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  • Adam 22:13 on 16.02.2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Top Places for a Family to Stay in New York 

    Top Places for a Family to Stay in New York

    Top Places for a Family to Stay in New York

    Admit it, New York City can be a little overwhelming to visit with kids. But despite the Big Apple’s tendency to be crowded, loud, and expensive, there are hidden gems throughout the city. The Guardian compiled all the best things to do in New York with your kids , which include checking out the Statue of Liberty through a Staten Island Ferry ride, walking along the High Line, or enjoying fun and games at Bryant Park. Don’t worry about where you’re going to stay. Here are some of the best kid-friendly accommodation options you can book in New York City:

    Novotel New York
    ($109 – $329 a night for a double room, plus a facilities fee of $16 per day)

    This particular hotel has all the standard amenities you and your family will need, but the best thing about this location is that kids ages 16 and below can stay free in their parent’s room. They also eat for free, too, at the hotel’s Cafe Nicole. Pets are allowed here, which means you don’t need to leave the dog at home.

    Top Places for a Family to Stay in New York

    The Leon Hotel
    ($110 – $239 a night for a double room)

    If you’re looking for massive rooms, friendly staff, and a kid-friendly neighborhood, The Leon is perfect for you. It’s located in Chinatown, which is great if you want to give your kids a different New York experience. The rooms have high ceilings, well-designed bathrooms, and cushioned window seats.

    Le Parker Meridien
    ($193 – $552 a night for a double room, plus a daily facilities fee of $15 per day)

    Your kids will love Le Parker right from the moment they step foot in it. Frommers lists it as one of the best family-friendly hotels in New York. The property has a burger place right in the lobby, they play cartoons in the elevators, and they have spacious rooms and suites with feather-top mattresses. The hotel also features a 17,000-square-foot fitness center that has basketball and racquetball courts, a spa, and a rooftop pool.

    The Lowell
    ($620 – $700 a night for a double room)

    For moms and dads who feel like indulging a bit, The Lowell will give you everything you’re looking for in a luxurious hotel—some of their rooms even have a fireplace! Although it’s a luxe hotel, it has the homey feel of a residential dwelling. Most units have either a kitchenette or a full kitchen.

    Top Places for a Family to Stay in New York

    City Sonnet
    ($125-$145 double in Brooklyn, $150-$175 double in Manhattan. Unhosted apartments: $175-$300 for doubles and triples, $350-$700 for rentals that can sleep up to eight.)

    If you want to save money without sleeping in a hotel room the size of a closet, you can opt to stay in a NY apartment instead. A lot of families thinking of visiting New York find it difficult to look for an affordable kid-friendly place to stay. Don’t limit yourself to hotels, as vacation apartments combine a good location and a wide array of amenities. Apartments sound a bit pricier than hotels, but with a bit of research, you can actually save more money.

    You can choose between hosted or unhosted locations, and companies like City Sonnet will place you in the most exclusive and sought-after areas in the city. They have 2-bedroom vacation apartments that can accommodate you and your kids comfortably, without being too expensive. Just don’t let your kids get too used to living in a fancy New York apartment. Purchasing one is really expensive, as Yoreevo reports that the average price of a New York apartment was $1,120,572 in 2017. Apartments are great for families because you will have more room than most hotels. You won’t, however, get room service or an onsite spa for that valued parent time.

    Whichever kind of accommodation you choose for your NY vacation, it all boils down to your budget, where you’re going, and who you’re bringing with you. One thing is for sure though, we know that you will have a good time.

    The post Top Places for a Family to Stay in New York appeared first on Easy Planet Travel.

  • Adam 16:31 on 16.02.2019 Permalink | Reply
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    All You Need to Know About Road tripping in the U.S. as a Foreigner 

    All You Need to Know About Road Tripping in the U.S. as a Foreigner // Route 66

    If you’re planning on driving in the States, here are a few things you’re going to want to keep in mind
    Author: Sam Casteris
    ​The time has come. You’re finally taking that Great American Road Trip you’ve been waiting to take for years. That’s great! But as a foreign national, taking a road trip in the States isn’t as easy as hopping in your rental car and going on your merry way.

    Make sure you know how to drive in the USA

    This one is pretty basic, but can cause a surprising amount of difficulty for people who haven’t done their research.

    • Ask yourself if you’re comfortable driving an automatic car. We have stick shift cars in the states, but they’re not as readily available. If you feel more comfortable driving shift, make sure you make a special request for one with your rental car company.
    • Remember that we drive on the right side of the road. This is another one that sounds easy, but can cause some issues if you’re used to driving on the left-hand side of the road.
    • Familiarize yourself with our traffic laws and driving rules. Rules of the road aren’t universal. If you’re from a country with particularly lax (or strict!) traffic laws, make sure you thoroughly do your research. This isn’t a place where you’re going to want to encounter any surprises.
    All You Need to Know About Road Tripping in the U.S. as a Foreigner // Red Rocks Road Trip

    Choose your rental car company carefully

    ​Rental car companies all have different rules and guidelines that they abide by. When renting a car, make sure they rent to non-citizens. Some rental car companies have special rules about crossing city, county, state, or even country lines, so ensure that your road trip falls under their rules. A handful of rental car companies allow it, but charge a significant fee to return your rental car in another city or state. Other companies may need additional types of insurance or may charge an additional fee. Every company will be different, so do your homework on this one to avoid incurring surcharges.

    Get your paperwork in order

    People driving in the States must have a valid driver’s license. Some states will require an International Driving Permit (IDP), in addition to a valid license from your own country. Depending on where you rent your car from, your rental company may also require one, even if the state you’re in (or are going to) doesn’t require one. Make sure to double check with your rental car company, and to call the Department of Motor Vehicles in each state you’re visiting.

    • Get your IDP before coming to the States. You can only get one in your home country.
    • Beware of IDP scams. Make sure to go straight to your home country’s Department of Motor Vehicles.


    ​Insurance is a requirement to drive in the United States. Your rental car company can help you with this one, but you’ll also want to make sure you’re not duplicating coverage. Check with your credit card, any motor club affiliations you may have, or your insurance back at home. Some  plans offer travel coverage! Don’t double pay if you don’t have to.

    Be prepared for any bumps along the way

    Accidents happen, literally! Whether this means getting pulled over, getting a ticket, a fender bender, or worse, you’re going to want to make sure you’re totally prepared. Always have your passport, IDP, home driver’s license, vehicle registration, rental car papers, and any insurance documents handy. If you get into an accident, not leaving your information with the other person is considered a crime. As a foreign national, this can be a huge infraction… and it’s not something you want to take a risk on. Here’s the information that you’re required by law to exchange with the person or peoples you get into an accident with, should that happen:

    • Name, telephone number, and license ID number
    • License plate number, model, and year of the car
    • Registration number and expiration date
    • Name of the insurance company and policy number

    Make sure you get the right phone plan

    On a road trip, the last thing you’ll want to rely on is free WiFi. Anything can happen on the road, from GPS snafus to more dangerous situations. You will want reliable access to a Maps app or GPS, as well as a phone to call people in case of an emergency. If it’s too expensive to get an international plan with your home provider, get a pay-per-use phone in the United States. You won’t regret this one.
    All You Need to Know About Road Tripping in the U.S. as a Foreigner // USA map and car

    Be aware of local biases

    Not every city, town, or even state has the same culture in the States. What you experience in the Midwest will be different from what you experience in the Deep South. Even more granularly, what you experience in say, Canarsie or East New York will be different from what you experience in Williamsburg (and all three locations are in Brooklyn, NY).  Be conscious of your surroundings at all times, even if areas that seem friendly or safe on the surface. Make sure you’re aware of the crime rate, and the types of crimes committed. Don’t be afraid to refer to forums, either.

    When looking for a place to stay, check the Bed Bug Registry first

    Bed bugs are one American souvenir you’re not going to want to bring home.
  • Adam 11:41 on 12.02.2019 Permalink | Reply
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    ‘Secret’ Omakase Restaurant Hiden and Its Chef Part Ways 


    Tadashi ShiraishiAnd it all played out on social media

    Below you’ll find the latest notable shifts in chefs and personnel amongst restaurant kitchens throughout South Florida.

    FEBRUARY 11, 2019

    SOUTH BEACH — Over the weekend Hiden, the secret omakase restaurant behind The Taco Stand, parted ways with its chef Tadashi Shiraishi. The announcement first came through over Instagram stories on Hiden’s official account on Friday, February 8. The chef then took to Instagram on Saturday, February 9, to confirm the departure. In his post he said that him and his wife, Caroline Martinez, had to “disassociate” themselves with the restaurant, effective immediately, noting that “certain circumstances forced us into this decision and left us with no choice.”

    Hiden then reiterated the same sentiments from Friday’s IG story on Facebook this afternoon saying “Hiden has always been far more than any one chef. We respect our craft, and designed our guest experience with the highest of standards. We have different ideals and ultimately worth ethic and therefore have parted ways with Chef Tadashi.” Reps for the restaurant told Eater Miami that Hiden is part of a large restaurant group, Showa Hospitality, and it’ll utilize chefs within the group until Hiden finds a permanent replacement for Shiraishi. The restaurant will remain open as usual with normal dinner service beginning tomorrow night.

    JULY 19, 2018

    SOUTH BEACH — One of Miami’s OG pastry chefs, Hedy Goldsmith, is making her grand return to the Magic City, according to Miami.com. Goldsmith has been tapped to be the Corporate Executive Pastry Chef for Yardbird Group, a role she’s been serving in a Beverly Hills since April. The restaurant currently has locations in Beverly Hills, Miami Beach, Las Vegas and Singapore and plans to roll out a larger expansion plans over the next two years, which she will oversee the pastry programs for. Goldsmith will also be working with Yardbird’s parent company 50 Eggs to help develop new projects.

    MARCH 26, 2018

    CORAL GABLES — The duo behind The Local 150Phil Bryant and Veronica Valdivia, are departing from the restaurant that they helped put on the map come Saturday, March 31. The two, who ran the front and back of the house, plan to pursue new projects with their small restaurant group and private consulting firm, Heirloom Hospitality Group. “We are looking to explore other opportunities and take time to develop projects that have been in our plans for a while now,” said Bryant. Details on those projects haven’t been released yet. Stay tuned for more updates.

    FEBRUARY 7, 2018

    SOUTH BEACH — Chef Max Santiago has departed from his post at Sugar Factory, both him and Sugar Factory reps confirm. The former Salty Donut chef said they parted ways with the over-the-top sugary spot so he could focus on his upcoming, yet-to-be named doughnut concept coming in March 2019. While Santiago wouldn’t disclose too many details about the new restaurant, he says to expect both sweet and savory options at it in a neighborhood one might not expect. For those who want to get a sneak peek, he’ll start debuting his new flavors at upcoming events, which can be found on his Instagram channel.

    OCTOBER 2, 2017

    FT LAUDERDALE — Paula DaSilva has taken her talents back to Fort Lauderdale. DaSilva is now leading the kitchen at Burlock Coast inside the Ritz Carlton Ft. Lauderdale. The former 1500 Degrees chef has been most recently heading the kitchen at Artisan Beach House inside the Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour

    SOUTH BEACH — Bagatelle Miami Beach has recently appointed two new members to their culinary team, including executive chef David Allan Russell Jr. and pastry chef Odille Arias. On the menu are a bevy of new French dishes like Pâté de Lapin Braisé, Saumon Grillé Sur sa Peau and Salade de Homard du Maine Chef.

    JULY 27, 2017

    MIAMI RIVER — River Yacht Club has a new chef and new menu. Manning the kitchen now is executive chef Jun Hee Lee, who has spent time working at places like Fontainebleau Miami Beach and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in the MGM Grand Las Vegas prior to taking over at River Yacht Club. On his new menu are dishes like foie gras sliders and calamari ceviche.

    MIMO — Vagabond Kitchen and Bar, has tapped Andres Villa, former sous chef at Upland Miami as its new chef. He plans to add lunch service starting August 1 to the rotation, along with a revamped brunch menu and new menu items added to the dinner menu.

    SOUTH BEACH — Former chef de cuisine of the now defunct Izzy’s South Beach, William Crandall, has been tapped to lead the kitchen at StripSteak by Michael Mina inside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. This isn’t Crandall’s first time manning the kitchen at high profile hotel restaurant, he also served as chef de cuisine at Azul inside the Mandarin Oriental and the Park Hyatt Chicago.

    JUNE 21, 2017

    DOWNTOWN MIAMI — Fooq’s has officially tapped former Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink chef de cuisine Saul Ramos to head its kitchen. Ramos’ latest additions to the menu can be seen through dishes such as the burratta with tomato jam and watercress, the smokey eggplant with homemade Barbarian bread, and the lamb chops with couscous and tabbouleh.

    SOUTH BEACH — While Lure Fishbar’s chef John Iatrellis has departed from the restaurant, it has tapped a new chef to man its sushi and sashimi offerings. Its new executive sushi chef Kiichi Okabehas worked all over the world from Hawaii, Los Angeles and Las Vegas to as far as Dubai, before setting up shop here in Miami. On his new menu expect dishes like torched salmon belly, salmon with truffle crème and a take on the traditional rainbow roll.

    BRICKELL — While food might not be the first thing that comes to mind at Sugar at East (hello, sky high views) its hoping to change that with its newly appointed Ped Phommavong, also known as “Chef Ped,” as chef de cuisine, who plans on adding dishes inspired by Southeast Asia to the menu. Dishes already added to the line up are sashimi served on pink salt, Beijing salmon and coconut pandan leaf crepe with Florida mangoes, lime zest and palm sugar.

  • Adam 08:20 on 09.02.2019 Permalink | Reply
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    10 best things to do in Atlanta, Georgia. USA 

    Tips on the best things to do in Atlanta from a Local Expert.

    While you may plan your Atlanta trip around a specific activity, like visiting Six Flags Over Georgia or hiking to the summit of Stone Mountain, what you’ll find once you arrive is that there is far more awaiting youthan what you may have expected. And that’s a good thing! Given the city’s diversity, there’s an abundance of museums, cultural centers, theater, concerts, events, festivals, parks, monuments, museums, restaurants and more.

    Thus, options for a well-rounded vacation come aplenty with a diverse variety of attractions to consider, whether you’re arriving with a group of friends, a spouse, a lover, colleagues on a business retreat or family. Art aficionados can take their pick of galleries and small museums to browse through, though the High Museum of Art provides a unique experience attracting renowned artists and collections from all over the globe. If the arts are dear to your heart, you’d do well to stick near the Woodruff Arts Center (where the High makes its home) and check out performances at Alliance Theatre where world premiers are commonplace. Broadway acts and globally recognized musicians pay regular visits to the gilded Fox Theatre nearby (where a pre-performance drink at The Georgian Terrace is in order).

    Nature lovers will fawn over the forested city, a beautiful example of which is the leafy, family-friendly Piedmont Park (almost always the site of a festival or event of some kind). When the city gets too hot for comfort, nature mesmerizes at the Georgia Aquarium.

  • Adam 13:50 on 08.02.2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Los Angeles . USA. – Night Drive 

    Thursday night drive around downtown Los Angeles. Video starts by the USC campus, continues into the business district, passing by the entertainment and convention neighborhood, then through the historic downtown area, and more.
    Home to the world’s 3rd largest economic area, after Tokyo and New York ($866 Billion in 2015), Los Angeles is the second-most populous city in the United States after New York City. With 4 Million residents and almost 19 Million in the surrounding area, Los Angeles is the largest and most populous city in the state of California and the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California.

    The economy of Los Angeles is driven by international trade, entertainment (television, motion pictures, video games, music recording, and production), aerospace, technology, petroleum, fashion, apparel, and tourism. Other significant industries include finance, telecommunications, law, healthcare, and transportation. In the 2017 Global Financial Centres Index, Los Angeles was ranked as having the 19th most competitive financial center in the world, and sixth most competitive in United States (after New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and Washington, D.C.).

    Los Angeles is located in a large basin bounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and by mountains as high as 10,000 feet (3,000 m) on the others. The city proper, which covers about 469 square miles (1,210 km2), is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the country.

    Los Angeles is the center of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, with 13.1 million residents the second largest in the United States after New York City. It is part of Los Angeles-Long Beach combined statistical area, also the second most populous in the nation with a 2015 estimated population of 18.7 million.

    Historically home to the Chumash and Tongva, Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542 along with the rest of what would become Alta California. The city was officially founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, becoming part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood. The discovery of oil in the 1890s brought rapid growth to the city. The completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, delivering water from Eastern California, later assured the city’s continued rapid growth.

    Nicknamed the “City of Angels” partly because of its name’s Spanish meaning, Los Angeles is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, and sprawling metropolis. The city is also one of the most substantial economic engines within the nation, with a diverse economy in a broad range of professional and cultural fields. Los Angeles is also famous as the home of Hollywood, a major center of the world entertainment industry. A global city, it has been ranked 6th in the Global Cities Index and 9th in the Global Economic Power Index. The Los Angeles combined statistical area also has a gross metropolitan product of $831 billion (as of 2008), making it the third-largest in the world, after the Greater Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas. Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics and will host the event for a third time in 2028.

  • Adam 14:01 on 31.01.2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Extreme cold: 5 tips from Antarctica on how to cope 

    The polar vortex is making parts of the continental U.S. even colder than Antarctica. Here are 5 survival tips from someone who actually lives there.

  • Adam 15:47 on 30.01.2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Below Zero Temperatures Freeze Chicago River 

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    First Lady Melania Trump Visits USS George H.W. Bush & Military Bases 

    #MelaniaTrump #Melania #Trump #USA

  • Adam 14:28 on 23.10.2018 Permalink | Reply
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    2019 BMW X7 – Ultra-Luxury Large SUV! 

    A new dimension in luxury: The first BMW X7 combines the presence, exclusivity and spaciousness of a luxury car with the versatile, agile driving properties of a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). Production will take place at BMW Plant Spartanburg (USA). Market launch will be March 2019. The largest BMW X model is 5,151 millimetres in length, 2,000 millimetres wide and 1,805 millimetres tall, and has a wheelbase of 3,105 millimetres. Its clear and precise design language spans a punchy, extremely prominent front end, large windows, high ground clearance, a long roofline and a two-section split tailgate. Exclusive detailing includes extensive chrome elements. LED headlights are standard, BMW Laserlight optional. Generous interior space across three rows of seats. Seven seats as standard. Middle row can be specified with two individual comfort seats as an option. Uncompromised space in the third row, complete with armrests, cupholders and USB ports. All seats are electrically adjustable. Vernasca leather trim as standard. Boot capacity can be expanded from 326 litres to a maximum 2,120 litres. 20-inch light-alloy wheels as standard, 21- and 22-inch light-alloy wheels optional. Design Pure Excellence, M Sport package and model-specific BMW Individual features allow carefully judged individualisation. Four-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting and three-section panoramic glass roof as standard. Five-zone automatic climate control, Ambient Air package, Panorama glass roof Sky Lounge, controls with glass applications, Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System and Rear-seat entertainment Professional optional. Air springs at both axles and Adaptive suspension with electronically controlled dampers are standard. Integral Active Steering and Executive Drive Pro with active roll stabilisation optional. M Sport differential standard on the BMW X7 M50d (fuel consumption combined: 7.4 – 7.0 l/100 km [38.2 – 40.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 193 – 185 g/km) and optional for the BMW X7 xDrive50i (fuel consumption combined: 11.4 l/100 km [24.8 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 261 g/km) and BMW X7 xDrive40i (fuel consumption combined: 9.0 – 8.7 l/100 km [31.4 – 32.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 205 – 198 g/km). Optional Off-Road package enables selection of xSand, xGravel, xRocks and xSnow driving modes at the touch of a button. Full range of state-of-the-art driver assistance systems (availability may vary between markets). Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Driving Assistant Professional with Steering and lane control assistant, Lane Change Warning and Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assistant and side collision protection, evasion aid, Crossing traffic warning, Priority warning and Wrong-way warning. Latest generation of the BMW Head-Up Display. Emergency Stop Assistant (not available in Europe). Parking Assistant including rear view camera and Reversing Assistant as standard. BMW Live Cockpit Professional with BMW Operating System 7.0 as standard. Fully digital instrument cluster and Control Display each with 12.3-inch screen diagonal. BMW Operating System 7.0 enables intuitive und multimodal operation via touchscreen, iDrive Controller, steering wheel buttons, voice control and gesture control. BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant performs role of digital co-driver and vehicle expert, and activates in-car experiences. Operated by natural voice command. BMW Digital Key allows customers to use their smartphone for vehicle access and engine start-up. Remote Software Upgrade updates vehicle functions over the air. The 2019 BMW X7 hits dealerships in March. The xDrive40i model will set you back $73,900, while the xDrive50i will command a lofty $92,600.

  • Adam 13:35 on 23.10.2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Miami Beach Summer 2018 by Drone 

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    New York City. USA ( travel drone 4k ) 

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    “Drive 4K – Queens – New York City USA” 

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