In the hierarchy of bags, the weekender is an oft-overlooked gem. That’s a bummer, because when a regular purse won’t do, it’s the perfect midsize stand-in for the gym, work, and of course, a weekend jaunt. Shopping for them always makes me daydream of some spontaneous getaway scenario in which I decide to head somewhere one hour before the weekend begins and throw the bag over my shoulder before heading out the door for some jetsetting (okay, maybe I’m projecting my starry-eyed aspirations onto one bag just a little too much). Click through for 16 lovely weekenders for every occasion!
With winter rearing its ugly head, it’s about time we all start lusting over a beach vacation — especially the kind that inspires us to seek out the more pristine and preserved gems nature has to offer, even if they’re slightly off the beaten path. Whether you’re just practicing your daydreaming or making concrete travel plans, here are 14 beach destinations that have remained semi-hidden and take a bit of an extra trek to enjoy.
Artist Daan Roosegaarde paid the ultimate tribute to Vincent Van Gogh by installing a glowing bike path inspired by his “Starry Night” painting. The path sits in the Dutch town of Eindhoven, near Van Gogh’s former home. The area’s scenery served as inspiration for many Van Gogh’s works, and in turn, Roosegaarde’s creation will inspire its current residents. The path runs on solar-powered LED lights and was designed to appeal energy conservancy enthusiasts, art fans, and any citizens would simply benefit from a beautiful destination in their hometown. The path opened on Wednesday and stretches on for about half a mile. The lights within the path charge during the day and gather enough energy to glow for eight hours through the evening. [NPR] [Image via Studio Roosegaarde/NPR] Keep reading »
Lyon, France is often referred to as “Little Paris,” but after spending a few days there last month, I would like to propose some other potential nicknames that more accurately capture the character of this city, and its relationship to Paris:
- “Kinder, gentler, cheaper Paris”
- “Paris for beginners”
- “Paris without the suffocating pee smell”
And yes, Lyon City Managers, if you’re reading this, you are welcome to use any of those as Lyon’s official new slogan. As much as I adore Paris (and I do, oh, I do!), Lyon might be my new favorite French city. At the end of our stay, while packing up to head back to Paris, I found myself asking my boyfriend Nick if we “really had to leave,” which sounds ridiculous, because going to Paris is never a bad thing, but it just goes to show how great Lyon really is. It can make you complain about going to PARIS. That’s impressive, isn’t it?
Here are a few of the things that made Lyon so surprisingly wonderful, and why I’m dying to go back! Keep reading »
Here’s a life dream status situation or a wedding disaster depending on your travel preferences – couple Dottie Coven and Keith Stewart married in the middle of a Southwest Airlines flight. Coven and Stewart travel regularly for work, so they pooled their many frequent flier miles to get themselves and 30 wedding guests onto a flight from Nashville to Dallas. The 100 other unsuspecting passengers on the 737 had no idea they were about to attend a wedding until they received an extra boarding pass that described the event. Their departure gate was decorated, a band played, and the couple got their own Southwest-sponsored hashtag. Onboard, the couple had a flower girl on hand to pass out peanuts down the aisle. They even got to hang out in the cockpit which, as we know, is a coveted rare treat these days. After the wedding, Southwest gave the couple a free flight to Puerto Rico for their honeymoon. Do you think this is romantic or a total nope? I happen to love the commercial travel experience, even the parts of it that most people hate, so I might be into this. That said, when I picture “airplane wedding” I definitely imagine some kind of vintage private plane that’s more aesthetically pleasing and personal. Either way, Coven and Stewart look happy and adorable, so apparently it was the perfect choice for them! [Cosmopolitan, USA Today] [Images via Q Avenue Photo]
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The Paris vs. New York debate has been (lazily) carrying on for decades, though in my humble opinion they’re too unique in their own ways to compare. This video by Franck Matellini compares the two cities side by side. His work showcases the very different vibes for each city evokes (and if I’m being honest, has me itching to ditch New York for a return to the City of Lights). [TravelPulse]