BY CARLA MARTILOTTI
Romantic vacations in Buenos Aires, Argentina offer ideal honeymoon choices for couples. From luxurious places to stay, to tango dancing, to amazing food, there's something for everyone on a Buenos Aires honeymoon.
Couples looking for exotic, romantic vacations can find exactly what they're looking for in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The city boasts a fast-paced lifestyle at a price that's surprisingly affordable. Before looking elsewhere for romantic vacations, consider Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.
Where To Stay In Buenos Aires
The city has a number of luxury hotels, which can help set the tone for romantic vacations. One of the most luxurious is the Alvear Palace Hotel, which is located in La Recoleta, has nearly 200 rooms, a state of the art fitness center, a full service spa and even a butler to cater to a couple's every request. The hotel's restaurant, L'Orangerie, offers guests the best breakfast buffet in the area and afternoon tea is served every afternoon in the Jardin D'Hiver. Honeymooners can relax in either the Lobby Bar or the Cigar Bar and can choose from a wide variety of wine, distilled drinks, cigars and even chocolates.
The Four Seasons Buenos Aires is also located in the La Recoleta district and is housed in an early 20th century, French-inspired mansion. The hotel has fitness facilities, a pool, a spa and a full service concierge. The Four Seasons offers two restaurants, Le Mistral and La Mansion, and a bar, Le Dome. These are only two of the luxury accommodations offered in Argentina's capital, so couples shouldn't feel like their romantic vacations are limited to two hotels.
What To Do In Buenos Aires
During the day, couples can travel to the city's famous museums and get back to nature in the beautifully maintained city parks. Many couples choose to visit the famous Recoleta Cemetary, where Eva Peron is buried.
No honeymoon in Argentina is complete without some tango. Tango is the country's most famous dance and tourists and locals alike. Some of the most famous 'milongas,' or places where tango dancing is done, are open to everyone. If you're unsure which milongra is right for you, consider taking a tour. If a tour isn't for you, know the difference between the different types of milongas. A Salon de baile is a formal venue, complete with uniformed waiters, starched tablecloths and other formal touches. Neighborhood families usually attend a club de barrio and a baile joven hosts a younger, informal crowd.
What To Eat
Argentina is the steak capital of the world so many couples choose to enjoy a steak dinner at least once on romantic vacations. If you're not the biggest meat eater, though, you do have a number of other options. An empanada is a savory pastry that can be meat filled, but it's also common to find them filled with cheese and onions. Sweets are popular and guests can find dulce de leche nearly everywhere. Argentines put this sweet, caramel spread on everything from dessert to bread at breakfast.
Romantic vacations in Buenos Aires offer excellent places to stay, things to do and even amazing local food to eat. Adventurous couples can even choose to travel to other parts of Argentina [Computer Technology Articles] , meaning there's something for everyone.*
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The Dining Options Are Beyond Endless
Passengers who want to eat without paying extra have a multitude of options beyond the main dining rooms and the buffet restaurant: Poolside, there’s the 24-hour Pizzeria del Capitano; Guy’s Burgers; and Mexican cantina, BlueIguana. Lunch-only spots include Mongolian Wok Captain’s Pasta Bar, and Fresh Creations, a new sea-day-only salad bar on the adults-only Serenity sundeck. For small plates, head to The Taste Bar in the evening to try bites from restaurants around the ship. One of the most interesting for-fee options is Seafood Shack. Not only can you order fish and chips or a lobster roll, but you can also buy fresh-caught seafood (chefs purchase it locally when at port) to be cooked up for you at one of the ship’s restaurants that night. Or you could grab Italian at Cucina del Capitano; do sashimi at Bonsai Sushi (à la carte); order steaks at Farenheit 555; or go for potstickers at pan-Asian JiJi Asian Kitchen. If you can get a reservation, definitely splurge on the Chef’s Table ($75 per passenger) at Reflection, which includes a galley tour and a special multicourse dinner in a private dining room with a window to the kitchen.
Star Wars fans: March 26th of this year marked Disneyland Paris' 25th anniversary celebration. You will be assured a thrilling, totally immersive galactic journey of a lifetime as they mark the 40th anniversary release of "Star Wars" – and all in amazing 3D. Watch the video:
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The Bars: IMPRESSIVE
Passengers who want to eat without paying extra have a multitude of options beyond the main dining rooms and the buffet restaurant: Poolside, there’s the 24-hour Pizzeria del Capitano; Guy’s Burgers; and Mexican cantina, BlueIguana. Lunch-only spots include Mongolian Wok Captain’s Pasta Bar, and Fresh Creations, a new sea-day-only salad bar on the adults-only Serenity sundeck. For small plates, head to The Taste Bar in the evening to try bites from restaurants around the ship. One of the most interesting for-fee options is Seafood Shack. Not only can you order fish and chips or a lobster roll, but you can also buy fresh-caught seafood (chefs purchase it locally when at port) to be cooked up for you at one of the ship’s restaurants that night. Or you could grab Italian at Cucina del Capitano; do sashimi at Bonsai Sushi (à la carte); order steaks at Farenheit 555; or go for potstickers at pan-Asian JiJi Asian Kitchen. If you can get a reservation, definitely splurge on the Chef’s Table ($75 per passenger) at Reflection, which includes a galley tour and a special multicourse dinner in a private dining room with a window to the kitchen.*
The Activities List is Fantastic
Boredom is not a problem most passengers have on the Carnival Vista. Those who want to get active head to Sportsquare to strap into a harness and conquer the 270-foot-long elevated rope course, or climb into SkyRide, an 800-foot-high aerial bike ride hovering 150 feet above the sea. There’s a basketball court, miniature golf course, mini-bowling, and an outdoor Twister game, as well as an outdoor gym where passengers can do the elliptical or their resistance training in the ocean air. There are also three pools and Carnival’s biggest Waterworks waterpark with a kids’ area and two water slides, the Twister and the Kaleid-o-slide. (The latter changes colors as you slide down.) Those looking for something more sedentary can hit the first IMAX theater at sea, check out a movie at the 4D Thrill Theater, catch some stand-up at the Punchliner Comedy Club, or see one of four different Playlist Productions. (The last show each night evolves into an after-party where the audience gets to mingle and dance with the singers and actors—definitely worth staying up for.)
As airlines have unbundled airfares, adding fees for baggage and seats and other amenities, customers have become confused as to what is included in the price of a ticket, according to airfare analysis company Hopper.
“Although unbundling arguably allows travelers to avoid paying for services they don't use, it's also a major cause of dissatisfaction since consumers are often confused about what's included and what isn't,” Hopper's chief data scientist Patrick Surry wrote in his analysis.
The move toward unbundling means that airlines can advertise a low price that increasingly does not include baggage fees, seating selection, and cancelation or change fees.
Hopper calculated a “total cost” for flights on different airlines based on median airfares, change fees, and baggage. While the median airfare—which customers might consider the price of a ticket—was $496 on American Airlines, the “total cost” was $780. On JetBlue, median airfare was $448 but the total was $683. Read the anaylsis.
The study found that international travel tended to be more lenient than domestic flights, when it came to cancelation fees and free luggage, with approximately two-thirds of international flights offering at least one free bag.
Despite this reported confusion among passengers, airline travelers have cited à la carte pricing as one of their most sought after characteristics when choosing a flight. Two-thirds of passengers surveyed in a 2016 Ipsos Public Affairs survey commissioned by Airlines for America said they preferred this pricing model.
Hopper released a new feature to combat some of these hidden fees called “Fair Bear” that allows app users to filter out flights with ancillary fees when browsing through price options.*
This landmark year the Star Wars Adventure continues in ways never before experienced and in lands far far away. And there are more Star Wars heroes, villains, planets, ships and droids than you can ever shake a sabre laser at.
Even if you have been before, everything you experience this time will be brand new. And even if you want to go again several times, it will never be the same. There are 70 different mission combinations which means you will never know where you will end up and who with.
Remember C-3PO? This lovable droid will be your pilot and along the way you will get to meet heroes and villains never seen before, planets you have never visited before and be immersed in battles and come across more ships and droids than ever before.
And when Darth Vader turns up, you know things are going to get dark and dangerous. Each scenario, journey and twist and turn is generated randomly so the adventure and the characters you meet will be different each time – and that includes characters such as Jakku, Naboo, Hoth or Tatoine the Death Star? You may even meet up with Princess Leia or Yoda.
It Couldn't Be More Family-Friendly
Kids love the waterslides, rides, and movie theaters, but the ship also has a few features created especially for them. At Dr. Seuss Bookville, they can read books and play Seuss-themed games; the Warehouse is packed with arcade games; and, along with tons of candy, the Cherry on Top confectionary has its own ice cream parlor. Then there are the kids’ clubs: Camp Ocean (ages 2-11) has a 4,000 square foot play area and two outdoor playgrounds. Tweens 12-14 hang out at Circle C to do karaoke and play video games, while teens 15-17 get their own space, Club O2, to game, dance, and socialize.
Norway has pipped Denmark to the post this year as the Happiest Country in the World in a UN report that calls on countries to develop social trust and equality to improve the wellbeing of their citizens.
According to the newly released World Happiness Report 2017, Norway jumped three places to displace the three-time winner.
Iceland came in third followed closely by Switzerland. The top four countries rank highly on the main factors found to support happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance. Their happiness scores are so close that small changes can re-order the rankings from year to year.
Finland came in at 5th place followed by the Netherlands, Canada, and New Zealand. Australia and Sweden tied at 9th place.
United States of America ranked 14th dropping down one place despite an economic turnaround, falling unemployment and an increase in income.
The United Kingdom has moved up four spots to 19th place while Russia moved seven spots to 49th place. There was movement in the Orient too with Japan moving up two places to 51st while China moved up four spots to 79th place.
People in the Central African Republic are the unhappiest with their lives, appearing bottom of the chart at 155th place followed by Burundi (154), Tanzania (153), Syria (152) and Rwanda (151).
Read also: If you are searching for happiness you will find it in Denmark
About the survey
The report is based on an annual survey of 1,000 people in more than 150 countries that simply asks them to rank, on a scale of 0 to 10, whether they are living their best life.
Researchers then use six measures: gross domestic product per capita, life expectancy, support from relatives or friends, charitable giving, freedom to make life choices, and perceived levels of government and corporate corruption.
“The World Happiness Report continues to draw global attention around the need to create sound policy for what matters most to people – their well-being,” said Jeffrey Sachs, the report’s co-editor and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, in a statement.
“As demonstrated by many countries, this report gives evidence that happiness is a result of creating strong social foundations. It’s time to build social trust and healthy lives, not guns or walls. Let’s hold our leaders to this fact.”
Sachs said he would like nations to follow the example of the United Arab Emirates and other countries which had appointed ministers of happiness.
“I want governments to measure this, discuss it, analyse it and understand when they have been off on the wrong direction.”
The U.N. General Assembly declared March 20 as World Happiness Day in 2012, recognizing “happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world.”*
"Travel isn't a hobby, it's a way of life."
- Christina Columbo
The Eiffel Tower—or as the French call it, La Tour Eiffel—is one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks. The tower was designed as the centerpiece of the 1889 World's Fair in Paris and was meant to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution and show off France’s modern mechanical prowess on a world stage.
Mission: accomplished. The tower was built by Gustave Eiffel’s civil engineering firm in two years, two months, and five days, using 7,500 tons of iron and 2.5 million rivets. The end result of Eiffel’s hard work dominates the Parisian skyline and its stark silhouette has been emulated around the world in China, Las Vegas, Greece, and, of course, Paris, Texas.
Since opening in 1889, the Tower has welcomed over 250 million people and still welcomes almost seven million visitors a year. Despite the incredible number of people who have walked up the iron tower, there are still secrets to tell about it.
There’s a secret apartment at the top.
When Gustave Eiffel designed his namesake tower, he cleverly included a private apartment for himself where he hosted famous guests, like Thomas Edison. The apartment is now open for the public to tour.
Gustave Eiffel didn’t design the tower.
While Eiffel earned the naming rights for the Tower, it was actually two men who worked for his company—Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier—who drew the original design, according to Live Science. The two engineers teamed up with French architect, Stephen Sauvestre, on the plans for the monument and entered them into a contest to choose the main attraction of the World's Fair.
The Eiffel Tower was supposed to be torn down after 20 years.
As mentioned before, the Tower was built with the intent of showing off France’s industrial prowess during the World’s Fair, but the plan was to tear it down after 20 years. Eiffel had cleverly put a radio antenna and wireless telegraph transmitter in the Tower, and the government eventually decided it was too useful to demolish.
Hitler ordered the Eiffel Tower to be destroyed.
When Germany occupied France during the second World War, Hitler ordered that the Eiffel Tower be torn down, but the order was never followed through. French resistance fighters got their revenge, though—they cut the Tower’s elevator cables so the Nazis were forced to climb the stairs to hoist their flag.
The Eiffel Tower is a cousin of sorts to the Statue of Liberty.
Before the Eiffel Tower was built, Eiffel's firm was asked to design the internal frame for the Statue of Liberty, a task assigned to his trusted employee, Maurice Koechlin. They proved their iron handiwork with Lady Liberty first.
There’s a post office in the Eiffel Tower.
Tucked into the first floor of the Tower next to the gift shops, there is a tiny post office. Pick up une carte postale and a stamp and have it mailed from the Eiffel Tower’s post office and it will be delivered with the unique postmark.
The Eiffel Tower doubled as a scientific laboratory.
Mr. Eiffel housed a meteorology lab on the Tower’s third floor where he performed studies in physics, aerodynamics, and built a wind tunnel. Eiffel opened the doors of the laboratory to other scientists to use for the experiments, too, and cosmic rays were discovered there.
The Eiffel Tower moves.
The massive iron structure is wind resistant and will sway during a storm. If the weather is bad enough, it can even move. Wind isn’t the only thing that can make the enormous Tower move, though—the heat of the sun also affects the Tower, causing the iron to expand and contract up to 7 inches.
The Eiffel Tower is covered in names of scientists.
French scientists and engineers working in the 19th century were not forgotten by history—not only did they lend their names to Parisian streets, but 72 of their names are also engraved on the Eiffel Tower. The engraved tributes were covered up, but thanks to a restoration effort, they are once again visible and eagle-eyed visitors can see names like Foucault, Dumas, and Perrier cut into the iron.
It takes a lot of work to keep the Eiffel Tower looking good.
Every seven years, around 50 tons of paint are applied to the tower. It not only keeps the so-called Iron Lady (La dame de fer) looking good, but it also helps keep the iron from rusting.
There’s a military bunker underneath the Eiffel Tower.
Underneath the Tower’s south pillar sits a snug bit of history—a secret military bunker that may connect to the nearby Ecole Militaire via a long tunnel. The bunker has now been turned into a small museum and tour groups can explore the diminutive space.
There’s a champagne bar at the top.
If you’re brave enough to reach the top of the Tower, reward yourself with a glass of champagne from the Champagne Bar built into the top floor. There's nothing like a glass of bubbly with a spectacular view.*
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Courtesy of Carnival
There’s a Stateroom for Everybody
Cabin sizes range from 185 square feet for an interior or ocean-view cabin to 345 square feet for a Grand Suite, but in between you’ll find lots of categories to choose from. Families rave about the new Family Harbor cabins, which have a dedicated concierge and their own 24/7 lounge serving a breakfast buffet in the morning, snacks and ice cream throughout the day, and cookies and milk at bedtime. (Kids staying in these staterooms get to eat free at the ship’s specialty restaurants.) The Family Harbor cabins, many of which are connecting, sleep two to five passengers and come in a variety of sizes, from interior cabins to full-on suites with two bathrooms. Also new to the Vista are the Havana cabins, which come in Caribbean colors and have a big balcony or patio with swing chairs. Bonus: Havana passengers are the only ones who can use the tranquil Havana pool during the day.
Last Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration approved low-cost airline Norwegian Air to begin flights to and from the U.S.
The airline can now open new routes to destinations in Ireland and Scotland.
“We are excited that we can announce our new transatlantic 737-MAX flights, including routes, start dates, and fares, very soon,” Anders Lindström, director of communications at Norwegian Air, said.
Destinations will include Cork, Ireland, with its 17th-century alleys and Blarney Castle, and Edinburgh, Scotland, one of our top destinations for solo travelers.
An FAA spokesperson told T+L that Norwegian will be able to provide service on seven Boeing 737-800s to the Stewart International Airport in New York, the T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island, and the Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, with flights originating from Belfast, Bergen, Dublin, Cork, Shannon, and Edinburgh.
The airline will be offering “the most affordable non-stop fares to Europe that Americans have ever seen,” Lindström said.*
Space Mountain will transform into Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain. On this new adventure you join the famous Rebel Alliance.
You will be briefed by the famous Admiral Ackbar: “The Rebel Alliance needs your help monitoring a threat above the planet Jakku…”. The epic, heart-pumping Star Wars soundtrack heralds your blast off aboard a spaceship that crosses the galaxy at intense speed. Once there, it’s the thrill of evading TIE fighters and an intimidating Star Destroyer. Brace yourself though, the visuals and special effects are breathtaking.
So prepare for battle and may the Force be with you.*
Many would say that when, flying in economy, the pleasant passenger in the seat in front suddenly turns into a demon simply by reclining their seat. This action is a source of enormous irritation and disgust – yet everyone can do it as the option to recline is available on most planes.
So, what can we do about it?
A new report says that the irritation and disgust felt towards fellow passengers for using the seat recline facility can be bartered away.
This piece of wisdom has been devised by two New York based law professors: Christopher Buccafusco and Christopher John Sprigman.
The duo conducted studies and found that passengers would be willing to pay and have even come up with some figures as follows: flyers would be willing to pay £9.20 ($12) to the person behind them to lean back but conversely would need to be paid £31 ($41) by the person behind them not to lean back.
They also found that if you take money out of the equation, passengers would be prepared to bargain by offering a drink, a sandwich or even a packet of crisps to negotiate reclining privileges.
“Most people are not economists (thank God), and they have some ethical resistance to the idea of making every human interaction into a money transaction,” the professors said.
They added that this would ensure that “no one gets punched in the face”.
What do you think?*
"Vista" Cruise Ship Facts-at-a-Glance:
Commissioned: 2016 (Carnival's next ship is due out in 2018)
Sailing Itinerary: The Caribbean
What Makes "Vista" Unique: A long list of specialty restaurants, cabin types and unbelievable rides and attractions. It gives new meaning to the phrase, "it has to be seen to be appreciated."
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