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2008 Travel Resolutions at Flyaway Cafe

After relative success with my travel resolutions from last year, I figured that I need to raise the bar a little higher — to stretch a little more in setting some goals for 2008. Here’s what I have so far: Visit two new countries Visit two new states Visit four new cities in countries or states that I have already visited Try a minimum of one new restaurant a month (while traveling), and blog about it Stay at 10 new hotels (inns, resorts, bed & breakfasts, etc.) and blog about it I’ve also set some personal goals, so don’t think that my resolutions are all fun and games! I don’t think I’ve missed anything, so I hope you’ll leave some of your travel resolutions in the comments. _________________________________________________ Technorati Tags: b5media, Flyaway Café, flight attendants, travel, vacation, travel information, travel […]

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7 From 2007: Reflections on the Year

With a hat tip to Shai Coggins for the idea, here are 7 from 2007, my personal reflections on the year that is bidding us adieu: 7 Memorable Moments: Getting on an Air France flight, knowing I’d be getting off in Europe Coming out of the metro and seeing Paris for the first time New Year’s at the Needle Road trip to Philadelphia Seeing Jersey Boys Speaking at BlogHer (Chicago) and Blog World Expo (Las Vegas) Meeting some online friends in person 7 Memorable Travel Experiences: Notre Dame Cathedral Night Cruise on the Seine Rodin Museum in Paris and Philadelphia Seeing the Liberty Bell Segway Tour of Diamond Head Dolphin Cruise in Honolulu Visiting Kauai for the first time 7 Important Friendships: Family – whether by birth or by choice Anita – through thick and thin, the best friend in […]

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2007: The Year in Review at Flyaway Cafe

Looking back seems to be the thing to do this time of year.  So I scrolled back through my archives to look at the resolutions that I made for 2007.  I’m please to report that I did pretty well, accomplishing all three of my objective goals: I finally made it to Europe.:  Paris (cityscape in photo above). I went to three US cities that I had not been to before:  Philadelphia, Madison, and Kauai (in photo below, and yes I know it is an island, not a city, but it counts). I went to two state that I had not been to before:  Delaware and Wisconsin. So I’m batting 1000 on my travel resolutions! The end of the year is also a good time to take a look back on the posts that were the most popular over the year.  […]

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Stringing You Along with The World's Largest Ball of It

I wasn’t sure if it was true, or an urban legend, but there really is a large ball of string, claiming to be the World’s largest.  I don’t know if it really is the largest in the world, but this hulking ball of string is located in Weston, Missouri (500 Welt Street) at America Bowman Restaurant. The site was the location of the former West Museum, located in a barn on the property.  One of the artifacts proudly on display in the museum, was a huge ball of string, measuring 19 feet in circumference and weighing in at a cool 3, 713 pounds.  This is pure string, which means that no materials of a thicker composition (like yarn or twine) are in the ball.  No one has been able to answer the questions as to the origination of the ball, or the owner […]

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10 Money Saving Travel Tips for Fall. . . or Any Time at All!

If you haven’t already done so, you need to book your holiday travel.  Many flights and hotels are already full for Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays.  There aren’t a whole lot of bargains to be found at this time, and if they are out there, you’ll need to be doing a lot of research and digging deep to find them. If, however, you’ve got a hankering to travel, fall many be a bargain filled time to do so.  It’s known as a soft travel time — after the summer is over, and the schools and universities are back in session, and before the rush of the holidays.  It’s a time when those of us who are in the travel business predict that we’ll FINALLY be able to get on a flight and enjoy our own travel plans. Here are a few […]

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Astoria Column Depicts Pacific Northwest History

The Astoria Column overlooks the mouth of the Columbia River from its vantage point on Coxcomb Hill, Oregon’s highest hill, in Astoria, Oregon.  The 125 foot high tower was built in 1926, at a cost of a little over twenty seven thousand dollars, with funding from Vincent Astor (great grandson of John Jacob Astor for whom the city was named) and the Great Northern Railroad. The monument has 14 pictorial scenes reflecting, in chronological order, the history of the Pacific Northwest Coast:  the arrival of the European settlers, the westward expansion, and the development of a continental nation.  The earliest scenes are at the base of the column and progress upward. The location on Coxcomb Hill is the site of the first permanent American Settlement west of the Rocky Mountains.  Although the site itself boasts spectacular views, even more spectacular are the views […]

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Know the Driving Laws When You Travel

If you’ll be traveling to Washington State, don’t text and drive!  Washington became the first state to enact legislation prohibiting drivers from reading or composing text messages while operating a motor vehicle.  The law goes into effect January 1st, 2008. Driving laws vary from state to state, and this is a good reminder to check the traffic laws in the state where you are driving.  Don’t assume that the laws in your home state apply when you are traveling to another state or another country.  It could be a very expensive mistake! If you are doing some interstate driving, you might want to check with the Governors Highway Safety Association for a basic overview of the traffic laws of each state. Photo credit:  Morguefile _____________________________________________ Technorati Tags: b5media, Flyaway Café, flight attendants, travel, vacation, travel information, travel tips, driving laws, car travel

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Golden Gate Bridge 70th Anniverary

  The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, linking the city to Marin County. I’ve written before about the Golden Gate Bridge, but noticed that today was the 70th anniversary of its opening. ____________________________________________________________ Tags: architecture, b5media, California, flight attendants, Flyaway Cafe, San Francisco, travel, travel blogs, vacation, Golden Gate Bridge

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Anniversary of the First Flight Attendant

Today is a historical date in the travel business. And more specifically, in the airline business. On May 15th, 1930, Ellen Church became the first Flight Attendant in the industry. She was employed by United Airlines, and worked a flight between San Francisco (California) and Cheyenne (Wyoming). And the rest, as they say, is history. . . . Photo credit: flickr ________________________________________________________________ Tags: airlines, b5media, flight attendants, travel, vacation

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Travelers' Century Club is for the Well Traveled

I heard about the Travelers’ Century Club from fellow blogger, Gadling, and had to check it out. Basically, it’s an organization whose membership is limited to people who have visited 100 or more countries of the world. It was founded in Los Angeles in 1954, and now has members throughout the world. “Countries” are defined pursuant to s specific list, and may be a little different than how you might typically think. For example, the United States has three different “country” classifications, continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii. In addition to meetings, the TCC offers a variety of events and travel opportunities (including escorted trips) for the discerning traveler. The initiation fee is $100 for the member, and $100 to include a spouse. Yearly dues are $40/$30 for U.S. residents, and $50 each (member and spouse) for residents of other countries. […]

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