The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 27 February 2019

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Alaska Airlines, Palm Springs Airport
Alaska Airlines, Palm Springs Airport (Image Credit: London Air Travel)

Welcome to the The Atlantic Update for Wednesday 27 February 2019, our weekly update on transatlantic travel from Europe to North America.

It’s time for a diversion from our usual flight path for this week’s Atlantic Update.

Palm Springs has long been famous for its midcentury architecture and as a getaway from Los Angeles for famous Hollywood stars. It’s a city where even banks are of architectural interest.

Bank Of America, Palm Springs
Bank Of America, Palm Springs (Image Credit: London Air Travel)

In February every year Modernism Week celebrates the midcentury architecture of the city with talks, guided neighbourhood tours and self-guided open houses. We were fortunate to attend this year’s event.

As the photos below illustrate there are some truly stunning homes on display:

Palm Springs
Palm Springs (Image Credit: London Air Travel)
Palm Springs Modernism Week 2019 Featured Home La Vie En Rose
Palm Springs Modernism Week 2019 Featured Home La Vie En Rose (Image Credit: London Air Travel)

Palm Springs Modernism Week 2019 Featured Home La Vie En Rose
Palm Springs Modernism Week 2019 Featured Home La Vie En Rose (Image Credit: London Air Travel)
Palm Springs Modernism Week 2019 Featured Home La Vie En Rose
Palm Springs Modernism Week 2019 Featured Home La Vie En Rose (Image Credit: London Air Travel)

Palm Springs is a two hour (or so) scenic drive from Los Angeles. You can also fly to Palm Springs International airport via a number of US hubs. It’s certainly one of the nicer US airports to fly through. Check-in and security are busy but matters improve significantly with an open air departures area before the gates.

As Palm Springs buildings are generally low rise it’s a city that lends itself well to boutique hotels. There are some very nice Spanish colonial style hotels such as the Alcazar Palm Springs and Colony Palms. In a sign of the city’s broadening appeal, there is also the most achingly hipster Ace Hotel & Swim Club. For loyalty programme loyalists there’s IHG/Kimpton’s Rowan Palm Springs.

If you’ve ever thought of renting a home, the former Dinah Shore estate 432 Hermosa rents from $3,750 a night!

Next year’s Modernism Week is from Thursday 13 to Sunday 23 February 2020. Outside of Modernism Week tours are also hosted by the Palm Springs Historical Society.

And Finally

European short-haul business class often gets a bad rap, particularly compared to US Domestic First Class, with its dedicated cabins and wider seats.

However, tell us, would you eat this “chicken breast” that American Airlines frequently serves in domestic First Class? What is it made of!?

Lunch, American Airlines Domestic First Class
Lunch, American Airlines Domestic First Class (Image Credit: London Air Travel)

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