FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Look to the Sky

by Janice Hecht

Aug 12, 2019

ID 127051589 © Giovanni Gagliardi | Dreamstime.com

Tonight might be the perfect night to stay up late. The Perseid meteor showers will put on a spectacular show as they reach their peak. The Perseids light up the sky every summer as Earth passes through the trail left by Comet Swift-Tuttle, a miles-wide behemoth that comes by Earth every 133 years. The meteors began streaking across the skies in late July and will peak on the night of Aug. 12.

ID 127051589 © Giovanni Gagliardi | Dreamstime.com

The trail’s dust particles usually shoot through the sky at up to 60 meteors per hour. This year, however, a full moon occurs right at the shower peak, reducing the visible meteor rates down to 15–20 per hour.

For viewers in the Northern Hemisphere, the Perseids are perhaps the best meteor showers of the year. NASA calls it the “fireball champion” of annual meteor showers for its record-breaking number of extra-bright meteors. These fireballs are visible even in light-polluted areas like cities, although you’ll see additional, fainter meteors if you get to a dark sky area.

Here’s a tip from NASA for viewing meteors: Let your eyes become adjusted to the dark — it takes about 30 minutes — and you’ll see more meteors. And stay off your phone; looking at devices with bright screens will negatively affect your night vision and reduce the number of meteors you see.

So, stay up late, keep an eye on the sky and treat yourself to the astronomical show. Although the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus, meteors can generally be seen all over the sky, so you don’t need to look in any particular direction.

— Jan Hecht, senior editor


FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Nov 12, 2019

Finnair Adds Daily Tokyo Flights

Finnair will start daily flights to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on March 29, 2020. The new flights are on sale now.

TAP Air Portugal Adds 15 Flights Each Week From U.S., Canada

TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020,  a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.

Nov 12, 2019

Alaska Airlines Boasts New Pixar-Inspired Livery

Alaska Airlines recently debuted its new Pixar-inspired, special-edition aircraft livery. On both sides of the Pixar-themed Boeing 737-800 aircraft, travelers spot recognizable faces from the Toy Story franchise, including Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie. Rex the Tyrannosaurus appears on the boarding door and the little green aliens show up on the aircraft’s winglets.

eFlyer Reviews
Nov 12, 2019

Piccola Cucina Estiatorio Review

Chef Philip Guardione used to spend his days and nights on Manhattan’s Prince and Spring streets, where his popular restaurants Piccola Cucina Enoteca and Piccola Cucina Osteria attract locals and tourists who love his Sicilian-inspired cuisine as well as the street scene in the vibrant SoHo neighborhood.

Thessaloniki: Culture, Good Food and Shopping

Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.

eFlyer News
Nov 12, 2019

InterContinental San Juan Set to Reopen Next Month

The New InterContinental San Juan is officially reopening next month. The opening marks the completion of the property’s first major renovation in more than 20 years.

Nov 12, 2019

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Completes Renovations

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok completed renovations on its River Wing, concluding the hotel’s most extensive renovations in nearly 150 years. The River Wing redesign followed restorations of the hotel’s Authors’ and Garden wings. Newly renovated guestrooms and suites feature updated facilities, but maintain the hotel’s signature Thai elegance. The renovations also increased the number of suites in the wing, as well as enlarged guestrooms with views of the Chao Phraya River.

Mexico awaits you!

Get to know Mexico with ONE FREE NIGHT With Fiesta Americana Get to know Mexico with the largest hotel company in the country, offering more than 185 options in the best city and resort destinations. Book at any of our hotels with the best available rate at the time of booking and get one night free.

Nov 11, 2019

Israel Tourism’s Huge 2019

Israel is experiencing a record-breaking year for tourism, and is adding the infrastructure to prove it.