their cause, they occupied the Hong Kong International Airport, among other places. Hong Kong is an economically important international financial center for China. China wants to end the protests as soon as possible.

According to shoppingpicks, the city comprises the island of Hong Kong, which is connected to the mainland by tunnels , the Kowloon peninsula and the New Territories with the hinterland of Kowloon, the island of Lantau and around 260 largely uninhabited islands. The area of ​​Hong Kong and especially the island of Lantau has been expanded significantly through constant land reclamation. Official languages: Chinese and English. Currency: 1 Hong Kong dollar (HK $) = 100 cents (c). Time zone: CET + 7 hours.


Located on the coast of the South China Sea, Hong Kong, a continuation of the South China mountainous country, is predominantly mountainous, with heights up to 958 m above sea level (Taimo Shan in the New Territories; Lantau Peak on Lantau Island at 934 m above sea level and Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island at 551 m above sea level). The heavily booked, rocky (especially granite) coasts are difficult to develop for settlements. The originally forested mountains are now grassland and wasteland with poor pine vegetation. On the island of Hong Kong there is evergreen deciduous forest in places (through reforestation). The summer is tropical and humid, the winter sunny and mostly mild, the spring mostly very humid and foggy. Summer and autumn typhoons with heavy downpours are not uncommon.

Population and Religion


95% of the population are Chinese. The influx of refugees from China was particularly large between 1945 and 1950. Illegal immigration continued later. In 1980, effective measures were taken to curb entry and immigration into overpopulated Hong Kong. The average population density of 6,549 people per km 2 is significantly exceeded in metropolitan areas as large parts of Hong Kong are uninhabitable.


The Constitution (Article 32) guarantees the residents of Hong Kong the freedom of religion, places religious activities in the area of ​​general public life under their protection and guarantees (Article 137) the religious communities the establishment and maintenance of their own schools. About two thirds of the population profess Daoism and Buddhism and maintain the traditions of the Chinese folk religions. Half of the roughly 10% Christians belong to the Catholic Church (Diocese of Hong Kong; Suffragan diocese of Canton [currently vacant]) and – with the exception of the few Orthodox Christians – Protestant churches and communities (around fifty in total; especially Baptists, Pentecostals, Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans) and the Anglican Church. The Anglican Diocese of Hong Kong is also the seat of the Anglican Church of the Province of East Asia. Since 1996, Hong Kong has also been the seat of the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan for Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. Religious minorities are made up of Muslims (around 220,000), Hindus (around 40,000), Sikhs (around 10,000) and Jews (around 2,000). The starting point of the Jewish community (founded in 1857; opening of the first synagogue in 1900, today four synagogues) was the immigration of Jews (predominantly of Iraqi and Indian origin) to Hong Kong, which began in 1842.

Hong Kong Overview

History of APEC

History of APEC

The then Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke took the initiative to form APEC. In 1989, the first ministerial meeting was held in Canberra, Australia. The six then ASEAN countries (see separate chapter on ASEAN) attended the meeting, as did the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia.

At the opening speech, Hawke explained with the cape aimed at the European Union, the EU, that one reason for the formation of APEC was to prevent the world from being divided into “defensive trade blocs”. That APEC does not intend to become a new protectionist EU, the members have clarified on several occasions since then.

The need to find more efficient and organized forms of the sharp increase in trade between North America and East Asia over the past two decades drove the organization’s formation. For the United States, it was important to try to remedy the growing deficit in trade, mainly with China and Japan. It also sought to reach agreement on the ongoing negotiations on freer world trade within the Uruguay Round of the GATT (the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, which was replaced in 1995 by the World Trade Organization, WTO). It was hoped that the tough negotiations would be facilitated if the Pacific countries agreed on a common line.

The United States argued early on to link the major Asian economies – China, Taiwan and Hong Kong – to the organization and give it a firmer shape. However, the ASEAN countries were skeptical of attempts to strengthen APEC; they were partly afraid of undermining ASEAN’s position in the region, and partly worried about the idea that the USA would further consolidate its influence.

In an attempt to find a counterpoint to American influence, Malaysia in 1991 took the initiative to form a new economic organization without the United States as well as Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The United States considered that the initiative threatened to split APEC and therefore launched an intensive counter-campaign in which both Japan and South Korea were exposed to strong pressure not to participate. An East Asian Economic Caucus was nevertheless formed in 1994, but it did not become the significant force that Malaysia had envisioned, but stayed with a group within APEC.

When APEC members eventually agreed to allow new members, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan joined the organization. The ministerial meeting in the South Korean capital, Seoul, in 1991 was attended by the three new members. However, Taiwan and Hong Kong (then another British crown colony, returned to China in 1997) did not have the same status as China, which was a prerequisite for the Chinese to approve their presence. Taiwan joins APEC under the name Chinese Taipei, the name of the island in China, and was also only given the right to send lower-ranking officials to APEC ministerial meetings. In 1993, Mexico and Papua New Guinea became members of APEC and in 1994 the membership was further expanded when Chile was also adopted. In 1998, Peru, Russia and Vietnam were also admitted to APEC.

According to shoppingpicks, APEC gained a firmer structure through the decision to set up a permanent secretariat at the 1992 ministerial meeting in Bangkok. However, plans for free trade cooperation progressed at a slower pace. At the Seattle meeting, many of the Asian countries were hesitant about the expert group’s proposal to introduce a free trade area in the Pacific region as early as 1996. But they agreed on a more general wording in which they expressed their desire to work for freer trade in the region. At the 1994 summit in Bogor, Indonesia, the APEC countries decided to form a free trade area by 2020; the more industrialized countries would have liberalized their trade as early as 2010.

At the Osaka ministerial meeting in Japan in 1995, the APEC countries took another step towards a free trade zone after agreeing on an action plan for trade liberalization. However, the negotiations stalled for a long time because the countries had different views, mainly in the field of agriculture. Japan, China, South Korea and Taiwan were reluctant to allow foreign competition into their agricultural markets while large exporters of agricultural products – such as Australia, the United States, Canada and New Zealand – refused to allow exemptions. The lock-in only eased after a compromise was reached, which in short was based on the countries liberalizing at their own pace until a certain end date. However, at the Philippines’ ministerial meeting in November 1996, each member could present an individual action plan.

At the Manila Summit in November 1996, the Ministers of Economy decided that tariffs and other barriers to trade in information technology would be removed from the year 2000. When the Ministers met the following year in Vancouver, Canada, the major topic of discussion was the economic and financial crisis. It was also agreed to speed up the liberalization of trade on a voluntary basis, so-called Early voluntary sectoral liberalization, EVSL, in certain areas, including the fisheries sector, wood products, medical equipment, toys.

At the meeting in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur the following year, Japan refused to agree to reduced tariffs in the forest and fisheries sectors, which caused negotiations on reduced tariffs in the various EVSL areas to stall. It ended with the APEC members handing over the customs negotiations to the World Trade Organization, WTO. The work within the EVSL project was instead concentrated on reducing other types of barriers to trade as well as on economic and technical cooperation.

History of APEC

The 10 most famous sights in New York

The 10 most famous sights in New York

There is a lot to discover in the city that never sleeps. If you don’t have time to see everything, you can limit yourself to the 10 most famous sights:

  1. New York’s Times Square

Right in the heart of Manhattan’s Broadway is the square named after the famous New York Times newspaper. Imposing neon signs and pure life attract tourists here in droves every day. In addition to the dazzling scenery, Times Square also offers countless leisure activities.

  1. The Empire State Building

New York’s second tallest building (after the One World Trade Center) and one of the tallest in the world was built between 1930 and 1931. From the upper viewing platform, it offers its visitors an unforgettable view of the entire Big Apple.

  1. The Rockefeller Center

The observation deck of the Rockefeller Center – the so-called Top of the Rock – in Manhattan also offers an excellent view of the city, although it is only the 14th tallest building in New York. The impressive building complex has been built and continuously expanded since the 1920s.

  1. The Brooklyn Bridge

This New York landmark connects the Manhattan and Brooklyn neighborhoods and is considered one of the most famous bridges in the world. In fact, it was built in 1883, making it one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States.

  1. The One World Trade Center

The tallest building in the United States and the fourth tallest in the world today houses mostly offices. It was built between 2006 and 2014 on Ground Zero, the site where the original World Trade Center was destroyed in 2001.

  1. Central Park

Central Park, known from film and television in Manhattan, is the largest park in the city. In the midst of the hustle and bustle, it offers an oasis of peace and nature and is therefore often referred to by the New Yorkers as the “lung of the city”.

  1. Staten Island Ferry

The ferry ride from Manhattan to Staten Island is free – and it offers every visitor to the city a unique view of what is probably the most famous skyline in the world.

  1. Wall Street

A visit, maybe even a tour, through this well-known absolute center of power is definitely worth it. A large part of all important financial transactions in the world are carried out here.

  1. Grand Central Station

The Manhattan train station was inaugurated in 1913. Since then it has been the largest train station in the world. A visit to this building, which can be seen in countless films and series, is always worthwhile.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Located in the middle of famous Fifth Avenue is the largest museum in the United States. Over three million works of art from really all eras and corners of the world can be admired here.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Shopping and Eating in Washington DC

Shopping and Eating in Washington DC

According to AbbreviationFinder, Washington DC is one of the largest cities in the country of United States.

Shopping in Washington DC

Washington DC’s premier shopping district is located in the northwest, more specifically in Georgetown. There are shops around M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, scattered on both sides of the many pedestrian streets. In addition to expensive designer outlets such as Versace, Gucci and Dior and small specialist stores, you will also find several large shopping centers with all the well-known store chains. Americans love their malls, and they are, like most things in the United States, gigantic.


You might expect to find most and largest stores in Downtown and around the National Mall, but here are mostly just souvenir shops. In contrast, the city has an exceptionally good selection of these, from the tourist shops with myriad variants of t-shirts, cups and bags with a picture of the Capitol and White House and rubber masks by the presidents, to the slightly more exclusive gift shops most museums have their areas.

But there are some exceptions. Just east of the White House, at 1201 G Street NW, is the branch of one of America’s largest department stores, Macy’s. In the quarter below, you’ll find the small National Place shopping center at 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, and close by, at 529 14th Street, is the city branch of Filene’s Basement. This is a Boston-based concept with a large selection of surplus brand clothing, where you can find designer products or wedding dresses at a fraction of the price. Both clothes and shoes for men, women and children.

At Capitol Hill, take a look at Union Station, which is not only a train station, but also a large and modern indoor shopping center, with hundreds of shops, restaurants, eateries and a cinema complex. If you are a stamp collector, just head to the National Postal Museum, which will be a treasure trove for avid philatelists.

A block away from Union Station is several more bohemian Eastern Market, which has its roots back to 1873. South Hall still sells fresh vegetables, fish and shellfish, fruits and flowers, dairy products and meats, while outdoor arts and crafts are organized on weekends. craft fair on Saturdays and flea market on Sundays.

Most major shops and shopping centers are open from 1000 to 2000 or 2100 on all weekdays, and from 1100 to 1800 on Sundays.

Washington DC, the capital of USA described on Countryaah has a 5.75% sales tax plus all items when you pay. But there is no effective system for refunding this tax upon departure.

Eating in Washington

Food in Washington DC

Washington DC residents are among the youngest and most buoyant in the United States, and few eat at a restaurant more often than them. And the selection matches demand, here it is teeming with eateries in all price ranges with kitchens from all over the world. If you want to eat Vietnamese, Peruvian, Italian, Indian, Polish, Lebanese or Argentine, then you can find it in Washington DC.

Most restaurants are in the area around Dupont Circle, Georgetown and Adams Morgan. In recent years, suburban Alexandria, which is actually located in Virginia and not in DC, has also established itself as a reputable restaurant area. Washington DC residents are increasingly heading south to test out some of Alexandria’s increasingly trendy eateries.

Here is a list of the top ten restaurants in Washington DC!

As of this writing, this list is topped by the elegant French restaurant Michel Richard Citronelle, located in the Latham Hotel at 3000 M Street NW, Georgetown. It’s not cheap, but here your food is made by one of the country’s most renowned managers, and the service is probably always outstanding ! Reservation is required.

Georgetown’s premier restaurant streets are M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. One of the classic eateries here is the seafood restaurant Sequoia, which also has an outdoor terrace overlooking the Potomac River.

More affordable and centrally located is the modern Asian restaurant TenPenh, which is named after the address on the corner of Tenth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. We were very pleased with our food and really enjoyed the room, which is decorated with objects and art from China and Thailand.

Important about nightlife and restaurants in the US and Washington

Don’t forget that waiters and waiters, etc. work on tip-based pay, and 15% of the bill is a minimum you should consider if the service has been good. Anything below this will probably lead to dissatisfied murmurings about stingers. If you are very satisfied with the service, you should add 20-25%.

Despite Monty Python forever and ever giving American beer a reputation for being thin and tasteless, (“Like making love in a canoe; it’s f ****** close to water…..”) You have a lot of tasty in store for the capital’s pubs. Here you will find an overview of the district’s breweries, pubs and beer specialists.

Shopping and Eating in San Francisco, USA

Shopping and Eating in San Francisco, USA

According to AbbreviationFinder, San Francisco is one of the largest cities in the country of USA.

Shopping in San Francisco

In San Francisco you have a very good selection of all kinds of goods, much because of the great ethnic variety of the city’s population.

San Francisco’s obvious shopping hub is Union Square and the surrounding area. Here are all the major chains represented, including Macy’s, Nordstrom, Neiman-Marcus, Cartier, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue. Here are also the exclusive stores (or boutiques) for designers such as Dior and Armani. In the side streets you will find many galleries and art outlets.

One of the tourists’ favorite places for shopping is Cannery, a large brick building with a past as a canned factory. Here are souvenir and gift shops such as sells Native American handicraft, crystals and jewelry, as well as bars and eateries. The Cannery is located on Del Monte Square at the foot of Columbus Street.

At Pier 39 on Fisherman’s Wharf, there are over 110 stores selling everything a tourist would like to buy. If you had tried to open a store in Norway that only sells dragons, knives, game boxes, refrigerator magnets, socks or Russian dolls, you would probably go bankrupt immediately, but in the US everything goes well. There is also a Disney Store and close by you will find The Anchorage with more than 50 specialty shops and restaurants.

Americans are good at making big centers where you can spend all day shopping, eating, drinking, maybe bowling or going to the movies. One such is the Embarcadero Center, which spans six blocks. Located between Union Square and the sea, on Battery and Drumm Street, it has over 125 shops and eateries.

If you want to try something other than modern shopping centers with air conditioning and easy listening music on the speakers, you can head to the Castro district, but which is definitely not named after Cuba’s president. Among the steep streets and old houses painted in bright colors are many special shops, bookshops, galleries and bars.

Most shops are open between 1000 and 1900 every day except Sundays. Some of the largest department stores close even later and also have Sundays open.

Please note that a 8.25% sales tax is added on when you pay, but on larger purchases you can in many cases be refunded at the airport when you leave California.

Eating in San Francisco

Food in San Francisco, USA

Due to the ethnic diversity of San Francisco, there are also many different restaurants here. One of America’s largest Chinatowns offers hundreds of genuinely Chinese eateries, and in the area of ​​North Beach it is teeming with Italian restaurants. Try the Mission district for a good selection of inexpensive Mexican eateries. You will also find many excellent Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai restaurants here.

Everything is big in the United States, and this is especially true of the positions you get served in most restaurants. Also, Americans love fast food restaurants. In San Francisco, of course, you meet all the fast-food chains you’ve heard of, and probably some more. So if hamburgers, finger foods in general and other takeaway are in your street, then you have no problems.

You should definitely visit a burger chain in San Francisco, so why not Hard Rock Cafe ? The San Francisco branch is actually very stylish and is located on Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf.

If you have children, head to Rainforest Cafe at 145 Jefferson Street, just off Fisherman’s Wharf. It will be a success for everyone in the family. We liked the Rainforest Cafe in San Francisco even better than the one in London.

Restaurants we recommend in San Francisco

Great Eastern Restaurant

If you drive to Chinatown and 649 Jackson Street in San Francisco, you will see the Great Eastern restaurant. The food is Chinese, the prices are not bad at all, and you can boast about having eaten at a restaurant where former President Obama has also eaten. Great Eastern is many people’s favorite to book in advance. Favourite dish? It must be shrimp rice noodles or dumplings!

The opening hours of the Great Eastern Restaurant are usually 1000 to 2300.

John’s Grill

A real classic in San Francisco is John’s Grill at 63 Ellis Street, not far from Union Square. Perhaps the city’s oldest and most famous eatery. Also, the action in the Maltese Falcon was added here. Many celebrity guests visit John’s Grill and you and them probably come to eat steak and possibly hear live music.

NB! John’s Grill closes early, approx. 2145 every night. So get there early, and preferably to a reserved table! Here is the website of John’s Grill.

The Stinking Rose

A little special restaurant that gets great feedback is The Stinking Rose at 325 Columbus Avenue. The name may come from the fact that there is a lot of garlic in the menus, but the kitchen is a mix of California and Italy and reaps many praises.

The Stinking Rose is open from 1130 to 2200 every day of the week. You can read more about The Stinking Rose here on their website.

Special restaurant in San Francisco

Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

In Fairmont San Francisco you will find a very special and iconic restaurant and tiki bar that was established in 1945. It is called Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar and is not reminiscent of a tropical paradise. Here is music, dance floors, large indoor swimming pool and a wonderful menu inspired by Asian food and dishes from the South Sea.

Don’t be alarmed if you hear the sound of thunder and storm. The restaurant has a number of effects to offer. Dinner is served only from Wednesday to Sunday. Opening hours are from 1700 to 2345.

The address of the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar is Fairmont San Francisco, 950 Mason Street. Read more on the website of Tonga Room & Hurrican Bar.

California and wine and beer

If California had been an independent nation, it would have been the world’s fourth largest producer of wine. Wine is grown in most of California’s 58 regions, so if you want to visit a winery, you don’t have to go very far from San Francisco. Napa County is perhaps the state’s most famous wine region, and this one is just north of San Francisco. If you travel east, you reach the wine regions of Sierra Foothill and Livermore, and to the south you have Santa Cruz and Monterey.

Shopping and Eating in New York City, USA

Shopping and Eating in New York City, USA

According to AbbreviationFinder, New York City is one of the largest cities in the country of USA.

Shopping in New York

New York City has everything, regardless of product and regardless of whether you are an avid fan of markets, department stores or specialty stores. New York City is also a fashion hub with some of the finest designers and trendsetters in the world. In all parts of Manhattan there are good shopping opportunities.

Together with London and Paris, New York City is the shoppers’ paradise. Despite the city being full of attractions, shopping may still be the main attraction.

As mentioned, you can buy everything, but there are still some products where it is easier to make good purchases than others. The range of clothing is incredibly large and many brands are sold reasonably. And in New York you get all sizes, so whether you are tall, low, thick or thin, you will find something that fits. Electrical products or computer equipment are other examples of products where you can make bargains. Music and books are also products where you can make a bargain.

5th Avenue is the fashion street. Walk 5th Avenue from Midtown, past Times Square and up towards Central Park, and you’ll see stores like Louis Vuitton, Prada and Hugo Boss, or skyscrapers like Trump Tower with fashionable stores, department stores like Bergdorf Goodman and Saks or specialty stores like The Apple Store upstairs at Central Park. NB! H&M has established itself with a giant store at 51st Street and 5th Avenue.

Markets and specialty stores in New York

For markets and specialty shops you should visit Soho. Here you will find designer shops, gourmet food shops and street markets. Not least, try Canal Street, which separates Soho from TriBeCa. If you are looking for cheap electronic articles, you get it here. For fashion lovers, and primarily fashion lovers under 40, check the streets between Thompson Street and Broadway.

Are you looking for shopping malls and department stores, we suggest Macy’s, which is possibly the world’s largest business, even though Macy’s might be more of an attraction than where you actually shop? If you have good advice, visit Barney’s on Madison Avenue and 61st Street. Every two years Barney’s has major cleanup sales. Check their website for sales when you visit.

You can find outlet stores in New York. The best-kept secret that is not a secret is Century 21. The address is 22 Cortland Street at the Financial District and Ground Zero. There are a lot of people here at times, but you get brands at very good prices.

Eating in New York

Food in New York City, USA

You don’t have to be afraid to go hungry in New York City. Very generous portions are served at everything from popular little cafes to fashionable restaurants. And you can eat your three daily meals at different new places and every single day of your life without having to show up twice at the same eatery. The quality is generally good, regardless of the number of stars at the eatery.

Every Manhattan neighborhood has great restaurants. In addition comes an endless array of bakeries, breakfast houses and “hot-dog” stalls. And we do not forget the even longer range of fast food chains and American restaurants, be it McDonalds, KFC, Wendy’s, Hard Rock, Burger King and Motowns. Hard Rock is located in Time Square, and the place regularly offers live entertainment, surprisingly good food and lots of souvenirs. Take time for a drink, if nothing else.

New York has all the ethnic cuisines represented, but is especially good when it comes to tex-mex, jewish, cinematic and italian. The last two logically enough with influence from Chinatown and Little Italy.

It is not very cheap to eat in New York, but it is considerably cheaper than in Norway. At least if you combine the meal with good wine and a ‘fore drink’. Of course, you can find simple and very affordable places, and also top-class restaurants when it comes to quality.

Tips when eating in New York

Remember that drinking is important when eating in New York. You must forget about Norwegian “tips / drinking culture”. For many waiters, it is almost the “drink” that is the salary. You are therefore expected to spend 20% or more on the restaurant’s bill.

Some suggestions for good restaurants with decent prices in New York are the following:

French: La Bonne Soupe, a rustic and charming French restaurant in Midtown, 48 West 55th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue.

Italian: Lombardi’s is New York’s oldest and most authentic pizzeria in Little Italy [see photo first in article]. The pizzas are lovely and the wine is reasonably priced. Maybe it’s because Americans drink beer for their pizza? The address is 32 Spring Street, Mott Street Mulberry Street.

Swedish: At the time of writing, Smörgås has three restaurants in different locations in New York. Nice, informal and good food for the money. We suggest the small and charming restaurant down at the corner of 283 West 12th Street. Here are special prices for good wine and happy hour every night from 7pm. 1700 to 1900. Read more about Smörgas.

Shopping and Eating in New Orleans, USA

Shopping and Eating in New Orleans, USA

According to AbbreviationFinder, New Orleans is one of the largest cities in the country of USA.

Shopping in New Orleans

Although New Orleans is not a fashion metropolis in line with e.g. New York City or Paris, by far most people will be happy with the offer of shopping. Not least, you can find wonderful markets, whether it’s for fruits and vegetables, used items, masks and costumes or for that matter voodoo items.

New Orleans also offers great galleries and large shopping malls. And, of course, you should know that if you shop in special stores, you will be refunded the value added tax. Foreigners are trading tax-free in New Orleans.

Tax Free shopping in New Orleans

In Louisiana you get reimbursed sales tax and sometimes also local tax. Not all stores can offer such services, so look for the brand with Tax Free. You must have a valid passport and not be on a trip that lasts longer than 90 days to have your taxes refunded.

The two places you will be refunded the tax are at Louis Armstrong International Airport and The Riverwalk Shopping Center. Meet up well before the flight leaves and remember your receipts if you want to try to get the tax refunded for what you have shopping!

Royal Street in New Orleans

Not far from the tourist magnet Bourbon Street you will find the street Royal Street with all its antique shops, jewelers and art galleries. If you have good advice, you may also be staying in a hotel located on this street. Or maybe you have dinner at one of the good restaurants here. Regardless, Royal Street is one of the finer areas of the French Quarter, and a street worth a visit whether you are shopping or not.

Magazine Street in New Orleans

This huge street is full of so-called boutiques, with fashion clothes and other trendy, as well as craft shops and antique shops. Magazine Street has always attracted both the wealthy and the more bohemian residents. Together, these people groups and the mix of shops, cafes and nightlife creates an atmosphere that shopping tourists love! This is also a nice place to be to feel the pulse of New Orleans.

Especially shopping in New Orleans

Voodoo Stores in New Orleans
When in New Orleans, of course, you have to bring something that bears witness to the city’s long voodoo history. Many souvenirs are naturally linked to Mary Laveau, read more at New Orleans attractions. A select voodoo store is Marie Laveau House of Vodoo. You can find this store at 739 Bourbon Street in French Quarter.

Costume Stores in New Orleans
Something else that is special about New Orleans is all the mask and costume stores. It is not for nothing that the great Mardi Gras is just celebrated in New Orleans. Visit Masks & Make Believe in 1 Poydras Street, Level C in The Riverwalk Mall or the Le Garage Antiques and Clothing store at 1234 Decatur Street, French Quarter.

The best vegetable and food market in New Orleans is probably the Crescent City Farmers Market. Here are delicacies and great ingredients everywhere. Local chefs showcase and demonstrate their talents with accompanying tastings to visitors. At Crescent City Farmers Market there is always life and touch and the market is worth a visit too as a small tourist attraction.

Shopping Centers in New Orleans

The Riverwalk Shopping Center
The Riverwalk Shopping Center was once part of the World Exhibition held in Louisiana in 1984, but in 1986 became a thoroughbred and solid shopping center. The address is 1 Poydras Street on the Mississippi River.

Jax Brewery
Jax Brewery is a landmark in New Orleans. Once upon a time, this was a brewery, (for Jax Beer of course). Today, Jax Brewery is a shopping center with renowned shops, as well as housing a brewery museum. Many consider this shopping center one of the best in the United States. The address is 600 Decatur Street in the French Quarter.

Canal Place
333 Canal Street in French Quarter is the address of this shopping center. Canal Place is next door to the large Aquarium of the Americas and therefore frequently visited by tourists on their way to or from the aquarium. Here are enough shops for everyone in the family.

Eating in New Orleans

Food in New Orleans, USA

If there is a special kitchen for the United States then it must be the local food you get in Louisiana and thus also in New Orleans. For centuries, immigrants from different cultures and nations, not least African slaves and French immigrants, have contributed to this southern state getting its ‘Louisiana cooking’.

Louisiana cooking is fragments of Creole and Cajun cuisine. Originally, the former turned out to be a bit nicer, since it was developed by Africans who cooked the food of wealthy plantation owners. The Cajun kitchen was, after all, “just” pawns with French ancestry.

Louisiana food is characterized by being strong, but it is in no way comparable to the food you, for example. sheep in India. Peppers, chili, celery, onions and, not least, garlic, are almost mandatory ingredients in local New Orleans food.

What to Eat in New Orleans?

In New Orleans ‘s something for everyone. And this time it’s more than a fool. For you will of course find all the usual fast food chains and international restaurants, and also the same boring hotel food, here in New Orleans as in every other big city. But you also get delicious dishes from the local Louisiana cuisine. Spicy cajun sausages are a must.

And of course, you have to taste the dish that personifies the food in New Orleans, namely ‘ Jambalaya ‘. Jambalaya is a dish of shrimp, chicken, ham, rice and the ever-present ingredients of celery, onion and chili. Jambalaya is a very good dish that you get at “all” cajun restaurants.

For dessert you just have to choose Bananas Foster which naturally consists of bananas. These are bathed in butter, fried, sugared and applied with a dose of e.g. cinnamon, cognac, yes you read correctly, and vanilla ice cream.

Featured restaurants in New Orleans

Café Amelie
Here you will find simple dishes such as salad and sandwich. However good it is and the place is popular. The restaurant is beautifully located in the French Quarter, in an old venerable house. The address is 912 Royal Street. Here both locals and tourists come!

Steamboat Natchez
How to combine a 2-hour cruise with dinner? The food is served accompanied by glad jazz. The noon cruise departs at 1900 from Toulouse Street Wharf directly into Jackson Square. The dress code is casual.

Ralph’s on the Park
This restaurant has countless awards for its very good local New Orleans cuisine. Real Southern hospitality meets you from the first moment and the breadth of the menu is great. The restaurant is next door to the New Orleans City Park. Address 900 City Park Avenue.

Red Fish Grill
You can’t be in New Orleans without eating seafood. Then there is hardly a better choice than Red Fish Grill at 115 Bourbon Street, a street you will find yourself in. The restaurant has the same owner as Ralph’s on the Park and many restaurant critics claim this is New Orleans’ best seafood restaurant for you who want to eat without eating Put on a suit or dress and spend your entire holiday budget on food.

Cafe du Monde
This is perhaps the most famous night out in New Orleans. Cafe du Monde means something like the World Café and has appeared in a number of novels, including the author James Lee Burke. The address of the original outdoor cafe is 800 Decatur Street. NB There are several other Café du Monde in New Orleans.

Shopping and Eating in Los Angeles, USA

Shopping and Eating in Los Angeles, USA

According to AbbreviationFinder, Los Angeles is one of the largest cities in the country of USA.

Shopping in Los Angeles

We have probably said this about other cities as well, but in Los Angeles you actually get (almost…!) Everything between heaven and earth. In one of North America’s largest port cities, Long Beach just outside of LA, tons of items and items arrive every day, which you can immediately purchase over the counter. Los Angeles has residents from 140 different nations and their desire for goods from their respective home countries contributes greatly to the huge selection.

We could write an entire guide book on shopping in LA, but it does not help to highlight the following areas that are particularly attractive.

Rodeo Drive

Los Angeles’ Golden Triangle is bounded by Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard and North Canon Drive. The main artery in the middle is Rodeo Drive. There are probably more exclusive designer shops here than in all the Nordic capitals combined. Few of us ordinary mortals have the finances to go down here with shopping bags, but if there are products from Gucci, Chanel, Armani and Cartier on your shopping list, you now know where to go.

Melrose Avenue

In the ten to twelve blocks of Melrose Avenue, located between La Brea and San Vincente Avenue, you’ll find countless Hip & Cool stores, but nowhere near as expensive as Rodeo Drive. Here you will find most things from music stores and underwear stores to booksellers, interior sales and second hand shops, most of them with artful facades that would pay close attention if they were located in Norway.

Santee Alley

If you’re looking for promotional items, spend some time browsing the stores in the blocks between Olympic Boulevard, Santee Street and 12th Street. Here you will find several outlets, which sell surplus goods and giveaways on designer products for which you would have to pay twice as much for Rodeo Drive. The first Friday of the month, California Mart has big sales. But of course there are also countless other stores. If you are looking for CDs, computer games, electronics, books or skateboards, you will find it here.

The area around Sunset Plaza

This has become a staple for tourists, who are just as much here as shopping to sip their caffe latte at one of the many sidewalk cafes while looking for celebrities. There are also many fashionable boutiques, restaurants and beauty salons.

Farmers Market

This may sound like a place to buy fresh tomatoes and combine harvesters, but Farmers Market is an established institution that has been a meeting place and landmark in Los Angeles since 1934. Here you will find over a hundred stores and eateries, from the usual chains to the more separate specialists selling candles or pinballs. Farmers Market has a distinctive bell tower, located on the corner of 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue.

The Grove

Right next to the Farmers Market is an outdoor shopping and entertainment complex called The Grove. It opened in 2002 and covers an area of ​​over 53,000 m². Here is the huge department store Nordstrom, the American clothing store chain Abercrombie & Fitch and sales for Nike, Gap and Apple.

If you want to buy real western clothing while you are in The Real West, then you can visit 30-year-old Billy Martin’s, who among his customers can count Bruce Springsteen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bono, Madonna and Mikhail Gorbachev. The store is located at 8605 Sunset Boulevard, on The Sunset Strip.

General information!
Most shops are open between 1000 and 1900 every day except Sundays. Some of the largest department stores close even later and also have Sundays open. Please note that 8.25% sales tax is added on when you pay. With larger purchases, you can in many cases be refunded at the airport sales tax / sales tax when you leave California.

Eating in Los Angeles

Food in Los Angeles, USA

It’s hard to say what is typical Los Angeles food, because most residents are from somewhere else. With a population of around 3.8 million from 140 different countries, it goes without saying that there is an extremely wide variety of eateries.

And since most of these nationalities have naturally searched together in their own neighborhoods, you can rest assured that you will find excellent Chinese restaurants in Chinatown and excellent Persian restaurants in Tehrangeles. The places of eating in Little India, Thai Town, Little Ethiopia, Koreatown, Little Tokyo, Filippinotown and Little Armenia naturally offer the best of their respective countries of origin as well.

One of the most popular of Los Angeles’s many thousands of eateries is Joe’s Restaurant located at 1023 Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. Here, French-Californian cuisine is served in modern varieties, and although the prices are not among the lowest, the place has received excellent feedback from its guests.

Another critically acclaimed restaurant is the Japanese Matsuhisa, which is not afraid to experiment with Latin American flavors. Matsuhisa is located at 129 N La Cienega Boulevard in Beverly Hills. This is a fairly relaxed and quiet place, which is apparently constantly visited by the neighborhood’s celeb residents.

You should also try one of the city’s many Mexican restaurants. At El Tepeyac at 812 North Evergreen Terrace, you can sip on huge tortillas or burritos for a bargain; an average entree costs no more than around 40-50 kroner.

The Tlapazola Grill at 4059 Lincoln Boulevard in Marina del Rey has also received very good reviews, and has dishes you have certainly not tried before.

If you want to go for sure you always have The Grill at Hollywood & Highland Center. Here typical American food is served, ie steak, chicken, hamburger and seafood. Naturally in large portions.

California Wine and Beer

If California had been an independent nation, it would have been the world’s fourth largest producer of wine. Wine is grown in most of California’s 58 regions, so if you want to visit a winery, you don’t have to go very far from Los Angeles. One of the largest districts is along Highway 101, northwest of LA and Santa Barbara. Around Solvang and Buellton some of the state’s best Chardonnays are produced.

If you continue north, there are many other vineyards around the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valley.

About 150 miles southeast of Los Angeles are Temecula and San Diego County wine districts. If you follow Interstate 15, get off at the exit marked Rancho California Road. There are about fifty different vineyards producing both red and white wine, many of which can be visited without prior arrangement. Some also offer accommodation, such as Churon Winery.

Shopping and Eating in Houston, USA

Shopping and Eating in Houston, USA

Houston is one of the largest cities in the country of USA.

Shopping in Houston

Like all other major cities in the United States, Houston itself states that the city is a shopping paradise. And it’s probably true that you find everything between heaven and earth of produce in this great city.

Houston offers exciting specialty shops and, not least, huge shopping malls that stand out as the cathedrals of our time.

The Upper Kirby District
Here you will find a myriad of shops selling everything from shoes to interiors and baked goods. Walk the streets of Upper Kirby, West University and Montrose, e.g. Bissonnet Street Houston and Westheimer Road north of Hermann Park.

Shopping Centers in Houston

The Galleria
Shopping Center, which ranks # 1 in Houston defined by AbbreviationFinder, is The Galleria, a glass atrium with 375 stores selling exclusive products such as Cartier and Gucci and of course cheaper brands. The address is Westheimer Road, Uptown.

River Oaks Shopping Center
This 1932 center houses 65 stores and attracts tourists from all over the world. The address of River Oaks Shopping Center is West Gray, not far from Westheimer Road.

Uptown Park
With inspiration from Europe, Uptown Park stands out as a very refined shopping center with its colorful building located on an elegant piazza. The center consists of a number of exclusive shops. The address to Uptown Park is Uptown Park Boulevard.

Antiques and Flea Markets in Houston

The street for those who like to look at and maybe shop for antiques and art is 19th Street just north of downtown.

Flea markets are always fun. It is said that one of the best in Houston is the Sunny Flea Market located at 8705 Airline Drive. Here you will find everything from old LPs, computer games to popcorn machines and furniture.

Souvenirs in Houston

The typical Houston souvenir draws inspiration from Texas. Ie Cowboy hats, which, by the way, are much more expensive than you think, if you then buy a real version, belt buckles with ox emblems, Texas flags and maybe an elaborate craft product. There are many souvenir bins. One of the better, and more expensive, Texas and The Territories is located at The Galleria shopping center.

Eating in Houston

Food in Houston, USA

Houston is one of the cities in the United States with the best restaurant offerings. The residents often eat their food outside, which ensures that the restaurants are usually well visited.

The variety of cuisine is great in Houston and in addition to compulsory Tex-Mex food and barbecue, which you just have to experience, you have to make room for food from Germany, France, India, Italy, Lebanon, China, Thailand and Brazil, only to mention something.

With its location near the sea, seafood is popular. Eat shrimp and other shellfish at a restaurant or buy directly from boats at the harbor.

Restaurant tips in Houston

Of course, there are many downtown restaurants, and the Westheimer Road that runs through Montros, Galleria Areas and River Oaks has a number of restaurants. One suggestion is Mark’s American Cuisine where it would be unnecessary to explain the type of food on the menu? The address is 1628 Westheimer Road. The restaurant is very popular and reservations should be made early.

A good (and typically American) alternative is the Cheesecake Factory at 5015 Westheimer Road. [see image first in article].

Do you like Chinese food, or for that matter Vietnamese food? Then visit Houston’s big Chinatown. Here you will get everything from Peking Duck to Dim Sum. In the US, they love Asian food!

Do you want a slightly informal evening of real fajitas and maybe one or more Maragaritas too? Try El Tiempo Cantina at 5602 Washington Avenue. Mexican and Italian cuisine and a lovely atmosphere. Often full on weekends.

Shopping and Eating in Granada

Shopping and Eating in Granada

Granada is one of the largest cities in the country of Granada.

Shopping in Granada

It’s just so nice to walk around Granada and look around in various shops, galleries, markets and bazaars.

Shopping in Granada defined by AbbreviationFinder takes place primarily near the cathedral and on the streets of Calle Recogidas and Calle Reyes Católicos. These are streets in the historic center ofGranada. You will find primarily well-known stores such as Zara, Pull and Bear and the like.

Calle Elvira is a street in the Albayzin district and belongs to the Moorish part of Granada. Here you will find a number of exotic shops, almost bazaar-like, which not least offer good leather goods and lamps of all colors. Maybe this is where you find your dream souvenir?

Carrera del Darro is perhaps the most charming street in Granada. Here you will also find a number of exciting specialty shops and galleries.

If you are looking for cheap products of all types, then visit the street Calle Mesones almost in the middle of the city center. The street starts from the large square Plaza de La Trinidad which is easy to recognize with its beautiful fountain.

Shopping center in Granada

A favorite center for many in Granada is Nevada Shopping. It is biggest and best and an experience in itself. The address is Avenida de las Palmeras 75. You will find the center approx. 5 miles south of the historic center. Opening hours are from 1000 to 2200 every day of the week except Sundays where it is closed. Check out theNevada shopping website here!

Suvins and memories from Granada

In Granada you meet the Alhambra the same way you meet Mozartbullets in Salzburg. The fortress town of Alhambra can be found on postcards, cups and magnets and other items in all souvenir shops. You can also find Alhambra on liqueur bottles and as a motif on t-shirts. So if you are looking for something that symbolizes Granada, then you know what matters.

Specialty shops worth a stop in Granada

Otherwise, Granada offers a lot of food and drinks that are easily taken home. Take a trip to the famous and charming Al Sur shop / bar (see photo above), which is in line with the old and impressive entrance to the Old Town, Puerta Elvira. The address is Calle Elvira 150.

The dream shop for ladies of all ages is (maybe) the Patio. It is located in Calle del Darro 5 and offers perfume in endless variations. You can also create your own perfume in the store. In addition, thePatio de los Perfumes has its own perfume museum.

Candy in every shape is worth testing out in Granada. Why not visit Muzungu in Cuesta de Gomérez, 3 not far from Placa Nueva ? The shopMuzungu brings happiness to both you and your dentist.

If you are more than a so-called tea type, Medievo is the right place. You will find a giant Medievo store opposite the Cathedral of Granada. The address is Calle Cárcel Baja, 5. They also have different types of herbs and spices. Let the sense of smell get tested and visitedMedievo.

A must for anyone who loves great pictures and creativity is to visit the Galleria Alea in Calle del Darro 51. Simply our favorite shop. Why didn’t we buy the picture of David Bowie?

Eating in Granada

Food in Granada

Granada is known as one of the best tapas cities in Spain. It is teeming with good tapas restaurants in Granada.

The food in Granada is characterized by short-lived local produce. Much comes from the mountainous area near Granada. But food is also brought and brought from the sea, which after all is not far away.

Some classic dishes in Granada are the salad La Pipirrana (preferably contains onions, tomato, olive oil, boiled eggs, preferably some fish, cold meats, vinegar, pepper and garlic), las habas con jamon (which is beans with ham), La trotilla part Sacromonte (omelette with ham) and of course the cold tomato soup gazpacho. On the cake / dessert front, las Tortas de la Virgen and the caramelized sugar cookie la barreta will be typical of Granada.

But Granada has many other exciting things to offer in the food industry as well. Remember that Granada has been under many different cultures, and it has naturally affected the food as well. Especially food from the Middle East and North Africa. The menus are often from Morocco, including cous cous, traditional tea and dessert cakes.

Granada is teeming with restaurants, tapas bars, as well as so-called teterias (which are Arabic tea houses) and all types of bars. Also remember that Granada is a very large student city. This often results, as here in Granada, in very lively nightlife and plenty of affordable nightlife.

Some select restaurants in Granada

Los Jardines de Zoraya

Sometimes you also have to experience a dinner show with Flamenco. And then the best choice is Los Jardines de Zoraya, located in the street Calle Panaderos, centrally located in the Albaicin neighborhood of Granada.

Los Jardines de Zoraya serves up either delicious three- or four-course dinners for the two daily (nightly) flamenco shows.

Bar Avila

The traditional tapas restaurant or tapas bar if you want, we let Bar Avila represent. The restaurant has been in Granda since 1967 and you will find it in 16 Calle Verónica de la Virgen, which is reasonably centrally located in the middle of the city.

In Bar Avila, it usually gets crowded and you, like them, come for a beer, some wine or something stronger, and tapas.


At the more exclusive end of the scale, we choose Alameda which is located in the street Rector Morata 3 in Granada. There are several Michelin restaurants and of course so-called Michelin recommended restaurants. such as Alameda. Almeda is a gastrobar offering typical Andalusian cuisine, but with a modern twist. Here you also get various high quality fish dishes.

The best part is that you do not get broke for the prices here are very popular, the quality taken into consideration.

Restaurante Jardines Alberto

As a green oasis, you will find Restaurante Jardines Alberto (see photo first in the article) near the entrance to the Alhambra. The address is Paseo de la Sabica. The prices scare no one, and certainly not when you think about the quality of the food.

The restaurant is family run and was started in the 1950s by the son of the famous painter Ramón Carazo. Originally it was a party place with Flamenco. In 1985 Carmen became a restaurant.

Opening hours are usually from 0900 to midnight. Here you get both lunch and dinner. Sundays and Mondays, Restaurante Jardines closes Alberto at 2030.


With perhaps the most stylish location, ie the top of the Centro Cultural Memoria de Andalucia, you will find the gourmet restaurant Arriaga, which is perhaps also the best and most beautiful restaurant in Granada. Here it is not reasonable, but then you get Michelin quality. And great views are included.

Arriaga’s address is Av. De la Ciencia 2, ca. 1.5 kilometers outside the center of the research park. NB! Arriaga is definitely worth a visit, but stays closed Mondays. In addition, Arriaga serves lunch only on Sundays and Tuesdays. Lunch is 1345 to 1530 and dinner is 2045 to 2230. Book in advance.

Shopping and Eating in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Shopping and Eating in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

According to AbbreviationFinder, Fort Lauderdale is one of the largest cities in the country of United States.

Shopping in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas are a shopping paradise. In general, we can say that the price level of anything but luxury goods and expensive fashion brands is cheaper than in Norway.

It is especially beneficial to buy sportswear and sports gear Fort Lauderdale. The same goes for some clothing from famous brands.

Sawgrass Mills – The World’s Largest Outlet

The world’s largest outlet mall, Sawgrass Mills, is located by the city of Sunrise, a few miles outside Fort Lauderdale. Here are brands from the world’s leading manufacturers with big discounts.

Adidas, Anne Klein, Banana Republic, Gap, Clarks, Foot Locker, Fossil Co, Guess, Hush Puppies, JC Penney, Jockey, Lacoste, Oakley, Nike, Neimann Marcus, Saks 5th Avenue, Polo Ralph Lauren, Quicksilver, Puma and many several offer everything from clothes, shoes, glasses, home decor, sports equipment etc.

At Sawgrass Mills you will also find a large selection of cinemas and other entertainment. At Sawgrass Mills you also get food service in the huge food court with dishes from all over the world.

Boulevards and shopping

Elegant Las Olas Boulevard starts at the boardwalk and extends up Andrews Avenue. This is Fort Lauderdale’s answer to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Here it is delicious, elegant and expensive. You will find trendy shops, hairdressers, art galleries and everything else that belongs to jet-set life.

Equally central, at the bottom of Sunrise Boulevard, is an elegant mall called Galleria Mall. Here you will find Neiman-Marcus, Saks, Macy’s and more. These are stores in the higher price range and with a price level in line with what you find at home. Let’s add that the restaurant offer is good at the Galleria Mall.

The Gallery and the boardwalk

The Gallery at Beach Placeis superbly located on the boardwalk Ft Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. Here there are opportunities for outdoor shopping combined with entertainment, nightlife and restaurant visits.

The shops are modern, youthful and trendy. T-shorts, sunglasses and fashion clothing dominate the selection. NB! You will find many good and affordable sports shoes.

Flea Market Swap Shop

Florida’s largest indoor flea market is called the Swap Shopand is located just across from Sunrise Boulevard. Other entertainment is offered here, including circus every day except Tuesdays.

Golf equipment in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale with all its golf courses is a golfer’s paradise. If you buy golf equipment here, you can quickly save up to 40% compared to buying the same equipment at home. You can choose from several major sports stores, including theSports Authority, located on Sunrise Boulevard, andEdwin Watts Golf on the Federal Highway.

Eating in Fort Lauderdale

Food in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

With more than 3,500 restaurants, there are great opportunities to taste culinary dishes from almost every corner of the globe.

Fort Lauderdale has everything from intimate cafes and outdoor seating to elegant luxury restaurants. Of course, there are also many steakhouses in addition to all possible varieties of fast food restaurants. Many of the latter are also well known here at home.

The food in Fort Lauderdale is as versatile and diverse as the people living in the United States. In particular, many immigrants from Italy live here. Therefore, the city has many Italian restaurants.

But you will also find tavernas from Greece, Chinese restaurants, sushi bars as well as restaurants serving traditional Cuba food and the rest of the West Indies. If we also mention restaurants that serve food from Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Thailand and Israel, you understand that eating in Fort Lauderdale is something very special.

If we are to mention typical local food, it must be fresh seafood in addition to exotic fruits and vegetables. By the way, Fort Lauderdale, like the rest of the United States, is known for juicy steaks and ribs – and burgers, of course.

Shopping and Eating in Costa Rica

Shopping and Eating in Costa Rica

According to AbbreviationFinder, Costa Rica is one of the countries in Central America.

Shopping in Costa Rica

This is not the country you go to for shopping. Most imported products, such as electronics and fashion clothing, are just as affordable in Europe, and with much better selection and opportunity to return any defective goods. But on other items you can make some bargains in Costa Rica. The leather products are generally of high quality and everything from belts, bags, suitcases and shoes are easily accessible. You also get very good prices for clothes that are manufactured locally or in neighboring countries, although that is not exactly the case for the catwalk.

Costa Rica’s largest export items are bananas and coffee. Banana clusters may not be the ideal souvenir to take home in your suitcase, but the local coffee is world class and affordable. This one will certainly offer you the purchase of coffee plantations that you visit, but it is often cheaper at supermarkets. Be sure to buy Puro, and not the blended, sugary Tradicional.

The craftsmanship that you will come across is both fine and colorful. Normally this is of high quality, but not infrequently the art of craftsmanship is imported from cheaper countries such as Panama and Guatemala, and is not really Costa Rican.

It may be tempting to buy a box of genuine Cuban cigars, which are sold all over Costa Rica at a fraction of the price in Europe. But keep in mind that if you fly home via the United States, you risk getting confiscated. Cuban products are illegal to bring into the United States, even if you only change plans there.

And by all means do not go into the trap of buying any plant or animal products, even though it is obviously for sale. You get stopped in customs with products of eg snake skin, lizard skin, protected plants, turtle or coral, so not only do you risk it, but you also deserve a juicy cure. Even small earrings or necklaces of the wrong material can get you in trouble. You also help to continue the hunt for endangered species.

Most stores in Costa Rica are open from 08:00 or 09:00 to 18:00 or 19:00 on weekdays and Saturdays. Sundays are mostly closed everywhere, except for some grocery stores in the larger cities. Even if you pay a 13% sales tax on all goods and services, there is no tax-free system to refund this upon departure.

Eating in Costa Rica

Food in Costa Rica

Don’t expect the great culinary experiences during your Costa Rica visit. The typical local dishes consist mostly of black beans and rice, often with various vegetables and some spices, with tortillas added. But in return, this food is both reasonably priced and available virtually anywhere.

However, the lowlands on the Caribbean coast have adopted the food culture of the Caribbean, primarily Jamaica, and here you can expect to serve several more exotic and tasty dishes. Naturally, seafood is more common here than in the Highlands.

If you do not want to experiment in the food when traveling, you will find in Costa Rica the same international chains as in the rest of the world. Both McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, KFC and TGI Fridays have found their way to the big cities, and you will always find a Chinese or Indian restaurant.

The country’s best restaurants can be found in the capital, San Jose, and it’s not particularly expensive, not even the most exclusive. You should be pretty extravagant to manage to spend over $ 300 on a meal if you avoid loosening imported wine bottles.

Coffee and other drinks in Costa Rica

Costa Rica coffee is world class and one of the country’s most important export products next to bananas. Almost everyone drinks coffee, including the kids. The coffee is usually served with milk and sugar, so ask for cafe negro its azucar (black coffee without sugar) if you prefer it black. Coffee is usually served only for breakfast and lunch, with hardly anyone drinking coffee late in the day.

Wine has no traditions in Costa Rica, but the local beer is light and tasty and is often drunk for food. The most common brands are Pilsen, Imperial and Bavaria. And watch out for the strong, glossy sugar liquor guaro.

There is often a very good selection of juices from tropical fruits that it may be long until the next time you have the opportunity to drink in freshly squeezed form, so go for it! Passion fruit, mango, papaya, pineapple and guava are just some of the tasty and healthy varieties that await.

Shopping and Eating in Chicago, USA

Shopping and Eating in Chicago, USA

Chicago is one of the largest cities in the country of USA.

Shopping in Chicago

Chicago is undoubtedly a great shopping city, both in terms of quality and quantity of shops. The city calls itself in typical American style as the best shopping city in the entire world United States, New York City included.

The fact is, in any case, that Chicago is a city where most of the best-known dealers and department stores in the country are located.

Popular shopping streets and areas of Chicago

State Street and Michigan Avenue are a matter of course for the shopping crowds. The same goes for the Wicker Park and Lincoln Park areas, not least for those looking for upscale stores with the latest trendy products. Here you will find everything from antiques, food and jewelry, to fashion shops with clothes and shoes.

Michigan Avenue is popularly called “the Magnificent Mile” on the crowds, not least because of its more than 450 stores offering everything the heart desires. We can also recommend Oak Street right on Michigan Avenue. If you go to the River North Gallery District you will also find more than 60 galleries for those looking for art and antiques.

Typical shopping in Chicago

If you are first in Chicago defined by AbbreviationFinder then there are two things everyone buys with them. One is the sovereignty of the city’s pride in American sports. Typical souvenir shops with sporting goods can be found in several places. The alternative is Niketown Chicago at 669 N. Michigan Avenue, which is a flagship of Nike stores. And of course open 7 days a week.

The other archetypal to buy is denim clothing, or olabaks and olajaks in good Norwegian. One tip, then, might be The Original Levi’s Store on Michigan Avenue (N 600). Here you get everything that Levis produces, whether you are big or small, boy or girl.

Chicago’s best department stores and shopping malls

Americans love department stores and shopping malls, and in Chicago you will find several worth visiting. Among other things, we mention:

Bloomingdales is located at 900 N. Michigan Avenue and has 6 floors of clothing and shoes for everyone in the family. Stick to the information on the 2nd floor so it is not impossible that you get to participate in the magazine’s promotional activities, and most often this is a gift given to you as a merchant.

You must also visit Chicago Place which is open seven days a week, normally from 1000 to 1900. Sundays open to Chicago Place 1200 and close at 1700.

In partially the same street, at Micihigan Avenue and Fifth Avenue, you will find Saks offering top quality when it comes to shoes, boots and bags.

Marshall Field & Co. or now more commonly known as Macy’s is a Chicago shopping legend dating back to 1852. The address for today’s major department store is State Street in the Downtown Loop neighborhood.

Remember to test the chocolate department in the basement where you can taste the unique Frango chocolate (mint) sold only here. This is also the mall with the well-known corner clocks that were first installed in 1879.

Outlets near Chicago

Outlets, ie stores that sell branded and designer clothing at discounted prices due to small cosmetic or discounted models, are popular in the United States and there is hardly a better opportunity to get top quality items for lower prices.

In Chicago, you won’t get outside of Chicago Premium Outlets with its 120 outlet stores, be it Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Gap Outlet, Giorgio Armani, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sony, or more. The address is west of downtown Chicago, turn off at Aurora Farnsworth Avenue North. Calculate a 45 minute drive. Open all days of the week, but may be closed at holidays.

Special stores in Chicago

Regardless of your special interests, you will most likely find a store in Chicago that meets your needs. In any case, we think the following slightly special stores may be worth visiting:

What would the United States have been without popcorn? Why not visit the popcorn heaven embodied through the Garrett Popcorn Shop in the great Michigan Avenue shopping street? (N 670). Here even popcorn is sold in their own gift boxes.

Brimfield is an independent specialty store located at 5219 N Clark Street (Uptown) and is a dream for anyone who loves interiors, cattage chic and vintage style.

If you love fashion, clothing and accessories, visit the Luxury Garage Sale at 1658 N Wells Street near Lincoln Park. Here you will find Chanel bags and McQueen creations alternating. It’s expensive, but cheap… If you understand.

Shopping with or for children in Chicago

If you are traveling with children or are shopping for gifts for children, of course, a visit to Chicago’s huge The Disney Store is a natural choice. The Disney Store is also located on Michigan Avenue (N 717) with all the well-known and beloved characters we all know from Disney’s movies and books.

For little girls, American Girl Place at 111 E. Chicago Avenue will be the dream. Here the American girl dream is brought to life. Maybe a little too American for some, but clearly something that gets the little girls a hundred!

Eating in Chicago

Food in Chicago, USA

Of course, in a city the size of Chicago, you have a huge selection of eateries, from the simplest street stalls to the most exclusive gourmet restaurants.

And there are so many of them that you rarely need to queue, unless you absolutely MUST enter the city’s Hard Rock Cafe or Rainforest Cafe, there are plenty of options close by.

Resturant tips for Chicago

It may not be so easy to find food and restaurants that are distinctive to Chicago, but the city’s residents are happy to take the credit for inventing Deep Pan Pizza. Another local specialty is the spicy sausage type Maxwell Street Polish.

Be aware that you may want to get a sneak peek from any serious sausage seller if you ask for ketchup, as opposed to banned on gourmet sausages. The same applies to a great deal of strong mustard, which they believe destroys the taste of the main ingredient; meat.

And to top it all, the Americans are very fond of their Steakhouses, and among the foremost in Chicago are Mike Ditka’s Restaurant, Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse and Gibson’s Steakhouse.

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

This is the most famous Deep Pan Pizza restaurant chain in the world. They claim (of course) that they have the world’s best pizza. You should check it out yourself too, because it is actually very good! You will find a number of Lou Malnati’s in Chicago. Among others, you’ll find one at 805 S State Street, another at 439 N Wells Street and a third at 1120 N State Street.

Lou Malnati’s is usually open from 1100 until midnight, and usually an hour longer on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Signature Room in Chicago

The Signature Room is undoubtedly the most distinctive restaurant experience you can have in Chicago. Located on the 96th floor of the Hancock Center, this restaurant, and if you book a table well in advance, you have a completely unmatched view of Chicago and Lake Michigan. It is not very cheap, the main courses cost around 250 kroner, but unless there is dense fog, you will probably not regret the expenses. Of course, the restaurant has a solid wine selection.

Food from all over the world in Chicago

Chicago has countless ethnic restaurants, often located in their respective neighborhoods, which increase internal competition, and eateries with poor service or poor quality of food thus quickly succumb. Chicago has one of America’s largest and liveliest Chinatown, and there is also a Little Italy, Ukrainian Village, Greek Town, Little India, etc. Around Lincoln Square and Albany Park, there are many restaurants serving South Korea, Germany or Central East.

Food Festival in Chicago

Every food lover should take part in the annual Taste Of Chicago, the world’s largest food festival, which takes place in Grant Park for ten days around National Day, July 4th. Over three million people visit the event every year, where there is also music and entertainment from several stages.

Shopping and Eating in Boston, USA

Shopping and Eating in Boston, USA

Boston is one of the largest cities in the country of USA.

Shopping in Boston

The main reason why Americans even visit Boston is shopping. When we know that for centuries Boston has been a market town that has attracted merchants and merchants, everything should cater for the merchant.

Most are heading directly for Newbury Street, where you will find all kinds of shops scattered on both sides of the street over eight blocks.

The other major shopping district is Downtown Crossing, located right by Boston Common Park. This is an old town with pedestrian streets full of shops, market stalls and department stores.

Downtown’s most famous store is Filene’s Basement, two floors below the ground that sells tons of surplus goods from the chain of the same name. Here you can find everything from designer clothes and perfume to wedding dresses and jewels at dumping prices.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston

We also do not get outside the tourists’ favorite area, the traditional Faneuil Hall Marketplace. [See image first in article]. Here you can spend hours looking through the offerings of sovereign stalls and carts, while jugglers, jugglers and other street performers are attracting the attention of many visitors. There are also many fun stores indoors, such as the upper floors of Quincy Market.

If you want a slightly less tourist-oriented market, try Haymarked just around the corner, which is open Fridays and Saturdays.

Souvenirs in Boston

The most typical souvenir of the Boston tourist is probably war antiques. Boston and New England are the oldest region in the United States, and you will find many galleries and antique shops where you can purchase items from both the Civil War and the War of Independence. The area at Beacon Hill should be the first stop if tempted.

Generally about shopping in Boston

Most shops are open from 1000 to 1900 every day except Sundays. Some of the largest department stores close even later, and of course have Sundays open.

Tax-free shopping in the United States is a chapter for itself, and sales tax varies from state to state. In Massachusetts, for example, there are no taxes and taxes on clothing and fabrics, and only 5% sales tax on other items. If you buy something expensive, you should investigate in advance whether the sales tax is refundable, but often this can be a complicated affair that requires the goods to be exported where you live.

Eating in Boston

Food in Boston, USA

Boston defined by AbbreviationFinder has a good selection of eateries in all price categories. Thanks to a population of roots from all over the world, you will find countless ethnic restaurants, be it Vietnamese, Italian, Mexican, Indian, Japanese, Caribbean, Chinese or Russian restaurants in Boston.

Boston has food for everyone, and you can easily find restaurants in the wide avenues of Back Bay and in North End’s narrow alleyways. A safe place for restaurants in the north end of Boston is Hannover Street, [see photo first in article].

Seafood in Boston

Boston has always been known for its many good seafood restaurants, and the best of these are naturally located down by the harbor. Legal Sea Foods is a chain of nearly ten restaurants in Boston that has a very good reputation. You will find Legal Sea Foods at 255 State Street, 26 Park Plaza and 100 Hungtington avenue.

You also have a very large selection of eateries at Quincy Market, a historic 1820s building at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Here you will find both exclusive restaurants and cheap fast food stalls serving everything from lobster to shish kebab.

And always there are street performers who entertain in the square outside. Yes, it is aimed at the tourists, and there are always a lot of people here, but definitely an entertaining experience. The address of Faneuil Hall Marketplace is Market Street.

Chinese food in Boston

If you love Chinese food, you’ll find a number of authentic Chinese restaurants in Boston’s Chinatown, located in the streets of Washington Street, Beach Street, Essex Street and Kneeland Street, southeast of Boston Common Park.

The East Ocean City restaurant at 27 Beach Street is considered one of the best, but the fierce competition means that many of the restaurants keep high quality and low prices.

Exclusive restaurants in Boston

The slightly more trendy and upscale restaurants are located in the theater district of the South End. Also in Back Bay you will find several of the better (and more expensive) eateries, such as L’Espalier at 774 Boylston Street and the stylish Excelsior at 272 Boylston Street. At both places a reservation is usually required.

Pub and nightlife in Boston

The many Irish who emigrated to America have made a definite mark on Boston’s nightlife, for there are many genuine Irish pubs, unlike the many like-Irish pubs you find around the world. Boston also boasts of having America’s oldest pub that has been in continuous operation. At 45-55 Union Street is Bell In Hand Tavern, which celebrated its 200th anniversary as early as 1995.

Bell In Hand is open until 0200 every day of the week.

Although Monty Python has forever and ever made sure to give American beer words for being thin and tasteless (“Like making love in a canoe; it’s f *** ing close to water”), Boston can turn in the table of producing the beer that has been voted the best in the United States on several occasions; Samuel Adams. In good American spirit, you actually have to confirm that you are over 21 years of age to enter your date of birth before you are allowed to visit their website at all.

No, we have not forgotten the TV series and the world success Cheers. It is inspired by the Bull and Finch Pub, located on Beacon Hill, specifically at 84 Beacon Street. This one is not at all similar to the bar you know from the TV, but it definitely does the replica located in Faneuil Hall in Market Street.