Would anyone like to know the secret to time travel? First of all, forget about Jules Verne and his fantastical escapades. Try not to think about Michael Jay Fox and the grey Delorean. Stop looking to the sky and pondering the impossibility of black holes. The easiest way to time travel is not found in complicated mathematical equations or scientific exploration, time travel is achieved by simply pin-pointing relevance — finding something inside yourself that relates to everything else…past, present, and future.
This past Wednesday from roughly 8pm to 2am I found myself traveling through time. My journey began at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where upon parking I ordered myself a ¨Murdertini¨ and sat down amongst a diverse audience for the beginning of The BBC Murders by Agatha Christie. The only thing I really knew about Agatha Christie came from an old book of short stories that my grandmother had given me.
The play centered around four short stories written by the boisterous and highly acclaimed British writer, that all converge into one in the final scene. It was put on like an old radio show, and in essence we were all part of the live studio audience. At stage left two microphones hung down from the heavens in front of a nicely dressed man and woman playing the radio production team. Neither actor had any lines, yet still played a significant role in setting the ambiance of the production and providing authentic, old-fashion sound effects.
The set itself was relatively simple, a black metal staircase that created the illusion of a European flat, a series of standing microphones, and a white projection tapestry that alternated chiaroscuro images of the world outside. The usage of color was very subtle; dark reds, oranges, and blues carried the entire play without detracting from the story or the acting.
Live theater is one of the oldest forms of entertainment; this then gave way to a time where radio was television. A time where an entire family would crowd around an old transistor and listen to productions like Orson Wells´ War of the Worlds, create real-time mass panic. The BBC Murders combined both these mediums, while highlighting stereotypical characters throughout literary history, such as the chauvinistic woman eater, the irresistible mistress, the aloof detective, the scantily clad lounge singer, the over protective husband, and even the flamboyant ¨consensus objector¨. The core cast members consisted of Elizabeth Dimon, Richard Fish, Alex Jorth, Orson Ossman, Melinda Peterson who played Agatha Christie, Cassie Post, Phillip Proctor, Angie Radosh, Gary Sandy, Lesley Staples, Christopher Swan, and Amy Walker. Every actor gave their own personal stylistic contributions that massaged the emotional inner workings of the eager spectators.
I had a unique opportunity to hang out with the actors after the play. Tailgating outside the Extended Stay America, cast members young and old talked about small, laughable mistakes made during the play, the joys of being an artist, future productions, and other collective interests. It was an eclectic group of people that shared several common bonds, without any interference sometimes caused by the large differences in age. Before retiring for the evening I shared a smoke with actor, Phillip Proctor. ¨The first segment in the play reminded me of the Natalee Holloway case, ¨ I told him. ¨Young, good looking male murders a pretty blonde on the beach, and might just get away with it. ¨ Of course the story had been written many years before the Van der Sloot fiasco, but art is truly about your own interpretation as well as finding relevance. Phillip Proctor was an extremely interesting man who had been part of the arts in some fashion or another for decades. He had even done some of the voices for well-known, animated Disney films. I saw a lot of myself in the man, just as he did in me. He allowed me to take a look at my past, grab hold of my present, and see what I wanted for the future. On a Wednesday night in late January I had figured out how to travel through time.
Rising majestically above the 600 acre beach front resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain St.Lucia is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating St Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty.
Architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy has expanded upon his philosophy of building in harmony with Caribbean nature in his creation of Jade Mountain St.Lucia. The bold architectural design individual bridges leading to exceptional infinity pool sanctuaries and rugged stoned-faced columns reaching towards the sky makes Jade Mountain St.Lucia one of the Caribbean’s most mesmerizing resort experiences.
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A joint collaboration with rock / ambient / experimental band MONO (monoishere.com),
Legend by evosiastudios.com takes you on an epic 12 minute visual and aural journey through Iceland's breathtaking landscapes during the time of the midnight sun.
The film travels across Iceland, from the floating blue icebergs of Jokulsarlon's glacial lagoon to the steaming geothermic vents of Myvatn, the colorful mountains of Landmannalaugar to the breathtaking sunsets on Snaefellnes Peninsula, and the barren volcanic landscapes of Askja to the vast fields of lupin near Husavik.
Legend was shot over a 2 week period in June 2012 when the sun barely sets below the horizon and you never see darkness. It was filmed completely in 5K resolution using Canon full frame DSLRs on motion timelapse equipment from Kessler Crane.
Mono's score of the same name, Legend, is from their upcoming album "For my parents". Its edgy cinematic and epic quality helps describe Iceland - a breathtakingly beautiful yet unforgivingly dangerous place.
The Broken Shaker the first pop-up cocktail bar in Miami closed back in May but will reopen in November!
It will return to the Indian Creek Hotel, which is undergoing renovations. In addition they are expanding into a nearby house to add a full service restaurant, complete with an upstairs lounge.
Broken Shaker at the Indian Creek Hotel
2727 Indian Creek Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Do you want your travel experience to go a bit more smoothly?
That's an easy question, of course you do. One way to expedite the travel process and relieve the stress it brings is to re-think how you pack: the Stuffa Jacket, a wearable vest, is capable of holding enough clothes for a weekend excursion.
Gizmodo recently featured the vest, created by U.K.-based designer Sandro Cafasso. The jacket has 12 compartments, four large ones on the back panels and eight smaller ones on the front, encased by an elasticized netting that forms an extra lining. Gizmag found the vest capable of holding a surprising amount of cargo, including "a pair of jeans, a light hoodie, a pair of long shorts, four t-shirts, six pairs of socks, four pairs of gentleman's undergarments, and a winter scarf." In addition to offering more even weight distribution than traditional backpacks or travel bags, the Stuffa also functions perfectly well as an article of clothing.
Others have made attempts at creating a puffer-jacket-as-luggage-carrier, like the more cumbersome Suitcase Coat and several makeshift versions by travelers looking to avoid the stringent luggage rules of low cost airlines like Ryanair or EasyJet.
The Stuffa will be released in November and will retail for $148.
Everyone wants recommendations where to stay when they travel, and for 17 years running, Travel + Leisure has asked our readers to vote on the hotels they love most. The resulting World’s Best Awards are a collection of the properties that go above and beyond.
Tuscany is in itself, one of the most magical places in the world. You've read articles by our writer and travel blogger Lynn Pederson whose blog http://www.tuscanyatheart.com/ is all about the beauty of this part of the world.
The food, architecture, culture and history in Tuscany can inspire poets and lovers. Another special part about Tuscany are the hot springs, the natural thermal pools rich with minerals. The Ancient Romans, and even Etruscan people built spas around these thermal pools and they have been renown for the health benefits for centuries.
Fonteverde is a modern spa built on property that was once an ancient Roman spa. An infinity pool of warn minerals over looks the Tuscan country side, with its charming medieval villages, vineyards and olive groves.. Fonteverde is a 5 star luxury hotel and spa. It's an exclusive resort with world class food, service and innovative spa techniques from Europe and Asia.
Fonteverde was built in the 17th century by the Grand Duke Ferdinando I de' Medici amid precious hot springs whose therapeutic properties were known since ancient times. It re-opened as a modern spa 10 years ago and has seven swimming therapeutic pools, a holistic centre and beauty centre.
Fonteverde was voted the best spa in Europe by several international publications including Spa Magazine.
If you're in Europe, Fonteverde is a must see. http://www.fonteverdespa.com/
(CNN) A massive herd of caribou grazes the Arctic tundra. Sea birds fatten up on shellfish along the Chesapeake Bay before flying thousands of miles to winter in South America. A pod of orca glide past Pacific islands blanketed in fir and cedar as they hunt for salmon.
Few sights are more awe-inspiring than mass movements of animals instinctively traveling the path forged by the millions of their kind that came before them. Summer is prime time for wildlife viewing, the season when you'll catch birds and animals tending their young and storing up energy before their fall migrations to winter feeding and breeding grounds.
By now everyone knows that Red Bull won the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix. We covered the Grand Prix and had a ball running around Monaco check it all out here:
HONOLULU - Hawaiian Airlines is about to be the only carrier offering year-round flights between Honolulu and New York City.
Daily service between Honolulu International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport will begin Monday.
Inaugural Flight 50 – playing off the television show "Hawaii Five-0" – will depart Honolulu at 3:05 p.m. Monday and arrive in New York City at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Flight 51 will depart Kennedy airport at 10 a.m. and arrive in Honolulu at 3 p.m.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority estimates the new flights will generate $156 million in direct visitor spending and $17 million in state tax revenue annual for Hawaii's tourism economy.
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