144 posts categorized "Travel"

Friday At Last ...

Jan 15 2016


I've spent altogether too much time in airports this week and it has taken it's toll. And to think there was a time when the thought of zipping through airports seemed grown up and oh so very glamorous. What was I thinking?

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Paris When It Sizzles.

Jul 03 2015

Paris When It Sizzles

Cole Porter sang "I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles". I can't say I share his enthusiasm.

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Not Even A Hint Of Irony? Really??

Jan 22 2015


A reported 1700 private jets will be ferrying an assortment of billionaires, celebrities and heads of state to the tiny remote town of Davos this week to attend the 2015 World Economic Forum conference.

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In Praise Of Boredom.

Sep 04 2014


I like vacations. I like staying up late, sleeping in, ordering room service, lounging by the water. I like it all for about 36 hours. After that, boredom sets in and I need to do something, anything, productive. Usually, that's the moment when I pull out the stack of books I've accumulated over the months and dig in.

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Le Meridien's Final 'Unlock Art' Film Asks 'What's So Funny?'

Jun 16 2014

Rosler:Bringing the War Home04

House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, Martha Rosler, 2004.

I had the pleasure of attending the launch of What’s So Funny?, the final in a series of eight short films produced jointly by the Tate and Le Méridien Hotels (Starwood Group) for its Unlock Art program.

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Anna Wintour's Conscience.

May 28 2014


"I mean, I can't in good conscience support sharia law Grace!"

As you may have heard, US Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour has joined the boycott of Dorchester Collection hotels in protest of the Sultan of Brunei's decision to extend full sharia law throughout his kingdom. Dorchester Collection properties include Le Meurice and Plaza Athénée in Paris, the Principe di Savoia in Milan and The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane in London.

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Le Méridien’s “Unlock Art” Series Invites You To Explore Surrealism.

May 21 2014


René Magritte, The Lovers, 1928

“It was positively surreal.” How often do we use that term to describe an event or incident that strikes us as bizarre? It’s not clear exactly when the term was vacuumed up by popular culture to become a synonym for “weird” but it does illustrate the far-reaching impact of the cultural movement founded by French writer and poet André Breton. It is that movement that is the subject of the penultimate film from Le Méridien’s Unlock Art series.

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On The Politics Of Luxury.

May 12 2014


International relations, politics, human rights … These are not normally subjects you’ll hear discussed at your standard luxury industry event. In fact, these are subjects that most luxury brands are keen to avoid discussing publicly altogether.

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Nude Or Naked? Le Méridien's "Unlock Art" Investigates.

Mar 25 2014

Family Jules NNN (No Naked Niggahs), Barkley Hendricks, 1974

Family Jules NNN (No Naked Niggahs), Barkley Hendricks, 1974

We're currently so awash in nudity that it's difficult to remember that exposed human flesh was once a terrible taboo in Western culture. Everywhere you look from your neighborhood news stand to department store fragrance counters to music videos, the female form (if not the male) is prominently on display. But are the subjects nude or merely naked? Is it art and therefore worthy of our attention or is it something lesser? This is the subject of the latest in Le Méridien's "Unlock Art" short film series called A Brief History of Art Undressed.

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Le Méridien Explores The Place Of Women In Art.

Feb 05 2014


Work by NYC-based artist Martha Rosler.

I was in London recently for the release of the latest short film in Le Méridien's Unlock Art series. The fourth film in a projected series of eight, it is dedicated to the place of women in art, a topic as ambitious as it is sensitive, especially amongst art historians.

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