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Japan Airlines’ First Class seats on the JAL SKY SUITE 777


With an array of newcomers upping the ante for the quality of air travel, Japan Airlines is keeping up with the competition with its new JAL SKY SUITE 777.


After introducing its four redesigned classes earlier this year, Japan Airlines is set to complete modifications on all thirteen of its 777-300ER jets by 2014. The new classes on these aircraft are constructed to evoke a feeling of “one class higher.”

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A view of the vines from Masottina Winery in Italy


By Anneli Rufus


Thirty miles north of Venice, the scenic route called the Prosecco Road — La Strada di Prosecco — is drawn in broad swatches of green on green on green: green hills, green vines, and yellow-green Glera grapes that flourish here and are destined to become the sparkling straw-colored wine that is the local specialty — and is Italy’s answer to Champagne.

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  • pinitbutton American Airlines Introduces Nonstop Flights between Los Angeles and Sao Paulo   Travel News
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Morumbi in Sao Paulo, home to Estadio Cicero Pompeu de Toledo, one of Brazil’s famous soccer stadiums

Winter is coming, and what better way to escape the cold than with a trip to South America? Starting December 16, 2013, American Airlines travelers can book nonstop flights to and from Los Angeles (LAX) and Sao Paulo, Brazil (GRU), as well as between Miami (MIA) and Curitiba (CWB) and Porto Alegre (POA), beginning November 21, 2013.

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View from a lodging at Big Bear Lake, CA


Nothing says fall like the changing of the leaves, perfect weather, Oktoberfest and the great outdoors. And what better way to experience this magical time of year than by saving money while you do it? But you have to move fast.

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  • pinitbutton Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai   Review
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A guest room at the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai


by Evelyn Chen


Between the busloads of tourists and the history buffs that flock to this Bund landmark to experience a piece of Shanghai’s history, the public spaces at the Fairmont Peace Hotel might not quite embody its name. But what the property lacks in tranquility, it more than makes up for in iconic status, given its storied past as the Cathay Hotel, built in 1929 and then owned by one of the city’s most notable businessmen, Sir Victor Sassoon.

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  • pinitbutton The US Grant, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego   Review
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The exterior of The US Grant hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter


A Historic and Storied Gem in the Gaslamp Quarter


Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The US Grant hotel has been a San Diego icon since its debut in 1910. While the handsome hotel itself is a sight to see, its history is what makes this property so fascinating. The land (which was once owned by the Kumeyaay tribe) was the home of San Diego’s first major hotel, Horton House Hotel, until it was bought and demolished by Ulysses S. Grant, Jr., son of the eighteenth U.S. president. In its place, he built The US Grant (named after his father), an eleven-story, luxury hotel in what is now the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego.

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Exterior shot of the MS Nieuw Amsterdam


by Patricia Mack


Cruise lines routinely “reposition” ships to take advantage of the season or the market for one popular locale over another. Liners move from Alaska to Hawaii, Mexico to Canada or make Trans-Atlantic sailings from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean (or vice versa). This particular Trans-Atlantic voyage, from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona, was seventeen days long and took place on board the MS Nieuw Amsterdam — an eleven-deck, Signature class cruise ship and the second largest ship in the Holland America Line.

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The Hanseatic near the spectacular geology of Gros Morne National Park


Around Newfoundland by Cruise Ship – The German Way

 

By John and Sandra Nowlan


We were eagerly awaiting the announcement. When it finally came, it was, as usual, in two languages:


“Eisberg auf der Backbordseite!”
“Iceberg on the port side!”


We were approaching Iceberg Alley, the area of the Atlantic Ocean off northern Newfoundland where the frigid Labrador Current flows slowly south, bringing with it huge sculpted chunks of glacier ice from Greenland.

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Beach Vista at Beaches Turks and Caicos


A Caribbean Gem for Families


By John and Sandra Nowlan


As we approached our resort, our friendly driver boasted that the Turks and Caicos offer the best of all worlds — British passports for its 30,000 citizens, the American dollar as its currency and a Canadian banking and health care system. Located where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic just southeast of the Bahamas, this tranquil and tropical archipelago of 40 islands and cays (eight of which are inhabited) also offers the clearest and brightest turquoise water we’ve ever seen, fantastic white sand beaches and several resorts that rate among the best in the world.

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The rooftop pool at Washington School House Hotel in Park City, Utah


Old School is the New Cool


Park City hasn’t always been the winter and summer sports mecca it is today. The city’s fame originally developed through the discovery of gold, silver and lead and the establishment of silver mines in the 1860s. To provide for the influx of migrating miners and their families, three schools were built — Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson (Washington School House is the only remaining today). After a series of tragic events — World War I, the Great Depression, a fire that almost destroyed the city and an explosion that killed 34 miners — the local mining industry collapsed. Luckily, the city was able to capitalize on something that would prove to be more profitable and long-term: ski tourism. Its first ski resort opened in 1963, and today, Park City houses more tourists than residents. That explains the metamorphosis undergone by the Washington School House in its 120-year history, from school to bed-and-breakfast and now ultra-luxe boutique hotel.

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