Arouca Journal: Soaring New Footbridge Opens Over Portuguese River

516 Arouca

By Ron Bernthal Authorities in Portugal will shortly open an adrenaline raising suspension bridge in Arouca, just outside Porto, the country’s second largest city. The bridge, called 516 Arouca, is expected to open in late October, 2020, and will become the latest … Continue reading

Bilbao Journal: Basque Gamble Still Drawing Crowds

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao  (Photo Courtesy Tourism Office of Spain in NY)

By Ron Bernthal In the 1989 film, Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner hears a voice whisper, “If you build it, they will come,” and proceeds to build a baseball diamond in the middle of his vast yellow corn field, attracting … Continue reading

Doha Journal: City speeds up hotel, stadium and metro construction in time for 2022 World Cup

Doha-nightshot-3566340

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

Berlin Journal: After many delays, the new Berlin airport is set to open. Really.

Terminal facade at new Berlin Brandenburg Airport, official opening is October 31st, 2020.  (photo Berlin Brandenburg)

By Ron Bernthal In 2006 the German government announced the commencement of construction of a new airport to replace Berlin-Tegel, a 1948 built airport that was constructed as part of the Berlin airlift following World War II, and then as … Continue reading

Germany’s 30-Year Reunification Celebrations Begin in Oct 2020

Street scene in former East Berlin  (photo Ron Bernthal)

By Ron Bernthal With Germany’s reunification on October 3, 1990, Berlin was reinstated as Germany’s united capital city. The five states of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) joined the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). Extensively restored historic towns and … Continue reading

New 2020-2022 Hotel Openings in Italy

View of restored 14th-century Barco house at Castello di Reschio Estate in Umbria, Italy   (photo © Castello di Reschio)

By Ron Bernthal Italy is showing enthusiasm for a leisure and business travel revival as Covid-19 has relaxed its grip on the country.  Seventy-three hotels, totalling 11,391 rooms, are expected to open during the 2020-2022 period.  For the remainder of … Continue reading

Cape Cod’s ‘Second Summer’ Lasts Until November!

Fishing along the Cape Cod Canal © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Cape Cod, Massachusetts— Definition: Cape Cod’s Second Summer — A phenomenon, part wish and part reality, which extends the perception, happiness and freedom of summer into September, October and even into early November. Because Cape Cod is bathed in warm … Continue reading

Airport City Manchester Journal: A large, mixed-use development ent to Manchester Airport in England satisfies business and residential needs.

Green space, office and residential buildings are part of the Airport City Manchester project, located adjacent to Mancester Airport in England  (rendering courtesy Airport City Manchester)

By Ron Bernthal With little fanfare and just modest media coverage, the total planning area of the Airport City Manchester project now comprises about five-million square-feet, with a total development value of over $1.3 billion. The project, situated next to … Continue reading

Cabo Verde Journal: Sunsplashed islands off African coast wait patiently for prosperity

Street scene in Mindelo  (Photo Ron Bernthal)

by Ron Bernthal Césaria Evora, Cabo Verde’s “Barefoot Diva,” often sang about her home, the stunningly beautiful island of São Vicente, one of the nine inhabited islands that make up the nation of Cabo Verde. When Ms. Evora died in … Continue reading