Buoyed by the success of last year’s UNESCO tourism initiatives, which resulted in a 5% increase in foreign tourists, the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) is building on this momentum with its 2015 emphasis on Germany’s cultural and culinary traditions.
My first morning on the island of Losinj was a treat for the senses. As I jogged into the town of Mali Losinj, boats floating on placid harbor water filled my vision, the smell of jasmine, lavender and salt air was in my nose, and church bells clanged in the distance. I knew right away that this was a place I was going to thoroughly enjoy, and the next few days here didn’t disappoint.
Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, combines a charming historic Old Town with chic designer shops, lively clubs and cafes and a vibrant cultural vibe. Its wide range of offerings is epitomized by three recent additions to the scene: the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Torture and the newest, the Museum of Illusions, which just opened this spring. Families especially enjoy the Zagreb Zoo and kid-friendly museums while quality hotels and event venues are ideal for weddings and conferences.
Two hours east of Zürich, across Lake Constance from Austria and Germany, and bordering Liechtenstein, the Appenzell is close to Switzerland’s heart, but a world apart. Farmers in embroidered red vests, yellow breeches, and black hats embellished with flowers and ribbons parade their cattle to the high pastures; artisans craft big shiny cowbells; rustic mountain inns welcome hikers, and fresh-farm meats, produce and herbs provide down-home gourmet fare.
Celebrated artists, filmmakers and A-list personalities from around the world will converge on Los Cabos for the 4th annual edition of the Los Cabos International Film Festival this November 11-15, 2015 as the specter of Hurricane Odile fades into the latest reports of recovery, rejuvenation and a renaissance for the Baja California Sur Corridor.
It’s a long sliver of a country located in the southwestern part of South America. With a diverse landscape, the country of Chile’s agricultural valleys at the foot of the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean help drive a strong wine and food industry that is definitely worth a visit
JetBlue flight 950 took off promptly at 7:25am through a shower of celebratory water jets. The occasion was the inaugural flight from New York’s JFK Airport direct to the famous Spice Island of Grenada in the Caribbean. At the departure gate, songs and dance rhythms, coffee and tea service, an island of cupcakes and a spread of fresh fruit and pastries were followed by congratulations and acknowledgements by JetBlue and Grenadian dignitaries.
Steeped in British tradition and tinged with Caribbean charm, Bermuda is a fish-hook shaped string of 181 islands, islets and rocks; most of them uninhabited and some so small there is only room for the birds to build their nests in the trees. Anchored in the Atlantic Ocean 650 miles east of North Carolina, temperatures rarely reach the nineties and high season is from April to November.
Clients seeking a less expensive way to visit Cuba without being forced to join a group should know about CubaCruise. Aboard the Celestyal Crystal, a 1,200-passenger Malta-flagged vessel leased by a Canadian company, anyone who can reach Montego Bay on a Friday between December 15, 2015 and April 8, 2016 can start a very reasonably priced, high quality, seven-day
Sometimes forgetting something leads to a good find. When I forgot to secure a Vietnamese visa, my Hong Kong plane connection quickly became a two-day layover. But, that isn’t a bad thing. I got to visit a place I haven’t seen in 30 years. My 48-hour stay whirls by as quickly as the city’s traffic.