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Need to Rent a Place in Milan? No Sweat!

Here is what you need to know.

Go for it!Errr … and enjoy!


Going Off the Rails in Europe – and Finding the Investor of the Saxophone

You are a man or woman of the world. You are not to be distracted by the mundane stuff that all of the other tourists crave – for example a glimpse at the Pieta.

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Well, ok . It is pretty amazing.  Did you know that the pieta composition was used in a variety of artistic works. This one is special for several reasons. (from Wikipedia)

A famous example by Michelangelo was carved from a block of marble and is located in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. The body of Christ is different from most earlier pietà statues, which were usually smaller and in wood. The Virgin is also unusually youthful, and in repose, rather than the older, sorrowing Mary of most pietàs. She is shown as youthful for two reasons; God is the source of all beauty and she is one of the closest to God, also the exterior is thought as the revelation of the interior (the virgin is morally beautiful). The Pietà with the Virgin Mary is also unique among Michelangelo’s sculptures, because it was the only one he ever signed, upon hearing that visitors thought it had been sculpted by Cristoforo Solari, a competitor.[5] His signature is carved as MICHAELA[N]GELUS BONAROTUS FLORENTIN[US] FACIEBA[T] “Michelangelo Buonarroti the Florentine did it”.[6]

He did it alright.

The problem is not with the Pieta. It is with the hordes of other dudes who want to see it too. Quelle drag!

So what about going off on a different sort of excursion. To look for places that other people don’t flock to? Here is a list by Culture Trip. In includes the  lovely town of Dinant in Belgium, where the saxophone was invented. By whom? By a man called Sax, of course!

Here is Dinant

Check out the rest of the list. I would suggest a nice espresso with biscotti to go with it.

Waiting for a Sip of a Space Cowboy at Death & Co in LA

There are apparently quite a few reasons to visit LA this autumn. Here is one.

(You should) save room for a few drinks from the Arts District outpost of Death & Co, opening this November. The New York City cocktail bar known for its intricate and ground-breaking mixology is being touted as the biggest bar opening in L.A. of the year. While you have to wait to sip a Space Cowboy (bourbon, aquavit, Greek yogurt, peach, lemon) at the new location, Death & Co is throwing pop-ups hosted by other bars throughout the city.

Here is a Death & Co cocktail

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There is also an exhibit of photos by Stanley Kubrick. And of course, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios.

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´I seem to recognize that dude on the left. Wasn’t he  sitting next to me at the Vin ja Vine bar the other evening? Perhaps it was my imagination.

My Ultimate, Ultimate Travel Service

There are lots and lots of travel services out there. These include city guides, region guides, lists of people who can give you specialized tours, who can be your personal “concierge” and so forth.

So with all of this stuff out there, how can I claim to want more?  I DO.! There are some things lacking. There are some things that I want that I cannot get. Maybe it is because I don’t know how to look. But I doubt it.

Here is what I want from my ultimate travel resource — and that resource must be destination specific. In other words, if I am planning my trip to London – it must give me the ULTIMATE London- MY ultimate London.

What is that? Here goes!

  • I want to be able to plan how to meet and socialize with people who share one or more of my passions. So, if I am into Victorian furniture — who are those folks? If I am into Sherlock Holmes, ditto!
  • I want an agenda of things I can do to learn more about stuff that interests me about the city, with opportunities to go beyond what I know. So, if I want to know about the history of London theater, how do I do that? Or if I want to learn about Roman London, ditto That includes connecting with and following  stories that are ongoing now about London that connect me to my trip. Anything from politics to art to development of urban agriculture.
  • I want to be able to upgrade things I do that are done better in London. Like learning how to use color in my house upgrades or buying antiques.
  • I want to be able to share my experiences with people who share the same interests and keep a record of my trip on my own dashboard that I can use to do follow up trips or trips elsewhere.

Is this too much to ask?

Something New at Harrods? What next? The Queen Singing the Blues?

You do not expect “new” things at the Harrods food hall. New implies a need for upgrade, and for most of us — if not all — Harrods food  hall is already perfect.

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I do not budge from this position. And yet, I accept this new wrinkle

In late June 2019, a new concept, the Harrods Dining Hall, opened with six new dine-in restaurants to supplement the take-away options in the rest of the Food Halls. The new venues—the Grill, the Pasta Bar, the Fish Bar, the Sushi Bar, Kama by Vineet, and the Wine Bar—are not only spectacular art deco destinations for a seasonal and exquisitely prepared lunch or dinner but they also manage to make Harrods, which began in 1824, seem cutting-edge again, no small feat for a department store in the age of Amazon.

Perfect in a new way?