(CNN) — The most expensive cities in the world have been revealed -- and the No. 1 spot belongs not to one singly city, but to three destinations. France's capital city, which has been one of the top 10 since 2003, moved up this year, while last year's fourth most expensive city, Hong Kong, jumped up three positions, leading to a tie at the top for the first time. The annual survey, which evaluates the cost of over 150 items in 133 cities around the world, features a top 10 largely dominated by Asian and European cities. Rises and falls Hong Kong shares the title of world's most expensive city with Paris and Singapore. Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images Japan's Osaka moved up six positions, and now shares fifth place with Switzerland's Geneva. New York and Los Angeles are the only North American cities in the top 10, with the Big Apple rising six spots to joint seventh place, a position it shares with Denmark's Copenhagen. The City of Angels (LA) was named the 10th … [Read more...] about The world’s most expensive cities to live in
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THERE are plenty of European destinations that are cheaper to visit this year than last year according to new research. The Post Office's 2019 City Costs Barometer has revealed the European cities where the pound will go the furthest this year. The report looked into the prices of 12 items that Brits typically buy while on holiday to see where they were the cheapest. This includes drinks, evening meals, two nights at a hotel, transport costs and sightseeing activities. Vilnius in Lithuania was the cheapest with all 12 items coming to just £147.35. Coming in close behind was Belgrade in Serbia at just £151.57, and Warsaw in Poland costing £160. Other cheap cities included Istanbul, Turkey (£167) because of the struggling Turkish lira; Bucharest, Romania (£168) and Porto, Portugal (£173). The report also revealed the destinations where prices have fallen compared to last year - in part thanks a stronger pound. Prices in Venice has dropped by 23.3 per cent … [Read more...] about The European cities where you get the most for your money this year – and the deals to take you there
Our experts offer a guide to the top 25 destinations for a city break in 2019, including what to do and where to stay in Venice, Amsterdam, Florence, Lisbon, London, Barcelona and Reykjavik. Italy Rome Rome's mild Mediterranean climate is a persuasive draw for visitors from the cool north, but the main draw will always be the pulsating energy of a place which lives life as a form of theatre. There are great neighbourhood trattorias, quirky shops and a buzzing aperitivo scene. The challenge is deciding what not to do: there are so many churches, archaeological sites, piazzas and paintings to see that a lifetime is hardly enough. Where to stay J.K. Place Roma Rome, Italy 9 Telegraph expert rating One of Italy’s classiest townhouse hotels, J.K. Place has been much imitated, but few of the copies match the warm, suave, elegant original. The rooms derive much of their charm from the no-expenses-spared quality of the materials used, including antique fireplaces and … [Read more...] about The 25 best European city breaks for 2019 and where to stay
IMPACT 02/06/2019 05:45 am ET Italy-based Fairbnb intends to invest half its profits back into the community. By Senay Boztas AMSTERDAM – “Stop the eviction of Amsterdam!” That was the message on a poster blocking the street as protesters marched through the Dutch capital in December against a city they said had “sold out” to tourism, Airbnb and the forces of gentrification. Amsterdam is just one city where growth in Airbnb rentals has been accused of turning many homes into cash-raising assets rather than places to live. In New Orleans, the sharing economy has been accused of increasing social division, while in Barcelona, where surging tourism has been encouraged in part by platforms like Airbnb, street graffiti shouts, “Tourists go home, refugees welcome.” And cities are acting. Amsterdam, for example, has capped the number of nights Airbnb-style hosts can rent out their apartments to 30 (from … [Read more...] about Airbnb Is Accused Of Destroying Cities. This Company Says It’s The Ethical Alternative.
Winter is the very best time to visit Vienna. You’ll need a warm coat. In December and January temperatures barely struggle more than a couple of degrees above zero, so that the parks and gardens are deep frozen and you will leave your hotel with prickling eyebrows and a cloud of vaporised breath. But it’s such a compact city and so many world-class sights, palaces and museums are crammed into the old town and strung around its encircling Ringstrasse, that you never have to walk for long before stepping out of the frost and into another world of glittering salons, fabulous art collections or exhilarating operatics. And if you need a fix of warmth en route between the sights, you are never far from the wood-panelled indulgence and cream-topped hot chocolate of one the grand cafes which are scattered liberally throughout the city centre. You might, if it’s your kind of thing, head out there in December for the city’s Christmas markets, some of the most and … [Read more...] about The one European city you must visit in winter