This year marks the 700th anniversary of Vilnius, Lithuania, and the birthday celebrations kick off this month with Vilnius Light Festival. The city will flicker and glow with installations created by national and international light artists. You can enjoy the lights and get a workout in the process — until Feb. 28, the main yard of the former Lukiškės Prison in Vilnius transforms into an icy winter wonderland, with nearly 2,000 square feet of skating space accommodating up to 80 people at a time beneath a custom-built roof.
Built in 1905 and steeped in dramatic history, the prison once housed political and other prisoners incarcerated for protests against the Soviets, Tsarist Russia and Nazi Germany. Its final days as a prison came in 2019, when it began a new life as Lukiškės Prison 2.0 and served as both a cultural hub and a nexus for more than 350 artists. The old prison has also became a major event venue, hosting many international concerts and performances.
Today, you can take a day or nighttime tour, practice your axels and edge jumps, or carve and arc on the rink’s smooth ice. After spending time at the venue, enjoy a meal at one of the many cafés or food trucks offering hot, tasty local fare.
Not a pro? You’re still welcome, and you don’t even need your own equipment: Skates are complimentary with your ticket for the length of your session.
Early on, pickleball had something to do with pickles. Pickles the dog, that is. In one story, the game was named for a family dog that ran off with the ball between sets.
Known as one of the best airports in the world and voted Best Airport in the Middle East by Global Traveler readers, Hamad International Airport aims to set new standards for the airport industry that exceed the expectations of travelers through its facility.
Not a word was spoken as I settled into a cozy spot on the outdoor terrace just outside the main lodge at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge in Uganda. The air was so still the ice in my single malt seemed to echo off the forest in the distance as it clanked against the glass. I sat among a handful of fellow adventurers, each sitting silently beneath the night sky for one collective goal. Moments earlier, we learned a troop of mountain gorillas had made their way down the mountain near our lodge, and we left our meals to instead sit in eager anticipation of hearing the guttural grunts of the primates below. The chills on my arms never left me that night, even as I made my way up a stone pathway to my personal banda (guestroom). Thankfully, sleep came quickly for me that night as I drifted into dreams of what my next day would bring.
Embracing a life well lived often means embracing a life well-traveled. Every journey becomes a canvas for experiences that shape our lives and at the heart of every adventure lies the indispensable companion: quality luggage.
You know what you’re going to get at an Aman hotel, and also you don’t. Expect peerless service, obsessive attention to detail, architectural elegance worthy of a fashion magazine, a holistic approach to wellness and astounding levels of comfort. But each property is also intimately connected to its setting, and that’s where the surprises lie. For instance, finding yourself on your knees on a sidewalk in Luang Prabang handing out sticky rice to Buddhist monks at 5:30 a.m. isn’t something we expected.
In time for peak travel season to Italy’s picturesque Amalfi Coast, the region will welcome its own airport as early as this July. Salerno Costa d’Amalfi Airport is not only undergoing renovations but it also plans to open as a commercial airport.