Rafie Iannello
Jun 1, 2016

The Happiest Place on Earth

Last week, before Global Traveler held its fourth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards at the Sofitel Beverly Hills, the GT staff flew in and we all took a limo to Disneyland. Seeing Disneyland for the first time at age 31 was an absolutely entertaining experience and much different from what I saw as a child visiting Disney World in Florida. One of our Globility Board members is a member of the private Club 33, which is located in the heart of Disneyland's New Orleans Square and features an exceptional supper club, and he invited us to join him for an elaborate dining experience. When we arrived at the park, we walked around and found ourselves in line for It’s a Small World. I was beyond impressed by the ride's creativity and global representation. Then it happened, as I knew it would --- the song was stuck in my head the rest of the night.

The Island of the Knights

Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.

May 1, 2016

China Airlines, Business Class

On the Ground: Upon arriving at Los Angeles International Airport for my flight to Singapore, I waited about five minutes in line at the China Airlines business-class counter. The attendant was helpful and handled my bags with care. I needed a lock for one of my bags, and he gladly tethered it with a plastic tie. He provided thorough instruction on where to go and how to get to the China Airlines lounge. I was off to a good start for my 15-day tour of Asia.