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Lobby Bar – January 11, 2019: Lost in Space, Jethro Tull, and ‘I’ll Take Soon-to-Be Defunct Airlines for €1,000, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: Being All It Can Be
Moved. Left no forwarding address?  Aeroplan tried to reconnect to its former owner Air Canada on Thursday and, upon returning home, found the building empty and the locks changed.  The frequent-flyer program can be found wandering the streets of Montreal, asking passers-by, have you seen my parent
No planes for you. Security staff at several German airports went on strike on Thursday, leaving thousands of travelers stranded …

Lobby Bar – January 4, 2019: Drunk Butlers, Betty White, and ‘I’ll Take Naked Hotel Guests for $250, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: The Secret to My Success
Naughty, naughty.  The Regent Taipei hotel now offers a photobutler service where trained staff members will take Instagram-worthy photos of guests both within the hotel and nearby.  The hotel had to quickly update its policy as some of the guests were using the service for bedroom shots au naturel.
Do you want to hear the good news first?  Marriott revealed that the number of guests …

Review: Jimmy at the James, SoHo – A Bar That’s Worthy of the View

When you take the elevator up to Jimmy, the informally named rooftop bar at the James New York Soho hotel, and the doors open, you only get a glimpse of what you are in for. Once in the bar area, however, you start to realize that you’ve never seen New York this way in the wintertime. The city sparkles.
Walk out to the pool without wearing a winter coat – it …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2019

Although many believe that January is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and time, scholars believe that January is named after janua, the Latin word for door, given that January is the start of the year and hence an opening to new things.
The month of January was created around 450 B.C.E. when the original ten-month Roman calendar was replaced by a 12-month calendar with January at the start.
January is …

What You Read in 2018: The Most Popular Features, Reviews, and News Stories of the Year

As the year 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to look at some of the most popular news stories and features of the year.
The big news over the past year was the opening of the first new terminal at the renovated LaGuardia Airport, the integration of flight attendant groups at both United Airlines (which had merged with Continental Airlines in 2010) and American Airlines (which merged with US Airways …

Tomorrow is New Year’s Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

Tomorrow, Tuesday, is New Year’s Day around the world, the first day of the new year on both the Gregorian as well as the Julian calendars.
In ancient Rome, the day was dedicated to Janus, the god of beginnings and time, for whom the month of January is named.
New Year’s Day is the most celebrated public holiday in the world.  It is frequently observed with fireworks at the stroke of midnight.  …

Lobby Bar – December 28: Coach Class, The Archies, and ‘I’ll Take the Icelandic Alphabet for $100, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: To Be Consumed with Half a Glass of Egg Nog
Aliens have finally arrived.  A gigantic plume of smoke colored by a blinking blue light hovering over New York City caused anxiety for residents, until it was revealed that it was just Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ arrival in his spacecraft.
Self-Loading Freight.  In a move filled with a remarkable amount of common sense, federal air marshals will be seated further …