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

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

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

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