Archive for July, 2008

OMB – showers in flight!

Those of us who have flown across an ocean know just how miserable it is to show up in a new country first thing in the morning.  You feel disgusting after such a long flight and are often unable to shower because you can’t check into your hotel room yet and/or don’t want to take the time to shower at the airport (yes, some airports have showers).  Emirates has a solution to this issue – on Friday, first class passengers on their new superjumbo A380 Airbus can take a five minute shower while onboard.

That’s not all.  The giant plane also has 14 private suites with a bed, remote controlled doors, a work desk an electrically controlled mini-bar, and a great in-flight entertainment system.  Wowzers. 

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July 31, 2008 at 11:14 am 1 comment

News: No in flight entertainment for US Air?

“Word among US Airways employees is that the carrier is not planning to install in-flight entertainment systems on its new Airbus 321 aircraft.”  –Elizabeth Smith

Whoa.  And I thought the first bag fee was crazy.

July 30, 2008 at 7:05 am Leave a comment

TTT: Study ballroom dance

A recommendation that people study ballroom dance* may seem to be a bit  odd for a travel tip, but it’s a great one in my experience.  If you’re traveling for a wedding, show off at the reception (but please don’t upstage the bride and groom unless given permission).  If you’re going on a cruise, cha cha to the Latin trio playing by the pool in the afternoon or foxtrot at the captain’s welcome party.  If you’re visiting Barcelona (affectionately referred to as BAR-CLUB-ONA by my bff and I), hit the salsa clubs by the beach.

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July 29, 2008 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

News: Balloons over Central Park

Are you going to New York soon?  In honor of the 150th anniversary of the park, the latest and greatest way to see Central Park is via a balloon ride.  This is not a hot air balloon – it’s helium.  Also, you’ll be tethered to the ground, but you will be THIRTY STORIES UP (300 feet)!  The only problem with this ride?  It’s only available for a limited time!  Check it out before it’s gone.  July 25 – August 22, 2008, 7am – 10pm, $25 adults, $17.50 kids, max 4 passengers per ride.  I wish I had a trip planned!  Read more at CNN or from AeroBalloon (image from AB).

July 28, 2008 at 11:54 am Leave a comment

NC Eatin’: McDowell County

Monday, May 26, 2008
Switzerland Cafe
9440 Highway 226A
Little Switzerland, NC

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a county visit – and it’s been a while since I actually accomplished this one.  Oops!  We went to Asheville for Memorial Day weekend, and I insisted that we take a detour on our way home to have lunch in Little Switzerland.

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July 25, 2008 at 7:48 am 1 comment

Triangle shopping: Verses jeans

A couple of weeks ago, I heard a special on NPR about Verses jeans.  Verses uses locally produced raw materials to make, from design to finish, the jeans at their downtown Raleigh studio.  If you’re interested in a product that’s totally North Carolina and made with the intention to help rebuild the garment industry in the US, check them out.  They’re available at stores in New York City, Phoenix, Siox Falls, and Taguig City, Phillipines as well as the studio in Raleigh.  The only problem?  They’re for guys only at this point.

Check out the designer’s blog here, which is where the following pic is from.

July 24, 2008 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

TTT: What to do when a natural disaster strikes

On this Tuesday, I’ll defer to Christopher Elliott to provide the day’s travel tips in light of the recent start of the hurricane season.  Elliott’s CNN article recommends tips for how to avoid letting a natural disaster ruin your next vacay.

If you can’t make your vacay due to a natural disaster:
1.  If you have the right insurance, it’ll cover you.
2.  Call your travel agent.  Yes, this is one of those things to add to your “pros” list of whether to use a TA.
3. If you can’t get a refund, get a replacement

If you’re on vacay and disaster strikes:
1.  Get out ASAP.
2.  Get home safely – worry about refunds later.
3.  If “they” play the God Card, play the Victim Card.

Check out Elliott’s article for further details.

July 22, 2008 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

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