Chris Zwierzynski, from Tripbase.com shares some expert advice with ibbp.com readers on the most expensive breakfast.
Bed & Breakfast. We all understand the Bed part: a nice, relaxing stay away from home maybe as part of a road trip, in friendly company and in a restful atmosphere. The Breakfast part we also understand, nourishing replenishment in the form of home-prepared delicious food. But do we understand the limits of this “breakfast”? To fully understand the lofty heights to which the term, function and practice of this “breakfast” can be taken, we should take a look at the world’s most expensive breakfast, which cost a staggering £22,000 (over $35,000).
The meal consists of a simple set up of a croissant, jam, coffee and a Chambord and champagne cocktail. Then comes the twist (read: expensive part), as the croissant itself is hand-decorated with gold (edible, of course) and diamonds (maybe not so edible, but you could try!), which is in turn accompanied with a fine spread of Bar le Duc jam, hand-seeded for extra luxury. To wash this sumptuous feast down, you are then presented with what is arguably the world’s most expensive coffee (how it tastes, I have no idea), Kopi Luwak. Add to this the coup de grace (mentioned shortly) and you have a meal fit for a king, steeped in lavish opulence.
The aforementioned finishing touch was a Chambord (French raspberry liqueur) and champagne cocktail, which made up the majority of the price at £20,000 ($32,000). However, even the bottle the liqueur is served from positively reeks of decadence, as it’s encrusted with gold, diamonds and pearls and is actually worth around $2.4 million. Now that’s pouring in style.
So the next time you come across what you might think is an expensive breakfast, just realize how much you could be spending.
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Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Mexico City, the Capital of Mexico, is a large international city with museums, galleries, and world famous cuisine. Area attractions worth a closer look in include museums of Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky, and the Plaza with its weekend market and wide range of cafes and restaurants. Within the city the range of attractions are endless with the National Palace, the Zocalo, Chapultepec Park, the world famous Anthropology Museum, the canals of Xochimilco, and the weekend markets in San Angel, Coyoacan and Tlalpan being top of the list. Also any visit to Mexico City should include a trip to see the incredible Aztec pyramids at Teotihuacan, just an hours drive from the city center. Yearly festivals include Independence Day in September, and Day of the Dead in November.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Enchanting Medieval Village
The enchanting, medieval village of St. Saturnin d’Apt is situated about 1 1/4 hours from Marseille. It features a peaceful atmosphere and is perfect for those travelers who wish to explore many of the attractions that are typical for the Provence region, including vineyards, windmills, the famous “perched” villages or well-known destinations like Aix, Avignon or Apt. The village itself offers cultural attractions like Eglise St-Etienne, the Chapelle Castrale Saint-Saturin, the ruins of an ancient castle and events like the Fete de Village and Festival de jazz. It is also a popular base for hiking up onto the Plateau de Vaucluse, horseback riding and fishing.
Le Mas Perreal is a centuries-old farmhouse set in the midst of 17 acres of vineyards and cherry trees. Traveler's comfort is assured with each of the five large rooms offering a large walk-in shower, private entrance and private terrace. Each room is decorated with period antiques and lovely fabrics reflecting the colors of Provence. The gardens and pool are for guests to enjoy. Travelers will find our location ideal for discovering all Provence has to offer.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Country Setting, Historic Villages
Asbury is located between Clinton, NJ and Easton, PA, just 60 minutes from New York City. Travelers to this area can enjoy a country setting, historic villages, relaxation, and more. While here, enjoy wine tasting, golfing, birding, hiking, canoeing, tubing, rafting, sailing, fishing, ballooning, swimming, shopping, museum touring, stargazing, and berry picking. Area attractions worth a look include Red Mill Museum Village, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, Alba Vineyard, Kings Road Vineyard, State Theatre of Easton PA, Spruce Run Recreation Area, Merrill Creek Reservoir, Round Valley Recreation Area, The Crayola Factory, The National Canal Museum, The Weller Center, Shippen Manor, Pequest Hatchery, historic Clinton NJ, and Flemington's discount shopping. The area also offers a number of yearly festivals: Quick Check Festival of Ballooning, Black Potatoe Fest at Clinton, Musikfest at Bethlehem PA, Dickens Days at Clinton, Shad Festival at Easton PA, Victorian Days at Belvidere, Warren County Fair.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Tour D-Day Beaches from Valognes
The charming town of Valognes, situated just 20 minutes South of Cherbourg in northwestern France is an ideal getaway location for bed and breakfast travelers interested in the famous D-Day Beaches, Sainte Mere L'Eglise, Cherbourg, Bayeux, the Channel Islands Jersey and Guernesey, Mont Saint Michel and countless other Normandy attractions. Valognes is home to the Cider and the Calvados Museum and its proximity to the ocean makes it ideal for those bed and breakfast travelers looking to escape to the beaches for water sports, swimming and boating.
16th Century Manor with Modern Conveniences
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Vienna is the Austrian capital and is located in the eastern part of the country, just 40 miles away from the borders of Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Vienna's sophistication draws visitors from around the world who want to explore museums, galleries, fine dining, culture, and more. Yearly festivals include The Vienna Festival and the Viennale International Film Festival.
Convenient Apartment in Center of Vienna
Apartments Kastner Vienna offer you spacious and fully equipped apartments with full kitchens and beautiful bathrooms. Studio apartments are available for 1-3 persons and bedroom apartments for 1-4 persons. All apartments have a fully equipped kitchen with stove, toaster, coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, dinette, all kitchen equippment, glases and tableware.
All bathrooms have shower, tub, or sink. The apartments are all situated in Jedleseer Str. Nr. 67 within a very friendly and safe neighborhood.
Friday, January 22, 2010
The picturesque village of Cortona, one of the oldest villages in Italy, sits on a green mountainside above terraced olive groves, vineyards, rolling hills and woodlands in Italy’s Tuscany region providing panoramic views over the wide Chiana Valley. Bed and breakfast travelers will appreciate the central location with easy reach of major tourist attractions such as Florence (1 hour), Siena (45 minutes), Pisa (1.5 hours) and Rome (2 hours). The town itself is rich with art and historic attractions including several fine museums, such as the Museo Diocesano and the Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca, as well as magnificent churches including the Ecstasy of St. Margaret, restaurants, antique and gift shops.
Elegant Country Retreat
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Relaxation or Business Pursuits in Lutry, Switzerland
Travelers looking for a scenic and medieval resort town with easy access to big city culture and nightlife offerings look no further than the picturesque town of Lutry. Situated just outside of the city of Lausanne on the scenic shores of Lake Geneva in the Swiss canton of Vaud. The town offers a delightful promenade along the lake with plentiful restaurant choices. Leisure activities include boat trips, fishing, swimming, water skiing, biking and hiking. Nearby attractions include the cities of Geneva and Montreaux. Take a look at IBBP's bed and breakfast selections in Lutry to find the perfect choice for your taste and budget.
Luxury Apartments in a Convenient Location
Located in the exclusive heart of Lutry, Le Bourg 7 dates back to 1520 and has been fully renovated to offer its clients a high quality and unique experience.
Four luxuriously furnished suites gathering charm, design, and traquility. Each room offers a high-speed internet connection. The suites are cleaned on a daily basis.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Munich, Capital City of Bavaria
The sprawling metropolis of Munich is the capital of Bavaria and one of Germany's major cultural centers. It is situated at the foot of the Alps within easy reach of several lakes and ski resorts. Bed and breakfast travelers will have many choices for cultural pursuits including the Alte Pinakothek, the Bavarian National Museum, the German Museum of Masterpieces of Science and Technology and Schloss Nymphenburg. Munich is famous for its beer gardens, nightlife and festivals, most notably the annual, 16 day long Oktoberfest, but it also offers bed and breakfast travelers numerous choices for elegant shops, intriguing retailers, antique and flea markets. Come browse our Munich guide for a perfect bed and breakfast vacation for your next visit.
Family Atmosphere and Convenient Location
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Beautiful Lakefront Town
The quaint city of Mount Dora, bordering the shores of beautiful Lake Dora, only 45 minutes from Orlando, is chock full of charm. Whether antiquing, shopping unique stores, dining out, taking a sunset cruise or riding the town's trolley, it is the perfect destination for bed and breakfast travelers who enjoy small town atmosphere with a historic flair. However, major theme parks such as Disney World, Universal, Epcot Center and many more are less than an hour drive away, making this an enjoyable getaway from the crowds, but close enough to many lively attractions. Mount Dora is also home to a great number of fun festivals including Renningers Antique Extravaganza, Mount Dora Plant and Garden Fair, Mount Dora Arts Festival, Antique Boat Festival and Mount Dora Bicycle Festival.
Historic Bed and Breakfast Near Orlando
Monday, January 18, 2010
Unlimited Outdoor Activities at Devils Tower
Devils Tower is located in northeastern Wyoming, bordering Montana and South Dakota. The area offers millions of acres of national parks that provide virtually unlimited outdoor activities. These include lake and fishing, boating, big game and game bird hunting, hiking and biking, camping, snowmobiling and skiing. Devils Tower is America's first national monument, which was featured in the movie “Encounters of the Third Kind”. The area offers numerous country inns, bed and breakfasts, towns with a wild western flavor and numerous attractions, such as the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Historic Ranch A and Custer Battlefield. Events include the Hulett Annual Rodeo, Moorcroft Jubilee Day, 4th of July Fireworks and Hulett Annual Logger’s Day.
Devils Tower Lodge is full of adventure and peace and quiet. This secluded paradise bed and breakfast is built around the former park superintendent's home and is nestled among 21 acres of Ponderosa Pine and precious prairie, at the base of Devils Tower. Each room affords dramatic vistas of the tower and includes a queen bed, floor-to-ceiling windows, an open-air view deck, private bath and a hearty breakfast which is served in the sunroom, with binoculars. Guests may take advantage of the 12-jet outdoor spa,a delightful piano in the great room, the indoor climbing gym/exercise room and exclusive climbing adventure packages-including the popular "Summit" package-led by the lodge's resident guides. Your days may be spent leisurely lounging, enjoying the park hiking trails just minutes away, horseback riding on the neighboring ranch or challenging yourself with rock climbing adventures on the amazing tower! Come and visit, for the vacation of a lifetime.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Cape Cod Relaxation
West Yarmouth is located in Cape Cod offering travelers beaches, wildlife, world class restaurants, culture, and of course relaxation. While here, spend a day on a whale watch tour, bicycle on the many area paths, or take a ferry to the nearyby islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Area attractions worth a look include Heritage Plantation in Sandwich, JFK Memorial and Museum in Hyannis, or Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Famous Boardwalk and Beaches
Bed and breakfast travelers get ready to relax and unwind in Santa Cruz, a wonderful beach town complete festivals, great beaches and a very famous Boardwalk. Visitors will also enjoy the eclectic downtown area packed with galleries, sidewalk cafes, theaters and boutiques. Take in the outdoors by kayaking or charter a fishing or sailing boat. Enjoy any one of the yearly festivals including Harbor's Lighted Boat Parade, Shakespeare Santa Cruz and the Cabrillo Music Festival.
Boutique Bed and Breakfast
The Adobe on Green Street B&B is for people seeking quiet, independence and privacy. The rooms are for one or two people in one queen bed. Guests have lovely things to say about this B&B. It is just three blocks to downtown. Guests have rated them the #1 Santa Cruz B&B on TripAdvisor.com and Yelp.com. Midweek rates start at $109.
A Santa Cruz B&B for Grownup Getaways.
Celebrating an anniversary, birthday or honeymoon? This bed and breakfast getaway is the perfect place. The Adobe is designed to be a respite from the busy lives we lead. Come for some quiet recharge time.
A Boutique Hotel in the Historic District.
Every room features a private bathroom, free Wifi and the most comfortable beds anywhere. The Adobe is not a typical Victorian B&B. Our guests call them a boutique hotel. They love the simple beauty and attention to detail. This Bed and Breakfast is comfortable, thoughtful, relaxed and quiet.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Peaceful Island Resort
Venice Lido, a quiet and peaceful thin island resort, stretches between the open sea and the lagoon and is located only 10 minutes from S. Mark’s Square. It is the ideal place for those bed and breakfast travelers who want to combine the excitement of the world class destination of Venice with a vacation by the sea. The Lido’s beach is spread all along its 12 km length which makes it ideal for swimming, water skiing, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing. The island can be reached by public transportation, car or ferry. Points of interest include the Casino, the fortress Quatttro Fontane, Palazzo de Cinema, the Votive Church of S. Maria Elisabetta and its Cloister. There are also many wonderful restaurants and shops. Year round outdoor activities include golfing, tennis, archery and horseback riding.
Oasis B&B and Residence
To book with this b&b you can email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0039.041.2769197
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Venice, Queen of the Adriatic, captivating city of canals and palaces is located in Italy's North, built on 117 small islands and has 150 canals and 409 bridges. Bed and breakfast travelers will find some of the world's most famous architecture and museums here. Must-see attractions include the Ca' d'Oro, the Gallerie dell'Accademia, the Doges' Palace, stroll through St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica. Bed and breakfast travelers will find that a wonderful way to see Venice is via a gondola or boat tour on the canals. Venice is known for its countless large-scale events. Not to be missed is the famous "Carnival", St. Mark's Day and one of Europe's oldest film festivals, "The Biennale del Cinema".
Central Venice Bed and Breakfast
Al Campaniel Guest House is refurbished and open since 2000. The bed and breakfast is located in central Venice. It is less than a minute from the the San Toma vaporetto (water bus) stop and 10 minutes walking from Rialto bridge and the railway station, and 20 minutes from San Marco square. Single, double and triple rooms with bathroom are available, as well as a two room flat for up to four.
Monday, January 11, 2010
The historic town of Lodeve, situated in the scenic Languedoc Roussillon region of southern France and only 30 minutes from the cosmopolitan city of Montpellier, offers bed and breakfast travelers cultural attractions such as the Cathedral of St. Fulcran and the Musee Fleury, markets and numerous events, such as Bastille Day. The natural scenery around Lodeve offers much to see and do whether by car, on foot, bicycle or horseback. The beaches are half an hour away. The Lac du Salagou offers water sports of all kinds and there are several amazing caves and delightful vineyards. Nearby bed and breakfast travelers can explore many picturesque villages including St Guilhem le Desert, Lacoste and Soubes, and historic sites like the fortified village of La Couvertoirade, Le Prieure Saint-Michel de Grandmont, a monastery and Le Pont du Diable, the oldest medieval bridge in France.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Scenic Hudson Valley
The town of Cornwall is located in the heart of the scenic Hudson Valley, only one hour from New York City and a perfect base to enjoy all that this area has to offer. Bed and breakfast travelers can look forward to scenic, rolling countryside with pristine lakes and 2 magnificent rivers, an ideal combination for hiking, biking, horseback riding, golfing and winter skiing. Attractions include the famous West Point Academy, the Storm King Art Center and countless castles and mansions, such as the Vanderbilt and the Rockefeller mansions, Sleepy Hollow and Boscobel. Bed and breakfast travelers will also enjoy visits to several vineyards, outlet and antique shops and events like the Renaissance Faire.
Cromwell Manor Inn Bed and Breakfast located in the heart of New York's Historic Hudson Valley, is a romantic, historic, country estate on seven acres of beautiful woodlands, lawns and gardens. Stay at one of the Top 10 Inns of New York while visiting nearby West Point, enjoy the spectacular scenery and quaint towns of the majestic Hudson Highlands, shop at the world-famous Woodbury Common Premium Shopping Outlet, spend an afternoon at The Storm King Art Center, or simply relax for a quiet, romantic, weekend getaway. Romance awaits you at Cromwell Manor Inn. The main building, The Manor House, contains nine elegant guest rooms in a brick mansion built in 1820. The original home on the property, The Chimneys Cottage, dates back to 1764 and offers charming Colonial ambiance in four guest rooms. A great place to stay, this Hudson Valley romantic getaway has been the site for many engagements and elopements!
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Franconian Wine Country
The small town of Markt Einersheim is centrally located between the Franconian Wine Country and the Steigerwald Natural Park just a two-hour drive away from Munich in Southern Germany. Bed and breakfast travelers will enjoy hikes and bicycling in the scenic surroundings of the Bavarian countryside. Favorite regional sights include vineyards and wine tasting, museums, historic architecture and famous German cities such as Nuernberg (75 kilometers), Wuerzburg and Frankfurt. Year-round events range from Wine Festivals, the Cherry Market and Kirchweih to art shows and classical concerts. Come and visit IBBP's Markt Einersheim guide for an unforgettable bed and breakfast experience.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Natural Lakes and Endless Activities
Twin Lakes is a mountain resort town located in Southern Colorado. The town lies adjacent two natural lakes at the foot of Colorado's highest Fourteener, Mt. Elbert. This beautiful setting provides visitors with numerous outdoor activities. Summer activities include: hiking, boating, fishing, rafting, bicycling, jogging, mountain climbing, repelling, and camping. Golf, tennis courts, swimming pools, hot springs, and shopping are only a short drive away. Winter activities include: cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, ice-skating, sledding, snowmobiling, and alpine skiing.
Relaxation, Comfort and Adventure at Ores & Mine
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Florence - The Renaissance City
The renaissance city of Florence, capital of the Tuscany region, is situated on Italy's northwestern coast is dense with art, history and culture. Some of the important sights bed and breakfast travelers should take in during their visit include the Bargello Museum, Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza San Lorenzo, Pitti Palace, Santa Croce Church and Museum. Bed and breakfast visitors interested in doing some shopping should explore the elegant Via deâ€™ Tornabuoni or on the other end of the spectrum, check out the fun and noisy San Lorenzo street market. Bed and breakfast travelers should also attend a major festival such as the Explosion of the Cart, the Feast of St. John the Baptist and the lively Gioco del Calcio Storico.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Winter in the Beautiful Green Mountains
Wasterbury is a quaint New England village located in Central Vermont and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district. The town offers visitors shopping, fine dining, antiquing, walking tours and more. Area activities include touring Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream factory, Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Cabot Cheese Annex. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a number of winter sports including sleigh rides, snowshoeing, crosscountry skiing, and downhill skiing at Stowe, Sugarbush, Mad River Glen and Smuggler's Notch. In the summer, enjoy golfing at eight distinctive golf courses, canoeing and fishing on the Winooski River, Mad River, Waterbury Lake, horseback riding, hiking.
Adirondack Style Moose Meadow Lodge
Monday, January 4, 2010
Rich History, Beaches, and Festivals
The artisan village of Holualoa is nestled 1400 feet above sea level on the slopes of the Mount Hualalai on Hawaii's Big Island. The village is known for its rich history and culture and offers bed and breakfast travelers a multitude of galleries, shops, restaurants, artist studios, ukulele makers and boutiques featuring handicrafts. There are also a multitude of original coffee farms and just beyond the village fine sandy beaches for snorkeling, surfing and kayaking. Holualoa has an active community that celebrates with numerous events throughout the year including the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, the Music and Light Festival and the Ukulele Jam.
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Sunday, January 3, 2010
Enjoy Winter Sports and Galleries in Taos
It is no wonder that Taos is home to more art galleries than you can imagine with the spectacular scenery and lighting conditions available to artists. This village has something to offer any bed and breakfast visitor. If you like outdoor activities you have access to world class ski resorts in the winter or you can hike, camp, or just enjoy the scenery any other time. Bed and breakfast guests will find a sampling of fine and casual restaurants, theater, shops, and of course all of those galleries. Bed and breakfast are family owned and are often owned by local artists. This town is definitely worth a look on your trip to the Southwest.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
The Icefield Parkway in Alberta, Canada stretches from Lake Louise to Jasper and is considered one of the most scenic drives in North America. The parkway connects Banff and Jasper National Parks and provides travelers spectacular views of mountains, glaciers, and more. T