• Beyoncé and Jay Z Takeover the Louvre

    Beyoncé and Jay Z broke the internet with the release of their video for their new song “Apeshit” off of their collaboration album Everything Is Love. The setting of the entire video was the Louvre, the largest art museum in the world located in Paris.

    Throughout the video Beyoncé and her dancers are swaying and strutting around the museum, upstaging a lot of the artworks behind them.  “I was thinking a lot about how people – especially white people, European and American people – go to really romanticize empire, to think about genealogies of white male artists, and then we have Beyoncé, a black woman, and her husband, dancing around in the Louvre,”art historian Alexandra Thomas told TIME Magazine. She went on to call this juxtaposition “an embodied intervention of Western art.”

    There’s also some representation of black art in the video. Their commentary on black wealth resonates in the Louvre’s Egyptian galleries, where Beyoncé raps in front of the Great Sphinx of Tanis. At the end of the video shows the two in front of the Mona Lisa, with Beyoncé conveying a similar facial expression to the famous artwork.

    Personally, I love the Louvre and I can stare hours at the Mona Lisa….some call it small but I think it is an amazing masterpiece from DaVinci. I go and visit her every time I visit Paris.

  • Korea – DMZ

    Korea is a country with rich history and one of my favorite countries in Asia to visit because of its unique culture and the warmth of its people. I have visited the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Joint Security Area (JSA) several times over the past 10 years. It’s a popular tourist destination and has an extreme waiver that participants must sign to visit the area. The waiver says that the government cannot guarantee the safety of visitors from hostile acts and not to make any gestures toward the North Korean soldiers at the border.

    One of the most interesting parts of the visit is entering the conference room in the blue building, where half of the room is in North Korea and half of the room is in South Korea. This is the room where the two countries have come together for meetings.

    For many in South Korea, President Trump’s recent historic meeting with Kim Jong Un in Singapore last week was seen as an opportunity instead of a failure. In a Gallup survey, more than 1,000 people two days after the summit, two-thirds of the population said they think the Kim/Trump meeting was a success. Only one in 10 thought it a failure.

    When we entered the building the back door of the building was closed and South Korean soldiers stood guard as we walked around the table to North Korea. The photo above shows the Republic of Korea (South Korea) soldiers standing guard at the JSA in between North Korea and South Korea in the village of Panmunjom.

    My hope is that these two countries can be united in the future with peace and families can be reunited through a peaceful negotiation process over time.

  • Dr. Seuss Themed Water Park

    It’s no surprise that last year, Carnival carried approximately 5,000,000 passengers, 800,000 were children. Outside, above the lido deck of the Carnival Horizon, a 455-foot-long water tube is a part of the Dr. Seuss-themed water park, which looks like a blast for kids and adults alike. The new ship also boasts an 800-foot-long sky ride around its top deck and, on the inside, an IMAX Theater. Like other Carnival ships, Horizon has a range of other deck-top fun zones, eateries, bars and entertainment.

  • Lip Sync Battle on Carnival Ship

    The main event everyone was waiting for on the Carnival Horizon was a unique Lip Sync Battle between Queen Latifah and Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliot. First up on stage was CEO Arnold Donald and Carnival president Christine Duffy got the crowd warmed up to The Black Eyed Peas’ ‘I Got a Feeling (Tonight’s Gonna Be a Good Night)’.

    Elliot took the stage next with gold, glittery pants, and a colossal blonde wig as he performed Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again.” Queen Latifah took the stage next with a yellow raincoat dress as she belted out “It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls. Both performances were complete with enthusiasm, back up dancers and some serious outfits. Voting was done by crowd applause and Queen Latifah was the clear winner.

  • Guy Fieri’s New BBQ Smokehouse

    On board the Carnival Horizon, celebrity chef Guy Fieri attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for his new restaurant and brewhouse aboard the Horizon called Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse. In true chef style, Fieri asked for a knife to cut the ribbon rather than scissors. The ship also has a brewhouse where craft beer is brewed and served with Fieri’s BBQ creations. The four craft beers brewed exclusively on Carnival Horizon include ParchedPig Smoked Porter, ParchedPig Farmhouse Ale, ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale, and ParchedPig West Coast IPA.

  • Queen Latifah Becomes Godmother

    “Choose Fun” that’s the motto of Carnival’s Horizon and someone that emulates fun and laughter is Queen Latifah, the godmother of the ship. On board, everyone gathered in the atrium of the ship for the customary naming ceremony where Queen Latifah and Captain Luigi De Angelis poured champagne all over a bell to inaugurate the ship. Afterward, she had to get ready for her Lip Sync Battle in the Liquid Lounge. Queen Latifah is in good company, fellow actress Dame Judi Dench is also a Carnival godmother.

  • Carnival Horizon Launches in NYC

    Carnival Cruise line held a special event in New York City to commemorate the newest ship, the Carnival Horizon. The ship happens to be second of the Vista class, the 26th ship in the Carnival fleet and the 102nd cruise ship operated by Carnival and holds 3,954 passengers.  

    The day began with a press conference with Carnival President Christine Duffy, St. Jude’s President Richard Shadyac Jr. and young brain tumor survivor Victoria. The Horizon is special because, in many ways, it’s a representation of the cemented relationship between Carnival and St. Jude. Duffy also presented a $100,000 check to Shadyac Jr., for St. Jude’s on behalf of Carnival. On board, in the boat’s lobby, there is a floor to ceiling spherical screen called Dreamscape which features artwork from children at St. Jude’s.

  • Tour Montparnasse

    I am always looking for amazing views when visiting Paris to see the Eiffel Tower. The Tour Montparnasse offers panoramic views of the city and is one of the tallest buildings in Europe.

    The tower is a 210-meter (689 feet) office skyscraper located in the Montparnasse area of Paris. It was constructed from 1969 to 1973 and as of March 2017, it is the 14th tallest building in the European Union.

    You can visit during the day or night. One of the best ticket values is to buy a ticket for 2 visits on a weekend so you can see the view in the day and in the night of the city of lights

  • The Basilica of the Sacred Heart

    The Sacre-Coeur Basilica also known as Basilica of the Sacred Heart is a beautiful Roman Catholic church situated at the highest point of the city of Paris.

    The Basilica was designed by Paul Abadie, construction began in 1875 and was completed in 1914. The construction was consecrated after the end of World War I in 1919.

    Even though the use of cameras and video recorders are forbidden inside the Basilica, visitors can explore the dome and enjoy the views of the city outside the church. Free audio guides of the church are also available.

  • Maison de Victor Hugo

    Sometimes I try to visit attractions off the beaten path. In Paris, on Easter weekend, I visited the Victor Hugo museum which is located in the house he lived in for 16 years from 1832 to 1848.

    Hugo is one of the romantic movement’s most famous writers. He is best known for Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Hugo was a lifelong French political activist and two days before his death he penned his final written words “To love is to act.”