Monday, January 26, 2009

Man v. Food - Sylvia's in New York City

Check out Sylvia's world famous spot for their chicken and ribs! You have to visit when you are in the big NY.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

No Reservations - Venice Part 2 of 5

Check out this eclectic architecture on an outer island in Venice called Borrano. This restaurant has absolutely incredible food that caters to the artists at heart. There is a lot of history here and is frequently visited by famous people including Keith Richards who is a regular customer!

Anthony Bourdain - Azores - Watch Monday, Jan. 26, at 10 PM

My friend Anthony takes us on another unusual food tasting. Very interesting to see what others consider extremely appetizing favorites. What is your favorite food?

Have You Heard Yet?



Have you heard about the 5 big changes coming to air travel? Well no need to go anywhere else to get the latest news, travel alley brings you up to the minute information. Check out the 5 changes here! Are you ready? Here goes...

  1. Airport Security Update
    Travelers, say good-bye to your plastic baggies and tiny bottles of shampoo. The 3-1-1 rule may be discontinued in 2009 as new X-ray technology is introduced at airports around the country. The new technology can detect differences between benign liquids such as hair gel or juice boxes and potentially dangerous liquids used in bombs.
    The TSA expects to have as many as 900 machines in place by the end of the year, so the 3-1-1 rule will be phased out and eventually halted altogether in the near future.
  2. Merger Mania
    Late in October, Delta's proposed merger with Northwest was approved by the Department of Justice, and the airlines will enter full-blown merger mode in early 2009. The tie-up may not be fully complete until 2010, but you can expect Northwest's name and brand to be phased out in 2009. The SkyMiles and WorldPerks frequent flyer programs will be merged towards the end of this year. For up-to-date information, visit Delta's FAQ page.
    Of course, there's always the possibility that the Delta/Northwest merger will spark other mergers. As a recent Reuters report predicted, "The answer is likely to be yes in an industry that clearly has excess capacity, is adding surcharges despite a retreat in fuel prices, and is facing international competitors that are expected to consolidate in the coming year.
  3. Airlines Introduce A-La-Carte Pricing
    Despite protests from travelers, American and Frontier are set to introduce a-la-carte pricing in 2009. As of the time of this writing, American had not announced full details of its new fare structure, although it may use Air Canada as a model. Stay tuned to our Today in Travel blog for details on American's new system later this year.
    In December, Frontier announced details of its new AirFairs fare structure. Economy fares are bare-bones, no-frills tickets; Classic fares include seat assignments, checked bags, DirecTV, and frequent flyer miles; and Classic Plus tickets are fully refundable and changeable with lots of extras.
    If these new ventures from Frontier and American prove successful, other airlines may adopt similar fare structures, similar to the avalanche of new fees introduced in 2008. Whether that will be a good thing for travelers remains to be seen.
  4. In-Flight Internet Service Expands
    Expect Internet access to be available on many more flights in 2009. American, Delta, and Virgin America all introduced Internet service on some flights in 2008, and will likely expand the service to more planes this year. Delta plans to add service to a new plane every few days, with the goal of outfitting all its aircraft with Internet by the end of the year, and will also begin to add the service to Northwest's planes.
    Other airlines, including Air Canada, Alaska, and Southwest plan to test Internet service this year as well.
  5. Paperless Boarding Passes
    Paperless boarding passes are the wave of the future, and will become more widespread this year. You'll soon be able to download a boarding pass to your PDA or cell phone, and scan the bar code at an airport security checkpoint scanner, eliminating the need for a physical printout.
    Continental was the first U.S. airline to test paperless boarding passes in late 2007, and has since expanded its Mobile Boarding Pass option for departures from Austin, Boston, Cleveland, Houston, New York's La Guardia airport, Newark, San Antonio, and both Reagan and National airports in Washington, D.C.
    Other carriers, including Air Canada, Alaska, American, Delta, and Northwest, are also beginning to introduce paperless boarding options for travelers.

The number 5 change is amazing! However, I knew this would be a change that would quickly become a reality given the technology of today. My parents just came back from a trip and were amazed at the new x-ray technology being used at several airports that you actually walk through. It was fast and my father didn't have to go through all of the trouble he always goes through because of his knee replacements. He has a medical card and still has a big hassle each time he travels. Airport Security can physically see the replacements using the x-ray technology and it only took the amount of time of walking through the machine. Yes folks this is the new millennium! To schedule your next trip at wholesale prices visit my travel portal @ www.nettrav.com/doreen today.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

What is Your Dream Destination?

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I'm sitting here with my morning cup of coffee thinking about that question myself. As I sit in my home office looking out my back window, it's a beautiful clear day here in Fort Worth, Texas! Where can I travel next that will afford me the opportunity to see a richness in history, beautiful scenery, friendly people and interesting things to do? One of the destinations that I would like to visit is Acropolis, Greece. Greece has a reputation of romance and is beautiful with a richness in history. There are many beautiful places right here in the United States as well. Frankly, I'm a traveler at heart and plan to spend my retirement doing just that! Given my plan of being a full time traveler, it can be expensive. What if I told you that I could help you reserve travel at wholesale prices, get paid for reserving your travel with access to the most ingenius travel portal on the Internet, would you take a look at what I found? Of course, you would take a look why wouldn't you it's free! Visit my heavily viewed "Travelers Lounge"and reserve your dream vacation at www.nettrav.com/doreen.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Future!

The future is upon us with great impact. We the people have made this great day in history occur. My blog isn't normally political in content however, I felt very moved by the inauguration today and filled with joy. I believe that Barack Obama is the best person for the job as our leader and wanted to state so publicly! His great words have moved me throughout the entire campaign. Let us embrace change and rejoice with our new leader. Change spearheads growth, new ideas and is the foundation of our country. I would like to share my thoughts in a short reading and here I go!
Time is...change for a brighter day, Time is...long for those who wait, Time is...too short for those who sleep, but for those who rejoice, Time is...Eternity! Let us all rejoice for this wonderful day in history and join our new leader in the quest. Let's make 2009 the best year!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Man v. Food - Bostons Eagle Challenge Burger - Watch Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 10 PM

Check out these burgers the next time your in Boston! Definitely not for those that eat healthy because these burgers are loaded cannons.

The Romantic Flavor of Greece

Athens, Greece is considered one of the top 10 romantic destinations for honeymooners! Aside from it's romantic flavor, Athens is rich in history as well as breathtaking architecture. If you visit Athens, Greece there are 10 top things to do. Here are 3 of the top ten.

Acropolis-A splendid religious complex, the Acropolis consists of several temples, which were built by the world's first democracy during the 5th century BC. The most majestic building of all is the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. The Parthenon became the paragon of classical Greek architecture, and has suffered serious damage over the years. A small museum features an outstanding collection of ancient Greek sculptures.

Temple of Olympian Zeus-Begun in 515 BC, this huge temple was dedicated to the worship of Zeus. Its perimeter included 104 Corinthian columns, with additional columns inside the building that housed a huge gold and ivory statue of Zeus. After the temple's destruction by invaders in the 4th century AD, the marble from the ruins started to vanish as it was being used as building material for newer buildings. Nowadays, only some of the temple's columns can be seen. Their immense height is a testimony to the huge size of this sanctuary.

Ancient Angora-Socrates strolled through the Agora 2,500 years ago engaging people in long, philosophical discussions. This unique archaeological park served as the city's marketplace from the 6th century BC to the 6th century AD. Scattered throughout the Agora are statues and ruins of numerous buildings, the most interesting of which is the well-preserved Temple of Hephaistos or Thission, built in the 5th century BC. Many archaeological finds are on display inside the reconstructed Stoa Attalou, a majestic building from the 2nd century BC.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Le Tour De France!


You have to visit Paris at least once your lifetime! It's breathtaking along with it has many interesting historic landmarks. The Eiffel Tower is the most recognizable landmark in Paris and is known worldwide as the symbol of France. Named after its designer, Gustave Eiffel, it is a premier tourist destination, with over 5.5 million visitors per year. The tower received its 200,000,000th guest on November 28, 2002.

The structure was built from 1887-1889 as the entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle (1889), a World's fair at the centennial celebration of the French revolution. It was inaugurated on March 31, 1889, and opened on May 6. 300 steel workers joined together 18,038 pieces of steel, using two and a half million rivets. Considering the safety standards in place at the time, it is remarkable that only one worker died in the construction of the tower, during the installation of the lifts (elevators).

The tower is 300 metres tall, (986 feet), not including the television antenna on top, which adds another 20 meters, and weighs over 10,000 tonnes (over 21,000,000 pounds). When it was built it was the highest structure in the World. Maintenance on the tower includes 50 tons of dark brown paint every 7 years. Depending on the ambient temperature, the Eiffel Tower will change height by several centimetres because of contraction and expansion of the metal.

Perhaps predictably, the tower met with resistance from the public when it was first built, many thought it would be an eyesore. Today it is widely considered to be one of the most striking pieces of architectural art in the world.
One of the great Hollywood movie clich├ęs is that the view from a Parisian window always includes the Eiffel Tower. Originally, Eiffel had a permit to leave the tower standing for 20 years, but as it proved valuable for communication purposes, it was allowed to stay after the end of the permit. To reserve your next dream vacation visit my travel portal at www.nettrav.com/doreen.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Villa d'Este in Tivoli Italy - Renaissance architecture and formal gardens

Check out this video that my friend Daniel made when he visited Tivoli Italy! Italy is truly one of the most beautiful destinations. Please leave your comment on the video. Tell me what is your dream destination? We can go there tomorrow together, visit daily!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Amman 2013 And Beyond

This is absolutely amazing! I've never thought of visiting Amman, Jordan however after watching this video I would love to in the year 2013. This is when what your seeing on the video will be completed.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Food Paradise Chicago: Pot Pie Pizza

The next time you visit Chicago check out this unique concept and taste this heavenly treat!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Windy City-Chicago


Chicago is known as "The Windy City". There is no other city like Chicago with it's wide variety of things to do and every season is represented. However, the weather in Chicago can be brutal. This is a big city with a diverse population. There are 2 interesting concepts in Chicago that I think promote tourism by offering @ a reasonable cost the "Go Chicago Card" & "Chicago Dine-Around". The "Go Chicago Card" can be purchased for 1,3,5 & 7 days. It includes general admission to more than 25 must see attractions, museums & tours plus you can visit them as often as you like depending on the amount of days you've purchased.
The "Chicago Dine-Around" is really an intersting concept. Embark on a culinary adventure to Chicago’s finest restaurants. Guests are chauffeured around the city to enjoy Hors D’oeuvres served at the first restaurant, the Main Course at a second restaurant, and Dessert at a third restaurant. This Progressive Dining Tour brings the culinary spirit to life! This Progressive Dining Tour offers a unique, fun and exciting way to experience Chicago dining at its finest restaurants, interact with others, and see the city. Purchasing just these 2 items can save you a substantial amount of money and allows you to see the top attractions! When you plan your next trip to Chicago go to my site @ http://www.nettrav.com/doreen to reserve your plans to the great windy city.




Sunday, January 4, 2009

Why Not Oregon?


Oregon, wow it's a beautiful State right here in the United States. Oregon is a great place to visit if your looking for a beautiful action packed place where there is a lot to see and do! Just to list a few they have some of the best wineries, the largest collection of covered bridges in the west, kayaking, whitewater rafting, fishing & hiking on some of the most breathtaking rivers in the nation. Experience some of the most spectacular scenic drives from the coast to the Wallowas. Oregon features eight Tribal Casinos located throughout the State offering the Northwest's best dining, gaming and entertainment. If you want to see the most interesting visual adventure, pick a comfortable spot on the beach--or better, a promontory and you will be amazed as you watch a migrating pod of whales. You will have an Oregon experience to remember! Subscribe to my blog and tune in each day to visit another travel destination! Go to my site www.nettrav.com/doreen to research and reserve your next trip to Oregon.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations - New Commercial

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