IGNALINA, Lithuania -- Walking along the top of Lithuania's decommissioned nuclear reactor, the set of HBO's critically acclaimed "Chernobyl" TV series, tourist Vytas Miknaitis says he's not "afraid at all." "They know what they're doing," the retired computer engineer from Chicago says, referring to organisers of the three-hour tour of the Ignalina power station in eastern Lithuania. Similar in design to Chernobyl, some 450 kilometers away, the Ignalina reactor provided the backdrop for the show's outdoor scenes, shot last year. The Baltic state's only nuclear power plant built in Soviet times was open to the public even before the "Chernobyl" drama first aired in May but has since seen a steady uptick in visitors on the heels of the show's success. Tourists don white overalls, walk on top of the reactor and tour the various work stations, including a command post built to resemble the one in the series. Ignalina plant spokeswoman Natalija Survila-Glebova said that the series had … [Read more...] about HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ sparks tours, stokes fears in Lithuania
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PARIS, France - Daniela Molinari dreamed of offering a drink to the famous Mona Lisa and asking her all about the great Leonardo Da Vinci. On Tuesday night she enjoyed a very special night at the museum, at the famous Louvre in Paris. The Italian-Canadian art conservation student was chosen from over 180,000 entrants in a competition, launched by the Louvre in Paris and the home-sharing platform Airbnb, to mark 30 years since architect I.M Pei's glass pyramid was erected in the art museum's courtyard. It is the first time that any member of the public has been allowed to sleep in the famous museum overnight. The experience also included a special guided tour by an art historian, like those previously offered only to the likes of Barack Obama, Beyonce, and Jay-Z. All the contestants had to do was answer the question: "Why would you be the Mona Lisa's perfect guest?" "I wrote about offering a drink to Mona Lisa, to ask her about Leonardo... we would share a spritz, because she never had … [Read more...] about Drinks with Mona Lisa: A special night at the museum
Have you ever dreamed of spending the night in a legendary museum? Well, here is your chance: The Louvre and Airbnb will let one person or couple sleep under its iconic glass pyramid on April 30. The winner will have an exclusive evening VIP tour with a guide, an honor that only heads of state and very famous people get to enjoy. After that, they’ll be free to hang out in what looks like a living room, temporarily installed right next to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa while they enjoy drinks and bites. Venus of Milo. (Having drinks with the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo sounds great, but the Nike of Samothrace seems like she would know where the real party’s at.) Finally, the winner will be taken to Emperor Napoleon III’s rooms for a chamber music concert. Party like it’s the 1860s, baby! While they won’t be able to sleep in the emperor’s bed, they will get to spend the night in a tiny pyramid set up under I. M. Pei’s … [Read more...] about Airbnb is picking one couple to sleep over in the world’s most famous museum
Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Travel | Adventurous. Alone. Attacked. Sections Skip to content Skip to site index The number of female solo travelers has skyrocketed, but amid Instagram-worthy escapades are tales of violence and death, raising questions about how the world is greeting women who travel alone. Hannah Gavios in Queens, N.Y. Credit Credit George Etheredge for The New York Times Supported by ByMegan Specia and Tariro Mzezewa March 25, 2019 Carla Stefaniak did everything “right,” her best friend said. On a five-day vacation to Costa Rica in November to celebrate her 36th birthday, Ms. Stefaniak, The night before she was to fly to Florida, she contacted her best friend, Laura Jaime, on the FaceTime app. She showed off the crocheted earrings she had bought in a local market and gave a video tour of her villa. The friends planned to see each other the next day, when Ms. … [Read more...] about Adventurous. Alone. Attacked.
Chef Pierre cooked for four sitting U.S. presidents, oversaw the cuisine for several Tom Cruise films, and studied for 12 years at France’s top culinary school. He also served as executive chef for a few Michelin-starred restaurants. Next month, he’s creating menus for the Los Angeles Dodgers. I know this because we spent four hours in my kitchen–he in a traditional white chef’s uniform; me in sweats, a T-shirt, and my coziest fuzzy slippers. A mixture of instruction and entertainment, Chef Pierre (who goes by just his first name) regales me with stories of exotic meals on superyachts and Italian hilltop towns. He animatedly demonstrates how to sauté finely diced vegetables for ratatouille before detailing the proper seasoning for roasted potatoes. We move onto wrapping a puff pastry for beef Wellington before attempting the delicate art of crepes. Monitoring my bloated amateur crepes far outweighs the restaurant kitchen experience, Pierre explains while … [Read more...] about Can this at-home chef booking platform redefine luxury dining?