Tuesday April 15, 2014
A music festival is a great way to experience a destination. It settles the question of "what should we do tonight?" And music-fest T-shirts are the best.
Speaking of superlatives, the Montreal International Jazz Festival is the world's biggest and best jazz fest.
Its performers and concerts are sensational. And its timing, during French Canada's brief but delicious summer, is inspired.
The Montreal International Jazz Festival erupts for the 35th year from June 26 through July 6. It's got lots to love: 1,000 concerts and events; 3,000 musicians from 30 countries.
This season's artists include legends like Michael Bublé, Keith Jarrett, Diana Ross, Bobby McFerrin, Brad Mehldau, Randy Brecker, Dianne Reeves, Ginger Baker, Roy Hargrove, and many other icons and stars-to-be.
Photos: top ©Jean-François Leblanc/Montreal International Jazz Festival; fast festival friends (that's me at right, Karen Tina Harrison); above & below, Frédérique Ménard-Aubin/Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Monday April 14, 2014
Santa Fe, New Mexico is one of America's most distinctive destinations. Credit its vivid high-desert panorama and its exotic hybrid culture (Old Spanish, Pueblo, Wild West).
Many Santa Fe visitors, especially first-timers, like to stay downtown near the historic Plaza. But it would be a shame not to come face-to-face with the glorious landscape.
I think that the ideal Santa Fe visit would entail a few nights in town and a few more amidst the landscape.
For nature immersion, I recommend Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe a mere 10 minutes from the Plaza. Among its lures:
Pics including below: ©Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe. Exceptions: Santa Fe landscapes: magic hour, Diablo Canyon, aspens ©Karen Tina Harrison
Friday April 11, 2014
When you fly business or first class, or in a private jet, you know you're going to fly comfortable.
Flying coach, you're the master of your own fate. You must do everything in your power to improve your flight experience.
That means getting a better seat and carrying on what you need for enhanced comfort.
I'm a carryon ninja, hand-carrying my two small bags, including my inflight kit, onto the plane. In the kit:
Pics from top: Three views from the plane, the last of
Bora Bora in French Polynesia ©Karen Tina Harrison; Midnight Magic Sleep Mask and Evolution Flight Pillow ©Cabeau;
Suite bedroom at ©Four Seasons Resort Nevis; Terrace Suite at ©The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; (below) Anya, the Sleep Concierge at ©The Benjamin Hotel NYC.
Tuesday April 8, 2014
Celebrity-favored hotels are not a new phenom.
The Kim and Kanye of their day, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio, kicked off their honeymoon at The Lexington Hotel New York City.
The hotel has lasted considerably longer than that marriage: 85 years versus nine months.
And like a true superstar, it keeps reinventing itself. The Lexington is now an arts hotel, with great things to look at.
Photos: ©The Lexington Hotel New York City. Exception: Marilyn and Joe the month they were married, January 1954. ©Wikimedia Commons/ Public Domain