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New Screening Rules for Passengers Flying Into the US

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In the wake of the failed bombing attempt of a US plane on Christmas day, authorities raised security restrictions to levels not seen since the “shoe bomber” attacks of 2006 – full body patdowns were in effect, passengers had every piece of luggage checked, and movement was even limited during the last hour of flight, just to name a few of the many restrictions. After much backlash, the Transportation Security Administration has released new guidelines that specifies when such stringent security measures are required.

In effect, the United States has imposed separate security measures for different people, depending on what country the person is flying from. This is great news if you’re an American or one of it’s allies – you won’t be faced with such asinine security requirements each time you pass through the metal detectors. However, if you’re flying from Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Algeria, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen, be prepared to face increased scrutiny for the indefinite future.


Visiting the Cognac Region of France Continued

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In our last posting, we went over the basics of Cognac, and the beauty of of the Cognac region of France. However, a trip to Cognac without visiting the distilleries is like a trip to Vegas without visiting the Casinos! There are hundreds of distilleries in Cognac, but there are only four main companies: Hennessy, Courvosier, Remy Martin, and Martell. Each distillery offers it’s own tour, and costs anywhere from $10-$20. However, the tasting alone might be worth the price of admission.

The Hennessy distillery is probably the most well known out of the bunch. Hennessy’s tour center and warehouse are located on both sides of the Charente river. Is this the key to it’s success? Probably not, but with millions of bottles of fine cognac leaving these very warehouses, who knows? When embarking on these tours, one thing you’ll definitely note is the black mold that covers most of the warehouses. This black mold feeds off the evaporating alcohol vapors, and is commonly known amongst locals as “the angels’ share”. The cellar is one of the highlights of any trip: rows upon rows of giant kegs holding glorious cognac aged for 2, 4, 10, 20+ years!


The perfect vacation in the exotic Acapulco

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Acapulco has  a long history. Its travel history started nevertheless after the WWII, in 1949, with the opening of the first discos, restaurants etc.

The resort lies on Mexico western coast, in a wonderful bay.

It was boosted in the travel industry by the famous Hollywood actor Johny Weismuller ( alias Tarzan). After that, in the 60′s it became a favorite destination for luxury travel. The main clients were very rich and came from South America, Western Europe and specially U.S.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy married here Jackie Kennedy, John Wayne owned a beach in Acapulco, Ava Gardner divorced from Frank Sinatra in Acapulco. Acapulco had a strong magic power, which paled totally in the 80′s due to pollution: the water was no more good for a swim!

Today Acapulco is booming again, as the water is again good for swimming. The stars are coming again (e.g Sandra Bullock and Enrique Iglesias) and the golden age of Acapulco is coming back.


Hidden travel costs

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Travelling to a favourite destination is probably on everybody’s wish list. Who would not want to soak in the sun on a pearly white beach, with the sea gently lapping at your feet? It is probably one step away from paradise. If you were to ask a mother of two, she would still be very hesitant to say that she is any where near paradise – any guesses why? Well, coming to think of it, the answer is pretty simple – the cost of travel today.


5 Travel Myths you didn’t know

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There are various myths about travelling that are perpetuated around the world, and seem to so plausible that many people never bother to check them out before they set out on holiday. Here are five of these travelling myths you may not yet have come across:


Tips to avoid an expensive phone bill while traveling

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Tourists are all about hopping on a plane, boarding a ship and catching the nearest train on the platform so they could escape to a different place. Everything is new, and in an instant you leave behind a world that’s all too common for your taste. You’re looking for new experiences, yearning to be in a strange city among strange people living strange but very interesting lives. Still, this is all temporary. You know that this exotic country isn’t your real home, but just a place where you need to unleash the explorer that resides deep within you. In the real world, you have a home and friends and family that are waiting for you when you get back. It used to be that the only way to communicate with them was through mail, and then the telephone.


3 Favorite Mexico Vacations

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Mexico has always been a fantastic place to visit. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’re sure to find it somewhere – world class cuisine? Try Mexico City. Looking for great beaches? Puerto Escondido is your destination. Beautiful antiquities? Ancient sites abound. All these reasons make Mexico perfect for any vacation; here’s some of the more popular destinations.

The capital city of Mexico gets the first mention here. Mexico City is easily the most populous city in the country, with over 8 million residents. Because of this, it is easily one of the most modern. It hosts restaurants from top chefs such as Michael Mina; has plenty of American favorites like Starbucks at every corner. And if you’re looking for nightlife, Mexico City’s got it. Mexico City also plays host to many national treasures, such as the National Museum of Anthropology in Chapultepec Park. Don’t be scared by all the media hype regarding crime in this big city – it’s no more or less than you will find in any major metropolitan town.


Bahar Dar

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Bahar Dar, the next stop, is 578 kilometres from Addis Ababa, has two daily Ethiopian Airlines flights and a number of good hotels, and it located on the southern shores of Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, with its ancient island nonasteries and both the Blue and the white Nile’s most spectacular feature, the Tis Isat falls.On the island of Dega Estefanos you will find the church of saint Stefanos, which has a priceless collection of icons and manuscripts and houses the mummified remains of a number of Ethiopian emperors. For the modern traveler, the starting point of any visit to the Blue Nile Falls, or to the islands of Lake Tana, is the busting market town of Bahar Dar on the lake’s south-eastern shore. The colourful markets and a variety of handicrafts and weaving centres also make it a comfortable has for excursion by land or water. Bahar Dar port provides access by boat to a number of historic lakeside churches or monasteries near and far. Most date from the 17th-century and have beautifully painted walls. Many such places of worship now have fascinating museums, at which the visitor can see priceless. Illustrated manuscripts, historic crowns and fine royal. And ecclesiastical robes. Some monastic islands are forbidden to women, but others can be visited by all.Visitors to Bahar Dar can also see tankwas, locally made out of the papyrus reeds growing by the lake shore, as well as an historic old building erected, in St. Georges church compound, by the 17th-century Spanish Jesuit, pero paes.