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Terracotta armored military officer, Qin dynasty (221-206 BCE) at the Asian Art Museum


You don’t need a time machine to travel back to ancient China with Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco’s “Terracotta Warriors” package. In celebration of the opening of China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy, the hotel is offering accommodations for one night, an 
exhibit keepsake and two VIP admission tickets to the Asian Art Museum. The exhibit features 120 objects from the tomb complex of China’s first emperor Qin Shihuang (259-210BC), including eight life-size terracotta warriors and two horses.

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The Little Bookroom Guide to Paris with Children by Kim Horton Levesque


All too often, the difference between the fantasy of traveling with children (wee ones skipping along in wonder against a majestic European backdrop) and the reality (jet-lagged children who won’t leave the hotel) can be vast. Thanks to The Little Bookroom Guide to Paris with Children, you don’t have to wait until your kids are in college to visit Paris.


Paris with Children guides you through visiting Paris’ most important sights in a child-friendly way.  Organized around places to play, eat, shop and stay, the book allows you to plan your day around activities that both you and your children will love.

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TSA will allow pocket knives on planes


Samurais and winemakers traveling with their equipment still have to check their sabres and bottles, but starting April 25, small knives, novelty bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment currently banned from planes will be allowed on board, according to the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) new carry-on rules.

 

 

 

 

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A guest room at Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez


There are many good reasons to visit Saint-Tropez: the seaside glamour, the star-spotting, the hot nightlife and now the Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez. Discover the new luxury property coming to southeastern France with the hotel’s Grand Opening special.


Be the first to experience one of its 90 rooms and suites, Le Suffren Café by Georges, Spa My Blend by Clarins and rooftop terrace with clear-bottom pool suspended above the atrium. The décor is contemporary design with a palette of warm Mediterranean tones and bright accent colors inspired by the surrounding village. Bonus amenities include free Wi-Fi in guest rooms and public spaces, iPod stations, a pillow menu and terraces overlooking the landscaped patio.

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The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai


In addition to holding records for the world’s tallest building (Burj Khalifa, 2,723 feet) and largest shopping mall (The Dubai Mall), Dubai is now home to the world’s tallest hotel – the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, which opened February 26. At 1,164 feet tall, the hotel took the Guinness World Record from its Dubai neighbor, the 1,093 foot Rose Tower.


The hotel comprises 72 floors, 684 rooms, 120 suites, 24 meeting rooms and 55,488 square feet of meeting space. Its fourteen dining venues run the gamut of cuisines, from Indian and Thai to French and Japanese. Room rates begin at $326 per person, per night.

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Snow Rookies

on February 15th, 2013
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Riding the Alpine Slide

by Jeff Hoyt


EDITOR’S NOTE: Between a fatal bus crash and a manhunt for a revenge-minded cop-turned-copkiller, Big Bear Lake, California, has been in the national news a lot lately. I had the pleasure of visiting the area just before the back-to-back headline-grabbers occurred. As the area struggles to put these episodes behind them, the following innocent tale reflects the type of news Big Bear wants to make.


Growing up in sunny Southern California, my daughters are exposed to sand, sea, surf and sun, but not snow. Good thing nature provided Angelenos with nearby mountains so kids can frolic in a geographically desirable winter wonderland. For their first foray into snow, the kids rode up to Big Bear Lake, California, which is taking on child obesity and promoting healthy lifestyles through a new program called KIDS. GET OUTDOORS. WIN.

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  • pinitbutton Crystal Cruises Offers Unexpected Travel Destinations for 2013 – Travel News
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Crystal Serenity in Norway

Crystal Cruises is challenging travelers to think outside the box when it comes to their 2013 travel plans with a new menu of itineraries for its “Top 10 Unexpected Destinations.” The luxury cruise line is offering “historically significant, naturally extraordinary and culturally diverse” adventures, giving well-traveled guests a chance to broaden their horizons with new experiences.

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  • pinitbutton The Sky Lodge Couples Ski Retreat Package   Travel Special
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Park City, Utah

Romantic Winter Wonderland Escape


With Valentine’s Day almost upon us, you’ll need to get your romantic plans in order — and fast. The Sky Lodge in Park City, Utah, is here to help with its Couples Ski Retreat package.


Located in the center of Park City’s historic Old Town, The Sky Lodge is walking distance to more than 40 restaurants, as well as nightlife, museums, theatre, galleries and boutique shopping. Just steps from Park City Mountain Resort’s Town Lift, the hotel also provides easy ski-in/ski-out access, making your romantic ski vacation that much easier.

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Proud to be an American

on January 31st, 2013
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American Airlines Flies with new Logo and Livery


by Alain Gayot


Every so often an airline comes out with new features, and there is a lot brewing these days with new aircraft technology. American Airlines has reached such a milestone with the advent of light aircraft based on carbon fiber parts and other lightweight materials. For decades, the iconic airline flew with shiny aluminum skins only seen these days on vintage aircraft at shows and museums. A requirement had made it that AA needed to paint their planes. So starting today American Airlines Flight #963 from Dallas to Sao Paolo, Brazil, is the first commercial flight of the airline’s brand new 777-300ER plane to fly the new exterior scheme with silver mica paint to remind you of the earlier planes’ metallic look. A new modern logo with a stylized eagle sits next to the giant word “American” while on the tail waves a proud rendition of Old Glory.

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Sunborn Barcelona Yacht Hotel

The hottest hotel real estate in Barcelona is actually in the water: Sunborn Barcelona, the world’s first luxury yacht hotel of its kind, will soon debut at the Port Forum Marina, just north of the city.

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