London. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com). Lord Norman Foster, architect and cyclist, kicked off 2014 by proposing the construction of SkyCycle, 136 miles of elevated bike paths soaring above London along the city's vast network of suburban rail lines.
Think landlocked Munich is too far from a coast to boast a surf culture? Nein, dude. Since the 1970s, surfers have been riding a treacherous and icy river wave right at the edge of the city’s Englischer Gartens. Munich. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com/travel-blog/).
Shrinking Boston. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com). An exhibit at the Boston Public Library compares the modern city with the Boston of a century ago. One surprising revelation: even with a steady influx of immigrants in the past ten years, the city still has not regained its 1910 record-high population of more than 670,000.
Montana. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com). Luxury guest ranch Resort at Paws Up and the National Cowgirl Museum co-host an annual spring weekend for Calamity Jane wannabes (with lots of banknotes in the saddlebags) that includes trading stories with a Women’s Pro Rodeo champ and a cattle drive on the 37,000-acre Montana property.
Venice. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com). In March, a ban forbidding the largest cruise ships from entering Venice was lifted, leading to renewed protests by concerned citizens and scientists who claim that the mega ships erode the city’s delicate waterways and ecosystem.