When I was growing up, Arthur Fonzarelli was one of the most popular characters on television. A couple weeks ago, I had the chance to meet his alter ego, Henry Winkler, who was in town at Wizard World to promote his latest project.
“The Fonz” was the coolest, but Winkler is one of the nicest people I have ever met (celebrity or not). At 74 Winkler is again starring on the small screen. He just finished his second season on Barry, HBO’s dark comedy, a role for which he earned an Emmy.
While most of the press asked about Barry, I discussed travel with Winkler. Hesitant to name one destination, Winkler credited “The Fonz” with introducing him to the world and the world to him. Because of the Fonz, he was able to travel the world and he embraced every opportunity.
Of course, Winkler is forever connected to Milwaukee, the setting for Happy Days and the home of the Bronze Fonz statue. The life-size statue of Fonzie is located on Milwaukee’s RiverWalk. Winkler proudly stated that he visits the statue every time he is in Milwaukee. “It is a great honor. You cannot be blasé about that, no matter how much time goes by,” Winkler said.
Tourists don’t take it lightly, either. The Bronze Fonz is one of the most popular attractions in Milwaukee. Since it was unveiled in 2008, Winkler said not a day goes by when he doesn’t see fans posting pictures with the statue on social media. When I admitted I have done this, Winkler said, “Of course, because you are cool.”
With that, the media session ended, but my day was made. It can’t get better than being called cool by the coolest one ever.
— John Wroblewski, online writer
Southwest Airlines is cutting almost 20 non-stop routes as of January 2020. The airline says the move will allow it to focus its efforts on top destinations. The airline announced the move last month, with flights from Boston (BOS), Dallas Love Field (DAL), Los Angeles (LAX) and Orlando (MCO) seeing the most cuts.
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.
Mandarin Oriental, Geneva now offers its Royal Penthouse suite, one of the largest in the city at nearly 3,500 square feet, with an additional 1,800-square-foot terrace.
For any traveler interested in backcountry camping, wilderness exploration or any other type of outdoor adventure, REI now offers a wilderness safety training course to the general public. The programming is in partnership with the National Outdoor Leadership School, takes place on weekends and is “ideal for all outdoor enthusiasts.”
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Ryanair will soon start its first round-trip Georgia flights. The flights, which start this November, will connect the capital Tbilisi (TBS) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) four times weekly and the western city of Kutaisi (KUT) to Bologna (BLQ) and Marseille (MRS), both twice weekly. Then, in April, Ryanair will add twice weekly flights between Tbilisi and Cologne (CGN).
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.
Attend one of the most acclaimed fall events, Autumn at the Arboretum, in Dallas. In its 14th year, the annual event is known as one of the best pumpkin festivals in the country, with its creative displays featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. The event takes place at Dallas Arboretum, Sept. 21 –Oct. 31. Alongside thousands of pumpkins, guests glimpse 150,000 autumn flowers across the 66-acre space.