2008-02-29 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Galloping Around
News Events/Travel Editor/Host • WNYX - TV Morning News • 12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

It was Australia week in NYC and we learned about the economy, investments, fashion and travel at a Waldorf luncheon. Dr Terry Cutter, expert on innovation and industry, mentioned that some leading U.S. firms including Dow Chemical, Chevron, Johnson and Johnson, and Bowing have already tapped into Australian innovation investment. www.innovation.gov.au/in novationview.

At Conde Nast I experienced a thrilling videotape, Planet Oz, a walkabout through Australia's Eco wonders and listened to the fascinating adventures of Teri Irwin, appointed Ambassador to Australia Tourism. She is a beautiful American young girl who married Steve Irwin a native Australian and manager of the Australian Zoo. Teri spoke so passionately and compassionately about the wildlife in Australia I wanted to take the next flight out there. However, I was not anxious to wrestle with the crocodiles as she did. She is happily married with two children and is an inspiring speaker.

A little local data: Linda Castalino, court reporter for the Supreme Court of Queens is traveling to Pebble Beach, Florida over President's Day week with her companion, Tom Carroll. Good luck, good trip and many happy days to come. Please get in touch so I can write about you, too.

North Carolina was in town and they have a new guidebook called Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains, which is so informative with pictures and maps put together by Geogeann Eubanks with photos by Donnna Campbell. It is a must read if you are visiting North Carolina and or just want to know more about the state.

Fashion Week took me to the Westside Loft. It featured Erwing Dangelo "Awakening" Collection" Fashion Show. On the red carpet was visiting celebrity, gorgeous, well known He-She looker, Amanda Lepore, (Transgender surgery patient who was a look a like for Marilyn Monroe. On the runway: Wavy hair is back and pulled to the side, and men's locks are long to the waist. Colors galore, high-waisted dresses and belts. Men wore ascots tied into bows over high neck white shirts.

Working Mothers Luncheon at the Hilton was very interesting with many, many top women in the media being honored. Some of the comments about their successes from these women were: Don't worry about the clutter; if you have to take off for your child's recital don't be afraid to tell the boss you have to take off. Don't feel guilty for time away from home; organize and don't stress out. Take time out for yourself and pace yourself and keep your confidence.

I attended a black tie, 11-course elegant dinner at the National Arts Club in honor of the 194th birthday of Samuel T. Tilden. He was Governor and Presidential Candidate and owned 15 Gramercy Park. The dining room was as Tilden left it so why not make the food historical, too. It was a memorable dinner, replica of the dinner served to him in 1908 and the National Arts Cub chefs did a superb job. (Trout, beef, squab and Baltimore cake were among some courses.) Marc Levy was the Toastmaster and is Chairman of the Culinary Arts.

It was a very lovely Press luncheon at the Harvard Club for Croatia where I learned about the investments in four or five Star hotels ( no standard accommodations) that are cropping up along the coasts of Croatia. The YSTOA named it the hottest up and coming country for 2008, and the best destination for adventure travelers. Believe me, it is a most beautiful destination. It extends from the eastern edges of the Alps through the Pannonian lowlands and the banks of the Danube. It was once part of the Austrian/ Hungarian Empire. Over 1000 islands are off the Riviera; the unspoiled Adriatic coastline.

If you are building a new home or renovating you must stop at the A& D building, which had their open house the other day. On display in their showrooms were the latest big, gorgeous kitchens, stone garden designs, beds, bedding and fabrics to dress beds, windows etc., sofas, fireplaces and bathrooms. A&D is located at 150 East 58 St, around the corner from Bloomingdales.

I am closing off with another fun party at the Helmsely Hotel, which was the site of the Anti-Valentines Day party for recent and/or old breakups, singles and divorced, and anyone who is anti-love at the time. Elaborate buffet and pass-arounds with an interesting mix of guests, who received a Voodo Doll with pins in it to stick it to him or her. Another fulfilling night for the tummy and spirits.

Please look forward to my coverage of the Toy Fair and Children's Club next month.

In the meantime some travel tips for you.

TRAVEL: Most certainly I recommend Croatia. However, they have no direct flights from USA, only from Canada for now. You can fly to Europe and connect on Air Croatia there.

Olympic Skiing is going on now and you are in time for that.

March 14 and April 11 MSC Orchestra cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Dominican Republic/St. Maarten/ Antigqua/Nassau/Ft. Lauderdale, $99. KIDS SAIL FREE UNDER 17. Boomers/ Seniors save over 50% on European Cruises. Western Carib 3/7; 4/4 $499, 7nts, Bermuda Apr. 9 and Apr. 25 $579.

Give me a call at 212-683-5215 and AWAY WE GO!!!!! dorothy dune@ya hoo.com

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