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In Transit Blog: Walkabout: Flights Delayed in Chicago, But Resuming in Paris

Written By wartini cantika on Selasa, 30 September 2014 | 17.36

Photo The arrival and departure display at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on Sept. 27.Credit Scott Olson/Getty Images
Walkabout

A weekly capsule of travel news curated by our writers and editors.

Standstill A fire set at an air traffic control center in Chicago late last week is still causing flight delays at both city airports. (The New York Times)

Taking Off, Finally Meanwhile, flights in Paris should resume soon, after an Air France pilot strike has ended. (The New York Times)

Subculture A ranking of selected international metro systems, based on an online survey, has London, Delhi and Bangkok at the top. (Times of India)

His Two Cents "As tempting as it is to get really drunk on the plane, I avoid that." And other tips for traveling from the chef Anthony Bourdain. (Esquire)


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T Magazine: Ai Weiwei at Alcatraz, Another Ace Hotel Collaboration and More From the Cultural Calendar

T rounds up things to see and do in the week ahead.

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An installation view of "With Wind," Ai Wei Wei's exhibition at Alcatraz.Credit Jan Sturmann, courtesy FOR-SITE Foundation

Monday, San Francisco
Ai Weiwei takes over Alcatraz 
The Chinese artist and political dissident Ai Weiwei's newest installation series is arguably one of the most talked-about art events in the world right now. By taking over the historic San Francisco prison site Alcatraz and incorporating seven site-specific installations in seven of the compound's different areas, Weiwei, whose recent history is peppered with arrests and heavy surveillance by the Chinese government, is shining a light on what it means to be a prisoner, and what it takes to believe in freedom.
On display until April 26, 2015. Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, for-site.org

Tuesday, Paris
Raquel Allegra's fashion-meets-art installation at Merci in Paris
The Los Angeles–based fashion designer Raquel Allegra has just unveiled an installation at the Paris fashion and interiors boutique Merci that incorporates a phalanx of hand-dyed garments and a 20-foot-high hand-crocheted, hand-dyed tapestry comprised of nearly 1,000 yards of cotton gauze.
On view until October 11 at Merci, 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris, merci-merci.com.

Friday, Dallas
The Joule Hotel debuts a chic new cocktail lounge
Dallas's most happening hotel, the Joule, is opening a new cocktail lounge called the Midnight Rambler. The Los Angeles–based boutique and design firm TenOverSix created the interiors; the New York–based cocktail sommeliers Cuffs & Buttons crafted the 19-century-inspired drink menu. Like the hotel's lobby, the lounge is home to numerous artworks, including some from Vivian Maier, the early 20th-century photographer whose works started gathering international interest after her death in 2009.
The Joule Dallas, 1530 Main St., Dallas, thejouledallas.com.

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Left: "Hinged Painting (Halleck Street, Brooklyn)" by Lisa Sigal, one of the works featured in ""Crossing Brooklyn" at the Brooklyn Museum. Right: A look from the No. 6 collaboration with Atelier Ace. Jacket ($475), dress ($320) and wedge clogs ($285).Credit

Friday, Brooklyn
A museum survey of Brooklyn artists
Because of the density and diversity of its creative population, no single artist or piece of art can ever be said to truly capture Brooklyn. To qualify this, the Brooklyn Museum is hosting a cross-borough sampling of 35 artists in its newest exhibition, "Crossing Brooklyn: Art From Bushwick, Bed-Study and Beyond." A number of nontraditional works are on view, such as the pastel-colored birdhouse Duke Reilly built as a home for pigeons he trained to fly cigars from Cuba to Florida, or Nobutaka Aozaki's caricature station, in which he draws visitors on smiley-face takeout bags instead of traditional paper.
The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, brooklynmuseum.org.

Friday, Los Angeles (and New York)
The Ace Hotel collaborates with No. 6 Store
Atelier Ace is the multidisciplinary creative machine behind Ace Hotels and the force behind its frequent designer collaborations sold in the hotels' boutiques. Its latest capsule, created with the downtown New York boutique and clothing line No. 6, is a small line of womenswear that includes jackets, jumpsuits, a bag and a special blue version of No. 6's signature wedge clogs.
Available at Ace Hotel New York, 20 W 29th St., New York and Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles; shop.acehotel.com.

Friday, London
A painter's striking renderings of movie stars and models
John McCarthy's hyperrealist paintings first brought the artist significant attention in 1999, when his portrait of a person standing behind Flemish glass won a Visitors Choice award at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Since then, he's participated in a number of exhibitions throughout the world, and has a gallery history that's virtually unmatched among self-taught painters. The Ben Oakley gallery is hosting his newest series of work: portraits of famous movie stars and magazine models rendered on crumpled paper.
Preview from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Ben Oakley Gallery, 9 Turnpin Lane, London, benoakleygallery.com.

 


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T Magazine: China’s Top Design Talent Descends on Beijing

Written By wartini cantika on Minggu, 28 September 2014 | 17.35

Across China, the start of October is synonymous with Golden Week, the public holiday commemorating the founding of the People's Republic. But since the launch of Beijing Design Week in 2011, it's also become an occasion to celebrate the country's burgeoning design scene. Running from Sept. 26 – Oct. 3, the fourth edition of BJDW will be as massive and diverse as Beijing itself, featuring hundreds of events ranging from straight-laced industry forums at China Millennium Monument to experimental sound art on city buses. New additions this year include a design film festival, an original brand and e-commerce platform promoting Chinese designers, and Plug-IN Stations, architect-designed kiosks to help visitors and locals engage. Here, a selection of highlights from the Design Hop program, which spans four areas of the capital.

Dashilar Alley

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Dashilar Alley, an ancient mercantile hub just south of Tiananmen Square, is one of the sites of the Beijing Design Festival.Credit

One of the few surviving traditional neighborhoods, this ancient mercantile hub just south of Tiananmen Square is a case study of design-driven urbanism in action. In a long-term pilot program, these alleys and storefronts are being sustainably redeveloped by creative businesses like the design studio Re-Up and the cafe Spoonful of Sugar, which will debut prototypes of public facilities for the neighborhood alongside a "conscious food and wine event." Other highlights will include the touring architectural zine exhibition Archizines and its China-specific companion show Paper Manifestoes, curated by WAI Architecture Think Tank. The U.K. research platform Making Futures will also stage a miniconference in the spectacularly restored Quanyechang (Bazaar) from 1906 and its installation, "Trapped Tower" by BaO Architects, reflecting on questions of craft, sustainability and change.

751 Int'l Design Festival at 751 D-Park

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The 751 Int'l Design Festival is taking place at this decommissioned power plant. Credit

Like its more famous next-door neighbor 798 Art District, 751 D-Park is an industrial relic turned creative center. The former power plant will be overrun with 3-D printing enthusiasts during the Maker Carnival (Oct. 2-3). It will also host 751D-Lab, a lab for elder statesmen like Songtao and Guo Pei to mentor younger designers, and a new furniture collection by Li Naihan (presented by Gallery All). Nearby, at the UCCA Museum, the exhibition "Shanshui" by MAD Architects showcases the sleek futurism that made the firm's founder, Ma Yansong, famous; and Dutch architects MARS + MORE present a proposal for creative clusters across China, with contributions from experts at OMA and McKinsey.

CCD – the Community in the Caochangdi Arts District

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Numerous installations are taking place in the Caochangdi arts district, an area that was until recently farmland.Credit

The elegant red-and-gray brick studios of the Caochangdi arts district, an area that was until recently farmland, will host one stop on Maya Rudolph and Wang Xiaowei's Loop Station, an experimental radio project activated by riding Beijing's public buses while streaming the audio pieces. The star designer Li Naihan will present Pop-Up Factory, a temporary experiment by A4 Studios to manufacture simple products for the local community with little to no distribution or storage costs. Slightly more decadent products will be found in "Neo-T'ang Dynasty Style," by BiruO, a design collective "addicted to classicism and futurism" who will share their pop riffs on Tang aesthetics in the redesign of furniture, home décor, tableware and jewelry.

Taikoo Li Crossing

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This building, in the trendy district of Sanlitun, will play host to the inaugural BJDW Film Festival.Credit

In the trendy district of Sanlitun, the inaugural BJDW Film Festival will offer six days of screenings, talks and workshops in a custom-made hall by Chiasmus Atelier. The French composer Jacopo Baboni will kick things off in a performance with the Beijing electronic artist Meng Qi, who is known for hacking vintage synths. Though there's no shortage of shopping in Taikoo Li, make sure to visit WUHAO Curio Box, a mobile incarnation of the beloved shop that closed last year, and pick up Yooxygen China's limited-edition face masks for protection against Beijing's infamous pollution, designed by Masha Ma, Sankuanz, Qiu Hao and Xander Zhou.


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In Transit Blog: Hotels Move Into Manhattan’s Garment District

Photo Inside Fabrick, the lobby restaurant at the Archer Hotel, which opened in April.Credit

For visitors to New York who are put off by the crowds — or the assertive super heroes — of Times Square, Manhattan's garment district offers a growing number of lodging options within walking distance to Broadway theaters.

Traditionally home to the city's fashion industry, the garment district, roughly bounded by Fifth and Ninth Avenues from 34th to 42nd Streets, has been on the upswing, with a growing number of tenants outside of the fashion arena, including media, advertising, technology and now hospitality.

In April, the 180-room Archer Hotel opened with a lobby restaurant, Fabrick, from the chef David Burke; a rooftop bar facing the Empire State Building; a largely contemporary art collection; and an eight-item rotation of turndown goodies. Room rates start at around $249.

The Archer is a new hotel down the street from the year-old Refinery Hotel, which occupies a 1912-vintage former hat factory with 197 rooms, a popular rooftop bar and a restaurant with retro décor and Prohibition-era cocktails. Rates start at around $459.

Where Broadway and Avenue of the Americas intersect at 34th Street in the southern area of the fashion quarter, Herald Square is to get its own style-focused newcomer in October when the 122-room Hyatt Herald Square opens. Lobby walls will be paneled in reclaimed redwood from a city water tower, and a rooftop bar will be on the 20th floor. Rates will start at $375.

"There's a visible energy in the garment district," said Cheryl Gilliam, a senior vice president at LodgeWorks Partners, a firm in Wichita, Kan., that developed the Archer. "We're still on a quiet street that's easy to access, but so much you might want to do is walkable."

The city's tourism marketing agency clearly believes in the neighborhood's draw. NYC & Company partnered with Macy's to open an information center last September at the Macy's Herald Square flagship store.

A version of this article appears in print on 09/28/2014, on page TR3 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Hotels Move Into Manhattan's Garment District.


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In Transit Blog: Music in the Virginia Mountains

Written By wartini cantika on Sabtu, 27 September 2014 | 17.35

Photo Dancing at the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival.Credit Ferrum College â€" Blue Ridge Institute & Museum

The 41st Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, set for Oct. 25 in western Virginia, will showcase musicians dedicated to preserving the art and authenticity of regional folk music.

The event will be on the campus of Ferrum College in Ferrum, Va., with more than 20 bands playing throughout the day. The lineup includes sacred music, string-band music (with authentic period instruments like the mandolin, banjo, plucked dulcimer, guitar and fiddle) and blues singers.

Visitors can sample regional food and take to the dance floor. The festival also will have workshops, including "Old-Time Harp Players" featuring harmonica masters.

The founder of the festival, Roddy Moore, said that the centuries-old musical traditions in the Blue Ridge Mountains were the major reason he started the event.

The festival brings together folk musicians once a year, but the traditions are evergreen, Mr. Moore said, noting that the younger generation has become interested in preserving the customs, often holding impromptu jams on porches and other hangouts. "They are now performing in the styles that have longer, deeper roots in communities," he said.

Tickets to the festival are $10 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens.


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T Magazine: China’s Top Design Talent Descends on Beijing

Across China, the start of October is synonymous with Golden Week, the public holiday commemorating the founding of the People's Republic. But since the launch of Beijing Design Week in 2011, it's also become an occasion to celebrate the country's burgeoning design scene. Running from Sept. 26 – Oct. 3, the fourth edition of BJDW will be as massive and diverse as Beijing itself, featuring hundreds of events ranging from straight-laced industry forums at China Millennium Monument to experimental sound art on city buses. New additions this year include a design film festival, an original brand and e-commerce platform promoting Chinese designers, and Plug-IN Stations, architect-designed kiosks to help visitors and locals engage. Here, a selection of highlights from the Design Hop program, which spans four areas of the capital.

Dashilar Alley

Photo
Dashilar Alley, an ancient mercantile hub just south of Tiananmen Square, is one of the sites of the Beijing Design Festival.Credit

One of the few surviving traditional neighborhoods, this ancient mercantile hub just south of Tiananmen Square is a case study of design-driven urbanism in action. In a long-term pilot program, these alleys and storefronts are being sustainably redeveloped by creative businesses like the design studio Re-Up and the cafe Spoonful of Sugar, which will debut prototypes of public facilities for the neighborhood alongside a "conscious food and wine event." Other highlights will include the touring architectural zine exhibition Archizines and its China-specific companion show Paper Manifestoes, curated by WAI Architecture Think Tank. The U.K. research platform Making Futures will also stage a miniconference in the spectacularly restored Quanyechang (Bazaar) from 1906 and its installation, "Trapped Tower" by BaO Architects, reflecting on questions of craft, sustainability and change.

751 Int'l Design Festival at 751 D-Park

Photo
The 751 Int'l Design Festival is taking place at this decommissioned power plant. Credit

Like its more famous next-door neighbor 798 Art District, 751 D-Park is an industrial relic turned creative center. The former power plant will be overrun with 3-D printing enthusiasts during the Maker Carnival (Oct. 2-3). It will also host 751D-Lab, a lab for elder statesmen like Songtao and Guo Pei to mentor younger designers, and a new furniture collection by Li Naihan (presented by Gallery All). Nearby, at the UCCA Museum, the exhibition "Shanshui" by MAD Architects showcases the sleek futurism that made the firm's founder, Ma Yansong, famous; and Dutch architects MARS + MORE present a proposal for creative clusters across China, with contributions from experts at OMA and McKinsey.

CCD – the Community in the Caochangdi Arts District

Photo
Numerous installations are taking place in the Caochangdi arts district, an area that was until recently farmland.Credit

The elegant red-and-gray brick studios of the Caochangdi arts district, an area that was until recently farmland, will host one stop on Maya Rudolph and Wang Xiaowei's Loop Station, an experimental radio project activated by riding Beijing's public buses while streaming the audio pieces. The star designer Li Naihan will present Pop-Up Factory, a temporary experiment by A4 Studios to manufacture simple products for the local community with little to no distribution or storage costs. Slightly more decadent products will be found in "Neo-T'ang Dynasty Style," by BiruO, a design collective "addicted to classicism and futurism" who will share their pop riffs on Tang aesthetics in the redesign of furniture, home décor, tableware and jewelry.

Taikoo Li Crossing

Photo
This building, in the trendy district of Sanlitun, will play host to the inaugural BJDW Film Festival.Credit

In the trendy district of Sanlitun, the inaugural BJDW Film Festival will offer six days of screenings, talks and workshops in a custom-made hall by Chiasmus Atelier. The French composer Jacopo Baboni will kick things off in a performance with the Beijing electronic artist Meng Qi, who is known for hacking vintage synths. Though there's no shortage of shopping in Taikoo Li, make sure to visit WUHAO Curio Box, a mobile incarnation of the beloved shop that closed last year, and pick up Yooxygen China's limited-edition face masks for protection against Beijing's infamous pollution, designed by Masha Ma, Sankuanz, Qiu Hao and Xander Zhou.


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T Magazine: The Best New Stands at the Paul Bert Serpette Antiques Market in Paris

Written By wartini cantika on Jumat, 26 September 2014 | 17.36

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A view of the Paul Bert Serpette antiques market.Credit Emmanuel Nguyen Ngoc
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RELATED
New Kids on the Block

An influx of talented young dealers is creating a renaissance at the Puces, Paris's historic flea market.

In Paris's Saint-Ouen neighborhood just north of the city, the old is becoming new again: The Paul Bert Serpette antiques market inside the famed 129-year-old Les Puces flea market is experiencing a rebirth, thanks to a group of young dealers opening up shop there. In the fall 2014 design issue, T introduces readers to a few of these "New Kids on The Block" and their collections.

Here, a stall-by-stall guide to those vendors and other not-to-miss new proprietors at the Puces.

Archibald Pearson
Stand 408, Allée 7, Paul Bert
Pearson began by offering the antiques collection of Francis Holder, the owner of the famous Ladurée pastry shops. He has been on his own since 2012, selling 20th-century furniture and decorative arts from his Puces stand, which he shares with three other dealers, Frédéric Ozier, Thomas Tardif and Emmanuel Renoult.

Aurelien Jeaunneau
Stand 232, Allée 6, Paul Bert
Jeaunneau sells 20th-century decorative arts as well as French furniture from the 1950s and 1960s, specializing in the 1960s designs of Pierre Guariche.

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A few of the young designers making waves at the Paul Bert and Serpette antiques market in Paris include, from left: Archibald Pearson, Marie Anais Levesque and Stephane Binet (all pictured at an event there).Credit

Edouard Demcahy
Stand 16, Allée 5, Serpette
With a passion for design ranging from American and English arts and crafts to Swedish and Norwegian Art Nouveau, Demachy currently sells French postwar architect-designed furniture created by the likes of Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé and Serge Mouille. He also specializes in pieces by Italian architects popular in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Hugo Grenier
Stand 9, Allée 6, Serpette
Grenier's collection focuses on rare pieces like sculptural lighting by the American artists Marc Weinstein and Curtis Jere.

Marie Anais Levesque
Stand 4, Allée 2, Serpette
After working for her father, who dealt in the collection and sale of 18th-century pieces, Levesque made a name for herself within the Paul Bert and Serpette market by selling furniture and design objects from the 20th century.

Marion Attanasio
Stand 7, Allée 1, Serpette
Following in her dealer-father's footsteps, Attanasio specializes in 19th-century portraits and landscapes by the likes of Suzanne Valadon and Maurice Denis. When she isn't selling these paintings during the week, she's studying for her master's degree at the Sorbonne.

Maxime Ramond Bluzet
Stand 39, Allée 1, Paul Bert
Bluzet opened his Paul Bert space last October and has eclectic taste: St. Louis crystal, parchment trunks with petrified wood, vintage Hermès saddles from the 19th century.

Mickael Najjar and Yaëll Bounan
Stand 85, Allée 6, Paul Bert
The couple — he hails from Belgium and she is a designer of Parisian decent — met at the market. They mainly sell Scandinavian design from the 1940s to the 1960s, and prefer rare and first editions. Other names they've stocked include Finn Juhl, Bruno Mathsson and Hans Wegner.

Stephane Binet
Stand 54, Allée 3, Paul Bert
The vendor, who has worked with antiques since the age of 17, sells furniture from the 1970s and 1980s. Standout pieces have included a Danish-made oak commode from 1820 and a gilded Baroque sofa from 1830.

Download the map of the market here:

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T Magazine: Whit Stillman, Director of ‘The Cosmopolitans,’ on Paris’s Most Timeless Places

Written By wartini cantika on Kamis, 25 September 2014 | 17.35

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A view of the Seine in Paris, where Fashion Week is now taking place.Credit Bertrand Guay/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

"I found the economics of Manhattan just … impossible," said the American director Whit Stillman, seated at a café in Paris. "It was an exceptional time when Paris was a lot cheaper than living in New York." Stillman moved to France in 1998 after making a trio of movies that examined the group dynamics of hyper-articulate youth: "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco." During nearly a decade there, he explained, he "started having a social life in Paris with these expat types — colorful Fritz types."

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The director on the set of "The Cosmopolitans."Credit

Fritz is one of the characters in Stillman's new Amazon-produced show, "The Cosmopolitans," about a group of expatriates muddling their way through precarious relationships and personal aspirations in Paris. Stillman, who now splits his time between Los Angeles and Pensacola, Fla., when he's not in France, is fond of listening to French radio and revisiting expatriate touchstones. "I don't think the 'cliché' tag is very fair for these places because they're quite eternal," he contends. Here, he lists his favorites of "the classic places that remain classic," as he puts it, in the City of Light.

Auteuil: a day at the races
"My favorite thing in the world is the steeplechases at Auteil. It's very accessible; there's a metro that goes right there; you walk onto the beautiful green. I only bet very sparingly when I have a strong feeling. I never bet more than two euros at a time. I usually lose about 8 euros in Auteuil, but I feel that's like a movie ticket. I can afford a movie ticket."
Route d'Auteuil aux Lacs, france-galop.com.

Jardin des Plantes: botanical wonders
"I think the Jardin des Plantes is fascinating. When I had a daughter in school, I used to criss-cross it so many times. Or just go walking around myself."
57 Rue Cuvier, jardindesplantes.net.

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From left: the steeplechase at Auteuil; under the trees at Jardin des Plantes.Credit From left: Dominique Faget/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images; Ed Alcock for The New York Times.

La Palette: a chic café
"The really fashionable thing is the terrasse of La Palette — and that's good for me, because I actually like going inside La Palette. It used to be too crowded inside, and now most of the year you can get space because they're all outside. It's quite a visual treat seeing the people outside, they're all attractive. [Laughs] And it's very much like the world of 'The Cosmopolitans.'"
43 Rue de Seine, cafelapaletteparis.com.

Café de Flore: the trusty standby
"Most of the French reviews of 'The Cosmopolitans' were good, but one guy mocked us because the Flore appears. But if people have to quickly say a place to meet, they say the Flore because everyone knows where it is, and it's easy to get to. And now everyone says, 'Oh no, we won't go to the Flore, we'll go to Le Rouquet, it's farther down Saint Germain.' Now it's cool to say we'll go to this other place. The Flore is too expensive for me generally. Unless, sometimes you're depressed and you want to have a Bloody Mary."
172 Boulevard Saint-Germain.

Ladurée on rue Royale: go for the coffee
"One of my things when I first got here was the café crème at Ladurée on Rue Royale. It was really good. The whole atmosphere was so civilized. And so I'd go there and write. I'd just been in a screenwriting seminar group. Then Ladurée was taken over by Paul and went down the tubes. But somehow the one on rue Royale had something." Otherwise, he says, "for a while, the most reliable espresso was McDonald's. Here it's a real wasteland of coffee."
16 Rue Royale, laduree.com.

Le Grand Véfour: dining with history
Stillman doesn't like "looking at the food as if it's an art gallery — with art you don't understand." However: "The exception would be places where you can find an interest based on the location, like Le Grand Véfour in Palais Royal, which is a 200-year-old restaurant. And once there was a decadent evening we were invited along to at Lapérouse … If I get to do a series, I want to film a night there."
Le Grand Véfour, 17 Rue du Beaujolais, grand-vefour.com/en/, Lapérouse, 51 Quai des Grands Augustins, laperouse.com.

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Clockwise from left: table setting at Le Grand Véfour; freshly shucked clams at Les Philosophes; the famous macarons at Ladurée.Credit Clockwise from left: Ed Alcock for The New York Times; Dmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times; Owen Franken for The New York Times.

Le Relais de L'entrecote: a prix fixe menu
"It's a set menu: salad, steak au poivre, frites. I have a friend in the film business here who loves that place, so I go there a lot."
15 Rue Marbeuf, http://www.relaisentrecote.fr/.

Le cinema: top places to catch a movie
Stillman insists that he's not a cinephile, but admits, "I adore old cinema from, like, '33 to '41. I think I like it because I like both the sociology and history of seeing old periods. L'Archipel did a retrospective of my films. Le Nouveau Latina is nice because it's our neighborhood place. I went a lot to Grand Action — I know the proprietor; I used to go there a lot when I was on Ile Saint Louis."
L'Archipel, 17 Boulevard de Strasbourg, larchipel.net/index.php/accueil/cinema, Le Nouveau Latina, 20 Rue du Temple, 75004, lenouveaulatina.com, 5 Rue des Écoles, Le Grand Action, legrandaction.com.

Chez Castel: Euro disco
"The place I'm glad is surviving is Chez Castel — the Annabel's of Paris. It would definitely be a Fritz hangout. There's the restaurant on the ground level, but the interest is the clubby old-style discotheque downstairs."
15 Rue Princesse, 75006, castelparis.com.


Les Philosophes: the anytime rendezvous
"It is a great place to meet, always. It's great if you haven't had dinner at 11 p.m. and you want to have a meal. It's amazing how they find a table for you. It's really efficient. And they have free wi-fi."
28 Rue Vieille du Temple, cafeine.com/philosophes.

Tango: a dance en plein air
"I'm not really good enough to put myself on display, but I love the fact that you can walk along the quais and watch the tango dancing. In one of the proposed episodes of the series, they go salsa dancing on Sunday night."
tango-argentin.fr/paris.html

Poilâne: for a sweet treat
"People are wild about the macarons but they don't appeal to me in the least," Stillman says. A chausson aux pommes, on the other hand: "It's so good and so virtuous … the apple has some kind of nutritional value." He gets his from Poilâne. "I like the story of Poilâne, that it was continued by their daughter. I always found that very inspiring. She was running the shop from Harvard."
8 Rue du Cherche-Midi, poilane.fr.

Divan du Monde: international music
"One of the many good things about Paris is the accessibility of the international music scene. When I was here in 1998, I was interested in Jamaican music and there would be a lot of historic musicians coming through. The atmosphere is very relaxed. It's fun seeing all those French kids with dreadlocks."
75 Rue des Martyrs, divandumonde.com.


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T Magazine: The Best New Stands at the Paul Bert Serpette Antiques Market in Paris

Photo
A view of the Paul Bert Serpette antiques market.Credit Emmanuel Nguyen Ngoc
DESCRIPTION
RELATED
New Kids on the Block

T's guide to the emerging young dealers to discover at the famed French flea.

In Paris's Saint-Ouen neighborhood just north of the city, the old is becoming new again: The Paul Bert Serpette antiques market inside the famed 129-year-old Les Puces flea market is experiencing a rebirth, thanks to a group of young dealers opening up shop there. In the fall 2014 design issue, T introduces readers to a few of these "New Kids on The Block" and their collections.

Here, a stall-by-stall guide to those vendors and other not-to-miss new proprietors at the Puces.

Archibald Pearson
Stand 408, Allée 7, Paul Bert
Pearson began by offering the antiques collection of Francis Holder, the owner of the famous Ladurée pastry shops. He has been on his own since 2012, selling 20th-century furniture and decorative arts from his Puces stand, which he shares with three other dealers, Frédéric Ozier, Thomas Tardif and Emmanuel Renoult.

Aurelien Jeaunneau
Stand 232, Allée 6, Paul Bert
Jeaunneau sells 20th-century decorative arts as well as French furniture from the 1950s and 1960s, specializing in the 1960s designs of Pierre Guariche.

Photo
A few of the young designers making waves at the Paul Bert and Serpette antiques market in Paris include, from left: Archibald Pearson, Marie Anais Levesque and Stephane Binet (all pictured at an event there).Credit

Edouard Demcahy
Stand 16, Allée 5, Serpette
With a passion for design ranging from American and English arts and crafts to Swedish and Norwegian Art Nouveau, Demachy currently sells French postwar architect-designed furniture created by the likes of Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé and Serge Mouille. He also specializes in pieces by Italian architects popular in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Hugo Grenier
Stand 9, Allée 6, Serpette
Grenier's collection focuses on rare pieces like sculptural lighting by the American artists Marc Weinstein and Curtis Jere.

Marie Anais Levesque
Stand 4, Allée 2, Serpette
After working for her father, who dealt in the collection and sale of 18th-century pieces, Levesque made a name for herself within the Paul Bert and Serpette market by selling furniture and design objects from the 20th century.

Marion Attanasio
Stand 7, Allée 1, Serpette
Following in her dealer-father's footsteps, Attanasio specializes in 19th-century portraits and landscapes by the likes of Suzanne Valadon and Maurice Denis. When she isn't selling these paintings during the week, she's studying for her master's degree at the Sorbonne.

Maxime Ramond Bluzet
Stand 39, Allée 1, Paul Bert
Bluzet opened his Paul Bert space last October and has eclectic taste: St. Louis crystal, parchment trunks with petrified wood, vintage Hermès saddles from the 19th century.

Mickael Najjar and Yaëll Bounan
Stand 85, Allée 6, Paul Bert
The couple — he hails from Belgium and she is a designer of Parisian decent — met at the market. They mainly sell Scandinavian design from the 1940s to the 1960s, and prefer rare and first editions. Other names they've stocked include Finn Juhl, Bruno Mathsson and Hans Wegner.

Stephane Binet
Stand 54, Allée 3, Paul Bert
The vendor, who has worked with antiques since the age of 17, sells furniture from the 1970s and 1980s. Standout pieces have included a Danish-made oak commode from 1820 and a gilded Baroque sofa from 1830.

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T Magazine: Laure Heriard Dubreuil on What to Pack for Paris

Written By wartini cantika on Rabu, 24 September 2014 | 17.35

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The retailer Laure Heriard Dubrueil.Credit Camilo Rios

Laure Heriard Dubreuil calls her Paris Fashion Week schedule "grueling," before adding, "but I love it!" The CEO and founding partner of the influential Miami boutique the Webster — and a stateside Parisienne — plans to take in runway shows at Chanel, Christian Dior, Saint Laurent, Givenchy and Céline. Also on Dubreuil's docket: Esteban Cortazar's much-anticipated presentation; a slew of market appointments for the hundred-plus brands that the Webster stocks; co-hosting Pierre Hardy's 15 Ans Déjà disco-themed party; and completing a swimwear collection for Erès, to debut at Art Basel Miami Beach in December.

With so many activities scheduled, looking chic (and rested) can be a challenge. Here, the frequent flier shares her Paris packing list.

Photo
Clockwise from left: Rimowa luggage, Garance Doré cards; Brigitte's "Et Vous Tu M'Aimes?" album; Singtank's "Can You Hear Me" single; Olympia Le-Tan clutch bag.Credit

Rimowa luggage
It's "resistant, simple, minimal and efficient," Dubreuil says. She uses a Valentino camo-print roller suitcase as a carry-on — "but I am already fantasizing about the Berluti exclusive I am working on that we will launch during Art Basel at the Webster."

Health essentials
"I pack Emergen-C and have a fresh-squeezed grapefruit every morning! I also drink loads of water and bring drops of echinacea and green tea concentrate to add to my water."

Running shoes
"I go jogging in the Luxembourg garden as much as I can."

Coup d'Eclat lifting ampoules
"These are sold in French pharmacies. A lifesaver – perfect before going out."

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
"My eternal."

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick
"It brightens your face."

Music for in-between moments
"Unfortunately, I never have time to read books during Fashion Week. I guess my bedside table stories are show reviews during these times. But I am definitely into music — especially to wake up in the morning and in cars between shows and appointments. I am currently obsessed by the new Singtank album, especially 'Can You Hear Me,' and I listen to Jennifer Hudson featuring Iggy Azalea's 'He Ain't Goin' Nowhere,' 'Paradise Is You' by La Roux, 'Sober' by Childish Gambino and Brigitte's 'Et Vous Tu M'Aimes?' album."

Handwritten notecards
"I love Derek Blasberg's thank-you notes and Garance Doré's cards – chic, fun and just old-fashioned enough."

Apple iPhone 6
"Since I have to wait for the spring to get their new watch…"

Shoes, shoes, shoes
"Flats, small heels, big heels, even bigger heels! I have and I need them all, from Pierre Hardy to Alaia and Céline. And it's all about the new Chanel running sneakers — so fun, cool, comfy and glamorous!"

Statement accessories
"I'll pack Olympia Le-Tan's vintage book clutches like 'Dracula' and Aurélie Bidermann fine jewelry pieces — perfect craftsmanship with humor and style."


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In Transit Blog: Walkabout: Air France Strike Continues

Written By wartini cantika on Selasa, 23 September 2014 | 17.35

Photo Travellers wait for a flight at the Marseille-Provence airport on September 22 in Marignane, France.Credit Boris Horvat/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Walkabout

A weekly capsule of travel news curated by our writers and editors.

Deadlock The strike by Air France pilots, already considered one of the most disruptive in the history of the company, will trigger the cancellation of at least 62 percent of the airline's flights worldwide on Monday. (Forbes)

Off the Grid Worst airport lists are a bit of a cottage industry these days. Here's another way to parse one: worst Wi-Fi. And, not surprisingly there are plenty of contenders. (The Dallas Morning News)

Public Approval A fascinating look at why people love to love mass transit — but not necessarily to use it. (CityLab.com)

Pac-Man's New Home The vast collection of the Videogame History Museum will be housed in the Frisco Discovery Center in Texas. (Polygon)

Not-So-Warm Welcome Among the many things that bother Fran Lebowitz: tourists. "I object to Airbnb. I don't want these people to come here; I frankly do not care where they are staying. Stay home. Sometimes I walk around and go, 'Go home.'" (Paper)


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In Transit Blog: The Berlin Wall’s Fall, Commemorated by Light

Written By wartini cantika on Senin, 22 September 2014 | 17.35

Photo A rendering of "Lichtgrenze" in Berlin.Credit Daniel Büche

The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall will be observed with miles of light during the weekend of Nov. 7 to 9.

A commemorative "Lichtgrenze," a light installation with 8,000 helium balloons, will run along the former wall route for eight miles, from Bornholmer Strasse past Brandenburg Gate and through "Checkpoint Charlie," the wall's best-known crossing.

The idea is to encourage Berliners and visitors to walk the length of the former wall to remember the days when Germany was divided.

The project's director, Moritz van Dülmen, said that the illuminations were chosen because "it was a peaceful revolution and the symbol of light was very important to us." He cited the weekly vigils held at St. Nikolai church with people marching through the streets holding candles as a catalyst for the destruction of the wall.

The balloons will be lit on Friday afternoon on Nov. 7 after sunset and released in dovelike fashion on Sunday evening at 7 to coincide with a performance of part of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony conducted by Daniel Barenboim at the Brandenburg Gate; around one million attendees are expected.

Along with a temporary open-air exhibition that will showcase 100 stories along the wall will be a new permanent exhibition (the "Berlin Wall Memorial") that delves into the wall's history from 1961 to 1989; the exhibition t opens on Nov. 9.

Visitors are invited to submit wishes on the "Lichtgrenze" site; some of these will be written on postcards affixed to the balloons before they are released.


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In Transit Blog: Expedia and HomeAway Expand Rental Partnership

Written By wartini cantika on Minggu, 21 September 2014 | 17.35

Expedia and HomeAway have decided to expand a pilot partnership begun last year offering HomeAway listings through Expedia's website.

More than 100,000 home rentals are now available through Expedia's search engine (the test group was 10,000), with more to be added as the partnership develops, the vice president of Expedia, Arthur Chapin, said in an email.

"The impressive growth of companies like HomeAway and Airbnb is a clear indicator that this space has appeal," Mr. Chapin said. "It's created a fresh niche in the travel community. These type of vacation rentals are a great option for people looking for really unique amenities and I think travelers are pleased with the broader options."

Though Expedia can often negotiate discounted room rates with the hotels featured on its site, rates on HomeAway listings will continue to be set by individual property managers, as will their cancellation policies.

But Expedia users will get the benefit of being able to bundle home rentals with flights, cars and other travel bookings offered through the site.

"I think we now have the attention of online travel agencies across the board because HomeAway's websites recently eclipsed more than one million live listings in 190 countries," HomeAway's chief executive, Brian Sharples, said in an email. "Vacation rental owners and property managers on HomeAway collectively generated more than $11 billion in rental revenue on more than 144 million room nights in 2013."

For HomeAway, the partnership significantly increases a property manager's audience of potential renters, he said, and puts listings in front of a group who may not have considered a home rental for their vacations in the past.

There is an increasing awareness among travelers of the added benefits this type of rental can offer, and which a hotel often can't, Mr. Sharples said: more space and privacy, multiple bedrooms, kitchens and private pools.

As a result, the hospitality industry has been moving toward longer-stay and condo-like options for travelers, he said.

Hilton, for example, has been expanding its Home2Suites brand and others, like Booking.com, TripAdvisor and Wyndham, have also begun to place greater emphasis on their vacation rental businesses.

As to whether vacation rentals will eventually threaten the hotel industry, Mr. Chapin said no. "It's more of an evolution of our product lines if anything," he said. "To date, we haven't seen an impact on the hotel business as they're quite separate entities."


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In Transit Blog: The Berlin Wall’s Fall, Commemorated by Light

Photo A rendering of "Lichtgrenze" in Berlin.Credit Daniel Büche

The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall will be observed with miles of light during the weekend of Nov. 7 to 9.

A commemorative "Lichtgrenze," a light installation with 8,000 helium balloons, will run along the former wall route for eight miles, from Bornholmer Strasse past Brandenburg Gate and through "Checkpoint Charlie," the wall's best-known crossing.

The idea is to encourage Berliners and visitors to walk the length of the former wall to remember the days when Germany was divided.

The project's director, Moritz van Dülmen, said that the illuminations were chosen because "it was a peaceful revolution and the symbol of light was very important to us." He cited the weekly vigils held at St. Nikolai church with people marching through the streets holding candles as a catalyst for the destruction of the wall.

The balloons will be lit on Friday afternoon on Nov. 7 after sunset and released in dovelike fashion on Sunday evening at 7 to coincide with a performance of part of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony conducted by Daniel Barenboim at the Brandenburg Gate; around one million attendees are expected.

Along with a temporary open-air exhibition that will showcase 100 stories along the wall will be a new permanent exhibition (the "Berlin Wall Memorial") that delves into the wall's history from 1961 to 1989; the exhibition t opens on Nov. 9.

Visitors are invited to submit wishes on the "Lichtgrenze" site; some of these will be written on postcards affixed to the balloons before they are released.


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In Transit Blog: Expedia and HomeAway Expand Rental Partnership

Written By wartini cantika on Sabtu, 20 September 2014 | 17.35

Expedia and HomeAway have decided to expand a pilot partnership begun last year offering HomeAway listings through Expedia's website.

More than 100,000 home rentals are now available through Expedia's search engine (the test group was 10,000), with more to be added as the partnership develops, the vice president of Expedia, Arthur Chapin, said in an email.

"The impressive growth of companies like HomeAway and Airbnb is a clear indicator that this space has appeal," Mr. Chapin said. "It's created a fresh niche in the travel community. These type of vacation rentals are a great option for people looking for really unique amenities and I think travelers are pleased with the broader options."

Though Expedia can often negotiate discounted room rates with the hotels featured on its site, rates on HomeAway listings will continue to be set by individual property managers, as will their cancellation policies.

But Expedia users will get the benefit of being able to bundle home rentals with flights, cars and other travel bookings offered through the site.

"I think we now have the attention of online travel agencies across the board because HomeAway's websites recently eclipsed more than one million live listings in 190 countries," HomeAway's chief executive, Brian Sharples, said in an email. "Vacation rental owners and property managers on HomeAway collectively generated more than $11 billion in rental revenue on more than 144 million room nights in 2013."

For HomeAway, the partnership significantly increases a property manager's audience of potential renters, he said, and puts listings in front of a group who may not have considered a home rental for their vacations in the past.

There is an increasing awareness among travelers of the added benefits this type of rental can offer, and which a hotel often can't, Mr. Sharples said: more space and privacy, multiple bedrooms, kitchens and private pools.

As a result, the hospitality industry has been moving toward longer-stay and condo-like options for travelers, he said.

Hilton, for example, has been expanding its Home2Suites brand and others, like Booking.com, TripAdvisor and Wyndham, have also begun to place greater emphasis on their vacation rental businesses.

As to whether vacation rentals will eventually threaten the hotel industry, Mr. Chapin said no. "It's more of an evolution of our product lines if anything," he said. "To date, we haven't seen an impact on the hotel business as they're quite separate entities."


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In Transit Blog: The Berlin Wall’s Fall, Commemorated by Light

Photo A rendering of "Lichtgrenze" in Berlin.Credit Daniel Büche

The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall will be observed with miles of light during the weekend of Nov. 7 to 9.

A commemorative "Lichtgrenze," a light installation with 8,000 helium balloons, will run along the former wall route for eight miles, from Bornholmer Strasse past Brandenburg Gate and through "Checkpoint Charlie," the wall's best-known crossing.

The idea is to encourage Berliners and visitors to walk the length of the former wall to remember the days when Germany was divided.

The project's director, Moritz van Dülmen, said that the illuminations were chosen because "it was a peaceful revolution and the symbol of light was very important to us." He cited the weekly vigils held at St. Nikolai church with people marching through the streets holding candles as a catalyst for the destruction of the wall.

The balloons will be lit on Friday afternoon on Nov. 7 after sunset and released in dovelike fashion on Sunday evening at 7 to coincide with a performance of part of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony conducted by Daniel Barenboim at the Brandenburg Gate; around one million attendees are expected.

Along with a temporary open-air exhibition that will showcase 100 stories along the wall will be a new permanent exhibition (the "Berlin Wall Memorial") that delves into the wall's history from 1961 to 1989; the exhibition t opens on Nov. 9.

Visitors are invited to submit wishes on the "Lichtgrenze" site; some of these will be written on postcards affixed to the balloons before they are released.


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In Transit Blog: Apartment Accommodations, Hotel Services

Written By wartini cantika on Jumat, 19 September 2014 | 17.35

Photo An apartment on the website BeMate.com.Credit BeMate.com

Travelers who like the less-touristy idea of booking an apartment when they're visiting a new city but also want the amenities of a hotel can now have both with BeMate.com, a service that launched Wednesday with 2,500 apartments in 10 cities including New York, Miami, Florence, Amsterdam and Madrid.

The spaces, studios to four-bedrooms, have upscale furnishings and full kitchens and come with perks typically reserved for hotel guests.

The concept was created by Enrique Sarasola, the owner of the Madrid-based Room Mate Hotels, a design-centric brand with 18 worldwide locations, and because all the apartments are a 10-minute walk from one of the properties or another affiliate of a comparable level, renters will have access to that hotel's services.

They can pick up and drop off  keys, store their luggage and call the concierge 24 hours a day for extra pillows or blankets, restaurant reservations, getting a broken appliance fixed or a medical emergency. For an additional fee, they can have turndown service, babysitting and housekeeping.

Mr. Sarasola said that a member of BeMate.com's staff has toured each of the apartments on its site and that he is trying to address a challenge many travelers face. "So many of us, myself included, want the homey feel of an apartment when we're on the road but don't want to give up the conveniences of staying at a hotel," he said.

He said he plans to expand to more than 200 cities by the end of 2015 and will introduce an app for iPhones and Android in November. Rates from $200 a night.


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In Transit Blog: A Paris Vacation, Cooking Class Included

Photo Le Pavillon des Lettres in Paris.Credit Pavillon des Lettres

For many travelers heading to Paris, a fine-dining meal at one of the many notable restaurants is a must, but the Le Pavillon des Lettres hotel has a new package for its guests that goes beyond the standard dinner out.

The 26-room property in the city's  Eighth Arrondissement is offering a cooking class with a member of the culinary team at the two-Michelin-starred restaurant Grand Véfour, who have all been trained by the well-regarded  head chef, Guy Martin.

The lessons are two hours long and take place in a large test kitchen that's a five-minute walk from the hotel.

The instructor teaches students, limited to 20, how to prepare three courses of Parisian classics such as a baked egg with foie gras appetizer, roasted salmon with glazed carrots for an entree and chocolate macarons for dessert.

After watching the teacher cook, participants have a chance to prepare the meal themselves and enjoy it for lunch.

Vanessa Jacquiot, the hotel's sales manager, said that they created the package after numerous requests from guests.

"People who visit Paris want to experience the big gastronomic culture here, and our clients were asking for something more than just going to a restaurant," she said in a phone interview.

Classes are usually held Monday through Saturday, and rates begin at 425 euros (about $540) for two people.

Private classes are also available.


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T Magazine: Phoebe English, London’s Newest Designer to Watch, on Her Hometown Haunts

Written By wartini cantika on Kamis, 18 September 2014 | 17.35

Bulletproof vests, smashed cliffs, bleak winter beaches and Victorian mirrors are just a few of the references the British fashion designer Phoebe English draws on in her work. Since graduating three years ago from the master's program at Central Saint Martins, where she studied under the legendary professor Louise Wilson, the young designer has sought to translate abstract ideas into wearable garments, allowing a certain haunting rawness to linger on the surface. Her collections — which Dover Street Market has carried since her debut in 2011 — feature details such as exposed net pockets, unfinished hems and fabrics that appear turned inside-out. For spring/summer 2015, which she will present today, English collaborated with the London-based print designer and illustrator Helen Bullock and played with the idea of "shedding skin, doubles and built-up surfaces," she says.

When she's not in the studio, English is keen to be out and about in London, where she lives in Dalston, in the eastern borough of Hackney. Here, she lists her favorite places to eat, drink, unwind and get inspired.

Photo
Clockwise from left: the Victoria & Albert Museum; Algerian Coffee Stores in Covent Garden; swimming ponds at Hampstead Heath. Credit Clockwise from left: courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum; courtesy of Algerian Coffee Stores; Andrew Testa for The New York Times.

The Dog & Bell: old-school pub 
"I like pubs, mainly because of the history you feel when you are in one. There is a wonderful old pub in South London called the Dog & Bell. It's like being in a fantastic time warp — you feel miles away from the city when you are inside."
116 Prince Street, +44 20 8692 5664

Victoria and Albert Museum: inspiration go-to
"I could happily spend weeks and weeks living in there and still never get bored. It's an endlessly fascinating place. I love that there is usually nobody on the top floors so you can have the cavernous spaces all to yourself."
Cromwell Road, vam.ac.uk

Algerian Coffee Stores: tea time
"I'm definitely a tea person. I like to buy my loose-leaf tea in a wonderful shop on Old Compton Street in Soho called Algerian Coffee Stores. It's a bit like being in the V&A for me, but with a better smell."
52 Old Compton Street, algcoffee.co.uk.

London Fields: the head-clearing walk
"You can never get bored walking around London. If there isn't an amazing building to see, there is an incredible variety of people, characters and dress sense to observe. I love walking from the studio to my home, through London Fields, which is really lovely since they have planted a huge flowering meadow in the middle of it this year."
hackney.gov.uk

Evin Cafe: Turkish breakfast
"This is probably the place in Dalston where I have spent most of my time. I love Turkish breakfast there on a sunny Sunday morning."
115 Kingsland High Street, evincafe.co.uk

Hampstead Heath ponds: a cool dip
"If I can't go by car to the sea, I love cold-water swimming in the outdoor ladies' ponds in Hampstead Heath. It's like swimming in a beautiful remote garden."
cityoflondon.gov.uk

The George & Dragon: the weekend hangout
"They always have amazing music on the weekend. When I moved to London to study, the first thing I did was to have a drink there. It's still a very special place for me because of this. Whenever I go in there now I can't help but remember the person I was back then, a fresh-faced 19-year-old from the countryside!"
2 Hackney Road, twitter.com/george_dragon_

Cushendun, Northern Ireland: the getaway
"I'm going to Paris for sales, but straight after that I am zooming as fast as I can to Northern Ireland to my aunt's house in Cushendun. It is the closest place to heaven I have ever experienced, it's so epically beautiful. A lot of Game of Thrones is shot around there; every time I watch an episode I squeak, 'I know that rock!' "

Follow our Fashion Week coverage on Twitter at @tmagazine.

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In Transit Blog: Apartment Accommodations, Hotel Services

Photo An apartment on the website BeMate.com.Credit BeMate.com

Travelers who like the less-touristy idea of booking an apartment when they're visiting a new city but also want the amenities of a hotel can now have both with BeMate.com, a service that launched today (Wednesday, Sept. 17) with 2,500 apartments in 10 cities including New York, Miami, Florence, Amsterdam and Madrid.

The spaces, studios to four-bedrooms, have upscale furnishings and full kitchens and come with perks typically reserved for hotel guests.

The concept was created by Enrique Sarasola, the owner of the Madrid-based Room Mate Hotels, a design-centric brand with 18 worldwide locations, and because all the apartments are a 10-minute walk from one of the properties or another affiliate of a comparable level, renters will have access to that hotel's services.

They can pick up and drop off  keys, store their luggage and call the concierge 24 hours a day for extra pillows or blankets, restaurant reservations, getting a broken appliance fixed or a medical emergency. For an additional fee, they can have turndown service, babysitting and housekeeping.

Mr. Sarasola said that a member of BeMate.com's staff has toured each of the apartments on its site and that he is trying to address a challenge many travelers face. "So many of us, myself included, want the homey feel of an apartment when we're on the road but don't want to give up the conveniences of staying at a hotel," he said.

He said he plans to expand to more than 200 cities by the end of 2015 and will introduce an app for iPhones and Android in November. Rates from $200 a night.


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In Transit Blog: A Planning Site That Cuts to the Chase

Written By wartini cantika on Rabu, 17 September 2014 | 17.36

Photo The Villy website.Credit Villy

Finding the right hotel in a destination can be time-consuming, comparing destination information to maps, restaurant reviews and more. Expedia found travelers visit an average of 38 websites before booking a vacation package.

Aiming to reduce that search by focusing on location, the new website Villy considers a traveler's interests – options include restaurants, bars, nightclubs, museums, sightseeing and shopping — and how a person is traveling: alone, as a couple, with family or friends.

It then matches a traveler to a neighborhood, providing a score from one to 10 indicating its fit based on local attractions a user might like, the number of restaurants nearby and other criteria listed as important.

Users can interact with Villy's city-wide map to see where sites of interest are located, and change hotel recommendations by noting a price range. A hotel booking window links to Expedia, Villy's partner.

"We think there's an overload of data on the Internet, and for a user now it's very frustrating and takes a long time to do research, which a lot of people don't like to do," said Rami Lachter, who with Itai Turbahn, both enrolled in the M.B.A. program at Harvard University, created Villy, which became available Tuesday.

"The value proposition is having a better vacation starting now by saving time and frustration at no extra cost," he said.

Currently 10 cities are covered by the site, including Miami, New York and San Francisco domestically, and Bangkok, London and Paris among those abroad, with plans to add Tokyo and Amsterdam.

The project was born of Mr. Lachter's passion for travel, and frustration with choosing a hotel in the right location.

Before Villy, he said, he had trouble in Bangkok, ultimately making an inconvenient choice. "It took me an hour and a half to meet my friends," he said.


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In Transit Blog: Walkabout: Marriott Encourages Tipping; Air France Pilots Strike

Written By wartini cantika on Selasa, 16 September 2014 | 17.35

Photo An envelope that Marriott International will be placing in 160,000 hotel rooms in the U.S. and Canada beginning this week.Credit A Woman's Nation, via Associated Press
Walkabout

A weekly capsule of travel news curated by our writers and editors.

Please Give Marriott International is placing envelopes in more than 160,000 rooms in the United States and Canada to encourage tipping the people who clean guest rooms. (CNN)

At a Standstill With Air France pilots on strike, and over half of Monday flights canceled, things are quiet — too quiet! — at Paris airports. (The New York Times)

Tuning Out Sensory-isolation helmets: Airbus's latest idea for reducing the miseries of air travel. (Skift) 

Flying the Coop If you were the parent of an 11-year-old, would you let him or her travel abroad without supervision? (Yahoo)


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In Transit Blog: Acapulco Tries a Rewind to Its Jet Set Days

Written By wartini cantika on Senin, 15 September 2014 | 17.35

Photo There will be a new platform to view the famous cliff divers.Credit

A new 814-room hotel in Acapulco, a historic coastal resort beset by bad publicity stemming from Mexico's drug wars, is the latest sign of a comeback for the city.

Mundo Imperial Resort, scheduled to open this month in the tourist area known as Acapulco Diamante, is part of a complex that includes a convention center, a 4,000-seat auditorium, shops, a spa and restaurants.

Once a globetrotter's stop for celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and other worldly sorts in the 1950s and 1960s, Acapulco boomed and busted after newer, more thoughtfully developed resort destinations emerged in Cancún and Puerto Vallarta.

In the last 10 years Acapulco has been the site of drug-related battles for control of the coast, with several high-profile gang killings in 2011 and the robbery and gang rape of several Spanish tourists in 2013.

But in an interview, Javier Aluni, secretary of tourism for the state of Guerrero, in which Acapulco is located, credited federal patrols, begun in 2011, with reducing violence in the area, leading the United States government to revise its travel warning on Acapulco and contributing to the return of Mexican tourists, who account for 95 percent of visitors.

"We have, as the excellent result, recovered the credibility and trust of the people," Mr. Aluni said, adding that 2014 has been the strongest year for tourism in a decade.

Plans to renovate the city's infrastructure include restoring its central plaza, creating a new viewing area for the famous cliff divers and investing $300 million to refurbish the airport in 2015.

Much of the work is scheduled to be completed by next March when the city holds Tianguis Turístico, Mexico's largest travel trade show.

The city also plans to revive international interest with a TripAdvisor ad campaign.

The United States Department of State's current travel warning on the state of Guerrero excludes Acapulco although it advises travelers there to "exercise caution and stay within tourist areas."

A version of this article appears in print on 09/14/2014, on page TR3 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Acapulco Tries a Rewind to Its Jet Set Days.


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T Magazine: Phoebe English, London’s Newest Designer to Watch, on Her Hometown Haunts

Written By wartini cantika on Minggu, 14 September 2014 | 17.35

Bulletproof vests, smashed cliffs, bleak winter beaches and Victorian mirrors are just a few of the references the British fashion designer Phoebe English draws on in her work. Since graduating three years ago from the master's program at Central Saint Martins, where she studied under the legendary professor Louise Wilson, the young designer has sought to translate abstract ideas into wearable garments, allowing a certain haunting rawness to linger on the surface. Her collections — which Dover Street Market has carried since her debut in 2011 — feature details such as exposed net pockets, unfinished hems and fabrics that appear turned inside-out. For spring/summer 2015, which she will present today, English collaborated with the London-based print designer and illustrator Helen Bullock and played with the idea of "shedding skin, doubles and built-up surfaces," she says.

When she's not in the studio, English is keen to be out and about in London, where she lives in Dalston, in the eastern borough of Hackney. Here, she lists her favorite places to eat, drink, unwind and get inspired.

Photo
Clockwise from left: the Victoria & Albert Museum; Algerian Coffee Stores in Covent Garden; swimming ponds at Hampstead Heath. Credit Clockwise from left: courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum; courtesy of Algerian Coffee Stores; Andrew Testa for The New York Times.

The Dog & Bell: old-school pub 
"I like pubs, mainly because of the history you feel when you are in one. There is a wonderful old pub in South London called the Dog & Bell. It's like being in a fantastic time warp — you feel miles away from the city when you are inside."
116 Prince Street, +44 20 8692 5664

Victoria and Albert Museum: inspiration go-to
"I could happily spend weeks and weeks living in there and still never get bored. It's an endlessly fascinating place. I love that there is usually nobody on the top floors so you can have the cavernous spaces all to yourself."
Cromwell Road, vam.ac.uk

Algerian Coffee Stores: tea time
"I'm definitely a tea person. I like to buy my loose-leaf tea in a wonderful shop on Old Compton Street in Soho called Algerian Coffee Stores. It's a bit like being in the V&A for me, but with a better smell."
52 Old Compton Street, algcoffee.co.uk.

London Fields: the head-clearing walk
"You can never get bored walking around London. If there isn't an amazing building to see, there is an incredible variety of people, characters and dress sense to observe. I love walking from the studio to my home, through London Fields, which is really lovely since they have planted a huge flowering meadow in the middle of it this year."
hackney.gov.uk

Evin Cafe: Turkish breakfast
"This is probably the place in Dalston where I have spent most of my time. I love Turkish breakfast there on a sunny Sunday morning."
115 Kingsland High Street, evincafe.co.uk

Hampstead Heath ponds: a cool dip
"If I can't go by car to the sea, I love cold-water swimming in the outdoor ladies' ponds in Hampstead Heath. It's like swimming in a beautiful remote garden."
cityoflondon.gov.uk

The George & Dragon: the weekend hangout
"They always have amazing music on the weekend. When I moved to London to study, the first thing I did was to have a drink there. It's still a very special place for me because of this. Whenever I go in there now I can't help but remember the person I was back then, a fresh-faced 19-year-old from the countryside!"
2 Hackney Road, twitter.com/george_dragon_

Cushendun, Northern Ireland: the getaway
"I'm going to Paris for sales, but straight after that I am zooming as fast as I can to Northern Ireland to my aunt's house in Cushendun. It is the closest place to heaven I have ever experienced, it's so epically beautiful. A lot of Game of Thrones is shot around there; every time I watch an episode I squeak, 'I know that rock!' "


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In Transit Blog: Acapulco Tries a Rewind to Its Jet Set Days

Photo There will be a new platform to view the famous cliff divers.Credit

A new 814-room hotel in Acapulco, a historic coastal resort beset by bad publicity stemming from Mexico's drug wars, is the latest sign of a comeback for the city.

Mundo Imperial Resort, scheduled to open this month in the tourist area known as Acapulco Diamante, is part of a complex that includes a convention center, a 4,000-seat auditorium, shops, a spa and restaurants.

Once a globetrotter's stop for celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and other worldly sorts in the 1950s and 1960s, Acapulco boomed and busted after newer, more thoughtfully developed resort destinations emerged in Cancún and Puerto Vallarta.

In the last 10 years Acapulco has been the site of drug-related battles for control of the coast, with several high-profile gang killings in 2011 and the robbery and gang rape of several Spanish tourists in 2013.

But in an interview, Javier Aluni, secretary of tourism for the state of Guerrero, in which Acapulco is located, credited federal patrols, begun in 2011, with reducing violence in the area, leading the United States government to revise its travel warning on Acapulco and contributing to the return of Mexican tourists, who account for 95 percent of visitors.

"We have, as the excellent result, recovered the credibility and trust of the people," Mr. Aluni said, adding that 2014 has been the strongest year for tourism in a decade.

Plans to renovate the city's infrastructure include restoring its central plaza, creating a new viewing area for the famous cliff divers and investing $300 million to refurbish the airport in 2015.

Much of the work is scheduled to be completed by next March when the city holds Tianguis Turístico, Mexico's largest travel trade show.

The city also plans to revive international interest with a TripAdvisor ad campaign.

The United States Department of State's current travel warning on the state of Guerrero excludes Acapulco although it advises travelers there to "exercise caution and stay within tourist areas."

A version of this article appears in print on 09/14/2014, on page TR3 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Acapulco Tries a Rewind to Its Jet Set Days.


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In Transit Blog: Anniversary Dinners for Relais & Châteaux

Written By wartini cantika on Sabtu, 13 September 2014 | 17.35

Photo Manoir Hovey in Canada.Credit Relais & Châteaux/Manoir Hovey.

Relais & Châteaux, a network of more than 500 luxury hotels and restaurants around the world, is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a series of more than 30 dinners throughout North America and the Caribbean.

Starting Oct. 2, 60 chefs from properties and restaurants around the world will collaborate on the meals.

On Oct. 16 and 17 at Manoir Hovey in North Hatley, Canada, for example, Roland Ménard and Francis Wolf of Le Hatley restaurant on site, will collaborate with Mariano Gallego from Cavas Wine Lodge in Mendoza, Argentina, on a seasonal tasting menu and a cocktail reception with an Argentine theme.

Also, on Oct.13, the chefs Raymond Blanc and Gary Jones and the pastry chef Benoit Blin from Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons in Oxfordshire, England, will join Colin Bedford, chef  of the Fearrington House Inn in Pittsboro, N.C., to cook an eight-course meal.

Mr. Blanc and Mr. Jones will prepare dishes such as roast venison with quince sauce while Mr. Bedford will serve plates like poached lobster with braised pork, sweet potatoes and apple butter.

Patrick O'Connell, the president of Relais & Châteaux in North America and the owner of the Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Va., said the celebration was inspired by the 40th birthday of the brand, which started when 20 European chefs partnered with 20 in North America.

"The culinary collaborations are a way for the chefs to exchange ideas and also introduce their talent to new audiences," he said. Prices from $90.


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In Transit Blog: Boutique Hotels Get a French Design Touch

Written By wartini cantika on Jumat, 12 September 2014 | 17.35

Photo The Sofitel So hotel in Singapore.Credit Sofitel Luxury Hotels.

For fashion- and design-oriented travelers seeking a touch of French style, the hotel brand Sofitel's rapidly expanding Sofitel So luxury boutique hotels and resorts combine Gallic style with local culture.

A different France-based fashion designer partners with each property on design or décor. At the 134-room Sofitel So Singapore, which opened in June in a historic neo-Classical style building, Karl Lagerfeld designed the hotel Lion's Seal emblem (based on Singapore's mythical origin story), dressed front-of-the-house staff and chose photography-themed volumes for the BiblioteK, a library at the hotel.

"Sofitel So hotels provide a mix of local design traditions and French DNA," Rick Harvey Lam, senior vice president for global marketing upscale and luxury brands for Accor Group, Sofitel's parent, said in a telephone interview. "Fashion and lifestyle are so intertwined today, and these French strengths are expressed at Sofitel So properties in harmony with local design and culture," he said. (Accor's headquarters is in Paris.)

For example, at the Sofitel So Bangkok, which opened in 2012, Christian Lacroix collaborated on a hybrid of French chic and Thai design that's made a positive impression, Mr. Lam said, adding that "guests have even tried to buy the Lacroix-designed uniforms from hotel employees."

Although the uniforms aren't for sale, guests can purchase designer wares like decorative cushions by Mr. Lacroix, a leather-bound sketchbook by Mr. Lagerfeld or hibiscus-motif bowls by Kenzo Takada, who worked with the brand's resort in the Mauritius.

Building on the fashion and design vibe, the hotels offer regular social events, like the monthly Hi-So Full Moon Party on Sofitel So Bangkok's rooftop terrace.

The brand is considering locations in Brazil, India, New Zealand and additional Southeast Asian cities.


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In Transit Blog: In Florida, a Starring Role for Dolphins

Written By wartini cantika on Kamis, 11 September 2014 | 17.35

Photo The dolphins Hope and Winter.Credit Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Anticipating waves of visitors with the Friday release of "Dolphin Tale 2," several Gulf Coast hotels from Clearwater to St. Pete Beach in Florida are offering themed packages that include tickets to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of the film's stars, dolphins Winter and Hope.

The original "Dolphin Tale," released in 2011, was based on the story of Winter, an injured bottlenose dolphin whose recovery hinged on a prosthetic tail.

"Dolphin Tale 2"continues the story and introduces a baby dolphin named Hope, rescued by Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2010 and still residing there.

Winter and Hope play themselves in the movie, and the major stars of "Dolphin Tale" returned for the sequel, including Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, and Kris Kristofferson.

Packages, which start at around $200 for two nights, vary depending on location, but all hotels will donate 15 percent of the proceeds to the aquarium, a nonprofit working marine rescue center dedicated to research, rescue, rehabilitation and release. (The aquarium, which is open for tours, also is home to sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks and more.)

At the gulf-front TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach, for instance, a three-night package, beginning at $632, includes two tickets to the aquarium; a dolphin watch cruise for two; a plush Winter the dolphin toy; and the hardcover book "Winter's Tale."

Also included is the nightly resort amenity fee, which covers parking, beach cabana, paddleboats and other extras.

On the less expensive end, a two-night package at the Magnuson Hotel on Clearwater Beach begins at $202 and includes aquarium admission for two, a plush dolphin toy and the book.


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T Magazine: Dennis Hopper Day Descends On Taos, N.M.

Written By wartini cantika on Rabu, 10 September 2014 | 17.35

Marin Hopper, the daughter of the legendary actor, and the founder of the handbag line Hayward, shares her account of the first annual event, which featured a group motorcycle ride along the route of "Easy Rider." The photographer Lisa Eisner captured the festivities as they unfolded.

One of the few people who spent their formative years in the 1970s at the Taos Mabel Dodge Luhan house, or "Mud Palace," the 22-room adobe structure my father bought in the Taos Pueblo, was Robby Romero. My father took him under his wing and encouraged him to become the rock musician and recording artist he is today, as the leader of Red Thunder, the band he formed in 1989.

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In the late 1960s at the height of his career, Dennis Hopper left Hollywood for artistic bohemia in New Mexico. Marin Hopper looks back on a man in search of free expression and a more contemplative way of life.

My dad wanted nothing more than to be memorialized in the place he made his home. Before he died, then-Governor Bill Richardson declared his birthday, May 17, to be Dennis Hopper Day in the state of New Mexico.

This meant the world to my dad.

On May 17, 2014, Robby launched the first annual Dennis Hopper Motorcycle Ride. The event saw a bevy of bikers, hosted by the Taos Pueblo and escorted by Gary Lefthand, the chief of police, ride along the places where "Easy Rider" was filmed, including the Pueblo itself. It was the first time bikers were permitted to ride there since my father, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson famously did so more than 40 years ago.

For me, watching this line of bikers roar down the open road was like seeing a legion of Dennis Hoppers hurtling up and out of Valhalla. The open road, New Mexico sunshine and the purring pursuit of freedom. Nothing would have given my father greater joy than that.


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In Transit Blog: In Nashville, Cooking and the Kings of Leon

Photo Matthew Followill, left, and Caleb Followill of the Kings of Leon in Chicago in August.Credit Theo Wargo/Getty Images

In Nashville, it can be difficult to focus on anything but music, but this month the Kings of Leon, Nashville musicians themselves, are helping put the spotlight on the city's culinary and cocktail scene at the second annual Music City Food and Wine Festival.

The band, which is helping produce the festival, was forced to cancel tour dates in August so that its drummer, Nathan Followill, could recover from injuries sustained in an accident on their tour bus.

But the Kings (or at least most of them) will be in attendance Sept. 20 and 21 for the festival, organizers said in an email.

Fellow producers Ken Levitan and Andy Mendelsohn (the band's managers), C3 Presents (the company responsible for the Austin City Limits Music Festival and Lollapalooza) and Jonathan Waxman (executive chef of Barbuto in New York and Adele's in Nashville) have scheduled cooking demonstrations for the two-day event, along with panel discussions; wine, liquor and beer tastings; and a hefty dose of food cooked by 50 celebrity chefs and celebrated locals, like John Lasater of Nashville's Hattie B's Hot Chicken.

They will cook alongside famous faces like the singer Trisha Yearwood and the chef Michael Symon, who are to return for a second year; and with circuit regulars like Amanda Freitag (the executive chef at the Empire Diner in New York City), who is to help Caleb Followill, the Kings' vocalist, and Tandy Wilson of Nashville's City House restaurant, compile the perfect kitchen prep playlist.

Visitors can expect "a wide variety of the sounds that make Nashville Music City," according to a statement from Nathan Followill, who, with the rest of the band, has selected a lineup of local and regional musicians for a Harvest Night concert on Sept. 20.

Passes range from $150 to $500 for single- and multi-day admission and special events.


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In Transit Blog: Marriott Tries a Healthy Vending Machine

Written By wartini cantika on Senin, 08 September 2014 | 17.35

Photo The new machine at the Marriott Chicago O'Hare hotel.Credit Marriott Hotels

At the Marriott Chicago O' Hare, the standard junk-food-filled vending machine is getting an upgrade: the 470-room property has introduced a healthy food option in its lobby adjacent to the reception desk.

The idea was borne out of the brand's TravelBrilliantly contest which asked consumers for their help in shaping the future of travel.

The winner, Anjana Kallarackal, a 21-year-old from Atlanta, came up with the concept because she had so few healthy and quick dining choices during her stays at numerous hotels.

To help bring her vision to reality, Marriott partnered with the Chicago start-up Farmer's Fridge, which has created a machine filled with 15 to 25 nutritionally balanced options like a high-protein salad of organic spinach and quinoa, local corn and peas, chickpeas and figs in a lemon tahini dressing.

Nonsalad options include a Greek yogurt cup with berries and honey and sliced organic apples with almond butter.

The food will be delivered daily, and prices will be $3 to $12.

Katie Krum, the director of digital marketing for Marriott Hotels, said the plan is to test the kiosk for five months and to expand it to other locations if it's a success.


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In Transit Blog: Broaden Your Spatial Horizons

Photo A star party at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.Credit Kent McBee

With a growing interest among travelers to better understand the galaxy, a number of hotels and resorts are creating ways for guests to appreciate the expanding universe.

Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, has partnered with Greg Redfern, a member of the NASA Solar System Ambassador volunteer program, who gives 30-minute guest lectures through October on astrophotography, meteorites and stargazing. "When the sky is clear, we even go up on the mountains and use a laser to point at celestial objects," Mr. Redfern said.

All lectures and outings are free to guests and the public.

Some properties go so far as to combine space-themed cuisine and instruction. At the Four Seasons Costa Rica, a "Taste of the Stars" molecular gastronomy menu, in collaboration with the astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz and the executive chef Mario Alcocer, mingles courses like red snapper sashimi and chocolate mango asteroids with a high-powered GPS-guided telescope stargazing session (from November 2014 to May 2015; $195 per person).

The Capella hotel in the Georgetown neighborhood in Washington, D.C., has a "Capella Constellation Series," in partnership with the University of Maryland's astronomy students, as well as a constellation dinner experience (lectures are free to guests; the dinner is $175 per person).

Next summer, Allegro Hotel in Chicago, in partnership with the Adler Planetarium, will offer aspects of the museum to the hotel lobby from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily, where pop-up exhibits on rockets and the power of the sun whet appetites for further exploration.

"Once people start understanding the sky, they can't get enough of it," Mr. Redfern said. "They realize that from their own backyard, they can begin to appreciate millions of pounds of space hardware."

A version of this article appears in print on 09/07/2014, on page TR3 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Trending: Broaden Your Spatial Horizons.


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In Transit Blog: Marriott Tries a Healthy Vending Machine

Written By wartini cantika on Minggu, 07 September 2014 | 17.35

Photo The new machine at the Marriott Chicago O'Hare hotel.Credit Marriott Hotels

At the Marriott Chicago O' Hare, the standard junk-food-filled vending machine is getting an upgrade: the 470-room property has introduced a healthy food option in its lobby adjacent to the reception desk.

The idea was borne out of the brand's TravelBrilliantly contest which asked consumers for their help in shaping the future of travel.

The winner, Anjana Kallarackal, a 21-year-old from Atlanta, came up with the concept because she had so few healthy and quick dining choices during her stays at numerous hotels.

To help bring her vision to reality, Marriott partnered with the Chicago start-up Farmer's Fridge, which has created a machine filled with 15 to 25 nutritionally balanced options like a high-protein salad of organic spinach and quinoa, local corn and peas, chickpeas and figs in a lemon tahini dressing.

Nonsalad options include a Greek yogurt cup with berries and honey and sliced organic apples with almond butter.

The food will be delivered daily, and prices will be $3 to $12.

Katie Krum, the director of digital marketing for Marriott Hotels, said the plan is to test the kiosk for five months and to expand it to other locations if it's a success.


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In Transit Blog: Broaden Your Spatial Horizons

Photo A star party at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.Credit Kent McBee

With a growing interest among travelers to better understand the galaxy, a number of hotels and resorts are creating ways for guests to appreciate the expanding universe.

Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, has partnered with Greg Redfern, a member of the NASA Solar System Ambassador volunteer program, who gives 30-minute guest lectures through October on astrophotography, meteorites and stargazing. "When the sky is clear, we even go up on the mountains and use a laser to point at celestial objects," Mr. Redfern said.

All lectures and outings are free to guests and the public.

Some properties go so far as to combine space-themed cuisine and instruction. At the Four Seasons Costa Rica, a "Taste of the Stars" molecular gastronomy menu, in collaboration with the astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz and the executive chef Mario Alcocer, mingles courses like red snapper sashimi and chocolate mango asteroids with a high-powered GPS-guided telescope stargazing session (from November 2014 to May 2015; $195 per person).

The Capella hotel in the Georgetown neighborhood in Washington, D.C., has a "Capella Constellation Series," in partnership with the University of Maryland's astronomy students, as well as a constellation dinner experience (lectures are free to guests; the dinner is $175 per person).

Next summer, Allegro Hotel in Chicago, in partnership with the Adler Planetarium, will offer aspects of the museum to the hotel lobby from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily, where pop-up exhibits on rockets and the power of the sun whet appetites for further exploration.

"Once people start understanding the sky, they can't get enough of it," Mr. Redfern said. "They realize that from their own backyard, they can begin to appreciate millions of pounds of space hardware."

A version of this article appears in print on 09/07/2014, on page TR3 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Trending: Broaden Your Spatial Horizons.


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