vtravelled Weekly Round-up w/c 26th September

This week, our web wanderings have uncovered decades of California cool in a new exhibition, another great way to improve your travel photography and the ultimate resource for dining devotees in some of the USA’s most foodcentric cities…


Living modern in California

Los Angeles County Museum of Art by standardpixel on Flickr

Los Angeles County Museum of Art by standardpixel on Flickr


Following on from our brief look at mid-century design last week, brought closer by Virgin America’s new flights to Palm Springs, we’re excited to see that a new exhibition is opening tomorrow right in the heart of LA, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way” exhibition is the first of its kind, and according to Los Angeles real estate blog Curbed LA it will contain an exact recreation of revered husband and wife design team Charles and Ray Eames’ living room from their self-designed Pacific Palisades house.

Also starting tomorrow is a major Tim Burton retrospective. The museum is located in central Los Angeles, midway between downtown and Santa Monica.


More on travel photography

Lion and game vehicle, Moremi, Botswana © Steve Davey

Lion and game vehicle, Moremi, Botswana © Steve Davey


Yesterday we brought you our complete travel photography guides from Steve Davey, and we were alerted by @TopTVCameraman – one of our Twitter followers – to the Festival of Photography and Travel at the Royal Geographical Society in London. This event (which is a series of talks and workshops over three separate days) started in September but two of the days are still to run.

This coming Sunday, is Wild Day and there is still time to book a place if you want to learn about photographing our planet, its landscapes and wildlife. Two weeks from now, on Sunday 16th October, People and Cultures Day will focus on human beings, their cultures and interactions with the world around them. Both days offer the opportunity for a one on one portfolio review with a leading expert.


Eater.com’s Heat Maps

Fiola restaurant, Washington, DC © fioladc.com

Fiola restaurant, Washington, DC © fioladc.com


This is a great idea. Acclaimed dining and drinking website Eater.com have put together some absolutely up-to-the-minute ‘heat maps’ for people who want to know the answer to the question “Where should I eat right now?”. This vital resource for restaurant obsessives offers expert tips and recommendations for the dining and bar scenes in a number of major US cities by shining a light on what’s new and what’s hot and dishing up the gossip on the movements, menus and soon-to-be-launched ventures of local star chefs and restaurateurs.

Five of our destinations are included, so if you’re a fanatical foodie with a constant need to be one step ahead of the game, and you’re heading in the direction of New York, San Francisco, ChicagoWashington D.C. or Miami, these will have you covered.

Thanks to photographer standardpixel on Flickr.

About Maxine Sheppard

Maxine is the co-editor of the Virgin Atlantic blog. Travel and music are her joint first loves, and despite having written for Virgin for more years than she cares to remember she still loves nothing more than jumping on a plane in search of new sights and new sounds.
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