News & Trends: 4/1/15

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#BringOnSpring: A Twitter News Chat About Warm Drives,Cool Breezes, Fragrant Flowers

Travel + Leisure magazine hosted a #BringOnSpring news chat on Twitter yesterday. They featured favorite routes for warm weather drives and highlighted the colorful, fragrant spring blossoms in many regions of the U.S.  Some of these road trip suggestions included:

  1. Bluebonnet drive in the Texas Hill Country near Austin - an 87-mile trip.
  2. Poppy Preserve in Antelope Valley, California – a 70-mile trip from L.A. (Poppy Festival runs from 4/18-4/19 in Lancaster)
  3. Scenic Lake Shore Drive in Chicago and its “Magnificent Mile” of 143,000 tulips and pansies.
  4. Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. framed by its world famous cherry blossoms.

If you’re planning a trip to the Netherlands, the T+L editors suggest Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, 30 miles southwest of Amsterdam. The Gardens, second largest in the world, spring to life for only eight weekends, between mid-March and mid-May. As you wander among 7 million cheery tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, look for more than 100 works of art and four pavilions dedicated to exotic species. And of course,you must also include another stop at the tulip fields. The fields in Schermerhorn even include a windmill!


Who is the Most Chic Female TV Star?

InStyle recently announced the winner of its 2015 March Madness tournament in which readers voted for their most stylish female TV characters. The list of 16 stylish finalists was eventually narrowed down to two: Revenge’s Emily Thorne played by Canadian-born actress Emily VanCampand Scandal’s Olivia Popethe DC crisis manager played by Kerry Washington.

And the champion is … Scandal’s Olivia Pope who narrowly won the tourney with 52% of the 33,000 votes. Have to hand it to Olivia -- she always looks fabulous in those uber stylish coats complemented by some very chic bags!

The Final Episode of "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies"

Don’t miss the final episode of a three-part, Ken Burns #cancerfilm, entitled “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.” The news and documentary program airs this evening at 9 p.m., ET (and CT) on PBS-TV. If you didn’t view the earlier episodes, be sure to look for them online, order them On Demand or check your local PBS listings for reruns.

Everyone is touched by this disease. One in two men and one in three women will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetimes and this year, 1.7 million Americans are facing cancer and 600,000 will die.  The Burns documentary could well mark the tipping point in this war on cancer, one of the longest-running battles in human history.

Tune in tonight!