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Cruise Ship Costa Concordia 2012 News in Pictures

Cruise Ship Costa Concordia

The Costa Concordia, a cruise ship twice the size of the Titanic,   which was carrying more than 4,000 people,remains in the same spot where it sank about 11 months ago.

It’s the largest passenger ship ever capsized, easily surpassing the Titanic

The Costa Concordia  ran aground off the coast of coast of Tuscany, resulting in the deaths of 32 people.  Read More

Vacations, The 411, Everyone Needs One

The 411 on Vacations
Everyone loves to go on vacations!  Those special two weeks of the year when we can go anywhere we choose and live it up for a little while, pretending we are rich and the money is no object.

Sometimes you just have that little bit of extra money and can easily splurge a bit. There are many things that you could spend your money on when it comes to going on holiday. For example, some people like to spend money on how they get to their holiday destination. Some people drive, others take a ferry, some people like to have their own plane. If this is something that interests you though, then you could easily check out a company like NetJets who can help you let this happen.

vacation 411Of course, the reality of that, for most of us, is a whole year of saving every penny to accumulate enough cash for a two week vacation in a fine resort somewhere, while still watching every cent we spend.

Late Deals

That’s where last minutes deals can ease the strain on our pockets. Late ski deals and last minute summer deals are always available for those who know where to look. You can contact your favorite travel agent or book direct via the internet. Expedia, Last Minute Travel.com or the hotel complex you wish to stay at will also provide last minute deals.

Expedia and Last Minute Travel.com allow you to tailor make your own vacation, but choosing when you leave, when you get back, where you stay, and the choice of accommodation, such as two, three, four and five star hotels (like Crowne Plaza Denver) , all-inclusive deals and vacation rentals homes and cabins. They also provide scheduled flights to your specific location and some include the transportation to the hotel in the price.

Bargains

We all know that shopping round will usually turn up a better bargain than those we first see. Always make a note of the first one and compare prices as well as travel dates. If your travel dates are flexible you might be able to get even more money off by choosing to take your vacation somewhere toward the end of the travel season.

Whether you choose to sun yourself in Florida, or fly to Paris, Greece, Spain or Mexico, you will no doubt find a hotel or resort that will suit you.

Don’t forget, also, that there are places which are ideal for kids and families as well as places which concentrate solely on couples or adults. You may not want to sit by the pool listening to a bunch of kids screaming all day, so look around for vacations that best suit your personal requirements.

Couples and Adult Companions

Some couples or just buddies prefer to go to more un-friendly places to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of their vacation, or to have a good old booze up without worrying about negative influences on children.

Ski resorts have become highly popular in recent years and accommodate other sports like snowboarding too. These resorts rely largely on the winter months providing enough snow on the pistes. Some places do have all year round snow but you need to look further north for those kinds of vacations. Countries like Canada, Alaska, Norway, Sweden and Finland could provide the perfect ski holiday in early spring. There is also, of course, Colorado, whose most famous ski resort is in Aspen. For winter breaks, there is also Austria, Bulgaria and Switzerland if skiing is your passion.

Beaches

Maybe you prefer to laze around on a quiet sandy beach somewhere without your cell phone and the outside world, and stay in luxurious Sea View Accommodation, if so, there are some wonderful resorts in Asia, the Bahamas, Greece, the Seychelles, Mauritius, and the Mediterranean sea.

Flights and hotels can be included in the prices and you only need to decide your departure times, accommodation type and star value. Other than that, just get your beach towel and sun cream ready and you can relax on a sunny beach with a good book.

Most travel companies advocate early booking to get the best prices on your vacation. This is not always possible unless we know well in advance of our preferred travel dates. Many of them give early birds a discount for online booking, but again it may be possible to get an even better last minute deal because they will be anxious to fill those spare seats.

Advisory

In this current financial climate there are vacation and travel companies going into liquidation every month. If you do book a vacation in advance, take every precaution to ensure that your chosen company is not on the danger list. Also, your company should be ATOL protected and will guarantee that you get a full refund in the event that the company does have trouble fulfilling its obligations.

Oh, and don’t forget that all-important travel insurance. You never know when you might get caught out. Especially with skiing vacations. Accidents happen and having a broken leg in a foreign country can cost you…well, an arm and leg!

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Cruise Ship Hit By Wave

Two people were declared dead as a cruise ship in the Mediterranean was lashed by a huge wave which was believed to be as high as three story building. A passenger on the cruise ship hit by massive waves Wednesday in the Mediterranean tells the Associated Press today it was a “terrifying” ordeal.

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McDonald’s Happy Meal in France & Unusual Restaurants

McDonald’s, the global face of fast food and bete noire of health nuts everywhere, is celebrating 30 years of Happy Meals in France. Contrary to all expectations, its burgers-and-fries combo has been a hit with French diners, because the corporation has been savvy in fashioning a customized…See Video below.

ROME -(Dow Jones)- McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) and Italian travel restaurant operator Autogrill SpA (AGL.MI) said Thursday they have signed a deal that will allow the U.S. fast-food company to open stores at Autogrill outlets in France.

In a statement, the two companies said the partnership will first be focused on Autogrill outlets on French highways, with the first McDonald’s opening in the autumn in an “emblematic area” of the French highway grid.The U.S. company will then look at also using other Autogrill outlets in French airports, train stations, and other “prestigious” locations.

Autogrill, controlled by Italy’s Benetton family, saw 2008 revenues rise 19% to EUR5.79 billion. The company operates restaurants and shops at highways, airports, and other locations in 42 countries.

In France, Autogrill has 526 outlets, more than half of which are in the country’s highways. The company also has some prestigious locations in France, such as the Louvre museum in Paris.

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World’s First Underwater Restaurant

The world’s first underwater restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Rangali resort in Maldives. The US$5 million restaurant was constructed 5 metres below the waves of the Indian Ocean, offering 270 degrees of panoramic views of the sea-life. Designed by a New Zealand firm and constructed in Singapore, the restaurant was installed in November 2004 and took a team of divers and 50 locals 13 hours to set in place under the waves.  Read more here

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“Plus some of the Worlds Strangest Restaurants”

Have Fun in Bed

Eatery: B.E.D. Restaurant   Location: Miami, Fla.

What Makes It Unique:
Diners at B.E.D. (”Beverage, Entertainment and Dining”) lounge in beds and eat from bamboo trays. It caters to the highly fashionable, club-going crowd. If you go, don’t look for a sign, there isn’t one. B.E.D. is not marked except for the street number and the hidden on the mat outside.

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Supporting Safe Sex

Eatery: Cabbages & Condoms  Location: Bangkok

What Makes It Unique:
Dedicated to birth control and AIDS awareness, the name signifies the owner’s belief that condoms should be as accessible as produce in Thailand. Condoms and sex toys are a major part of the decor. And all diners get a condom with coffee, instead of an after-dinner mint.

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Road Kill With That?

Eatery: Linger Lodge  Location: Bradenton, Fla.

What Makes It Unique:
With menu items like “Bag-N-Gag,” “Chunk O’ Skunk” and “Swirl of Squirrel,” it’s no wonder that Al Roker named it one of the top five weirdest restaurants in the country. If you’re a fan of taxidermy, you’ll love the decor. Stuffed dead animals reign supreme.

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Princess Juliana Airport at Saint Maarten

If you have never been to the tropical island in the Northeast Caribbean in Saint Maarten then you have probably never seen the airport.  Vacationers…take your ear plugs and just hope for a safe and happy landing!

Saint Maarten, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is a country on the southern part of a Caribbean island shared with Saint Martin, a French overseas collectivity. Its natural features span lagoons, beaches and salt pans. The capital, Philipsburg, has cobblestone streets and colorful, colonial-style buildings lining its Front Street shopping area. The port is a popular cruise-ship stop.

The Caribbean island that houses both St. Martin and St. Maarten is culturally different depending on what side you’re visiting. The Dutch side (St. Maarten), with its distinctively Caribbean flair, has a colorful vibe that matches the bright buildings and colonial streets. On the less-developed French side (St. Martin), restaurants that seem straight out of Paris, French fashion boutiques, and croissants and pastries everywhere make it feel 100 percent like its homeland. But despite the fact that the island is actually two different countries, going back and forth between them is easy—whether to revel in the secludedness of St. Martin’s Natural Reserve or engage in the hustle-bustle of Phillipsburg—and contributes to the drawn of this unique two-sided island.

World’s First Underwater Restaurant

The world’s first underwater restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Rangali resort in Maldives. The US$5 million restaurant was constructed 5 metres below the waves of the Indian Ocean, offering 270 degrees of panoramic views of the sea-life. Designed by a New Zealand firm and constructed in Singapore, the restaurant was installed in November 2004 and took a team of divers and 50 locals 13 hours to set in place under the waves.

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