As mentioned previously, each time I visit somewhere for work, my return is marked by a swift but devastating blurb splurge on the Youngin Europe guide. My recent jaunts took me to Liverpool, Olympos (Turkey) and Lyon. As always, there were a few places of note.
In Liverpool I was lucky enough to get a guided tour (Guardian podcast here) from Pete Wylie and Danny from Ladytron, whose bar, Korova, was the pick of a concentrated pack of cool venues in Liverpool's Ropewalks district. In the southern Mediterranean treehouse village of Olympos I was fussed over by the owner of the Yorukoglu restaurant, who looked a bit like Walter Matthau. In Lyon I was (grudgingly) bowled over by the local youth hostel and it's panoramic views over the city.
Talking of French Youth Hostels (which I do, probably too much) this is the best one I've ever stayed at. Over and out.