Winner of the USA Today’s Peoples’ Choice Award for Best Cultural Festival, the Water Lantern Festival, is a growing phenomenon. Hosted in cities all over the country, the cultural celebration brings families, friends and strangers together for fun festivities, including music, food, gathering around campfires and, of course, the main event: releasing hundreds of illuminated paper lanterns onto the water.
The entire shared experience means something different to everyone. Some families go to the festival to remember a lost loved one; friends celebrate positive life changes; guests commemorate a closing of a chapter; or, really, any reason at all. The act of floating lanterns over water at night is not only a beautiful thing to witness, it’s a therapeutic one.
Guests and locals find their way to the festival and fill paper lanterns with words and symbols that mean something to them, enjoy live music and food with festivalgoers, and release their lanterns onto the water.
Read more about the fine print here and plan your cultural experience in a city near you.
Alaska Airlines and American Airlines announced intentions to create an alliance. Benefits to passengers include access to more international destinations after Alaska joins the oneworld alliance in 2021, new service on American between Seattle (SEA) and Bangalore (BLR), new service on American between Seattle and London (LHR), a domestic codeshare expansion to include international routes from Los Angeles (LAX) and Seattle, and loyalty member benefits across both airlines. Loyalty members with additional lounge membership enjoy access to nearly 50 American Admirals Club lounges worldwide and seven Alaska lounges in the United States for same-day travel on American or Alaska flights.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle recently unveiled a new stand-alone menu designed for travelers living a plant-based lifestyle. The wellness-focused, wholesome and altogether appetizing menu includes 10 new dishes.
The new Hotel Indigo Brussels – City boasts a botanical theme. The hotel in Brussels’ Little Manhattan is located near the city’s Botanical Gardens, making the theme fitting.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
A new culinary destination, Richmond, British Columbia, in Canada, was named on Eater’s annual Top Places to Eat list. The food authority website named 19 destinations around the world, many expected, but some not so much.
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