Behold! The ancient land of Cahokia

The United States of America is a place of many contrasts.  But, do you think it as of an ancient civilization that – 1000 years ago – had that parties that went on for days?  Likely not.  Thats Mexico, isn’t it? Cohokia, was home to the largest pre-columbian city north of Mexico. The city was occupied for seven centuries as…

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Air / space

Sometimes, traveling on aircraft for long periods of time makes you give up hope.  Aircraft can be so uncomfortable, and the seats unforgiving. Those in business or first-class often never encounter the same aches and pains of us hoi poloi,  but the struggle is real. Now, Airbus comes to the rescue with their new Airspace interior designs, and what a…

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European self-sufficiency

Europe is often looked upon as a model of efficiency.  With nearly 750 million people living in a relatively tight space, they need to be.  But, Europe has also been the mother of invention there.  Spain created the spacesuit.  Iceland created the power transformer.  Ireland created the submarine . . .  and more. One modern and practical thing that Europe…

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When is a bed not a chair?

It’s no secret that aircraft manufacturers and airlines are constantly looking for better solutions to make our flights safe and comfortable.  As the world changes, more and more people are flying.  The aircraft are -sometimes – more comfortable, more fuel efficient and more safe. Most airline seats haven’t changed since the 1970’s. 99% of all Economy Class seats are fixed…

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Check, mate?

Like so many worthy things, the game of chess continuously phases in and out of our collective consciousness.  It certainly has its allure, and once you’re couched in the skills that you need, it is always there for you.  And, in many ways, it’s an international language. But did you know that there is a chess hall of fame?  It’s…

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Fly the friendly skies

Nostalgia is a strong sentiment.  Even if we weren’t alive at that point, many of us still yearn for years gone by.  Whether it’s clothing, food, pastimes or  even our childhood, we wish that we could go back. Well, thank goodness for the electric interwebs.  We can find almost anything now – valuable or not. In this case, sit back…

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Go go Mongolia

With extreme temperatures and landscapes, extreme living, and some extremely wrong perceptions from outsiders, Mongolia is one of the most complex places—and Mongols one of the most misunderstood people—in the world. Conversations about the weather, the great expanse of the country, and the traditional nomadic lifestyle dominate talk of Mongolia, and it’s understandable. Temperature variations of +100°F are not uncommon…

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Bed down with a clown

There’s something about being in the western United States that brings out the crazy in people.  Between Area 51, Las Vegas, Nevada you will never fail to be amazed at what some business models look like.  And yet, they prevail.  And now, may we introduce The Clown Motel.  It all started in 1985 when Leona and Leroy David built this motel…

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Vintage Virgins

If you’re a regular reader of our site, you’ll notice that we feature content about Richard Branson and his Virgin empire.  He never sits still – his latest venture is a Mach 3 airliner.  And he always tries to instill a feeling of fun in all that he does. With that in mind, did you know that in the 1990’s,…

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You get what you pay for

Many of us approach dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant as almost a religious sabbatical.   Our best trousers and dresses, shoes shined, hair recently coiffed, we cross the hallowed threshold into a world of inconceivable bliss.  And, the next thing you know, the entire month’s paycheck is accounted for. Well, it’s time to wake up.  It turns that out modern Michelin…

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Pain is just a word for bread

This looks grueling. Put on your best pink tutu, peacock feathers or Viking hat and get ready to run – and drink! Held on 11 September in 2021– just in time for wine harvest – the annual Marathon du Médoc brings contestants to more than 30 vineyards in the wine region of Médoc in France, north of Bordeaux. They’ll stop…

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Sydney to London in 4 hours, 35 minutes, 5 seconds

Meet The New Concorde – Virgin Galactic Mach 3.0 Supersonic Jet. Richard Branson is always pushing the envelope and, in this case, that means literally.  He has already embarked on his edge of space efforts, his land-based Hyperloop  and his resorts and cruises are legend.  But, now he is heading into the next frontier with his new Supersonic Jet. The…

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Hey, groovy cats. Dig this!

This is worth taking a special trip, especially if you love retro mid-century-modern design like we do.   MCR and MORSE Development have reignited the magic of Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, restoring and reimagining it as a first-class hotel. At the center of the hotel is Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Flight Center, where restaurants, bars and retail outlets have taken flight.…

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Can you Caño?

If you really want to get away, then we have the place for you. Those in the know realise that Colombia is now shining in the sun, again.  Most of its troubles are in the past and it is fast becoming a top destination.  Lovely, friendly people, an endless array of activities throughout the country, and world-class food, wine and,…

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You can’t get there from here

Ask a few Texans, and chances are you won’t find a strict consensus about what counts as the region of West Texas. Some draw a line from Wichita Falls down to Abilene and then Del Rio to mark the west-east boundary of the state. Others go by a map of where oak tree growth stops to find where West Texas…

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Fly Andorra

As you may or may not know, Andorra is a small, mountainous country in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain.  For 715 years (1278 to 1993), Andorrans lived under a unique co-principality ruled by the French Chief of State and the Bishop of La Seu d’Urgell.  As of 2019, its population is 77,142. Tourism, the mainstay of Andorra’s tiny…

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U need a UNESCO

Twenty-twenty will forever be remembered as the year of COVID. No matter your background, the stresses of the last year far outweighed its joys. Our physical and mental wellbeing were put to the test in ways we could never have imagined. While the pandemic is still raging, a new vaccine and the easing of some restrictions have made all of…

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It’s 11:00 PM. Do you know where your pandemic flight credits are?

When the pandemic hit, Vanessa Mumford-Minshull of Campbell, CA scrambled to cancel a multi-leg, multi-airline European trip for four people. She asked for refunds. Airlines automatically issued vouchers. “I sent email saying, ‘I don’t want this,’ but got no answer,” says Mumford-Minshull, who spent days calling, writing, and documenting her efforts before finally getting refund help thanks to her credit…

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Katarina – you must have seen her

Everyone loves a cruise.  Romance, food, the water and dreamy locations.  It pulls us with little or no effort. But how about something even more special?  How about a cruise of your own – just you and your friends and / or family – in some of the most picturesque locations on earth. Our affiliate friends, Katarina Line cruises, have…

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Safe travels? You can Belize in it

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce that Belize has achieved the Safe Travels Stamp, granted by the World Travel &Tourism Council (WTTC). The Safe Travels Stamp, the first global safety and hygiene stamp, was awarded to Belize in late December 2020 in recognition of the country’s enhanced health and safety protocols. The stamp was developed in order…

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