What have the Hapsburgs ever done for us? OK, so the answer to that question is perhaps not quite as humourously self-evident as the list of Roman achievements summarily dismissed by John Cleese's disgruntled leader of the "People's Front of Judea" in Monty Python's Life of Brian ("All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?"). But it is one which bears closer analysis - as, the chances are, evidence of it is sitting in front of you as you read this piece, its familiar aroma giving your nose a playful pinch. The ruling family of Austria was Europe's main power player for the best part of half a millennium - from 1438 to pretty much the final artillery blasts of the First World War. It was a dynasty which wielded emormous power, to the extent that, when the emperor coughed in Vienna, the effect was often felt not just in Hungary and Germany, but … [Read more...] about The unheralded Italian city that put the coffee in your cup
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South Africa celebrates 25 years of freedom and democracy in 2019—which is just one of many reasons to keep an eye on the country this upcoming year. South African Tourism is encouraging travelers to make 2019 the year they discover everything that the country has to offer from its wildlife, natural beauty and coastlines to its world-class restaurants, art galleries and culture. South African Tourism says the 25th anniversary is a good time to reflect and acknowledge the country’s socio-economic progress since the end of apartheid and its journey to becoming one of the world’s most sought-after travel destinations. Here’s what to expect in 2019: Reviving Cape Town Thanks to innovative solutions put in place earlier this year to combat the drought in Cape Town, the city is open for business and looks towards a positive 2019 with water levels stabilizing and significant efforts continuing to play a key role in conversation. The city’s diverse range of … [Read more...] about South African Tourism Highlights What to Watch in 2019
Viet Nam News PARIS — Rapid population growth and poor infrastructure have put two out of three cities in Africa at "extreme risk" of the threats posed by climate change, according to a new analysis released on Wednesday. With UN figures showing 86 of the world’s 100 fastest-growing cities are in Africa, experts warned nearly half of the continent’s GDP was exposed to the perils posed by our warming planet. The findings were laid out in the 2018 Climate Vulnerability Index which calculates an overall risk figure from more than 50 separate data sources, including state-of-the-art climate models, socio-economic factors and demographic trends. It found Bangui in the Central African Republic, Liberia’s capital Monrovia and the Congolese city of Mbuji-Mayi to be the three most at-risk cities. Eight African cities featured in the index’s top 10. "It’s really assessing the ability to withstand climate-related shocks and this is what makes African … [Read more...] about Two thirds of African cities face ’extreme climate risk’
Breana Noble The Detroit News Published 5:33 PM EDT Oct 29, 2018 Detroit — With song and dance, the Detroit Children's Choir opened the CityLab conference Monday, and the night would end at the Museum of Contemporary Art. It was a show that art is important for cities, too. More than 600 mayors and officials from cities, libraries and universities from across the globe swelled the halls of the Marriott Hotel in the Renaissance Center Monday for the first full day of the conference looking to find solutions to the challenges their communities face. Presenters took on topics such as affordable housing, unemployment and the opioid epidemic, but they also emphasized how the arts can help to rebuild a city and how that may be an untapped resource for Detroit. "You can't build a city without arts," said Jessica Care Moore, a Detroit poet. "If you want your city to be talked about on a global stage, then you need people like me — artists — who paint, draw, … [Read more...] about CityLab: Artist ambassadors can shape cities
South Africa’s third city has middle-child syndrome. To the south there is Cape Town — dazzlingly beautiful with restaurants drunk on views and international awards. To the west is Johannesburg, the hub of Africa, where Ethiopian, Mozambican and Ghanaian cafés jostle for space with five-star hotels in the overcrowded inner-city streets. But it is in sleepy, tropical Durban where food really gets interesting. The restaurant scene in Durban, shaped by apartheid and a vast, isolated Indian population, is one of the few in the world where we can use the word “unique” without hyperbole. Thanks to waves of migration from India in the 19th century — both the labourers in the 1860s and the middle classes of the 1880s — Durban is now home to one of the largest populations of Indian descent anywhere on earth. And then came apartheid. The brutal regime cut off South Africa politically, culturally, economically — and gastronomically, thanks to … [Read more...] about Durban: the most interesting foodie city in South Africa?