Le Ciel, Berchtesgaden, Germany

by Jonathan Spira
Le Ciel, Berchtesgaden, Germany

A twisty drive on the Alpenstraße brings the visitor to Le Ciel, a 12-table restaurant that offers dining at an altitude of 1000 meters at the InterContinental Resort Berchtesgaden.  The hotel itself is set on a small plateau overlooking the Nationalpark Berchtesgaden in Berchtesgadener Land, Bayern (Bavaria) adjacent to Salzburg, Austria.
On Christmas Day it had started to snow in the late afternoon and the restaurant’s softly lighted interior seemed all …

Blizzard Business Travel: JFK to Munich in 48 Hours

by Jonathan Spira
Blizzard Business Travel: JFK to Munich in 48 Hours

In good weather, the flight from New York (JFK) to Munich via London can take as little as 12 hours. In bad weather, the trip can stretch to perhaps 15 or 20 hours. But the storm that last week buried much of the East Coast of the United States in a blanket of snow shut down major airports, closed thousands of businesses, and left tens of thousands of …

Packing Tips for Holiday-Time Trips

by Jonathan Spira
Packing Tips for Holiday-Time Trips

Just as those of many business travelers, my typical trips are several days long. Fly out, have a day or two of meetings, and return. When it comes to longer trips, especially those mixing business and pleasure, I find that I need to plan my packing strategy far more carefully. And when the trip is in the middle of the holiday season, even more care is required.
Choosing the right luggage …

BMW Z4

by Jonathan Spira
BMW Z4

BMW introduced its first roadster, the 315/1, in 1934 at the Berlin Motor Show.  The 315 featured a long engine compartment, a six-cylinder motor, two sports seats, and a speedometer that went up to 150 km/h.   The result? Instant Freude am Fahren (Joy of Driving, BMW’s tagline).
After selling 230 roadsters, BMW introduced the more powerful 319/1 variant with similar styling, selling 178.  The 328 Roadster followed in 1936, becoming one …

Illy iperEspresso Francis Francis X7

by Jonathan Spira
Illy iperEspresso Francis Francis X7

Many business travelers are continuously in search of the perfect cup of coffee or espresso, both at home and on the road.  Caffè espresso, typically served in 25 ml shots, is brewed by forcing pressurized hot water through seven grams of ground coffee in about 25 seconds (hence the term “espresso”) . When correctly made it features a crema, a caramel-colored foam, covering its surface, and its taste should be …

BlackBerry App World Review

by Paul Riegler
BlackBerry App World Review

BlackBerry App World is available for BlackBerry smartphones with a trackball or touchscreen such as the Pearl, Bold, Curve, and Storm.
To test App World I used a BlackBerry Bold and AT&T’s 3G network, later switching to Wi-Fi to see if downloads were significantly faster (they weren’t).  Installation was reasonably fast and simple.  Once in App World, I found hundreds of applications in categories such as News, Weather, Finance, Games, Productivity, …

Kodak ESP 9 All-in-One Printer

by David Goldes
Kodak ESP 9 All-in-One Printer

The Kodak ESP 9 All-In-One Printer, despite some initial connectivity problems, is proving to be one of my all-time favorite output devices.  Like other models in the Kodak ESP family, the ESP 9 promises very inexpensive printing on a per-page basis, as little as 2.3 cents each.
For home-office use, given the ease-of-use, built-in scanning and faxing capabilities, high output quality, and network connectivity, plus an excellent and elegant (if …