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Chicago Taxis: If Ya Can’t Beat ‘Em, Do As They Do


If future travels take you to the Windy City, and you need to ride a taxi on a weekend night, be prepared to pay higher fares. Mayor Emanuel has allowed taxis to do as Uber and Lift hail-a-private-car drivers do, pump up the price during evening theater, dining and other busy times.

It’s called price surging due to supply and demand, or maybe just a polite term for highway robbery.

All-inclusive vacation packages for singles PDF Print E-mail

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Cruises offer luxurious setting for meeting someone new

They’re trips created, designed and advertised specifically for single adults, including seniors. The vacation packages are exclusively for unmarried (or those pretending to be unmarried) people seeking to connect up with other unmarried (or pretending to be unmarried) people.

The most popular all-inclusive vacation packages for singles can be listed in three general categories:

1. Singles-only cruises: These packages, sometimes including air travel in the price, offer everything a traveler needs from the moment of boarding the ship. Amenities include a comfortable cabin and never-ending fun activities throughout the voyage, until on the final day's debarking at the home port. All meals, snacks, pools, spas, entertainment, dancing, single-mingle events, romancing and other on-board activities are included in the package.

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The Pierre Hotel NYC has Five New Diamonds PDF Print E-mail

The Pierre hotel, re-opened this year after a $100 million renovation, has been awarded a 2010 AAA Five Diamond rating, an accolade that recognizes it as among the best in North America. This award puts the Pierre solidly in the elite group of just 113 five diamond hotels across America, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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Vancouver's best seafood restaurants PDF Print E-mail

Bear fishing

Classically beautiful Vancouver sits on the chilly Pacific coast of Canada’s British Columbia, and boasts some of the best seafood resturants in the world. How could anyone go wrong by sitting down, putting on a bib and enjoying salmon and other sea creatures that were swimming nearby just hours before? Here are just a few examples of Vancouver’s best seafood restaurants:

Go Fish! is at 1505 West 1st Avenue, right on the city’s famed Fisherman's Wharf. You can’t possible get any closer to fresh seafood than in this wharf cafe, unless you’re actually out there swimming with your next fish dish. The eye-catching blue corrugated steel shack sitting next to False Creek specializes in fried salmon, cod and halibut. The generous servings come with chips and slaw.

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Travel ideas: Shop for top home swaps PDF Print E-mail

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Q: We live in a high rise in downtown Los Angeles. It’s a two-bedroom condo, just across the street from MacArthur Park, and ten minutes from Hollywood and Beverly Hills. This year, instead of paying high prices for hotels and restaurant food when we travel, we’d like to try swapping homes with another senior couple for several weeks. We’ll mostly do our own cooking, with occasional visits to cafes, entertainment and other local features.

We haven’t quite made up our minds about where we’d like to swap. High up on the list are New York (Broadway shows), London (museums, history), St. Petersburg (Russia’s royal past) or San Francisco (Chinese restaurants). Maybe Rome, Venice or Paris to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. How do we get started?

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Last-minute travel: There's no place like home(town) PDF Print E-mail

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You suddenly find you’ll be getting a week off, and you want to find a place to relax. You don’t have much time for plans, because you don’t want to waste any of those days. You need to find last-minute travel pronto.

To choose the best locations for last-minute vacation travel, there are many variables. If you're willing to pay for the convenience, vacations to favorite cities, including Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Rome and others can offer anything you need for a fulfilling, if very expensive, vacation experience.

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