Author: Valarie

Museum Exhibit Documents Immigration & The Great Ocean Liners

A museum exhibit at South Street Seaport looks back at how immigrants at the turn of the 20th century shared a transatlantic crossing with people of far greater means as they sailed toward a new life in America. The exhibit, called Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914 is one of the first exhibitions to examine, side-by-side, the dichotomy between First Class and Third Class passengers. The Millions exhibit stresses the continuing importance that immigration plays in American history at a time when those values are being tested. Both original and reproduced artifacts from the South Street...

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Why TPA Is The Best U.S. Airport And Getting Better

By Valarie D’Elia Located in the heart of a quintessential Florida tourism area, Tampa International Airport (TPA) served as Walt Disney World’s airport before Orlando International Airport (MCO) was built. Opened in 1971, TPA was designed on the premise that no passenger should be more than 700 steps from their car to the gate. To that end, it employs a network of monorail style trains, (the first airport in the world to have “people movers,” ) which are rumored to be the precursor to those at Disney. A frequent visitor to Florida’s Gulf Coast, I feel like I’m on...

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NYC Subway Staycation: Take the “Q” To Coney Island

Ever since the Second Avenue Subway extension of the “Q’-train opened on January 1, 2017, I have been anxious to take it all the way to the end. Coney Island. You see, I live very close to the 96th Street station, and waited…er, suffered through 11 years of construction, and can’t be happier about the presence of  this subterranean chariot within minutes from my apartment. Everyone I know in the neighborhood calls it a life-changer…and yes, I agree wholeheartedly. Just recently, I took it to all the way… to Coney Island and back… Here’s a little video of my...

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A Medieval Village Meets Modern Resort in Tuscany

By Jennifer Ceaser You couldn’t ask for a more quintessential Tuscan setting: rolling green hills dotted with stone farmhouses, acres of vineyards plump with famed Sangiovese grapes, vast groves of olive trees, and a quaint medieval village anchored by a 12th-century castle. This is Castelfalfi, an 800-year-old hamlet set deep in the countryside, about an hour’s drive from Florence and Pisa. And it’s now home to Toscana Resort Castelfalfi , a sprawling luxury development that has turned this former farming community into one of the most desirable getaways in Italy. Set on 2,700 acres, Toscana Resort Castelfalfi encompasses two...

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Twelve Days To Vietnam With World Spree, Less Than $2000 Per Person

Booking date: December 30th, 2017

If you’ve caught the revival of Miss Saigon on Broadway, a Tony award nominee, you know the intrigue and passion is still as hot as ever. Forty-two years since the Fall of Saigon, the historic moment that ended the Vietnam War,  a popular tour operator is offering 12-day tours for as low as $155 per day. World Spree’s Amazing Vietnam Tour, includes round-trip flights on China Airlines from San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York, all transportation in Vietnam, comfortable western-style hotel accommodations, an overnight cruise on Halong Bay, 14 meals, sightseeing tours with entrance fees, professional English-speaking guides,...

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