Jan 252014
 

Robert Redford offered to jump out of a cake, since the Sundance Film Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary. He claims his idea was shot down.  Too bad!  Although I’m trying not to visualize his 77 year old body popping out of a cake in frosted attire.

The festival began as a low profile venue for small-budget, independent creators from outside the Hollywood system. Sadly, it’s evolved into a media extravaganza for Hollywood celebrity actors and paparazzi.  Luxury lounges are now set up by corporate sponsors affiliated with Sundance.
Sundance Film Festival downtown 2014

The first Utah/US Film Festival featured classic films such as Deliverance, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Midnight Cowboy. The festival struggled through its first years. Robert Redford lent his name to make the event successful, and thus it became the Sundance Film Festival.
Sundance Film Festival Theater 2014
Robert Redford conducted the annual opening day press conference at the Egyptian Theatre. Fifteen theatres throughout Park City, Salt Lake City and Ogden show the films chosen for this event.

Sundance Film Festival Swag 2014Sundance Film Festival Swag items 2014

 

 

 

Merchandise with the 2014 logo appeared to be in abundance at the stores.

Sundance Film Festival Movie Bills 2014
All advertising flyers must be tacked onto these boards. Tickets to the films were similar in cost to your local cinema, but now at $20 are still difficult to get.  Standing outside in a “wait list” line has become the bone chilling norm.

Sundance Film Festival Camera Girl 2014
The word “Park” is non-existent in Park City, since the mining town was built with narrow streets.  A shuttle bus took care of bringing us downtown to join the gawkers.

We were hoping someone famous would be in front of this camera.  Maybe she was waiting to film an accident?

Sundance Film Festival Boots 2014
The Sundance Festival dress code is sometimes called “mountain chic,” which basically means warm and casual.

When there aren’t famous people on the Park City streets to gawk at, what else is there to do?

Window shopping works for me! Especially, when there are too many people inside the stores.

Sadly, times have changed from a restaurant full of movie stars, to their requiring secluded privacy for their safety.

Got any good stories about gawking at famous people?

Enjoy more travels linked to the Travel Photo Mondays.

Apr 172013
 

­If you need to get somewhere fast, a hot air balloon is not the way to travel.   That’s why our bucket list included the experience of floating through the air like, or in this case with, a balloon.

Balloon 1Our children decided to fulfill this wish and surprised us with an anniversary gift of a hot air balloon ride.

They told us we would be picked up at 6 a.m. and to wear wind breakers.  We weren’t allowed to ask where, what or why!  Although having to get up that early in the morning, helped narrow down the bucket list of possible surprises.

Balloon 2

Balloon 3

 

Our certificate said it so well.  “We broke the bonds of gravity and ascended towards the heavens over the historic mountain town of Park City, Utah.”

Balloon 4I’ve read that you can’t really steer it, ­and it only travels as fast as the wind blows.  But we landed as planned, and on time, in a field with the chase vehicle waiting to pick us up.

After completing our ride in the “Dreams Aloft” balloon, we celebrated our safe journey with the traditional champagne toast.  We then received certificates that are proudly displayed on an office wall.

We can only describe flying in a hot air balloon as one of the most serene, enjoyable activities we’ve ever experienced.   If you are an adrenalin junkie like us, check out this high flying experience at the website: www.pcballoonadventures.com and then let us know about your balloon flight.

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