From Norway to Australia, and from Japan to Puerto Rico, here's our pick of destinations – enough to keep you busy for every week of the next 12 months 1. Puerto RicoAfter a devastating hurricane, an island on its way back For as long as I can remember growing up in Puerto Rico, El Morro, the indestructible fort with the endless lawns at the entrance to San Juan harbour , was where you went to fly a kite. And on a recent sunny afternoon, just as expected, a couple and their young son were there trying to catch an updraft to loft a plastic butterfly with a long blue tail into the sky. On Fortaleza Street, an art installation of colourful umbrellas hovered above pedestrians, triggering countless selfies. A short ferry ride away from the old city, at the Bacardí rum distillery in the town of Cataño, visitors sipped cocktails in an open-air pavilion with a roof shaped like a bat in flight. But as Puerto Rico tries to come back as a premier Caribbean destination after the … [Read more...] about 52 places to go in 2019: The top destinations to visit this year
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With that in mind, we have asked three expert walkers - authors all - to choose their favourite walks for spring. That means places with the finest bluebell displays, the best newly-green woodlands, the most dramatic scenery. The result is 30 great routes that criss-cross the country, including Northern Ireland. For urban dwellers, there are escape routes out to Ireland's Eye and south to Bray and along the Royal Canal, none of which require a car. There are even a few places where thick-skinned bathers can take a dip. There are trails here for families with toddlers or buggies, for those looking for a good stretch, and for serious hikers wanting to blow the cobwebs out of their hair after the long dark winter. And all of them finish near a good spot for a cup of tea or something stronger. Each walk listed includes the distance and the time it takes to complete at a moderate pace, as well as directions to the start point. Most of the routes can be covered without maps, but we have … [Read more...] about 30 best spring walks in Ireland: Fresh air for every age and fitness level!
Our experts offer a guide to the top 25 destinations for a city break in 2019, including what to do and where to stay in Venice, Amsterdam, Florence, Lisbon, London, Barcelona and Reykjavik. Italy Rome Rome's mild Mediterranean climate is a persuasive draw for visitors from the cool north, but the main draw will always be the pulsating energy of a place which lives life as a form of theatre. There are great neighbourhood trattorias, quirky shops and a buzzing aperitivo scene. The challenge is deciding what not to do: there are so many churches, archaeological sites, piazzas and paintings to see that a lifetime is hardly enough. Where to stay J.K. Place Roma Rome, Italy 9 Telegraph expert rating One of Italy’s classiest townhouse hotels, J.K. Place has been much imitated, but few of the copies match the warm, suave, elegant original. The rooms derive much of their charm from the no-expenses-spared quality of the materials used, including antique fireplaces and … [Read more...] about The 25 best European city breaks for 2019 and where to stay
NEW YORK TIMES The sprawling Grand Hotel Dieu in Lyon, France, was first founded in the 1300s and contains shops, restaurants and public spaces in addition to a five-star hotel. Lyon is among The New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2019. 1. Puerto Rico After a devastating hurricane, an island on its way back For as long as I can remember growing up in Puerto Rico, El Morro, the indestructible fort with the endless lawns at the entrance to San Juan harbor, was where you went to fly a kite. And on a recent sunny afternoon, just as expected, a couple and their young son were there trying to catch an updraft to loft a plastic butterfly with a long blue tail into the sky. On Fortaleza Street, an art installation of colorful umbrellas hovered above pedestrians, triggering countless selfies. A short ferry ride away from the old city, at the Bacardi rum distillery in the town of Catano, visitors sipped cocktails in an open-air pavilion with a roof shaped like a bat in flight. … [Read more...] about New York Times recommends these 52 places to explore in 2019
Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse and Oceans at Arthur’s moved from Rahling Road to a former dual auto dealership on Chenal Parkway. - Photo by Jennifer Christman The central Arkansas restaurant business was in just as much ferment in 2018, if not more so, as it has been in any year in the recent past. As has been our annual custom, we're recapping 52 weeks of 2018 Restaurant Transitions columns, picking and choosing highlights, low-lights and taillights from the past year in area eats. We can't possibly revisit all of them in one entree-level roundup, so we're perforce leaving out some items of undoubted importance. Except as otherwise noted, all addresses are in Little Rock. Samu Bar, Sushi, Hibachi quickly replaced former Oceans at Arthur’s space in the Village at Rahling Road. MAJOR MOVES Arthur's Prime Steakhouse and Oceans at Arthur's moved, lock, stock, steaks, sushi and wine lists, southeastward from the Village at Rahling Road to the former Riverside Acura … [Read more...] about Second helpings: Restaurants that opened, closed in central Arkansas in 2018