3 GREAT LUXURY HOTEL ROOF TOPS…you don’t want to miss

Let’s go straight to the point.
You want service, design, comfort and an amazing view.

Photo©CesareZucca

Photo©CesareZucca

Get that on-top-f-the-world good feeling with a dose of ecological benefits at Istambul Witt Hotel’s permaculture garden, hang above hubbub at Barcelona Grand Hotel Central’s drool-worthy rooftop, and soak-up from Oslo THE THIEF’s work-of-art waterfront terrace.
Just opened this summer in the neighborhood of Cihangir, the Rooftop Permaculture Garden, designed by Aybike Zengin and Deniz Ucok, caps off the timeless luxury of the18-room Witt Istanbul Hotel. A lofty place to relax, cozy sitting areas are ensconced by lush greenery and infused by the aromatics of flowers and edible herbs. Created with the recognition that societies far-and-wide face joint challenges of food security and climate change, this garden is a sustainable agriculture model of community-involved vermicomposting and micro-green cultivation practices. Take in a moment of urban escapism along with views of Turkey’s Bosphorus, Topkapi Palace, and Galata Tower. www.designhotels.com/witt-istanbul

Witt Istanbul Hotel, Turkey

Witt Istanbul Hotel, Turkey

With its panoramic rooftop deck, the 147-room Grand Hotel Central offers a discreet and luxurious hideaway high above Barcelona’s fashionable El Born district. Unobstructed city skyline views extend beyond the infinity pool, best taken in from the poolside perch of the floor level sunbeds. Dine on gourmet dishes of beef carpaccio and chilled gazpacho at the soaring Skybar. Post dinner drinks are paired with classic cocktails, DJ-curated beats and the local flair for which Barcelona is renowned. www.designhotels.com/grand-hotel-central

Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona, Spain

Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona, Spain

As Oslo’s first waterfront hotel, THE THIEF and its 116 rooms overlook the canals of Tjuvholmen and Oslofjord. A 360-degree panoramic view from the rooftop terrace is the hotel’s crowning highlight. Rub shoulders with the hip Oslovian set at the weekly rooftop-bar sessions where intimate performances range from chilled-out acoustic sets to up-tempo DJ electronica. THE THIEF BAR also hosts the year-round THIEF MUSIC UNPLUGGED showcase, presenting the works of today’s musicians, and introducing the stars of tomorrow. From sipping sundowners during the summer months to seeing in the New Year in THE THIEF’s inimitable style, the rooftop remains Oslo’s hottest spot whatever the weather. www.designhotels.com/the-thief

THE THIEF, Oslo, Norway

THE THIEF, Oslo, Norway

3 ‘Nobel’ days in Oslo (possibly at the Grand Hotel)

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The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 has been awarded  to Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian children right’s campaigner Kailash Satyarthi.
900x506Malala rose to fame after Taliban militants shot her at close range in the head for speaking out against the Islamic extremists and demanding education for girls.
Satyarthi has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the exploitation of children for financial gain.
Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland said the joint prize was symbolic because it was important for “a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism.
Highlights of the 3 days event include:
Save the Children’s Peace Prize Party [in Norwegian] outside the Nobel Peace Center.
Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo City Hall.
Torchlight parade and The Nobel Banquet at the Grand Hotel
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Great time to visit Oslo, celebrate PEACE, enjoy the magnificent Grand Hotel a superb symbol of a first-class hospitality with tradition, atmosphere and style
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And this is me …right on the famous Grand Hotel balcony, where the Nobel Recipient waves to the crowd.

Oslo, four museums not to be missed

Astrup Fearnley
A wonderful collection of modern and contemporary art.

Astrup Fearnley

Astrup Fearnley Museum Photo@Cesare Zucca

Designed by Renzo Piano, is inspired by the elements that surround it, the steel cables resemble the masts of boats, the use of wood brings us back into the forests, the silver-gray facade looks like a is a prelude to a winter storm.

Astrup Fearnley

Astrup Fearnley Photo@Cesare Zucca


Nobel Peace Center.
Interactive museum celebrating the annual Nobel Peace Prize, which rewards the dialogue and cooperation to a safer world. It was awarded to some legendary champions of peace, as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa.

Nobel Price Museum

Nobel Price Center Photo@Cesare Zucca

Munch Museum and National Gallery
Emotional appointment with the iconic Scream” by Edvard Munch. The artist painted four copies. One is the National Gallery that hosts exhibitions of contemporary art and the other reigns at the Much Museum. Not to be missed.

Edward Munch The Scream

Edvard Munch “The Scream”