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Archive for June, 2010

World’s Most Interesting Rest Stop

By Linda Tancs

Generally, rest stops are not the most interesting part of road travel, necessitated by refueling, nature calls and sundry other details. No doubt any traveler to Hangzhou Bay Bridge, linking China’s Cixi City in Zhejiang province with Jiaxing City to the north, would never view the lowly rest stop the same way again. Although damaged by fire earlier this year during renovation work, the bridge remains the longest transoceanic bridge in the world at 22 miles in length, roughly the size needed to link Britain and France across the English Channel. Its 10,000-square-meter service center in the middle offers unrivaled views of the bay and its tides at the lookout, together with a hotel, conference center and parkland to complement the usual rest area amenities.

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Jazzed Up in Montreal

By Linda Tancs

The 31st edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival is underway at various venues throughout the city. Hailed by The New York Times as the king of Montreal’s assorted summer cultural festivals, this year’s event offers 3,000 artists from 30 countries giving more than 650 concerts, including 450 free outdoor performances. Performers include Bobby McFerrin, Herbie Hancock and the legendary Dave Brubeck, this year’s recipient of the Miles Davis award. Brubeck, the first to create a jazz album selling over one million copies, is credited with bringing jazz into mainstream music. Long live the king.

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Tourism in Beirut

By Linda Tancs

Beirut, a seaside city of 2 million, has garnered that number in tourists in recent years, a welcome surge for this war-torn nation.  Find out what’s captivating visitors at Travelrific® Radio.

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Open Skies, Part Two

By Linda Tancs

Following up on an earlier post on the EU/US Open Skies Agreement, a recent accord affirms the earlier agreement between the EU and US to allow route demand to dictate service offerings between airports in the US and EU and allows EU carriers the right to fly between US cities without originating in the EU. Moreover, the revisited agreement proposes that allowances for foreign ownership of US carriers be increased beyond the current 25% cap, considering that US ownership of EU carriers is capped at 49%. Harmonization in this area will require legislation that is unlikely to be in the offing considering other global crises at present. The parties have agreed to harmonize fuel emission standards, however. Overall, reports indicate that the agreement is supposed to produce almost $15 billion dollars in economic benefits and up to 80,000 new jobs. Let’s hope so.

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Tanks A Million

By Linda Tancs

Military tanks were initially deployed during the first world war, developed by the British for use in the trenches at the Battle of Somme. So it should come as no surprise that Britain lays claim to having the best collection of tanks in the world at the Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset. This weekend you can enjoy one of the best displays of moving armor in the world at the museum’s Tankfest. Among the activities on offer are mock battles, historic and modern armor displays and live demonstrations. Here’s a chance to test your mettle.

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Lewis and Clark Celebrated in Great Falls

By Linda Tancs

In 1804 President Thomas Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on an expedition across the Louisiana Territory to find the River of the West. Along the way, in modern-day Montana, the pair managed to enter negotiations with native tribes, search out sites for trading posts and forts, and maintain data on the plants, animals, and scenic resources along their journey. No wonder, then, that Montana takes great pride in celebrating the captains’ legendary accomplishments with a festival each year on the banks of the Missouri River in Great Falls. This year’s event, from 25 to 27 June, includes a kick-off with Mission Mountain Wood Band, followed by such events as a Native American art show, Lewis & Clark-era encampment, and Missouri River float trips. Your adventure awaits.

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The Right Way to Learn Polo

By Linda Tancs

The advent of summer in the northern hemisphere brings with it the pursuit of ancient lawn sports like polo. A rather dangerous sport, it’s said to date back to 600 B.C. Polo is synonymous with Argentina, but you won’t find tournament action going on there now in their winter season. But why not take the down time to learn polo from the masters? In Pilar, arguably the polo capital of the world and only 45 minutes outside of Buenos Aires is Don Augusto Polo & Campo, offering polo clinics, individual lessons, a one-day polo holiday complete with afternoon tea or a special winter package with tango and Spanish language instruction thrown in if Old Man Winter thwarts your attempt at becoming the next big Nacho (that’s Ignacio Figueras).

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