around the world We travel the globe in search of the latest and greatest travel news Pope Francis Does It Again An Ode to Gaudi Irish Is Best Bring on the Maple Syrup Dia De Muertos Going ‘google’ on AirBnB Castel Gandolfo, The Pope’s Summer residence is now open to the public. The Apostolic palace situated about 25kms from Rome has been the summer home of the Pontiff’s for centuries but Pope Francis has again bucked tradition and decided that he will remain at the Vatican even during the warmer months. Probably one of the most significant architects in Spanish history has got to be Antoni Gaudi. With his reputation for being inspired by the “Book of Nature”, Barcelona seems to pay homage to him around every corner. From Casa Botilo to La Sagrada di Familia, there are always scores of visitors waiting to experience the magnificence of his genius. The Irish hotel Ballyfin Demesne has been named the Number One hotel in the World according to Conde Nast. The annual awards ranks the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands and airlines and cruises from around the world. The prestigious title was compiled from a list of more than 300 000 readers’ votes. In it’s just newly released edition, Lonely Planet, hails Canada as the Destination for Year, 2017. It is also the year the country celebrates its 150th birthday and with celebrations planned we can see why now would be a good time to start planning that trip to the land of Maple Syrup. This October Mexico celebrated The Day of The Dead in grand style with its first ever Day of The Dead Parade. Although traditions vary by regions, an integral theme of the festival is welcoming back the souls of lost loved ones. Family & friends of the departed decorate gravestones in bright flowers. It seems the property rental service is doing more than just annoying hoteliers around the world in its ever growing popularity. It is believed that Google Capital has about $4 Billion invested in the online vacation rental company which is said to be valued at $30 Billion making it the one of the largest privately held companies. READ MORE READ MORE READ MORE READ MORE READ MORE READ MORE 48 urbanlifenstyle.com 49