Sonic Bloom? In Airline Audio Branding, Norwegian Leads the Way

In travel, sometimes it’s the most irritating experiences that turn out to be the most inspiring. Over about a 12-month stretch I found myself aboard more Norwegian Air Shuttle flights than I had planned on; but the routing and timing and reasonable fares added up to lots of Norwegian air time. I remember boarding one of the airline’s spanking new 787 Dreamliners at JFK. Okay … Continue reading Sonic Bloom? In Airline Audio Branding, Norwegian Leads the Way

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

Go ahead, ruin your vacation

From the Parthenon to the pyramids, nothing conveys man’s imprint on the inexorable sweep of time like ancient ruins. Romantic, mysterious and more or less falling apart, they are the true thrillers of the traveler’s landscape. But the moody majesty of the Roman Forum or Acropolis is hardly secret. Even the deserted streets of Pompeii and rock-cut temples of Petra, in Jordan, draw big crowds. … Continue reading Go ahead, ruin your vacation

Hail Grande (Petite) Bretagne!

Flung like a defiant forearm against the Atlantic, Brittany is as near to New England – literally and figuratively – as France gets. Its vast, wind-bitten littoral is the province of old salts and a magnet for nature lovers, and is mostly unsuited for the sorts of gentrified seaside resorts one finds up the coast in Normandy. Brittany is all cliffs and wide, deserted beaches, … Continue reading Hail Grande (Petite) Bretagne!

How to Score a Free Hotel Room in Manhattan*

*sort of   If someone had told me 10 years ago to book a hotel room in Long Island City, which lies just across the East River from Manhattan,  I would have scoffed. Not because I’m any kind of  New York snob (I could take it or leave it) but because frankly there weren’t that many hotel options. In fact, there might not have been … Continue reading How to Score a Free Hotel Room in Manhattan*

Bonjour Brussels. Pleased to meet vous

Paris is finished, but Brussels is just beginning. It is blessed with bad weather that fuels creativity, whereas weary Paris cannot seem to shake off the burden of being a brand name. From social crises to fashion runways, there is a palpable sense that the French have simply run out of ideas. And no, Louis Vuitton opening a starchitect ‘fondation’ inside the ho-hummiest in Europe … Continue reading Bonjour Brussels. Pleased to meet vous