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Archive for February, 2010

Something Old, Something New

By Linda Tancs

There’s nothing borrowed or blue about St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, but there is something old and new about it.  What’s new is the 60-plus million dollar renovation, timed to conclude (in substantial part) with the church’s 300-year anniversary.  Today’s cathedral, built over three decades, was completed in 1710.  Among the many recent improvements, the diocesan seat has been cleaned, repaired and restored both inside and out, the lighting and sound systems have been upgraded and the Grand Organ has had a facelift.   What’s old is the battered slab of stone left untouched at the west entrance, a memorial of sorts to a storied past begun three cathedrals ago in 604 AD that has since triumphed over the ravages of fire and war and celebrated weddings, funerals, birthdays, jubilees and a number of other remembrances, both imperial and ordinary.

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Mojo for Your Moto

By Linda Tancs

Nothing says sexy like a 1966 Fiat 1600 S or a 1974 Lancia Flavia.  Ready to add some mojo to your moto?  Then head to Italy where you can tool around in one of these and other well-kept beauties on a vintage car tour around Rome, Milan, Tuscany, Abruzzo or your own custom itinerary.  You won’t find a lemon in the bunch.

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Age Is Just a Number

By Linda Tancs

Age limits are arbitrary.  Just ask the folks at Exploritas.  Formerly known as Elderhostel (sounds a bit hostile to elders, don’t you think?), they removed their travel barriers limiting tours to those aged 60 or over.  That change, of course, does not magically transform the composition of a group.  So why would a millenial explore the wilds of Iceland with grandpa?  Therein lies an answer:  family.  As it was so wisely put in the movie The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, family is the most precious gift we are given.   Looks like Exploritas figured that out, too.

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Do Not Disturb

By Linda Tancs

Those Do Not Disturb signs are as yesterday as dinosaurs at Seattle’s Hotel 1000, where infrared sensors let chambermaids know whether anyone’s home.  The question is:  does that technology protect Fido’s privacy, too?  The hotel is, after all, pet friendly.  At a wallet-friendly $40 per stay, your furry friend gets a bed, food and water bowl, chew toys and custom treats, among other things.  It’s a dog’s life, indeed.

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A Hotel That Turns Heads

By Linda Tancs

The Marmara Antalya Beach and Resort Hotel in Turkey can turn heads.  Perhaps your head–if you stay in one of their 24 club rooms that rotates 360 degrees to give you panoramic views of the Falez Hills of Antalya, the perenially sun-drenched Mediterranean and the hotel’s private beach and grounds.  Sounds like a truly eye-catching experience.

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Hawke’s Bay Kidnappers

By Linda Tancs

Although it might sound a bit like something out of a comic strip, Cape Kidnappers is a luxe destination on Hawke’s Bay on the eastern coast of New Zealand’s North Island, a site said to be blessed with mucho hours of sunshine.  The “kidnappers” part of the equation allegedly derives from an attempt in the 1700s by the local Māori to abduct the servant of a member of Captain Cook’s crew aboard the HMS Endeavor.  Nowadays, you can steal away on your own at the resort occupying this site, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers.  How about a tour of the 6,000 acre working sheep and cattle farm?  Or maybe you’d rather commune with the 20,000-strong Booby gannet colony.  Much rarer, of course, is the kiwi.  Maybe you’ll see one on your discovery walk.  Or discover your true handicap at the imposing golf course, hailed as one of the top 50 courses in the world, designed by the legendary Tom Doak.  Whatever you do, better rattle your dags while the sun shines.  It’s summer in the Southern Hemisphere, you know.

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Mighty Ice

By Linda Tancs

Unruly amounts of snow and ice pounding the northeastern U.S. this winter would be a most welcome visitor in northeastern China these days as Heilongjiang province celebrates its annual International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin.  The arctic climate produces enough ice and snow to produce a slide that rivals that of Atlantis in the Bahamas, a palace to top the Taj and a sphinx to…well, you get the idea.  That’s a lot of ice, baby.  You can view this arctic architectural achievement until 28 February.

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