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Lobby Bar – April 18: Elysian Fields, Israeli Chocolates, and the Curse of the Gypsy

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The Lobby Bar – An Irreverent Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
The pearly gates. Jonathan Spira tries to visit the AA Flagship Lounge at LAX. He is finally able to gain entry after battling a Minotaur, solving the Sphinx’s riddle, and proving his virtue to Saint Peter by finding the Holy Grail.
Goldthrottle. Editorial team members Paul Riegler, Jeremy del Nero, and Daniel Berg go to the New …

Lobby Bar – April 11: Motorcycle Maintenance, Downton, High Fashion, and Detained Editors

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The Lobby Bar – An Irreverent Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
The butler did it.  Jonathan Spira returns from an extended stay in England, departing Heathrow from Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Wing and flying in Upper Class.  In other news, U.S. immigration officials reported the detainment of a travel magazine editor for trying to smuggle through a butler in his luggage.
Come away with me.  Paul Riegler discovers …

Lobby Bar – April 4: Inventing Fire, You’re a Wizard, If Hobbits Were to Fly, and Sexy Plane Pics

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The Lobby Bar – An Irreverent Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Quakes happen. In recalling great travel moments in Aprils past, Jesse Sokolow reports from 1906, when he crashed his time machine into the San Francisco Bay Area, causing a massive earthquake that destroyed much of the recently completed Fairmont Hotel San Francisco.  “Sorry,” says Jesse.
There’s bad… then there’s bad.  Ever stepped in a puddle of some …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2014

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On April 3, 1888, the Hotel Brighton in Brooklyn, New York, was transported away from its beachfront location.  The 3-story property had been located on a beach that was continuously eroding, so much so that waves eventually lapped at the hotel’s doors. The property was loaded onto 112 railroad cars and towed 600 feet inland.  The opening of the BMT Brighton subway line led to the closure of the hotel …

Lobby Bar – March 28: Casino Royale, Rach Music, and Oscar Nominations

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The Lobby Bar – An Irreverent Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Lost in Time and Space.  Jonathan Spira uses Jesse’s time travel machine after checking into the Hotel Bristol in Warsaw and finds himself playing the piano with Ignacy Jan Paderewski, who immediately proclaims him to be the next Sergei Rachmaninoff … oh never mind, it was just a dream anyway.
Roman Holiday. Jeremy Del Nero spends a …

Clocks Go Forward: 2014 Summer Time to Begin in the European Union on Sunday

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In the European Union, Summer Time (called British Summer Time or BST in the United Kingdom, and Sommerzeit in Austria and Germany) will start this Sunday at 1:00 a.m. GMT.  At this time, clocks should be set ahead by one hour.
The change will put both sides of the Atlantic back in sync with one another after a three-week period that followed the switch to Daylight Saving Time, which took place …

What’s Doing in Rome

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In the year 753 BC, Romulus and Remus, twin brothers abandoned upon birth and raised by a she-wolf, founded Rome.  Of course, as brothers often do, they quarreled over their newfound discovery, and after the fight turned fatal for Remus, Romulus named the city after himself.  At least, that’s how the story goes according to legend and myth.  The Roman Empire grew in size and population, spanning 2.5 million square …