Pretty, right?

But travel isn’t always pretty. In the travel and hospitality industries there are certain observations that are chiefly expressed over drinks among colleagues or in other closed quarters: things like “the French are lousy tippers,” “Israelis are pushy” or “Americans are loud.” And while such findings may contain some elements of truth, does it mean brand-appropriate reaction to them can veer into actual discrimination? Advertisements Continue reading Pretty, right?

On Losing My Ryanair Virginity

My principal fear is that it will never be as good as the first time. True, I never intended to fly Ryanair, the Irish low-cost carrier that has generated more passenger horror stories than perhaps any other airline today barring United. Recent work assignments tethering me to Greece, I had sworn silent allegiance to Aegean Airlines, which is now more or less the official carrier of … Continue reading On Losing My Ryanair Virginity

Postcards from Israel For My Father on His Early Spring Birthday, with no mention of numbers or dates

Because it’s my blog, and I’ll turn it into a birthday card if I want to! This is an old building in Jaffa, probably built during Turkish times i.e. a really long time ago. But wait, this is more about my Dad, who in comparison to this edifice is pretty dang young. Jumping a few centuries forward, here’s a partial view of Tel Aviv from the balcony … Continue reading Postcards from Israel For My Father on His Early Spring Birthday, with no mention of numbers or dates

This is what might happen if you spend 24 Hours at the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV, Israel—Do you know what makes a great hotel? I know what doesn’t: high thread count Frette linens, a Jeff Koons knock-off in the lobby or the fact that George Washington once slept there, maybe. In other words yes, the devil is in the details but what you want is character. The more character there is in your hotel, the freer you will be … Continue reading This is what might happen if you spend 24 Hours at the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv

MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2.0: CYPRUS

“A lot of people compare Cyprus to a Greek island, but actually it’s nothing like one,” says Vakis Hadjikyriacou, the enterprising Cypriot architect who, along with his interior designer wife Diana, is responsible for transforming a sizeable chunk of the half-forgotten village of Lofou into a low-key but unerringly gorgeous Mediterranean hideaway. “In Greek islands people have to live off the sea, but in Cyprus they … Continue reading MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2.0: CYPRUS

Here are some stories you don’t want to miss in a new Iran Air in-flight magazine

Iran Air Deals Ready for Takeoff, the Wall Street Journal has reported. In case a revamped in-flight magazine is also in the works for Iran’s Boeing-buffered embassy in the skies, we’ve conjured this secret memo of stories you might like to see in those pages but probably won’t. Darn (?) 12. HOW TO RANSACK AN EMBASSY: Easy Steps for All Ages, and Most Countries 11. HOW I STONED YOUR MOTHER: a … Continue reading Here are some stories you don’t want to miss in a new Iran Air in-flight magazine