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2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe – First Drive and Review

NEW YORK – The 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe celebrated its world premiere at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit last January and competed since then in the premium coupe market with the BMW 4 Series, the Audi A5 and the Lexus RC coupe. Cadillac offers its ATS coupe customers a choice of four different lines, namely Standard, Luxury, Performance and Premium, as well as two engine options.
We …

Even Hotels Norwalk, Connecticut – Review

NORWALK – InterContinental Hotel Group’ Even hotel in Norwalk, Connecticut is of its kind in world. With the hotel’s opening in June, the chain didn’t just introduce a new brand; rather, it introduced a new philosophy in the hotel industry. The concept is simple but at the same time revolutionary. Think of a mix of boutique, spa and hip combined with the message to keep active and stay healthy.
I arrived …

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 …

BMW Debuts the 2015 2 Series Convertible

BMW Debuts the 2015 2 Series Convertible

MUNICH – The summer is about the leave in most parts of the northern hemisphere, but that didn’t stop BMW from introducing its newest convertible in the compact car segment. A few weeks ahead of its official launch at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, BMW officially announced the BMW 2 Series Convertible.
The 2 Series Convertible joins the 2 Series Coupé and the front-wheel drive 2 Series Active Tourer. The new …

Short Stay: InterContinental San Francisco – Hotel Review

After a lengthy drive from Yosemite National Park, I arrived at the InterContinental hotel in San Francisco, a city I had never been to before.  The hotel, which opened in 2008, is adjacent to the Moscone Center, the largest convention complex in San Francisco, and stands out by virtue of its modern glass façade.
As my companion and I pulled up to the hotel’s entrance on a sunny Saturday afternoon, the …

Elvis’ Lost BMW 507: A Special Exhibition at the BMW Museum

MUNICH – The King may be dead but the King’s car is back. BMW unveiled the mythical BMW 507 that originally belonged to singer Elvis Presley at a ceremony at the BMW Museum in Munich.
Called “Elvis’ 507: lost & found,” the special exhibit opened on Wednesday. It will be open to the public for two weeks and will feature the King’s original BMW 507 in its unrestored condition.  Following the …

Air Berlin Business Class Flight 7430 Düsseldorf-Los Angeles – Review

DÜSSELDORF –Düsseldorf Airport is one of the world’s oldest airports, having opened in 1927 with routes operated by Deutsche Luft Hansa to Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Geneva.  Although far less well known than Frankfurt and Germany, Düsseldorf is nonetheless the country’s third-largest airport.
My destination, Los Angeles International Airport, is three years younger, having opened as Mines Field in 1930 and is the sixth-busiest airport in the world.  It’s one of …