Laura Motta

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Most Anticipated: The Great 2018 Book Preview

Settle in, folks, because this is one the longest first-half previews we’ve run in a long while. Putting this together is a labor of love, and while …

Revisiting the Cruise Gratuity Bundle Debate

With the Cruise Critic news that both Royal Caribbean International and corporate cousin Celebrity Cruises have again raised their daily gratuity …

The Death and Life of Atlantic City

Zeno’s paradox down the shore.<p>Mike Hauke opened a pizza and sub shop in Atlantic City in 2009, but only after he had failed in nine tries to rent the space to somebody else. He had bought the building three years earlier on the advice of his father, an accountant who considered distressed real …

Real Estate

The InterContinental Hong Kong Is Closing For 12-16 Months

The InterContinental Hong Kong is one of Hong Kong’s most iconic hotels. Actually, I’d say it’s one of the best city hotels in the world in terms of …

This Is What the Future of First Class Will Look Like

You simply have to see it to believe it<p>In the early decades of commercial aviation, flying was a luxurious experience—think lobster dinners in economy, with unlimited alcohol served in real glassware for free. They don’t call the era the Golden Age of Flight for nothing. But aviation quickly …

In-flight Entertainment

The Top Ten Most Important Ancient Documents Lost to History

From Rome’s holiest texts to a Chinese manuscript that wouldn’t have fit inside a shipping container, here’s our top ten list of the most important …

Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth hotel review - Montreal, Canada

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My 2017 Reading List

Guntû hotel review - Setouchi, Japan

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How Place Shapes Our Politics

Political scientist and author Ryan Enos explains how geography can sharpen political conflicts.<p>We urbanists are obsessed with place. So it may be hard for us to believe that the connection between physical space and urbanization has been neglected by much of social science, outside of urban …

60 Books We Can't Wait To Read In 2018

Bring on the new year, and a new TBR pile stacked with fresh reads.<p>As 2018 approaches, there’s a lot to look forward to: the end of a hellish 2017, the Winter Olympics, “The Bachelor: Winter Games,” 2017 being over, midterm elections, and 2017 finally drawing to a close.<p>More than anything, though, …

London Underground will spend the whole of 2018 celebrating fantastic women artists

2017 may have been the year of feminism, but next year is shaping up to be a glorious year of female magnificence.<p>Because the London Underground is …

Ugh, You Can't Wear Those Boots at Qantas Lounge

Qantas doesn't care how much you paid for those comfy Ugg boots.<p>Singer Joanne Catherall learned the hard way that Australia's flag carrier considers …

London​ ​Underground​ ​Architecture​ ​&​ ​Design​ ​Map

The first​ ​in​ ​a​ ​new​ ​series​ ​dedicated​ ​to the looks of​ ​public​ ​transport networks, Blue​ ​Crow​ ​Media‘s London​ ​Underground​ …

Architecture

A Week’s Stay at Antarctica’s Only Luxury Campsite Costs as Much as a Car

On a good day in Antarctica, the wind will quiet, the sun will shine, and the temperature will reach a balmy 23 degrees... Fahrenheit. Okay, so it's …

Spring 2018 Announcements: Memoirs Biographies

Memoirs of recovering—from substance addiction and war—fill this season’s list, as well as books on controversial presidents (Trump and Wilson). Yet …

Books

300

The first A330-300 to be fitted with the new World Business Class cabin is registration number PH-AKA.<p><b>Refits complete in 2018</b><p>The refurbishment of the …

20 Bookish (Non-Book) Gifts for Readers

Jólabókaflóð is all about books, and we have fully embraced the Yule Book Flood this year at Read it Forward. By now, all of the readers on your list …

Appetizer, Gestalten

With the aesthetics of a restaurant these days as important as the food on offer, interior designers and architects are creating bolder, more …

The Ultimate Best Books of 2017 List

It’s the end of the year, and everybody has an opinion. And of course, where there’s an opinion, there’s a listicle. The river of Best of 2017 lists …

NYC's enhanced interactive landmarks map is a deep dive into city's historic districts

Learn about the nearly 34,000 buildings in NYC’s 141 historic districts<p>It just got a lot easier to learn about NYC’s landmarks and historic districts. The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has put out an enhanced version of its interactive landmarks map, that was first unveiled in the spring …

New York City

The Etiquette of Who Gets The Middle Seat Armrest

<i>Welcome to Jetiquette, a new TPG column that explores the etiquette — the fragile social contracts, the delicate dos and don’ts — of air travel. Have</i> …

Comedians

9 ways to make your cruise ship's cabin seem more spacious

Cruise ships offer travelers a lot of pluses: entertainment, activities, transportation and a seemingly endless supply of food. But they don't get many points for providing roomy accommodations.<p>Some cabins, in fact, are only slightly more than 100 square feet; compare that with the average hotel …

Royal Caribbean

Readers can expect a new Zora Neale Hurston book in 2018

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960). Via WikiMedia Commons.It hasn’t even started yet, but 2018 is already shaping up into a great year for lost books …

7 books that took us somewhere in 2017

Even though we’re travel writers, we don’t get to be constantly traveling. So when we’re stuck at home, we turn to books to transport us around the …

A Close Reading of the Best Opening Paragraph of All Time

One hundred and one years ago today, Shirley Jackson was born. During her lifetime, she wrote “The Lottery,” and <i>The Haunting of Hill</i> <i>House</i>, <i></i>and <i>We Have</i> …

Books

Peter sat down to rest.

Title<p>Peter sat down to rest.<p>Names<p>Potter, Beatrix, 1866-1943<p>Collection<p>Children's book illustrations<p>Book illustrations -- Potter -- Peter Rabbit<p>Dates / …

TWA Hotel tops out behind Eero Saarinen’s midcentury masterpiece

That didn’t take long: Just about a year after celebrating the groundbreaking of the TWA Hotel, the developer behind the project, MCR, has announced that it’s topped out. The hotel will complement—and connect to—Eero Saarinen’s iconic 1962 TWA Flight Center. The whole shebang is on track to open in …

In Quebec, Buckminster Fuller's Domed Dreams Live On

A show in Montreal focuses on the province’s forgotten history with the geodesic dome leading up to Expo 67.<p>Around the world, if you’re talking about geodesic domes, you’re talking about Buckminster Fuller. But in Quebec, that conversation should also include Jeffrey Lindsay.<p>A new show at the …