The amazing Hotel del Coronado is located on Coronado Island in the heart of San Diego Bay in Southern California.
“The Del” built in 1888 by James Reid was one of the first hotels with electricity, Thomas Edison personally oversaw the installation of his invention in the hotel. Since 1977, the hotel is a registered historical landmark. The Hotel Del is also well known for famous visitors such as Charlie Chaplin, Britain’s King Edward the 8th, and numerous US-Presidents including Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barak Obama.
In 1890, a guest by the name of Kate Morgan died in the Hotel Del Coronado and since then, her ghost purportedly haunts the hotel, or so legend and some eyewitnesses tell.
Hotel del Coronado in 1900
Further, the hotel has been a frequent backdrop for Hollywood productions, the most famous of these films being “Some like it hot” with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon in 1959. When you visit the hotel’s iconic lobby, you can still feel the spirit of old Hollywood.
Currently, the Hotel Del Coronado is listed among the 10 Leading Holiday Hotels of the World and the great old lady is just as majestic and beautiful as ever. A stay in this unique historic hotel on the amazing “Silver Strand” beach on Coronado Island is definitely more than a special experience.
The USS Midway (CV-41) is an aircraft carrier commissioned by the US Navy in the waning months of World War II, and she is the third boat to feature the Midway name. In her 47 years of service, the Midway was active in wars and conflict from the Korean, Vietnam and First Gulf Wars, and from 1973 – 1991 she was stationed in Japan. Since 2004, the USS Midway has served as a museum on San Diego Bay, and is open to the public allowing everyone to explore the military history of this legendary sea giant.
Stroll the Midway deck amidst Navy jets, enjoy amazing views of San Diego Bay, downtown and the Coronado Bay Bridge, then head under deck to see the vast but confined cabins and work spaces of the staff and the impressive command central and captain’s office while you listen to original ambient sounds from a headset. The USS Midway is definitely a real military experience that men and women alike enjoy.
Military style is a hot trend and few brands represent the style more than Belstaff, which has captured the spirit of adventure and fearless exploration in a form that fits today’s luxury lifestyle. The sophisticated male can wear military fashion icons reminiscent of wars past and present.
Porsche, a German premium car manufacturer is known the world over for it’s legendary Porsche 911. Founded in 1931 by Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany. Ferdinand Porsche started his business with a small “construction office” and one of his first known successes was the 1934 construction of the VW Käfer for the German government.
In 1948, Ferdinand Porsche opened a new chapter in automotive history with the development of the 356 Roadster. Ultimately, the Porsche 911 was a more comfortable and higher performance replacement for the 356. The first 911 model called “901” was developed in 1963 and is known for the high output engine, the ignition lock on the left and flowing 911 silhouette.
Since its inception, the 911 has been modified in design, equipment and performance. Over the past 49 years, six models have been launched, each a new iteration on the classic 911, including the 964 series, 993 series, 996 series, 997 series and the current 991 series.
In the 1970´s, 911 Carrera RSRs won several major world championship sports car races including the Targa Florio, Daytona, Nürburgring and with the 911-derived 935 turbo version the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979.
The American actor Paul Newman (1925 – 2008) was an enthusiastic race car driver and avid Porsche 911 fan. He won numerous national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America. In the season of 1976 Paul Newman became interested in forming his own racing team with his partner Bill Freeman based in Santa Barbara, California.
The “Newman Freeman Racing” team was very successful and during the partnership Newman was also a part of Freeman´s Porsche racing team, which started in the Sebring 12-hours endurance sports car race and was sponsored by Beverly Porsche/Audi. In 1979, Newman drove Dick Barbour´s Porsche 935 in The 24 Hours of Le Mans and finished in second place.
Paul Newman was not only a great actor and champion race car driver, he was also a style icon and represented in his love for the Porsche 911, the impeccable elegant taste a real gentlemen.
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Santa Catalina Island is a rocky island 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles with a small principal city, Avalon.
The first European on the island was the Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who, in 1542 named it San Salvador. Sebastian Vizcaino rediscovered the island on the eve of Saint Catherine´s day in 1602, and named it Santa Catalina.
In 1919, the chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. purchased the island. He invested in protecting its natural resources and built the now iconic movie theatre “Casino”. The island´s flora and fauna are impressive, especially the bison herd, which since their introduction in 1920, have thrived on Santa Catalina.
Visitors can travel to the island, arriving at Avalon Bay by the Catalina Express ferry, or by plane arriving at Avalon´s “Airport in the Sky”. Fans of cars and crowded streets beware, the mode of transportation on the island is primarily by golf cart.
The Subtropical climate, Mediterranean style boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, golf course and Descanso Beach Club, bring more than one million visitors to this extraordinary island annually.
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J. Paul Getty (1892 – 1976), founder of the Getty Oil Co., billionaire and art lover, collected around 50,000 works of art during his lifetime. In 1953, in an effort to open his art collection to the public, he started the J. Paul Getty Museum in his Malibu villa.
In the 1990´s, the architect Richard Maier was commissioned to build an outstanding campus for the Getty collections to be housed. Today, the Getty Center is an architectural treasure in its own right, located in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains in West Los Angeles.
The J. Paul Getty Museum is fulfilled with art collections including classical European paintings, sculptures and contemporary European and American photographs. The architecture of the museum complex is impressive, the gardens and landscape design extraordinary, and the vistas of Los Angeles are amazing.
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