World cruise for 2025 sells out before opening for bookings and it ain’t cheap!

World cruise for 2025

World cruise for 2025 sells out before opening for bookings

The 2025 world cruise is by Regent Seven Seas Cruises. At 150 nights it’s the longest in the line’s history 

Fares started from £69,389 per guest for a Deluxe Veranda Suite – and cost £191,949 for a Master Suite 

Guests will sail three oceans, visit 97 ports of call in 25 countries – and cover 36,295 nautical miles 

World cruise for 2025

For the fourth year running, a world cruise by Regent Seven Seas Cruises has sold out in record time, with the sailing being completely reserved prior to officially opening for bookings on June 15, 2022.

It underscores how for some the cost of living crisis is something that is happening to other people.

The 2025 sailing, which at 150 nights is the longest in Regent’s history, had fares starting from £69,389 ($85,000) per guest for a Deluxe Veranda Suite, and £191,949 ($237,000) per guest for the ‘indulgent luxury’ of a Master Suite. The global cruise, on the Seven Seas Mariner, has been reserved by ‘loyal past guests’ as well as over a third of guests who will be new to Regent’s ‘unrivalled experience’.

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6 undiscovered rooftop bars in London

6 undiscovered rooftop bars in London

6 undiscovered rooftop bars in London

Head upwards to see a London few other visitors get to enjoy – that’s the advice that Blue Badge-qualified tour guide Paul Metcalfe gives his guests.

‘There are now dozens of rooftop bars and restaurants in London, each with a different atmosphere and each with views even locals don’t know about,’ he says.

6 undiscovered rooftop bars in London

Head upwards to see a London few other visitors get to enjoy at the city’s rooftop bars. One option is The Rooftop bar at The Standard hotel (pictured) – it’s positioned by St Pancras and King’s Cross stations so it makes a great first or last pit stop if you’re visiting London by train

 

Sip on cocktails by night at Radio Rooftop Bar on the tenth floor of the ME hotel in the West End

6 undiscovered rooftop bars in London:

A top tip is Radio Rooftop Bar, perched on the tenth floor of the ME hotel on the edge of Covent Garden in the West End.

The ‘big four’ sights of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard, the London Eye and Big Ben are all in view from the terrace. Non residents can book tables for everything from eggs benedict at breakfast to champagne cocktails at night. DJs play chill-out sets as the sun goes down (radiorooftop.com).

Even closer to the heart of town is Hotel Indigo on Leicester Square. Up on the ninth floor there’s a sleek bar and dining room plus a wrap-around terrace with tables looking down on the bustle below. Service begins with mid-morning brunch and runs through to candlelit, post-theatre dinner (lsqrooftop.com).

A livelier rooftop experience is on offer just south of the River Thames and National Theatre near Waterloo. Up to 600 guests can squeeze on to the huge terrace of Bar Elba where colourful awnings and strings of fairy-lights make nights seem magical.

 

6 undiscovered rooftop bars in London: Up on the ninth floor of Hotel Indigo on Leicester Square there’s a sleek bar and dining room plus a wrap-around terrace with tables looking down on the bustle below

 

Service at Hotel Indigo’s bar and dining room (pictured) begins with mid-morning brunch and runs through to candlelit, post-theatre dinner

Up to 600 guests can squeeze on to the huge terrace of Bar Elba, above, where colourful awnings and strings of fairy-lights make nights seem magical

At weekends, live music and stand-up comedy compete with views of the Shard and London Eye, and groups can book a ‘cocktail tree’ with drinks ready for when you arrive (bar-elba.co.uk).

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Take a short walk through the cobbled streets of Wapping, just east of Tower Bridge, to find an even more imaginative rooftop bar. At the Skylight Bar on the old Tobacco Dock there’s a croquet lawn plus shuffle board, table tennis and petanque areas. The menu is described as ‘street meets comfort food’ with everything from tacos to churros with chocolate sauce (skylightbars.com).

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The (fake) grass is equally green at The Rooftop bar at The Standard hotel. It’s positioned by St Pancras and King’s Cross stations so it makes a great first or last pit stop if you’re visiting London by train.

Head to the Skylight Bar on the old Tobacco Dock (pictured) and you’ll find a croquet lawn plus shuffle board, table tennis and petanque areas

 

Margaritas are the most popular drinks at The Rooftop bar at The Standard hotel, which is open until 11pm

What’s said to be the capital’s highest taco truck (pictured) provides snacks at The Rooftop bar at The Standard hotel

It’s open till 11pm and the Victorian clock tower of St Pancras station looms alongside it while the BT Tower shines in the distance. Margaritas are the most popular drinks while what’s said to be the capital’s highest taco truck provides snacks (standardhotels.com).

Fine dining with a view of the grey dome of St Paul’s Cathedral is on offer on the top-floor terrace of the Vintry & Mercer hotel in the heart of the old City of London.

Close to the Thames, yet lost amid a rabbit warren of old wine warehouses and livery halls, the menu has a ‘best of British’ flavour. Roasted Orkney scallops and Cornish lamb are favourites (vintryandmercer.com).

 

 

Fine dining with a view of the grey dome of St Paul’s Cathedral is on offer on the top-floor terrace of the Vintry & Mercer hotel (pictured) in the heart of the old City of London

 

The menu on the top-floor terrace of the Vintry & Mercer hotel has a ‘best of British’ flavour – roasted Orkney scallops and Cornish lamb are favourites

 

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Marble Arch Mound closed after 6 months

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Marble Arch Mound closes after 6 months

Marble Arch Mound closes after 6 months

A new tourist attraction in London that was mocked from the second it opened is now closing to visitors.

The Marble Arch Mound is closing just six months after it first opened, CNN reported, ending a saga of ridicule and confusion that has followed it since it started welcoming visitors.

The attraction, which reportedly cost £6 million (about $8.1 million) to build, was billed by the city of Westminster as a temporary and “unique opportunity to look out over the area from a new perspective as the Council and its partners start to transform the District.”

But from the moment it opened, the public was confused.

Marble Arch Mound

The Marble Arch Mound promised visitors a lush, green hill that would rise more than 80 feet high, providing visitors with sweeping views of Hyde Park and bustling Oxford Street. But in reality, those who showed up were greeted with what appeared to be an unfinished project and an absence of shops and a cafe that were advertised but nowhere to be found.

Crowds queue to see the Marble Arch Mound on the final day before its closure. The artificial hill in central London has been called “London’s worst tourist attraction” and is closing down permanently.
 
In July, a spokesperson for the architecture firm that built the attraction told The New York Times that changes in the planning forced them to make the mound smaller and steeper, making it harder to plant the vegetation they had envisioned.

Ahead of its closure, Twitter came out in full force, taking one last opportunity to mock the failed project.

“Excellent horticulture is not easy, but makes all the difference. For the price of this ‘attraction’ we could have funded a generation of world class horticulturalists, who might just make things like this actually work,” one person, who said they were a curator at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, tweeted over the weekend.

Another man tweeted: “went to pay my respects to the Marble Arch Mound before it closes – rip you big lump of mud, still not quite clear why you were built.”

While travellers to the UK will no longer be able to visit the mound itself, they can still seek out greenery in England’s many picturesque small towns.

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April 5, 2022 – Most Instagrammable Hotel in the World

The Shore Club Turks and Caicos has been crowned “The Most Instagrammable Hotel in the World” for 2022, following up on its victory last year, making it Luxury Travel Advisor‘s first-ever repeat champion. 

Following six rounds of voting, where we started with 64 hotels from across the world broken down into four regional brackets, we have finally named a winner. In its Final Round matchup, The Shore Club took down Wildwaters Lodge by securing 51.42 percent of the vote.
 
What’s most impressive is over 145,000 people voted in the round (with the breakdown being 74,637 in favor of The Shore Club and 70,509 for Wildwaters Lodge). The champ came out of the Latin America and Caribbean bracket, while the runner-up represented Europe and Africa.

Honorable mentions this year belong to Marina Bay Sands, the champion of the Asia, Indian Ocean and South Pacific bracket, and Hotel NH Collection New York Madison Avenue, which came out of the North America bracket. 

Prior to its final round matchup, The Shore Club Turks and Caicos faced tough competition in the semifinals against Hotel NH Collection New York Madison Avenue (the North America winner), edging out the property with just under 51 percent of the vote (4,475 to 4,306). In an earlier close contest, it topped Mexico’s Wayam Mundo Imperial with just over 51 percent of the vote 2,778 to 2,626). The hotel previously knocked down Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal in the Round of 16, receiving just over 60 percent of the vote. 

The Shore Club had won the first round against Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences and followed it up with a win over Conrad Tulum in Round 2. The most popular location for Instagram shots at The Shore Club Turks and Caicos is on the hotel’s Colonnade Pool Swings. We, and you all, clearly see why!

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Clifford Tower – forbidden for 340 years!

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Forbidden for 340 years!

Clifford Tower now shows parts that were forbidden for 340 years!

Built for Henry III between 1245 and 1272, the Tower had a stunning £5million makeover, which took over 19 years (!).

Clifford Tower

Off-limits for 340 years, now you can see the  unusually luxurious fixtures and fittings, including England’s first flushing loo since Roman times. Rhere’s now a viewing platform at the top affording visitors amazing views of the city.

The transformation of what was York Castle’s 800-year-old keep has been 19 years in the making, with English Heritage’s head properties curator Jeremy Ashbee tasked with the project shortly after he joined the preservation charity in 2003.

‘Nothing beats standing on the spot where history happened,’ states English Heritage’s website, but since a fire that gutted the property in 1684, visitors to Clifford’s Tower have had to make do with a narrow wall walk, accessed by steep steps. In effect, the two-storey tower was an open-air ruin with no floors. As Ashbee admits, it was previously a frustrating visit because so much of the building – including the royal loo – could not be reached.

The new timber viewing platform retains a hole for the elements to enter, and Ashbee is keen to stress that the innovative internal structure, supported by four timber columns, touches the sidewalls of the tower only ‘lightly.’ Visitors climb to the roof — it’s more of a suspended deck, really — via see-through steel walkways.  

Experience stunning views over the ancient city and immerse yourself in centuries of history at one of York’s most iconic sites. Clifford Tower has sat at the heart of the city since the Norman Conquest, and over the years it’s been a royal mint, a medieval stronghold and a garrison in the Civil Wars. Today, a spectacular new roof deck gives unrivalled views over York’s historic skyline, with its medieval buildings and famous Minster. Inside, new walkways and staircases have opened up parts of the tower that have been off-limits for centuries, and immersive soundscapes and stories are bringing the tower’s turbulent history to life like never before.

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Euston train station – new with stunning golden roof – what treasures were found during construction?

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Euston train station – treasures uncovered

London Euston station will have a golden roof, coloured bronze or gold and is part of new plans for the high-speed railway in London.
We have to wait a little before it opens, somewhere between 2031 and 2036.

In the mean time, archaeologists working on the HS2 project in Euston discovered Victorian time capsules and the remains of Captain Matthew Flinders, the Royal Navy explorer who led the first circumnavigation of Australia.

The discovery at Euston train station

Archaeologists working in West London on the HS2 project have uncovered a fascinating rare set of Iron Age potins, an early version of the coin, dating back to the 1st century BC.

The hoard of over 300 potins is a significant historical find, and was discovered in Hillingdon in August last year (2020). The find may be recognized as “treasure” under British Law.

‘The Hillingdon Hoard’ – as it has been called – dates back to the late Iron Age, during a period of change as the Romans began to establish themselves in Britain and create Londinium. The potins are based on coins struck in Marseille, France, about 2,175 years ago, which bear the left-facing head of Apollo on one side and a bull charging right on the other. The use of these early coins spread across northern Europe. In England their use was commonly linked to Kent, Essex or Hertfordshire. The term ‘potin’ refers to the base metal silver-like alloy used in coins. It is typically a mixture of copper, tin and lead.

What were the potins used for?

Historians are unclear what the potins were used for during the Iron Age, particularly as the exchange of goods and service, or bartering is thought to have been the main method of commerce at that time, nor why the coins were deposited where they were found.

Archaeologists analysing the discovery believe the potins may have been to mark the boundary of a property or as an offering to the Gods – in a woodland clearing or near a sacred spring. It is not unusual for a hoard to be found in an apparently isolated location and they may also have been buried as saving hoards or as emergency hoards in times of crisis.

The first series of potins produced in Britain, are known as Kentish Primary or Thurrock types, and are likely to have been made no later than 150 BC. Sometime before 100 BC, these rather bulky coins were replaced by thinner coins with more degenerate designs, now called Flat Linear types. Over a period of several decades, the Flat Linear potins gradually evolved into a wide variety of forms, with the depiction of the bull and the head of Apollo becoming more and more stylised. The Hillingdon Hoard is late in the Flat Linear sequence.

A hoard of a similar size, the ‘Sunbury hoard’ was discovered in 2010 but the potins were dated much earlier in the Iron Age. Potins from late in the Iron Age, similar to the Hillingdon Hoard, have been found previously but in much smaller quantities, making this find very significant.

The site in Hillingdon was undergoing archaeological excavation and analysis led by HS2’s enabling works contractor, Costain Skanska joint venture (CS JV) and the archaeologists involved were elated to make such a significant discovery. Following a storm, ground conditions changed, and revealed where the coins were buried.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle Disney- 41,200 sheets of gold leaf added to celebrate 30th anniversary

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Sleeping Beauty Castle- 41.200 sheets of gold leaf added!

Disney has gone all out and celebrates its 30th anniversary in style.

The launch of the festivities and found celebrations already in full swing at Europe’s number one tourist attraction.

The number 30 is emblazoned everywhere from the main entrance to the Mickey-shaped balloons sold on Main Street.

All paths still lead to the iconic pink Sleeping Beauty Castle but even this has been spruced up for the occasion, with a mammoth renovation requiring 370 gallons of paint and 41,200 sheets of gold leaf applied by hand.

Fashion designer Stella McCartney has designed Minnie Mouse’s first-ever trouser suit plus a new range of merchandise, and there’s even a specially-created celebration cocktail of tangy gin, elderflower liqueur, blackberry, green apple, grape and lemon – probably best enjoyed after you’ve finished riding the roller coasters.

Menus in the 59 restaurants across Disneyland Paris have also had a 30th-anniversary makeover. 

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-inspired restaurant in London – fantastic addition in Kew gardens

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February 4, 2022 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-inspired restaurant in London – new in Kew gardens

Here’s a venue for sweet-toothed restaurant-goers to get their teeth into – an eatery that’s inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-inspired restaurant in London – new in Kew gardens

Described as a mixture between the beloved Roald Dahl novel and a ‘nature-led laboratory’, the new Family Kitchen restaurant, situated in London’s Kew Gardens, is a ‘world of fantasy’. 

The children’s writer is at the heart of the interiors – fixtures such as the zany mushroom sculptures and a giant apple chair are ‘inspired by fantastical worlds in literature such as Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach’.

The new Family Kitchen restaurant is a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-inspired ‘world of fantasy’ in London’s Kew Gardens

The ‘multi-sensory’ restaurant, which was designed by London-based Mizzi Studio and can accommodate up to 250 diners, is set beside the Children’s Garden

While Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory revolves around sugar, the mission of this restaurant goes a bit further, to ‘offer children an insight into plant types, local produce, agricultural techniques, food processing and meal preparation’. Interactive installations that teach families about the ‘origins of their food’ are dotted throughout the eatery.

The ‘multi-sensory’ restaurant, which was designed by London-based designers Mizzi Studio and can accommodate up to 250 diners, is set beside the Children’s Garden.

At the entrance, visitors are greeted by a ‘radiating LED sun’ on one wall. There are blue seats patterned with mosaics of waves, inspired by the work of Antonio Gaudi, and raincloud-shaped hanging lights suspended from the ceiling. 

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The coolest House of Gucci film locations – top 5 of beautiful places

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The coolest House of Gucci film locations – The first pictures released from Ridley Scott’s latest project, House of Gucci starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, give a glimpse of glamour, style – and wonderful locations to inspire your next ski trip

The coolest House of Gucci film locations

Lady Gaga shines in the Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci, telling the story of the 1995 murder of fashion scion Maurizio Gucci. So where are these cool film places and can we visit them.

During filming in the Italian Alps, Adam Driver as Gucci and Lady Gaga as the ‘Black Widow’ Patrizia Reggiani were photographed sporting an Eighties après-glam style that might just become the inspiration for post-pandemic skiing in the new Roaring Twenties.

As well as turtlenecks, furry hats and excessive gold jewellery (Gaga was also snapped in a red leather catsuit – see below), we wonder if fondues and Gitanes might be on the way back too. It also got us thinking about where we’ll be going. Here we check out one destination that we know at least some of the film is being shot in, and, in honour of Gucci himself, round-up the four other coolest destinations in the Italian Alps, from the Aosta Valley in the west to the Dolomites in the east.

1) The coolest House of Gucci film locations

Gressoney-Saint-Jean

This pretty village in the Aosta Valley is standing in for St Moritz in the film, where Gucci and Reggiani had a chalet. Like neighbouring Gressoney-La-Trinité, Gressoney-Saint-Jean has barely been troubled by the passage of time – making it ideal for nostalgic post-lockdown skiing. Hotels along the valley, including Lo Scoiattolo and Nordend, tend to be snug chalet-style affairs, heavy on wood, stucco and soft furnishings. From nearby Staffal, the lift pass offers access to the vast and underappreciated Monterosa ski area, which is known across Europe for its heli-skiing and vast off-piste. Lingering red runs cross three dreamy valleys to resorts such as powderhound-favourite Alagna and charming Champoluc, where eco-adventure CampZero represents a new kind of alpine stay around these parts.

2) The coolest House of Gucci film locations

Cortina d’Ampezzo

Gucci and Reggiani, who was also known as ‘the Liz Taylor of luxury labels’, surely frequented Cortina d’Ampezzo, the most chi-chi of the Italian resorts and a favourite of Taylor herself. There may be a few more Russian and Milanese influencers these days, but Cortina still has some of the most fabulous fur-clad people-watching in the Alps – ideally over a beluga lentil and scallop stew on the terrace of El Camineto restaurant, before retreating to the extravagantly domed spa of the Cristallo hotel, crisply renovated since the era when Klaus Kinski and Brigitte Bardot frequented the Monkey bar. Just out of town, the four-table Aga was a pioneer in the local zero-mile foraging movement when it was opened in 2015 by Noma alum Oliver Piras and his wife Alessandra Del Favero.

 

3) 1) The coolest House of Gucci film locations

Alta Badia

It’s barely an hour down the road from Cortina to Alta Badia, a valley of six villages that share an ancient Ladin language and culture based around subsistence farming. These days, that translates into unfussy but seriously good locavore food along the valley – from agriturismos such as the 200-year-old Maso Runch to St Hubertus, with three Michelin stars for its cook-the-mountain philosophy. While hotels lean towards woodsy-rustic – like the Kolfuschgerhof in little Colfosco – newer stays have been mixing things up in recent years, including the Adler Lodge eco-retreat, with its onsen-like thermal baths. There’s serious off-piste skiing along the valley, and access to the Dolomiti Superski area with about 745 miles of pistes running to Cortina and beyond.

 

4) The coolest House of Gucci film locations Merano

Gorgeous, craggy South Tyrol is both homely and forward-thinking – a Germanic area with an ancient tradition of nature-gazing and buying local, powered largely by renewable energy. The best place to get a sense of it is the Merano basin, known for its geothermal spa resorts even in the days when Ezra Pound and Franz Kafka would come to take the crisp air. Most spectacular is the Miramonti Boutique Hotel, south of the Merano 2000 ski resort, all angular timber and faintly steaming infinity pools overlooking an epic mountainscape. To the south, the delightful village of Lana is home to two beautiful mod-rustic stays: the eight-room 1477 Reichhalter, with its buzzing bar in a renovated Tyrolean inn, and Villa Arnica, an elegant 10-bedroom mansion with a citrus-sharp pool in a lush garden.

 

5) The coolest House of Gucci film locations Courmayeur

On the Italian side of Mont Blanc, Courmayeur has some of the best off-piste skiing and climbing in Italy, and quieter pistes than the more illustrious Chamonix at the other end of a long mountain tunnel. There’s a quietly buzzy après-ski scene here, starting with aperitivo hour at Bar Roma, and food’s taken seriously, especially on the mountain at spots such as the cosy Rifugio Maison Vieille shepherd’s hut and Chiecco, known for its wild-boar ragu. Hotels run from smart, timber-clad Le Massif to the more simple Auberge de La Maison on the edge of town, while the futuristic Skyway Monte Bianco – the world’s most expensive cable-car project – whizzes up to the Mont Blanc massif, with links to Chamonix’s famous Aiguille du Midi station.

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Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment on Airbnb and it includes her magnificent closet!

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November 23, 2021- Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment on AirBNB.  I wonder if Mr Big will make an appearance?

Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment on AirBNB

In celebration of the upcoming release of the HBO Max Original And Just Like That…, the highly-anticipated new chapter of Sex and the City, the award-winning actress and producer is opening the doors to Carrie Bradshaw’s New York City brownstone, in partnership with Airbnb and Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

  • Hopeless romantics can sip Cosmopolitans, type pensively at their laptop and chat with friends on a circa-2000 cordless phone at Carrie’s Upper East Side apartment.
  • For the first time ever, guests will enjoy unique access to the style icon’s closet (tutu, too!), alongside fab and friendship-centric experiences like brunch in Chelsea and a fashion-focused photoshoot.

It’s been 20+ years since unlucky-in-love advice columnist Carrie Bradshaw stepped into our lives – in stilettos, no less – on Sex and the City. As anticipation builds to revisit the beloved character in her newest chapter, And Just Like That…, Sarah Jessica Parker is adding Airbnb Host to her repertoire and offering fans a once-in-a-lifetime stay at Carrie’s apartment – lust-worthy closet included. 

Sarah Jessica Parker will host two, one-night stays for up to two guests each at a recreation of Carrie’s brownstone on November 12 and 13 for only $23* a night, in honor of the 23 years since we were first introduced to the fashion-forward icon and her friends. 

“The Carrie Bradshaw character is near and dear to my heart, and revisiting her world for the continuation of the Sex and the City story has been such a joy,” said Parker. “I’m excited for our audience to experience Carrie’s New York like never before and walk in her shoes, quite literally, for the first time.“

A stay at Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment –

So we couldn’t help but wonder…what would a night at Carrie’s look like? During their stays, guests will be immersed in a quintessentially Carrie experience with:

  • A virtual greeting at check-in from Sarah Jessica Parker herself, and a narration reminiscent of each episode’s thought-provoking intro. 
  • The opportunity to descend the steps of her brownstone and stroll the streets of Manhattan (splash from a city bus not included).
  • Cosmopolitans for a toast.
  • The chance to admire and play dress-up in Carrie’s iconic closet, complete with her favorite looks (like the Patricia Field tutu she wears in the opening credits), designers, and of course, shoes!
  • A styling session and photoshoot where guests can channel their inner fashionistas.

To celebrate Carrie’s return to television screens, Airbnb will make a one-time donation to The Studio Museum in Harlem, a contemporary art museum championing the work of artists of African descent.

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German Shepherd sells inherited Madonna mansion!?

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November 19, 2021 – Originally owned by Madonna, the richest dog who inherited a $58 million fortune, wants to sell his mansion in Miami. We musn’t worry, he still has estates in the Bahamas, Italy and Germany to retire to

Gunther VI the German Shepherd inherited his vast fortune, including the nine-bedroom waterfront home once owned by the ‘Material Girl’ singer, from his grandfather Gunther IV. He in turn inherited it from Gunther III, who was left his fortune by German countess Karlotta Liebenstein in 1992.

The beautiful villa in Biscayne Bay is now for sale for $31 million, they might throw in the gilded framed portrait of Gunther IV.

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Salt Bae – Gold Plated Steak anyone?

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Just opened in London – Salt Bae is a chef artist and has a very unusual way of salting and covering his steaks with gold.

Salt Bae – Gold Plated Steak

The price of such a steak rises above 1000 euros, but imagine your pictures on Instagram.  Apparently, Salt Bae even feeds you if so desired!

All in all, a surreal experience and critics don’t know what to make of it.

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Gökçe became famous from a series of viral Internet videos and memes. His fame came from a viral video, “Ottoman Steak”, posted on 7 January 2017.

The video shows him cutting meat and sprinkling salt on it in a “suavely” way.

The video of him lovingly preparing an Ottoman steak, posted on January 7, 2017, has to date garnered more than 16 million views.

His strangely sensual meat videos soon evolved into a series of viral memes, with viewers taking particular delight in the flamboyant way Nusret sprinkled a handful of salt crystals at the end of the clip.

His beginnings:

He started working as an apprentice in Turkish steakhouses aged only 12.

In his twenties, Gökçe picked up sticks to go to Buenos Aires, to learn more about their beef and the art of butchery.

The more he learnt about steak, the more his dream to open a restaurant intensified – and he did exactly that.

He opened his first Nusr-Et steakhouse in Istanbul in 2010.

The brand grew, and he opened restaurants across the Middle East, including in Ankara, Doha and Dubai.

It was then that Gökçe shot to viral internet fame – and it allowed him to open a total of 13 restaurants within the year, expanding into America and Greece.

In September of 2021 he opened a restaurant in London and now has his sights set on Saudi Arabia.

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Prada in the desert?

It has become a cult destination – and even Beyonce and The Simpsons are fascinated!
In the middle of the West Texas desert you find this fully stocked Prada store. 

Prada! In the middle of nowhere?’ So remarks Marge Simpson in an episode of The Simpsons that made a real-life but fake Prada store in Texas even more irresistible as a photo-op pitstop, following a serious boost in its allure by Beyonce, who posted a picture of herself jumping in front of it to Instagram.

The creativity of Scandinavian duo Elmgreen & Dragset gave life in 2005 to the Prada Marfa permanent artistic installation located in the middle of the Chihuahua desert, 37 miles from Marfa.

A faux store built following Prada’s boutiques aesthetic codes and provocatively conceived to naturally deteriorate with time without undergoing any external repair or restoration.  

The bizarre ‘Prada store’ sits by the road in the middle of the West Texas desert and contains genuine items from the 2005 Prada collection, including 20 pairs of heels and six handbags. But you can’t buy them.

The store – called Prada Marfa after the nearby town of Marfa in the Chihuahuan desert (although it’s technically in Valentine) – is actually a permanent art installation, built in 2005 by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, two Scandinavian artists based in Berlin.

The Art Production Fund (APF) and Ballroom Marfa, a centre of contemporary art and culture, helped finance the project, while head designer of Prada, Miuccia Prada, handpicked the merchandise for the store’s interior.

She also gave permission to Elmgreen and Dragset to use the Prada logo.

It was originally built as a protest against the high-priced commercialism that was gentrifying U.S. cities in the 1990s. The artwork was to disappear over time and erode into the landscape before anyone could even notice it.

However, rather than fading away, the fake Prada store has been a runaway success.

Beyonce posted her Instagram picture in 2014, with no comment.

So far, it’s had over 500,000 likes.

Prada Marfa’s Simpsons cameo came in 2019, with Homer relieving himself around the back of the building after Marge’s exclamation, claiming ‘it’s on the side of the road, so by definition it is a bathroom’.

The months will be January, February, June, July, August and September, but might be extended.

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