Monday, December 19 01:31 PM
Step right up! Ladies and gents, we present Tiger & Turtle--Magic Mountain, now open on a hill a half hour north of Düsseldorf, Germany. Standing at 148 feet tall with nearly 1,000 feet of zinc-plated steel track, it is the world's first roller-coaster for the acceleration-averse, with speeds of up to two miles per hour.
Built by artists Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth, the walkable sculpture has paths and stairs that careen and curve, plus views of the Rhine from the top. Unlike a typical roller-coaster, this one offers a climb that will get your heart pumping with effort rather than adrenaline. Gotta love art that keeps you in the loop.
Photo: Courtesy of Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth
Thursday, August 18 07:00 AM
We've come to expect a lot of innovation from luxury hoteliers Jumeirah--after all, these are the brains behind Dubai's sail-shaped Burj Al Arab and Shanghai's techno-Zen Himalayas Hotel. But at the new 218-room Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany, the most impressive feature is taken from the oldest page in the book: location, location, location.
The 25-story glass tower anchors the PalaisQuartier complex, a new mixed-use development built around the 18th-century Thurn-und-Taxis-Palais. The financial district is within walking distance, the "Rodeo Drive" Goethestrasse next door, and the airport a 20-minute subway ride away. In other words: business or leisure, Jumeirah is the hub. And with interiors decked out with silk carpets, mosaic rain showers, and warm honey and walnut tones, plus high-tech gadgetry (body heat detectors and motion sensors regulate room temperature), it's a rather plush hub at that.
Photo: Courtesy of Jumeirah Frankfurt
Thursday, February 24 03:18 PM
The 82-room S.S. Antoinette, Uniworld River Cruises' newest boutique vessel, is a ship of firsts. It's the first river vessel to have an on-board cinema. The first to have deck-level guest rooms with open-air private balconies that convert to enclosed conservatories. And it makes a majestic first impression: The two-story lobby is lit by a 10-foot Baccarat crystal and sapphire chandelier; Brazilian marble shines on the walls and floors; and a 19th-century Venetian glass mirror multiplies all the sparkle.
Like the ship itself, the Antoinette's inaugural itinerary, Castles Along the Rhine, promises to be a regal affair when it launches on March 27. The eight-day journey includes Alsatian wine tastings, excursions to the medieval town of Koblenz, and walks through the Black Forest. Or you can simply size up the royal competition through windows framed by Figueroa silk-taffeta drapes.
Photo: Courtesy of Uniworld River Cruises, Inc.
Friday, February 18 04:39 PM
If you can rock a pair of retro shades with neon pink detailing, you undoubtedly have a good sense of who you are. And these limited-edition You Are Here glasses with iconic skylines on the lenses will prove that you're a card-carrying citizen of the world of cool.
For the fascinating new All Access World exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (all about the ways in which well-known monuments and landmarks shape our identities), artist Agathe Snow customized 200 pairs of the hip German brand Mykita's specs. Choose from either New York City's skyline or the pyramids of Giza, painted in a fine gold line on the lenses--don't worry, you can still see through them. The sunglasses are a cheeky reminder to view the world through its grandest accomplishments.