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Create group, darreca leftridge, ebony temple lux travel, mcn canada's wonderland, oct 3, 2024 to oct 6, 2024, toronto, canada, welcome to mcn's trip to canada's wonderland 2024 adventure.

Breathtaking Views : Start this adventure off with an amazing day trip to Niagara Falls! Start with a trip to view the falls close up, then enjoy an amazing lunch before exploring downtown Niagara. Then the group will head back to Toronto for group dinner. 

Thrills Beyond Imagination : Brace yourself for spine-tingling roller coasters that'll have you screaming with delight, and gravity-defying rides that will leave you wanting more.

Halloween Haunt : Explore a world of horror with a variety of attractions, from entertaining shows to Leviathan, ensuring fun for everyone in the group.

Endless Fun in the Sun :  It's not just about the rides; soak up the sun in beautifully landscaped gardens, enjoy amazing food, and make a splash in the park's refreshing new Splash Works slide adventure to feature zero-gravity wall .

Bond with the Best :  Connect with like-minded thrill-seekers and create international lasting memories with a community of adventure enthusiasts who share your love for fun and excitement.

Get ready to join us for a weekend packed with heart-pounding adventure, endless laughter, and unforgettable moments. Don't miss out on this epic trip to Canada's Wonderland & Niagara Falls, where every twist, turn, and flip is a story waiting to be told. Secure your spot now and let's make this journey one for the books!  

What will be included in the itinerary:

  • Hotel- included
  • Insurance- included
  • Day Trip to Niagara Falls- included
  • Flight- can be included
  • Park Tickets- Add on option

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  • Meals (food or drink)
  • Transportation (Uber & Lyft)
  • Day 1 : Arrive in Toronto, Canada. Catch Uber or Lyft to an amazing hotel right by Canada's Wonderland!  Check into airport and meet up with other members to catch rides together
  • Day 2: Spend the day exploring Niagara falls, downtown Niagara and have lunch with a view
  • Day 3: Hi t Canada's Wonderland for an amazing fun filled day with the MCN crew
  • Day 4: Explore the city before checking out and heading back to the airport to fly to to US

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How Stalin’s own ‘Hotel California’ became a ‘trap’ for fellow comrades

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On the famous Tverskaya Street in Moscow, there is a house number 10. It’s a building that many people have walked by without giving it a second thought. It looks like this :

During the Great Purge in the USSR in the 1930s, Joseph Stalin turned this high-end hotel into a sinister trap for communists from all over the world who made the mistake of checking in.

‘Luxe’

Before the Russian Revolution, the building that had been constructed in 1837 belonged to a successful Russian bread maker and entrepreneur named Dmitri Phillipov. In 1911, the owner expanded his business and allocated some space in the building to open a hotel that he named France.

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The newly opened hotel was posh: It had columns, a marble exterior and tall mirrors in the lobby. On top of that, the building was located in immediate proximity to the Red Square, the architectural heart of Russia’s capital. The hotel screamed it was for the rich and famous.

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The Bolsheviks, who came to power as a result of the 1917 Russian Revolution, had their own plans for the high-end hotel. They nationalized it, constructed two more floors on top, expanded the number of rooms to 300 and changed the name to Luxe. The Bolshevik’s new Luxe could now welcome 600 guests at one time and this was its minimal capacity.

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After the 1917 revolution, a great many communists flocked to Soviet Russia, either to participate in meetings of the Comintern, the international organization that advocated world communism, or in search of refuge in the USSR, fleeing from repressions by other governments.

Among others, the hotel welcomed future first President of the German Democratic Republic Wilhelm Pieck.

Among others, the hotel welcomed future first President of the German Democratic Republic Wilhelm Pieck.

The hotel welcomed such guests as leading German communist politician Walter Ulbricht, future first President of the German Democratic Republic Wilhelm Pieck, accomplished German politician Herbert Wehner, Hitler’s political foe Ernst Thälmann, future mayor of West Berlin Ernst Reuter and renowned German journalist turned Soviet spy Richard Sorge.

Ho Chi Minh also stayed in the hotel.

Ho Chi Minh also stayed in the hotel.

Also, the first Premier of the People’s Republic of China Zhou Enlai and Vietnamese revolutionary Ho Chi Minh stayed in the hotel.

A sinister place

When Stalin’s orchestrated great purge began in the 1930s, a wave of terror swiped the hotel and its unfortunate residents. For great many, the stylish interior of the hotel transformed into a deadly trap.

Gorky street, currently known as Tverskaya street.

Gorky street, currently known as Tverskaya street.

The guests handed their passports to receptionists upon arrival and were given a pass that was issued by the hotel. Nobody without such a pass could enter or leave the living quarters. In practice, it meant that guests became hostages of their temporary residence and could not check out without the authorities’ unspoken permission.

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"'Luxe’ was a conspiratorial hotel, both for its guests and the outside world."

Some of the guests, trapped by the war in Europe and other political circumstances, spent years locked in the hotel that was equipped with bugs and riddled with rats.

“‘Luxe’ was a conspiratorial hotel, both for its guests and the outside world. It was shrouded in secrecy. Neither the guest lists nor the lists of the deceased give full information about who stayed and when and who lived there in general. Guests’ real names usually didn’t match with their passport details and their passport details didn't match their party nicknames,” wrote hotel guest Ruth von Mayenburg who stayed there for eight years.

Many of the guests fell victim to Stalin’s terror: They were either arrested, tortured, and/or killed in the Soviet Union or extradited to other countries, including Nazi Germany, where they were inevitably also arrested and killed.

Many of the guests fell victim to Stalin’s terror.

Many of the guests fell victim to Stalin’s terror.

Undoubtedly, the gruesome conditions that the hotel guests experienced influenced the overall environment in the hotel. Fear, dread and despair filled its rooms and halls as the guests could not help but wonder who would be the next victim of the Soviet secret police.

Other bone-chilling incidents happened in the hotel without the participation of the NKVD.

“I grew up in Moscow, in the center of power, as well as state and non-state crime, on Gorky Street [currently known by its historic name, Tverskaya], in the Luxe hotel. I lived there from 1938 to 1946. In our Luxe hotel, we played partisans and German fascists and once during a game, we hung a child [by accident]. It was not possible to bring him back to life,” said former resident of the hotel Rolf Schälike, who spent eight years of his youth in the hotel which by that time resembled a dormitory (link in Russian).

The period of great terror in the Soviet Union lost momentum in the early 1940s and ended with Stalin’s death in 1953. The war ended in Europe and political refugees who still occupied rooms in the Luxe hotel began returning to their countries. 

In the 1950s, authorities changed the name of the hotel to Central. Luxe was gone, as were its guests.

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The "Luxe" hotel was renamed "Central" in the 1950s.

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Peacocking through the centuries: How menswear in this season’s series gets the sartorial showcase

Young men in 18th century France gather around in “Franklin.”

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Apple TV+ continues to build its library of historical dramas, adding the 18th century-set “ Franklin ” and conspiracy thriller “ Manhunt ” to its spring offerings. With stories occurring nearly 100 years apart, the two titles share an affinity for power dressing. On Starz, “Mary & George” underscores how alluring clothing can help woo a Jacobean king, and Paramount+ With Showtime keeps up the sartorial flourishes with the 30-plus-year-spanning “ A Gentleman in Moscow, ” which opens in 1920s Russia.

Corsets and gorgeous gowns have long dominated the period costume design conversation. But in 2024, turning back the clock showcases how menswear is pulling focus. Here, costume designers Annie Symons (“Mary & George”), Olivier Bériot (“Franklin”), Katie Irish (“ Manhunt ”) and Sam Perry (“A Gentleman in Moscow”) discuss attention-grabbing masculine attire across four separate centuries.

George Villiers (Nicholas Galitzine) gets glammed up in Starz’s “Mary & George.”

Rather than pushing her daughter toward a wealthy suitor, Mary Villiers (Julianne Moore) wields her son, George (Nicholas Galitzine), like a dazzling weapon to get close to King James I (Tony Curran). First, Mary sends an unrefined George, wearing drab brown, to France in 1612 to learn how to be a gentleman. “When George comes back, he’s haute fashion, beyond fashion. All the other boys are wearing a mishmash of Elizabethan or early Jacobean,” says Symons.

A seductive dance in a see-through embroidered shirt, crimson ruff and gold leather belt allows George to beguile the king. Director Oliver Hermanus “was very keen that we see the masculine form, particularly through these fine fabrics, and there is a great sensuality about that,” adds Symons. “It’s suggestive, not explicit, and I think these fabrics are very beautiful and move well.” King James’ penchant for attractive men and jewels was not a secret, with George welcoming such symbols of “power, money, swag” as lace and pearls. “A single pearl [earring] is synonymous with the age. I think it was a good look. I know Nick rather likes it, and Tony rather likes it, and according to TikTok, they’ve all gone bonkers for it.”

George Villiers is far from alone in getting a wardrobe upgrade in France. Skip to 1776, when 17-year-old Temple Franklin (Noah Jupe) travels with his grandfather, Benjamin Franklin (Michael Douglas), to Paris to secure support against the British. In an act of adolescent rebellion, Temple follows the French aristocratic trends favored by his new friends, like soon-to-be war hero Lafayette (Théodore Pellerin). “Temple embraced the chic of these guys. We buy this fabric, which is a silk with the design in it — very rich type of silk from Lyon — to show how he tried to look different from his grandfather,” Bériot says.

Bériot presented veteran TV director Tim Van Patten with mood boards featuring paintings from the eight years the Franklins spent in France, alongside an image from a contemporary collection. “For the grandson, I looked at a big fashion brand like Balmain for H&M, and I do a parallel between a painting of that period and this look to give a feeling of today,” Bériot says. Although Temple’s closet gets an overhaul, green is an anchoring shade as it matches the only color painting of the young man.

A man in 1920s aristocratic clothing stands amid signs of Russia's Bolshevik Revolution in "A Gentleman in Moscow."

In what’s referred to as the “Pretty Woman” scene, Temple undergoes a classic teen makeover in the first episode. “I push each character a little bit to be more fun because I think it’s a fun moment in the story, and it was fun to do,” Bériot notes. Think gender fluidity is a modern phenomenon? Not so, Symons says. “Jacobean style as menswear was becoming feminized in many ways,” but French fashion in the 1770s turned the gender fluidity dial further.

Unlike George and Temple, actor and assassin John Wilkes Booth (Anthony Boyle) eschews color in “Manhunt.” Set in the lead-up to and aftermath of President Lincoln’s assassination, Booth favors statement pieces such as a black felt slouch hat. “I think it shows Booth’s flair because it’s so different from the everyday kind of hats that we see that he stands out in a crowd,” Irish says. Other affectations such as Booth’s cravat pin, pinkie ring and monogrammed leather boots add to his carefully curated image.

As with “Manhunt,” Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov (Ewan McGregor) in “A Gentleman in Moscow” wears a monogrammed signet ring as part of his style identity. “I’ve had people look at me like I’m crazy when I say that I love menswear because it seems like such a staid and rigid set of rules,” Irish says. “But there are so many little choices within them that you can personalize it that way.”

The 2024 award season showed an uptick in brooches and lapel pins worn by men, harking to the 19th century. “One of the things about this specific period of Victorian menswear is it is a ‘more is more’ period when men had tons of jewelry available to them if you could afford it,” Irish adds.

Two men on horseback.

Look closely at “Manhunt”: Wolf imagery appears in Secretary of War Edwin Stanton’s ( Tobias Menzies ) accessories. Lincoln nicknamed Stanton “Mars,” and the animal associated with the Roman god of war was the wolf. “We made some custom buttons that had wolves on them based on some we had found in research,” Irish says. “My props master came through and had the most beautiful watch fob with the head of a wolf on it. ” Intricately embroidered custom waistcoats signify wealth, highlighting Stanton’s mood and allegiance through shades of blue: “There is a bit of a peacock aspect just in being very proud of what he and Lincoln have accomplished.”

Leadership values change, but being placed under permanent house arrest by the Bolsheviks at the luxury Hotel Metropol in “A Gentleman in Moscow” doesn’t stop Alexander from dressing the aristocratic part. “We started with him being more peacocky, so full of himself and a big contrast to what was going on in the rest of Russia,” Perry says. “We had the most matching socks and handkerchiefs — all the details.”

Given that Alexander no longer has the option (or finances) to venture to London or Paris, it helps that the count’s footwear is of excellent quality. “Dressing up with your shoes became redundant after he’d been there for a while, but they were well-made, good things, and he wouldn’t throw them away,” Perry notes.

Alexander’s romance with movie star Anna Urbanova (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) gives the former count a run for his sartorial money. “They’re both at their most peacocky and glamorous when they fall in love, and they grow together as a couple,” the costume designer adds. “I thought that was lovely to do with knitwear and a softening of fabrics — using different flannels toward the 1940s and ’50s.” Priorities evolve, jacket lengths rise and fall and formalwear is seen less frequently, but attention to detail remains.

Undoubtedly, playful menswear that doesn’t recede into the background is in vogue on TV and the red carpet. “It goes in and out of fashion throughout the decades or centuries,” says Symons. “I think it’s having another renaissance.”

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