Week 04, September 2021
“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”〜 Mary Anne Radmacher
By LuxPin Team
◆ It’s been 95 years since Winnie the Pooh was published, and Airbnb is celebrating with a stay in a magical treehouse in the original Hundred Acre Wood that’s worthy of a truly great nap.
◆ When Dubai does anything, you know it’s going to be the biggest, fastest, or most luxe version in the world. And next month, in true Dubai style, the city will debut the largest and tallest observation wheel in the world. Set to open Oct. 21, the Ain Dubai Ferris Wheel will soar to more than 820 feet (250 meters) off the ground, offering views of the Dubai Marina, glittering skyline, and Bluewaters Island.
◆ Whether it’s from atop the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, One World Observatory, or Edge NYC, each of the observation decks in Manhattan offers a gorgeous perspective of the New York City skyline. And now, tickets are on sale for the newest aerial vantage point at Summit One Vanderbilt, opening on Oct. 21.
◆ For lifelong fans of the beloved Lewis Carroll classic, or for those who are just “curiouser and curiouser,” the experience, filled with fantastical decor and on-theme drinks, has already been a hit in cities including Denver, San Francisco, and Sydney, Australia — and is making its way to New York.
◆ Ray-Ban and Facebook have teamed up to create a new generation of smart glasses to help users record life in style. Ray-Ban Stories may look like traditional Ray-Ban glasses — but look closely and you’ll see two small cameras on either side of the lenses. Wearers can press a button and the glasses will begin recording whatever they are looking at.
◆ Messenger helps people connect and virtually experience our planet, no matter where they are this month. As the pandemic is still going on, it’s clear that this summer seems like a perfect time to celebrate the great outdoors and our national parks. So, Messenger has teamed up with National Geographic to bring back more special, 360-degree backgrounds for you and your friends to share on the app.
◆ It’s all in the eyes! Apple’s new version of the masked emoji indicates the face is grinning instead of grimacing behind the facial covering.
◆ Starting next month, Los Angeles is joining cities across the country in requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry into social venues like bars, wineries, breweries, and nightclubs. Going into effect on Oct. 7, guests, as well as employees of the establishments, will be required to show proof of vaccination.
◆ Previously, all visitors were required to isolate. The Netherlands will welcome fully-vaccinated American tourists without a quarantine next week, a reversal of its earlier decision to require all visitors to self-isolate upon arrival.
◆ Croatia and Austria, which both welcome American tourists, have each implemented a 270-day expiration for accepted vaccines. A pair of European countries have set expiration dates for vaccines when it comes to travel, the latest move in an ever-changing international travel landscape.