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Sunday, July 7, 2024

Exploring Sustainable Tourism.

 



Sustainable tourism is reshaping the travel industry. As travelers become more aware of their environmental footprint, they are seeking ways to minimize their impact while exploring the world. Eco-friendly accommodations, like those offered by the Green Key certification, are becoming more popular. 

Destinations are promoting sustainable practices, from conservation efforts to supporting local economies. Travelers are encouraged to reduce waste, respect wildlife, and immerse themselves in local cultures. By choosing sustainable travel options, we can ensure that our adventures preserve the beauty and integrity of the places we visit for future generations.

Exploring eco-friendly destinations not only benefits the environment but also enhances the travel experience. Imagine waking up in a secluded eco-lodge surrounded by pristine nature, where every effort is made to protect the local ecosystem. Such experiences connect travelers more deeply to the natural world and foster a sense of responsibility towards its preservation.

Sustainable travel also includes activities that have a low impact on the environment. Hiking, bird-watching, and participating in conservation projects allow travelers to enjoy and contribute to the protection of natural habitats. These activities often provide unique insights into the local flora and fauna, offering enriching experiences that are both educational and fulfilling.

For those looking to embark on an eco-friendly adventure, there are numerous destinations that prioritize sustainability. From the lush rainforests of Costa Rica to the serene landscapes of Scandinavia, eco-conscious travelers have a variety of options to choose from. Many of these destinations offer eco-lodges and green hotels that adhere to strict environmental standards, ensuring that your stay is as sustainable as possible.

To explore some of the best eco-friendly travel destinations, visit Sustainable Travel International. Here, you can find a range of options that not only provide breathtaking natural beauty but also emphasize the importance of conservation and sustainable practices. By choosing these destinations, you can enjoy an unforgettable travel experience while contributing to the preservation of our planet.












Monday, March 6, 2023

Travel Trends Break from Routine in 2023.

 


(Family Features) Travel in 2023 will be about saying “no” to normal, breaking routines and searching for experiences without compromises. Whether it’s flying to those once-in-a-lifetime events or hosting group celebrations at a vacation rental home, travelers are no longer adapting to the next new normal, but creating their own status quo altogether.

“We see a detailed and robust picture of travel into 2023,” Expedia Brands President Jon Gieselman said. “We’re seeing a surge in trips to culture capitals, a new wave of interest in wellness retreats and a spike in demand for outdoor destinations beyond just beaches and mountains. It’s not a new normal so much as people branching out to unexpected trends in what we’re calling the ‘no normal.’”

A close look at these trends suggests there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to travel in 2023. Insights sourced from the company’s first-party data, and from custom research of thousands of travelers and industry professionals across 17 countries, show food, abundant space and unconventional destinations are influencing travel choices.

Consider these conclusions from the experts at Vrbo:


Foodie-Menities

Kitchen credentials are a must with travelers looking to plate up at their own convenience in a private vacation home. Outdoor kitchens, pizza ovens and air fryers are the top three foodie-menities travelers crave. Additionally, nearly half of U.S. travelers (43%) use cooking to cut down on costs.

Travelers are looking for amenities in their vacation rentals rather than focusing on location. In fact, more than half (57%) of travelers would rather book a unique vacation home to be with their people in a lesser-known destination than a less interesting, less equipped vacation home in a popular area.


Cowboy-Cations

Rustic getaways are on the rise as travelers crave private vacation homes with abundant space and exhilarating views. Cue the cowboy-cation, offering an intimate escape in the rugged wilderness. Demand for homes in western destinations increased by more than 30% from September 2021-August 2022. Plus, 42% of U.S. travelers find inspiration in outdoorsy destinations and landscapes that include log-lined cabins, flickering fires and sweeping vistas.

Travelers can live out their western fantasies by booking a luxurious lodge, ranch retreat or farmhouse that fits the whole crew. Destinations across Montana, Colorado and other western states spring to mind, but the cowboy-cation is not confined to the U.S. For a home on the range in Europe, travelers are booking converted barns and farmhouses in Italy, Spain, France and the United Kingdom. Thrill-seekers can also embrace their inner cowboy in Australia, where farmhouses in the outback overlook acres of wineries and wild brush.


Hidden Gems

Travelers are exploring unassuming locales and new places. Top hidden gems in the U.S. have one thing in common: beautiful lakes where travelers can take in tranquil views. Demand for private vacation homes in these unconventional destinations has increased by 30% or more since September 2021:

· Nampa, Idaho

· Greensboro, North Carolina

· Layton, Utah

· Irmo, South Carolina

· Oneonta, New York

· Hampton, Virginia

· Bristol, Rhode Island

· Spokane, Washington

· Las Cruces, New Mexico

· Missoula, Montana


Find more ideas to plan an adventure that’s uniquely your own at Vrbo.com or by downloading the app.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Vrbo.



Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Explore What’s Influencing Travel Trends in 2023.






(Family Features) Immediately following the COVID-19 lockdown in the United States, outdoor and drivable destinations were in big demand for domestic travelers. As the country has reopened, Americans embraced the idea of getting back to normal and began traveling much as they did prior to the pandemic.

However, travel trends on the horizon for 2023 suggest there is no normal when it comes to travel planning. Instead, individual interests are driving decisions about where to go and what to do.

“We see a detailed and robust picture of travel into 2023,” Expedia Brands President Jon Gieselman said. “We’re seeing a surge in trips to culture capitals, a new wave of interest in wellness retreats and a spike in demand for outdoor destinations beyond just beaches and mountains. It’s not a new normal so much as people branching out to unexpected trends in what we’re calling the ‘no normal.’”

A close look at these trends suggests there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to travel in 2023. Insights sourced from the company’s first-party data, and from custom research of thousands of travelers and industry professionals across 17 countries, show personal interests and pop culture are heavily influencing travel choices.

Consider these conclusions from the experts at Expedia:

Set-Jetters

Booking a trip after bingeing a popular series will become serious business in 2023. Research confirms streamed movies and TV shows are now the top sources of travel inspiration (40%), outpacing the influence of social media (31%). Furthermore, the small screen is now considered on par with recommendations from friends and family when it comes to travel inspiration.

In the U.S., more than two-thirds (68%) of travelers considered visiting a destination after seeing it in a show or movie on a streaming platform, and a whopping 61% went ahead and booked a trip. Top set-jetter destinations include New Zealand, with its landscapes featured in one of this year’s most epic series, followed by the United Kingdom, Paris, New York and the beach resorts of Hawaii.

Culture Capitals

National parks and rural retreats had big moments the past couple of years. Now, cities are seeing a comeback. Based on traveler demand, most of the destinations seeing the largest increases are culture-rich cities where art and culture festivities are back in full swing. Examples include the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, WorldPride in Sydney and the cherry blossoms in Tokyo. Culture capitals that are calling loudest include:

· Edinburgh, Scotland​

· Lisbon, Portugal​

· Tokyo

· Dublin

· New York

· Sydney

· Dubai, United Arab Emirates​

· Montreal

· Munich

· Bangkok

Gather more ideas and inspiration to help plan an adventure that’s uniquely your own at Expedia.com or by downloading the app.

Source
Expedia

Monday, January 30, 2023

Unexpected Hotel Travel Trends for 2023.

 


(Family Features) Following the COVID-19 lockdown, outdoor and drivable destinations were in high demand for domestic travelers. As the country has reopened, Americans embraced the idea of getting back to normal and began traveling much as they did prior to the pandemic.

However, travel trends for 2023 suggest there is no normal when it comes to travel planning. Instead, individual interests are driving decisions about where to go and what to do.

“We see a detailed and robust picture of travel into 2023,” Expedia Brands President Jon Gieselman said. “We’re seeing a surge in trips to culture capitals, a new wave of interest in wellness retreats and a spike in demand for outdoor destinations beyond just beaches and mountains. It’s not a new normal so much as people branching out to unexpected trends in what we’re calling the ‘no normal.’”

A close look at these trends suggests there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to travel in 2023. Insights sourced from the company’s first-party data, and from custom research of thousands of travelers and industry professionals across 17 countries, show value, alternative wellness options and hotels that cater to evolving traveler needs are heavily influencing travel choices.

Consider these conclusions from the experts at Hotels.com:

3-Star Superstars

Travelers are seeking smarter ways to see the world without compromising on comfort or cool factor. In the U.S., nearly one-third (32%) of travelers are more concerned with value for money than ever before with data showing interest is up more than 20% globally in three-star hotels.

In 2023, 40% of U.S. travelers plan to stay in 1-3-star hotels, and 34% plan to book a vacation with added value inclusions, such as free parking or breakfast. Showing a shift in mindset from the post-pandemic bucket-list mentality and moving toward a more spontaneous approach, one-third of travelers would rather go on more trips in three-star properties than splurge on one big luxury getaway.

New Wave Wellness

According to the survey, more than half (53%) of Americans are seeking wellness breaks but cite boredom with traditional retreats and want to experience something more exciting in 2023. Millennials are the top drivers of this as 60% of 25-34-year-olds are seeking alternative wellness getaways. Most travelers want to explore new offerings in the U.S. However, Gen Z has a different view and would prefer to book an adventure to Norway, Turkey, Switzerland, Iceland or Sri Lanka.

To capture this awakened market, some hotels are offering advanced rejuvenation programs and hands-on activities that encourage travelers to get up close and personal with nature. Sylvotherapy (forest bathing) and fruit harvesting are popular alternatives to cooking courses, sport holidays and meditation sessions.

Hot Hotel Openings Around the World

Hotels that cater to evolving traveler needs are opening around the world. These properties offer far more than a place to sleep with destination restaurants, coworking spaces and beautiful interiors. From an art-filled social hub in London to unbridled luxury in Rome, these are some hotels to have on your radar for the year ahead:



· La Palma, Capri, Italy

· 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

· Ikos Odisia, Corfu, Greece

· Celestial Suites, Kefalonia, Greece

· 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay, Princeville, Kauai

· Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo, Tamarindo, Mexico

· Alila Kothaifaru Maldives, Maldives, Indian Ocean

· Six Senses, Rome, Italy

· Atlantis The Royal, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

· art'otel London Battersea Power Station, London, Great Britain

Find more inspiration to take advantage of upcoming trends at Hotels.com.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Source: Hotels.com


Monday, September 27, 2021

Top accommodation for your travel.




In this occasion International Lux Magazine share an interesting article about the theme of travel with the references to find a top accommodation and enjoy a beautiful travel experience.

For more info click HERE.

















Article shared by Carlos Eduardo Feijoo.
Founder, CEO and Editor of International Lux Magazine.

For request of preparation and publication of Special Articles for recognized or emergent personalities of the fashion, art, architecture, interior design, jewelry, etc click HERE for more information.


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Tourism Industry in process of recuperation.



International Lux Magazine share with the global audience interesting articles and news that are of international interest.

In this occasion we share news about the tourism industry what is one of the economic sectors most affected by the global sanitary emergency, but exist a "special interest tourism market" what will have a great global growth in the next years.

This dynamic industry is very important in many Countries and linked to diverse related economic activities such as the gastronomy, hotels, airlines, cruises, city tours and more.

For more info about this news click HERE.





























News shared by Carlos Eduardo Feijoo.
Founder, CEO and Editor of International Lux Magazine.

For request of preparation and publication of Special Articles for recognized or emergent personalities of the fashion, art, architecture, interior design, jewelry, etc click HERE for more information.

Monday, December 2, 2019

How to find a bucket list worthy sailing adventure.




(BPT) - What's on your bucket list? A ride on the Orient Express? Rafting through the Grand Canyon? Following Marco Polo's Silk Road? How about a voyage on a legendary four-masted windjammer that is still sailed by hand, with a rich history and heritage that spans almost 90 years?

If your fondest dreams are more about the journey than the destination, a trip on a historic sailing ship in the Caribbean may be just the adventure you're looking for.

Finding an authentic sailing ship for your nautical adventure is not out of reach. Sea Cloud Cruises sail the traditional way - by hand. The Sea Cloud is designed for up to 64 passengers, with a crew of about 60. You can watch the ship's sailing crew climb the rigging and work the sails as you journey to smaller ports and unique destinations in a luxurious, intimate setting - and you can even volunteer to help work the ropes, if you like.

A 360-foot windjammer with 29 sails and a main mast towering to 184 feet, the tall ship was built in 1931 as a private yacht for heiress and founder of General Foods Marjorie Merriweather Post and husband Edward F. Hutton. Shipboard guests included the rich and famous, such as author James Michener. The ship was restored in 2011 by a group of German businessmen seeking to retain the original opulence and beauty of the ship.

Guests can enjoy collections of photos from past journeys for a peek into the ship's history, or peruse the ship's log for tales of voyagers who made vast fortunes. Every journey provides an "Open House" cocktail hour where guests can view all the staterooms, including the luxurious cabins created for the heiress and her husband. Other cabins have more modern furnishings, most with picture windows, and some with doors opening to Caribbean breezes on the Promenade Deck. Travelers enjoy impeccable personal service, with many crew members staying with the line far over 10 years, and some even more than 30 years.

While the settings may be the ultimate in luxury, the on-board experience is informal, with no assigned seating at meals, a casual dress code and an intimate atmosphere. American and European guests mingle and relax while enjoying Michelin-star quality meals out on the deck or inside the gorgeous dining room, featuring fresh seafood and produce obtained during the voyage at Caribbean ports like St. Barts, the British Virgin Islands or Bequia Island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Caribbean has been Sea Cloud's destination since the beginning, so the long-lasting contacts between the company and local suppliers provide the best quality products for unforgettable meals. The smaller size of the ship allows her to visit lesser-known ports of call, far from typical tourist destinations. Often small Zodiac boats are used to let passengers visit quiet island beaches or indulge in a little snorkeling. The Caribbean offers ideal sailing due to the east-to-west prevailing trade winds, making it the perfect destination for the Sea Cloud yachts.

On most of the 7- to 14-day Caribbean itineraries, half the day is spent sailing, allowing guests to enjoy the pure beauty of the sailing ship and revel in the journey. For those who love to sail, it's a dream come true. Passengers can visit the ship's deck any time, stopping at the bridge to speak to the captain or the officer on duty, 24/7. The engines only run when needed, such as for maneuvering, using low-sulfur diesel, so the entire trip is a great example of sustainable tourism. Travelers seeking a longer voyage can travel the crossing from Europe to the Caribbean, which is a two-and-a-half-week trip, and the adventure of a lifetime for the true sailor.

The Sea Cloud spends summers sailing the Mediterranean, but winters are prime for some of the best sailing in the world - following in the wake of buccaneers throughout the islands of Lesser Antilles and other unique Caribbean destinations. The best way to truly appreciate the Caribbean is on an authentic sailing ship.

A second ship, Sea Cloud II, is more modern but still sailed the traditional way, by hand, with 23 sails and a 188-foot main mast. The Sea Cloud II carries up to 94 guests, with a crew of about 65. The company will christen a third ship in summer 2020.

To learn more, visit SeaCloud.com. View stunning videos at SeaCloud.com/en/yachts/films and take an onboard visit with a virtual tour: SeaCloud.com/en/yachts/virtual-tours or call 1-888-732-2568 for more information.

Article shared from the website of the original publication : Brandpoint.(https://www.brandpointcontent.com)

Friday, April 12, 2019

5 reasons a river cruise is the ideal way to see Europe.




Travel with ease and class on a river cruise for the best ever vacation.


(BPT) - An international trip is the experience of a lifetime. If you’re looking for a travel option that offers up-close interactions with a cross section of countries — but without the hassle of planning and executing that level of detail yourself — a river cruise may be the option you’re seeking.

Unlike an ocean cruise, which typically docks farther away, the size of a river ship allows guests the opportunity to port in small, lesser-known towns and sail into the heart of iconic cities, such as Budapest and Amsterdam. Each destination offers extensive time to absorb and experience landmarks, cuisine and cultural offerings.

Whether exploring castles along Europe’s Danube River appeals to your wanderlust or making your way through the rich and complex history of France’s Bordeaux wine region is more your speed, river cruising offers the perfect opportunity for those with a hunger to expand their minds and deepen their cultural enrichment.

Before you plan, here are some of the most important features and benefits of an international river cruise.

* Less hassle, less stress: A river cruise offers a greatly simplified mode of travel. Once you step aboard your river cruise ship, you unpack once and spend the rest of your trip focused only on enjoying the journey. Some cruise lines feature inclusive pricing, so things like your meals, Wi-Fi and lodging are already settled.

* Craft your own journey: Many river cruise packages offer flexible options to help you design the journey you’ve always imagined. You can select from a variety of port excursions, putting you in charge of your perfect day out. While land excursions are an additional cost in most cases, Viking’s river cruise itineraries offer one free shore excursion in each port along with additional optional excursions to book based on your specific interests with knowledgeable local guides. Also, pre- and post-excursion stays at the start and end points of your voyage let you explore the area for a few extra days.

* Ample time to engage and explore: River cruising lets you spend a lot of time in many towns and cities along the river. Typically, each day of the journey begins in a different port. Just step off the ship, join your chosen excursion and start learning and experiencing.

* A rich, cultural sampler: If you’re eyeing grand destinations like Central Europe and France for your travels, you’re probably the kind of person who is hungry to learn about the art, cuisine, history, daily living and other fascinating aspects of culture. Viking has not only developed engaging and culturally immersive excursions, but also created programs onboard the ship to deepen your knowledge and appreciation of the places you visit, from home visits to Privileged Access excursions exclusive to the cruise line. Before you embark, be sure to avail yourself of the many online resources available through Viking. From online videos, to reading and film lists, you’ll find plenty of enriching content to help you feel prepared and excited for your journey.

* Enjoy the riches of the river life: Of course, a host of pleasures await that only a cruise down the river can bring. On your journey, expect scenic views of cities, landscapes and architectural features not easily seen while taking a traditional land tour, as well as alfresco dining and relaxing on the deck.

Once you experience a river cruise in a new country, you’ll discover what an enriching experience a vacation can be. To learn more about the destinations and offerings from Viking, visit vikingcruises.com.


Article shared from the web site of the original publication : Brandpoint.(https://www.brandpointcontent.com)


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Southern California: Style and Travel Tips




International Lux Magazine
shares with the international audience this special article of our media partner : Maple Leopard by Valerie Hansen, based at Seattle, USA. We share some photos of reference and with the complete text of the original 
article, published the Monday, May 9, 2016.  Valerie Hansen is a very featured and recognized Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger (She was born in Canada).

Hollywood "What's your dream" I love that line from the movie "Pretty Woman". Needless to say I am CA dreamin! I'm so excited travel season is almost here! Southern CA is one of my destinations this summer, so I am in outfit planning mode!




I was asked by Farfetch to participate in a contest and create an inspirational outfit guide of my choice: So I am sharing a short outfit guide and a few travel tips for a vacay in SoCal. 

Who likes road trips? I absolutely love them! Air travel is my1st choice of transportation, but road trips can be so much fun! Travelling long hours on the road can get really old fast. For me, being cool and comfortable is the number one goal.   

Being comfortable on a road trip does not mean you have to throw style out the window ( ha no pun intended!) Cute printed shorts with a little stretch in the fabric, a bandeau , and sheer top is my idea of casual and comfy chic. Throw in your favorite pair of sunnies and you are CA ready! I am totally loving the cat eye sunnies trend!

Usually the first stop upon arriving in CA from a long road trip is Hollywood and Rodeo Drive. Last time I was in CA, we decided to hike up to the Hollywood sign. I still can't believe I was on top of the world up there. It was the most exhilarating feeling, and the view was amazing!

Rodeo drive is my favorite shopping place in California. Oh my, it is so hard to be disciplined with all the tempting finds! Everything there is mostly out of my league far as price range, but it's fun to window shop anyway! My last visit there, I actually found a few affordable shops and purchased some items.

Spending time on luxury lane calls for more of a sophisticated type of outfit, even if you are just window shopping. You can certainly pull one together without spending a lot of money. Looking like a million is achievable with all the "mastige" brands on the market today. Mastige is simply- prestige made available to the masses. 

Sometimes spending more on one staple piece is worth it. Then you can build your outfit around that piece with other items that cost much less.

Hollywood Blvd- another favorite spot in SoCal . I love to take a stroll on the walk of fame and read all the star's names. On this street you can definitely get another fashion fix. The selection of eclectic shops are endless. People watching is also big entertainment, ya just never know who you might run into!

Even though the summer heat is dry in CA, it can get quite intense. A skort made of stretch cotton blend is my go to piece, and a lightweight tank top.  

Alright the best is saved for last- the very scenic CA beaches. Ahh I could totally live the beach bum life! You could visit a different beach each day, and take several weeks to cover them all. My favorites are Coronado Island, Huntington Beach, and La Jolla. Santa Monica is very scenic too, with a carnival on the boardwalk.

Most of the beaches in CA do not have warm water, so you may freeze your hiney off in a bikini! If you can brave the cooler temps, a one piece would be a better choice. I spend most of my swim time at the hotel pool on CA trips.

Hotel Del Coranado: Stunning Beach Palace for sure! If you can, take additional time to go inside and look around the hotel- so magnificent and pretty! There are shops inside and places to eat.

 Coranado Beach: I found the water here to be the warmest of all the CA beaches. It is definitely tolerable, but if you like toasty ocean temps- you will have to head to Hawaii!

Huntington Beach: The U.S. Open of Surfing happens every year at this beach. It is the world's largest surf competition and lifestyle festival. Each summer, over half a million people attend this event. The water is freezing here, but the scenery is to die for!

La Jolla: A peaceful quite cove. This was the least crowded beach of all. There were a few people around, along with lazy seals and birds hanging out on the rock cliffs.

I hope you enjoyed the lil tour of Southern CA and the outfit guides. What is your go to outfit pieces for a warm weather vacation? Where are you traveling this summer? I would love to hear your travel plans in the comments. Have a wonderful week, be blessed!

Follow more of my travel and style adventures on Instagram and Twitter. Thanks for taking time to stop here!  

Inspiration for the week:" If you want to be beautiful, be beautiful on the inside" Kate Hudson.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The 62nd Annual Viennese Opera Ball at the Waldorf=Astoria, New York


          ”Man sollte die leichten dinge ernst und die ernsten dinge leight nehmen.” 
(One should take the light things seriously, and the serious things light.)
Zsa Zsa Gabor 

             Since 1955, the Viennese Opera Ball (VOB) has celebrated Austrian-American cultural and economic relations in New York City, with utmost festive elegance, while benefitting a worthy cause. 




          This year, the 62nd Viennese Opera Ball, under new artistic leadership of Daniel Serafin, uniquely celebrated the 150th anniversary of the secret national anthem waltz of Vienna, Johann Strauss Jr.'s The Blue Danube, while duely honoring Composer Leonard Bernstein - A New Yorker in Vienna, a Jewish Museum Vienna project co-ordinated with US Friends of the Jewish Museum of Vienna, for perhaps the very last, ultimate, White Tie Gala in the history of the Grand Ballroom, under the glorious, gorgeous blue lights, at the Waldorf=Astoria, New York, on February 10, 2017.  

Former US Ambassador to Austria, H.E. Alexa  Wesner
Below, the playing of the National Anthems of USA and Austria by Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna. In attendance H.E. Alexa Westner, President Obama's U.S. Ambasador to Austria, Actress Keira Chaplin and event Co-Chairs Silvia Freiser and Michael Pecnik.
Actress/Producer Kiera Chaplin
National Anthem of USA/ AUSTRIA
        The 62nd Viennese Opera Ball was presented by the Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria, H.E. Sebastian Kurz. 


Eva Chickerling with VOB Co-Chairs  Silvia Frieser and Michael Pecnik

MET tenor Stephen Costello, tenor Massimo Giordanosoprano Sarah Joy Miller and Vienna State Opera's soprano Kristin Lewis joined in song on the floor of the Grand Ballroom. Costello performed Guiseppe Verdi's "La donna e mobile", Giordano performed Salvatore Cardillo and Riccardo Cordiferro's "Core 'Ngrato" (Ungrateful Heart), as the women swooned. Miller sang "Quando me'm vo'"(Musetta's Waltz),  from Puccini's "La Boheme", while Lewis sang George Gershwin's Porgy & Bess "Summertime." Finally, Costello sang "Dein its main gazes", from the 1929 operetta "The Land of Smiles", before guests took to the dance floor for a Midnight Quadrille by Choreographer Thomas Kraml. Later, at the Tanzmar, percussionist Ali Jackson, resident artist at Jazz Lincoln Center played on, befitting a Leonard Bernstein tribute.

Debs waltzing in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf=Astoria

The Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna plays "Blue Danube Waltz,"  the unofficial anthem of Vienna.

           72 years has passed since the MGM’s making of Lana Turner and Ginger Rodgers’ Week-End At the Waldorf, a remake of 1932’s film Grand Hotel, where anything can happen during a magical weekend at the Waldorf; a celebrity can fall for a war-torn war correspondent, a dying soldier can find purpose to live, a man of little means can become a millionaire over night, and a dog is treated like royalty. 


Dancing in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf=Astoria
    At the Waldorf=Astoria, one can take an adventure, into another time and place. One step into the iconic landmark Art Deco laden hotel, and you are transported back to that time where anything can happen and social classes have no confinements. The Waldorf’s Grand Ballroom has housed hundreds of White Tie Galas, notables such as Winston Churchill, Robert Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller have all been in attendance.



    The Waldorf=Astoria will be closing it’s doors to the public for at least 3 years to undergo massive renovations in the conversion of 1,400 hotel rooms to luxary condominiums. Under Waldorf’s new ownership, Anbang Insurance Group Co., based in Beijing, it is suggested that only 300-500 hotel rooms will remain and will be re-opened in 2020. Anbang purchased the Landmark U.S. hotel for $1.95 billion in 2015. Hilton Worldwide Holdings will continue to manage the property.


Daniel Serafin helps Anabelle Gray Siklos

   Perhaps, we as Americans can learn a little more from the Austrians' sense of celebration and light -- and Zsa Zsa, who would have been 100 years old February 6, 2017. Let us take the heavy things lightly and take the light things seriously. One way, I know now is, Waltzing. Waltzing is good for the soul, heart and mind. So glad VOB is home to New York, a place where, for sure, we have to lighten up a bit, stop thinking, get dressed up and just waltz for a few hours. 


NY Editor, Ariane Von Kamp
Ariane Von Kamp is the NY Editor of International Lux Magazine. She is a LA based writer in NY. Ariane has had her play produced Off-Broadway, Trials Of The Fire, about an Austrian Psychologist who falls in love with a patient. Her book The Sublime, a Treatise on the Nature of the Sublime is available at Barnes&Noble.com. She has worked at Randon House Books, written for Lifestyles Magazine, Celebrity Services International and has written extensively for TV. She is currently working on a feature screenplay, The Dog Who Knew Too Much.  Ariane is a member of SAG/AFTRA, WGA-E, ATAS and NATAS, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


Photog, Hope Lourie Killcoyne
Photographer Hope Lourie Killcoyne’s career began as a writer/producer in television at NBC Network News. She then worked at Channel 13/PBS, where she wrote and produced award-winning promos. A few years later, her first children’s book, "The Lost Village of Central Park,” led to a career shift—educational publishing—first as managing editor at Silver Moon Press; then as executive editor at Britannica Educational Publishing. As of 2015, she has been a freelance writer and photographer, working chiefly for the Writers Guild of America, East. With a camera as her constant companion, Killcoyne has won regional, national, and international awards for her environmental portraiture.