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Happy Halloween!

October 16th, 2013
Halloween is just around the corner, so now’s the perfect time to decide which city throws the best party, so you can decide where you want to celebrate Halloween this year! If you’re reading this at your parents’ kitchen table, debating with your younger brother, which of your neighbors gives out the “good” candy, this article is not for you. But, if you’ve been working for months on a jaw-dropping, one-of-a-kind costume, and are looking for just the right Halloween party to show it off, keep on reading! We went to some of the best Halloween experts we could find to pull together the top Halloween cities and events for 2013. And as WE are the experts in bringing you great hotel deals, we just had to include our own list of the Best Hotels for Halloween in each city so you can save your money for the good candy!
George Pachecho’s “Boston’s Best 2013 Halloween Parties”

Where all the boo-tiful people stay in Boston:

Marriott Copley Place - Boston

Deborah Flomberg’s “Top 2013 Halloween Parties In Denver”

No one likes a horror-filled hotel, even on Halloween. We prefer awesome in our hotels,
thank you:

Comfort Inn Denver Downtown

Jeffrey B. Roth’s “Top 2013 Halloween Parties In Philadelphia”

Looking for the hot guys and cool ghouls in Philly? You’ve found them:

Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia

Sara Lugardo’s “Best 2013 Halloween Parties In Chicago”

It’s a proven fact that witches and warlocks pick the best hotels. In Chicago, they stay at:

Inn Of Chicago

Londonist’s “Halloween Events in London 2013″

Now London is a city that loves a good beheading:

Hyde Park Hotel

Kate Wertheimer’s “Best Halloween parties in Los Angeles 2013″

Warm weather? Hot ghosts? Only in Los Angeles:

Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown

Rachel Cooper’s “Best Halloween Events 2013 in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia”

We may not know the difference between a goblin and a hobgoblin, but we know that whenin D.C., they both prefer to stay here:

Capitol Skyline

Happy Halloweening!

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5 Top Destinations for Your Next Golf Trip

June 2nd, 2013


As the weather welcomes more spring-like conditions, many have begun to think about “all things golf.” This year’s golf season is upon us, as players hit driving ranges to bring back their swings, assemble foursomes and search for the perfect greens.

While great courses abound, below we offer some of the most picturesque and thrilling in the United States—sure to provide a memorable experience for your next round.

1. Las Vegas, Nevada

Known for its casinos, nightclubs, shopping and flashing lights, Las Vegas is the city that never sleeps. Yet, if you’re looking for some time away from The Strip, it also is home to a great golf scene. Courses provide spectacular views of the skyline, mountains and canyons for which the area is known.

Courses to experience:

• Reflection Bay at Lake Las Vegas
• Royal Links
• TPC Las Vegas

2. Maui, Hawaii

As you plot your snorkeling, surfing and Luau plans, be sure to save some time for a few rounds of golf in Maui. The island is home to 14 courses; some of which are world-renowned. Take in the pristine views of the beaches, palm trees and wondrous beauty that Hawaii has to offer on the course.

Courses to experience:

• The Dunes at Maui Lani
• Kapalua Golf Resort
• Royal Ka’anapali Golf Course

3. Orlando, Florida

Orlando is a theme park lovers dream. Home to Disney World, Universal Studios, Wet n’ Wild Water Park, Sea World and more, there’s no shortage of attractions and rides to fill your time in between rounds. Our tip: Split your time between the greens and Mickey Mouse for a diversified experience.

Courses to experience:

• Bay Hill Club and Lodge
• Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course
• Orange County National

4. Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix is located in the northern section of the Sonoran Desert, surrounded by majestic mountain ranges. Its hot temperatures draw golf fanatics year-round to enjoy the sun and sights of Arizona.

Courses to experience:

• Southern Dunes Golf Club
• TPC Scottsdale
• Gold Canyon

5. San Diego, California

With a 75-degree temperature average year-round, San Diego makes a perfect golf stop for any month of the year. In between rounds, check out the area’s beautiful beaches and waterfronts. Visit in mid-January, and you may even catch a glimpse of a gray whale, as San Diego lies in their migration path.

Courses to experience:

• Torrey Pines
• La Costa

Tee Time Quick Tip

Assess the temperature (including any instances of dry heat!) and altitude prior to meeting at the course. Adjust your tee time, and how much water to bring, based on these conditions for the best experience possible.

Here are couple of recommended hotels to stay in while visiting these locations:

Las Vegas:

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Palms Casino & Resort

Orlando

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Quality Inn Universal Studios

Phoenix:

The Clarendon Phoenix Downtown-Midtown

Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites

San Diego

Embassy Suites San Diego La Jolla

Crowne Plaza San Diego

Maui

Maui Coast Hotel

Royal Lahaina Resort

Share your golf travel experiences in the comments below. Where is your favorite course located?

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Paris Through Literary Eyes

May 26th, 2013

Looking for a new way to explore one of Europe’s most beloved cities? Why not discover the City of Lights by retracing the steps of literary greats who called Paris home? Paris’s literary history is so rich it rivals the city’s creamiest brie. But of course, you don’t have to sacrifice that, either. Here’s a list of must-see sights in this glorious city, as well as some options for literary exploration.

If you have an in-flight movie option on your way across the pond, you might consider watching Woody Allen’s film, Midnight in Paris. Loaded with references to America’s “Lost Generation” of expatriate writers and artists of the 1920s, it will whet your palate for the sights to come. F. Scott Fitzgerald, his wife Zelda, and his most admired friend, Ernest Hemingway, are all alluded to in the film, along with Pablo Picasso, T.S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, Henri Matisse, Jack Kerouac, James Joyce, and more. Of course, you can also dive deeper into French culture by exploring some of France’s own literary greats, such as HonorE de Balzac, Victor Hugo, and Alexandre Dumas.

Literary Homes, Haunts, and Resting Spots

If you are interested in making the pilgrimage to some of these Paris homes, try a walking tour, or stop in for a visit at one of these museums.

Authors’ Former Homes

- F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald:

· 14 rue de Tilsitt, 8th arrondisement, right bank, near the Arc de Triomphe

· 58 rue Vaurigard, 6th arrondisement, on the corner of the Luxembourg gardens

- Edith Wharton:

· 58 rue de Varenne, 7th arrondisement, across the street from Hotel Matignon

(Prime Minister’s residence)

- Salon at 27 rue de Fleurus:

· near Luxembourg Gardens’ western side

· Gertrude Stein and life partner Alice B. Toklas’s salon, frequented by artists and writers alike

Cemetaries

- Pere Lachaise Cemetary:

· take an atmospheric walk and pay homage to Proust, Balzac, Oscar Wilde, Apollinaire, Moliere, and more

· location: 16 rue du Repos, 75020 Paris

· hours: 8:30am – 12:30pm, 2pm – 5pm daily

- Montparnasse Cemetary:

· pay tribute to Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvior, Jean-Paul Sartre, Charles Baudelaire, Marguerite Duras, Guy de Maupassant, and more in one of Paris’s favorite literary neighborhoods

· location: 3 Boulevard Edgar Quinet, 75014 Paris

- PanthEon:

· worth a visit for the architecture alone, you can also stop by the tombs of Voltaire, Rousseau, Emile Zola, Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, and more

· location: Place du PanthEon, 75005 Paris

· website: http://www.pantheonParis.com/

Museums

- Maison de Victor Hugo

· address: 6, place des Vosges Hôtel de Rohan-GuEmEnEe, 75004 Paris

· website: www.musee-hugo.Paris.fr

· tel: 01 42 72 10 16

· hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 6pm

- Maison de Balzac: the home of HonorE de Balzac

· address: 47, rue Raynouard, 75016 Paris

· website: http://www.Paris.fr/pratique/musees-expos/maison-de-balzac/p6837 (in French)

· tel: +33 1 55 74 41 80

· hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 6pm

- Chateau de Monte Cristo: writer Alexandre Dumas’ country home outside the city

· address: Château de Monte-Cristo, 78560 le Port-Marly

· website: http://www.chateau-monte-cristo.com/en/index.html

· tel: +33 1 39 16 49 49

· hours: April 1st – November 1st: Tues – Fri 10am – 12:30pm, 2pm – 6pm; Sat/public holidays: 10am – 6pm; November 2nd – March 31st: Sundays only, 2pm – 5pm

- MusEe Carnavalet: covers the history of Paris, with great exhibits on Voltaire and Rousseau

· address: 23, rue de SEvingE, 75003 Paris

· website: http://www.carnavalet.Paris.fr/en/homepage

· tel: +33 01 44 59 58 58

· hours: 10am – 6pm Tuesday through Sunday

The Quintessential “Writer in Paris” Experience: CafE Life

If you are interested in viewing the world through these writers’ eyes, debating grand ideas with your own companions, or just nibbling on a croissant and sipping a cafE au lait, you might try one of the following places:

- The Polidor (Cremerie-Restaurant Polidor)

· go for: the history, tried and true Parisian food

· location: 41 rue Monsieur Le Prince, 75006 Paris, open 12 – 2:30pm, 7pm – 12:30am daily except Sundays

· famous guests: Paul Valery, Jack Kerouac, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Victor Hugo

· website: http://www.polidor.com/index.html

- Maxim’s

· go for: an expensive meal and Art Deco furnishings

· location: 3, rue Royale, 75008 Paris

· famous guests: Marcel Proust, Brigitte Bardot, Jean Cocteau

· website: http://www.maxims-de-Paris.com/p2us.htm

· tel: +33 (0)1 42 65 27 94

- CafE Les Deux Magots

· go for: the literary history and a cafE au lait

· location: 6 Place Saint-Germain des PrEs, 75006 Paris

· famous guests: Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvior, Albert Camus, StEphane MallarmE, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud

· tel: +33 1 45 48 55 25

· website: http://www.lesdeuxmagots.fr/en/ambiances.php#/ambiances.php

- CafE de Flore

· go for: Art Deco interior, the history, and some delicious hot chocolate

· location: 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris

· famous guests: Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, and many more

· tel: +33 1 45 48 55 26

· website: http://www.cafedeflore.fr/accueil/

Tours

With so much vibrant history in this city, one great way to explore is to take a tour led by an experienced guide who can weave the threads of history together. Try Paris Walks’ Hemingway’s Paris tour (12 Euro/person) or for a slightly broader sweep, Localer’s Paris Literature tour (39 Euro/person), which includes a visit to Sylvia Beach’s famous English language bookstore, Shakespeare & Company.

http://www.Paris-walks.com/summer-walks.html

http://www.localers.com/day-tours/Paris-literature-tour

And Don’t Miss….

While you visit the City of Lights, take advantage of these great deals and must-sees.

City Sightseeing Paris / Les Car Rouges

Paris’ Flea Market - The Insider’s Tour

Seine River Sightseeing Cruise

Hotels:

We would like to recommend a couple of nice and affordable hotels to stay in while you’re visiting Paris:

Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel

Comfort Hotel Bobigny Paris Est

Pavillon Villiers

Pavillon Italie

Angie Picardo is a writer at NerdWallet, a financial literacy site where you can find advice on marriage finances.

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Holy Land Tour of a Lifetime

July 2nd, 2008

November 30-Dec.11,2008 will be our next tour. The leaders will be two Pastors Michael Beresford and Jim Mullen from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The price is $2,975 from John F Kennedy airport in NY. The price covers everything but lunches and travel insurance. Please contact me at michael@touricoholidays.com and the website is www.walkingprophets.com for more information or an itinerary.

Mike O’Donell, Director Holy Land tours

Walking With The Prophets

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Holy Land Tours - Walking with the Prophets

May 27th, 2008

Holy Land Tours Walking with the Prophets

Holy Land Tours: Walking with the Prophets

Holy Land Tours Walking with the Prophets was started by me, the Director, Michael O’Donell, Jeannie O’Donell and Uri Argov CEO of Tourico Holiday Flights in 2000. I believe that every believer should tour Israel at least once in their lifetime.

On this Holy Land Tour you will follow along in the footsteps of the Savior Christ Jesus and those faithful prophets. Guiding you will be some of the best tour guides the Holy Land has to offer. They will take you to the most sacred places on Earth where people have worshiped for centuries.

Bio for Michael O’Donell

Michael O’Donell, Director of Holy Land Tours obtained his Bachelors of Science in Biblical Education and History from Lee University. He is a member of Phi Alpha Theta academic honor society for history majors and has attended Louisiana Tech University Graduate School to study courses in History. In addition, he has led groups through the Holy Land 12 times and has taught at each one of the holy sites on the Walking with the Prophets Tour itinerary.

See Group Tour Photos

Our group tours to the Holy Land are one of the greatest religious experiences that you will have, and it will change your life forever. Our next tour is November 30th to December 11th 2008. Visit www.WalkingProphets.com or call Michael O’Donell at 1-800-524-9109 extension 7243 for more information.


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