Tuesday, August 4, 2020

ASMALLWORLD Collection now live

ASMALLWORLD AG has launched the 'ASMALLWORLD Collection, an online hotel booking engine and travel service that focuses exclusively on the world's best hotels. Benefits include room upgrades, $100 food & beverage credits, special rates, and late check-outs.

Heavenly Dome

Around 2600-miles north of its Patagonian tail, the Atacaman head of serpentine Chile snakes into Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina. Stripped down to shape and shadow, this desiccated Disneyland lures adventurers, archaeologists, and astronomers alike.

Gilt(y) Pleasures

You can't go to St Petersburg and not visit Catherine’s Palace and Peterhof. Their combined splendour would put today's richest Russian oligarchs to shame

Top Five European cities

Once the Covid-19 lockdown is over and we can start travelling again, let's head for any of these five top European destinations

Alpine Adventure

From Italy you can get to Zermatt by ski lift. Bahnhofstrasse is the alpine resort's cobbled main street where horse-drawn carriages ferry tourists around

Railing through Switzerland

Passing over the Landwasser Aquaduct into the tunnel cut into the rock face.
The Glacier Express tracks you to the heights of Switzerland’s vertiginous mountains amid forest, turquoise lakes and rushing rapids at a snail pace that is just perfect!

Noshing in Nørrebro

Snatches of memory come and go in flashbulb moments – a handsome young waiter, a strawberry and rhubarb something or another, then lurching into midnight train home. Snoring on the trains is practically a Danish pastime

America’s highest hotel

Jen Su at the Four Seasons Philadelphia at Comcast Center
The Four Seasons, designed by Lord Norman Foster, is located inside the Comcast Center, the tallest building in the city.  The 180-room luxury hotel is found on floors 48-60, with offices underneath.  The concept is quite avant-garde

Portugal on a Budget

Portugal is growing in popularity as a travel destination. Find out whether it is possible to experience all the country has to offer if you’re on a budget.

New York with Miss Universe

Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi and Jen Su at a New York café. The beauty queen enjoys sipping on hot chocolate to keep warm during the winter chill. Photo: Hunter Peress.
“I tried a New York bagel for the first time,” explained Zozi Tunzi with excitement, when I met our current Miss Universe the first time.  “A bagel with salmon and cream cheese …”

Visiting San Francisco

A circus looking for a tent is how Will Durst described San Francisco, but he might just as well have been speaking about Fisherman’s Wharf.The northern waterfront area is full of surprises from scary Laughing Sal at the Musee Mecanique to pelicans and sea lions on Pier 39’s concrete slabs.

Fairmont, San Francisco

One of roof gardens at the Fairmont, San Francisco
The Fairmont in San Francisco is the one place you’re likely to bump into somebody rich and famous in the splendid lobby with its marble Corinthian columns, vaulted ceilings, velvet chairs, and wraparound staircase.

10 things to do in San Francisco

San Francisco
You can spend weeks in San Francisco and still not experience everything the city has to offer. Here is a list of 10 things to do in San Francisco

It Mostar Be Love!

Refined by the minarets of many mosques rising like middle-fingered salutes to the Serbians, Mostar lurks in a birch-forested valley.  Across the river, twice the length of the tallest minaret, stands the Croats’ new Catholic Church spire. And on the hilltop high above the town, a cross heralds what might be an uneasy truce, but time will tell.

Albanian Adventure

Albania, on the western side of the Balkan Peninsula bordered by Montenegro, Kosovo, Greece and Macedonia, and 72km from Italy, offers sandy beaches, great food, UNESCO world heritage sites, a 300,000-year history and 300 days of sunshine.

Hollywood in 48 Hours

Buzzing through Hollywood & Highland, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Life for me is always… a mad rush.  I travel hard. I run fast. Always in heels. So when a sudden opportunity came up to jet over to Hollywood for the premiere of “Judy” starring Renée Zellweger, I grabbed my little suitcase and off I flew.

A Tour de Norse

Since Norway is eye-wateringly expensive – think R500 for a pizza or R180 for a beer – we filled a cooler box with our favourite foods and wines; later consumed al fresco amid soul-cleansing scenery, or surreptitiously on hotel balconies, at a fraction of restaurant prices.

Little India

Unlike Chinatown or even nearby Arab Street, which have an ersatz aura about them, Little India feels like the real deal. It doesn’t take long to walk it flat, depending on how often you stop to bargain with the merchants and organised walking tours are available.

Clock shock

We shared this semi-detached abode with our 60-something Finnish landlady who walked around in her bra, as is the summer custom. Indeed, I saw more Swedes in their underwear – business is clearly brisk for tattoo artists – than decent restaurants. It’s a great social leveler.

Paradise with brass knobs on

The magnificent Lord Howe island. Picture: Mike Gebicki
As well as its birds, its fish, its walks, its quirky island ways, Lord Howe Island is a drug, a potent personality-altering substance. This is the way the world should be – paradise, with brass knobs on.

The Rickshaw Run

The stories that come back from the Runs speak of glorious sunsets over the Ganges, over sexed cows bonding with locals over moustaches, racing around go-cart tracks, traditional festivals or lazy afternoons teaching local children to play golf.