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Archive for October, 2007

Masterpiece Fearatre

By Linda Tancs

If it takes more than “boo” to have you jumping out of your skin, then test your composure at the Las Vegas Fright Dome at Circus Circus.  This year’s haunt fest sports 5 haunted houses, 20 rides and a cast of creepy characters popping out of walls and ceilings.  If you can’t make it by midnight, then you’ll have to wait until next year’s act.  They’re aiming to be the #1 scare attraction in the country, so stay tuned to for future frights.

National Ballooning Company Organizes Adventure Travel

By Linda Tancs

In search of a better view of fall foliage than your auto can provide?  Consider hot air ballooning.  Not just for summer thrill seekers, hot air ballooning in autumn provides amazing views of nature’s panoply of color from the Green Mountains of Vermont to the East Mountains of Albuquerque.  If you can’t locate a hot air balloon company near you, then try the United States Hot Air Balloon Team (  They’ll organize a flight for you nationally or internationally.  So up, up and away.

History and Haunts of Gettysburg

By Linda Tancs

In this week’s edition of Travelrific® Travel Show, the topic is Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  The Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg abounds wtih tales of apparitions.  Listen in for some history and haunts at


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Air France Crew Strike Affects Short Haulers

By Linda Tancs

Air France reports in its most recent press release that measures are underway to mitigate delays arising from a crew strike to take effect between 25 October and 29 October.  The strike will reportedly only affect about 10% of flight schedules in and between France and Europe.  Remedies include a full refund of airfare for those passengers who cannot be re-routed according to their wishes, free ticketing for other flights, or postponement of travel for up to one month.   Air France has set up a special 800 number for passengers in France:  0800 240 260.

Delta Queen May Get Legislative Reprieve

By Linda Tancs

Who can imagine the Mississippi River without a genuine riverboat plying its waters?  Perhaps that’s what a group of U.S. legislators were thinking as well when they decided to sponsor a bill on October 16th to continue the exemption enjoyed by the Delta Queen that allows this historic steamship with a wooden superstructure to operate despite a 1966 ban on floating hotels made of wood.  The current exemption is expiring in 2008, which led to the steamboat company’s decision to cease operations after November’s sailings.  If the bill becomes law, the Queen can continue to hold court over her mighty waters until 2018.  Want to show your support?  Check out the grassroots effort to save the historic ship at

Test Your Vacation IQ

By Linda Tancs

Is there a difference between a tour and a vacation package?  Some might say it depends on the destination.  Put your knowledge to the test on the USTOA’s little quiz found on their Web site,

The Magic of Copenhagen

By Linda Tancs

In this week’s edition of Travelrific Travel Show, the topic is Copenhagen, Denmark.  Copenhagen is a large city but really has the feel of a village hamlet, much like the settings in stories told by its famous son, children’s storyteller Hans Christian Andersen.  Learn more about this kid-friendly destination at

The Derby in Jersey

By Linda Tancs

Okay, so it isn’t the Kentucky Derby, but the Breeders’ Cup Grand National this weekend in Somerset County, New Jersey surely makes the cut for panache.  And it doesn’t hurt that proceeds from the race are donated to Somerset Medical Center’s Steeplechase Cancer Center.  Set amidst the rolling countryside of Far Hills, this Grade 1 steeplechase race attracts 50,000 or so faithful each year, among them the tailgating cognoscenti occupying prime real estate at the hilltop overlooking the proceedings.  So come and see–and be seen.

 Answer to yesterday’s trivia question:  Ben Vereen.

Sands Implosion Marks End of an Era

By Linda Tancs

Sands Casino in Atlantic City, once the stomping grounds for such luminaries as Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack, is slated for implosion tomorrow at 9:30 p.m. amidst much pomp and flurry, including fireworks.   Aside from marking the end of a celebrity-infused era of glitz and glamor, the demolition is somewhat symbolic considering A.C.’s shaky economic footing these days.  So far this year, casino revenue is down nearly five percent.  Only time will tell if Pinnacle’s new luxe property will help improve the bottom line.  And so we salute the grand old Sands with a trivia question (answer to be posted tomorrow):  who was the last performer to grace the stage at Sands?

Canal Views of Bruges

By Linda Tancs

In this week’s edition of Travelrific Travel Show, the topic is Bruges, Belgium. In this canal city, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to another century as you marvel at row after row of ancient and graceful townhouses lining the waterways. Learn why it’s been called the Venice of the North. Visit

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