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Speakeasies first appeared during the United States prohibition era of the 1920s and largely faded away not long after, but if you look closely, you can still find hidden bars and restaurants all over the world. Here are five of our favorite secret restaurants – some are tricky to find, but all are totally worth the effort! L’etage de Pastavino Paris If you didn’t know better, you wouldn’t look past La Bottega Pastavino, an ordinary Italian deli on a busy street in Paris’s Saint Germain district. But wander past…

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No matter where in the world you are, fall seems to be beer season. To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite beer festivals around the world. (Just remember to drink responsibly!) 1. Oktoberfest Munich, Germany Flickr: trentstrohm / Creative Commons Of course we have to kick it off with the mother of all beer festivals: Oktoberfest. This gigantic festival (it received around 6 million visitors last year) has been running since 1810 and commemorates the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and…

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Our members exchange homes of all shapes and sizes, from cozy apartments to sprawling estates and everything in between. Today, we’re shining a spotlight on some of the most design-centric listings on HomeExchange.com. Which one is your favorite? 1. Paris, France The owners of this Parisian spot are a photographer and a street artist, so it’s no wonder the space is infused throughout with unique, creative touches.   2. Gothenburg, Sweden This beautifully modern, kid-friendly home is close to the sea and the city, surrounded by nature. –…

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What’s better than having fun things to do? Having fun free things to do. Welcome to our blog series, 10 Free Things. Today we’re exploring 10 fun and free things to do in London.   1. Hit the museums In reality, there are enough museums in London that you could easily spend a week doing nothing but strolling through their halls. Luckily, it’s absolutely free to visit the city’s most popular museums and galleries. Highlights include the Tate Modern, the British Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery.  …

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Offer me a castle in Spain, a mansion in Monaco, an apartment in Paris and no dice. Leave London in June? But it’s the season!

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London is home to some of the most beautiful, well-preserved parks and gardens in the world. Here are just a few can’t-miss spots.