Daylight Saving Time for 2018 to End This Sunday

by Paul Riegler

One week after the European Union set its clocks back by one hour to Winter Time for perhaps what was the last time, the United States will return to standard time on Sunday, November 4, at 2 a.m. local time.
In September, European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc announced that the European Union will stop the twice-yearly changing of clocks across the continent in October 2019. EU member states have …

Lobby Bar – November 2: Spaghetti in the Tube, Blue Christmases, and ‘I’ll Take Famous 17th Century Native Americans for $100, Alex!’

by Anna Breuer

Lobby Bar: Brought to You By the English Alphabet
His bite is actually worse.  Checking in to the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Jonathan Spira met the seemingly friendly four-legged concierge, who was wagging his tail in greeting the new guest. Unfortunately, Jonathan thought the concierge was offering him a welcome bone but that turned out not to be the case.
Over the river and through the woods.  Jesse Sokolow looks at important events …

Review: ‘Let It Be’ at the Deutsches Theater

by Jonathan Spira

As the lights dimmed in the recently renovated Deutsches Theater and the four principal actors in the West End musical “Let It Be” took their places, one thought crossed my mind: Why do they all look like Paul?
Indeed, for most of the first half of the Beatles tribute, three of the actors looked like they were all trying out for the role of Mr. McCartney.  Perhaps it was the instrument, …

Great Moments in Travel History – November 2018

by Jesse Sokolow

November, the penultimate month of the calendar, is the last full month of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the last full month of Spring in the Southern. Originally the ninth month in the Roman calendar, November retained its name, which is derived from the Latin “novem” or “nine.”
Robert Esnault-Pelterie, a French aviation pioneer, was born on November 8, 1881. He developed the idea of ailerons, which allow “banking” of …

The 13 Best Christmas Markets in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the U.K.

by Christian Stampfer

MUNICH—Did you know that there are 55 days left until Christmas, 23 days until Black Friday, and 31 days until the first Christmas markets open their stalls to customers?
Indeed, the holidays are coming and my favorite part of that is the wonderful Christmas markets or, as we say in Munich, the Christkindlmärkte.
In fact, you really haven’t truly experienced Christmas unless you’ve been to a Christmas market in Europe. They can …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Toyota Prius c

by Paul Riegler

Introduced in 2011, the Toyota Prius c (the letter “c” indicates “city”), is the third member of the Prius family and is marketed as the Toyota Aqua in the Japanese automaker’s home market.
The c is a hybrid gasoline-electric subcompact hatchback with a price tag lower than the traditional Prius. It also carries a higher fuel economy rating for city driving than the traditional Prius.
For 2018, the c has donned new …

Review: Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colorado

by Jonathan Spira

Opened in 1889, the Hotel Jerome was meant to set the standard for luxury hotels in the West. Built to rival the grand hotels of Europe in refinements and amenities, it was the first to have a lift, one of the first west of the Mississippi to have all-electric lighting, and it was a pioneer in offering indoor plumbing with hot and cold running water.
After the Second World War, the …