California

Hotel Shangri-La

The lights of the Santa Monica Ferris wheel have come on and It’s quite a spectacle from my perch on the rooftop bar of Hotel Shangri-La seven storey’s up.

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Palm Springs Modernism Week

Barack Obama put Palm Springs on the world map when he fled there from a chilly Washington DC on the day of Trump’s inauguration, and thousands of architecture buffs will follow him there in February. For this California resort awash in sun, sand and mountains is actually most famous for the greatest concentration of mid-century modern houses in the world.

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Twelve Top USA Art Museums

Many of the world’s finest art museums are in the USA and here are my twelve top USA art museums, from a list that could easily be twice as long.

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Hook & Plow Hermosa Beach

Too many visitors turn resolutely left out of LAX, heading north for Los Angeles, Beverly Hills or Santa Monica, oblivious to the delights which lie to the south. Yet within a half-hour’s drive of the airport sit LA’s delightful beach towns, a great place to kick back and enjoy good food in rustic surroundings. Hermosa Beach is one of the prettiest of these coastal villages, and The Hook & Plow has been its star turn since 2014.

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Do you know the way to San Jose?

San Jose, the capital of Silicon Valley is the airline’s newest California destination, making the best international jumping-off point to date for the many attractions of central California.

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Burning Man Festival. Nevada

As aficionados will tell you, Burning Man Festival is more than a festival: it’s a jaw-dropping cultural experiment in the Nevada desert celebrating art, sculpture and its unique ‘gifting’ culture, in which no money changes hands. It’s also one heck of a party that famously leaves no trace, packing up every structure it doesn’t burn […]

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