As you chat with Basil Eleiwa over a chilled strawberry-and-fresh-lemonade cocktail in his 11th-floor restaurant Level Up, it’s surprisingly easy to believe him when he predicts that his native city could yet become one of the great tourist hubs of the Middle East. With breathtaking views from its terrace, of the sea to the west and over the city to the north and east, you can understand why it’s become a favourite haunt of the middle class here – whether it’s the young women (many with head coverings, some more daringly without) and men sipping tea and sucking water pipes filled with sweet-flavoured tobacco delivered by a narghila man in a fez, or the families out for an evening treat enjoying caesar salads or pepper steaks brought to their tables by impeccably black-tunicked waiters. It could be a popular hangout in Dubai or Sharm El Sheikh – only classier. But hang on. This is Gaza. At night, especially when the city is plunged into darkness by the … [Read more...] about The future of Gaza: from city under siege to world tourism hub?
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One of the best ways of exploring a new city is by ditching the car and strolling along the streets, taking in the sights and discovering hidden gems you may have missed while driving. Instead it's time to dig out your comfiest shoes and forget all about wasting hours stuck in traffic. Nowadays there are a host of cities which are more pedestrian-friendly than ever, with dedicated roads where cars are banned, easy routes to take between landmarks, and plenty to visit on the way. Booking.com has given us a major dose of inspiration as it unveils some of the world's most walkable cities, from Florence to New York. We take a look at the top attractions not to miss - and the best hotels if you want to stay central and make the most of your walks! 1.Munich Munich is renowned for its walking-friendly infrastructure, with plenty of pedestrianised streets to wander through, packed with Bavarian scenes at every turn, not to mention the ornate public buildings waiting to be discovered (the … [Read more...] about World’s best walkable cities and the top budget hotels in the city centre
The Argosy The fortunes of East Atlanta Village have waxed and waned in recent years, from fairytale of urban renewal to dark fable of sputtering gentrification. The Argosy, a bold and appealing gastropub that premiered last February in a former flea market, experienced its own fits and starts before conjuring some of the neighbourhood's old mojo. Named after a merchant ship, the massive den swims in dark-wood everything. It's become an amusing, casual hangout for the neighbourhood, known for the extensive beer selection and a perfect spot for killing a pint or two while observing hipster mating rituals. • 470 Flat Shoals Avenue, argosy-east.com. Open Mon-Fri 5pm-2.30am, Sat-Sun midday-2.30am Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium Former-seminarian-turned-folk-artist Grant Henry took a leap of faith in 2010, opening a cheeky ping-pong parlour in a half-empty stretch of Edgewood Avenue. He doubled down on the gamble by covering the exposed brick walls … [Read more...] about Top 10 bars and clubs in Atlanta
Shortly before midnight and I’m waiting amid an excitable crowd on Calle Pages del Corro, deep in the heart of the working-class neighbourhood of Triana in Seville. A bar called Casa Anselma is about to open. Yes, things start late in Spain. It’s named after the proprietor — a formidable doyenne with scraped-back hair and pencilled on eyebrows, who was once one of the city’s most notable flamenco dancers. When she arrives, resplendent in a feather-fringed, leopard-print jacket, there’s a palpable air of tension and the crowd hushes as we watch her open a black book — her guest list. Inside Casa Anselma, a flamenco bar in Seville. Pictured are the musicians, father and son duo, Alfonzo and Fran With influences from North Africa and India, it was in Andalusia where Roma gipsies first sang stories about life’s struggles and flamenco was born Those on it will be admitted first. Others have to take their chances. I’ve heard that … [Read more...] about Ole! It’s Spain’s Flamenco secret: Discovering the tiny Seville bar named after one of the city’s most notable dancers
SOKRATIS PAPASTATHOPOULOS warns that suffering Arsenal are ready to explode against Manchester City on Sunday. The Gunners’ Greek international defender is convinced his team-mates are on the brink of reversing the club’s worst slump in years. But first they need to roll up their sleeves and put in the hard yards against the team he regards as the best in the game. “We need one good game at our home to explode and I hope that will come on Sunday against Manchester City,” Sokratis claims as he reflects on a run of 13 games without a clean sheet. “We have the quality but that’s not what this game will be about. “To show that quality, first of all you have to do the dirty work. We have to run altogether, fight to win the duels, be tactically organised, play at pace and try to help each other.“Intensity is the most important thing in football. If you do the dirty work and you’re organised, you can do a lot of things. “The manager … [Read more...] about Sokratis warns Arsenal are ready to ‘explode’ and play dirty against Man City to get over awful slump in form