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Archive for October, 2008

Lost Souls in Mexico

By Linda Tancs

Mexico’s Day of the Dead is decidedly undead as relatives eat, drink and get merry with the souls of the dearly departed in celebration of All Souls Day on 2 November. Spirits are guided back to the homes of their loved ones with brilliant displays of flowers and candles at gravesides. Beautiful decorated altars are also erected in their honor. Want to share in the experience? Let the natives of Oaxaca or Patzcuaro (known for their spectacular festivities) show you how.

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Stansted to Share No. 2 Spot

By Linda Tancs

Despite some opposition from environmentalists, Stansted’s airport expansion is set to move forward, making it Britain’s second largest airport along with Gatwick. The move means an increase in passenger travel from 23 million to 35 million. The number of planes allowed to fly in and out will increase from 241,000 to 264,000. Currently, 184,000 planes use the airport. The expansion follows a study showing a shortage of runways in the Southeast. Whether the move will mean a shift in passengers’ airport of choice remains to be seen.

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Flamingo Hosts Brother-Sister Duo

By Linda Tancs

It Takes Two.  Anytime Sunshine.  Show Me.  Sound familiar?  It does if you’re an Osmond fan.  Now you can hear Donny and Marie reprise their standards at the Flamingo in Las Vegas.  Their singing, dancing and comedic twists have been renewed for two years.  Will the headliners stay hot?  It’s anyone’s guess.  As the Osmonds sang, “It’s all been said before.”

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Cool Deals Sizzle Caribbean

By Linda Tancs

Perhaps it isn’t cold enough to think of island getaways, but it pays to plan ahead. The U.S. Virgin Islands “Winter Escape” promotion provides hot savings on vacations in St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John.

Book now at a participating hotel through October 31, 2008, for travel between January 1 and March 31, 2009, and receive a complimentary 5th night based on a five-night minimum stay, plus $300 in traveler’s checks and a coupon book with savings on activities and attractions. Participating hotels in St. Croix include The Palms at Pelican Cove, Chenay Bay Beach Resort, Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, Divi Carina Bay Resort, Hibiscus Beach Resort, Sand Castle on the Beach, The Buccaneer, Holger Danske Hotel, Club St. Croix, Colony Cove and Hotel Caravelle. Weekly events on the island include crab races, live jazz and a West Indian BBQ. In St. Thomas, stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Best Western Carib Beach, Best Western Emerald Beach, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, Holiday Inn Windward Passage, Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, Sapphire Beach Resort, Point Pleasant, Sapphire Village and the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa (check out the Big Screen on the Green. Even the Estate Concordia Campground in St. John is in on the deal. Book now. Play later.

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Getting Into the Travel Spirit

By Linda Tancs

Travel spirit takes on new meaning with spiritually-oriented vacations. No longer the exclusive domain of missionaries and other religious groups, faith-based travel is a multi-billion dollar industry offering pilgramages and packaged tours to sacred sites. Major tour operators like Globus have a division devoted exclusively to tours of holy sites in Israel and Italy. Other operators, like Christian World Tours, offer tours in Vatican City, France, Portugal and Spain. Are you ready for some divine inspiration?

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Believe It or Not, It’s Open

By Linda Tancs

In September Ripley’s Believe or Not Museum finally opened in the heart of Piccadilly Circus. Given its bohemian nature, the location is quite fitting for the self-described odditorium. Where else can you see shrunken heads, crystal cars and a portrait of Diana made of laundry lint all under one roof? Open every day, now you have something to do on Sunday.

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An Icy Reception

By Linda Tancs

“Put it on ice” takes on a whole new meaning at London’s Ice Bar in the heart of Mayfair. As the city’s first permanent watering hole made of ice, it’s outfitted with tables, seats, wall hangings and drinking glasses made of pure ice. Of course it’s cold, kept at minus 5. The thermal cape and hood ensemble helps block the freeze, but the gloves aren’t enough to keep your hands from numbing after about a half hour. Good thing visits are limited to 45 minutes. Find your inner polar bear and give it a try.

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