November 8, 2021
In addition to being home to one of Holland's most popular universities, Groningen is a 'hang out in a bar, drink cheap beer, and hit on tall Dutch girls' kind of place. The main buildings of the university are just off of Academie Broer and Oude Boteringestraat. Head here during the day, walk in any direction and you are likely to run into a branch of the university since it is disjointedly spread out all over the city
All of the good bars, and I mean all of them, are on Poelestraat and Peperstraat just off of the city's main square. Go door to door to check each one out, and settle down where you find the best vibe.
The students mostly head home for the weekends, and since this is basically a university town, be sure to visit during the week.
As in most college towns, Thursday night is best. Plan your itinerary accordingly, unless you want to spend your time with the big-haired locals that take over the bar scene on the weekends.
Herestraat is the main street while runs right through the city center. It's packed with stores, places to eat, and places to meet beautiful girls from Northern Holland.
When it's warm outside, there are carnivals and outdoor markets in Vismarkt just west of here. Definitely be sure to check them out. There are an awful lot of mighty fine Dutch girls walking around.
The Basque Country extends from northern Spain into the southwest region of France and includes the city of Biarritz. I could rave for days about the beauty of this region, but I'll be brief here.
Biarritz is a cozy little beach town with some great surf to be conquered in its waters and some beautiful women to meet on its shores. This explains why so many California ex-pats have immigrated here.
The women here are just as beautiful as the Basques across the French border. Beautiful, friendly women, warm weather, and great nightlife. What more could you ask for?
Check out the bars and clubs on the Rue de Port Vieux, Rue Mazagran, and Avenue de Verdun and their side streets when night falls. You may never go home.
I'll never forget what a friend told me when I asked him about European women just prior to my first trip to that continent: "the most beautiful women in Europe are in Spain, and the most beautiful women in Spain are in Northern Spain." Boy was he right.
I'll never forget my first day in San Sebastián, the summer resort capital of the Basque Province. I took the fast train down from Paris with two girls from New York City. We checked into the youth hostel and hurried to La Concha, the famed beach here in San Sebastian, to catch the last rays of sun before the day's end and to see what everyone was ranting and raving about. As we stood on the edge of the beach, I looked out upon what I thought had to be paradise. One of the girls said to me, "I have never seen so many beautiful women in one place in my entire life!" I didn't respond to her comment with any more than a stunned grunt, because she was totally right. The Basque women possess a natural beauty that's obvious to anyone who's visited this region on the border of Spain and France. I know if I grew up here would have never left that beach
Aside from the women, the place just looks like paradise. From a single vantage point on La Concha, you can actually see the beach to the north, mountains to the northwest, rolling hills and farmland to the southwest, a completely modern city directly to the south, the River Urumea to the east, and the Parte Vieja with its classic cobble stone streets, old buildings, museums and statues to the northeast. On top of all that, the food is great, the wine is the best in all of Spain due to its proximity to the French wine country, and this place absolutely rocks come nightfall. In fact, the only bad thing you could ever say about this place is that it rains too much because of those damn weather systems coming off the south of England. Bloody Brits.
The nocturnal action centers around the Calle de San Fermin in the Parte Vieja. Yes, this is named after the same guy as Pamplona's festival - he has got to be Spain's favorite saint. The atmosphere here is incredible. The place is crowded with both old and young until about 12 am, especially in the summertime. Afterward, the hot girls show up. At last count, there were something like 40 different bars and restaurants on this street and most every one of them is good. You can actually leave a bar with a drink in hand, walk down the street while finishing it, put it down at the next bar and get a refill. Since most of the bars use the same glassware, the bartenders don't care. In the US you get yelled at if you even take one sip out of the Big Gulp and try to pour yourself some more!
La Piscina on Calle San Martin, Iguana on Calle San Jeronimo, Ezpalda on Calle Pescaderia and Keope on Calle Anoeta are the best discotecs in town. The university is also worth checking out if you're here during the academic year, but DO NOT come here in August, when tourists are literally everywhere.
Leiden is a small town, but a big destination for youthful Dutch who want to attend Holland's oldest university, located within the city limits. Even better, it is a popular place for a lot of international students to study.
The bad thing is that a lot of the social life centers around the exclusive fraternities and societies of the university, which are open to members only. They remind me of the parties in the finals clubs at Harvard, only with better-looking girls.
The best bars are mostly on Bree Straat and its side streets, such as Vismarkt Botermarkt.
Weeknights are awfully quiet, so the best time to party is on the weekends. Haarlemmerstraat is packed with girls shopping, department stores, and places to eat.
There are tons of great girls here, so don't let the quiet and shy demeanor of the town discourage you. Look around and ask a local dude where to find the finest women.
Florence is a beautiful place, I'd even say exquisite. The artwork here is absolutely priceless and unmatched in all the world, and for once, I am not talking about the women!
The River Arno runs south of downtown. Shops around the Duomo (the Cathedral) are the best places to meet the chicas doing their expensive shopping. They've got everything from Versace to Dolce and Prada to Max Mara. Now I am not the kind of guy who spends $400US on a T-shirt, no matter how tragically the designer he may have died, but as any well-traveled guy knows: where there is high fashion and great leather goods, there are attractive women.
Florence, like Rome, is a big college town. But unlike Rome, the Italian women generally check out of this city during the summer months, especially August. A lot of them head to the beaches on the Italian Riviera or elsewhere to work on their strapless tans. So although you will meet plenty of international girls here sampling the sights in Florence, there may be few Italian babes to chat up if you visit in the summertime. Check out the local girls in the University Quarter in and around Via San Gallo and Via Cavour.
To meet some of the beautiful, Italian women who live here year-round, head to Piazza Dell Republica or Piazza Singnoria, which are very popular during the day, along with Piazza Santo Spirito on Monday nights. Check out Lo Sfizzio on Lungarno Cellini and Space Electronic on Via Palazzuolo come nightfall.
When it's late on a weekend, you have to check out Meccano Meccano, a club so good they named it twice. It just takes a minute to fill out the ridiculous "membership applications" to gain entry. It's a huge club, it rocks on any given weekend night, and it's very Italian
The Piazza San Giovanni, Plaza San Spirito Via dei Calzaiuoli, and Via Roma are good places to meet foreign girls here on holiday in the summertime. Head to museums like the Uffizi and Accademia and do some sightseeing along with all of the other backpacking chicas.
If you want to meet one of the many US and other foreign students studying at the university, head to the Stonehenge on Via Dell Amorino or the Red Garter on Via D. Benci early evening. The Park District also has various student haunts. Ask around.
If you are going to finally have that one, decent Italian meal you promised yourself, this is the place to do it. Things are a little more reasonably priced here than they are in many other major Italian cities. Eat at a decent restaurant, try some pasta, olives, chianti, cappuccino, and gelati.
Alicante is a small university town with a beach, a great combination! The best beach is the Playa de Sant Joan, which is actually just outside of town. Although El Postiguet and its boardwalk, Esplanada d'Espanya, are close, my advice is to skip them as they tend to be full of annoying tourists and families.
The nightlife centers in El Bario around the Cathedral. Calle Mayor and its side streets are loaded with bars, some of which are pretty cool but incredibly small. Try Buggati on Calle Sant Ferran late at night.
I prefer Alicante in the late spring while school is still in session and the babes haven't headed off for Ibiza or the Costa del Sol. Trust me on this one— you definitely want to check out the university if you are here during the academic year. Oh, the babes!
If you're here during the summer, there is a special train that runs late connecting downtown Alicante with the hot spots on the Playa de Sant Joan, which tends to be much more fun when school is out. Head to Avenue Niza and Avenue de la Condomina for the discos. Marmarela Mediterranean Cocktail Club, Copity, and Havana Castaños are excellent.
Rotterdam is a much more laid-back place than Amsterdam. People here like to hang out, listen to live music, kick back with a beer, and chill.
This used to be a large port town. These days the biggest imports tend to be drugs like heroin or ecstasy. I was walking along the pier one night and saw a bunch of people trying to step around this guy lying face down on the pavement, whacked out of his mind on drugs. I decided to play doctor and went over to see if I could help out. His sister was standing over him trying to revive him. An ambulance came. I got an IV started and gave him a shot of naloxone, and he perked right up. His sister thanked me, gave me her number, and we spent the rest of the weekend together!
Check out Oude Haven and Nieuwe Binnenweg and walk the streets in search of your very own Dutch goddess in the stores, restaurants, and cafes so numerous in these areas. Head to Westerpaviljoen on Matheneserlaan, Night Town on West Kruiskade, or Beat Corner on Gravendijkwal - you won't be disappointed.