Budapest the “Paris of the East,” Really?

The Art Nouveau façade of the Gresham Palace in Budapest
The Art Nouveau façade of the Gresham Palace in Budapest

By André Gayot

Mais oui! Even a hardcore Parisian would admit it. Beautiful grand boulevards, large avenues, handsome mansions, green parks, impressive landmarks, museums, opera house, lively streets and art life, all of these match the French model to recreate another Paris on the Danube closer to the original one than the Las Vegas cardboard elliptic version.

What about food, then? I am not so sure about eats, for I am not a big fan of goulash. You know that robust stew of beef, onions and potatoes more fit to sustain one’s efforts fighting the rigors of winter than the appetite of a modern city dandy. But, there are quite a few places that offer a more elaborate food with or without Paprika, the Hungarian national spice.

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The Day in the Cloud Challenge

About to board
About to board

By Alain Gayot

 

Take any flight on Virgin America and compute in the cloud with your notebook or mobile phone. Today was D-day for the young airline to offer a WiFi environment for any passenger on every flight in the U.S., the first airline to stake that claim. Sir Richard Branson appeared via an animated video to introduce the program via Gogo technology, along with the flight’s friendly crew. What was special about our 6:00 am flight VA 921 from Los Angeles to San Francisco is that it competed with flight 920 from San Francisco to Los Angeles in The Day in the Cloud Challenge – an online puzzle played in the air and on the ground. Our winning plane earned each participating passenger a nifty and slim HP netbook. The game continued for 24 hours as well, and enabled all top five scorers of each flight to earn A Year in the Cloud package comprised of free flights, free in-flight WiFi  from Virgin America, a netbook computer from Hewlett-Packard  and one terabyte of online storage from Google. Happy gamers went to work early and connected to Google apps in the clouds to secure information to solve the puzzle.

 

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V Australia: A New Airline

The new Boeing 777-300ER from V Australia at LAX

This afternoon on a much needed rainy day in Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa welcomed Sir Richard Branson and one of his brand new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for his new airline V Australia. The aircraft was on a special livery stop-over at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Tomorrow, the crew takes the aircraft to Sydney where the sister airline to Virgin Atlantic will offer non-stop service between Los Angeles and Sydney and Brisbane beginning February 27, 2009. Continue reading “V Australia: A New Airline” »

Our Best Wishes for 2009!

 
 

 

 On this last day of the year, we at GAYOT.com would like to thank you for your trust in our site.

 

We look forward to bringing you more culinary delights, restaurant news, reviews for the top restaurants and cheap eats as well as the best travel information on hotels, 72-hour vacations and business trips.

 

Let’s not forget that we like to drink wine, Champagne and more (moderately), be showered with gifts, pampered in spas, watch good movies, and drive the car that best fits our budget, all information to be found right here.

 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Ireland, A True Land to Discover

Her Excellency Mary McAleese, President of Ireland & Sophie Gayot
Her Excellency Mary McAleese, President of Ireland & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

During her current visit to the United States, Her Excellency Mary McAleese, the President of Ireland, hosted the Tourism Ireland luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

 

The guests, including myself, thoroughly enjoyed the President’s speech, a moving and heart-felt description of her country. With warmth and compassion, she illustrated the importance of the people, the landscape and the culture of Ireland, inspiring us to visit and discover the beauty of this rich island with breathtaking scenery, cultural delights, and captivating cities.