In The White Sheik, a 1952 film by the great Italian director Federico Fellini, a young newlywed wanders onto the set of her favorite television show. She watches, star struck, as actors parade through in elaborate costumes, getting ready to shoot a scene. Her feeling of awe is palpable, and familiar to many of us who have caught a glimpse of a favorite TV show or movie being filmed.
Cinecittà World, a new theme park opened last month in Rome—a city rich in film history—aims to bring some movie magic to the public. Inspired by Cinecittà, the film studio that was once called Hollywood on the Tiber, it offers twenty attractions, eight film sets, and four theaters.
Maybe you heard the story today from the AP. Male air passenger places a Knee Defender device on the seat back in front of him, preventing that seat from reclining. Female passenger in that seat objects. Flight attendant tells man to remove device, man refuses, woman complainant drenches the man with water. (Why oh why couldn’t it have been red wine?! Much better story that way.) Pilot diverts the Newark-Denver flight to Chicago, where the two offending parties are removed, but not arrested. We all know who is right and who is wrong in this tale. Right?
Katy Tur, a correspondent for NBC News, shares her business travel tips, from how to she survives red-eyes to her favorite airport terminal.
Q: How often do you travel?
A: I'm gone at least a full four months of the year. In the news business, it's feast or famine. A slow cycle can keep you home for weeks. Then suddenly, something bubbles up and you're gone for months. In March, I packed for a week in London. It turned into a seven-week journey that took me to Italy, the Netherlands, Malaysia, and Australia.
It’s National Dog Day, and what better news than a new dog-sitting service offered by Rover.com. With its recent acquisition of Sleepover Rover, the company launched Rover Premier this month. It connects dog-owners with vetted and approved sitters, fitted to your dog’s profile and specific needs. No more worrying if someone can handle your Great Dane, or will be patient with your Pekinese.
Best way to discover a destination? Jump in your car and get ready for an adventure. In our recent Road Trips Twitter chat, we asked experts for their advice and favorite memories. Here are a few highlights:
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It's easier than ever to stay connected in the air. Early next year, Gogo—offered on nine North American carriers, including Alaska, American/US Airways, United, and Delta—will increase bandwidth to a whopping 70-plus megabits per second (mbps) on 800 planes. It's the difference between surfing the Web and streaming an HD movie. Also on tap: an app for texting in flight. JetBlue has launched Fly-Fi, a proprietary 20-plus-mbps service (free; $9 per hour for streaming video) on part of its fleet; all A320's will be equipped by early 2015. On the international front, OnAir is available on airlines ranging from All Nippon to Etihad; Singapore Airlines is the latest to sign on, with Wi-Fi on its A340's, A380's, and Boeing 777-300ER's ($10 for 10 MB, or $12 per hour). British Airways recently joined up with Inmarsat, which plans to roll out Europe's first ground-based (as opposed to satellite) 4G broadband network by the end of 2016. Speeds will be in excess of 70 mbps.
Booking a flight but not quite ready to pull the trigger—and you’re worried the fare could go up the next day? We’re already big fans of Options Away, an app and website that allows you to lock in a specific airfare for up to 21 days by paying between $4 to $45. (Click here for a Q&A with the start-up’s co-founder Heidi Brown.) Now, as a result of customer feedback, British Airways has a similar option that lets flyers put flights on both BA and codeshare partner Iberia on hold for up to 72 hours for $10. Available now, the option shows up on the web page after you've selected your flights (look for the red box that says "Hold your flights and price"). Only one traveler’s name is required to hold flights, and seats can be held up to three weeks before departure. Note that some destinations are excluded; visit the website for the full list.
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Aer Lingus is the latest airline to introduce a new-and-improved business class cabin, launching in 2015. And from what we can tell, the upgrades—and the fact that passengers will get pre-clearance from U.S. customs at Dublin Airport—will make it a solid option for travel across the pond. Here’s what you can expect:
We asked Bonnie Taub Dix, a New York City–based registered dietitian and author of Read It Before You Eat It, how to start your day the healthy way.
Choice of pastry, bagel, or toast with butter and preserves; orange or grapefruit juice; coffee or tea.
"Carb-heavy breakfasts will give you a burst of energy–followed by the desire for a nap. Go for whole-grain toast, but ditch the butter and preserves and use nut butter instead. (No, that doesn't mean Nutella!) I travel with packets from Justin's. Juice is a good source of nutrients if it's made from 100 percent fruit."
Travelers who love nothing more than to put their toes in the sand will want to visit these four beaches in destinations from Florida to the Galápagos.
Seaside Beach, Seaside, Florida
Pastel wood-paneled houses border the dunes on picture-perfect Seaside Beach, along Florida’s Gulf Coast. You’ll spend your day by the water, followed by a ride on a cruiser bike and a family-friendly seafood dinner in town.
Summer isn't over yet! Find out about the best end of season getaways and travel tips in our End of Summer Travel Twitter chat on Tuesday, August 26th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join along to ask the experts for tips and advice!
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A string of Golden Era theaters in downtown Los Angeles are taking a second bow. The Ace Hotel acquired the Gothic-Deco United Artists Theater, renaming it the Theatre at Ace Hotel and cleaning the murals commissioned by previous owners Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin. Acts on the eclectic bill range from the L.A. Dance Project (Oct. 24–26) to Glaswegian folksters Belle & Sebastian (Oct. 6). Two blocks north, a thorough renovation of the Globe Theatre is giving new life to the Beaux-Arts vaudeville palace as a venue for everything from concerts to film premieres. And the once-tawdry Regent Theater is now a multiuse performance space that includes an Italian gastropub and a cocktail bar with a vintage-vinyl soundtrack.
As one of the industry’s most sought-after stylists, Serge Normant is the ultimate globetrotter—a shoot in Paris one day; overseeing his New York City salons the next. The man behind Hollywood's most luxurious locks (he’s styled the likes of Julia Roberts, Reece Witherspoon, Gisele Bündchen, and more) sits down with T+L’s Katie James to reveal his tips and tricks for mastering summer hair—at home and abroad.
As new cases of Ebola continue to be reported in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea—plus two each in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo (the first outside of West Africa)—travel bans are increasing through the continent, implemented by both international airlines and local African governments. Here is what you need to know now.
New York City The Berlin Philharmonic and conductor Simon Rattle perform at Carnegie Hall (Oct. 1–6;) before participating in director Peter Sellars’s visionary staging of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Park Avenue Armory (Oct. 7–8).
Melissa Barnes, Twitter's head of global brands, shares her business travel tips, from how she fights jet-lag to her go-to app.
Q: How often do you travel?
A: Between 50% and 60% of my time is on the road.
Q: What is your go-to travel app?
A:American Airlines app. I've checked into many a flight as I'm speeding to the airport. (Disclaimer: I'm usually in the back of a cab and not driving when I'm checking in via my phone)
Q: What are your must-pack items?
A: A charger for my Mac, an international converter, workout clothes, a pair of heels, and a good dress. And I'm always packing a few extra super chargers for my phone. As long as I've got power, I can figure the rest out.
The best hotels have human fingerprints. I don’t need to like the person’s style, but I want to feel their presence and a sense of place. The Grand Hôtel Nord-Pinus, in Arles, France, is so French, but it also has a strong Spanish influence that reflects the owner’s quirky taste: a vintage bar and furniture mixed with bullfighting memorabilia and Peter Lindbergh photographs. At the Saint Cecilia, in Austin, Texas, you feel Liz Lambert’s heartbeat throughout the hotel. The mini-bar, for example, has personal choices such as salted-caramel galettes, prosciutto, and Mexican Coke.
"Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, celebrates the gift of an unparalleled collection of works by Picasso, Braque, Juan Gris, and Fernand Léger, each of whom propelled Modernism in unique artistic directions. Oct. 20–Feb. 16.
The Spanish master Francisco Goya’s aristocrats, children, witches, and madmen are the subject of a landmark exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, with more than 160 paintings, prints, and drawings. Oct. 12–Jan. 19.
Ziggy Stardust gets the art-historical treatment at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in “David Bowie Is,” devoted to the glam rock icon and featuring costumes, stage sets, and video installations. Sept. 23–Jan. 4.
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, winner of this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize, imbued the new Aspen Art Museum with his trademark ingenuity, including a striking basket-weave wood façade and a rooftop sculpture garden.
The Inbursa Aquarium, in Mexico City, is Latin America’s largest, with four subterranean levels housing more than 5,000 species. The structure by Fernando Romero abuts the architect’s Museo Soumaya and David Chipperfield’s Museo Jumex. Plaza Carso.
Opera was invented in Florence, but only now does the city have a venue dedicated to the genre. The new marble-clad Opera di Firenze complex has a state-of-the-art theater and concert hall, close to the centro storico.
In Rio de Janeiro’s beachfront neighborhood Barra de Tijuca, Christian de Portzamparc’s sweeping Cidade das Artes brings together an art gallery, chamber-music hall, and 1,250-seat auditorium.
Las Vegas’s old Sahara Resort is being reborn as the SLS, a three-tower, Gensler-designed property on the north part of the Strip. Like its Miami counterpart, hotelier Sam Nazarian tasked Philippe Starck with creating a vision for the interiors, giving each of the buildings a distinctive look and feel.
I'm just back from a trip to Italy and like every long adventure with toddlers, it was a schizophrenic mix of life-could-never-be-better moments and how-am-I-going-to-get-through-this hell. There was Sebastian's meltdown at Heathrow because I wouldn't buy him the really big Paddington bear (thank god for the Terminal 5 play area); the relentless "I want milk" requests while driving through the milkless rolling hills of Tuscany; and the constant sticky faces and stained shirts from twice-daily gelato injections (Italian napkins just don't do the job). In anticipation of my next family excursion, I reached out to the pros for some tips on how to make the journey smoother. Here, my favorites:
Who doesn’t love a sexy bar with delicious bites? Our new haunt: the banquette-lined, mahogany-clad NoMad Bar ($$$), from the team behind the adjacent NoMad hotel. They had us at pot pie and foie gras, but we stayed for the bacon-wrapped hot dogs with black-truffle mayonnaise, artisanal beers, and perfectly balanced cocktails. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, chef Michael Psilakis is close to opening a yet-to-be-named beer hall ($$), a 5,000-square-foot homage to Greek street food—crab keftedes; pork-shoulder gyros—with local brews on tap.
In the up-and-coming Avondale neighborhood, the laid-back, Korean-American Parachute ($$) is the first opening from Top Chef vet Beverly Kim and her husband, John Clark. Order the boudin noir with nam phrik and coconut yogurt, and anything from the Asian bread menu (but especially the Chinese bing). Hyde Park’s dining scene just cranked up the dial with Promontory ($$), where chef Jared Wentworth, from Logan Square gastropub Longman & Eagle, serves hearty classics such as lamb navarin and vegetable pot-au-feu.
Unexpected encore: those mad geniuses at innovative Japanese restaurants Uchi and Uchiko take a more traditional approach with St. Philip ($$), a pizzeria and bakery in Sunset Valley.
Capitalizing on the flyaway success of State Bird Provisions, the Progress is Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski’s locavore-minded follow-up next door, set to open by the end of the year. In the meantime, head to the Presidio and hit the Commissary ($$$), from Traci des Jardins of Jardinière. Her 112-seat restaurant serves Spanish-inflected dishes such as salt-cod fritters and octopus with pimenton.
Quinn and Karen Hatfield, the duo behind Hollywood favorites Hatfield’s and the Sycamore Kitchen, are launching Odys & Penelope ($$$) on La Brea Avenue. Main attractions: grilled Monterey Bay squid, smoked short ribs, and whole-bird churrasco. Save us a seat.
Hometown hero John Besh teams up with Brooklyn-based chef Aarón Sánchez (of the Food Network’s Chopped) to open the farm-to-table taqueria Johnny Sánchez ($$) in the Central Business District. The tacos we’re craving: Wagyu-beef barbacoa; squash blossom with burrata.
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Remember the great Eyjafjallajökull eruption of 2010 that spewed ash across European airspace, stranding millions of travelers throughout the continent—and beyond? Iceland may be giving us a repeat performance, this time care of the Bárðarbunga volcano (that's Bardarbunga to English speakers), which has been increasing its seismic activity over the last week.
A few days ago, the agency that monitors the volcano raised the threat level to the aviation industry to ”orange,” the second-highest rating, putting airlines around the world on alert for possible flight disruptions due to ash clouds. Though it’s still unclear if the volcano will actually erupt, travelers planning to fly to or through northern Europe in the coming weeks should be prepared. Here’s what you need to know:
Which city gets the most and least sleep? You'll be surprised to know that New York City is actually not the city that never sleeps—New Yorkers sleep an average of six hours and 47 minutes, according to a study by Jawbone, the maker of the fitness wristband Up. (Click here for the full results via the Wall Street Journal.)
Shackled to your desk today, but in desperate need of an escape? Steal a few minutes for an episode of The High Road with Mario Batali, a twelve-part series of short films on Hulu where the celebrity chef pairs up with famous residents to play tourist in New York City, visiting notable sights while chatting about everything from politics to real-life heroes. We love the unique tone of each vignette, be it a chuckle-worthy hangout at the High Line with Jimmy Fallon, or an eccentric tour of Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood with George Stephanopoulos. The latest installment launches today, and features Batali on a trip with actress Julianna Margulies to the mother of landmarks, the Empire State Building. If a New York State of Mind sounds enticing right about now, check out the newest episode below.
Jennifer Flowers is the Hotels & Food Editor at Travel + Leisure. Find her on Twitter at @JennFlowers.