France joins race for COVID-weary tourists

France on Tuesday joined the race to woo tourists on the move again after a year of having their wings clipped by COVID-19, launching a multi-million-euro campaign targeted mainly at Europeans.The world’s top tourism destination in 2019 is hoping to save its standing among tourists keen to roam the world again after a year of national lockdowns.”France…

Boy meets girl. Girl goes traveling for 2 years

(CNN) — American student Nicole Erickson was about to embark on an epic round the world trip. Ahead of her lay two years of adventure that could change her life forever. But fate had different ideas. The life-changing event happened before she’d even departed: she encountered a total stranger on a ship, and something unexpectedly clicked.It was…

St. Regis To Double Its Resorts And Update Iconic Service

St. Regis Hotels & ResortsAs pent-up demand for travel continues to build, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts is getting ready. The luxury brand will nearly double its resort portfolio by 2024, unveiling nine new properties in destinations that include Bermuda, Aruba, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Marrakech.The company is evolving to meet…

Ruby Luna opens to guests in Dusseldorf

Ruby Hotels has launched its third Dusseldorf hotel, in Kasernenstraße. Ruby Luna opens as a 206-room hotel, joining the two existing Düsseldorf properties, and will be the hotel group’s Dusseldorf flagship property.The property is set in the former Commerzbank building, recognised as one of Germany’s most significant high-rise buildings located…

10 Best National Parks In Netherlands For Your Next Wild Adventure

Those gorgeous water canals are what we all end up thinking of when it comes to the Netherlands. The capital, Amsterdam, is sometimes called Venice of the North for its elaborate canal system. Known for its tulips, biking culture and beautiful pieces of art and architecture, the country is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world….

The Bobby Moore package at Kensington’s Royal Garden Hotel is a football-themed break

Some of us remember the day (I was 11 at the time) as if it were last week and can’t help getting a little dewy-eyed.Now, there’s a chance to walk (and sleep) down memory lane as the country celebrates the 50th anniversary of England’s World Cup-winning heroics.The place to start is the Royal Garden Hotel, in High Street Kensington, London, where…

How twin enclaves of Buda and Pest make for fine whole in great European capital

Budapest has always languished in the shadows of its more famous neighbours, Prague and Vienna. Yet its glorious architecture rivals the competition, reflecting an embattled history which ranges from the grandeur of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the constraints imposed by Nazi Germany and later, Soviet Communism.You need at least three days to appreciate…

Facts about expats

The current Expat Insider 2020 Report from InterNations, the largest global expat network, with four million members, was participated in by 15,000 people from 181 countries. It shows interesting results for Germany, and a tip that all expats should know.They have found a job in Germany (14%).They moved to Germany because of love (13%).They want…

Egypt: Egyptair to Operate 55 Flights Sunday

EgyptAir will operate on Sunday 55 flights to move 3,399 passengers to different destinations.The flag carrier said in a statement on Saturday that 42 international flights will head to Baghdad, Erbil, N’Djamena, Lagos, Doha, London, Milan, New York, Paris, Abuja, Rome, Dubai, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Berlin, Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Bahrain, Istanbul,…

An Inspector Calls: Mimi’s lands in London’s Soho

We all know it’s absurd to suggest that Germans don’t have a sense of humour. Even so, I was tickled by my exchange with the receptionist when booking at Mimi’s, a new venture from the German Land Union Group, which has four boutique hotels in Berlin.After negotiating down from £170 to £153 room only, I asked if she’d include breakfast….

Art Cologne

Art Cologne is an international art fair dedicated to celebrating and selling art from the 20th and 21st centuries. It brings together around 200 commercial galleries to display artwork by over 2.000 artists, from the well-established to the up-and-coming.Art Cologne is regarded as the oldest art fair of its kind in the whole world, having begun in…

Sculpture and Nature Exhibition at Schwante Palace Gardens

Sculpture and Nature is an outdoor exhibition at the Schwante palace gardens. The Guardian hailed it as “the perfect post-lockdown attraction” in 2020.This relatively new sculpture garden in Brandenburg, to the northwest of Berlin, mixes together art and nature in an exciting new manner, allowing you to stroll through idyllic greenery, witnessing…

13 Best Cities in Germany To Visit

Germany is one of those countries that you visit and get a totally different experience depending on which region you explore. That’s the beauty of it being a relatively large country (by European standards, at least), there’s just so much diversity. Now, considering there are close to 80 cities in Germany, I’m almost certain you’ll find a…

After a long ride, will anyone save this Tokyo carousel?

From the shrines of Nikko and the temples of Kyoto to the castles of Matsumoto and Himeji, the Japanese are fiercely proud of the country’s centuries-old monuments of cultural heritage.Not so for a 113-year-old carousel in the nation’s capital. Despite a celebrated history that includes roots in Germany, a visit by Theodore Roosevelt, a stint in…

Beneath the cathedral spires

Anyone arriving in Cologne by train need take only one step out of the main station to find themselves immediately at the heart of the city: right in front of Cologne Cathedral. The people of Cologne sing about their beloved cathedral spires in countless songs. A symbol of home for some, one of Germany’s most-visited sights for others: the foundation…

Edgy and beautiful

Myths abound regarding north Germany’s largest commercial city: it is said for example to boast more bridges than Amsterdam, London and Venice combined. The underground runs mainly above ground, the Morgenpost (i.e. morning post) appears in the evening, while the Abendblatt (i.e. evening gazette) comes out every morning. Yet all of this is true, somewhat…

VeggieWorld

Coronavirus update: Due to restrictions limiting the size of events in Germany, it is possible this event will be cancelled or postponed. Please check with the official organiser (via link at the end).Are you vegetarian, vegan, concerned about your footprint on the future of our planet or just passionate about eating healthily? VeggieWorld stops…

Australia Might Not Open International Borders Until 2022

On May 7, Australia’s Trade Minister Dan Tehan stated that the country may not fully reopen its borders for international tourists until second half of 2022. The news has come as a blow to the international airlines and tourism industry.Stating that the closure is longer-than-anticipated, Tehan gave a slight ray of hope stating that things…

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