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Relive Pan Am’s Glory Days

I love this! 1970’s Pan Am airplane has been meticulously reconstructed for a dining/dinner theater experience. Oh, the good old days of flying. It’s not like this anymore. http://usat.ly/2ef5GXW

Do you wish for the days when flying was enjoyable like I do?

 

Pan Am One Woman's Travels

Pan Am One Woman’s Travels

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Almost Trip to Paris-Almost

My Missed Paris Trip

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Recently, the Maison Objet Interior Design show was held in Paris. Paris is on my list. When a Pilot friend graciously offered me and my husband airline tickets to Paris so I could attend the show and see Paris, well, I didn’t hesitate! It was short notice. So much to do, 2 weeks to get all my work done ahead of time, check out details, find a hotel, heck, learn Paris and a tiny bit of the language. The first thing I did was pull my husband’s passport out to check and make sure it was still valid as I had renewed mine recently. Yep, it was valid through the end of November of this year. I remember thinking, “I’ll need to renew it when we return.”

Checked the State Department website, travel warning to Europe dropped off 8/31/16 and we were traveling after that so I was feeling like this trip of a lifetime was coming together. I even managed to pack for 10 days in carry-on only and I was pretty proud of that. The day we left, we got up at 3 am to fly to Chicago O’hare where we hung out for about 7 hours for the one daily flight to Paris. As we got close to the time we needed to head to the gate, we were at The Bubbles Lounge, having a great glass of champagne, listening to a young man play an awesome piano. I finally felt like it was time to create my first FB post about our trip and it was of this great piano player. And with that, we were off to the gate. As my husband handed his boarding pass to the American Airlines employee, there was a problem and he was asked to step out of line. Seeing this, I stepped out with him.

Imagine our utter shock when we were told that France has a rule that your passport, even though it’s valid, must be valid at least three months from the date of your trip and my husband’s passport expiration date missed that by 2 weeks. We couldn’t board the plane.

I look back and think we should have stayed in Chicago and flown somewhere, anywhere the next day to decompress and process what had happened, oh and have a few glasses of wine. However, my husband, not exactly the same type of traveler as I am (2 weeks notice was like asking him to leave the next day but he said yes for me), he was ready to go home. I frantically looked for options and we ALMOST flew to London, thinking we could take a train into Paris. There was something nagging at me. It was Sunday night, Labor Day weekend, and the train station was closed so I couldn’t get anyone on the phone to confirm that we could even get into Paris. If I could have confirmed this I would have nudged my husband into going but not being sure myself, I couldn’t do it. Tired, in shock, and disappointed, off we go, running to catch the last flight back home. It was 12:30am before we made it home and it took another 2 hours before I could go to bed. Paris, I missed Paris. I got up at 3am, spent 2 weeks of frantic work

I frantically looked for options and we ALMOST flew to London, thinking we could take a train into Paris. There was something nagging at me. It was Sunday night, Labor Day weekend, and the train station was closed so I couldn’t get anyone on the phone to confirm that we could even get into Paris. If I could have confirmed this I would have nudged my husband into going but not being sure myself, I couldn’t do it. Tired, in shock, and disappointed, off we go, running to catch the last flight back home. It was 12:30am before we made it home and it took another 2 hours before I could go to bed. Paris, I missed Paris. I got up at 3am, spent 2 weeks of frantic work and planning to get up at 3 am and fly to Chicago O’hare and spend seven hours, just to fly back home!

It was not until the plane home was in the air that the disappointment hit me and I couldn’t stop the tears. There will be another chance, I hope, to experience Paris. It’s still on my bucket list.

It’s taken me some time to write about this because it was just so shocking, all the planning, lost some money, the excitement and expectation and then the disappointment. It took a while to shake it all off. However, when my Pilot friend posted this article on Facebook, I decided it was time to share this experience with you because everyone should know this. A neighbor who works in Italy said that France, Italy, and Germany have this rule and Belgium is considering it as well. Next time, I will check this out thoroughly. Travel writing, heck travel, is not for the faint of heart and some lessons are painful but I did learn something.

Here is a link to the article, make sure you know before you go.

http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2016-02-12/when-to-renew-your-expiring-passport

U.S. to Barcelona for $189 on Norwegian

Will you go? Don’t pass up an opportunity to experience Barcelona! Norwegian now can fly internationally and is offering these deals so grab them quickly! They are a discount airline so be prepared to pay for checked and carry-on baggage, meals and more but you can’t beat the ticket prices! Read the article here

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Evening at Giada’s in Las Vegas

Giada’s restaurant in The Cromwell Hotel in Las Vegas is exquisite. We had a table at the window where we could see the fountain show at the Bellagio. The service from Joseph, great and the food, incredible. The “small size” portions are not small but they are amazing.

On the menu for me:

  • Gorgonzola dolce with raw pear honey
  • Parmigiana Reggiano with wild sage honey
  • Prosciutto di Parma buttery, salty & sweet pork

It’s a place I recommend experiencing because of the food and the experience.  https://www.caesars.com/cromwell/giada#.V59jkZMrL_Q

 

Great fresh food

Great fresh food

Giada's

Giada’s

Fresh and Wonderful

Fresh and Wonderful

Fun "Fresh Pepper Grinder"

Fun “Fresh Pepper Grinder”

 

Ready for a Pink Kitchen Thanks to Pantone?

As if the Pantone Color of the year (two this year), Rose Quartz wasn’t strange enough, now offered up are pink kitchens! My take on this? A few are cool, but too much pink or the wrong pink and it’s too trendy. Also, I suspect, even if you love pink, you’ll get tired of a pink kitchen very quickly. I recommend splashes of pink in ways you can change easily and inexpensively when you get tired of pink.  What do you think? http://kitchendesignbuzz.com/pink-kitchen-design-ideas-pictures/

 

Pink Kitchen

Pink Kitchen

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Peter Philips at Dior

Peter Philips, iconic makeup artist, has lead at Chanel & now Dior, the two largest fashion companies in the world. I love this iconic photo with a hand made lace mask of Mickey Mouse for the cover of Vogue Magazine in in 2005. Read more about this amazingly creative artist here http://bit.ly/2agLRIO

Peter Philips & Dior

Peter Philips & Dior

Transforming Coach in Turbulent Times

Victor Luis on Transforming Coach in Turbulent Times

 

Top Ten Interior Designers in Europe

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10 best interior designers in Europe

Europe is the home of some of the absolutely best interior designers in the world, many of them became internationally recognized icons of the industry, mentors and ultimate taste makers. Take a look at our list 10 best interior designers in Europe, most of them can be also found on the AD top 100 list.”

I never tire of looking at designers’ work from around the world, staying on top of the design trend, and seeing what others are doing and thinking in the design world. This is a great list of great designers in Europe. Enjoy.

http://bit.ly/29UEmto

 

 

 

The Real Way to Get Upgraded to First Class

Airlines are actually selling their premium first class seats and that means it’s almost impossible to get upgraded these days. Think dressing well, crying, begging or fibbing just a bit will get you an upgrade? Well, those options aren’t in the mix anymore. Airlines have strict rules and empty first class seats go to the people that spend the most money and/or time with the airlines first. Here are the new “real” ways to get upgraded to first class…http://bit.ly/1qAzkqB

 

50 Top White Armchairs from Modern Chair

Part one of this article shows 25 of the 50 top white armchairs as seen by Modern Chair. Wow, I love them all! I especially loved the following two chairs. http://bit.ly/1Ny1ltW

What are your favorites?

Would you ever have a white armchair in your home?

I have a white loveseat in my office and I ADORE it! I can change the colors in the room with throw pillows and the sofa itself makes a statement.

Enjoy part one of this great collection!

 

this white chair is an Eames lounge chair and the floor lamp is by delightfull.eu

this white chair is an Eames lounge chair and the floor lamp is by delightfull.eu

 

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