Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation “I don’t think anybody’s really worried about if it’s oneguy or the other.”Everyone entered training camp figuring the competitionwould need a few weeks to play out, but the idea that theplayers may prefer one QB over the other was introduced bythe NFL Network’s Willie McGinist, whosaid the Cards’ locker room favors Skelton. – / 16 Top Stories Comments Share What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Jay Feely is not worried about who will be the Cardinals’starting quarterback Week 1 against Seattle.The kicker, as a guest on Arizona Sports 620’s Burns andGambo Thursday, said both Kevin Kolb and John Skelton arecompeting for the job, and whoever is best will play.“Both of them have different positive strengths anddifferent talents,” he said. “They do different things onthe field better than each other and I think it will sortitself out. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires According to NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah, USC quarterback Matt Barkley made quite a first impression with the Cardinals’ Combine contingent. This week in Indy always spawns several rumors. One such rumor has the Cardinals being very interested in Barkley. I’ve been told this exact same piece of information from a few different sources. According to one source, the Cardinals were extremely impressed with the USC quarterback during his interview this week.Barkley at No. 7 seemed plausible following his 2011 campaign with the Trojans. As a junior, the Orange County native led USC to a 10-2 record and threw for 3,528 yards and a Pac-12 record 39 touchdowns. However during the Trojans’ disappointing 7-6 campaign in 2012, Barkley saw his numbers (3,273 yards, 36 touchdowns and a career-high 15 interceptions) and his draft stock steadily decline.To make matters worse, Barkley suffered a season-ending separated right shoulder in a late-season loss to rival UCLA. The injury kept Barkley out of USC’s bowl game and prevented him from throwing for teams in Indianapolis this week.While Barkley appears to be making the most out of his Combine experience, the former Trojan likely still has some work to do at USC’s Pro Day on March 27.Although it’s not terribly surprising that Barkley reportedly said all the right things during his Combine interview with Arizona, the question still remains: Can the Cardinals afford to take a quarterback with the No. 7 overall pick in a year where the draft class isn’t full of elite talent at the position? The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling While most updated mock drafts have the Arizona Cardinals taking offensive tackle Eric Fisher (Central Michigan), offensive tackle Luke Joekel (Texas A&M) or guard Chance Warmack (Alabama) with the No. 7 overall pick in April’s draft, it seems another prospect might have done enough in the interview process to pique the interest of Steve Keim and Co. at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has his detractors.Those people will point to his career playoff record (or lack thereof) as fuel to lump Palmer into a category below the elite signal-callers in the NFL. Others will point to his 17 interceptions on the season as a negative.The fact is, Palmer’s critics have been very quiet as of late. In his last seven games, Palmer has completed 69 percent of his passes (160-of-232) for 1,948 yards and 13 touchdowns while only throwing four interceptions. Not surprisingly, the Cardinals have gone 6-1 in that stretch to keep their NFC playoff chances alive. According to ProFootballFocus.com, the veteran has played 954 of a possible 957 snaps on offense. The other three quarterback snaps went to either Patrick Peterson or Andre Ellington in Wildcat formation plays. – / 20 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling As impressive as his numbers have been, Palmer has impressed Cardinals general manager Steve Keim in other ways.“The one thing I’ve grown to admire more and more each day is Carson Palmer’s toughness,” Keim told Doug and Wolf Monday on Arizona Sports 620. “Not only mentally, but his physical toughness.“Here’s a guy that several weeks ago against the Philadelphia Eagles on the first play of the game, gets his elbow and his arm injured and doesn’t complain, plays through it.”Not only did Palmer play through the pain, he threw for 302 yards and a season-high three touchdown passes in the three-point loss. Palmer played in pain again Sunday in the win over Tennessee. Titans defensive lineman Kamerion Wimbley hit Palmer late on Arizona’s second possession of the game and rolled into the quarterback’s left leg. Wimbley was flagged for roughing the passer and Rashard Mendenhall scored on a 1-yard run on the next play.Palmer played the remainder of the game with the ankle heavily taped.“Just looking at it from the TV copy, he got rolled up pretty good. At first, I thought ‘I hope that’s not his ACL’,” Keim said. “Sure enough, he got it taped up, didn’t say a word and got in there and fought through it.” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Comments Share Would the Arizona Cardinals trade Larry Fitzgerald?That is apparently the question asked by the New England Patriots last offseason, as they reportedly looked into the idea in their quest to find a new receiving threat for quarterback Tom Brady.According to Tom Curran of Comcast SportsNet, a source told him the Pats “sent out feelers to gauge the feasibility.”The source didn’t share the timing of the interest — whether it came before or after Aaron Hernandez was arrested for murder, released and jailed is germane — or the level to which talks proceeded. But the source is very well-placed.Things mustn’t have gotten too far last offseason, otherwise word would have been rampant. As for this offseason? The Patriots’ need remains. And now, maybe it won’t be explored at all.Fitzgerald and the Cardinals rebounded under first-year coach Bruce Arians in 2013, with the veteran catching 82 passes for 954 yards and 10 touchdowns for a 10-win team. Though the Cards failed to reach the postseason, there was plenty of optimism surrounding the team when the regular season came to a close. Then again, it is likely something will have to be done with Fitzgerald this offseason, at least in terms of his contract. He’s due to count a hefty $18 million against the team’s salary cap, which is a number the organization would probably like to bring down.But whether or not they’d actually trade the face of their franchise and future Hall of Famer, well, that’s a different story altogether. Top Stories At the time, Fitzgerald was coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, having caught just 71 passes for 798 yards and four touchdowns. The Cardinals won a measly five games, and no one would have blamed the Pro Bowler if he had wanted to move on. But no trade requests were ever reported, thus it was never really a topic of conversation or issue that got explored further. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
The Arizona Cardinals made sure to keep a few of their own players Tuesday. The team announced it had reached agreements on one-year contracts with kicker Jay Feely and tight end Jake Ballard, as well as a two-year deal with defensive lineman Frostee Rucker.Arizona also announced it had released guard Daryn Colledge, who had started all 48 games over the last three seasons for the team.Feely broke the news himself over the weekend. The kicker, who signed a one-year deal, has spent the last four seasons in Arizona and connected on 30-of-36 field goal attempts last season. Ballard joined the Cardinals late in the season and went on to catch seven passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns in eight games. Formerly of the New York Giants and New England Patriots, the 26-year-old has 45 receptions for 679 yards and six touchdowns in his career.As for Rucker, the former third-round pick out of USC played in all 16 games for the team last season, tallying 14 tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, nine quarterback pressures and eight quarterback hits. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Team Defense. @Kam_Chancellor @Earl_Thomas @52Mack_ @Mathieu_Era 💪💪💪 #SNF pic.twitter.com/QdzbHQZF8Z— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) June 21, 2016 Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson were in Los Angeles on Tuesday to film the opening for Sunday Night Football.The 2015 All-Pro defenders were joined by fellow players such as the Cowboys’ Dez Bryant, Antonio Brown of the Steelers and Seattle’s Russell Wilson.The Cardinals are slated to appear on SNF twice this season, starting with a Week 1 matchup against the New England Patriots in Glendale. Their second appearance will be another home game against NFC West rival Seattle in Week 7. .@DangeRussWilson @RealPeterson21 and @Mathieu_Era heading to set for the #SNF Open Shoot. pic.twitter.com/t0B8eVLbVS— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) June 21, 2016 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact .@RealPeterson21 📸📸📸 pic.twitter.com/LVqFEK2ZOQ— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) June 21, 2016 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Today in LA: @RealPeterson21 & @carrieunderwood on set of 2016 open for NBC’s Sunday Night Football pic.twitter.com/V7fuSn5aLX— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) June 21, 2016 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo P2 & Badger = 🏆🏅🎖 pic.twitter.com/k3PnlqHAQ5— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) June 21, 2016 Comments Share NBC’s SundayNightFootball w new @carrieunderwood open in ’16. @Mathieu_Era & @RealPeterson21 will be in it pic.twitter.com/IUPe1MhCUt— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) June 21, 2016
Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals, with the beginning of training camp just days away, have placed a quartet of players on the Physically Unable to Perform list.The four players who will begin camp on the sideline are safety Tyrann Mathieu, cornerback Justin Bethel, defensive tackle Frostee Rucker and linebacker Zack Wagenmann.None of this comes as a surprise.Mathieu is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in Week 15 of last season. By all accounts his rehab is ahead of schedule, but the Cardinals have no plans to rush him back. Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Bethel underwent surgery to repair a fractured foot in April. The operation kept him out of the team’s OTAs as well as mini-camp.Rucker had an operation done on his ankle early in the offseason, and though his recovery is going smoothly he was not expected to be 100 percent ready by the start of training camp.As for Wagenmann, the second-year pro suffered a foot injury during a mini-camp practice. It was a tough blow for a player who missed all of last season after breaking a foot during training camp. It was his second broken foot in as many seasons.Each of the four players who are on the PUP list could return to practice at any time once they are cleared to play.The Cardinals will report to training camp at University of Phoenix Stadium Thursday for their annual run test, with their first practice being scheduled for Friday afternoon.
Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic, have released their 2015/16 Explorations brochure featuring new expeditions to the South Pacific, Borneo, Antarctica, Galápagos, the Arctic, Alaska, the Upper Amazon and more. With over 40 unique itineraries on offer and a fleet of 10 expedition style ships that traverse the globe all year round, Lindblad Expedition provides adventure seekers with unparalleled travel experiences and memories to last a lifetime.The new brochure also features the much-anticipated 2016 European program for the National Geographic Orion. Agents can now offer their clients 11 expertly crafted, one-week itineraries and 22 sailings of Europe that speak to the brand’s ethos of being active, insightful, exclusive and effortless.Featuring captivating imagery, clear pricing and travel dates, the company’s Experience and Expertise and maps listed on each itinerary page, the Explorations brochure is an agent’s complete encyclopaedia on expedition travel.
Go back to the e-newsletter >Angama Mara, a new high-design safari lodge offering a modern interpretation of a 1920s safari, has opened in Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Hanging high on the edge of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment, with views that stretch for miles across the Maasai Mara 300m below, one of the main reasons to stay at Angama Mara is because this is where the most memorable scenes from the film ‘Out of Africa’ were filmed 30 years ago.Translated from Swahili ‘suspended in mid-air’, Angama Mara was designed by architect duo Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens. Featuring two totally separate camps of just 15 guest suites each, the tents perch on platforms that hang over the escarpment. Eleven-metre-wide floor-to-ceiling glass doors in each tented suite give a feeling of being inside the view. While taking inspiration from Nairobi’s Muthaiga Club, each camp has its own guest area orientated towards the sweeping view of the Mara plain below and the Pavilion shared by the two camps has an infinity pool and a Fitness Room.The loft-like interiors created by stylista Annemarie Meintjes are a modern take on safari style incorporating a mix of cutting-edge furniture from South African designer John Vogel and French outdoor furniture manufacturer Fermob as well as examples of the contemporary craftwork of the Maasai. Subtle touches throughout the lodge nod to the ‘Out of Africa’ story, such as a tiny replica of Finch Hatton’s plane, cane plantation chairs that were designed for the film and classic finishes like brass and copper bath fixtures.Flexibility and ingenuity is at Angama Mara’s core with days planned around what the guests may want to do, and when. Because of its elevated location, wildlife viewing can be enjoyed straight from the lodge looking down onto the plains below while resident game around the lodge is plentiful. Each tent is equipped with binoculars and there is a spotting scope in the guest area. Game drives include bush picnics in secluded spots. With 3000 elephants in the Mara ecosystem, these gracious animals are a common sight on game drives. Guests can also do walking safaris with the lodge’s well-trained Maasai naturalists. The ‘Out of Africa’ kopje which features on the movie’s poster has been left untouched for guests to explore and picnic in private.For a tailor-made safari experience, guests are encouraged to eat where they prefer, when they prefer: out on safari with a picnic under a solitary tree, privately on the deck of their tent, more romantically in the guest areas or family-style on long tables under the stars at a bush barbecue. Celebrating Kenya’s best, they enjoy tea and coffee from the Highlands, beef from the north, freshly grown fruit and vegetables from owner-run smallholdings and seafood from the coastGo back to the e-newsletter >
Correction: The link and picture originally supplied in this post to the travel company 33 Degrees Worldwide (www.33degrees.com.au) was an error. 33 Degrees Worldwide is not affiliated with the company 33 Degrees Experiential Luxury Tours (www.33degrees.travel) or any information mentioned in this article. 33 Degrees Worldwide is an Australian-owned boutique marketing consultancy and travel agency, founded in 2002 by Julie Hall-Clarke. 33 Degrees Experiential Luxury Tours is a new tour company founded by Brett Dudley in 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience this misinformation may have caused our readers and the companies mentioned. If you have any queries or questions about 33 Degrees Worldwide please visit www.33degrees.com.au. For questions or queries about 33 Degrees Experiential Luxury Tours, please visit www.33degrees.travelGo back to the e-newsletter On Wednesday 17 February, founder and chairman of the ecruising group of companies, Brett Dudley, hosted 80 industry, media and Loyalty Club members at a cocktail function at The Bathers’ Pavilion to launch Australia’s newest travel company, 33 Degrees Experiential Luxury Tours .Derived from ecruising’s cruise and land tours, incorporating luxurious travel experiences around the world, these itineraries have out-grown the ecruising travel brand.Mr Dudley commented, “We decided to create a unique and separate company epitomising what they mean – amazing experiences, luxury and effortless travel.”He told his guests, “Ecruising’s cruise tours grew at such a speed that it was necessary to create a company dedicated to these immersive high-end packages and build a team of dedicated handpicked travel professionals who, with their extensive knowledge, will offer a concierge style of service to our 33 Degrees customers”.Mr Dudley added, “The range of tours visit some of the most remote and interesting places on Earth and may incorporate private jets, exclusive use of small resorts and luxury ships by guests of 33 Degrees who are always accompanied by knowledgeable local guides and fully escorted by one of our experienced Tour Hosts.”Go back to the e-newsletterCorrection: The link and picture originally supplied in this post to the travel company 33 Degrees Worldwide (www.33degrees.com.au) was an error. 33 Degrees Worldwide is not affiliated with the company 33 Degrees Experiential Luxury Tours (www.33degrees.travel) or any information mentioned in this article. 33 Degrees Worldwide is an Australian-owned boutique marketing consultancy and travel agency, founded in 2002 by Julie Hall-Clarke. 33 Degrees Experiential Luxury Tours is a new tour company founded by Brett Dudley in 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience this misinformation may have caused our readers and the companies mentioned. If you have any queries or questions about 33 Degrees Worldwide please visit www.33degrees.com.au. For questions or queries about 33 Degrees Experiential Luxury Tours, please visit www.33degrees.travel
The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York has unveiled its new ‘Childrens Closet at The Pierre’ just in time for summer. The programme is part of the Kids @ Taj global family travel initiative created to engage with savvy families seeking the finer things in life.Directly facing Central Park, footsteps from Museum Mile, Central Park Zoo, the Apple Store and FAO Schwarz, The Pierre, A Taj Hotel is perfectly placed to welcome younger guests seeking an upscale Gotham adventure. With special turndown and welcome amenities, a dedicated ‘Pierre The Penguin’ package, children’s cooking classes, special art-inspired babysitting services, and Mommy & Me Afternoon Tea at Two E Bar/Lounge, the hotel is perfectly positioned to welcome children from newborns to teens.Pierre the Penguin reigns supremeYounger guests at the hotel are greeted with their own plush Pierre the Penguin toy at check-in to take home and keep, a nod to the Penguin House located across the street in Central Park Zoo. Those seeking a greater penguin experience can book the new “Pierre The Penguin Package”, prices lead in at $555+ per night (based on July-August rates), based on one family sharing a City View Room, inclusive of: personalised chocolate Penguin welcome amenity from Executive Pastry Chef Michael Mignano; complimentary Central Park Zoo passes for the family; one Pierre the Penguin plush toy; complimentary loan of the ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ DVD library during your stay; and a turndown amenity of milk and cookies with a copy of the children’s etiquette book, ‘Penguin Says Please’.Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!Embracing its Taj heritage, the hotel will place a plush rocking tiger inside all of its 11 Grand Suites that are booked by families with preschoolers to enjoy in-suite for the duration of their stay. This trusty rocking tiger toy is perfect for little ones to enjoy in the comfort of their own guest accommodations.Cooking classes with the professionalsYoung cooks and would-be mini chefs are invited into the kitchen at The Pierre to participate in a unique two-hour hands-on cooking experience spearheaded by Executive Chef, Ashfer Biju. Two carefully-selected options (one for four to seven year olds, the other for eight to 12 year olds) provide junior culinary aficionados the opportunity to hone their skills and learn new dishes under the expert supervision of Chef Ashfer and his team. Pint-sized chef aprons embroidered with each child’s name upon it, hats and kitchen tools are provided to participants, and upon completion of the class, children receive a signed ‘Certificate of Completion’ to take home. The classes cost $190 per child for two hours, based on a minimum of two children per class, bookable 48 hours in advance.Everything but the babyThe hotel will outfit each guest room with baby necessities in advance of each mini guests’ arrival, ranging from baby cribs; baby bath tubs; a Diaper Genie; bottle sterilisers and bottle warmers; to complimentary children’s bathroom products from ‘Jungle Care’, and the loan of petit children’s bathrobes and slippers for the duration of their stay.An arty party babysitter night The Pierre provides a very special babysitting service to create an arts-focused evening in-room for children of all ages. The experienced sitters specialise in music, dance, fine art and drama, and can curate a fabulous night of fun for the children to enjoy while parents enjoy a much deserved night out. Similarly, the hotel can arrange for special shopping adventures at FAO Schwarz or American Girl Place, both within easy walking distance of The Pierre. And for the mini beauty-queen, the hotel beauty parlour, ‘Dominique Salon’ can create a makeover or little girls manicure with one easy call.One lump or two?Our signature lounge, Two E Bar/Lounge, serves delicious afternoon tea daily from 3 to 6pm and is a wonderful location for a ‘Mommy & Me’ tea, from macaroons to cucumber finger sandwiches and half chocolate dipped Madeleine’s.
Go back to the e-newsletterUpon opening reservations for its newest luxury ship, Seven Seas Splendor, Regent Seven Seas Cruises had the best single booking day in the brand’s 26-year history, accounting for a 32% increase over the previous all-time high on inaugural season launch day for Seven Seas Explorer® in January 2015. Locally, reservations for Seven Seas Splendor saw the biggest booking day since the Regent Seven Seas Cruises office opened in Sydney in April 2016. With the highly anticipated ship as the driving force, the company not only saw record bookings for her inaugural season, but they also had strong reservations across the other four ships in the fleet, Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Navigator®, Seven Seas Mariner® and Seven Seas Voyager®. “The response to Seven Seas Splendor’s inaugural season has been incredible, bringing in even more bookings than the Explorer did on her launch day, proving that the demand among both past and new guests continues to grow,” said Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings senior vice president and managing director, Asia Pacific, Steve Odell. “It’s especially encouraging that we’ve only released Splendor’s first 10 voyages; I’m looking forward to seeing our guests’ reactions when we announce the 2020-21 schedule later this year.”“We want to thank our local trade partners for all their support, which has been integral to the successful launch of Seven Seas Splendor’s inaugural season. We look forward to continuing on this journey with our local partners to continue to grow the Australian and New Zealand markets,” added Mr. OdellWhen Seven Seas Splendor launches in 2020, it will deliver a new level of elegance to the cruise industry and perfect the luxury experience for travellers. Guests will enjoy awe-inspiring public spaces as well as 375 beautifully appointed, all-balcony suites ranging from the 28-square-metre entry-level Veranda Suite, to the lavish 412-square-metre Regent Suite. Every part of the ship has a distinctive look, all featuring intricate design details that create an aesthetically stunning and relaxing environment for guests as they sail through some of the most desirable destinations in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and North America.Reservations for the Seven Seas Splendor’s inaugural season are open, with the first sailing beginning on 7 February 2020.Go back to the e-newsletter
New Caledonia Tourism has officially launched its Bastille Day 2019 festivities, hosting agents on 11 July at its Kanak Beach Village pop up in Circular Quay, part of the wider Bastille Festival event.Open to the public each day from 10am between 11 and 14 July at the eastern end of Circular Quay, the New Caledonia Kanak Beach Village is a celebration of New Caledonia’s French heritage and unique Kanak culture.Sydneysiders and visitors can dip their toes in 28 tonnes of sand, try island-inspired cocktails, chow down on seafood barbecue or nibble on specially-created desserts from KOI and Messina that feature the French, tropical flavours of the island.This is alongside a giant treasure hunt competition from Aircalin and New Caledonia Tourism, which sees entrants follow a map and clues around Circular Quay, to unlock a treasure chest and go in the draw to win a trip to New Caledonia.Visit bastillefestival.com.au/the-island-kanak-beach-village for further information. Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletter
Adventure travel expert Catrionna Grant from Tucan Travel introduces the world’s top spots for exciting travel options.Once upon a time, adventure travel was only for the young, brave, rough-and-ready hippy backpackers and hardy trekkers, but these days adventure holidays are increasingly popular for people of all ages.What many don’t realise is that just because you want to trek Mt Fuji, jump out of a plane over Jinja, take a felucca cruise along the Nile, meet the warriors of the Maasai Mara, climb a volcano in Costa Rica or walk among penguins in Antarctica, it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your creature comforts too.Adventure tours can be as cosy or as basic as you choose with tour companies offering everything from overland camping and public transport tours, to accommodation in luxury hotels and expedition cruises to remote destinations like Antarctica.Adventure tours are great for those looking for new friends; you’re so it’s a safe way to meet like-minded individuals, even if you’re a woman travelling alone. But going on a tour doesn’t mean you have to give up your independence – quite the contrary. Although you’ll spend time travelling with your group, there are plenty of opportunities to go your own way.Generally your tour leader will give you an orientation tour of each city you visit. Then you can follow your nose into the spicy labyrinth of the medina of Marrakech, tip-toe through the darkened caverns of Cappadocia, or let the rhythm take you at a salsa club in Havana, all in your own time. Your tour leader will make sure you know where you’re going and what you’re doing next on the itinerary, and then your time will be yours to explore and enjoy your surroundings.The benefits of travelling with an experienced tour operator are obvious. Staffed by passionate travellers with expert knowledge, tour companies will show you the most naturally beautiful and exotic places on the planet, guiding you through tricky cultural exchanges, language barriers and convoluted border crossings with ease. With your accommodation and transport pre-arranged and paid for, all of the normal hassles of travel are gone, giving you more time to enjoy your chosen destination.**Russia, Mongolia and China**An exciting way to combine these three fascinating destinations is to take the Trans Mongolian Railway from St Petersburg via Irkutsk and Ulaan Baatar to Beijing. A genuine ‘path less travelled’, you will spend your days on the train admiring the changing scenery, from busy cityscapes to barren plains, vast grasslands and deep forests.You’ll have plenty of opportunities to make friends with local people, learn some Russian and Mandarin, play card games and sample vodka and rice wine. During your time off the train you’ll explore the famous sites of St Petersburg, Moscow, Ulaan Baatar and Beijing, go horseriding through the endless Mongolian plains and walk along the Great Wall of China.Find cheap flights to Russia, Mongolia and China**Northern India**A long-standing adventure travel favourite is colourful, crazy India, brimming with exotic flavours and holy cows. Where else could you admire the greatest tribute to true love our world has ever seen, the Taj Mahal, and contrast it with the Karni Mata, a temple dedicated to 2,000 holy rats? On an adventure tour you can visit towering fortresses like the I’timad-ud-Daulah (Red Fort), and track tigers in Rathambore National Park, take a boat trip on the Ganges River at the holy city of Varanasi and go on an elephant safari or jungle trek at Chitwan National Park. It is also possible to combine a tour of northern India with a tour of Nepal, where you can experience some of the most beautiful mountain treks in the world, in the Annapurna mountains. Most tours in India travel in small groups on local transport so you can get among the locals and meet new people.Find cheap flights to India**Peru**This South American country is one of the most popular destinations for adventure travellers. The ancient Inca capital of Cuzco features fine Inca stone walls, excellent museums and delicious neo-Andean cuisine. It’s easy to organise day trips from here to nearby Inca sites like Sachaywayman, Ollyantaytambo and the Sacred Valley. Treks in the Andes often launch from Cuzco as many tour operators are based here.However, if you want to trek the famous Royal Inca Trail, culminating at the ‘lost city’ of the Incas, Machu Picchu, a bit of pre-travel planning is required. In order to preserve this popular trail, only 500 permits are given out for each day, which includes porters, guides and trekkers. As a result, permits sell out months in advance, particularly for the peak trekking season of June through August.You don’t need to be an athlete or hardened trekker to complete the 3 night / 4 day trek, but a reasonable level of fitness is required as there are some steep climbs and fairly long days. By law, you will be fully escorted by expert naturalist guides who are licensed to accompany you. As you trek, they will give talks and presentations about the various flora, fauna and remnants of Inca culture along the route.Most of the gear is carried by a team of porters, who also set up camp and cook substantial meals for trekkers. Other escorted treks, such as the lesser known Lares Valley trek, do not require permits but offer similarly spectacular scenery, fewer tourists and more contact with local people.Find cheap flights to Peru**Tanzania – Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater**For those seeking the ultimate safari experience, the Serengeti National Park offers a thrilling volume of animals to see. Surrounded by the sights and sounds of wild, rugged Africa, this park is one of the best places in the world to spot teeming herds of wildebeest, antelopes, zebra, buffalo, often pursued by big cats such as lion and cheetah.If you are lucky enough to be in the park around the time of the largest mammal migration in the world, that of the Serengeti wildebeest, you’ll see around 1.5 million-strong herd migrating to follow the African rainy season between Tanzania and Kenya – a truly magical sight. The migration dates change according to the weather every year, so plan your trip around May to August for the best chance to catch it.While you’re in the area, you shouldn’t miss a visit to Ngorongoro. Before it exploded and collapsed 2 million years ago, the Ngorongoro Volcano was one of the world’s tallest mountains. Today, the 610m deep crater is one of the most stunning natural wonders in the world, with an area of about 260km2. Because the sides are very steep, the crater has become a natural enclosure for a wide variety of wildlife which can be seen in their natural habitat.This gives adventure travellers the opportunity to get very close to the game, with spectacular photo opportunities as there are few places for them to hide. Among the 25,000 animals, you may see herds of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, as well as the ‘Big 5’ of rhinoceros, lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo.Find cheap flights to Tanzania**Rwanda**High on the flanks of the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda, mountain gorillas roam freely through the misty rainforest in small family groups. Trekking to meet these amazing creatures face-to-face represents the ultimate wildlife encounter and if you’re intending to visit east Africa then this is an experience not to be missed.As Sir David Attenborough famously said in the first nature documentary to capture them on film in the wild, “There is more meaning and mutual understanding in exchanging a glance with a gorilla than any other animal I know.” A meeting with a mountain gorilla family represents the adventure of a lifetime for many travellers.Mountain gorillas are critically endangered with only about 700 left in the world. About half live in the mountains of Rwanda, so visiting them in their own habitat is something only a few people will ever able to experience. Due to strict conservation controls imposed by the Office Rwandais du Tourism et des Parcs Nationaux (ORTPN) to protect the remaining gorillas, no more than 8 people can visit any habituated group on any day and visitors must apply for an official permit in advance of travel.The restriction means you can rely on having a close up experience with the gorillas, but also means that permits are at a premium, particularly in the high season of July and August, so early bookings are essential. You will only have an hour with the gorillas, so get as many great shots as you can, but give yourself plenty of time to see the gorillas with your own eyes, not just through the lens.Find cheap flights to Rwanda**Antarctica**An eternal magnet for explorers and researchers alike, Antarctica is one of the last great wildernesses on Earth. But modern Antarctica is no longer just the territory of the brave and the bold: this is now a continent within reach of any adventure traveller.Although it is still one of the most uncharted places on earth, you can join an expedition cruise from Ushuaia in Argentina and be one of the lucky few to set foot on this breathtakingly beautiful continent during the austral summer from November to March.From the fascinating archipelago of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina to the Antarctic Peninsula, Shetland Islands and beyond, you’ll be totally mesmerised by unique wildlife, majestic icebergs and superb scenery. Landing in zodiac style boats, sightings of large penguin colonies, magnificent whales, and breathtaking glaciers will make each day more incredible than the last.Find cheap flights to ArgentinaAbout Tucan Travel RelatedWhere to see the Southern LightsSo you’ve found the best spots from which to see the Northern Lights, but what about the Southern Lights? 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6. Gulliver’s Kingdom, Kamikushiki, JapanJapan has more than its fair share of abandoned attractions. This particular example, which was based on Jonathan Swift’s classic novel, is possibly one of the creepiest Japanese theme parks. In its heyday, the park had all you could want in a Lilliputian-themed tourist attraction, except for one thing – visitors. One of the strangest sights is the 45-metre version of Lemuel Gulliver, tied to the ground at the foot of Mount Fuji. Perhaps the park’s failure could be blamed on its location; Aokigahara, also known as the Suicide Forest, backs on to this abandoned attraction. Either way, we reckon it definitely ranks as one of the world’s scariest attractions. Credit: Old Creeper Fancy upping the fear factor? Check out the following nightmare-inducing round-ups:9 spooky ghost towns from around the worldYou don’t want to get stranded in one of these creepy towns…14 of the world’s most amazing abandoned airportsWelcome to the scarily weird world of abandoned airports5 of the most dangerous road trips in AmericaFrom the iconic Route 66 to the gorgeous Million Dollar Highway read about some white knuckle road trips.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car rentals.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 1. Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, USWe’ve got the perfect solution for wannabe ghost hunters wondering where to go on Halloween. Eastern State Penitentiary was once one of America’s biggest prisons, and it housed some of the world’s most dangerous criminals between 1829 and 1971. Conditions were tough and escape attempts were common. During renovations carried out in the 1930s, 30 incomplete tunnels were discovered. Today it’s possible to tour the prison, although large parts are off limits for safety reasons; years of neglect have filled many of the cells with crumbling walls and other debris. Unsurprisingly, the prison is said to be one of America’s most haunted places, with distorted, gurning faces being some of the most commonly reported sightings. Like exploring alternative attractions? Find some inspiration for your next trip with our guide to 10 tourist spots you haven’t visited yet. Related7 of the world’s creepiest abandoned holiday resortsAvoid long queues at the reception desk or fighting over the last sausage at the breakfast buffet – guests are few and far between at the following abandoned, and strangely beautiful, resorts.7 of the world’s creepiest abandoned holiday resortsAvoid long queues at the reception desk or fighting over the last sausage at the breakfast buffet – guests are few and far between at the following abandoned, and strangely beautiful, resorts.Ghost towns: 10 eerie abandoned places around the worldAbandoned houses, roofless and wind-whipped. Rusting railway lines, stretching off to nowhere. Empty streets, punctuated with just one set of footsteps. From Australia to the UK, check out these eerie ghost towns and villages around the world. 4. Craco, ItalyMany moons ago, Craco, in Italy’s southern province of Matera, wasn’t just a bustling town but a major tourist attraction, too. People came from far and wide to wander its winding streets and to pay their respects at Saint Nicola’s Church. Amazingly, the town dates back to 1060, when the surrounding area was owned by a local archbishop. A university had been established by the thirteenth century and by 1815 Craco was large enough to be divided into two districts: Torrevecchia and Quarter della Chiesa Madre. In the late nineteenth century poor agricultural conditions prompted many residents to leave, and in 1963, the majority of the remaining residents were evacuated due to a landslide. A handful clung on, but the town became completely abandoned after an earthquake in 1980. It’s doubled as a backdrop for several films, including The Passion of the Christ, starring Mel Gibson. Today, it’s also a popular stop-off for photographers, and was recently added to the World Monuments Fund’s watch list. One part of Italy which certainly hasn’t been abandoned is its spectacular coastline. Discover which beaches to make a beeline to with our guide to 10 of the most beautiful beaches in Italy. 5. Heritage USA, Fort Mills, South CarolinaA religious-themed theme park might not sound as fun as Universal Orlando or Disneyland, but when popular TV evangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker opened Heritage USA in the 1980s, it quickly became one of South Carolina’s most popular attractions. Their enterprise had all the trappings of a traditional theme park, including a water park, low cost hotels and even a TV production studio. So what caused the park to close? The not-so-holy trinity of a publicised affair for Jim, problems with the IRS and finally, the near-biblical damage wreaked by 1989’s Hurricane Hugo. Some of the park’s 2,300 acres have been used for new projects, but the castle you see below remains. 3. Six Flags New Orleans, New Orleans, LouisianaHurricane Katrina was largely responsible for the fate of Six Flags New Orleans, which had a rather short life span, opening in 2000 and closing when the storm struck in 2005. Katrina devastated the area, flooding many sections of this Cajun-themed park. There were hopes that entertainment giant Nickelodeon would transform it into one of the world’s biggest theme parks, but sadly, that deal never came to fruition. It’s now owned by the city of New Orleans, but officials haven’t yet decided what do do with the plot of land. 2. Spreepark, Berlin, GermanyIn 1969, Kulturpark Plänterwald opened in Germany’s capital, and there were high hopes for the thrill ride-filled theme park, which enjoyed huge initial success and was one of Berlin’s biggest attractions. In 2002, the family which owned the park (by then renamed Spreepark) moved six of its biggest attractions to Lima, Peru, where they were attempting to set up another theme park. The Berlin park eventually fell into disrepair and was closed, although bizarrely, it was still possible to sign up for guided tours of the abandoned site. These were stopped after the city of Berlin bought the land in 2014, but this hasn’t stopped local photographers, who come to photograph the crumbling buildings and rusting rollercoaster skeletons.
Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus to perform Elton John tribute show NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus and Coldplay’s Chris Martin are set to honour Elton John at a tribute concert next month.The Recording Academy announced Friday that it will tape “Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute” at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 30, two days after the 2018 Grammy Awards.The concert will broadcast at a later date on CBS. The Grammys will air live from Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28.Others set to honour John onstage include John Legend, Miranda Lambert, Kesha, Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Maren Morris. John will also perform.John has won five Grammys and received 34 nominations. He is also the recipient of the Grammy Legend Award.____Online:https://www.grammy.com/https://www.eltonjohn.com by The Associated Press Posted Dec 15, 2017 10:30 am PDT Last Updated Dec 15, 2017 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 19, 2017 9:12 am PDT Last Updated Dec 19, 2017 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN DIEGO – A musical about disco singer Donna Summer, from Canadian writer-director Des McAnuff and Toronto-raised choreographer Sergio Trujillo, is headed to Broadway.Producers say “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” will begin preview performances at New York’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on March 28 and open on April 23.The show is told through the lens of Summer’s final concert and charts the life of the singer-songwriter, from her modest Boston childhood to international stardom.It has a score with more than 20 of Summer’s hits, including “Love to Love You, Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff.”Three actresses play the title role.The show is produced by Tommy Mottola and the Dodgers.McAnuff, who was born in Illinois and raised in Toronto, co-wrote the script with Colman Domingo and Robert Cary. He’s also the show’s director.Trujillo, who was born in Colombia and raised in Toronto, is doing the choreography.McAnuff and Trujillo also worked together on the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys.”“Summer” originated at the La Jolla Playhouse in California, where it’s running until Sunday. Donna Summer musical with Canadian director and choreographer heads to Broadway
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – When you think of Florida, the colored stone walls of the Grand Canyon don’t come to mind. Neither do cowboys, wolves or Native American silver-and-turquoise jewelry.In downtown St. Petersburg, all of those icons of the American West are on display in a new museum.It’s called the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, and it opened this month. The 80,000-square-foot (7,400-square-meter) space is two blocks from the glittering blue waters of Tampa Bay. But at the museum’s front door, visitors are transported west. For vacationers in the Gulf Coast city, it will be a fascinating cultural respite from sun, sand and palm trees.THE BUILDINGThe entrance is through a sandstone sculptural exterior evoking mesas of the American Southwest. That esthetic — of cliffs and cave dwellings and vertical forms — runs throughout the museum. A two-story black granite waterfall is the centerpiece of the entrance.A high ceiling and cubist angles frame a bank of windows at the entrance, allowing Florida’s sun to shine through. Through the gift shop, a massive wooden bar that looks like something out of a Nevada saloon is the centerpiece for the cafe. It’s a 19th century antique in itself, from a hotel in San Francisco.THE ARTThere are 400 pieces on display, from large sculptures of Native Americans on horseback to pop-art conceptual paintings of the pioneer spirit. It’s unusually earthy and rustic fare, especially for a state that’s known for beaches, alligators and sanitized theme parks. Even the gallery walls are painted in earthy, Southwestern colours.All of the art was collected over decades by billionaire Thomas James, chairman emeritus of the Raymond James financial services company, and his wife Mary. Much of the art once decorated the corporate offices of the company, which is based in St. Petersburg.“The collection is inspired by Tom’s fascination with cowboy lore,” museum director Bernice Chu said.Many Western-themed collections in other parts of the country showcase works from the 19th and early 20th centuries, like Frederic Remington’s famous depictions of the Old West. What’s different about this collection is that nearly all the artists featured are still alive.The collection is organized in six themes. Native American life includes artwork that tells the story of the complicated and often brutal history of how Native Americans were treated. A room called “The Jewel Box” in the Native American artists area displays contemporary Native American jewelry owned by Mary James, who has “free rein” to dip into the collection and take out “anything she wants” to wear, Chu said.A wildlife exhibition is the only one that’s not dedicated to the West. That display includes paintings and sculptures of animals from around the globe, which will delight younger visitors.ST. PETE, ARTS HUBThe Museum of Western & Wildlife Art is the latest museum in a city that’s increasingly becoming known as an arts hub.One of the museum’s architects, Jann Weymouth, created another unique local institution: the nearby Dali museum, which is devoted to works of Spanish artist Salvador Dali.In 2019, the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement is expected to open, housing businessman Rudy Ciccarello’s collection of furniture, pottery, tile, metalwork, lighting, photography and other decorative arts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.IF YOU GO …JAMES MUSEUM OF WESTERN & WILDLIFE ART: 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, Florida; https://thejamesmuseum.org . Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Tuesdays until 8 p.m. Adults, $20. Students, military, seniors $15; children ages 7-18, $10; kids 6 and under free.___Follow Tamara Lush on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tamaralush___This story has corrected the name of the Raymond James company. by Tamara Lush, The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2018 12:23 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 17, 2018 at 1:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Icons of American West on display in new museum – in Florida