Travel: Restored Hotel “Les Bains”, Paris Hosted Marcel Proust & Émile Zola Over Century Ago

From a The Spaces online review:

French literary greats Marcel Proust and Émile Zola visited Les Bains after its opening as a bathhouse in the late 19th century. Decades later in 1978, designer Philippe Stark transformed the place into a nightclub, welcoming a different calibre of guests through its doors. David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Karl Lagerfeld were among the people to make a splash at this Paris institution.

The new Les Bains hotel, revamped by architect Vincent Bastie, features a restored grand entrance that stays true to its Haussmannian roots. Designers Tristan Auer and Denis Montel were drafted in to design the interiors, while outdoor areas have also received an update, including the courtyard, opened up to draw in more light.

Hotel Les Bains Paris

Les Bains, the iconic Paris nightclub, has reopened as a 39-room hotel five years after partygoers last enjoyed a drink and a dance. It’s the latest chapter in the life of the 1885 Haussmannian building, which has played host to a who’s who of the creative world.

Les Bains will retain its famous party spirit when the bar, club and restaurant open later this month. And the likes of Jagger and Bowie might still feel the need to let their hair down when they step onto the dance floor, which mimics Stark’s chequered design from 1978.


Les Bains, 7 Rue du Bourg-l’Abbé 75003 Paris

Top New Travel Books: “Epic Journeys – 245 Life-Changing Aventures” (National Geographic)

From a National Geographic online release:

Epic Journey 245 Life Changing Adventures National GeographicTravelers are dreamers who act on their inspirations. The new National Geographic book Epic Journeys: 245 Life-Changing Adventures is for the people who go beyond their comfort zones to experience the wild beauty of the natural world. The book features adrenaline-fueled forays to all seven continents. (See the most breathtaking national parks around the world.)

While the spirit of exploration spans the globe, being an intrepid traveler doesn’t have to mean summiting Mount Everest or surveying icebergs in Antarctica. Some of the planet’s wildest places—launchpads for all sorts of discoveries about the world and yourself—are in North America’s national parks. We’ve selected 15 mind-blowing adventures to inspire your inner explorer.

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Health Surveys: “World Alzheimer Report 2019” Reveals The Attitudes And Perceptions To Dementia

From the The 2019 World Report:

At the core of the 2019 report are the results of a global survey, commissioned by ADI and undertaken by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Almost 70,000 people globally engaged with the survey, making it the biggest of its kind ever undertaken.

2019 World Alzheimer's Report Attitudes toward Dementia Main

2019 World Alzheimer's Report Attitudes toward Dementia Key FindingsLSE developed the survey to target four key groups:

(1) people living with dementia,    (2) careers,            (3) healthcare  practitioners and    (4) the general public, with analysis being provided in three categories: knowledge, attitudes and behaviour.


2019 World Alzheimer's Report Attitudes toward Dementia Key Findings BehaviorIn the survey analysis we highlight the behavioural element first, giving prominence to the voices and experiences of people living with dementia as direct assessment of actual behaviour is central to discrimination and is the closest representation of the true impact of stigma on people living with dementia.

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New Camping Products: “Mock One” Portable Folding Hammock

  • Mock ONE V2.0 – Portable Folding Hammock with Stand
  • Use anywhere – No trees. No problem!
  • Includes sun shade, under basket and hammock carry wrap
  • Person weight limit: 250 lbs
  • Person height limit: 6’4″
  • Weight: 14.5 lbs
  • Opened Size:  67″L x 25”W x 31”H
  • Folded (carrying) Dimension: 11″L x 6″W x 33″H
  • Fabric: 210T parachute nylon (Stronger than 75D Nylon)
  • Frame: Durable Coated steel free standing hammock frame

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Modified Classic Cars: Lisbon-Based “COOL & VINTAGE” Built A Cult Following For Its “RestoMod” Land Rovers

From a Classic Driver online article:

Classic Driver CoolNVintageOf course, Cool & Vintage is one of hundreds of companies building Land Rover ‘restomods’, but it’s forged its premier reputation for two reasons: the unparalleled quality of its work and its aesthetic positioning. “I’ve always thought that the Land Rover is among the greatest pieces of industrial design, so it was never my intention to mess around with it too much. We try to stay true to its shape and its history while adding our own creative twist, which could be anything from a bright colour to a more aggressive stance.” Ricardo initially wanted to fuse his vision of the quintessential beach car with a southern European summer vibe.

Over the last seven years, Cool & Vintage has created an aesthetic for its tastefully modified classic Land Rovers that is instantly recognisable among its cult following around the world. We thought it was high time to pay a visit to its Lisbon hipster haven…

Sun-drenched beachscapes, beautiful surfing girls and the most immaculate old Land Rovers you’ve ever seen – it must be Cool & Vintage. This vision of fantasy has garnered the Lisbon-based restoration company, which has been putting its unique twist of Defenders and Series models since 2012, something of a cult following Land Rover buffs and hipsters alike.

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Top Political Podcasts: Mark Shields And David Brooks Discuss Latest In Washington (PBS)

Shields and Brooks PBS Oct 25 2019Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest political news, including trends around the federal judges President Trump is appointing, the Department of Justice’s criminal probe of the Russia investigation, how the impeachment inquiry is evolving and campaign anxiety regarding 2020 Democratic candidates.