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…

What’s better than having fun things to do? Having fun free things to do. Welcome to our blog series, 10 Free Things. Make the most of the city that never sleeps with 10 fun and free things to do in New York City. 1. Smell the roses at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden The beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Garden is home to a stunning collection of flora, including an impressive array of orchids. Admission is free every Tuesday and on Saturdays from 10am to noon. Tip: Stick with free admission…

If you are hooked on running, keep on reading! After reading about Rafa’s experience, you will want to sign up for “funning” instead and travel to every marathon in the world. Meet Rafa, a journalist, marathon runner, and HomeExchange.com member. Rafa’s first trip to New York in 2007 coincided with the NYC Marathon and he says, “it was love at first sight. It amazed me how many stories I saw concentrated in that race.” Rafa had never run a race before, but that day he decided to join…