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Travel Agenda: Boutique Berlin, Walk London, Vietnam, the great migration, Edvard Munch, Art Deco chic, ski helmets

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NYC's French fancy

The Jade Hotel will bring a flourish of Parisian-inspired Art Deco chic to Greenwich Village when it opens next week. The 113 rooms feature bold prints, sultry colours and local CO Bigelow Apothecary toiletries. The Grapevine Restaurant will be using Hudson Valley ingredients (thejadenyc.com).

Head strong

Ski/board helmets are being made mandatory in some mountain resorts and by some insurers. Nevica has a range of new options that include men's, women's and children's versions from £59.99 (nevica.co.uk).

Jet set, go!

WorldTop7 is a new website that lists deals on jet-set holiday destinations, hotels and restaurants. You can search by celebrity too: click on George Clooney to discover resorts in Bali and Italy which the actor has visited (worldtop7.com).

Boutique Berlin

The Das Stue hotel is now open opposite the Tiergarten park with bright, retro interiors by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, photographs by Helmut Newton and rooms that have views of the ostrich enclosure of Berlin Zoo (das-stue.com).

Winter wanders

Today and tomorrow, Walk London is leading free guided strolls around the capital, ranging from the Lea Valley Walk to the Thames Path. Walks are broken down into manageable sections, with start times listed on the website (walklondon.org.uk).

Eastern extension

InsideJapan Tours has now launched InsideVietnam Tours. The "Highlights of Vietnam" 10‑night trip on 23 March is £1,290pp, flights extra (insidevietnamtours.com).

Animal encounter

 Journeys of Distinction has a one-off tour to witness the Great Migration in Kenya. The 13‑day trip costs £6,999pp with flights on 23 August (jod.uk.com).


The number of years since Edvard Munch was born. The official anniversary is 12 December, but the painter's life is being celebrated throughout his home nation of Norway this year. Exhibitions and concerts are due to take place from Oslo to Tromso in the north. International events are planned in New York, Stockholm, and Stuttgart (munch150.no)