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Gratuity Standards Around the World

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

In the United States, most people use an exact formula to calculate how much gratuity they pay to those in the service industry. For others, a tip is paid according to the quality of service(s) received. It can be a sensitive topic.

Various restaurants pay their wait staff real viagra without prescription low wages, with the expectation that gratuities from patrons will supplement their income. Unfortunately, that expectation is not always met, and even first-class servers can find themselves short-changed at times. Leaving a tip is always optional, but the customs in some countries are more firm than others. Here are a few gratuity standards. (more…)

Desserts From Around the World

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

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There are many people who eat their way around the world. Trust me, if I could do that, I would not only be able to fit in this chair, I would have to be rolled out of the office Willy Wonka-style. It’s self-explanatory as to why food is so crucial to traveling. For one thing, eating is essential to living (there’s Biology 101, for ya), but most importantly food is an experience that’s shared with your fellow travelers. Whether you’re eating at a swanky restaurant in Paris or on a patio in Greece, food creates an occasion that enriches your travels and can make memories of a lifetime.

I asked the office what are their favorite desserts (that’s the best part of the meal!) from around the world or even in their own backyard (Atlanta).

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Kinder Eggs by flexyournoggin

“I went to Germany once when I was about 10 years old with my family. In Germany, they had these small chocolate eggs that had little toys you could put together inside called Kinder Eggs (made by the Italian company Ferrero). The chocolate tastes different from most American brands. I’m not sure about the confection details, but I loved the mix of white chocolate and milk chocolate. I hope I can get another one of those Kinder Eggs if I can visit Germany again someday.” – Lauren

I swear I have seen this kind of chocolate somewhere in the Georgia! Calling all chocoholics, now is the time to unite and find these little goodies for Lauren!

“My favorite dessert memory was in Positano, Italy on the Amalfi Coast. We were in a little bakery with all homemade desserts, and I saw this beautiful cannoli dipped in chocolate. It was SOOO YUMMY! The views of the beach, ocean, old world buildings, and the fresh sea breeze were absolutely fabulous as we sat on the patio eating our dessert and drinking cappuccino.” – Kathy

“Carnegie Deli in New York had some great food. The cheesecake was exquisite. It was the best I’ve ever had. That is one thing I loved about New York City – the food was great everywhere you went, even the hot dog vendors were good.” – Michael

Welsh cakes by Jennz World

Welsh cakes by Jennz World

“My ex-mother-in-law was from Wales and she made these often and they are really delicious. It’s more like a cookie, but it’s called a Welsh cake. I’ve never seen them in the US… not even in the Northeast bakeries.” – Janice

“I went to Italy for a week in December last year and there was this gelato shop in the fashion district that was really good. I wish I could remember the flavor or the name of the shop! It had the vibe of a Starbucks.” – Ellarie

“One of my favorite dessert memories was from England when my friends and I went to an Italian restaurant on Little Clarendon Street. My friend and I got two different desserts. I forgot what I ordered, but I remember I almost finished my friend’s panna cotta. It was smooth and so silky, I almost took her plate. It was a wonderful night out with friends and a wonderful dessert.” – Kris

Do you have any awesome dessert memories? Do you know where we can find Kinder Eggs in Georgia?!? Well go ahead and comment below. :)

– Kris

Explore One of the most Picturesque Cities in Europe

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

A trip to Edinburgh, Scotland should definitely be in your upcoming vacation plans as it is considered one of the more picturesque cities in Europe.Its rugged, yet luscious green setting mixed with the Medieval and Georgian architecture makes it not just a beautiful place to visit, but an interesting one as well.

To keep yourself busy during your stay, book lots of activities in the area.Edinburgh Tours offers plenty of tours, activities and attraction tickets in Edinburgh and some surrounding areas.

For a complete look at the city, something every tourist must do, book the Edinburgh Hop-On, Hop-Off City Tour.Aboard the double-decker bus, you will learn all about the history of the city and explore famous locations.With over 25 stops throughout the tour, there is no doubt that you will be pleased with everything the city has to offer.What is great about this tour is that you can get on and off at your leisure, seeing your favorite spots for as long as you wish.It is the only way to see the city!

Some of the locations you can view and visit are the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Yacht, John Knox House, Greyfriers Bobby, St. Giles Cathedral, Holyrood Place and the Museum of Scotland.

One of the most famous aspects of Scotland is Loch Ness.You can visit the famous locale on the Loch Ness & the Highlands of Scotland Tour.This is the ultimate tour of Scotland as you will see sights such as Stirling Castle – one of the five castles you will see throughout the day and the one that was dominated by Rob Roy and William Wallace, Ben Nevis wooden mill where you will have lunch, and Fort Augustus.

You have the chance of cruising along Loch Ness aboard The Royal Scot and maybe catch a glimpse of the legendary Loch Ness Monster.The sights of the area are simply stunning and it will be hard to top this fantastic experience.

Other tours offered by Edinburgh Tours include visits to Stirling Castle, the Kingdom of Fife and Rosslyn Chapel.

With such wonderful cultural and historical aspects of this city, you will be entertained for your entire visit.Make it a vacation of a lifetime by booking your activities through Edinburgh Tours at today!

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