My latest travel stories came out today in the New York magazine 2013 Spring Travel Planner: ”Unexpected ways of seeing the world, where the transport is as memorable as the trip itself.” When I had Marguerite I was working on a few stories for their 2010 Winter Travel feature and remember emailing the copy editor from the hospital. With baby brother expected in a week, we were cutting it close this time, too!
Here’s my first in the package, about Rome…
Rome by Lamborghini:
Zoom past tourist-choked ruins in and around the Italian capital.
Travel like an aristocrat, jumping from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, when you’re behind the wheel of one of Italy’s most iconic sports cars, a $250,000 V10 Lamborghini Gallardo. Rent that, or one of four Ferraris or Porsches, by the day or the week from Palazzo Manfredi (from $1,100; palazzomanfredi.com), a boutique hotel near the Colosseum. (General manager Bruno Papaleo offers gratis driving tutorials to guests, provided they’re at least 30 years old and possess a valid license.) To ease into Italy’s chaotic car culture, head twenty miles east of Rome to peaceful Tivoli, where the magnificent Italian Renaissance gardens of the sixteenth-century Villa D’Este (from $10; Piazza Trento; villadestetivoli.info) await. After listening to a concerto on the estate’s recently repaired Baroque organ fountain, settle in under the wisteria-covered terrace of Ristorante Sibilla (Via Della Sibilla 50; ristorantesibilla.com) for a $60 prix fixe lunch including the primi, like burrata ravioli. Another day, seek out contemporary architecture in northern Rome’s Flaminio neighborhood, recently revitalized thanks to the Zaha Hadid–designed contemporary-art center Maxxi ($14 admission; Via Guido Reni 4A; fondazionemaxxi.it) and Renzo Piano’s multifunctional arts complex, the Auditorium Parco della Musica (Viale Pietro de Coubertin 30; auditorium.com). Or drive north to sample oyster, celery, habanero, and other savory gelati at Claudio Torcè’s ten-month-old Il Gelato Bistrò (Circ. Ne Trionfale 11/13; 39-06-3972-5949). Use Palazzo Manfredi as a base (from $520) or crash at the year-old, 116-room Gran Meliá Rome (from $450; melia.com), right on the banks of the Tiber River and five minutes from the Vatican.
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I’ve been thinking about this photo for years. It seemed so odd to see this gondolier in Venice talking on his cell phone. Gondoliers are a holdover from another era – one without mobile phones. Ever since I shot this in 2004, I’ve kept eyes peeled for mobile phone anachronisms, times when cells just don’t belong. I call the series Disconnected. More to come.
Have any great shots of someone on a cell phone? Send it my way and I’ll post it.
With the royal wedding this Friday, everyone’s speculating about where Prince William and Kate Middleton will honeymoon. Plans are still top secret but there have been many guesses. The Daily Mail says the Isles of Siclly off the Cornish coast are the spot, People says it’ll be Jordan for two weeks, Bing reports it’s Banff and Lake Louise and The Washington Post says it’ll be the queen’s 50,000-acre Balmoral estate in Scotland, followed by another spot in a warmer clime.
So I think it’s obvious that no one really knows.
But where should William and Kate go after the royal wedding? What’s a honeymoon fit for a king-to-be (who’s trying not to be too extravagant since the government pays for his lifestyle)?
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This print has been following me around. Good thing I love it. We first spotted the print by Brooklyn artist Mina Georgescu at Brooklyn Collective, a gallery in Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. Then it’s been arriving in my inbox ever since. Most recently from the cool print shop Society 6, where it can be had for just $20. Only thing is, it’s a bit derivative, but, hey, what isn’t?
If you have $20k to spare you can go with an originator in the genre of blurry, aerial beach photography: Massimo Vitali photograph. His work is on my when-I-get-rich list. And they’re huuuuge and dreamy. They’d fill up a wall in the most amazing way.
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