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

Barbados Journal: Hyatt to Build on Carlisle Bay

Hyatt Ziva Barbados

by Ron Bernthal Hyatt has partnered with a Barbadian company to build the Hyatt Ziva Barbados in the island’s Carlisle Bay. The all-inclusive resort, scheduled to open in 2022, will have 380 guest rooms, 40 condominiums and six premier rooms. … Continue reading

Colombo Journal: “City within a City” project advances Sri Lanka’s modern look

Cinnamon Life mixed-use project in Colombo, Sri Lanka  (rendering courtesy Cinammon Life)

By Ron Bernthal A new, mixed-use building project in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital, will soon bring additional attention to this island nation that has already become a destination where business investment in new hospitality projects has increased dramatically during the … Continue reading

Porto Journal: Gem of Europe is Ready for Visitors

Casa da Musica _nighg _photo courtesy Porto Convention and Visitors Bureau

By Ron Bernthal Portugal was the last country in Europe to register its first case of COVID-19, giving the Portuguese an enormous advantage over other EU countries. They were able to thoroughly prepare their containment strategy regarding the pandemic, including … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Brasilia: Brazil’s Capital Turns 60

Brasilia 1

The capital of Brazil was inaugurated on 21 April 1960, following a four-year construction period and containing landmark works by a roaster of Brazilian modernists; this year, 2020, Brasilia celebrates its 60th anniversary. All Photos by Paul Clemence Few places … Continue reading