In March, a ban forbidding the largest cruise ships from entering Venice, was lifted leading to renewed protests by concerned citizens and scientists who claim that the mega ships erode the city’s delicate waterways and ecosystem.
Our favorite new perch to watch the rapid reshaping of London’s skyline: Shangri-La at the Shard, itself located in the city’s most dramatic new addition, Renzo Piano’s 1,016-foot icicle on the South Bank. For its first property in the U.K., the hotel group brings its inimitable Asian polish to the British capital, with contemporary Chinese art, Japanese cherry-blossom wallpaper in the 202 guest rooms, and an Eastern flair (soy-glazed Welsh lamb!) at the restaurant Ting. Teatime here is held in the 35th-floor lounge, where full-length windows showcase the cityscape unfurling across the Thames. Earl Grey? Gracious, no—bring us a pot of green jasmine. shangri-la.com.
Sarah Miller is Travel + Leisure's European Editor.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is offering director George Lucas a prime location near the Bay Bridge for the Star Wars creator’s long-planned cultural arts museum.
"On behalf of the City and County of San Francisco, I write to propose an extraordinary location along our City's waterfront as the iconic new home for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum," wrote Lee in a letter sent to Lucas earlier this month.
The city of Chicago is also in contention for the site of the museum, and a decision is expected to be made this summer.
Need to know where your FIFA World Cup seats are in relation to the nearest caipirinha vendor? Take a virtual tour of the twelve stadiums hosting this month’s soccer extravaganza thanks to Google Street View. Google has also beefed up its transit coverage in Brazil to help fans find the easiest routes to the goal.
Expedia will accept bitcoin for its online hotel bookings, the company announced yesterday.
Travelers choosing the new payment method will be redirected to Coinbase, a digital money exchange, where they will have ten minutes to complete the transaction. How many bitcoins does a hotel cost? At around $640 per bitcoin, a $200 hotel-stay will run 0.32 bitcoins. Coinbase also charges a miniscule "miner fee," worth roughly twelve cents.
It took nearly ten years and $16 billion, but Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar is now fully operational. With the country's namesake carrier, Qatar Airways, transitioned from the old, now-defunct Doha International, the massive much-anticipated project finally feels complete.
Travel + Leisure's publisher, Time Inc., made history this morning when it began trading as a public company. What will this means for Travel + Leisure? That article has yet to be written, but we are confident we'll be able to take you even more places—through video, new distribution channels, devices, and yet-to-be-conceived social media platforms—in the months and years to come. The journey has just begun.
For the first time, Americans bought more wine last year than the French, but that was mostly because there are more of us: the average French person still drinks 1.2 bottles of wine a week, six times more than the average American.