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PARIS / citizenM CDG


A lay-over at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport has just gotten a lot more fun.  Spending the night at citizenM is like hanging out at home, assuming your home has been crafted by super cool Amsterdam-based design house, Concrete.  The open concept main lobby area is divided into different spaces where you can either work, play, read, watch tv, or hang at the bar.  At night they offer a delicious three course buffet for only €25, and ditto for breakfast for only €17.  The rooms are small but efficient with a wall-to-wall King size bed, an igloo style shower & bathroom with 'mood' lighting, high pressure rain shower, and an iPad that controls anything and everything including lighting, tv, alarm, and music vibe.  The best part is that this hip hotel will not break the bank.

citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
7 rue de Rome
93290 Tremblay-en-France Roissypole

Terminal 3 
Starting at €88 / night


LISBON / Taberna Moderna


The idea behind Taberna Modern is all about sharing -- both dishes, and a fusion of Portuguese and Spanish cuisine.  Each dish is designed to be shared between 2 people and with about 30 dishes on the menu, it's really hard to choose.  Set in a traditional 'Lisbon' old tavern, the restaurant is modern and cheerful with a hand-selection of mismatched chairs, tables, banquettes and lighting.  You can also select from a vast array of more than 80 herb-infused varieties of gin.

Taberna Moderna
Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 18A
1100-187 Lisboa, Portugal
+351 21 886 5039 

PORTO / Camafeu Restaurant


Camafeu is as unique as it gets.  Much like going to a friend's place for dinner (who might also be a top, up-and-coming chef with an eclectic aesthetic eye), this restaurant is located on the 2nd floor of a walk-up building, accessible via a discrete street-level door entrance and stairway that leads to a large unmarked door.  On the other side: a friendly greeter, who opens the door, but only after you have knock on it.  Très familial.

Indeed, the interior of the restaurant builds upon this felling, with French windows looking out on the bustling Carlos Alberto Square, paintings on the walls and carefully mismatched chairs next to a handful of tables, and no music. None.  Literally.

The dishes are inventive yet simple, and accompanied by an interesting wine list followed by an unforgettable selection of home-made desserts.

Praca Carlos Alberto 83
Porto 4050-158, Portugal



The 'Guest House' format of hotel living is fast becoming the new alternative to AirBnB.  Caught somewhere between an apartment and a hotel, InnVict offers the best of both worlds: a sophisticated, sexy, slick urban décor, and a semi-concierge service with optional cleaning services and no expectation for you to clean the apartment before you leave (which we did, anyways, of course). 

All 9 of their rooms carry the same dark, minimalist design sense with pops of velvety yellows and lots of black & white.  However no two rooms are the same, each with their own configuration and unique name which we believe derive from the house's history.  Ours, for example, was called "Admiral" and had three double-storm-shutter windows overlooking the Douro river.  We felt very admiral indeed.  Maybe I am just being overly romantic.

But what really makes InnVict special is its location in the heart of Porto's historic district, Infante, a stone's throw away from, well, everything: wine bars; a bevvy of sophisticated cafés, boutiques and restaurants; a taxi stand (very important); the gondola to cross the river, where all of the wineries live; and, again... lots of wine bars.  Lots of wine, really. Wine.

7 Rua de Sao Francisco
Porto 4050-430 Portugal 
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