#Poland – #JourneythroughJewishHistory


▪ If you are foodie and you travel for food, you’ll be happy to visit Poland.
▪ #Krakow is the charming and the perfect weekend destination city in #Europe . The city is so beautiful with old buildings and quarters.
▪ #BialowiezaForest, the last remaining #primevalforest, and home to 500-year old oak tree.
▪ #GDANSK, rich in history, close to the sea, nice restaurants and beautiful old buildings.
▪ #Warsaw, #CapitalofPoland , is a beautiful and modern city with lots of charming and cool places to see. The Palace of Culture and Science is especially beautiful and also the tallest building in the Country.
▪ #WieliczkaSaltMine is one of the oldest salt mines in the World and definitely one of the coolest ones.
▪ #KamienczykWaterfall, beautiful waterfall in the Southwestern part of the Country.
▪ Forests and nature cover a big area of the Country.
▪ #Karpacz, lovely ski resort in the #KarkonoszeMountains of Southwestern Poland.

 

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Indian & Vegetarian Restaurants in Iceland


#Reykjavík City :

Austur-Indíafjelagið.
Hverfisgata 56. Located in Reykjavík city center. Tel: (+ 354) 552 1630
Description: An upscale Indian restaurant that offers good food and service. Highly recommended for our clients.
http://www.austurindia.is/

Hraðlestin (The Indian Express).
Located on Lækjargata 8. Hverfisgata 64 and Hlíðarsmári 8 (Kópavogur). Tel: (+ 354) 578 3838
Description: The Indian Express is a high-quality Indian restaurants chain in Reykjavík with a charming and relaxed Bollywood décor. Some of the most popular dishes are the Western/Indian combinations of gunpowder masala, sweet potato fries and chicken tikka pizzas.

Shalimar.
Located on Austurstræti 4 (Reykjavík city centre). Tel: (+ 354) 551 0292
Description: Pakistani and Northern Indian cuisine that only uses fresh ingredients and homemade spices. Open for lunch, dinner and catering.
http://www.shalimar.is/

Gandhi.
Pósthússtræti 17 (in the city centre). Tel: (+354) 511 1691
Description: Indian restaurant in the city centre, focusing on South-Indian food from the Kerala area.
http://www.gandhi.is/welcome/index.html

Saffran.
Álfheimum 74 (104 Reykjavík). Dalvegi 4 (201 Kópavogur). Bæjarhrauni 16 (220 Hafnafjörður). Tel : (+354) 578 7874
Description: A popular restaurant or take away that serves healthy, fresh and exotic food. The menu is mostly based on Indian and Persian cuisine with a mix of French, Italian and Icelandic cooking.
http://saffran.is/ (only in icelandic)

Bombay Bazaar.
Located in Hamraborg 3 (Kópavogur). Tel: (+354) 519 2525.
Description: Indian restaurant that offers ingredients from Mumbai (Bombay).
http://www.bombaybazaar.is/

#VegetarianRestaurants in Reykjavik:

All restaurants in Iceland offers vegetarian courses. Here below is a list of restaurants that specialises in vegetarian dishes.

Gló.
Laugavegur 20B, located on Reykjavík´s main shopping street in Reykjavík and on Engjateig 19 (105 Reykjavík), Strandgata 34 (220 Hafnafjörður). Tel: (+354) 552 8410
Description: The best vegetarian restaurant in town that takes pride in using fresh ingredients and buying as much possible from Icelandic farmers. Located on second floor, walk in from the side street. Gló offers vegan, chicken, gluten free and raw food. Gló also offers coffee, tea and desert.
http://www.glo.is/

Kryddlegin Hjörtu.
Hverfisgata 33. Tel: (+345) 588 8818
Description: Organic food, soup and salad bar. Bio restaurant,bar and café.
http://www.kryddleginhjortu.is/english

Happ.
Höfðatorgi. Tel: (+354) 414 3060.
Description: Happ focuses on delivering healthy and organic food. They offer a broad selection of vegetarian dishes with fresh ingredients.
http://www.happ.is/

Lifandi Markaður
Borgartún 24. Located close to the Grand Hotel (around 5 minute walk). Tel: (+354) 585 8700
Description: Organic food store, yoga center and restaurant with a wide range of health foods, salad bar, supplements and pr-prepared dishes to eat in relaxing surroundings or take away.

Krúska.
Located on Suðurlandsbraut 12 (close to Hotel Reykjavík Nordica,108 Reykjavík). Tel: (+354) 557 5880
Description: Organic food store that also serves vegetarian food.
http://kruska.is/ (only in icelandic)

Ecstay´s Heart Garden – Garðurinn.
Located on Klpparstígur 37, in the city centre. Tel: (+ 354) 561 2345.
Description: Very small and cosy vegetarian restaurant. The staff all study meditation with noted teacher Sri Chinmoy.
http://heart-garden.is/

Bergson Mathús
Bergson mathús serves healthy and delicious food, food for the soul. Serves breakfast, lunch and early dinner, as well as excellent coffe and cakes. Bergson mathús is located close to the city hall, the parliament, and Tjörnin lake.
Address: Templarasund 3, city centre. Tel: (+354) 571 1822
http://www.bergsson.net/

Café Flora
Housed in a pretty greenhouse and offers lights meals made from locally grown organic vegetables and herbs.
Located in Botanical Gardens, 104 Reykjavik, tel: (+354) 553 8872
http://www.cafeflora.is/

#Akureyri (North of Iceland)

Café Ilmur.
Located in Akureyri, Hafnarstræti 107b. Tel: (+345 571 6444).
Description: A restaurant and café with healthy vegetarian dishes. Table service.
Opening hours: Every day from 8-23.

Indian Curry Hut.
Located in Akureyri.. Tel : (+354) 461 4242
Description: A Take away place with good food at a reasonable price. The Vindaloo chicken is very good.

Silva Restaurant.
Located outside of the Akureyri area. Farm: Sydra-Laugaland Efra. Tel: (+354) 851 1360
Description: Raw food dishes and vegetarian dishes.
http://silva.is

Visit Akureyri – Food & Drinks
http://www.visitakureyri.is/en/food-and-drinks

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Iceland – Christmas & New Year’s Tours


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#adlertours offers exclusively the following fixed departure / Seat-In-Coach tours over the holidays:

Christmas & Northern Lights (23-27.12.18)
New Year’s & Glacier Lagoon (28.12.18-01.01.19)
New Year’s & Northern Lights (29.12.18-02.01.19)

If you are looking for the prime location and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Reykjavik with a 360°view for dinner and firework show, Contact us for more details.

Experience The Northern Lights


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#ExperienceTheNorthernLights #NorwayScenicTrain #HurtigrutenCruise #NorwayinaNutshell #adlertours

Austria’s Mountains


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#Vienna #Salzburg #Innsbruck #adlertours

Best of Slovakia


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Iceland – The Winter Destination


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#NorthernLights #BlueLagoon #GoldenCircle #Gullfosswaterfall #GeysirGeothermalRegion #Seljalandsfosswaterfall #Skogafosswaterfall #adlertours

Vienna – Prague – Budapest Package

PHOTOGENIC PARADISE SANTORINI


The Greek isle of Santorini has survived through its past history and natural disasters to retain its title as the most photogenic paradise.

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It starts out as a holiday from hell. Greece is in the throes of stormy weather in the beginning of summer – our ferry is cancelled and we have to settle for expensive air tickets. As we land on the island, the sky is a smouldering grey and the first drizzle depresses us; we were looking for islands in the sun…instead, we wrap ourselves in fleece and caps as we head out.

According to Greek mythology, Santorini was a handful of dirt that the sea god Triton gave to the Argonauts. Another tale says that the god Zeus hurled the core of the island at his enemies – the Titans – and the imprint of his fingers can be still seen on four inlets of the island. Called Kallisti, “The Loveliest,” when it was first settled, this crescent shaped photogenic island locally called Thira, is famous for its dramatic setting.

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Rimmed by striated red and grey volcanic cliffs and lined with a chain of vertiginous villages, with white sugar cube houses that drip down the edges like frosting on a cake, it is probably the most photogenic in the Aegean. Three thousand years ago, Santorini changed forever when a volcano exploded with such force that the centre collapsed into the ocean and a tsunami wipe out the entire Minoan civilization. Plumes of lava ripped through the skies in a mammoth explosion. Legend has it that the lost city of Atlantis was inspired by his volcanic eruption.

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BLUE AND WHITE LAND: We choose to stay at Oia, a pretty village in the northern most part of the island, in a traditional cave hotel that is chiseled into the soft volcanic rock where one villa’s roof is the next villa’s balcony. The owner is generous and upgrades us to an apartment, as we have arrived during off-season just after Greek Easter, when the islands are slowly being readied for the summer. This is when hotels are painted, woodwork is polished and plants are tended to. This jumble of cave houses called hyposkafa was built for fishermen and sailors. These were nestled in the cliff rocks, and one could see only their arched entrance, so that the inhabitants could hide from pirates. Above these cave houses are Venetian mansions built for the wealthy sea captions, called kapetanea. It’s a world where white and blue are the predominant hues.

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Locals say that the Turks who settled on the island were banned from using the national colours of Greece, and to defy them, they painted the houses in the colours of the national flag! Oia is also an artist’s hub, with colourful shops lining the main street paved in marble, selling jewellery, paintings and carvings as well as distinctive doors painted with scenes from the village.

From Oia, we walk down to the small fishing village of Amoudi Bay lined with seafood in small eateries, giving us the chance to snorkel and swim in the clear waters.

As the sun comes out, changing the complexion of our vacation for the better, we gaze enviously at the luxurious villas with their infinity pools spilling over the sides of the cliffs. Rows and rows of white balconies with blue swimming pools and umbrellas hug the sides of the cliffs.

Precipitous paths wrap their way around this maze. We spend our days walking through the vertical world, watching adroit waiters lugging breakfast on their shoulders nonchalantly, shops displaying colourful watercolours, blue domes of churches framed with sprays of bright pink bougainvillea, offering a striking contrast to the white and blue colour scheme of the entire island. I get lost often, walking through the labyrinth of streets that were meant to thwart pirates long ago.

Almost every street seems to end in a whitewashed church. Santorini has just eight thousand inhabitants, but more than three hundred churches with their signature blue domes and pretty bell towers, most of them built by grateful seamen, for having been saved from fierce storms.

ISLAND RETREAT: we take a trip to Fira, the capital of the island, accessed by more than 500 steps from the port. If Oia is tranquil, Fira is robust and full of life.

Fira is where the big cruise ships come and dock and the presence of big spenders have resulted in a lot of gaudy stores. We walk through the cobbled lanes paved with volcanic stone, ‘Gold Street’ filled with shops selling expensive gold jewellery and rest our tired traveller’s feet at cafes with panoramic views of the volcano.

There are liveried donkeys that ferry tourists who choose that over a cable car from the harbour at the foot of the cliff. I see a time warp of wizened old women basking in the sun and Greek orthodox priests with long beards, alongside camera-toting Japanese tourists who fill up their memory cards recklessly.

Santorini is a hedonist’s paradise, with infinity pools and black beaches to bask on – but scratch below the surface and you will find the scars of its turbulent past; hoteliers build properties teetering on the edge of the volcanic crater, and farmers till the hard soil and plant vines in spite of the lack of rain.

I realised how fragile the island and its romantic hotels are when I take a trip to the volcano, walking up a grey ash path, with the whiff of sulphur and the hiss of steam signifying that it still has life.

I follow it up with a swim in Palei Kameni, a hot sulphur spring where you feel like you are drowning in a pool of sewage, but it works wonders for your skin.

ANCIENT WONDERS: long ago, Santorini was home to one of the most advanced civilizations of the world. I find the ghosts of the past everywhere. I see them in the gorgeous wall paintings in the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in the capital. Some of the oldest vineyards are still found on Santorini’s surprisingly fertile soil. For a time warp experience, I visit the southern tip of the island, where the Bronze Age archaeological site, Akrotiri, exists with the ruins of ancient settlements with mosaics and frescoes preserved perfectly for centuries under layers of pumice. Imagine a Minoan city, with well-planned streets and squares and three-storey houses, buried by a volcanic eruption. Artefacts, furniture and vivid frescoes that decorated the houses of its sophisticated wealthy sea merchants that were unearthed show that its must have been a very sophisticated civilization.

Come sunset, I head to the end of the village, for the famed Santorini ritual of watching the sun inching towards of purple horizon, casting vivid shadows of purple and orange on the whitewashed facades. I look forward to dinners at open air restaurants on the precipice that arrange their tables and chairs on the edge of the cliff and give the phrase ‘meal with a view’ a completely new dimension!

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With more than 300 days of sunshine and rich volcanic soil, Santorini is quite the foodie paradise – on every table in the island are fava beans grown on the island and made into a puree with capers and other flavouring. We feast on local specialties like baby squids batter fried and tomato fritters made with the island’s aromatic cherry tomatoes.

My Santorini sojourn is all about those Eureka moments; catching sight of a gorgeous seascape painted on old doors and windows of an art gallery, a black cat napping on a blinding white parapet, a little secret courtyard aflame with geraniums, a blue door that seems to lead nowhere, the constant soundtrack of pealing church bells and finally, the rosy hues of the setting sun against the dramatic cliffs heralding the curtain call to yet another day in paradise.

Courtesy by K.T.

Graceful Monaco


Home to arguably the world’s most glamorous royal family, this tiny city-state welcomes celebrities and high rollers in their droves, no doubt drawn to its glitzy nightlife and designer boutiques.

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Monaco is a discreet, welcoming place and that is why celebrities like it here: they can stay in private and not be disturbed by fans. This is a place where wealthy and successful people come to live because they know they can leave million-dollar artworks in their Ferraris, or not lock their doors, and come back to find everything is still there.

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The countless security cameras that swivel and zoom every time you cross a street or walk into a shop no doubt help, but Charlotte’s back on brand, pointing towards the perfectly placed bunches of flowers that decorate the lobby. Here enthusiasm is contagious. Monaco is a glamorous city – state, penned in by France and the Mediterranean and just a short drive from Italy.

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Now, with Nicole Kidman’s biopic of Grace Kelly opening the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and Louis Vuitton’s cruise collection dropping anchor here, it’s clear Monte Carlo’s star cachet is on the rise. Add warm weather, beautiful scenery and a history scattered with royal tales and intrigue….it is a must to visit place.

The world’s smallest city-state has a population of just 30000, yet every time there is a big event – a society wedding, or even a Robbie Williams concert – that number rises to 2000000.

For beautiful, spacious rooms, a Karl Lagerfield-designed restaurant and the occasional celebrity spotting, Hotel Metropole is very lovely indeed. The staff at the hotel are super-friendly – ask them to print you a Princess Grace tour map.

Courtesy by G.N.

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