Δέκα σκέψεις που κάνεις κατά τη διάρκεια μεγάλων πτήσεων

Τα μεγάλα αεροπορικά ταξίδια σίγουρα δεν είναι και πολύ εύκολη υπόθεση.

Αν ταξιδεύεις μόνος σου, μάλιστα, έχεις άπλετο χρόνο να σκεφτείς, και μάλιστα πολύ. Και κυρίως μικρές λεπτομέρειες που δεν θα σε αφήσουν να… ησυχάσεις.

Διάβασε τις παρακάτω δέκα περιπτώσεις και θα συνειδητοποιήσεις και μόνος σου ότι σίγουρα όλες κάποια στιγμή έχουν περάσει από το μυαλό σου. Και μάλιστα ουκ ολίγες φορές. Continue reading «Δέκα σκέψεις που κάνεις κατά τη διάρκεια μεγάλων πτήσεων»

Οι πόλεις του κόσμου με το καλύτερο φαγητό δρόμου

Αν έχετε επισκεφτεί τη Νέα Υόρκη και δεν έχετε δοκιμάσει τις λαχταριστές σπεσιαλιτέ του δρόμου, τα χοτ ντογκ λουσμένα στη μουστάρδα και τη κέτσαπ, τότε άδικα σπαταλήσατε χρόνο και χρήμα και άδικα βρεθήκατε στο Μεγάλο Μήλο. Παρομοίως, ένα ταξίδι στη Μπανγκόκ είναι ανολοκλήρωτο αν δε σταματήσετε για ένα ζεστό μπολ με πικάντικα νουντλς στα στέκια του πεζοδρομίου… Το φαγητό του δρόμου δεν είναι απλά μια γρήγορη, οικονομική και νοστιμότατη λύση απλά και μόνο για να γεμίσει το στομάχι- είναι μια πραγματική εμπειρία που εισάγει τον ταξιδιώτη στα «άδυτα» του εκάστοτε προορισμού. Continue reading «Οι πόλεις του κόσμου με το καλύτερο φαγητό δρόμου»

Χριστουγεννιάτικες εξορμήσεις σε πραγματικά low budget προορισμούς

Για τις φετινές εορταστικές εξορμήσεις μας επικεντρωθήκαμε σε όχι και τόσο δημοφιλείς προορισμούς. Με την έρευνα που κάναμε βρήκαμε σε πραγματικά low budget όρους ξενώνες και ξενοδοχεία που για το τετραήμερο των Χριστουγέννων έχουν διατηρήσει τις τιμές σε λογικά επίπεδα, δίνοντάς μας την ευκαιρία να αποδράσουμε σε πανέμορφα μέρη, που ίσως ποτέ μας να μην επιλέγαμε. Από το πανέμορφο Νυμφαίο στη Φλώρινα, τα θρυλικά Μαστοροχώρια στα Ιωάννινα και τα γραφικά Φιδάκια στην Ευρυτανία, μέχρι τον Άγιο Λαυρέντιο στο Πήλιο και το Χρισσό στο νομό Φωκίδας ανακαλύψαμε γραφικούς και πανέμορφους οικισμούς, που αντιστέκονται στο μαζικό τουρισμό και προσφέρουν αυθεντικές και γαλήνιες στιγμές τους επισκέπτες τους. Continue reading «Χριστουγεννιάτικες εξορμήσεις σε πραγματικά low budget προορισμούς»

Aloft and Siri Team Up for Voice-Activated Hotel Rooms

Photo Credit: Aloft Boston Seaport

Hotels are getting a lot smarter nowadays, thanks to iPad check-ins, smartphone keyless entry, robot butlers and now, voice-activated rooms. Aloft has debuted two new properties that are utilizing voice commands to allow guests to ask Siri anything they’d like while in their rooms.

Called “Project Jetson,” the brand’s Boston and Santa Clara, California hotels are currently the only two properties offering the service. When guests check-in, a custom iPad will be waiting within their rooms, allowing them to control some of the room’s features with the “Hey, Siri” command. Want the temperature to be set at a cool 68 degrees? Siri can take care of it. Want to dim the lights and watch Stranger Things on Netflix? She’s got you covered.   

Siri will also give local recommendations for when you’re ready to navigate the city. Aloft’s new technology is really giving “never have to lift a finger,” new meaning within their hotels. “Hey, Siri, where do the cute guys hang out in Boston? Asking for a friend.”


Source: Just Lux

The Sophisticated Side of Oklahoma City

Photo Credit: Vast

Exit Crosstown Boulevard off I-40 into Oklahoma City and the initial impression isn’t great—boarded up businesses, abandoned warehouses and deserted streets. Venture a couple more miles in, however, and everything changes. Sophisticated restaurants pop into view and a juice bar and Pilates studio show signs of prosperity. Anchoring this new landscape is a handsome seven-story brick structure, reading “Osler Building” above the entrance.

ambassador bldg

Photo Credit: Ambassador Hotel

This is the now the Ambassador Hotel, part of the Autograph Collection, whose sister hotels include St Ermin’s in London and the Algonquin in New York. We had just driven more than four hours from Amarillo, Texas, and this was quickly our proverbial oasis. The hotel, in the Bricktown area of Oklahoma City, was formerly a condemned building, not unlike many other properties in this once run-down part of town. At the turn of the century, Bricktown was a commercial hub, but began decaying in the 1960s. These days, however, Bricktown has a new, hip façade.

The Osler Building was acquired a couple of years ago, gutted, and then reopened as one of the city’s newest and most acclaimed boutique hotels. It features an intimate lobby where guests are welcomed with a glass of lemonade and freshly-baked cookies, plush seating, low lighting and soft music. The spacious, luxurious rooms are done in a modern Art-Deco design. There is a saltwater pool downstairs and a rooftop bar for cocktails.

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Photo Credit: Oklahoma CVB

My family and I were four days into a two-week, 5,000-mile journey across the country from our Los Angeles home. Our final destination was Malvern, a tiny town in Ohio, and we decided to spend each night in a different state. We read that Oklahoma City was one of the country’s most underrated cities. After a couple of days there, we discovered that it shouldn’t be.

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

Photo Credit: Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

For that afternoon, we abandoned the guide books. Anyone will tell you that the Oklahoma City National Memorial is a must-visit, and they’re not wrong. The expansive outdoor memorial is a tribute to those who perished in the 1995 bombing. At night, the 168 chairs, each one engraved with a name of a victim, in the Field of Empty Chairs are lit up. They are set along one side of a reflecting pool and there is an inherent beauty to the space that deflects the melancholy.

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Photo Credit: Oklahoma CVB

A few minutes down the road is the Bricktown canal. During the day, water taxis run up and down its length. There are wine-and-paint bars, artisanal food shops, cute gift boutiques, and horse-and-carriage rides. Shopping is quite the attraction in the city in an area called Automobile Alley. Once a length of car dealerships, it now houses cute stores, farm-to-table eateries and moonshine-based cocktail bars. At Sara Kate Studios, where guests can find delicate Murano glass pendant lights, elaborate chandeliers and malachite stools. Urbane, a hip and upscale furniture store, carries the Jonathan Adler line and hard-to-find, one-off pieces from around the world. 

red primesteak

Photo Credit: Red PrimeSteak

The city is in the midst of something of a dining renaissance, while retaining its culinary roots (this is the Midwest after all). Steak, chicken fried and otherwise, is still on a lot of menus, alongside biscuits, gravy and waffles. That nod to history is everywhere. Still, what’s so appealing about this city is how it likes to hang onto its buildings, instead of razing them to the ground. The recently-opened Red PrimeSteak, within the restored 1911 Buick Building, offers soaring 18-foot ceilings and delicious grass-fed ribeye steaks. Cheever’s Café, housed in a building that’s been around for at least a century, is a great lunch spot. In front it holds a flower case from which the original homeowner used to sell flowers in the 1930s. The menu is hearty, but rendered in a contemporary way. The chicken fried steak comes with a jalapeno cream gravy and red-skinned mashed potatoes.

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Photo Credit: Vast

Also in the neighborhood is the acclaimed Vast, a fine dining eatery featuring New American cuisine, 49 floors above the city. About ten steps from the front entrance of The Ambassador is the hugely popular Waffle Champion with its lines out the door on weekends for its signature waffle sandwiches (thick cut bacon, free range egg and Tillamook cheddar) and updated classic waffles (cinnamon baked apple waffles with vanilla bean ice cream and bourbon caramel).

Oklahoma CVB

Photo Credit: Oklahoma CVB

En route back to The Ambassador, we drove through Heritage Hills—streets of fine, historic homes, standing proud amongst all the modernizing happening around them. And it’s that homage to the past that is one of the most compelling reasons to visit this city.


Source: Just Lux

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