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Cheap Travel: Saving Money on the 10 Best Winter Travel Spots

1. DEN – Denver

Aspen and Vail are the cities that come to mind most often when considering Colorado ski destinations. However, Dortha Vela of All About Travel told me these Colorado cities “are two of the most expensive ski destinations.” Plus, it turns out they’re not even that popular when compared to the capital city of Denver — perhaps for that very reason. Denver takes first place in our list of the most popular cities to visit in winter. And there’s plenty to do there besides ski, all at a reasonable cost. What to do: Aside from the close to 30 ski resorts in the city alone, you can also visit the famous Red Rocks Park and amphitheater for breathtaking views and great music, or the nearby Rocky Mountains State Park. How to save: Flights to Denver become more expensive the closer it gets to ski season, so if you plan on booking a trip to the snowy city, locking in a flight now will ensure you save hundreds of dollars. Colorado’s tourism website also has a section dedicated to aggregating deals on travel and attractions in the city.

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
415.384.3880
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Virgin Australia and Delta Expand Codeshare to Mexico

(July 9, 2013) – Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines recently announced that the carriers will expand their partnership. Customers of both airlines will now be able to fly from Australia to six different cities in Mexico on one ticket as part of the alliance’s continued commitment to strengthening its offering.

The new codeshare destinations include Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara, San Jose Del Cabo, Puerto Vallarta and Cozumel. Virgin Australia recently received regulatory approval allowing it to codeshare on flights into Mexico as part of its growing alliance with Delta, which was launched in November 2011.

Velocity Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn points and status credits on these new codeshare routes. The award-winning loyalty program of Virgin Australia has several hotel partners in the region, including the Intercontinental Hotel Group and Hilton Hotels, allowing travelers to earn additional Velocity Points during their stay in Mexico.

SkyMiles members will also be able to earn and redeem miles on these new codeshare routes and partner hotels in the region. Delta offers many ways to redeem frequent flyer miles, including airline tickets on Delta and partner airlines, mileage upgrades, car rentals, hotel stays and Delta Sky Club memberships, and is the only major airline with miles that
don’t expire.

Virgin Australia and Delta fly from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Los Angeles, allowing customers to connect to Delta’s extensive North and Central American network.

Tea culture around the world

There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims

 

Tea time in London: 3 modern teahouses
Forget staid scones. Go to the right London spot, and you’re more likely to be served green-tea-infused scones or tea-smoked salmon squares with Japanese yuzu mayonnaise… CNN

 

Tea Culture in Los Angeles: 5 Tea Houses To Try
Jun 12, 2011 – Celebrate National Iced Tea Day on June 10 with a visit to a Los Angeles tea house. These venues offer exotic teas of the hot and cold varieties…Huffington Post


Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary.  ~Chinese Proverb

Chinese Tea Culture, Tea Drinking Custom, Tea Tasting, Yum Cha
For the Chinese, tea drinking and tasting are not the same. The former is for refreshment and tonic effect. The latter has cultural meaning…Travel China Guide

 

Tea cultures around the world | Matador Network
Chinese green tea is as famous in the East as Earl Grey is in the West. For the best in Chinese teahouse culture, head to Chengdu.

 

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.  ~Thich Nat Hahn

 

50 years gone, Marilyn’s legend lives on

She was a star and a style icon, a “dumb blonde” who was anything but and an abandoned child adored by millions. She was, of course, Marilyn Monroe and she died 50 years ago this Sunday.

And yet, she lives on — on the big screen, in advertisements, in proposed plans for salons and cafes and, of course, in the hearts of fans fascinated by her life, her beauty and her untimely death.

“People relate to her because she came from a very humble background and through her own drive pulled herself up to become one of the greatest stars of all time,” said Greg Schreiner, president of the Marilyn Remembered Fan Club.

Read more: 50 years gone, Marilyn’s legend lives on

The Greystone Mansion

It's A Magical World Old Buddy

The Greystone Mansion sits near Sunset Strip in Beverly Hills California. The Mansion was constructed in 1928 by Edward Doheny as a gift to his son. Doheny was an oil entrepreneur infamous for his involvement in the Teapot Dome scandal. The Mansion cost 3 million dollars when it was built, making it the most expensive home in California at the time. The Mansion has now been surpassed in price by a number of more recently constructed homes (and the Teapot Dome scandal has been surpassed by additional scandalous scandals).

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The Mansion was purchased by the city in 1965 and became a park half a decade later. Individuals are currently encouraged to stroll the grounds and peer into the windows. You can start your visit by parking at the top of the estate, were you can find nice views of Beverly Hills and surrounding areas. The Mansion is surrounded…

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A Passion for Travel

Marina Chetner

Recently I was asked to write down why I am interested in travel photography…

Well, I love the way I feel when I travel.

I remember wishing to be a travel agent when I grew-up, and I fulfilled that ‘dream’ at STA Travel, only to realise that I’d rather be the one doing the traveling. I got into the media industry to fund my addiction; ultimately, it propelled me to embark on a working stint overseas.

What interests me most about travel is anthropology; there’s nothing more inspiring than immersing yourself in another culture and being able to “walk in another person’s shoes,” to quote Anthony Bourdain.

To me, documenting travel means that writing and photography go hand-in-hand; placing images alongside words better tells the story. I’m interested in showing the reality of a place or space – using words and images to stimulate a response, a feeling. Whether…

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The Adamson House

It's A Magical World Old Buddy

The Adamson House is a popular attraction along the southern coast of California. The Spanish Colonial Revival home has been called the “Taj Mahal of Tile” which helps describe its impressive display of ceramic tile and helps satisfy our innate urge to be creative with language. The house is located within the city of Malibu, which is sometimes called Bu’, which also helps satify our innate urge to be creative with language.

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The Adamson House was build in the early 30’s when the tile business was booming in Malibu. Malibu Potteries were the major tile supplier, and they were owned by May Knight Ridge, the mother of Rhoda Rindge Adamson. It shouldn’t surprise you that they were  happy to supply the 1930’s home with their “tile and tile accessories”.

The tile is showcased on the exterior by the a tile tub that the Adamsons used to wash their dogs. There…

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The Griffith Observatory

It's A Magical World Old Buddy

The Griffith Observatory is one of the most recognizable landmarks along the Los Angeles skyline. In fact, the Observatory is so recognizable that the locals are equally excited to see the Observatory as they are to see the Hollywood Sign!* Many individuals are delighted to discover that the Hollywood Sign can be pretty clearly identified from the Griffith Observatory. They are further delighted to discover that if you stand in the right spot you can spin around really fast so that you can see the Hollywood Sign at one moment, then the Griffith Observatory in the next moment, followed by the Hollywood Sign, and so on, until you engulfed in extreme tourist bliss. (And slight nausea, but tourist attractions can sometimes have that effect on people).

The Observatory has a long history in Los Angeles, harkening back to simpler times in America’s past. We are reminded of the old days…

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Travel Tidbits – 10 great places for stadium food

10 great places for stadium food
Gone are the days when dinner at the ballpark meant peanuts and Cracker Jack… USA Today

 

 

 

 

America’s Best Cities for Foodies
Readers pick the best cities for foodies, where that next great meal can come from a celebrity chef or the back of a truck… Yahoo Travel News

 

 

 
Sushi on a cruise ship? One line shakes it up
Norwegian Cruise Line is revamping the sushi eateries that are a hallmark of its ships…. USA Today

 

 

 

 

Irish hotels for food lovers
Four of the best hotels in Ireland for gastronomes… Telegraph (London)

 

 

 

 

An Open invitation to Eat in Copenhagen
A covered market with treats all around brings a square in the Danish capital to life… New York Times

 

 

 

 

Top 10 foodie destinations
TripAdvisor has compiled its inaugural foodie lists for around the world, so USA TODAY TRAVEL has compiled a photo gallery of the top-ranked hotels in each of the destinations… USA Today

 

 

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
415.384.3880

Places to eat in: Los Angeles and surrounding areas

Thanks to my friend Ellen O’Donohue for suggesting some of her favorites in the So. Cal area.

  • Fogo de Chao Located in Beverly Hills @ 133 North La Cienega Boulevard

 

  • Bun Me Vietnamese Located in Northridge @ 9420 Reseda Blvd #5

 

  • Stanley’s Located in Sherman Oaks @ 13817 Ventura Boulevard

 

  • Lum Ka Naad Located in Northridge @ 8910 Reseda Blvd

 

  • Mi Piace Located in Pasadena @ 25 East Colorado Blvd

 

  • Akbar Indian food  Located in Pasadena @  44 North Fair Oaks Avenue

 

  • Il Fornare Located in Pasadena @ 24 W Union Street

 

 

  • Darya Fine Persian Cuisine Located @ 12130 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA

 

  • Anderson’s  Located in Santa Barbara @ 1106 State Street

 

 

 

  • Maria Bonita for aweome mole – Located in Ventura @ 256 E Main Street

 

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
415.384.3880