Week 05, June 2021
“The journey not the arrival matters.” 〜 T.S. Eliot
By LuxPin Team
◆ More than 130 years after France gifted the U.S. the Statue of Liberty, a 10-foot bronze replica of the Statue of Liberty is making her way across the Atlantic. The statue is scheduled to arrive in New York on July 1. Before the statue arrives in the nation’s capital, it will make a pit stop in New York’s Ellis Island to celebrate the Fourth of July alongside the original statue that welcomed immigrants to the U.S. in the early 20th century.
◆ A Rembrandt masterpiece housed at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum has been restored to its original glory using Artificial Intelligence (AI). “Rembrandt would have definitely done it more beautifully, but this comes very close,” the museum director said.
◆ The first route of the Midnight Trains service is expected to launch in 2024. Seizing on the open market, one French startup is stepping in to fill the void not only by offering overnight trains to and from Paris but also by doing it in style. Founded by Adrien Aumont and Romain Payet, the company recently revealed its plans to overhaul the basic overnight train experience to offer what its website describes as a “hotel on rails.”
◆ A new rail cooperative in Europe is setting out to redefine train travel across the continent. European Sleeper is positioning itself as a railway company dedicated to elevating the overnight train experience in Europe. The company plans to begin raising money in May from individuals and private investors under a cooperative model before launching operations in April 2022.
◆ To celebrate the launch of the mattress and World Ocean Day, the mattress company, Beautyrest, is creating an aquatic experience alongside the Long Island Aquarium for one extremely lucky guest. Beginning on June 8, one person will have the opportunity to book an exclusive, one-night-only overnight experience at the aquarium to test out the Harmony Lux Hybrid while immersed in the marine life that the mattress helps support.
◆ It’s going to be one highly fashionable summer in France. The Savannah College of Art and Design is ready to take things global. In June, the school announced the re-opening of SCAD Lacoste, an “imaginative center for the study of art and design” located in the gorgeous medieval village of Lacoste in the Provence region of France. Beginning Monday, June 28, the school will showcase the exhibition Notre Ami, Pierre Cardin, the university’s latest “ode and homage to the indomitable designer.
◆ Paradise, an area that gets 53 feet of snow each year in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington, is the snowiest place in the US. Often, it’s too snowy and foggy to even see the mountain range; avalanches are also a common occurrence.
◆ On a recent trip to Chicago, I booked a three-night stay at the Congress Plaza Hotel not knowing I was walking into one of the most haunted buildings in the Midwest. During my stay, it felt like I was the only guest because public spaces were empty. In fact, every corner of this hotel seemed to be void of human life.
◆ It’s almost autumn, and if you didn’t join the summer rush back to traveling, it’s time to think about September when things calm down a bit. Here are the best places to travel this September.
◆ Every year for its World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated islands according to their activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value. Six of the top 15 islands didn’t appear on last year’s list.
◆ If you’re looking for a vacation getaway that comes with a whole lot of sugary sweet history, this Waco, Texas vacation rental is for you. While Chip and Joanna Gaines may have breathed new life into the town of Waco with their reality TV show, Wade Morrison, whose professional name: Dr. Pepper, put it on the map long before the renovators moved in.
◆ Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo has twice as much to celebrate on June 23: early Wednesday morning, giant panda Shin Shin gave birth to twin cubs. Ueno Zoo works with the Beijing Zoo and San Diego Zoo on the breeding of wild giant pandas; successful breeding among the animals in captivity is extremely rare. Additionally, the World Wildlife Fund reports just about 1.800 giant pandas are left in the wild, making the species “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s ratings.
◆ Boston’s New England Aquarium accepted a ticket almost 40 years after it was purchased — thanks to some fine print. If there’s no expiration date printed, the ticket simply never expires.