Week 05, Mar. 2021
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” 〜 Gustave Flaubert
“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” 〜 Anna Quindlen
By LuxPin Team
◆ With more than 1,500 gallons of beer about to go bad, a German brewery collaborated with local bakeries to salvage its iconic product — and little did they know the result would be so popular.
◆ The Fuechschen Brewery in Dusseldorf sent 6,000 liters of its beer to local bakeries and invited them to create their own bread recipes using beer instead of water. They also sent leftover grains from the brewing process, which the bakeries used to create “Treberbrot,” or “Spent Grain Bread.”
◆ The bread is now available at about a dozen bakeries around Dusseldorf for less than $5. And, as an added bonus, each loaf comes with a free bottle of the Altbier. Requests from around the country have been pouring into the German bakeries, asking if they can send the loaves by mail.
◆ According to Airbnb, based on its search data, it’s seeing U.S.-based travelers gravitating toward these domestic destinations for upcoming spring and summer travels.
1. Southern Maine: It’s no real surprise that travelers are craving a New England summer getaway in Southern Maine.
2. Cape May, New Jersey: Cape May is a classic gem of a vacation destination located at the southern tip of the Jersey Shore.
3. Round Top, Texas: Round Top, home to fewer than 100 full-time residents, may just be a tiny blip on the radar, but it also happens to be a major player in the antique game.
4. Lake Powell, Arizona: Lake Powell, an already popular travel destination, is ready for visitors to come and take a dip in the man-made reservoir along the Colorado River once again.
5. Cape San Blas, Florida: The region is often called one of the best beach areas in the nation, so it’s worth finding a spot along the water for a family getaway.
6. Orderville, Utah: Orderville, home to just 500 full-time residents, is trending on platforms like Airbnb because people are ready and willing to flee the big cities and head for greener pastures.
7. Mammoth Cave, Kentucky: There, guests can explore both above and below the earth’s surface with long hikes and cave tours.
8. Kitty Hawk, North Carolina: Kitty Hawk, North Carolina has long been a favored summertime destination thanks to its sandy stretches of beach, hiking trails, and rich history with the Wright Brothers.
9. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri: The lake is a popular spot for warm-weather revelers, including swimmers, boaters, and paddle boarders.
10. Whitefish, Montana: Whitefish, located in the Rocky Mountains, is a gateway community to Glacier National Park.
◆ Whether you’re an experienced hiker or not, you can still enjoy this four-mile trail that connects two wineries in southwest Michigan.
◆ The Mt. Tabor Trail is a 3.6-mile, pet-friendly hiking trail that connects the Round Barn and Tabor Hill Wineries. Hikers can enter the trailhead at either winery, where they can purchase wine, beer, spirits, and food selections from both establishments to take with them on the trail.
◆ According to the Associated Press (AP), a small piece of the Wright brothers’ 1903 Wright Flyer, which was the first “heavier-than-air powered aircraft” in flight, is part of NASA’s Martian helicopter, Ingenuity. A small swatch of fabric from the plane hitched a ride on the helicopter, which reached Mars aboard the Perseverance rover last month.
◆ There is a special significance of including a piece of the Wright brothers’ plane with the Ingenuity helicopter since it will be making history as the first powered, controlled flight on another planet on April 8.
◆ With humans under another lockdown in Italy, a pair of striped dolphins swam through Venice’s famous Grand Canal before being ushered back to the Adriatic Sea.
◆ The group spent more than two hours guiding the dolphins away from the boats that regularly travel through these historical canals and toward the Adriatic Sea where they are more commonly found. The team had to create a chain to redirect boat traffic and set the dolphins on a path back to sea.
◆ Patagonia is well known as one of the world’s natural wonders. But within it lies Aysén, a territory so remote and untrodden, international visitors are only now waking up to its charms.
◆ A number of carriers offer nonstop flights from the U.S. to Santiago. There are connections available from Santiago to Balmaceda, Aysén’s regional airport, with Latam, Sky, and Jetsmart. The regional capital is a 45-minute drive from the airport, and every visitor to Aysén will pass through it.
◆ Stretching from San Diego, California, to Blaine, Washington, the West Coast of the United States encompasses over 1,370 miles from top to bottom. With so much beauty lying in between, including striking mountains, stunning national parks, and of course, the sparkling Pacific Ocean, this region is best experienced on the road, with a good number of detours to explore what lies inland, too.
◆ Here is a list of seven amazing West Coast road trips, all departing from major cities. Gas up the car and go.
1. Road Trips From Seattle
● Seattle to Astoria, Oregon
● Seattle to Vancouver, British Columbia (With an Optional Side Trip Through Whidbey Island)
2. Road Trips From San Francisco
● San Francisco to Seattle (Four-day Trip)
● San Francisco to Napa and Sonoma
● San Francisco to Los Angeles (Two-day Trip)
3. Road Trips From Los Angeles
● Los Angeles to San Diego
● West Coast National Parks Road Trip
◆ The Louvre has put its entire art collection online, the iconic museum announced Friday, with more than 480,000 works of art available for anyone to look through at any time for free.
◆ Viewers who aren’t quite sure where to start — or simply want to mimic a visit to the Louvre — can use an interactive map and virtually explore the museum room by room. Users can also search for a specific work of art, browse the collection by theme or follow a themed collection made by the museum’s curatorial department. The database will be continually updated with new works and new research.
◆ The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) is finally opening Qaumajuq, the world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art, in Winnipeg, Canada, and it’s celebrating the opening with a virtual exhibition, Forbes reported.
◆ The physical space will open to the public on March 27, but anyone around the world can learn about Inuit art and culture from their homes during WAG’s virtual event on March 25 and 26. On March 25 at 6:30 p.m. CT, the virtual opening will include a tour of the space and the unique collection of art inside it, as well as an overview of educational outreach and the inspiration behind the building’s design.
◆ Florence’s Uffizi Gallery hosted as many as 12,000 visitors a day during its busiest periods before the pandemic. But now, the gallery has come up with a way to prevent the return of over-tourism by spreading its artwork across all of Tuscany, CNN reported.
◆ The plan, called Uffizi Duffusi, which means “scattered Uffizi,” will showcase the art from the gallery’s deposit in buildings throughout the region, in essence turning all of Tuscany into one big museum. The project hopes to start rolling out this summer. With the Uffizi Diffusi project, Florence’s Uffizi Gallery collection could be spread across as many as 100 exhibition spaces throughout Tuscany.