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January 9, 2024
What Is the Currency in Lisbon and Portugal

Lisbon was one of several countries I visited during a trip around southern Europe and because its currency is the euro, it was easy to travel between nearby European Union countries without having to exchange currency. However, If you’re traveling from another part of the world or EU nations that have opted out of using […]

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January 3, 2024
What Currency Is Used in Amsterdam?

The quick answer is the euro. Until 2002 the Netherlands used the Dutch guilder or gulden.  Luckily, those hoarding old guilder notes under the mattress have until 2032 to exchange them for euros at the national De Nederlandsche Bank! As far as travelers are concerned, euros are what you will be dealing with in Amsterdam, […]

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December 29, 2023
What Currency is Used in Vienna

As someone who has backpacked around Europe before and after the creation of the Euro, I am pleased to tell you Vienna now uses the euro - and boy, what a difference it makes! Gone are the days of exchanging back and forth between currencies in many bordering countries. From Austrian schillings to French francs […]

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December 19, 2023
Taxis in Rome Italy

Taking a taxi in Rome is much like using one in many other countries, with a few key differences that we explain in this post. Once you know how the taxi system works, you should have no problem taking taxis if you want to! In this post, we go over how to get a taxi, […]

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November 16, 2023
Movie Locations in New York City

From the early days of the movies through the present, some places in New York City appear over and over in movies.  These iconic film locations are so recognizable, that if they appear in a scene, you know the movie takes place in the Big Apple. We’ve put together this list of the top NYC […]

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October 11, 2023
Best Bagels in Times Square

When we hanker for a great bagel, we confess that we don’t run to Times Square. But as tour guides, we do find ourselves there quite often. Fortunately, there are some awesome bagel shops in and around the area. Here is our list of the best bagels in Times Square and nearby - based on […]

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October 1, 2023
How to Get from NYC to Philadelphia

So, you need to go or are considering a trip to Philadelphia from New York City. Well, this post covers the options that you have and weighs the pros and cons of each. We are a walking tour company offering tours in both cities, so our tour guides are regularly making the trip between Philly […]

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September 25, 2023
Is Edge NYC at Hudson Yards Worth It?

The Edge NYC is one of NYC’s five observation decks, the others being the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, One World Observatory, and Summit One Vanderbilt. When choosing which one to visit, you may be wondering if Edge is worth it, we’ve got our take from a recent visit. The Edge Experience Below […]

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August 16, 2023
Top Things to Do on Governors Island

This post is about all the fun things you can do on Governors Island, just an 8-minute ferry ride from Lower Manhattan. We share the best things to do on Governors Island, information to help you plan your visit, where to eat and drink, and what special events take place! Our local tour guides have […]

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July 5, 2023
Best Shopping in New York City

If you are intending to do a lot of shopping in NYC, then you've come to the right place. We are local tour guides with decades' worth of shopping experience in NYC, and we offer our own shopping tours. We also have content on shopping at outlet malls. In the video below, Katie, a tour […]

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May 20, 2023
Events and Things to Do on Coney Island

Coney Island is one of NYC's most iconic locations. With so much to do besides relax on the beach, a visit is well worth your time. Below we cover how things to do and see, and where to eat, as well as a short history of what was once called America's playground. As local tour […]

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April 4, 2023
NYC Museums Open Late

This post lists the museums in NYC with late hours. Some of these museums have free admission and we make note of that. Read more about NYC museums with free admission here. 1. Metropolitan Museum of Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located on Fifth Avenue adjacent to Central Park on the Upper East Side […]

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January 16, 2023
30 Things to Do in Upper Manhattan

New York City tourists usually visit Midtown Manhattan and Lower Manhattan, and maybe a handful of attractions in Upper Manhattan.  Yet there are dozens and dozens of great things to do there! This post lists the best attractions and activities to do in Upper Manhattan. Uptown vs. Midtown vs. Downtown Upper Manhattan is the northern […]

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December 14, 2022
Famous New York Streets and Their Origins

New York City has over 32,000 streets and avenues. When you add up all the streets our local guides cover on our many pay-what-you-wish walking tours, we take our guests to hundreds of them! While some streets, like Broadway and Wall Street, are known around the world, there are other streets that many have never […]

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December 10, 2022
The 5 Boroughs of New York City Explained

For many people around the world, New York City means Manhattan. But, to truly know NYC, one should know at least a bit about all five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. If you are visiting New York City, here’s a short guide to the boroughs and some suggestions of what to see […]

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November 30, 2022
Bergdorf Goodman Christmas Window Displays

One of the most treasured holiday activities in New York City is visiting the famous department stores. That's where you will see gorgeous, whimsical, and festive Christmas window displays. As one of NYC's most luxurious department stores, Bergdorf's (as it's known locally) is regarded as the store with the most extraordinary and fashionable holiday window […]

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