Love these old posters.. colorful, fun, retro, nostalgic all...
Melena Ryzik has a drink with the actor Corey Stoll, who plays Ernest Hemingway in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.”
Reporter’s Notebook The Obamas Relax on Martha’s Vineyard
By JEFF ZELENYPublished: August 25, 2009
OAK BLUFFS, Mass. — President Obama is now three days into his Martha’s Vineyard vacation, a visit that has caused a considerable stir on this tiny island. Yet if it wasn’t for the outbreak of commercialism — T-shirts, cocktails and even dog treats bearing the Obama name — it would be difficult to know the first family was even here.
Museyon Guides Match Travel with Film, Music and Art
New travel series emulates Japanese guidebooks
By Lynn Andriani -- Publishers Weekly, 7/9/2009 1:49:00 PM
Museyon Guides, a new series of travel books, frame tourist traps and hidden neighborhoods alike through the lens of movies, art and music. West Berlin’s Zoologischer Garten train station is the setting for a scene in The Bourne Supremacy; a sequence in Traffic captures Mexico City’s Zócalo. The travel publishing field may be jam-packed with expert guides, but Museyon is attempting to differentiate itself by emulating Japanese guidebooks, which editor-in-chief Anne Ishii says are “more delicate, more tactile and cover more range” than American guidebooks. The books, $15.95 paperbacks, feature full-color photography throughout, and are written by local experts who also have extensive artistic knowledge.
North America > United States > North Carolina
36 Hours in Research Triangle, N.C.
By By J. J. GOODE, Published: June 14, 2009
TELL North Carolinians you’re heading to the Research Triangle, and they’ll probably ask “Which school are you visiting?” Yet the close-knit cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are marked by more than college bars and hoops fans. Visitors not bound for Duke, the University of North Carolina or North Carolina State come to see buzz-worthy bands, dine on food from farm-worshiping chefs and explore outdoor art. From its biscuits to its boutiques, the Triangle occupies a happy place between slow-paced Southern charm and urban cool.
BARACK OBAMA’S HAWAII
“You can’t really understand Barack until you understand Hawaii.” ~ Michelle Obama
Hawaii will always be home for President-elect Barack Obama. There can be no doubt that growing up in this idyllic, multicultural setting was a major influence in shaping who Obama is today.
KAMAAINA: LOCAL AT HEART
The Hawaiian word kamaaina means someone who is native born or who has lived in Hawaii for some time. When Barack Obama returns to Hawaii with his family, he comes as a kamaaina, a local who knows where to go, where to eat and what to do. Here are a few places Obama has visited on his trips back to Oahu...
A North Carolina Frasier Fir Tree Selected for the White House Christmas
Triangle - For the 11th year, a Christmas tree from North Carolina’s High Country is White House-bound. The state has provided the White House tree nearly twice as many times as any other state. Experience the magic by choosing a North Carolina Christmas tree for your house.
Raleigh - The 2008 White House Christmas tree has been chosen from the tiny town of Crumpler, N.C. Jesse Davis of River Ridge Tree Farm grew the tree in Ashe County’s Blue Ridge Mountains just a few hours drive north of Charlotte or west of Raleigh.
The Frasier Fir tree will be cut on Saturday, November 29 and travel to the White House; the next day, it will be placed in the Blue Room. This is North Carolina's 11th year to supply a White House tree and the second consecutive year an Ashe County tree has been selected. ((MEDIA ARE INVITED TO THE TREE CUTTING. DETAILS FORTHCOMING.))
In August, River Ridge Tree Farms won the right to supply the White House tree by being named 2008 Grand Champion at the National Christmas Tree Association meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. Their farms are located throughout the northwest region of North Carolina and southwest Virginia. www.riverridgetreefarms.com
North America > United States > California > San Diego
36 Hours in San Diego
By BROOKS BARNES, Published: September 7, 2008
IF San Diego feels half empty, that's because it is. At any given time, swarms of residents have decamped a few miles south to Mexico or a few miles north to upscale resort towns. Also, the Navy is the area's largest employer, so a sizable chunk is presumably floating around on aircraft carriers somewhere. Is it any wonder, then, that the town leans so heavily on big tourist attractions (Shamu, the zoo)?
A deeper look, however, will reveal more personality than you think. A necklace of quirky, sun-kissed neighborhoods rings downtown, from surfer hangouts like Pacific Beach to gentrifying neighborhoods like University Heights. Restaurants are flourishing, too. There is even an emphasis on preserving history, which, for Southern California, is a headline in itself.
Arboretum Plant Photo Gallery
If you are looking for your fall foliage fix, you don't have to go very far. In fact, stunning fall foliage is closer than you think at the U.S. National Arboretum! The season begins in late September as dogwoods begin their subtle transformation to red and purple, and often lasts through early December with Chinese fringetree and willows casting a golden light on the landscape. Check out the arboretum's Asian Collections, Fern Valley Native Plant Collection and Gotelli collection, in particular, for some fantastic fall foliage. Fall color is generally at its peak in mid- to late October in the Washington, D.C., area.
If you can’t make it to the arboretum this fall and just want to see some nice autumn foliage, continue to the Fall Foliage Photo Gallery. If you are the inquisitive type, check out our page that explains the hows and whys of fall color. If you want a list of good fall color plants - check out our Selected Plants Providing Colorful Autumn Foliage List (with links to those specific plants that we have in our Fall Foliage Gallery).
Portal to Maya Underworld Found in Mexico?
Alexis Okeowo in México City
for National Geographic News
August 22, 2008
A labyrinth filled with stone temples and pyramids in 14 caves—some underwater—have been uncovered on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, archaeologists announced last week.
The discovery has experts wondering whether Maya legend inspired the construction of the underground complex—or vice versa.
According to Maya myth, the souls of the dead had to follow a dog with night vision on a horrific and watery path and endure myriad challenges before they could rest in the afterlife.
Fascinating.. this find reminds me of the great books by Jeff Long, Descent and Deeper, which are about his vision of an underworld beneath Earth.. the link above is to his Web site...
North America > United States > South Carolina > Charleston
Charleston on the Cheap
By CHRIS DIXON, Published: July 25, 2008
WHEN celebrities and other well-heeled travelers fell in love with Charleston, S.C., drawn by its air of 19th-century elegance and its palm-fringed seacoast setting, the $400-a-night hotel room and the $100 dinner entree inevitably followed. But this progressive and mystically lovely city, surrounded by water and wilderness, can still be a destination for the budget-conscious, too.
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Many of the area’s most captivating historic attractions are essentially free. Beaches and an outstanding farmers’ market are open to all, and the sweet tea and fabulous food can be found in off-the-beaten-path restaurants well known to the locals. With some careful shopping in advance, even a hotel room or condo can be affordable.
Big Touch-Up for the Blue and the Gray
By LISANNE RENNER, Published: July 7, 2008
GETTYSBURG, Pa. — The pair of soldier’s shoes is battered and hard-worn; a hole in one leather sole suggests the many miles trudged en route to battle with a rifled musket and canteen.
These Civil War-style shoes are being pressed into duty for a battle that ended 145 years ago — not for last weekend’s re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg but for a conflict that still rages on the canvas of an enormous painting in the round. The Gettysburg Cyclorama, as it’s called, is to reopen on Sept. 26 after a five-year restoration, and for the first time in more than a century, viewers standing in the middle of the wraparound canvas will see it as its artist originally intended.
June 8, 2008
Finding the Hits, Avoiding the Errors
No Shoes, No Shirt, No Worries
By MICHELLE HIGGINS, Published: April 27, 2008
WHEN Larry Massa says he likes to travel light, he means it. No need for a jacket and tie at dinner, a pristine set of tennis whites when he hits the court, or even a bathrobe to wear when heading from his hotel room to the pool or the spa.
For when Mr. Massa, 74, a retired Navy commander and computer science engineer from Virginia Beach, and his wife, Darlene, go on vacation, they do it in the nude. “If you haven’t tried it, there’s no way I can tell you what a fun thing it is, what an added dimension to a vacation it can be” said Mr. Massa, who has been taking “clothing-optional” vacations since 2001 and whose most recent trip was to an all-nude resort in Mexico. “I’ll never forget the day,” said Mr. Massa, recalling the couple’s first nudist vacation at a Caribbean resort. “The place was full. We went to the far end of the pool and Dar said, ‘I’m going to take my top off.’ I thought I’m not going to wear these stupid swim trunks in the pool. So I jumped in naked. She looked down at me and dropped her bottoms and we never looked back.”