Iceland, a Nordic island nation, is defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields. Massive glaciers are protected in Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull national parks. Most of the population lives in the capital, Reykjavik, which runs on geothermal power and is home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history.
Daily Archives: April 30, 2022
Previews: New York Times Book Review – May 1, 2022
- Abandoned, Trafficked, Living as a Man: A Chinese-American Coming of Age A debut novel takes a new spin on the 19th-century western. April 18, 2022 By JENNIFER EGAN
- ESSAY At 100, the ‘Just William’ Books Are an Icon of British Childhood Richmal Crompton’s prototypical schoolboy has survived war, upheaval, changing tastes and a new world. He’s still just 11. April 22, 2022 By SASKIA SOLOMON
Exhibition Tours: Musée National Picasso-Paris
This exhibition celebrates the addition of nine masterpieces to the French national collections – six paintings, two sculptures and a sketchbook – via the country’s gifts-in-lieu scheme, which was introduced on 31 December 1968, allowing inheritance tax to be paid in kind. This unique acquisition mode is key to the very identity of Musée Picasso, which was founded in 1979 specifically to house the donation made by Pablo Picasso under this system.
Pablo Ruiz Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and theatre designer who spent most of his adult life in France.
Tours: Highclere Castle Of ‘Downton Abbey’ Fame
Downton Abbey has become THE British cult series. The story about the fate of a noble family and their servants at the beginning of the 20th century in Yorkshire, England, is even set in a real palace: Highclere Castle. There aren’t servants anymore, but it still has a countess. The lady of the house takes us on an exclusive tour of the castle where Downton Abbey has been shot. Some of the locations may look familiar, especially since the second film is now being released after six successful seasons on TV.
Highclere Castle is a Grade I listed country house built in 1679 and largely renovated in the 1840s, with a park designed by Capability Brown in the 18th century. The 5,000-acre estate is in Highclere in Hampshire, England, about 5 miles south of Newbury, Berkshire, and 9.5 miles north of Andover, Hampshire.
Aerial City Views: Lisbon – Capital Of Portugal (4K)
Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city. From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles. Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril.
Tours: Soneva Jani Resort, Noonu Atoll, Maldives
Located on an uninhabited five-island cluster in the Noonu Atoll, Soneva Jani features 51 enormous overwater pool villas that come with retractable roofs and water slides. The villas are spread along two jetties that curve into a 5.6 km (3,4 mi) magnificent lagoon of crystal clear waters.
Video chapters: 0:00 Intro 3:24 Arrival 6:02 Chapter One 9:43 Overwater villa 26:58 Slide 28:00 Pool 31:01 Wildlife 32:00 The Gathering 52:02 Beach 55:21 Water sports 59:03 Medhufaru island 1:00:30 Soneva Soul 1:06:18 Jungle Gym 1:09:13 Dolphin cruise 1:13:25 Beach buffet 1:17:17 Dinner at Overseas 1:20:38 Buffet at Down To Earth 1:24:15 Dinner at So Starstruck 1:26:02 Dinner at Director’s Cut 1:29:50 Breakfast 1:37:56 Biking the jetty 1:46:26 Private beach barbecue 1:49:21 Chapter Two preview
Known as Chapter One and Chapter Tow, both jetties are connected to the Maldives’ largest resort island, a tropical paradise fringed by pristine beaches and blanketed with lush tropical greenery.
Cover Preview: Barron’s Magazine – May 2, 2022
UP AND DOWN WALL STREET
A Tough Month Hits Stocks Hard but Spares the Real Economy
Randall W. Forsyth
Earnings Season Has Been Just One More Reason to Sell Stocks
This Time, Big Tech Can’t Easily Fix the Market’s Woes
Eric J. Savitz
UP AND DOWN WALL STREET
China’s Plunging Yuan Is a Bigger Deal Than Twitter
Randall W. Forsyth
Russia’s Gas-for-Rubles Plan Finds Soft Targets. What It Means for Prices.
Why REITs Can Help You Win, or Lose Less, Right Now
Lawrence C. Strauss
Views: Guardians Of The River Seine In Paris, France
The River Seine is the beating heart of Paris. The banks of the river attract 8 million visitors each year, making it one of the busiest places in the French capital. We meet those who take care of the Seine seven days a week, from the technicians checking water quality to members of the river patrol, who respond to emergency call-outs and use radar to explore the river’s depths.
Saturday Morning: News And Stories From London
Georgina Godwin sets the tone for the weekend, Stephen Dalziel reviews the papers, and we hear how Vienna is debating what to do with its Soviet memorials.