Waiting for a flight home for Christmas once, I ran into a blowhard I knew from college who announced that the only present he was bringing his parents was a bottle of extraordinarily good wine. He dropped and broke the bottle of red on the linoleum at LaGuardia before we’d boarded the plane. Blowhard frat boy or not, I felt bad for the guy.
I was reminded of this tragic holiday vignette when I heard about VinniBag, an inflatable bag that cushions your wine bottle (or bottle of olive oil or Vermont maple syrup or vintage McCoy vase) from the sharp, hard, pointy things of the world. The smart bags are reusable, deflate easily to slip in your luggage, and make an unbreakable and practical gift for Mummy and Pater.
Vinnibag is available for $28 from local retailers, Vinnibag.com, or on Amazon.
Photo courtesy of Ellessco.
Ann Shields is an online senior editor at Travel + Leisure.
What do you do with a stack of pre-Credit Crisis megaloplex plans and a 1.5 million square foot, post-Crisis cement hole? Why, make lemonade, of course!
Since 2008, not-Ft. Greene-not-DUMBO (NoFUMBO?) has awaited 60 stories of neo-ultra-Wow where Brooklyn’s Albee Square Mall once stood. We’ve scanned the Brownstoner and wondered, watching that blue plywood fence sway in the wind. Till now.
Now, from Manhattan Bridge to DeKalb, Flatbush Ave. is transformed. Kiosks direct tourists and Manhattanites. That blue fence? Gone.
Instead, broad steps descend past produce beds to a canopied dining area. Shipping containers become boutiques, concessions, a radio station...
Downtown Brooklyn, meet DeKalb Market. DeKalb Market, DoBro (as promoters say). Lemonade, anyone?
In my quest for a comfortable, super-stylish summer shoe, one winner has emerged time and again: the famed Jack Rogers Navajo sandal. I can toss a couple of pairs in my suitcase and feel confident that, while on the road, I’m set for any casual or dressy occasion.
Where do chic Parisians shop these days? Travel + Leisure's Paris correspondent Tina Isaac shares her insider tips here:
For jewelry go to . . .
Around the corner from the glittering heavy artillery in the Place Vendôme, Stéphanie Roger’s newly opened WhiteBird jewelry gallery specializes in stylishly singular - and comparatively affordable- niche brands from around the world, almost all of them designed by women (Jean Grisoni is the lone exception). (34 rue du Mont Thabor, 1st.)
There are many reasons to visit Santa Fe in the summer—the museums and art galleries, the chamber music festival, the Santa Fe Opera—not to mention, the city’s restaurants or its glorious high desert setting, but the best reason for this weekend (July 8-10) is the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market.
Diego Della Valle’s enamorment with all things JFK (he famously purchased the late president’s cruiser, Marlin, at auction at Christie’s in 2005) extends well beyond the White House. From July 2 to August 20, the Tod’s chief is sponsoring a new exhibition of iconic images taken by Italian paparazzi photographer Settimio Garritano of Jackie-O on holiday in Capri from 1968 to 1972.
The effects from the recent legalizing of gay marriage in New York are already starting to take shape. In peparation for the day legal ceremonies will finally be able to be performed—July 24—Mayor Bloomberg is preparing to launch a new campaign called "NYC I Do," which will seek to bring in gay tourists looking to get hitched. What does that mean for the city? About $400 million in estimated revenue over the next three years, just from gay marriage–related spending!
To boot, many of the NYC’s businesses have quickly shown their support for the historic decision, and are celebrating by offering special discounts for the many couples that have been patiently waiting for their time to come. Here are just a few I was able to find. (Without a doubt, more will surface as July 24 nears.) Happy Pride!
Still looking for that perfect Father's Day present for your travel-loving dad? Fear not. Affordable online art gallery 20x200, which has a wonderful collection of travel prints, just kicked off their semi-annual sale this afternoon. Nab an extra 20% off of orders of $50 or more by entering the code RIDONK at checkout. $20 prints are now just $16, $50 now $40, and so on! The sale goes from now until Monday.
They’ve already curated a great gift guide for dads so you don’t have to dig through their entire archives. They also have gift guides for grads and newlyweds.
Lyndsey Matthews is an online editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure.
know about you, but I'm forever on the hunt for that quintessential thing that
you can only find locally—like the conch shells from the beaches of Turks and Caicos or Ladurée macaroons (before the French company decided to sell out and populate the earth).
It's that thing you would ask a friend to pick up if you knew they were going. Rare as it is with the internet at our
fingertips, it's still fun to make discoveries when we travel.
While in Florence on a T+L Sept cover shoot, I noted a great
pair of navy suede ballet flats on an effortlessly chic Italian colleague. Always on the hunt for great travel flats, I
became obsessed when she told me how much she paid and had to make a mad dash
to the shop before I got on the plane the next morning.
Ever wonder what happens to the bits and bobs of airplanes after they’re decommissioned? You can find them on eBay.
Universal Asset Management buys retired planes and strips them to recycle their components. The company runs an eBay storefront where you can shop for all your engine aft thrust fitting needs—from an entire A320 lavatory (!) to cockpit seats, galley carts, overhead bins, first aid kits, a row of luridly colored 747 seats, to more technical items like circuit panels, wheels, assembly valves, tail cones, and oil gauges. The products that make the eBay store are not longer flight-worthy, of course, except for flights of fancy. Those overhead bins would look cool mounted over a airplane-crazy child's bed...
Ann Shields is an online senior editor at Travel + Leisure.
Photo courtesy of Universal Asset Management.