Nice Journal: New “Joia Méridia” Quarter Adds Architectural Gems to Cote d’Azur Lifestyle

Méridia Plaza, Nice, France  (rendering courtesy CZA - Cino Zucchi Architetti)

By Ron Bernthal Nice is well known for its scenic coastline and the lush hills above the city, but it has as many architectural delights as it does natural wonders. From Roman remains to its famous Promenade des Anglais, and … Continue reading

Driveable Getaways: Hiking the Hudson River School Art Trail in the Great Northern Catskills

The view from Sunset Rock, one of 8 sites along the Hudson River School Art Trail in the mid-Hudson Valley region, is very much as Thomas Cole saw it in the 1820s © Karen Rubin/

by Karen Rubin Travel Features Syndicate, My getaway in the Great Northern Catskills of New York exploring the Hudson River School Art Trail starts at the trailhead to Kaaterskill Falls, where you get an amazing view of Kaaterskill Clove … Continue reading

Doha Journal: Qatar’s Capital Speeds Up Hotel & Stadium Construction


By Ron Bernthal With a winning bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and a national objective to diversify its economy, Qatar has been gearing up for an expansion of its tourism industry with investments being channeled into the construction … Continue reading

Oslo Journal: Modern Waterfront Library Opens Next to Opera House

Oslo's Deichman Bjorvika Library opened in 2020 next to the city's famous Opera House   (photo Einar Aslaksen)

“We are looking forward to letting this house fill with people. Opening a building such as this in Oslo is a great event. Finally the people of Oslo and visitors can come to us and start using the library. We … Continue reading

Saxony Journal: Exhibits Highlight Early European Industrialization

Machinery from the 19th century can be viewed at the Sachsisches Industry Museum in Chemnitz  (Photo Wolfgang Schmidt)

By Ron Bernthal The southwestern region of Saxony was one of the first and most important centers of early European industrialization. For visitors to Germany’s Saxony region these days, its self-image still rests on the terrain’s natural beauty, the state’s … Continue reading

Veitastrond Journal: Trekking Cabins Near Norwegian Glacier

Norway Tungestølen 2   wide view   (photo Jan M. Lillebø)

by Ron Bernthal Situated in the western part of Norway on a small plateau overlooking the beautiful Jostedalsbreen Glacier, Tungestølen is the name of a group of new, pentagonal-shaped cabins designed by the Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta for a local … Continue reading

Nordhavn Journal: Two Metro Stations Symbolize Denmark’s Newest Design Destination

Copenhagen Nordhavn sunset view (photo Rasmus Hjortshoj_ COAST

by Ron Bernthal From savvy new architecture and design galleries to seaside bathing and amazing dining venues,  Nordhavn is a revitalized Danish city located on the Øresund strait, just 10-15 minutes from Copenhagen’s center city via the new M4 Metro line. … Continue reading

Paris Journal: World’s Largest Rooftop Urban Farm

Nature Urbaine, the world's largest rooftop urban garden, opens in Paris during summer 2020.   (image courtesy City of Paris)

  by Ron Bernthal Paris has been turning its urban rooftops into works of art. Where else in the world would beautiful mini-farms, filled with the brilliant colors and fragrances of plants and vegetables sprout from the city’s rooftops, many … Continue reading

Club Med Survey Ranks Best Euro Cities for Culture

Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw    (photo courtesy Muzeum POLIN)

Ron Bernthal If you are of a certain age, you probably remember Club Méditerranée as a chain of hedonistic Caribbean resorts, where ‘culture’ would not be the first word a visitor would use to describe a Club Med vacation. Founded … Continue reading

Antigua & Barbuda Prepares to Reopen

View of English Harbor, Antigua

by Ron Bernthal The Government of Antigua & Barbuda has announced a phased approach to the reopening of the country’s tourism and hospitality industry as they prepare to welcome the first guests back on the island on June 4th, 2020, … Continue reading