‘Silent Night’: from village ditty to global Christmas hit

‘Silent Night’: from village ditty to global Christmas hit

(Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria-AFP) – When “Silent Night” was born in Austria almost 200 years ago, those present had little idea that the Christmas carol would one day be sung the world over, including this year by Miley Cyrus and some Swedish goats. Such though was the destiny of “Stille Nacht”, premiered to a modest […]

19.12.2015 · Filled under: Christmas, Entertainment, Holidays, International Stars, Music ·
Lady Gaga in moving ‘Sound of Music’ Oscars tribute

Lady Gaga in moving ‘Sound of Music’ Oscars tribute

(Hollywood, United States-AFP) – The Academy Awards hailed the 50th anniversary of its all-time greatest musical Sunday, recruiting Lady Gaga to gracefully sing a medley of memorable tunes from “The Sound of Music.” Starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, the cinematic tale of the musical von Trapp family in Austria and their mischievous governess is […]

23.02.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Music ·
Dairy products could help cut type 2 diabetes risk

Dairy products could help cut type 2 diabetes risk

(Relaxnews) – Consumption of high-fat dairy products could lower the risk for type 2 diabetes, according to researchers from the Lund University Diabetes Center in Malmö, Sweden. The research team, led by Dr. Ulrika Ericson, concluded that people with the highest intake of high fat dairy products reduced their chances of developing type 2 diabetes […]

18.09.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Netflix: the revolution that changed the US TV landscape

Netflix: the revolution that changed the US TV landscape

(LOS ANGELES-AFP) – From doorstep DVD delivery to binge-watching on tablets and phones: In 17 years Netflix has revolutionized the US television industry several times over. The company — which is about to arrive in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and Austria — has also totally revamped the relationship Americans have with both TV shows and […]

12.09.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, Home & Garden, Online, Videos ·
Why these places have been deemed the world’s smartest cities

Why these places have been deemed the world’s smartest cities

(Relaxnews) – A list of the ‘smartest cities in the world’ provides a glimpse of what the future could — and should — look like, be it zero carbon communities or heavily connected, smart destinations. Editors at CN Traveler have rounded up a few of the most innovative destinations they call ‘the world’s smartest cities’ […]

Relais & Chateaux hotels throwing 60th anniversary dinners worldwide

Relais & Chateaux hotels throwing 60th anniversary dinners worldwide

(Relaxnews) – To help Relais & Chateaux fete their 60th anniversary this year, some of the most luxurious member hotels, castles and manors will be hosting a series of special events and dinners around the world. The anniversary marks a milestone for the hotelier group, which now counts 520 members in 64 countries. From now […]

16.05.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining ·
No sand, no beach: Snow volleyball takes Alps by storm

No sand, no beach: Snow volleyball takes Alps by storm

(SANKT ANTON AM ARLBERG-AFP) – Beach shorts over thermal underwear, wool hats instead of bikinis and not a grain of sand in sight: a new sport has emerged in the Alps and it’s called snow volleyball. Think of it as beach volleyball at 6,500 feet (2,000 metres), played on white powder with skiers whizzing by. […]

22.04.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Sports & Recreation ·
Last von Trapp of ‘Sound of Music’ fame dies

Last von Trapp of ‘Sound of Music’ fame dies

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Maria Franziska von Trapp, the last survivor of the Austrian musical family whose escape from the Nazis was immortalized in “The Sound of Music,” has died, her half brother told US media on Saturday. Von Trapp, 99, died at her home in the northeastern US state of Vermont on Tuesday of natural causes, […]

23.02.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Vienna set to welcome hotel designed by Dominique Perrault

Vienna set to welcome hotel designed by Dominique Perrault

(Relaxnews) – Parisian architect Dominique Perrault‘s latest project, the Meliá Vienna hotel, is set to open in the city’s new landmark skyscraper, the Donau-City (DC) Tower, in just a few weeks. The 253-room hotel will be Meliá Hotels International’s first property in Austria, taking up 17 of the building’s 58 floors. The DC Tower, designed by Perrault, is […]

29.01.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden ·
The country deemed to have the healthiest eating habits may surprise you

The country deemed to have the healthiest eating habits may surprise you

(Relaxnews) – Thanks in part to a diet that places the emphasis on vegetables and dairy products, the Netherlands has been named the healthiest country in the world to eat. Conspicuously absent on the top 10 list? The US, Canada the UK. Though the country is better known for its liberal drug laws than its […]

17.01.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining ·
Spending the night in a cemetery and other strange New Year’s customs

Spending the night in a cemetery and other strange New Year’s customs

(Relaxnews) - Ahead of New Year’s Eve, the social networking site Badoo asked members to cast their votes to elect the world’s strangest and funniest New Year’s traditions. The locals in Talca, Chile came out in first place by a long shot in the “strangest” category with their custom of spending the night in a cemetery […]

Stella Artois releases Swarovski Crystal Chalice for holiday season

Stella Artois releases Swarovski Crystal Chalice for holiday season

(Relaxnews) – Sparkling wine may be a traditional holiday beverage in many cultures, but this season beer also gets some added sparkle, thanks to a collaboration between Swarovski and Stella Artois. The crystal design powerhouse and the Belgian brewery have released the limited-edition ‘Crystal Chalice’, a version of the traditional Stella Artois beer glass studded […]

Major award winners from ‘Oscars’ of travel industry gala

Major award winners from ‘Oscars’ of travel industry gala

(Relaxnews) – The glittering city of Dubai and Etihad Airways emerged the big winners at the 20th edition of the World Travel Awards, an event known as the Oscars of the travel industry. Just days after being chosen to host the 2020 World Expo convention, Dubai was named the world’s leading destination at a gala […]

02.12.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Home & Garden, Online ·
Jobless journalist opens Slovenia’s first dog bakery

Jobless journalist opens Slovenia’s first dog bakery

(MARIBOR, Slovenia-AFP) – Who would have thought the answer to unemployment in the city worst hit by Slovenia’s economic crisis could be meat, mint and peanut butter-flavoured snacks for pooches. But that’s just what happened for Nastja Verdnik, a 26-year-old journalism graduate who has opened the Balkan country’s first bakery for dogs. “I used to […]

01.09.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
The top 10 chocoholic countries

The top 10 chocoholic countries

(Relaxnews) – In what should come as no surprise, Switzerland has emerged as the home of the most devoted chocoholics in the world, where the average resident ate nearly 12 kg of chocolate in 2012. That’s equivalent to 240 chocolate bars a year. According to figures from Leatherhead Food Research compiled by Confectionerynews.com, here are the […]

03.08.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Food & Dining ·
Tech agenda: Windows BUILD 2013

Tech agenda: Windows BUILD 2013

(Relaxnews) – Coming up, Microsoft shifts attention from its Xbox One console and the furore surrounding some of its features to the future of its operating system Windows 8. As well as a reinstated start button expect announcements about new tablets and maybe even something about a health and motion tracking smartwatch. Windows BUILD conference […]

24.06.2013 · Filled under: Apps, News, Science & Technology ·
New York readies major Le Corbusier show

New York readies major Le Corbusier show

(NEW YORK-AFP) – Nearly half a century after his death, New York’s Museum of Modern Art will pay homage to celebrated French architect and designer Le Corbusier in a major exhibit that opens next week. The extensive show will focus on the way Le Corbusier viewed and observed different landscapes throughout his career, featuring his […]

09.06.2013 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Home & Garden ·
France losing its luster among Brits at Spain’s benefit

France losing its luster among Brits at Spain’s benefit

(Relaxnews) – France is slowly but steadily falling out of British tourists’ favor with visits to the country of eclairs and glittering steel towers declining for the fifth consecutive year. According to the latest figures out of the UK’s Office for National Statistics, the country that has traditionally been one of the UK’s favorite travel […]

23.04.2013 · Filled under: Destinations ·