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Archive: February 25, 2007 - March 3, 2007

The Master That Must Be Obeyed. Grrrrrr!

Ticketmaster may be the most aptly named organization in the country. They ARE the masters. And travelers are their slaves. Or maybe victims is a better word. It's hard enough to avoid Ticketmaster's usurious fingers even in your hometown (although I've been known to Metro all the way to RFK...

By Steve Hendrix | March 2, 2007; 2:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dulles Meltdown, Part Deux

My colleague Andrea wrote a fun blog item on Feb. 22 -- "Dulles Meltdown" -- about how the Disrict of Columbia Parking Associates guys helped extricate her car from a glacier in the economy parking lot at Dulles. Here's my own snowed-in-at-the-Dulles-economy-lot saga: Have scraper? Will travel. (AP Photo, Chris...

By Carol Sottili | March 2, 2007; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ooh La La

Air France is launching new daytime flights from JFK to Paris beginning May 1, and is offering a very good sale fare on those flights. The daily nonstop leaves New York at 7:50 a.m. (gets into Paris at 9 p.m.), so you'll either have to get up at 0-dark-30 to...

By Carol Sottili | March 1, 2007; 3:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rim Shot

The Grand Canyon's long-awaited Next Big Thing in roadside tourism is just about to debut. The Skywalk is a 70-foot, U-shaped steel walkway with a clear glass floor that cantilevers 70 feet straight out over the abyss of the Grand Canyon. Walk out and look between your shoes at the...

By Steve Hendrix | March 1, 2007; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Naked Harry Potter and the London Theater Sites

It's so nice to have a friend who's a fanatic, who obsesses endlessly over his or her passion and then keeps you up to date on all the important stuff. Sharon Isch, theater maven extraordinaire, does that for me with London theater. Here's her take on the state of theater...

By K.C. Summers | February 28, 2007; 3:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Late Night with the City That Never Sleeps

Starting tomorrow (March 1), the observatory at the Empire State Building will remain open until 2 a.m. every night of the week. Since June 22, the extended hours have been offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and, according to a press release, have had the lovely effect of reducing...

By Anne McDonough | February 28, 2007; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Too Old for a Passport?

The Department of Homeland Security is learning what parents already know: There is truth in the old adage that if you give an inch, someone will want a mile. Last week the department said it would propose to exempt U.S. and Canadian children from the plan to require passports for...

By Cindy Loose | February 28, 2007; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Unsafe Airports and Near Misses

It's long been known that takeoffs and landings are the most dangerous part of flying, and now a new study by finds that hundreds of commercial jets have come within eight seconds of colliding on runways. The study details the eight most dangerous airports in the U.S., based on...

By Cindy Loose | February 27, 2007; 3:48 PM ET | Comments (6)

The Trouble With Trip Advisor

I've just had two really nice stays at two wonderful hotels, Hotel D'Angleterre in Paris and Hotel de las Letras in Madrid. The first is charming and old-fashioned, the second edgy and hip, and both more than lived up to my expectations. But you sure wouldn't know it from reading...

By K.C. Summers | February 27, 2007; 9:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Porn Convention Riles Reykjavik

Either no one in Austria realized that online pornographers were holding a convention there last year, or no one cared. The citizens of Iceland are taking quite a different view. According to Travel Wire News, many Icelanders who read about this year's planned convention for early March in Reykjavik were...

By Cindy Loose | February 26, 2007; 4:10 PM ET | Comments (13)

The Web's Greatest Hits (for January at Least)

And I thought I was the only one who needed directions to get to the nearest Wawa. Hitwise, a company that tracks Internet usage, released its list of the Top 20 most-visited travel Web sites last week, and if you're direction-challenged, you can relate to its findings. Among the Top...

By John Deiner | February 26, 2007; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (2)


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