As sustainable tourism becomes more important than ever, hosts and guests on Airbnb are making significant changes to support environmentally conscious travel. The number of stays at eco-friendly homes increased by 141 percent over last year, and more hosts are sharing green spaces than ever before, with more than 364,000 sustainable stays on Airbnb. A growing green trend on Airbnb is hosts sharing homes made from recycled – or upcycled – materials, like glass bottles, tires and even recycled denim. Spaces built with upcycled materials have increased by 175 percent over the last four years. For the eco-conscious traveler, or even those looking for a one-of-a-kind getaway, there are many more upcycled stays to explore, including the sampling of homes below: Unique Cob Cottage, Mayne Island, Canada Made out of clay, sand and straw; local driftwood used as flooring. Cabana Floripa, Florianópolis, Brazil Made out of reused bottles and glass. Tiny Eco-Friendly Shipping Containers, Atlanta, Georgia Made out of old steel shipping containers; kitchen offers recycled drinking glasses. Recycle Apartment Close to the Beach, Odeceixe, Portugal Bathroom floor made of wine corks, living room sofa made from reused denim, kitchen shelf made from surfboard. The Recyclable House, Beaufort, Australia Structure made of recycled galvanized steel.
The name Grip is a reference not only to the way in which the timepiece fits snug to the wrist: the watch hugs the wrist, adhering in the way trainers stick to the grip tape on a skateboard. The collection comprises four new quartz timepieces. Each one features a rounded square case with three windows, in which three white rotating disks indicate the hour, minute, and date respectively. One edition brings together a yellow gold PVD case and yellow gold PVD bracelet, both engraved with Gucci’s signature Interlocking G logo. Another variant is worked purely in steel for a sleek, modern look that combines easily with different outfits. Adding a sophisticated and luxurious touch of color to the line, two further editions are offered with colored calf leather straps: green with a steel case, or bordeaux with a yellow gold PVD case. Designed to literally grip the attention, Grip is the perfect choice for men and women who appreciate clean yet eye-catching designs with vintage appeal as its unique design blends a perfectly timeless attitude with a highly contemporary style. Gucci is introducing a brand-new unisex watch line called Grip. Its unique design blends timeless appeal with highly contemporary style. For more information, please contact Trocadero Time Tel. 02-163-0555.
Apple today announced iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, a new pro line for iPhone that delivers advanced performance for users who want the very best smartphone. The new Super Retina XDR display is a pro display with the brightest display ever in an iPhone. The powerful Apple-designed A13 Bionic chip provides unparalleled performance for every task while enabling an unprecedented leap in battery life to easily get through the day. A new triple-camera system provides a pro-level camera experience with an Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto camera, delivering huge improvements to low-light photography and offering the highest quality video in a smartphone that is great for shooting action videos. iPhone 11 Pro introduces a transformative triple-camera system with all-new Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto cameras, deeply integrated into iOS to create a pro-level camera experience designed for everyone. iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max set a new standard in video, with the highest quality video ever in a smartphone. Each camera in the triple-camera system records brilliant 4K video with extended dynamic range and cinematic video stabilization. With a wider field of view and large focal plane, the Ultra Wide camera is great for shooting action videos. Users can easily zoom between each of the three cameras, while Audio Zoom matches the audio to the video framing for more dynamic sound. With iOS 13, powerful video editing tools are accessible to everyone with the ability to rotate, crop, increase exposure and apply filters to videos instantly. These adjustments are easy to apply and review at a glance, so even a novice can create professional quality video projects. With the tight integration between hardware and software, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max take the traditional camera experience even further in a way only Apple can. The all-new Ultra Wide camera fundamentally changes the camera experience by capturing four times more scene, great for taking landscape or architecture photos, tight shots and more. The new Wide sensor with 100 percent Focus Pixels and advanced software enables Night mode, and delivers huge improvements to photos shot in indoor and outdoor low-light environments, resulting in brighter images with natural colors and reduced noise. The triple-camera system takes Portrait mode to a new level with the ability to choose Wide and Telephoto framing, enabling Portrait mode with a wider field of view, great for taking portraits of multiple people. The Telephoto camera features a larger ƒ/2.0 aperture to capture 40 percent more light compared to iPhone Xs for better photos and videos. The new TrueDepth camera introduces a new 12MP camera with a wider field of view to capture selfies, and next-generation Smart HDR enables more natural-looking photos. Expressive selfie videos take on a whole new look with the TrueDepth camera that now records 4K video at up to 60 fps and 120 fps slo-mo. iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max come in four gorgeous finishes including a beautiful new midnight green, and will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, September 13 and
Le Bristol Paris, pearl of Oetker Collection, invites all bon vivants to discover superb wines presented by their passionate wine masters, over a four-course dinner from Eric Frechon’s Michelin starred kitchens. The 2019 series of Wine Mondays begins on October 7th. France has long been known as the country of good taste, fine fare and gastronomy. At the heart of this prestigious heritage, there is the noble grape which transforms into a treasure of infinite colours and flavours. At Le Bristol Paris, there are no less than twelve sommeliers each equally determined to seek out the finest wines for the pleasure of the Palace guests. Twelve Wine Masters Under the guidance of Bernard Neveu, Sommelier Director, twelve sommeliers assiduously explore great vintages and seek out the finest newcomers. This elite team of sommeliers discover new wines that will eventually become part of the French gastronomic experience, earning the privilege to be paired with the Michelin starred cuisine of this Parisian Palace. They are masters in creating sublime food and wine pairings, committed connoisseurs, they elevate the profession to an art. A century and half of oenology Le Bristol’s cellars are a hallowed place where some of the rarest wines age with around 100,000 bottles, 60,000 are literally beneath the Palace. There are some legendary vintages such as a Riversaltes 1875, or a Petrus 1961, both on Epicure’s wine list, an historic tome with 2,500 references, cataloguing a century and a half of oenology. “One of the greatest in the world” proclaims the American magazine Wine Spectator, who gave Epicure’s list their highest accolade, the Wine Spectator Grand Award, for the 4th year in a row. The treasure hunt At Le Bristol Paris wine and the wine makers are held in utmost reverence, and Wine Mondays are dedicated to them. These shared evenings of discovery begin months earlier when you find Bernard Neveu and his team striding along the most beautiful domains across the countryside, from the Côte d’Or to Bordeaux, Alsace’s plains to the Loire valley’s hillsides, seeking the most precious bottles. Their treasure hunt culminates at brasserie de luxe 114 Faubourg where they share their greatest finds and best encounters in their Wine Mondays. Wines are paired with a four course dinner created for the evening by three Michelin starred Chef Eric Frechon. Wine Mondays At these evenings the sommeliers reveal remarkable wines, private domains and passionate wine-growers but above all, give meaning to the word pleasure. The evening takes place in the stylish floral surrounds of 114 Faubourg, over a four-course gastronomic dinner. Price €140 per guest. Continuing the degustation, the wine which is given pride of place will be included in the 114 Faubourg wine list for the upcoming month. Price: €140 per guest Programme 2019-2020 7th October 2019 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret / Bourgogne Côte de Nuits Family-owned since 1620 in the heart of the prestigious village of Vosne Romanée, the Mongeard-Mugneret estate has some 30 hectares of vineyards divided into 35 appellations, including the magnificent grands crus such as Echezeaux, Grands-Echezeaux, Clos de Vougeot and Richebourg. Wines offer the velvety texture and delicacy typical of great Burgundy wines,
Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited partners with Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, to introduce a new plane design, a collaboration between Bangkok Airways and Shopee, to promote the big campaign of the year “2019 Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day”. Bangkok Airways has officially opened its official store and is offering special promotions for Shopee users as well as chance for users to win free flights on its 9 boutique routes. Mr. Komkrich Ngamwongwirot, Account Director - Europe, Africa, Middle East & Online Area of Bangkok Airways said that “This partnership is our first time joining forces with a big company like Shopee, which is our first e-commerce partner. We are jointly introducing a new plane design, and this partnership marks the launch of the biggest campaign of the year. I am confident that our partnership with Shopee will allow our airlines to grow in e-commerce business and help us reach new markets. We see that e-commerce is increasingly popular in Thailand, and online shopping is now easier than ever. E-commerce can cater to every lifestyle need of digital shoppers. Shopee has a lot of users on its platform, and I am sure that through this channel we can increase awareness of our products and services. Additionally, our partnership with Shopee will also boost our sales opportunities and help us facilitate our customers better.” “The new livery aircraft will begin its operation on 9 September, 2019, on some of Bangkok Airways’s boutique routes such as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Krabi, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Mumbai, Da Nang, Mandalay, Yangon, Vientiane and Nha Trang. Moreover, some of our branded merchandise products will be made available for purchase on our Shopee store. Those who would like to purchase Bangkok Airways gift cards will be entitled to a 300 Baht bonus when purchasing a total gift card value of 3,000 Baht. Customers who take part in the ‘2019 Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day’ by shopping with Shopee on the 9th of September 2019, will stand a chance to win air tickets on Bangkok Airways to our 9 boutique destinations such as Maldives, Samui, Krabi, Chinag Mai and Chiang Rai.” Mr. Komkrich added.
Leading culinary stars from around the world, boasting a total of 8 Michelin stars among them, will join the second edition of “Metropole Culinary Stars” from Oct. 6-13 at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. The eight-day culinary extravaganza, which follows last year’s highly successful inaugural event, will feature 18 internationally renowned chefs who will collaborate on a series of extraordinary and memorable meals at the Metropole Hanoi. Michelin-starred chefs participating in this year’s event include: Jacques Pourcel (3-Michelin-star chef at Le Jardin des Sens in Montpellier, France), David Rathgeber (the chef-owner of Michelin-starred L’Assiette, one of Paris’ most sought-after bistros), Hervé Rodriguez (chef-owner of Michelin-starred MaSa restaurant in Paris), Jean-Baptiste Natali (youngest chef in France to earn a Michelin star when he was awarded one in 2002 at age 27), Raoul Meuwese (Chef de Cuisine of Michelin-starred Bridges at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam) and Michael Dyllong (head chef of Michelin-starred Palmgarden in Dortmund, Germany). The event will also spotlight other global culinary luminaries, including Dutch celebrities’ private chef (René van Empelen), a former winner of MasterChef of France (Didier Corlou), a scion of a cheese-making family that’s been in the business since 1880 (Patrice Marchand), the maître-chocolatier of the world’s longest-established chocolatier (Stéphane Bonnat), an author of 14 renowned cookbooks (Alain Caron), one of Asia’s top female chefs, according to the Michelin Guide (Vanessa Huang), the Master Baker of France (Bruno Dinel), and pastry master (Fabrice Danniel). Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi’s Executive Chef Paul Smart and his culinary team Aurélien Houguet, Nguyen Thanh Van and Raphael Kinimo will also bring their expertise to this much-anticipated event. “Metropole Culinary Stars 2019 promises to be a truly remarkable event, as we bring together some of the world’s most celebrated chefs in a city whose culinary tradition is undisputed,” said William Haandrikman, the Metropole Hanoi’s General Manager. Over eight days, starting on October 6, the event will include the following unique dining experiences: Oct. 6: An all-you-can eat “angelina Sunday Brunch with the Stars” featuring delicious culinary creations, live chef stations, free-flow drinks and lively music provided by a DJ. Oct. 7: A six-course “Exotic World of Spice” dinner in which each course is elevated by a different spice and paired with spice wines. Oct. 8: A seven-course “Dinner to Remember from the Farm & the Sea” sourced with the freshest and finest ingredients from the fields and oceans. Oct. 9: A six-course “Most Exclusive Wine Dinner” featuring luxurious ingredients and world-class Champagne and Grand Crus from five different wineries. Oct. 10: There will be two main events this evening. First, is the “Trump-Kim Summit Four-Hands Dinner,” a special gastronomical journey with the two Metropole chefs who prepared the historic four-course menu. The second is an “Extravagant Cheese & Wine Evening with Artisanal Bread” featuring more than 30 selections of Les Frères Marchand cheese served with artisanal bread. Oct. 11: A “Metropole Culinary Showdown Dinner” in which 14 chefs go head-to-head in a 60-minute live cook-off, while guests savor a special four-course dinner menu. Oct. 12: An “All Star Dinner” including an exquisite 9-course dinner menu from 10 of the top participating chefs. Oct. 13: A “Magnifique Sunday Brunch” featuring nine live stations, as well as an opportunity to interact directly with the chefs. All of
Pepe Jeans, the legendary British denim brand is delighted to announce a new collection with Dua Lipa, one of the most successful musical artists and style icons of her generation. Following in the footsteps of fashion icons and Hollywood stars, Dua Lipa began her role by starring in the last Spring/Summer 2019 campaign for Pepe Jeans. Today, Dua Lipa unveiled her first ever collection with the brand on her social media platforms, writing "I have been working hard behind the scenes to design my first ever collection inspired by the 90s and early 00’s in London. The collection was designed with my fans in mind, and I am so excited to see you in the clothes." The singer brings out her own style and takes on the brand's legacy of signature denim and laidback classes. The collection is a mix of going-out separates, such as chainmail dresses and cut-out blouses with downtime day dressing pieces: think jumpsuits, jeans and puffer jackets. Dua Lipa and Pepe Jeans are a perfect fit in more ways than one. Both were born in London and have become symbols of idiosyncratic British style. Long before joining Pepe Jeans, Dua Lipa was a fan of the brand’s advertising campaigns as a teenager. Shop Dua Lipa X Pepe Jeans now at the online store, click!
Here’s a secret among Disney fans – autumn is one of the best seasons to experience the magic and wonder of Shanghai Disney Resort! A season of Chinese and international festivities and celebrations, with comfortable cool weather, special offers and the incredible value of an Annual Pass, this is truly a magical time to rediscover Shanghai Disney Resort, or explore the resort for the very first time. Worried about the crowds? Here’s another secret – autumn offers lower wait times and higher guest satisfaction! Here are just some of the incredible experiences waiting for you. September is Duffy Month! “Duffy’s Heartfelt Moments” Bring Cute and Cuddly Surprises Following the maiden flight of the Duffy·Friendship Express, guests are invited to indulge in all things Duffy with the resort’s first-ever “Duffy’s Heartfelt Moments” celebration from September 2 - 30. The special month features a new Duffy and Friends-themed morning performance, decorations, a new Rainy Day merchandise collection and a variety of Duffy-themed food and beverage offerings at various locations around Shanghai Disney Resort. With special dining options including afternoon tea at Mickey & Pals Market Café in Shanghai Disneyland, and Lumière’s Kitchen Duffy Weekend Brunch and StellaLou Afternoon Tea at Ballet Café in Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, there’s something cute for the whole family this September. Wicked Fun Disney Surprises Coming this October Celebrate the most haunted of holidays at Shanghai Disneyland this October with resort-wide decorations, a myriad of character pumpkins and a special Villain’s Cavalcade led by Donald Duck beginning October 2. Guests are also invited to the resort’s first-ever late night Halloween party on October 31, featuring a new fireworks show to conclude the spooky day. Throughout October, guests are invited to don their spookiest costumes and delight at “Donald’s Halloween Treat Cavalcade” featuring Donald and Daisy in their Halloween costumes. They lead the way along the parade route for this frightfully fun celebration with Disney Villains, over 50 dancers and of course their pals Mickey and the gang. Guests will also be able to celebrate the return of the hugely popular “Coco”-themed area in Adventure Isle and the return of Jack Skellington and Sally from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” at the “This Is Halloween” Dance Party in Tomorrowland. A selection of trick or treat locations will also be popping up around Shanghai Disney Resort, where guests can immerse themselves in the wicked Halloween tradition of tantalizing tricks and tasty treats. On Halloween Night, party zones will appear across Shanghai Disneyland, featuring DJs, Disney characters and live musicians, and the night will conclude with the “Halloween Villains Firework Show” featuring music, projections, fire and plenty of fireworks! An exclusive range of special Halloween-themed food and beverages will be sold at a variety of locations throughout the park to keep guests energized for a full-day of fun, while new Halloween Mickey and Pals and Duffy and Friends merchandise collections will act as the perfect souvenir to help guests remember their magical visit to Shanghai Disneyland. Time for Great Events throughout Shanghai Autumn also marks the return of great annual events throughout
Eating is a significant part of any travel experience, and whether it’s enjoying a lamb and pear tajine in Morocco, some spicy jerk chicken in Jamaica or a selection of tapas in Spain, there’s nothing better than savouring a dish in its country of origin, plus it’s a great way to meet the locals. MOROCCAN It is said that in order for a nation to develop a great cuisine, it must have four prerequisites. A rich land from which to draw upon an abundant range of ingredients, a variety of foreign cultural influences, a great civilisation and lastly, a refined palace with royal kitchens to inspire the nation’s cooks. Morocco has it all, and is home to some of the most delicious food imaginable. From robust roasts to rich aromatic stews, spiced or sweetened salads to savoury pastries, fragrant mounds of couscous to bastilla, an exquisite blend of shredded pigeon, a spiced onion sauce with saffron and herbs encased in a flaky, filo-like pastry topped with cinnamon and sugar – an intricate dish that epitomises everything that is grand and extravagant in Moroccan cooking. One of the most interesting ways to absorb the delights of Moroccan cuisine is to wander through the souks (markets) of the towns and cities, sampling the food on offer. It’s early morning in old Fés and sunlight streams in slanted rays through the woven bamboo shades covering the narrow alleyways, catching the steam rising from the many cookers. Close to the city gate of Bab Bou Jaloud, one stallholder is busy cooking and serving a typical Moroccan breakfast, miklee – flaky pancakes with butter and honey. In a nearby fruit and vegetable souk, produce of every kind lines the street – juicy oranges from the sun-drenched groves of Agadir, vine-ripened tomatoes, plump mounds of grapes and preserved fruits and nuts. Entire shops are jam-packed with olives of all types; others display hanging baskets bulging with fresh mint, used to make mint tea that is traditionally served before and after a meal. At a spice souk, bright red paprika, rich yellow turmeric, dusty sticks of cinnamon, seeds of cumin, aniseed and caraway are heaped in tubs waiting to be measured into twisted envelopes of paper. These are some of the spices that form the soul of Moroccan cooking, transforming simple dishes to exotic heights. One of Morocco’s most famous dishes is the tajine or tagine. The name refers to the conical-lidded pot in which it is prepared, as well as the intricately spiced stew of meat and vegetables, sometimes with dried fruits and nuts, cooked very slowly over a charcoal fire. Typical tajine combinations include: lamb with pears and chicken with green olives and preserved lemons – simple yet delicious dishes that are often accompanied by thick wedges of crusty Moroccan flat bread, perfect for soaking up the sauce. JAMAICAN From fiery seasoned meat and inventive seafood dishes to oak-aged rums and hearty stouts, Jamaican cuisine is an eclectic mix of African, European and Indian influences – and is surprisingly healthy and varied. Although many