European Night Trains Increase Services

By Ron Bernthal In 2005 Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) began dismantling its overnight sleeper network, and German Railways (DB) did the same in 2015.  On some routes, Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) took over the service with their own equipment. Most … Continue reading

Berlin Journal: Design-Savvy New Building Opens in Former East Berlin

By Ron Bernthal The reunification of Germany in 1989 was a late bow to the “undeviating” Axel Springer, who always believed in it. In 1991, six years after Springer’s death, the German politician Peter Glotz admitted in the Bundestag (German parliament) … Continue reading

Arouca Journal: Soaring New Footbridge Opens Over Portuguese River

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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