During my last long-leg flight home
from Eastern Europe, compounded in duration by first having to
travel on a short hop to a gateway city (and as any seasoned traveler
knows, it's not the flight itself that is the bummer, it's the
getting to the airport so much earlier, the waits, the on-the-plane-off-the-plane-and-the-change-the-plane
ritual and so on), I took on board my customary homemade travel
kit, something that is de rigueur, particularly when I
am stuck flying "steerage." To wit: Some kind of water
to spray on my face, hand/face cream or moisturizer, lip balm,
and hand sanitizer. (That is the stuff the TSA will eyeball in
the see-through plastic bag, but then I also have the stuff they
don't care about in another kit, including my on-board sockettes,
my "good" earphones, my eye shades, my neck pillow and
so on. Never has the phrase "road warrior" meant so
much. We are armed for battle with the ether up there at 35,000
Although I was traveling in business
class, the air was no more moist up front than it was in the back,
and so I kept applying and reapplying something emollient to my
face and hands. Of course, there is a better way and Kerstin
Florian has come up with it, in its Winter
Rescue Kit. It's an ideal accessory to take on the road, and
of course, everything in it is sized to meet TSA standards. You
can also add (as I am going to do tomorrow, for another long-haul
flight), sanitizer and my favorite lip balm. The company has put
in other things that I usually do not take on a plane, but which
are perfect for revitalizing skin after a harsh, moisture-less
flight. So, amen to the Florian people.
The Neroli Water is a bitter-orange-blossom
mist, which refreshes and sooths the skin. There is a Neroli Cleansing
Milk which contains pure neroli oil, apricot oil, green tea, and
aloe vera and is a suitable wake-me-up that helps oxygenate skin.
I try to fly sans maquillage, but when I have had to board
a plane from an afternoon of meetings that required makeup, then
the first thing I do is take that makeup off. So, this is the
ideal cleanser to tuck into your 9-1-1 kit. And for an on-plane
wake-up after a lousy night's sleep, it's also supreme. Once I
land, I try to use the At Home Peel Pad Sachet, a pre-moistened
pad soaked in a four-acid complex that blends botanical enzymes
to revitalize the skin and encourage cellular turnover. After
a night on a plane, my skin needs a lot of that encouragement.
The Rescue Crème protects
skin from environmental stresses, harsh elements, and dry conditions,
and nothing is dryer than the atmosphere inside that silver flying
bullet. The cream adds a sealant to ensure that the natural moisture
barrier on your face is engaged; it is loaded with Vitamin E,
apricot oil, and shea butter, among other reassuring ingredients,
all geared to improve the production of collagen. The last items
in the kit are the Eye Rescue Pads and the Brightening Eye Cream,
both geared to reducing the visible signs of enervating travel;
the algae-rich concentrate lifts, plumps, and smooths the skin.
Since the kit comes in a nifty see-through
travel pouch, I add my lip balm and sanitizer, and I am good to
go and do not need to put it all in another TSA-sanctioned baggie.
The kit retails for $42.50 and is available at fine spas and on
Three Musical Pilgrimages: Mozart, Grieg and Hendrix
Johann Chrysostom Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
could read and compose music, plus play the violin and piano, when he was
five years old. Born into a musical family in Salzburg, Austria (then the
Holy Roman Empire), he had a unique ability for imitating music, which first
became evident when he recited a musical piece by simply observing his father
conducting a lesson to his older sister. This led to a childhood on the
road, where the young prodigy performed before many of the royal courts
Treasures of Ireland: The Irish Goodbye (Dispatch
The Palladian Traveler brings to a close his 20-part
series on the Emerald Isle from an upscale restaurant in downtown Dublin
where he files his final dispatch and then quietly slips away.
Two "MUST SEE" Truly Spectacular Places
in Europe. Here's Why.
The Han Grotto and Culzean Castle. As the name
of my Traveling Boy feature is "Travel With a Difference," it's
important to me to always bring you offbeat and unusual tourist places around
the world you may not know about. These two fit that category to a T, and
they're absolutely worth a visit. One's in Scotland and one's in Belgium.
Culzean (pronounced CULLANE) Castle is located near Maybole, Carrick, on
the Ayrshire coast of Scotland.
Highway 49 Revisited: Exploring California's
In the 1840s, the population of California was only
14,000, but by 1850 more than 100,000 settlers and adventurers had arrived
from all over the world and they came for one reason: gold. James
Marshall had discovered the first gold nugget at Sutters Mill in El
Dorado County, creating the largest gold rush in history.
Lake Charles Family-Size Low-Key Mardi Gras
The Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras in Lake Charles,
the second largest in Louisiana, does not need parents there to avert their
childrens eyes. This is family entertainment and children are very
much part of it. The main office of the Lake Charles CVB has costumes from
last years Mardi Gras but it also has figures to fascinate little
ones from country boys fishing for their dinner to alligators who have already
fed and are rubbing their stomachs.
Puerto Vallarta: Magic and Mayhem on the Malecon
So I heard that you could spend from dawn to dusk on
the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and never get bored and I thought,
"Okay, I'm up for that challenge." Well, maybe not the dawn part
I'm not a morning person so I had no problem leaving those
early hours to the joggers and those seeking an early start to catch their
red snapper for dinner.
John January and Linda Berry Have Chemistry
Chemistry by its very definition is the spontaneous reaction
of two people to each other, especially that sense of mutual attraction
and understanding. This month John January and Linda Berry release their
new project, Chemistry 101 and together they explore a range and
depth of musical styles on both organic and physical levels. As a joint
labor of love, January says Chemistry 101 is pretty straight-forward.
Relaxing at The Inn at Laguna Beach
There is nothing like sleeping in an ocean-front room
and awakening to the sounds of waves crashing against the sand. It is
one of the finer things in life. And it is exactly what I experienced
recently on a memorable getaway to The Inn at Laguna Beach. The adventure
began when a friend I pulled off the 5 Freeway in Orange County and took
SR 133 south nine miles through winding lush hills and wilderness areas
to the ocean.
Tahiti and Her Islands
Just their names (pronounce each vowel!) conjure up romantic
images: Tahiti Nui, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Ra'iatea, Taha'a. Her
people are gentle; the air, tiare-perfumed. Warm lagoons, majestic peaks,
tropical fruits from the land and bounty from the sea all tantalize the
senses. Paradise! As near as can be found on planet earth. And, in my
experience, the finest way to explore her is on a ship designed for that
Japan: Bullet Trains, Monkey Shows and Whale Steaks
Last month, I went to Japan for three things... Ok,
let me back up a little bit already. The #1 reason I went to Japan was to
visit my girlfriend, Yuki, and she will kill me if I don't say that, so
there it is. Hi Yuki! Anyway, so after that, reasons number 2, 3, and 4
were the following: I wanted to ride a bullet train, go to a monkey show,
and eat a whale steak. That's right. That's right.
NOLA: New Orleans, Louisiana
Mardi Gras, the French Quarter, the Garden District,
the streetcar (now a bus) to Desire, the jazz clubs, the beignets at the
Café du Monde and breakfast at Brennans come to mind when you
think of New Orleans. But thats not all there is to this unique American
city, filled with treasures both culinary and cultural.
Monte Verità: In the Footsteps of Anarchy
Just as I reach the end of a squiggling, multicolored
path, an acorn plummets from an oak tree above me. It lands at my feet,
just as the path culminates at a mandala of Venetian glass, eight feet in
diameter. On the worn-out front lawn of Monte Verità, the Mountain
of Truth, this path, Chiara's Rainbow, evolves through the colors of the
spectrum red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and finally violet
before arriving at the mosaic mandala where psychic energies supposedly
prevail. The falling acorn brings me to the present moment.