Review: The New York Palace Hotel and Towers. A modern hotel with an historical facade.

Review:  The New York Palace Hotel and Towers.   A modern hotel with an historical facade. The New York Palace possesses a prestigious heritage. More than a century ago, Henry Villard, one of the nation’s most prominent financiers, commissioned McKim, Mead & White to create a residence of singular style.  Villard  was president of the Northern Pacific Railway.  When his railroad ... Read More »

Cruising The Past looks at New York debutants aboard the Homeric. With a link to Brenda Frazier and current “bows” in society.

New York debutante party in the 1950s aboard Home Line’s HOMERIC dockside. (Left – Home Lines S.S. Homeric at her New York pier on February 15, 1969 just before sailing to Nassau.) The SS HOMERIC was used for society events in New York Harbor.  The ship was originally the SS Mariposa.  She was a luxury ocean liner launched in 1931; ... Read More »

Very rare footage of the MS GRIPSHOLM in the 1920s and Greta Garbo!

Rare candid moment of Greta Garbo’s departure from Sweden in 1929 aboard the Swedish American Line’s MS GRIPSHOLM. Greta Garbo made her first voyage to the USA on the Drottningholm in 1925. The video of her departure from Gothenburg in this clip, after a brief visit to Sweden. For the following information we wish to thank Lars Hemingstam and his ... Read More »

2011 New Year firsts for Cunard Line: a float in the Rose Parade and their First Female Captain.

2011 New Year firsts for Cunard Line: a float in the Rose Parade and the first Female Captain.  2011 proves to be the year for the the great new Cunard liners: MS QUEEN MARY, MS QUEEN ELIZABETH AND MS QUEEN VICTORIA. For the first time, Cunard Lines has appointed Captain Inger Klein Olsen as its first female captain in the ... Read More »

Hitler’s Christmas party: Rare photographs capture leading Nazis celebrating in 1941

These rare pictures have only just come to light, show Hitler and his generals at a party for SS officer cadets in Munich. But the Nazi Christmas was far from traditional. High command: Adolf Hitler and other Nazi officials celebrate Christmas at the Lowenbraukeller restaurant in Munich on December 18, 1941 Hitler believed religion had no place in his 1,000-year ... Read More »

The Best Christmas Story – “Liberty Limited” rolls again for soldiers, sailors…

The Best Christmas Story – Special “Liberty Limited” Train to Army Navy Game – Wounded American Heroes Traveled Aboard Famous Private Railway Cars to the game… This is a YOUTUBE video of the hero’s train racing to Philadelphia. A little boy watches the train speed pass with total awe. The cars carrying the heroic soldiers aboard classic Pullman private and ... Read More »

SOCIAL HISTORY – FASCINATING RETRO FILM ABOUT CRICKET AT LORD’S – Sir Ralph Richardson narrates…

SOCIAL HISTORY – FASCINATING FILM ABOUT CRICKET AT LORD’S – Sir Ralph Richardson narrates… from 1948… This fascinating film of England v Australia at Lord’s, narrated by John Arlott and Sir Ralph Richardson, introduces the viewer “to a very revered patch of English turf, plumb in line with the Pavilion” and guides us through the game. It features footage of ... Read More »

THE RITZ-CARLTON in BERLIN…

The Ritz-Carlton Berlin makes our list of top hotels – for the second time.   This terrific Berlin landmark joins our list of great world hotels.   From  grand and boutique to old or modern – hotels that all share an elegant, even sometimes hip, link to social history and the travel past. “Never say no when a client asks for something, ... Read More »