Articles in Journeys

Book Review: The Language of Food

Diners at Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia

For years, I’ve puzzled over (and avoided) restaurants that promise food that is “fresh,” “ripe,” “tasty,” and “delicious.” After all, isn’t that why people go to such establishments, because it is expected that the food will be all of those things and more? As language maven William Safire succinctly stated: “When too many words chase after too few ideas, the result is adjective inflation. Words mean less.”
It turns out that …

Great Moments in Travel History – October 2014

The Old Botanical Gardens in Munich, as seen from the Charles Hotel

The original Palmer House hotel, the first of three, burned to the ground on October 9 during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, just 13 days after its opening. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1875, and again in 1925. Today, it operates as the Palmer House – a Hilton Hotel.
William E. Boeing was born on October 1, 1888, in Detroit, Michigan.  He later went on to found the Boeing …

Photo Essay: Behind the Scenes at BMW of Manhattan


Autobahn Alley, the area in Manhattan around 11th Avenue in the 50s and the home of numerous temples to which the faithful come to pay homage, is thriving. Unlike other cities, where more car dealerships were closing rather than opening, this replacement to Automobile Row, that stretch of Broadway in the West 50s that was home to such long-forgotten brands as Hornet and REO as well as many others that …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: September 27, 2014

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The weekend’s here, and believe it or not, it’s the last one of the month – October is right around the corner. It’s a good time to catch up on key Frequent Business Traveler news and features from this past week. Here are five stories that might be of interest to you.
1.) Henry Feintuch heads to Turkey to review the Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus. Find out more about the ancient city …

Lobby Bar – September 26: Taste Bud Wreckage, Hard Candy, Malleable Communications, and Subways to Nowhere


The Lobby Bar – An Unashamedly Slapstick Weekly Summary of FBT News and Views
Home away from home. Christian Stampfer whisks us away on a virtual tour of the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich. Even though I’ve never been, the territory will seem familiar to a New Yorker – crowded and overpriced housing, millions of liters of alcohol served, and throngs of confused tourists. Just like home.
Flexible Data. Jonathan Spira camps out …

Oktoberfest Opens in Munich


MUNICH—The 181st Oktoberfest opened Saturday in Munich as Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter tapped the first keg.  With the words “O’zapft is” (it’s tapped) and a 12-gun salute, the world famous event, which celebrates Bavarian culture, began.
Munich expects over six million visitors to Oktoberfest, which will run through October 5, and nearly seven million Maß (literally a measure but also a liter) of beer will be served.
The cost of a Maß …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: September 20, 2014


It’s the last weekend of summer.  Naturally, it’s a good time to catch up on Frequent Business Traveler news and features that you may have missed over the past week.  Here are five stories that are worth adding to your reading list.
1.)  Paul Riegler takes an in-depth look at Apple’s new iPhone 6 and the new iOS 8 operating system.  Find out about Wi-Fi calling, credit card scanning, monitoring battery …