Week 02–1, May 2021
“Nothing lasts forever, except the day before you start your vacation.” 〜 Gayland Anderson
By LuxPin Team
◆ The Bavarian celebration drew six million visitors annually before the pandemic. The 187th Oktoberfest celebration was originally scheduled to occur from Sept. 18 to Oct. 3. Beer glasses won’t be raised at the world’s largest folk festival again this fall. It’s marking the second year in a row that the tradition has been called off because of coronavirus concerns.
◆ Do you read all those stories of homes being sold for just €1 ($1.20) in Italy? Rubia Daniels, a California resident, was one of the first people to buy a house in Mussomeli, Sicily, in spring 2019. She ended up purchasing three. Here’s what to do — and what to avoid — if you’re interested in buying one of Italy’s €1 homes.
1. Pick your project.
2. Don’t buy remotely.
3. Don’t go on a whim.
4. Don’t skimp on time.
5. Don’t fall for one property.
6. Don’t go by first impressions.
7. Pace yourself, and budget well.
8. Don’t be unrealistic.
9. But don’t be nervous, either.
10. And finally, do integrate.
◆ It’s time to spring clean your style. In May, Lowe’s introduced “Lowe’s House of Curators,” a series of bespoke décor curations created by tastemakers to “uncover covetable style at an uncompromising value.” Lowe’s House of Curators is kicking things off with interior designer and fashion icon Iris Apfel, most well-known for the colorful stylings that she’s created over her nearly 100 years of life.
◆ The Boeing 737–900 ER, which was designed in partnership with the nation’s largest minority educational organization, UNCF, is called “Our Commitment.” Last week, the carrier debuted its newest aircraft, showcasing quotes from Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela, along with images of 14 students, as a sign of its commitment to a more equitable future through education.
◆ Rome’s Colosseum is getting a brand-new $22 million retractable floor completed in 2023 that will provide visitors with a look into the past. The new setup would allow visitors to stand on the floor of the arena and experience a view of the Colosseum like the ancient gladiators would have seen it during their battles.
◆ Portugal’s highly-anticipated, record-breaking suspension bridge “516 Arouca Bridge” opened last week to the public last week, with steel-nerved adventurers making the first wobbly treks across. The bridge is staking its claim as the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge — and it also happens to be one of the most terrifying.
◆ We are thrilled that the curtains will rise again. After being closed for 18 months, Broadway will welcome theater fans back on Sept. 14 at 100% capacity. Tickets go on sale starting on May 6.
◆ Las Vegas is slowly returning to its typical pace as shows like Cirque du Soleil are ready to take the stage again while various casinos are lifting capacity restrictions to bring the Strip back to life. When the shows reopen, all Cirque employees will be vaccinated. And regular COVID-19 testing will continue to ensure cast, crew and audience safety. Performers have already returned to training and rehearsals. “Mystere” will reopen at Treasure Island on June 28 and “O” at the Bellagio will reopen on July 1.
◆ Dark-hued beaches are often the result of volcanic lava flow over time (like at Kehena Beach in Hawaii) or glacial activity (like at Jökulsárlón Beach in Iceland). Below is a list of 15 must-see black-sand beaches around the world.
1. Punalu’u Beach, Hawaii
2. Playa Jardín, Canary Islands, Spain
3. Ureki Beach, Ureki, Georgia
4. Perivolos Beach, Santorini, Greece
5. Kehena Beach, Hawaii
6. Piha Beach, Piha, New Zealand
7. Miho no Matsubara, Shizuoka City, Japan
8. Jökulsárlón Beach, Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland
9. Playa Negra, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
10. Papenoo Beach, Papenoo, Tahiti
11. Spiaggia di Ficogrande, Stromboli, Italy
12. Black Sands Beach, CA, United States
13. Playa Negra, Vieques, Puerto Rico
14. Rosalie Bay Beach, Rosalie, Dominica
15. Keramas Beach, Bali, Indonesia
◆ Tucked away in Joshua Tree, California, just outside of the national park, travelers can find and book a fully-restored Futuro House that is now the “ultimate glamping experience.” For those not up on their 1960s architectural history, the Futuro House was first concocted by designer Matti Suuronen in 1968 as a “portable ski chalet.” “There are only 85 in the world, 19 in the USA, and only one available you can stay a night in, and that’s AREA 55 Glamping tour experience in Joshua Tree.
◆ Here are what Airbnb says are the 10 most wish-listed domes across the United States that are ideal for escaping our worries, social distancing, and taking in the best that Mother Nature has to offer.
1. Dome in the Dessert — Joshua Tree, CA
2. The Overlook — Hendersonville, NC
3. The Dome at Canyonlands — Monticello, UT
4. The Mothership Dome — Crestone, CO
5. Unique Dome Home — New Paltz, NY
6. Geodome Home in the Sierras — Arnold, CA
7. Tiny Geopod — Todd, NY
8. Unique Geodesic Dome — Hensonville, NY
9. The Vista Dome — Jefferson, CO
10. Redwood Dome — Cazadero, CA
◆ We’ve got another supermoon this month. And the full moon on May 26, 2021, is set to be a real stunner. Not only will it be the largest and brightest supermoon of the year, but it will also undergo a total lunar eclipse. And that means, unlike the Super Pink Moon, which wasn’t pink at all, the Super Blood Moon will actually be red.