Boston has its share of rabid sports fans. I’m not one of them, but I’ve witnessed the emotional ups and downs that inevitably follow the victories and losses of the hometown teams. I may not fully understand it, but I accept that a key win can trigger an ecstatic celebration, while an unexpected defeat can result in a sinkhole of despair.
Still, I was more than a little bit surprised by a crowd of soccer fans in Lisbon a few years ago. I was staying at the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz in a room overlooking Parq Eduardo VII and Marquês de Pombal Square. From a seat on my balcony, I watched as traffic increased and families arrived — a gathering gave way to a crowd that became a sea of people. Palpable energy vibrated through the air, punctuated by rhythmic chanting.
I couldn’t figure out what was causing the frenzy. It was both intriguing and mysterious. The next day I asked the concierge. Fútbol. Soccer. The sport known for its passionate fans was at the root of the gathering I witnessed, drawing wave upon wave of followers to one central location for the sole purpose of reveling in the glory of a victory over a rival team.
I have a feeling some of those same soccer fans will be in Brazil this summer when 32 of the best teams from around the world face off in a series of matches, culminating with the crowning of the 2014 FIFA World Cup champions.
The FIFA World Cup championship as we know it today is rooted in a tradition that began in the early 20th century when a group of French sporting enthusiasts set the foundation for bringing the world’s strongest national football teams together to compete for a world title. The year was 1930 and Uruguay took home the cup, followed by Argentina in second place, the United States in third place and Yugoslavia in fourth place. The cup was contested twice more in the 1930s — Italy won in 1934 and France won in 1938 — before World War II led to a 12-year hiatus. Competition resumed in 1950 with Brazil as the host country. Uruguay won the cup.
This year’s return to Brazil marks the first time in 64 years the country has hosted the competition. A total of 64 matches will play out in 12 Brazilian cities: Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo. Competition kicks off June 12, with Spain as the defending champion, and continues through July 13.
When all is said and done, only one team will claim the brilliant gold trophy and the title 2014 FIFA World Cup Champion.
Pantone recently unveiled its color of the year for 2023. The highly anticipated announcement has become a tradition, each year introducing a new color to represent the coming year. In 2021, Pantone declared 2022 to be the color of Very Peri 17-3938, a blend of purple and blue. For 2023, Pantone’s Color of the Year is Viva magenta 18-1750. A shade from the red family, this color represents a new signal of strength. Brave and fearless, Viva Magenta is rooted in nature and embraces joy and celebration.
At nearly 30,000 square feet, United Airlines’ newest United ClubSM now welcomes Newark Liberty International Airport travelers with its modern design, enhanced amenities, culinary offerings, locally sourced art and furniture and Manhattan skyline views. Seek airport solace at the new location in Terminal C3, near Gate C123.
The UNESCO World Heritage neighborhood of Balat rivals İstanbul’s Old City for its historic significance, with an added splash of color. Its cobbled hilly streets boast a full rainbow of houses, cafés, restaurants and churches painted in pinks, reds, oranges, yellows, greens and blues — parts even surpassing my native San Francisco’s steep, colorful corridors. The most vibrant stretch of homes, dating anywhere from 50 to 200 years old, runs along Kiremit Caddesi.
Icelandair recently announced its newest North American gateway: Detroit, Michigan. The seasonal flights begin May 18, 2023, taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport to Reykjavik (KEF), Iceland. The four weekly, non-stop flights will run through Oct. 30, 2023. Flight 872 departs Detroit for Iceland Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, at 8:30 p.m., on a 160-seat Boeing 737MAX. The return, from Reykjavik to Detroit, departs 5 p.m. on the same days of the week, arriving at 6:25 p.m.
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If your personal travel nirvana involves fabulous scenery and a snappy, reviving hike in bracing winter air, Bannikin Travel & Tourism hopes to make your dreams come true with a selection of new winter walking itineraries in Scotland (other trip options are available in England and Ireland). Here’s what you can look forward to in 2023:
A giant, sparkling white fir tree and decadent holiday brunch in a historic Rocky Mountain setting? Please and thank you! It’s all happening at historic Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado. Guests will be greeted by sparkle and light as they enter — the hotel’s enormous lobby tree is a local tradition, chosen each year through a partnership with Native Nursery in the nearby town of Golden.
Experience the beauty of Alaska and save 60 percent off cruise fares on your second and fourth guests. Plus, drinks, WiFi and tips are all included.
Travelers constantly look for their next bucket-list vacation, but with Europe getting colder, why not travel to a destination that is sunny year-round? Tel Aviv is the perfect getaway to escape the cold winter months. Whether traveling solo, with friends or family members, here are some must-do activities in Tel Aviv.