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For the record, Switzerland does not have a royal family and is actually as close as you get to a direct democracy in this day and age. But these are just details. If there was a Swiss royal family, I imagine they would live in a modern castle like The Dolder Grand, with Warhol and Dalí paintings hanging casually on the wall.
“You can steal my money but not my food.” “If lunch or dinner doesn’t have at least five courses, it’s just a snack.” “If you want things to go exactly as planned, don’t come here.” These words, spoken by my Overseas Adventure Travel tour guide in Sicily who actually loves his homeland, tell a lot about Sicily. Yes food is important, plentiful and held in a place of near reverence. Plans don’t always work out as they’re intended, and the locals have learned to go with the flow. And residents of the triangular-shaped island just off the toe of Italy’s boot exhibit a warmth, friendliness and self-deprecating humor that make them a reason to visit there.
Halloween in New York City, is that perfect combination of costumes and New Yorkers. The mix of the two always comes up with something unique. If you weren't in the Big Apple yesterday, here are some sights and sounds (but mostly sights) of New York on Halloween.
Take time out from eating delicious lamb soup and go visit the National Gallery of Iceland. Located in the heart of Reykjavik, the main emphasis of this art museum is the collection is on 19th and 20th century Icelandic art. Though, the museum forget to give a nod to an array of , with works by internationally renowned artists such as, Pablo Picasso, Edward Munch, Karel Appel, Hans Hartung, Victor Vasarely, Richard Serra and Richard Tuttle. Let's grab an eyeful of the National Gallery of Iceland - then go grab some delicious lamb soup
There was a time when the world's greatest hotels from around the world would create the most amazing luggage labels. Crazy, incredible artwork. All this took place during a glamorous era of travel- from around the 1900s to the mid-1960s - to such exotic locales as the sun-baked beaches of Sri Lanka to Saigon watering holes. Luggage labels are now long gone. But AbeBooks has now brought together some of the most stunning examples. Many of the world's most renown hotels produced luggage labels; long, long before the age of budget airlines, TSA lines, and cramped overbooked hotels. The luggage label, slapped onto a suitcase, was a form of advertising for the establishment. So, let's rejoice in the art of luggage labels.
What better way to celebrate the 27th anniversary of Twin Peaks - then heading to the Lower East Side in New York, and attending: “In Dreams; a group art exhibition inspired by the cinematic work David Lynch’s Spoke Art NYC played host this past Saturday; and had massively great opening night event for those who loved all things Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Eraserhead, and Lynch-ian.
The éclair is the most popular patisserie treat in France because it’s easy to eat, easy to bake, and most importantly— comfort food. The éclair originated in France in the early 1800s, first made by Marie-Antoine Carême, a pastry chef for French royalty. With their growing popularity around the world, éclairs are more than a flaky fad; they are having a renaissance.
Lace up. There's a new three-hour walking tour of Paris about the evolution of fashion the 18th century on. Context Travel has Paris covered from haute couture to ready-to-wear and you can learn along. There's a shopping culture that dates back to the French Revolution, through Baron Haussmann’s revitalization of the city, to the present-day Champs-Elysées fashion houses. Gain insights into influential designers as you walk from Palais Royal through grands magasins near the Place de l’Opéra, the Place Vendôme and streets that housed former ateliers of Worth and Chanel with a learned docent like Damien Delille.