This installment of
THREE THINGS is courtesy of Joel Reeves, Public Relations of Bern
Today in Traveling Boy Travel News You Might Have Missed
Massive Airfare Sales Nationwide -$59+ O/W - Through May --
American, Delta, and Southwest have discounted everything on their roster from as early as December 16 to as far off as of May 21. While flights are aways off, bookings must be made by 11:59 p.m. on December 12. Travel any day except Fridays or Sundays. Blackout dates prohibit travel from December 20 through 23, 27 through 29; January 4 or 5; or February 17. Additionally, departures to Florida are only valid Sundays through Wednesdays, and returns from only Tuesdays through Fridays. American and Delta require a Saturday-night stay. www.aa.com; www.delta.com or www.southwest.com
Me Home, Country Roads
Our "Man in Italy" is packing his bags and
joining a group of international media aboard a luxury motorcoach to sample
a portion of Insight Vacations' "Country Roads of Italy" itinerary.
He'll be traveling in style and, in between glasses of wine and superb food,
he'll be filing his dispatches about la dolce vita around the Umbria
and Tuscany regions of the Bel Paese.
The Best Aviation Museum in Europe!
A Gathering of Eagles; A Pride of Lions, or a Flight of
Airline Pilots, might well describe an aviation heaven thats about
50 miles from London, in England, 45 minutes by express train, and is
known throughout the world as the Imperial War Museum Duxford, where youll
find yourself especially if you're an aircraft buff in an
aviation paradise, as its the home of numerous classic British,
American and German aircraft from WW2.
Breaking the Ice
Canadian JW-Jones is right in the middle
of a North American tour of biblical proportions. 40 days and 40 nights
loaded with non-stop blues that has torn gapping holes through the U.S.-
Canadian border. Yet, Jones can't seem to stop smiling. Along with band
mates, Laura Greenburg and Jamie Holmes, the Ottawa guitarist is determined
to prove to everyone north of the equator, JW-Jones is NOT your average,
run-of-the-mill blues trio.
Johan Heldenbergh on "The Broken Circle Breakdown"
Belgium actor Johan Heldenbergh is an amazing multi-talented
man. He is the writer of the original play "The Broken Circle Breakdown"
and played the lead character of Didier. The story is best described as
a romantic melodrama, which mines the love story between the characters
of Didier and Elise, a young woman whose entire body is decorated with tattoos
depicting her life's story.
In the Footsteps of the Dukes of Burgundy
The first Valois duke of Burgundy recognized a good
deal when he saw one. His bride, Margaret of Flanders, was reputed to have
the ugliest face in all of Europe, but she was the richest heiress in Europe.
When he married Margaret in 1369, Philip the Bold, the youngest son of the
King of France, acquired Flanders, todays Low Countries, making him
both rich and powerful.
Piazza Lights the Candle
As we close out yet another year, and
you're in the process of filling up your dance card for the Holidays, here's
a solid party favor. Flip over your calendar and draw some big red lips
around Sunday, December 15th that way you won't blow the opportunity to
attend Rod Piazza's 5th Annual Birthday Blues Festival. This yearly Riverside,
California celebration will once again light up Lake Evans at the American
Legion Hall in Fairmount Park.
Central Italy: Senigallia's Spiaggia di Velluto
Our "Man in Italy" recently spent a relaxing
week along the Riviera Adriatica in the resort-port city of Senigallia
where he experienced firsthand the joys of a true Italian seaside vacation
and the therapeutic values of saltwater, sun and spaghetti allo scoglio.
Driving the Route of Bertha Benz: A German Wonder
Want to drive along the world's first long distance
automobile road? Can you handle 97 miles of rural German highway in a modern
car? (They drive on the right just like us.) Want to hear about the woman
who drove it in 1888? Take the train from Frankfurt to Mannheim, look for
the tribute to the world's first automobile and hear the story of Bertha
Benz, Germany's Wonder Woman of 1888.
Lights, Camera, Action: In Search of Movie Locations
in the Land of Aloha
The vog blanketed the evening Honolulu skyline, compliments
of the volcanic ash that blew in from towering Mt. Pelée on the Big
Island of Hawaii. More a curiosity than a hindrance, a larger than
life Elvis was still clearly on display, singing and strumming a ukulele
on Waikiki Beach. This was a real Elvis sighting thanks to the Honolulu
Film Festival where the film Blue Hawaii was projected on a mammoth screen
right on the beach.
with Medieval Mysteries: Hiking Through History in Southern France
Climbing up the wide circular stone staircase to our
hotel room in the Chateau des Ducs de Joyeuse on the first night, I knew
this would be a very different trip. I could just as easily be accessing
a medieval castle as a lodging facility and then I found out I was.
Although I suspect our room was a lot less drafty than those of the lords
and ladies who preceded us.
Southwestern France: Heaven Among the Vineyards
For the seventh and final dispatch in his pursuit
of joie de vivre around southwestern France, the Palladian Traveler
has a much-anticipated rendezvous with a fellow blogger at a château
in the middle of Bordeaux wine country that can only be described as paradise.
Bitney Crone Shares His Sad Story About Consequences of Inequality
The documentary "Bridegroom" is a touching,
tragic love story about a beautiful young gay couple Shane Bitney
Crone, originally from a small, conservative town in Montana, and his partner,
Tom Bridegroom, from equally conservative Indiana. They met in Los Angeles
and instantly knew they were soul mates and planned to marry as soon as
it became legal in California.
Point Resort and Spa
To some, paradise is a romantic dinner on a moonlit
bay. To others it's a secluded bungalow on the beach, or a soothing massage
in a tropical setting. To me it's all of the above and this is why I love
a retreat such as Paradise Point Resort & Spa on San Diego's majestic
Mission Bay. Covering 44 acres, the resort is a tropical rain forest-like
oasis, boasting an award-winning seafood restaurant, a full-service spa
and 430 guestrooms...
Offbeat Future Travel Destinations
Do you ever say to yourself when contemplating future
trips "well, I've been there and done that what
else can I do?" OK, in this month's travel column let me share
with you (briefly) five offbeat things to see and do. I loved 'em, and
I'm reasonably sure you will too. One of the best "travel thrills"
for me, was relishing the ultimate excitement (!) of a Snowmobile ride
in Kirkenes, Norway. Just the name of the company was intriguing
Through the Outback on the Indian Pacific's Christmas Train
It was mid December and a heat wave had embraced the
country. Record setting temperatures were searing the land from high 90s
in Sydney and Adelaide to blast furnace heat in the great Outback. Fires
were raging throughout the country. But we were cool, riding the air-conditioned
Indian Pacific railway across the southern expanse of Australia to the west
coast city of Perth, a four-day transcontinental tour...
Gates Plays it Forward
I ran into Phil Gates at the San Diego
Blues Festival this year, and liked him immediately. I think it was because
I knew he could very well have been on stage that day, but instead had chosen
to kick back, enjoy the sunshine and relish in the performances of his friends
and fellow blues musicians. Over the years it's been my experience that
most artists have a genuine respect and a mutual appreciation of other player's
abilities and talents.
Exploring Dylan Thomas Country on the South West Coast
Wales loves its artists. Thats easy to say with
the likes of actors Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins and Michael Sheehan
all hailing from the South West Coast of Wales, near Swansea. No artist,
however, commands a deeper place in a Walesians heart than poet and
writer, Dylan Thomas.
Douglas Complex Fire Riddle, Oregon
When I'm not out pursuing my dreams of international
intrigue and their accompanying exploits, like anyone else, I need to keep
busy. As you already have tasted bitterly over the years, finding a gig
that provides travel, adventure, and a little bit of danger thrown in is
quite difficult. And can you imagine such a job paying well too? And with
several months off each year, to boot yet? Not likely. After all these years,
however, I found it.
"The xmas holidays have this high value: that they
remind Forgetters of the Forgotten, and repair damaged relationships."
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Zagreb, Opatija, Plitvice Lakes, Split and Dubrovnik.
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A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads
more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide
emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service
members and wounded warriors. Operation Homefront has met more
than 750,000 needs of military families since its inception in
2002. Nationally, 95 percent of total donations to Operation Homefront
go directly to programs that provide support to our military families.
NEWS FLASH: NORTHERN LIGHTS IN NORTHERN EUROPE
2013/2014 !! Researchers have discovered that Auroral activity
is cyclic, peaking roughly every 11 years. The next peak period
is 2013/2014! ScanTours offers many tours and independent packages
to Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland! Scantours offers the largest
variety of travel options to Scandinavia and Northern Europe and
small ship cruises worldwide, catering to everyone from the budget
minded to those who want the finest in luxury and convenience.
Global Exchange Reality Tours is offering
a rare trip to North Korea, entitled: Beyond the Bamboo Curtain.
The Citizens Diplomacy Reality Tour to North Korea
will give participants the distinct opportunity to see inside
this tightly guarded nation and gain first-hand perspective the
effects of both U.S. and North Korean policies. Participants will
have a chance to put a human face on this ongoing political dispute
and help facilitate understanding and respect between people of
Dates: April 11, 2014 April 22, 2014
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Spanish 'Ghost Airport' Goes on the Market
A symbol of Spains wasteful spending, the
barely used Ciudad Real's Central airport, about 150 miles south
of Madrid, has gone on sale for a minimum price of 100 million
Opened in 2008, the Spanish airportt cost approximarely
1.1 billion euros ($1.5 billion) to build. The airport's operator
went bankrupt last year after it failed to draw enough traffic,
becoming known as one of the country's "ghost airports."
Its construction was heavily funded by the Caja Castilla La Mancha
savings bank the first of Spain's troubled savings banks
to be bailed out, in 2010. Spanish news agency Europa Press said
the company's receiver is accepting offers until Dec. 27.
Hot Deals to Latin America from TARATOURS.COM
Includes deals to Panama, Costa Rica and Belize.
Video: Fog Fills Grand Canyon
A rare temperature inversion occurs in the Grand
Canyon once or twice a year. Unusually cool air at the bottom
meets warm air at the top and creates fog. The events recorded
here were particularly unusual with clear skies and the whole
canyon filled with fog to the brim.
Alaska Air Announces Brand-New Service out
of Los Angeles and San Diego, Non-Stop to Salt Lake City, Utah
This hot new route is destined to become a winter
and year-round favorite. Don't miss the rugged, outdoor wonderland
of the Great Salt Lake and the Salt Lake Valley beginning
next June with introductory low fares of $89* one way.
In fact, you can double your fun with Double Elite-Qualifying
Miles while youre at it.
Lana'i Named to Lonely Planet's "Top U.S.
Destinations" List Island recognized for "...luxury and down-home travel
The only Hawaiian Island named a "Top U.S.
Destination" by Lonely Planet, the tiny Island of Lana'i
proudly ranks 10th on the coveted list. "Our island is truly
worlds away from the crowds and hustle of everyday life,"
said Charity Texeira, manager, Lana'i Visitors Bureau. "We
are honored to receive this designation, which truly belongs to
our industry partners and nearly 3,000 residents who share their
special brand of hometown ho'okipa (warm welcome) with each and
Salzburg and Vienna!
Herzerl Tours Offer Special Christmas Packages
A beloved Austrian tradition that takes place
at the time of Advent, the four weeks preceding Christmas, is
the Christkindlmarkt or Christmas Market, going back
several hundred years. On this tour participants will be visiting
Christmas Markets in Baroque Salzburg and in Imperial city of
16th Annual Los Angeles Times Travel Show,
running Friday - Sunday, Jan. 17-19
Winter Yacht Charter Destinations from the
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of any winter destination entice INTERPAC clients year after year!
Missed Connection and Delayed Baggage: What
Are My Rights?
You are entitled to a full refund of what you
paid for. If the airline offers miles instead of cash, dont
be afraid to ask for a lot. This applies to any extra service
on any airline for which you pay but an airline refuses or fails
to deliver. You are also due reimbursement for necessary expenses
you incurred as a result of your delayed baggage. This is a contractual
and a legal requirement in both the U.S. and Europe.
Print Your Bag Tags Before You Get to the Airport
With most airlines, flyers can check-in and print
boarding passes before they get to the airport. The Spanish airline,
Iberia, jump started a new program called MyBagTag, which allows
flyers to print luggage tags at home and affix them to their own
bags. Now, even those traveling with checked bags can skip the
airport check-in queue, saving approximated 10 or 20 minutes of
time spent waiting in line.
12 Best Budget Airlines
Who says traveling the world has to be expensive?
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whether you're looking for a quick weekend getaway or a longer,
more exotic adventure on the other side of the world.
T-Boy Travel Tips
Here are some tips from our Traveling Boy bloggers
Together in Spirit The Best Friends Animal
At the core of Best Friends' work is the dream
that one day animals will no longer be killed in America's shelters.
Share and Track Flights on the Web with Latest
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Travelers now able to share their flight path
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developers of some of the most beautifully designed and best-selling
travel apps on the market, released an important update to both
FlightTrack and FlightTrack Pro today, offering a brand-new sharing
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A Winter Night by Robert Burns
When biting Boreas,
fell and doure,
Sharp shivers thro' the leafless bow'r;
When Phoebus gies a short-liv'd glow'r,
Far south the lift,
Dim-dark'ning thro' the flaky show'r,
Or whirling drift:
Ae night the storm the steeples rocked,
Poor Labour sweet in sleep was locked,
While burns, wi' snawy wreeths upchoked,
Or thro' the mining outlet bocked,
Down headlong hurl.
List'ning, the doors an' winnocks rattle,
I thought me on the ourie cattle,
Or silly sheep, wha bide this brattle
O' winter war,
And thro' the drift, deep-lairing, sprattle,
Beneath a scar.
Ilk happing bird, wee, helpless thing!
That, in the merry months o' spring,
Delighted me to hear thee sing,
What comes o' thee?
Whare wilt thou cow'r thy chittering wing
An' close thy e'e?
Ev'n you on murd'ring errands toil'd,
Lone from your savage homes exil'd,
The blood-stain'd roost, and sheep-cote spoil'd
My heart forgets,
While pityless the tempest wild
Sore on you beat.
Should airlines or the TSA be accountable for
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Traveling Boy Recipe
For centuries, fishing has been the very foundation of
life on the stunningly beautiful Lofoten Islands in Norway. While on the
deck of a vessel outside a Lofoten fishing village, I overheard an American
passenger ask a Norwegian what those things were hanging on stilts. The
Norwegian replied that it was air-dried cod for making Lutefisk. The American
exclaimed, "And the birds don't eat it?" The Norwegian shrugged,
'No, they don't seem to like It.'