Leave Switzerland without a fine watch and live with regret forever. Jacques Gevril was the first Swiss watchmaker to export a timepiece, at the request of Spain’s King Ferdinand VI in 1758. A 1781 Gevril pocket watch, on display at the Museum Geneve, has distinctive texturing of dial materials. That “Guilloched” technique is embodied today in the limited edition Avenue of Americas collection, featuring raised numbers, white mother-of-pearl, sapphire crystal and a Louisiana crocodile leather band. Collection ranges from $2,195 to $8,995, for the full case diamond. www.gevril.com
After a day in the Alps, warm up with a cuppa poured from this Terra Keramik ceramic teapot. The Winterthur-based artisans embody Swiss affection for clean lines and simple design when creating the teapots, which come in eight colors. Terra Keramik uses environmentally friendly techniques, such as lead-free glazes, clay that fires with lower energy and recyclable packaging. Teapots hold eight cups. $112. www.artazza.com
Visitors are welcome to tour the Glasi Hergiswil factory on the shores of Lake Lucerne, where craftsmen blow glass into delicate dinnerware, candlesticks and more. Be sure to also tour the Museum of Glass and follow the factory’s history, which dates back to 1817. This Glasi Hergiswil birdfeeder is about $43.
When thinking about Swiss precision and mastery, the first thing to come to mind probably isn’t a toy. But perhaps it should be. Wooden Naef Toys are handmade in Switzerland with meticulous attention to detail, imagination and safety. The colorful Cella challenges children to create designs using nine half-cube shells. About $150–180. www.naefusa.com
More than 22 million visitors pour into Bangkok each year, adding to the roughly 11 million residents of the Thai capital famous for its bustling streets. Packed with food carts, markets and cultural spectacles, life in Bangkok is unusually defined by its vibrant street scene, both day and night. That means you don’t necessarily need a solid plan when heading out on any given evening.
IHG Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to announce the launch of a new mobile product feature for members: IHG Wi-Fi Auto Connect. This feature is now available exclusively in the IHG One Rewards mobile app for both iOS and Android users and will automatically connect IHG One Rewards members to WiFi upon arrival at more than 5,000 IHG hotels worldwide — no separate passwords or log-ins needed. This is in addition to the exciting benefits of being an IHG Business Edge member. IHG Business Edge provides small- and medium-sized businesses access to a user-friendly portal that displays comprehensive spending and savings data while providing the convenience of direct booking with a guaranteed discount.
As first-time restaurateurs, but with plenty of hospitality-related experience, Ria and Kevol (Kev) Graham were not entirely comfortable opening their first restaurant in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, where several upscale restaurants and 5-star hotel dining is just a block away. And to make matters worse, they opened in July 2020, when New York City was in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to intimate settings, smaller staff-to-passenger ratios, and personalized food and beverage options, river cruises have the advantage of providing a deeper dive into a region’s culture, food and history. The Rhine, Rhône and Danube in Europe and the Mississippi River and St. Lawrence in North America have much to offer travelers with their itineraries, tying together beloved cities and lesser-known destinations along their routes.
Whether it's the people, the craic (fun) or the coasts, travelers always find something to love about the island of Ireland. What fills your heart?
As another phenomenal year of travel comes to an end, it’s time, as always, for Global Traveler to celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2023 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. But that's not the only cause for celebration here: We've hit another major milestone, as this marks our 20th year honoring the best of the best inn world of travel!
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