Week 03, September 2021
“It doesn’t matter where you are. You are nowhere compared to where you can go.” 〜 Bob Proctor
By LuxPin Team
◆ Historical circumstances left this colorful city remarkably intact. Thanks to first-class restaurants, outstanding hotels, and beguiling architecture, it’s become popular with visitors, who arrive in search of its ineffable magic.
◆ Starting this weekend restaurant-goers from Chicago to Brooklyn will be able to get a taste of today’s top eateries while taking a step back in time. In a partnership between restaurant booking app Resy and American Express, the two have conjured up American Express’ Gold Card Pop-Up Diner, a traveling diner-style pop-up where restaurants in various cities will offer a throwback spin on their respective cuisines.
◆ It’s time to make your reservations at Ashley Abodeely’s new place. Over the summer of 2021, the chic NoMad hotel brand opened the doors to its London property, its first location outside the United States. While the UK is new territory for NoMad, it brought along a secret weapon to ensure its British success: chef Ashley Abodeely.
◆ After the EU removed the United States from its pandemic-era list of safe countries, European countries started to shift their entry policies — including banning travelers — concerning American tourists. France has banned unvaccinated Americans from entering the country, according to a government decree issued Thursday removing the U.S. from the country’s safe list of its own. Unvaccinated travelers, with an essential reason for travel, will still be allowed to enter however they will need a negative COVID-19 test before travel and must quarantine for seven days on arrival.
◆ Starting Sept. 19, the country will allow small groups between five and 30 people to enter from “green,” “yellow,” and “orange” countries. All group members must be fully vaccinated. Individual tourists are still not allowed entry.
◆ Qantas is gearing up to resume international flights to the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan by the end of the year. Australian airline Qantas plans to require passengers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding when international flights resume.
◆ For those looking to explore the U.K., there’s more good news: A new low-cost electric rail service is launching next month. Designed with both affordability and sustainability in mind, the new company, called Lumo, will make its debut with train service between London and Edinburgh. Ticket prices will start from £14.90 (about $20.50), and travelers can expect to spend about four and a half hours on the journey from one city center to the next.
◆ Venice isn’t just planning a new tourist fee and reservation system to manage tourists, it also is deploying hundreds of CCTV cameras and a mobile phone tracking system to keep tabs on who’s entering the beloved city.
◆ This year’s World’s Best Awards survey was open for voting from January 11 through May 10, 2021. Though the pandemic forced ships around the world to remain in port, readers nevertheless looked back fondly on their times at sea while ranking the world’s top 10 river cruise lines.
◆ Costa Rica truly has it all: beaches, national parks, coffee, adventure, and now, igloos. If you’re looking for a stay on the beach with a truly Instagram-worthy backdrop, look no further than Igloo Beach Lodge in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Not only is it steps away from the picturesque Espadilla Beach, but it’s also a mere five-minute drive from the country’s most well-known national park, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio.
◆ Buying a home sight unseen on the other side of the world could be an unsettling move for some people. But for one couple who split their time between the US and France, it seemed like a perfectly good idea.
◆ Amtrak’s California Zephyr is known as one of the most scenic train rides in the US. The 52-hour trek from Chicago to Emeryville, California, was my first long-haul train ride, and I had a few surprising highlights along the way. Read on for 10 of the best parts of traveling this far by rail.