Tag: Travel SnapshotView All Tags
Travel Snapshot / Indonesia Travel / Bali Travel / Surfing Travel / Food Travel / Wish You Were Here / Hotels / → All Tags
Selamat pagi! For those in the know, you know that's "good morning" in Bahasa Indonesian. Naturally this can mean only one thing. We're in Indonesia! To be specific, we're in Bali; even more specifically, the town of Ubud.
After a few flights and even more fun in a few airports, we arrived on the tropical island and it was all worth it. First, we began in the beach town of Seminyak, which was everything you dream of when Bali comes to mind. Infinity pools, luxury hotels, black sand beaches, cocktails, and sun have all played a major role in this trip. We even sampled kopi luwak, a rare coffee of origin in Indonesia basically made from mongoose poop. More on that later.
Travel Snapshot / BMI / Morocco Travel / Casablanca Travel / LHR / RAK / → All Tags
Casablanca. Has ever a city sounded so exotic? More to the point, has ever a city had a better advertising campaign than the 1942 film?
Casablanca is so ingrained in our psyche that when we found ourselves powering across the Mediterranean on our BMI flight to Marrakech last week, and found that we hit Africa at Casablanca rather than Tangier, as we’d expected, we felt a massive stomach lurch.
And how pretty did it look? The white city in comparison to Marrakech’s red city. The seaside town on the startling Atlantic, like Essaouira but closer to your heart. You can practically see the art deco buildings and the waterfront mosque!
Yesterday, we got on a plane from London-Heathrow to Marrakech. Reading the papers on the plane, we noted that it was International Women’s Day, and thought no more of it. That is, until we got off the plane and noticed a line of women at the entrance to the airport, dressed in pink and holding bunches of pink roses. OMG, we thought, either we’re on the plane with someone who merits a pink carpet arrival, or this is to do with IWD.
And so it was. Each and every woman disembarking the plane was handed a pink rose and told, “Happy International Women’s Day, Madame." Once everyone was off the plane, the pink ambassadors came out to baggage claim to prowl around the carousel in case they’d missed anyone. As an introduction to Morocco, they did their country proud.
Why yes, this rather dapper mug does say exactly what you think it says. And no, it’s not rude. Because it’s a souvenir from our trip to Amish country, Pennsylvania. And yes, we thoroughly enjoyed Intercourse.
Yes, not only is Intercourse, PA, a real town; the fact that it’s in the middle of the Amish-inhabited Lancaster County gives it that little extra kick. Apparently, the origin of the name is not clear, but locals told us it either comes from the “intercourse” where the two main roads cross in the center of town, or it’s from the old word for conversation: “intercourse”.
None of which innocent explanations, of course, stops the local “English” (as the Amish call the non-Amish) from raking in the profits. We’ll bring you plenty more Intercourse next week; for now, hopefully this is enough to whet your appetite.
Photo: Juliab for Jaunted
Ah, la belle France. We flew to Provence for this Presidents’ Day Weekend but without the sunflowers and lavender out, the landscape lacked a little je ne sais quoi.
What totally blew us away, on the other hand, was flying down across France, passing flat plains, rolling hills and then, finally, lapping the foothills of Les Alpes on the left as we approached the palm trees of Nice.
Here they are from 39,000 feet. Tres jolis, non? The view was enough to make us covet an immediate ski trip. And no, we don’t even ski.
Travel Snapshot / Chile Travel / Bus Travel / Andesmar / Argentina Travel / Santiago Travel / Mendoza Travel / iPhone / Travel Photography / Andes / Wine Travel / → All Tags
Black & white? Vignetting? A barren landscape? What decade is this exactly?
Santiago, Chile and Mendoza, Argentina. The tripthrough the Andes and down into the vineyards of wine countryreally makes for some of the most juicy travel porn ever. Surprisingly, we opted to use our iPhone and the Hipstamatic app to capture the magic almost the entire time.There's just something about a long road that calls for photo filters.
As we found out on our flight to New York last week, British Airways takes its holding-onto-children’s-innocence policy very seriously. For a start, it’s the only airline we know of where the crew announces that it’s possible to block some of the channels, if parents don’t want their little darlings watching things like Crazy Stupid Love.
And in case you missed the announcement, there's still time to hold on to their innocentBA is also the only airline we’ve recently flown that flashes a warning when you select adult films. On this flight, What’s Your Number scored it; on our last one, it was Friends With Benefits.
Interestingly, uber-violent Drive didn’t come with a warning. Because nudity will scar your kids for life, but Christina Hendricks’ brain splattering across the camera totally won’t. How reassuringly British.
Photos: Juliab for Jaunted
Travel Snapshot / Virgin America / Dog Travel / Pet Travel / Charity Travel / SFO / Valentine's Day Travel / → All Tags
As much as we loathe the forced lovey-doveyness of Valentine's Day, we love doggies. We especially love doggies who get to hop cross-country flights in search of a new and loving home, as chihuahuas have been doing on Virgin America for a couple years now.
Today marked the fourth ever Operation Chihuahua in partnership with Animal Care & Control San Francisco. It's all a case of supply and demand...and having a little heart. Shelters on the west coast are overpopulated with the tiny dogs, but homes on the east coast can't get enough of them. Thus, every so often the airline flies a bunch of the pups from shelters in San Fran to loving arms in NYC. They even get to wear little red hoodies.
"Awww" over more pictures of them in flight here.
[Photo: Virgin America on Facebook]
If ever you needed proof that Valentine’s Day is over-commercialized, a trip to London-Heathrow Airport will set you right. Flying out from Terminal 5 this weekend, the Duty Free shop was on high V-Day alert, with mini gift brochures, screens telling us what perfumes would make a great present, andthe icing on the cakea free Valentine’s card with every purchase.
The cards, at least, were a cute touch...unlike the brochure, which read:
Travel Snapshot / Chile Travel / Santiago Travel / South America Travel / Markets / Shopping Travel / Wish You Were Here / → All Tags
Buenos días! It's just past lunchtime here in Santiago, Chile, the temperature is 80 degrees, the sun is out and some empanadas are happily sitting in our stomach.
We just arrived to SCL early this morning, on the LAN direct overnight flight from New York-JFK, putting us in the center of town in time for breakfast. Getting the touristy stuff out of the way, the Mercado Central was a first stop for its architecture (it was opened in the late 1800s with a roof of intricate metalwork) and for some grub. Walking past the fishmongers in the markets outer rings, we find the smaller restaurants all coexisting in the very center, each with its own hawker attempting to steer in both tourists and locals.
While racing to finish up work, stuff the last necessary items into our suitcase (we would not be a good candidate for I am Packed right now), print out our boarding passes, double-check our camera equipment, charging cords and TSA-sized toiletries and do other last-minute errands before hopping on a flight, we caught eye of this snapshot from the Beijing International Airport in our photo archives.
Posted just before the trains to the baggage claim, it says: Relax. Train Comes Every Three Minutes.
Isn't that just...nice? We wish all airports had that sign so that us hyper-active, worrywart travelers could at least take a moment off (or three minutes) from stressing.
There's another bonus for the OCD traveler at Beijing's airport, as the lifts and train cars are frequently disinfected. But of course, we understand if you still want to bring your own personal hand sanitizer.
Travel Ads / Airports / Airport News / ORD / Chicago Travel / Travel Snapshot / → All Tags
We said they were coming, and lo, they have come. Yesterday, flying from Chicago-O'Hare, we encountered the dreaded advertising mirrorsbathroom mirrors that double up as screens for advertisements.
How are they in real life? Way more imposing/annoying than you'd expect. They work by sensing when someone's at the mirror, so if you're waiting in line for a cubicle, all you see is moving adverts. Which, we suppose, isn't too irritating, but it does mean you can't
check yourself out carry out quick makeup touch ups as you wait.