I recently traveled to Miami, Florida, for meetings. I spent the week meeting with clients; and since I had meetings on Friday, I decided to stay on for a day or two and work on my tan. A bit of sunshine was in order to offer a healthy glow. I had the pleasure of staying at the ever-hip yet elegant Mondrian South Beach Hotel. Situated bayside on Miami Beach, it offers the eclectic vibe one seeks when visiting Miami.
This blog is an extension of my last blog and a continuation of my trip to Japan with my daughter, Tisha. After our time in Tokyo, we headed to historic Kyoto. We boarded the Shinkansen, a.k.a bullet train, from Shinagawa station in Tokyo. The trip from Tokyo to Kyoto usually takes about five hours by car but took slightly more than two hours on the Shinkansen. Fast is an understatement when describing the speed of the train. The highlight of the trip was viewing Mt. Fuji. It rose proudly and majestically over endless fields of rice as we zoomed by.
Philadelphia International Airport is currently testing new biometrics equipment for select outbound international flights. American Airlines, British Airways and Lufthansa are assisting Philadelphia International in this 45-day trial. Three different facial recognition screenings were set up at gates that serve international flights for those airlines. All international passengers are required to go through the screening when boarding the flight; Canadians and Americans can choose to opt out of the process, which involves a facial scan that cross-checks with a government photo to verify it is you.
After our three-day visit to Porto, Portugal, we made our way south to Lisbon. We decided to break up the multiple-hour car trip with stops at two towns along the way, each well-known for very different reasons. Our first stop would be Fátima, a little more than halfway to our final destination and revered by Catholics as the site of apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1917 to three shepherd children. Along the way we passed signs of a wildfire on both sides of the four-lane highway south of Porto. We passed through forests of pine and eucalyptus as well as vineyards, orchards of lemons and apples and expansive fields of vegetables and produce.
After literally a year of hearing about a new dive bar coming to Philadelphia that would cater to the city’s wine-loving crowd, it wasn’t difficult convincing a few friends to check it out when it finally opened.
This past week my colleague Erich Martin and I attended Media Day at Philadelphia International Airport to get a behind-the-scenes look at some recent updates, along with a briefing from PHL execs on what lies ahead. The day started with a presentation from PHL leadership that concluded with words from Rochelle Cameron, chief executive officer. Rochelle, who goes by Chellie, told us about the many projects currently underway at the airport, lots of them focused on improving the guest experience. Some things to keep an eye out for in the future include new air service, restaurants, cargo development and a $2.7 billion capital development program.
It was 1970 and silver screens were illuminated across the country to debut the new film The Molly Maguires, starring Sean Connery, Richard Harris and Samantha Eggar. The film is based on the story of the group of Irish Catholic miners who created the secret society to fight for the rights of the mine worker, using tactics that matched the aggressive nature of some of the mining company owners, who owned their homes and deducted from their pay to the point of a life indebted to the mining companies they worked for. Here is a link to the trailer of the film.
My husband and I arrived to The Water Club Hotel at the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey, for our two-night stay and drove directly to valet parking. After the swift drop-off process, we took the escalator to the lobby to check in. With no one ahead of us in line, we were checked in and on our way to our room on the 30th floor in no time.
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Spirit Airlines recently announced new service between Oakland (OAK), California, and Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Florida, scheduled to launch April 1. The service is the only non-stop flight between the two destinations.
SkyTeam added a 147-seat lounge at the new Istanbul Airport. The airline alliance’s newest lounge spans more than 6,000 square feet and is open all day.
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.
Animals taking to the sky are getting a more comfortable journey thanks to a new innovation from Delta Air Lines.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises recently unveiled details regarding its new $5 million art collection, which will find a permanent home aboard Seven Seas Splendor, launching next month. The collection was curated over two years and contains 300 pieces.
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Holiday Here This Year: Australians Encouraged to Vacation in Australia to Support Country-Wide Recovery Efforts
In the wake of the country’s devastating bushfires, the country’s tourism industry is encouraging Australians to staycation this year.