Independent on Sunday, 10 July
The 1897 Klondike gold rush brought thousands to the Yukon. Sarah Barrell follows the trail and discovers the precious metal is coming back
Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/americas/the-stampede-is-overbut-the-call-of-the-wild-goes-on-2309829.html
National Geographic Traveller
The city that never sleeps? From all-night parties to rooftop pools, we pick the best New York hotels to rest your (not so) sleepy head.
Read more: http://natgeotraveller.co.uk/jan11/
With its striking architecture, thriving arts culture and dynamic dining scene, ‘Toronto the Good’ fully deserves its new ‘good time’ label, says Sarah Barrell.
Everywhere you look in downtown Toronto skyscrapers are rising. This new landscape of chrome and glass, unrecognisable from a couple of years ago, disorientates me as I try to find the ferry terminal. When I eventually make it across to leafy Toronto Island, I’m rewarded with a view back to the mainland of the perfect North American pop-up city, seemingly growing before my eyes.
Read more: Telegraph Travel: 20 October 2010
Independent on Sunday, 22 November 2009
Go over the Brooklyn Bridge for luxury lodgings
This new boutique hotel is a sure sign that Brooklyn is becoming a tourist destination in its own right. Designed by architect Andres Escobar, the nine-storey chrome and glass structure, which opened last year, sits rather uncomfortably above the garages and low-rise factories of Park Slope’s 4th Avenue, the first “full service” hotel in a neighbourhood of scant B&Bs.
It makes the most of its somewhat gritty setting by projecting films (of skateboarders and archive footage of Brooklyn street scenes) on to the hotel’s façade. The roof terrace, however, has the main show: stunning views of Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.
Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/hotels/stay-the-night-hotel-le-bleu-brooklyn-1825245.html
Independent on Sunday, 16 August 2009
Québec is famous for its great outdoors. But it is also home to an unusual wildlife experience, run by Zoo Sauvage by Lac Saint Jean. Sarah Barrell explains.
Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/americas/qubecs-unusual-great-outdoors-1772706.html
It’s no surprise that the wild and whimsical Phillippe Starck is behind the design of Beverly Hills’ newest tourist address. The SLS opened late last year, a complete refurbishment of a former Méridien hotel which could not seem further from its corporate past. I find a towering model of a horse with a lampshade on its head in the foyer and, hanging outside the lifts, digital “oil portraits” of 18th-century gents that morph into monkeys.
Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/americas/24hour-room-service-sls-hotel-at-beverly-hills-los-angeles-us-1720987.html
Ojai, just outside Los Angeles, is California’s own ‘Shangri-La’. Soon British holidaymakers will be seeking out its rejuvenating powers, writes Sarah Barrell
The American dream is alive and well and living outside Los Angeles. An hour and a half from the city that crushes a million dreams, and grants a few of them, there is a little town called Ojai that delivers all the good things in life without demanding more than a smile.
Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/americas/put-a-smile-on-your-face-visit-this-american-town-1677842.html
The first hotel to be built from the ground up in Beverly Hills for almost 20 years, the Montage, which opened in November, is already positioning itself as a Hollywood grand dame.
For a start, it has managed to bag a huge plot of land in the poshest part of Beverly Hills – near Rodeo Drive’s hallowed boutiques. In return it did the city authorities a couple of favours: the hotel has allowed public access to its lovely lemon-scented gardens, and topped its Spanish colonial-style building with the same terracotta roofs and fanciful gilded cupola as the iconic Beverly Hills City Hall building.
Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/americas/stay-the-night-montage-beverly-hills-los-angeles-1667398.html
Why are we asking this now?
Because the annual Rio de Janeiro carnival – Carnaval, as it known locally – begins today, a dazzling, extravagantly over-the-top celebration of life that draws millions of people on to the streets of the Brazilian city. The benchmark against which all other carnivals are measured, this multi-million dollar affair – which always starts on the Friday before Shrove Tuesday and concludes on Ash Wednesday – is sponsored by the gaming industry and fronted by some of Brazil’s biggest TV stars. The whole country stops to watch, if not in the stands, then on television. It’s Brazil’s equivalent of America’s Super Bowl Sunday, only with significantly more “wardrobe malfunctions”.
Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/the-big-question-how-did-the-rio-carnival-become-the-biggest-extravaganza-in-the-world-1627015.html
Celebrated as an olde worlde outpost of France, this city is far more modern than it seems at first glance, says Sarah Barrell.
A breaching whale is not an uncommon sight in coastal Canada. But this one blows spume high above the city of Quebec, so there is a collective intake of breath from the thousands of spectators gathered along the waterfront.
This is no wildlife display. We are in the heart of the city and the whale is the animated creation of Quebec’s renaissance man, Robert Lepage. One of the most anticipated highlights of the city’s current 400th birthday celebrations, Lepage’s The Image Mill is a 40-minute movie-cum-sound-and-light show (plus smoke and water), which uses the port’s grain silos as a 600m- long, 30m-high screen.
Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/americas/even-at-the-age-of-400-quebecs-still-young-at-heart-866179.html