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Archive for April, 2010

An Out-of-this-World Tag Sale

By Linda Tancs

The Space History Sale at Bonhams New York gives new meaning to disposing of one’s worldly goods.  Today’s auction features the sale of documents and other wares related to space and rocketry and other items related to trailblazers like Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh.  Watch out for the un-consumed drink packet carried on the flight of Apollo 13 around the moon in April 1970 assigned to lunar module pilot Fred Haise.  Hope the winner doesn’t get  too thirsty.

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Teed Off in India

By Linda Tancs

In a supersized nation like India, one might imagine you’d need a lot of everything.  Like golf courses.  Over 200 of them.  From majestic views of the Taj at Agra Golf Club to moonlit play at DLF Golf and Country Club in New Delhi (rated the best course), golf in India is giving the esteemed courses of Great Britain a run for their money.

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Will the Spirit Move You?

By Linda Tancs

As many readers may have learned, Spirit Airlines has taken the unprecedented step of charging for carry-on baggage that must be placed in the overhead bin.  Excluded from the baggage fee will be a single personal item that fits underneath the seat.   The new fee system also excludes such sundries as coats, umbrellas, car seats (for children holding a ticket), cameras and assistive devices.  The fee for the airline’s online club members is $20.  Nonmembers pay an online fee of $30, including phone and check-in customers.  The gate fee is $45.  Is this a shameless move for more revenue or an enlightened approach towards thwarting an uptick in checked baggage masquerading as carry-ons?  Take the poll below.

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Feeling the Heat in New Mexico

By Linda Tancs

With summertime heat gripping the northeastern U.S. these days, there’s no need to daydream about warm days and cool nights. But, hey, it’s only early spring so the day will come when the weather will match the calendar again. Then you might want to consider a dip in the 100-degree waters of Ojo Caliente, little more than an hour away from Santa Fe. The little town in New Mexico (population: 1000, give or take) lays claim to the country’s first natural spa, discovered in the 1500s by the Spaniards, who gave the place the name Ojo, or hot eye. Accommodations at the site range from garden variety hotel rooms to cliffside suites that won’t leave your wallet in tatters. So you can steep in the springs, not in the prices.

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Design Makeover

By Linda Tancs

For those who like their ultra chic all in one place, Milan’s La Rinascente has answered your prayers.  The flagship stalwart in central Milan has been redesigned to include a Design Supermarket, dropping names like Zaha Hadid and Ettore Sottsass on a melange of worldly goods from tech toys to tableware. With the Duomo cathedral next door, you can shop first and then pray that the billing cycle meets your requirements.

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Living in Eden

By Linda Tancs

The biblical Garden of Eden is often depicted as a paradise filled with lush greenery, flora and fauna.  That’s probably what most folks living in Sweden’s Tanto allotment garden think of their digs:  a modern day Eden, complete with pastel-hued  fairy tale cottages, picket fences, manicured hedges and gardens.  Lots of gardens.  Located south of Old Town on Södermalm, one of 14 islands comprising central Stockholm, the one-time potato farm boasts designer gardens, kitchen gardens, countryside gardens, vegetable gardens and any other kind of garden you can dream of.  Visitors are welcome.  There are frequent buses to Tanto and the nearest underground station is Zinkensdamm.

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Let’s Go Fly a Kite

By Linda Tancs

What better way to soar into spring than to unfurl a kite.   But where best to harness the wind?  That’s easy.  It’s the Outer Banks of North Carolina where Wilbur and Orville Wright flew into history.  With near perfect wind conditions year round, it’s no wonder there’s a kite event in the region for every season.  This weekend the season officially kicks off in celebration of National Kite Month with an event at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head from 10 am to 4 pm.  This free, family fun gathering features general kite flying as well as stunt and power kite lessons.

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