Tagged With "Americas"

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Re: Emirates Adds a 3rd US Frequent Flier Partner

Former Member ·
There are a lot of possibilities with these airlines to both have budget flights and earn lots of miles. The combined route maps must be interesting.
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Re: A Visit to the “Spine Garden:”Cactus in Arizona’s Sonora Desert

DrFumblefinger ·
As it snows and storms outside, a welcome diversion! I find all cacti interesting but there's something captivating about the saguaro forest around Tucson. While visiting Saguaro National Park (years ago, before it was a national park), I remember a newspaper clipping tacked onto the park's information board. The headline read something like "Saguaro cactus involved in double homocide". Seems a drunk yahoo with a shotgun drove out to the desert to kill himself a giant saguaro. He did, the...
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Re: A Visit to the “Spine Garden:”Cactus in Arizona’s Sonora Desert

GarryRF ·
I love to travel in the winter to hot countries - who doesn't ? But apart from the obvious reasons you get access to rare and strange fruit that just doesn't travel well. Star fruit, Custard apples, Salak and Prickly pears ! PRICKLY PEARS Delicious !!
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Re: A Visit to the “Spine Garden:”Cactus in Arizona’s Sonora Desert

Former Member ·
You actually can eat those fruits?
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Re: A Visit to the “Spine Garden:”Cactus in Arizona’s Sonora Desert

PHeymont ·
It may seem a little surprising, but yes…it’s food! I always wonder about things like this: Who was the first human desperate enough to try eating a spiny thistle (the one we call an artichoike!)
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 27, 2014: The Feast!

DrFumblefinger ·
Yum! That chocolate fountain looks good enough to dive into!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 27, 2014: The Feast!

Travel Rob ·
Wow, Ottoman! Don't know if I've ever said this especially with desserts,but that food looks too good to eat. It should be displayed in a museum!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 27, 2014: The Feast!

GarryRF ·
You're right there Rob ! Too good to eat ! Like a kid in a candy shop. Love seeing displays of disposable art. Like all the shapes and designs you can get on a Frothy Coffee !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 27, 2014: The Feast!

Ottoman ·
Hello everyone DrFumblefinger, you are so right about the chocolate fountain. If it wouldn't have been for my family holding me back, I would've done the dive. Travel Rob and GarryRF, you are so right when you say the food looked too good to eat. I was rather conflicted when it came time to enjoy these delicacies...my stomach said "This is making me so hungry, eat it!!" but my brain said "Don't eat it for these creations are works of art!!" Eventually my stomach won the battle.
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Re: Old San Juan - Museo de las Americas is a Must See

PHeymont ·
Definitely will be a highlight of our trip to Puerto Rico next Christmas!
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Re: Old San Juan - Museo de las Americas is a Must See

DrFumblefinger ·
I've only briefly visit Old San Juan once (part of a cruise), and it did fascinate me. Thanks for tell us about this great museum, Jonathan. It does sound like a MustSee! Conde Naste just did a brief piece calling Puerto Rico the new Caribbean hot spot. Here's a link to their piece.
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Re: Thanksgiving Flyers: More than 25 Million!

Travel Luver ·
Sadly, I'll be one of the throng. My least favorite time of the year to travel, but the most fun weekend of the year to be with family. Makes it all worthwhile All it will take is a bad snowstorm somewhere and things will really come undone. Expect all flights to be completely full, so good luck rescheduling. There's probably more people flying over the Christmas and New Year period, but this travel is spread out over 2 weeks, rather than just 4-5 days.
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Re: Places where nature has taken over

PHeymont ·
Walking through wooded areas in rural New England (including in park land), it's not uncommon to come on foundations or other evidence of human occupation, and we're not talking paleolithic! Industrialization, urbanization and westward expansion lowered population levels in rural New England in the later 1800s, and today more of New England is covered in forest than at the time of the American Revolution! Old farmsteads, mills, even villages just disappeared.
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Re: Places where nature has taken over

DrFumblefinger ·
Excellent observation, PHeymont. I notice the same when hiking through the forests in the west. Log cabins, old mines -- mostly all gone and taken over by nature.
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Re: Whoa! Not so fast on that shrinking baggage size!

DrFumblefinger ·
That's good news! But rather than saying airline consumers were a lion, I think I'd have used "the sheep have bleated -- loudly"
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Re: Airlines defend holding onto fuel surcharges

GarryRF ·
There is no excuse for collecting money for fuel surcharges. That's not what it is being used for. That's just dishonest and fraudulent. Which is what we expect from people who think they have a better use for other peoples money. It's just like taking unemployment benefit after you've gone back to work. Just not acceptable.
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Re: Airlines defend holding onto fuel surcharges

DrFumblefinger ·
I agree with Garry. It is dishonest to call something a "fuel surcharge" when it's not used for that purpose. They should just make it part of the fare.
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Re: Airlines defend holding onto fuel surcharges

PHeymont ·
Or, alternately, if it’s a time-limited charge to pay for specific capital costs of improvement, call it that—and take it off when the work is done. Although those of us who live with bridges and tunnels that were supposed to become free after they were paid off…good luck!
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Re: Airlines defend holding onto fuel surcharges

GarryRF ·
Yes Paul. We've been paying for the 3 mile tunnel under the River Mersey for 50 years. It was supposed to be free 2 years ago - fully paid for. We're still paying now - with an increase to subsidise better public transport. Again - I smell a rat in the kitchen. A greedy one as well
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Re: Ellis Island - Island of Hope or Island of Tears?

GarryRF ·
I live in England and have spoken with many folks in the US with similar surnames ( Family names ) as mine. They are tracing their family back to England.. 100 years or so ago. But because their surname is spelt differently to mine then it presumed they aren't descended from my ancestors. Before attending school became compulsory many people could not write their own names. They would just sign it with an X. So when immigrants were boarding a ship - from here in Liverpool - to New York they...
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Re: Ellis Island - Island of Hope or Island of Tears?

Marilyn Jones ·
It has been years since I visted Ellis Island. I really enjoyed "going back" when I read your article and looked at your excellent photos. Thank you for the memories; awesome place everyone should visit!
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Re: Ellis Island - Island of Hope or Island of Tears?

PHeymont ·
As Garry points out, many people had their names altered or lost in the immigration process...and that was particularly true for people whose language was far different from that of the U.S. immigration inspectors. In those cases, the inspector wrote down what he thought he heard, or cared to, and voila! Bzorkinowitz becomes Burke. As a child, I knew families that were split: Some members used the original East European names, and heaped scorn on their cousins who used what they referred to...
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Re: Ellis Island - Island of Hope or Island of Tears?

Travel Rob ·
Great blog! To get the other side of the picture, see the Emigrants to a New World Gallery at the Merseyside Maritime in Liverpool. Really a must see pairing if you have enjoyed going to one of them.
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Re: Ellis Island - Island of Hope or Island of Tears?

DrFumblefinger ·
It's also been a number of years since I visited Ellis Island, which we coupled with a tour of the Statue of Liberty (it's neighboring island). I also recall it being an eye-opening experience. Lots of interesting exhibits and you definitely leave with a different perspective of those immigrants than when you arrived. They were brave people, entering a strange new world that was for all purposes free of any tangible benefits except for freedom and opportunity. And opportunity comes with a...
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Re: A Visit to the “Spine Garden:”Cactus in Arizona’s Sonora Desert

Travel Rob ·
Spending time in the Tucson area, I've learned to appreciate cacti even more. What amazes me is how many tall saguaro there are because it takes so long for them to grow.
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Re: A Visit to the “Spine Garden:”Cactus in Arizona’s Sonora Desert

DrFumblefinger ·
I love the Saguaro forest around Tucson. Especially in the spring when the cacti are in bloom!
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Re: It wasn't scary enough, so now...no floor!

Ava ·
This is becoming more common with some older coasters, and most fans enjoy it. I'm not crazy about it, but at least it's different.
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Re: Vikings land in North America ...again!

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm surprised it only took a month! Must have been quite an adventure.
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Re: Vikings land in North America ...again!

PHeymont ·
The length of time gets less surprising when you look more closely at the "top of the world..." on a globe. Suddenly it becomes clear how close together those lands up there (Norway, Scotland, the islands, Iceland and Greenland) really are!
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 19, 2013: Machu Picchu, Peru

DrFumblefinger ·
 Machu Picchu is a well known Inca ruin situated on top of a steep granite peak in the Peruvian Andes (2430 m above sea level).  Despite the altitude, its location near the equator provides a warm climate and the hills on which it rests are...
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Emirates Adds a 3rd US Frequent Flier Partner

PHeymont ·
Emirates Airways, which serves over 130 cities on 6 continents from its hub in Dubai, has added another U.S. frequent-flyer partner: Virgin America, which flies from 7 of Emirates' 8 U.S. cities. Emirates already has links with JetBlue and Alaska. The...
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Southwest, Virgin America buy LGA gates from AA, new service soon

PHeymont ·
Southwest, now the biggest U.S. domestic carrier, and Virgin America will expand service from New York's Laguardia Airport using gate slots bought from American Airlines. The sale was part of the requirement for merger approval of AA and USAir, which...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec. 26, 2013: Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota

Ottoman ·
  The Mall of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  As you can see in this photo, the Mall of America (which opened in 1992) has something for everybody.  Activities include (just to mention a few) an amusement park (Nickleodeon...
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A Visit to the “Spine Garden:”Cactus in Arizona’s Sonora Desert

PHeymont ·
 Even a non-artist like me can make you think of the desert with just a few squiggles of a felt-tip marker. See above? I did it already…and what does the trick is that everyone has seen the image forever, even though the cactus in the...
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Thanksgiving Flyers: More than 25 Million!

PHeymont ·
According to industry source Airlines for America, domestic airlines expect 25.1 million passengers over the Thanksgiving break--more than last year, and almost equal to 1 in every 12 Americans. With that many on the road, who's cooking the turkey?...
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Old San Juan - Museo de las Americas is a Must See

Jonathan L ·
Museo de las Americas   One of the highlights of visiting the Museo de las Americas  (web site)  in Old San Juan is the “Indian in America” which is a permanent exhibit. This is recognition of over 20 tribes from around the...
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Virgin America gets American's Love Field gates

PHeymont ·
Two gates at Dallas' Love Field that American was required to give up as part of its merger deal will go to Virgin America, which will shift its Dallas operations there from DFW. They're adding flights between Love and SFO, LAX, and Washington Reagan...
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Old San Juan - Museo de las Americas/La Princesa

Jonathan L ·
Museo de las Americas One of the highlights of visiting the Museo de las Americas (web site) in Old San Juan is the “Indian in America” which is a permanent exhibit. This is recognition of over 20 tribes from around the Americas....
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Panama's Copa adds SFO, links to 55 Latin America cities

PHeymont ·
Panama's Copa Airlines is adding San Francisco as its 12th U.S. destination, connecting California to its "Hub of the Americas" in Panama City. From there, Copa's 737s fly to 55 cities in Latin America.   San Francisco is a strategic move; Copa...
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Busy summer predicted for U.S. air travel

PHeymont ·
2015 could be the busiest summer for air travel in U.S. history, breaking a record set in 2007, before the big recession. Airlines for America, the lobbying arm of the major U.S. carriers, is predicting 222 million travelers between June 1 and August...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 27, 2014: The Feast!

Ottoman ·
  A few years ago I had the pleasure of taking a Caribbean cruise.  It was such fun spending time with my family, being pampered by the front line crew who did their best to make sure all of their guests were having a good time, and being...
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Priority Boarding: your chance at being first onto 2 new cruisers

PHeymont ·
For those who like to be a bit ahead of the curve, here are two opportunities!   Holland America has announced it's taking reservations for the first cruises on its new flagship, MS Koningsdam, which will sail in February 2016. It's assigned to...
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It wasn't scary enough, so now...no floor!

PHeymont ·
California's Great America amusement park will have a new roller coaster with no floor...so you can see your life and the track flash before your eyes.
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Airlines defend holding onto fuel surcharges

PHeymont ·
The airlines, stung by criticism that they are holding onto fuel surcharges even as fuel prices plummet, are making the argument that now that fuel is cheaper, they are able to spend the money—a billion a month by their estimate—on more...
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JetBlue joins Virgin America on NY-Palm Spings route

PHeymont ·
Palm Springs in the distance with beautiful desert landscape.     Photo: Stan Shebs / Wikimedia   JetBlue is adding Palm Springs, CA as a destination for the winter season, giving shivering New Yorkers another way to head for warm...
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Vikings land in North America ...again!

PHeymont ·
A replica Viking longship, the biggest built in modern times, has completed a month-long journey from Norway in the track of Leif Ericcson.
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Still a future for Virgin America?

PHeymont ·
Alaska Airlines may continue to operate its Virgin America as a separate brand, similar to major European carriers such as Air France/KLM.
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Panama's new canal open to more cruises

PHeymont ·
The opening of the Panama Canal's new, larger locks means cruise lines can use larger ships for cruises through the canal. But issues remain.
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Terror attack takes Istanbul off cruise map

PHeymont ·
Cruise lines, which had already reduced stops in Turkey after earlier attacks in Istanbul and Ankara, have canceled many more port calls.
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Virgin America flies into crowded Hawaii skies

PHeymont ·
Virgin America doubles its Hawaii routes in a market already heavily served by all the majors, plus Hawaiian and Allegiant.
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