Said to resemble the sinuous roots and branches of a tree sprouting from nearby Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi’s Old Quarter is a warren of twisting alleys and narrow lanes that fan out to the north and west. Developed as a crafts center between the 11th and 13th centuries, the neighborhood attracted artisans from all over Vietnam who specialized in trades such as metalwork, carpentry and ceramics.
Here artisans organized themselves into official guilds within communal houses, many of which still house craftspeople and specialty shops. Narrow buildings known as “tube houses” — erected when businesses were taxed based on the width of their storefront — lead to hidden courtyards, workshops and apartments. Tucked away on crooked streets named after the trades originally practiced there, small temples honor the patron saints of particular crafts.
On the edge of the Old Quarter, the more recent edifice of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, a 19th-century Catholic cathedral built by French missionaries, towers over Ly Quoc Su, a street lined with cafés, boutiques and art galleries. Popular among creatives and expats, the Laotian café Joma offers respite from the chaotic beeping of motorbikes with espresso drinks, soups and delicious baked goods.
Once known as the “secret café” for its unassuming entrance through the rear of a silk shop and up a winding staircase, Café Phố Cổ overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake remains a pleasant stop for a traditional Vietnamese coffee topped with beaten egg white — even if its location is no longer secret.
After working up an appetite with a stroll around the willow-lined lake, venture into one of the many excellent restaurants for a steaming bowl of pho. For less than $1, you can’t beat the succulent broth piled high with herbs and beef at the humble Banh Cuon Nong on Hang Bo Street.
As the day draws to a close, locals and tourists alike take to the alleys to sit on low plastic stools enjoying a glass of bia hoi, Hanoi’s fresh-brewed beer. Drop 15 cents for a draft at any of the ubiquitous sidewalk cafés — some no more than a keg, a table and a few glasses — and allow yourself to become part of the ancient streetscape.
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
There’s an aspirational rustic chic/farm-to-table restaurant genre often associated with Northern California’s wine country. When you drive down the main street of Napa, Sonoma or any of the other towns, it appears there are as many of them as there are vineyards. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this genre, as the quality of the food is consistent and ambitious chefs earnestly endeavor to elevate home-style dishes to a higher standard.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco announced a new amenity for guests in collaboration with Porsche. Porsche electric vehicle charging stations will now be located in the valet area of the hotel’s parking deck, allowing guests and visitors to top off the batteries of electric vehicles while enjoying a cocktail at Top of the Mark, enjoying farm-to-table fare at Nob Hill Club or staying overnight at the property.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
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