Culture, travel, fashion and culinary delights: the Kosmos pages of Lufthansa Magazin bring you interesting and useful tidbits from around the world
Los Angeles, USA
Sunset Boulevard, the heart of Hollywood, can be over the top – but pockets of normality exist. The Gwen serves meaty dishes and has an in-house butcher shop. The new restaurant seats 80 diners; the decor is muted and the atmosphere, relaxed.
Once a year, the provincial Thai capital of Lopburi becomes the scene of simian gluttony, when around 2000 monkeys tuck into a feast of fresh fruit at the Monkey Buffet Festival (this year on November 26).
All are equal before the law – but not all laws are the same. Globetrotters are well advised to familiarize themselves with some of the more arcane rules:
Check your phone to see that you’re on the right road? Not in Honolulu: Anyone caught looking down at a cell phone while crossing the street in the capital of Hawaii faces a fine of 100 dollars.
It’s common knowledge that Singapore imposes tough penalties on gum chewers, but hygiene and cleanliness are otherwise writ large in the city state, too. Failing to flush a public toilet will earn you a minimum fine of 1000 dollars.
Leaving a mark
Sightseeing in high heels? Not only are stilettoes uncomfortable and inconvenient, they’re also prohibited in Greece because the heels can damage ancient monuments.
The photographer’s eye Stephen Shore is one of the most significant photographers of our time and a pioneer of American New Color Photography: MoMA in New York is showing his work from November 19, 2017 through May 28, 2018 (photo: “Beverly Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, June 21, 1975”).
Anyone who has seen Little Dragon play live will probably have fallen for the Swedish synth band’s catchy yet heartfelt tunes. In November, the band – singer Yukimi Nagano – will be performing their new album, “Season High,” in Hamburg, Berlin and other German cities.