More than 1,000 works of public art, produced by nearly 500 local and international artists, are scattered throughout the city of Montreal. Although hundreds of sculptures comprise part of the city’s public art displays, Montreal also carves out a place for itself with mural art. The city is now competing with larger international capitals, like Paris, Buenos Aires and Berlin — cities long known for magnificent graffiti art and outdoor murals.
On the walls of Montreal’s Plateau neighborhood, between Laurier and Mont-Royal, visitors soak up the mural art displayed in this literally colorful neighborhood. In the borough of Verdun, look at the wonderful public art between the Lasalle and Verdun metro stations. In the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough, visit Promenade Ontario, with its nice shops, cafés and bistros and the works of many muralists.
Several Montreal companies, like Spade & Palacio and Viator, offer mural tours with professional guides. Using bikes or walking, the guides cover Boulevard Saint-Laurent with interesting detours to lesser-known streets and alleys. Montreal was the first Canadian city to develop wall murals as public art in the 1970s, and the muralist movement in the city has become more popular with each passing decade.
The 10th Montreal MURAL Festival takes place June 9–19. The festival transforms Saint-Laurent Boulevard into a veritable open-air museum, where the talents of local and international mural artists come together.
The best food tours go beyond reliving a newly arrived traveler of having to figure out which restaurant or bar to hit first. They also provide context in explaining how a destination’s crops and cuisine tie in with a place’s historical events and different populations. During a vacation in Iceland, 20-year veteran tour guide and proud Madeira native Jaqueline Freitas was reminded of this when she put herself in the hands of a savvy Reykjavik guide leading a street food tour.
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Wilderness Reserve, an 8,000-acre estate of historic and charming properties, woodlands and lakes, invites visitors to its newly launched YOXMAN, a three-day, Michelin-starred dining experience. Four United Kingdom chefs come together to prepare an array of different cuisines throughout the weekend, and guests are treated to plenty of entertainment throughout the experience.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts adds to its growing collection with Rosewood Hotel Bauer, slated to open in Venice in 2025. Led by Venice-based architect Alberto Torsello and interior design group BAR Studio, the property will lie in the city’s historic San Marco district.
Considering an autumnal adventure or Thanksgiving trip this year? Well, with walkable cities, cozy pubs and lots of seasonal festivals, the island of Ireland is calling. And if you need more reasons to Press the Green Button and go, take a look and see what awaits you on the Emerald Isle …
PONANT recently announced a new collaboration with Smithsonian Journeys for a series of co-branded sailings for 2023. Led by two Smithsonian Journeys experts, such as an art historian, solar astrophysicist or international relations expert, the 21 itineraries seek to deepen travelers’ immersion and knowledge of different destinations.
Savoy Signature Hotel Group continues to generate a buzz in international hospitality about the way its diverse portfolio shapes Madeira’s future as a destination; the brand keeps existing fans (particularly the traditional group of older British and German visitors) interested while drawing younger, more active travelers beyond the confines of Europe. The Savoy Palace, opened in 2019, took on the “legacy” mantle of a predecessor (the former Savoy Hotel) that stood on the same site, and then reopened with a lot of enthusiasm after the height of the pandemic passed.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
Acqualina Resort & Residences, located in Miami’s Sunny Isles Beach, invites guests to enjoy its new elevated pool experience at the adult pool on the property’s north side. Surrounded by palm trees and greenery, the space welcomes guests 18 years and older to indulge in its newest amenities and features.