Cabin fever got the best of me on a recent Sunday afternoon. I’ve been recovering from foot surgery, on orders not to drive for four weeks followed by another two weeks with limited mobility.
Needing an excuse to get out of the house, never mind out of the state or out of the country, I convinced my husband to take me for an old-fashioned Sunday drive. With no particular place to go, we headed for the coast. We spent a couple hours meandering along scenic roadways and taking an occasional detour — just because we felt like finding out where an interesting road led. We discovered the answer to a decades-old mystery when we brazenly drove through a rusty gate, past worn-looking “private property” signs, to the end of a peninsula where we found what looked like a summer retreat, deserted in winter. We ended the afternoon sipping steaming Irish coffee, snug in one of our favorite pubs. Driving around in our automobile with no particular place to go turned into one of my favorite ways to spend a winter day.
While I’ve been discovering hidden treasures in my own backyard, our well-traveled contributors have been exploring the world. Richard Newton reports on the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions industry in Singapore and shares tips on exploring his favorite neighborhood in Moscow. Ron Bernthal takes a look at the business climate in Doha, and Susan Finch explores Iceland with friends in tow. Beth Reiber offers advice for entertaining clients in Hong Kong. Barbara Radcliffe Rogers and Stillman Rogers dig the nightlife in Hamburg. Terry Gardner warms up in Miami while Victoria Abbott Riccardi kicks back in Costa Rica, and our own Kimberly Krol seeks adventure in Israel.
Plus, we bring the action to you with a recap of our 10th Annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards celebration at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, and we kick off our annual silent auction to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We have a lot of ground to cover. Let’s get going.
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.
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.
Discover why Global Traveler readers named Cunard® the Best Large-Ship Cruise Line for seven consecutive years. For a limited time, book your voyage during Cunard’s Explore with More promotion and take advantage of lower fares*, up to $1,200 Onboard Credit†, Free Specialty Dining for Two^, 50% Reduced Deposit††, and more. Choose from an array of exciting journeys, including Transatlantic Crossings and voyages to Alaska, the Caribbean and Canada & New England.
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.