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Kitty Hawk NC: December 13, 1903, First Manned Flight PDF Print E-mail


On this date, 110 years ago, the Wright Brothers started it all. Fortunately, unlike this year, it was not on a Friday the 13th. Also fortunately for Orville, there was no pre-flight TSA search, baggage fees nor guy in front slamming his seat back into Orville’s knees.

 
Warsaw, Poland: Rynek Starego Miasta* PDF Print E-mail

*Translation: Old Town Marketplace. Bountiful autumn harvests from throughout the country show up at this colorful and historic city locale.

 

 

 
The World Cruise Ship: Live Aboard, Sail Forever PDF Print E-mail


For some retirees, buying a permanent cabin on the unique cruise ship, The World, would be at the top of their bucket list. Of course, to make it come true, the bucket would have to be filled with cash!

It’s called “the only private residential community-at-sea”, and the 165 privately-owned cabins on The World super yacht range from studios to grand suites, including private balconies. Although current information indicates full occupancy, residents are allowed to offer their property for sale. Prices may range from $600,000 for a studio on up to $13,500,000 for a suite. Homeowner dues start at $20,000 annually, along with ongoing expenses for the usual expenses of daily living.

Residents have onboard access to all the amenities of a luxury cruise ship or upscale resort. Included are a theater, six restaurants, deli, bars, pool, spa, beauty parlor and much more. It all goes with a life most of us can only hope to afford in one-week, once-a-year sailings.

Since the first scheduled cruise in 2002, The World has lived up to its name in visiting virtually every part of the planet. For example, the 2014 itinerary includes Spain, the Panama Canal, Caribbean Islands, New Zealand, New Guinea and many other Far East ports of call.

Total costs for living a life at sea? If you have to ask, as the nasty old saying goes, you can’t afford it. For more information, go to http://aboardtheworld.com

 
Welcome To The Duke's Airport! PDF Print E-mail


Ya jest cain’t miss th’ big galoot! He’s right thar, all nine feet of ‘im. He seems to be walkin’ in that familiar stride, ready to take on any cattle-rustlin’ varmints foolish enough to get in his way!

One of the most popular in Southern California, John Wayne Airport served eight million passengers last year, with expectations of even more this year. Greeting those arriving for flights from his post just outside the baggage checking area is the imposing statue of the famous Western star himself. 

Among the airlines serving John Wayne are Alaska, American, Delta, Southwest, United and US Airways. Flights are to many destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. A wide range of bus, limo, shuttle, taxi and other transportation services are available at the airport.

Convenient for vacationers and other travelers, John Wayne Airport is 14 miles from Disneyland and 40 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It is also just seven miles from Newport Beach (where Wayne spent his final years), 13 miles from Laguna Beach and 17 miles from Long Beach.

An hour or so away, if freeway traffic is not drive time, and on the San Fernando Valley side of Los Angeles, is the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. But that’s a whole ‘nother movie star story.

For schedules and other information about John Wayne Airport, go to www.ocair.com

 
Rome, Italy: Graffiti and Cats at the Colosseum PDF Print E-mail


The 2,000-year-old scrawls on the walls don’t say winning gladiator Lanceus Armstreus used performance enhancing nectar of the gods. However, they do reveal new clues to what fans of the famous sports stadium wrote all those centuries ago.

Recent restoration efforts at the Colosseum have resulted in uncovering of First Century tunnels that haven’t been seen in at least 60 years. Workers found the walls scrawled with explicit graffiti and writings dating all the way back from the earliest years. Some of the graphic artwork would make the scrawls on modern bathroom walls look tame in comparison.

Another interesting feature of the Colosseum is that it’s a traditional feral cat sanctuary. Of the estimated 300,000 stray cats roaming the streets of Rome, at least several hundred make their permanent home in the Colosseum. City volunteers care for the feeding and health of the stadium’s thriving cat colony.

About visiting hours, tours, fees and other information, go to the-colosseum.net/idx-en.htm

 
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