Sunday, December 05, 2010

Top 10 Holiday Destinations in the USA via Travel Specialist Tripology by Rand McNally

I just received this interesting message from Amy Krouse at Rand McNally and Tripology, travel specialists: 

"Consumers are traveling, based on the significant positive trend at www.Tripology.com for consumers wishing to be connected with offline travel specialists, even through the recession.

Among thousands of requests made to Tripology travel experts, or "Tripologists", the following are the top 10 U.S. destinations for holiday travel:

1) Las Vegas
2) Orlando
3) Honolulu
4) New York City
5) Ft. Lauderdale
6) Dallas
7) Miami
8) San Francisco
9) Maui
10) Los Angeles

Tripology by Rand McNally publishes a quarterly Trend Report available by request to press@tripology.com.

About Tripology: Tripology, a service of Rand McNally, is an interactive travel referral service focused on connecting travelers with qualified and customer-rated travel specialists.  Available free to consumers, Tripology utilizes proprietary technology to match traveler requests with travel professionals.

Note: By using this data, you agree to give Tripology by Rand McNally credit as a source for the information.-----------------------------------------------------------------------"

A South African Wine Beauty: Vergelegen Estate - Somerset West, Winelands, South Africa

South Africa has some fantastic wine estates and the Vergelegen Estate - Somerset West, Winelands, South Africa, is one that is categorized as a world class estate. A real beauty.

Hat tip to CaryGEE.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

South Africa's Best Boutique Hotel? Delaire Graff Estate Presents its Stunning Self

The location is fantastic and we love the architecture.

Take a look at the stunning Delaire Graff Estate, as they write:
"Situated on the highest crest of the magnificent Helshoogte Mountain Pass linking the Cape’s two leading wine districts - Stellenbosch and Franschhoek – the Delaire Graff Estate has one of the leading restaurants and boutique hotels in this illustrious vineyard region, if not in South Africa itself.

The Estate has achieved what the owner Laurence Graff, Chairman and founder of Graff Diamonds International, had in mind when he vowed to make it one of South Africa’s ultra premier winery, restaurant and hotel destinations."
Deluxe Rooms start above $1000 per day.

Listen, they can invite us there any time ;-)

Hat tip to CaryGEE.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

RyanAir Flights Affected : Frankfurt-Hahn Runway Closed for 3 Days from 20.09.10, 5 p.m. until 23.09.10, 12:30 p.m.

There will be no RyanAir flights at Frankfurt/Hahn due to resurfacing of the runway from 5 p.m. September 20 to 12:30 p.m. on September 23, 2010.

The airport decided on this solution because the work could be done faster in the daylight hours of those days, rather than trying to do the job piecemeal at night over an extended period of time. This has turned out to be a brilliant solution because Germany right now is enjoying a period of Indian Summer with clear skies, bright sun and balmy temperatures, so that one presumes that the runway will be resurfaced under optimal conditions. News reports indicate the new runway should be good then for the next 15 years.

The Official website of the airport Frankfurt-Hahn reports as follows:
"Closure of the runway

There´s no air traffic due to building measures between 20.09.10, 5 p.m. and 23.09.10, 12:30 p.m.
Affected passengers are already informed from their airlines.

The passenger terminal is closed from 20.09.10, 6 p.m. till 23.09.10, 09:30 a.m.

We want to ask for you understanding. Thank you!"

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Baltic Renaissance Noble Caledonia European Tours

Noble Caledonia has some great cruises as European Tours and we were especially enamored of the Baltic Renaissance cruise with the following itinerary: flight from London to Stockholm, Sweden and then it is by ship to Helsinki in Finland, St. Petersburg in Russia, Tallinn in Estonia, Riga in Latvia, Klaipeda in Lithuania, Gdansk in Poland, Ronne & Bornhom Island and Copenhagen in Denmark, then through the Kiel Canal in Germany and stopping at the last at Edinburgh, Scotland. The tour's guest speaker is Peter Warwick.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Hotels Latvia. Riga hotels. Latvia hotels guide.

Hotels Latvia. Riga hotels. Latvia hotels guide.

Great Baltic Travel - Campaign introduction

Great Baltic Travel - Campaign introduction
"Great Baltic Travel 2010 is a campaign for adventure in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Travel lovers are invited to discover unique sightseeing, historical buildings, architectural beauties, adventure and water parks, museums and areas of outstanding natural beauty in the Baltic countries. We offer 30 exciting and unforgettable places to visit – 10 in each country.

Join the campaign and win great prizes for your trip."

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Binge Flyers? Britain Curbing Airport Growth to Aid Climate - NYTimes.com

Binge flying?

The concept of "binge flyers" is a new one, seemingly putting the onus on your average low-cost air traveler.

Britain Curbing Airport Growth to Aid Climate - NYTimes.com

Maybe one should evaluate the percentage of airplanes in the air that are accountable to unnecessary business travel which could be conducted online via the newest networking technologies.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Arthur Frommer's Blog Online

The founder of Frommer's Travel has a blog at Arthur Frommer Online.

Friday, January 29, 2010

WIPO Uniform Domain Resolution Policy (UDRP) : 1500+ Domain Names Transferred to IHG Intercontinental Hotels Group in Single Ruling

Over 1,500 domain names handed to hotels group in single ruling | Pinsent Masons LLP Out-Law.com
"The single case, heard by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)'s arbitration centre, transferred 1,519 domain names to the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)....

For a domain name to be transferred by WIPO a brand owner has to show that the name is identical or confusingly similar to terms that it has rights to; that the person who owns it has no rights to the domain name; and that it was registered and is being used in bad faith."

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Saint Lucia is Beautiful Beyond Words | Brilliant Tips from BrilliantTrips.com

Saint Lucia is Beautiful Beyond Words | Brilliant Tips from BrilliantTrips.com

How to Use the London Underground: Part II | Cheap Weekend Breaks

How to Use the London Underground: Part II | Cheap Weekend Breaks

How to Use the London Underground: Part I | Cheap Weekend Breaks

How to Use the London Underground: Part I | Cheap Weekend Breaks

"It’s the oldest in the world and its map resembles rainbow-coloured spaghetti, but don’t be intimidated. It’s easy to use the London Underground."

Flavorwire » Fun with Science: A Subway Map for Space

Flavorwire » Fun with Science: A Subway Map for Space

Top 10 Travel Destinations for 2010 | Britannica Blog

Top 10 Travel Destinations for 2010 | Britannica Blog
by Christopher O'Toole
"Travel in 2010 is going to be all about value and how much holiday experience bang you can get for your buck. The recession may be crawling towards an end, but holidaymakers have received a big wakeup call over the past year. And they don’t just want great value. Travellers are increasingly looking for once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

With that in mind, our travelbite editor Natasha von Geldern offers up her ”Top 10 Travel Destinations for 2010.” You’ll find some countries and some cities on her list and a lot of travel experiences to look forward to."
Check out that list of Top 10 Travel Destinations.

Travel Deals: Airfare, Hotels, Vacations, Cruises | Travelzoo

Travel Deals: Airfare, Hotels, Vacations, Cruises | Travelzoo

Holidays, Travel, Cruises and Cheap Flights | Travelzoo UK

Holidays, Travel, Cruises and Cheap Flights | Travelzoo UK

Urlaub, Reisen, Kreuzfahrten und billige Flüge | Travelzoo Deutschland

Urlaub, Reisen, Kreuzfahrten und billige Flüge | Travelzoo Deutschland

The 31 Places to Go in 2010 - NYTimes.com

The 31 Places to Go in 2010 - NYTimes.com

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Knossos, the Minoan Palace of Knossos in Crete

Knossos, the Minoan Palace of Knossos in Crete

"Knossos was the seat of the legendary King Minos and the main centre of power in Crete."

Crete is a must visit for anyone interested in the history of mankind.

Easter Island Quest: Gigantic Moai statues, exotic beaches on Rapa Nui!

Easter Island Quest: Gigantic Moai statues, exotic beaches on Rapa Nui!

Searching for the perfect 10 - The Irish Times - Sat, Jan 02, 2010

Searching for the perfect 10 - The Irish Times - Sat, Jan 02, 2010
"This year’s top destinations will offer better value than ever, combining climate, culture and cuisine without breaking the bank. FIONN DAVENPORT picks 10 destinations to savour and to save for, and SANDRA O'CONNELL asks insiders how they expect 2010 to shape up"

In the Footsteps of France’s First Farmers

In the Footsteps of France’s First Farmers
"Carnac is a series of over 300 standing stones, spread over 4 kilometres, making up about 40 hectares. Associated excavations suggest these stone alignments are dated to between 4500 and 2500 B.C, a period that saw the beginning of sedentary existence and farming in western Europe. This makes the stones amongst the first of the monumental structures built in western Europe."

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