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]
How’d you like to play with elephants for free? DreamJobbing.com is allowing one lucky wildlife lover to get the dream-come-true chance to spend two weeks assisting with conservation work for endangered Asian Elephants in Thailand. The volunteer will visit elephant camps throughout the country and care for the critters hands-on while working on developing ethical businesses that do elephant tourism. Housing and travel expenses will be paid for — all you’ll have to do is show up! In the past hundred years or so, Thailand’s elephant population dwindled from about 100,000 to 3,000-4,000, so you’ll be doing crucial work to keep the species afloat. Conveniently enough, you’ll get to explore a beautiful, fascinating country while doing so! DreamJobbing is taking applications for the next month. Can I come along as a stowaway? [Image via Shutterstock]
There’s first class and then there’s FIRST CLASS.
Joining the mile high club just got so much easier thanks to the genius who decided to turn an emptied-out Boeing airplane from the 1960s into a hotel suite situated high above the Costa Rican jungle. Keep reading »
This gorgeous timelapse video of the clouds over Tokyo will make you want to drop everything and hop on a flight to Japan. Filmmaker Darwinfish105 put the short together over the course of this spring and summer using four different cameras and then paired it with the song “Her Breath” by Arizono Kazuhiro. The end result is stunning! [Laughing Squid]