SAS adds new features in long-haul upgrades

| Apr 14, 2015

SAS adds new features in long-haul upgrades

Scandinavian Airlines will conduct a complete renewal of its existing long-haul fleet by upgrading four A330 and four A340 aircraft this year. The upgrades feature new cabins, a new on-demand in-flight entertainment system with high-definition screens and Wi-Fi acc_maess in all classes. Mood lighting ...

Sakai: a keyhole to the history of Osaka

Apr 11, 2015

Sakai: a keyhole to the history of Osaka

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As I peered out the window from my vantage point on the 21st floor of the Sakai City Hall, in the distance I could see Abeno Harukas — Japan’s tallest skyscraper, which houses a train station, hotel, museum, department store and offices. But this ...

Villarrica volcano: Chile's hottest tourist spot

Apr 11, 2015

Villarrica volcano: Chile's hottest tourist spot

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The first thing you notice when getting off the bus in Pucon in Chile’s Lake District is the smell of smoke from the wood-burning stoves that are ubiquitous around town. The next thing you notice is the volcano. Located in Chile’s Lake District in ...

Bouldering, a remedy to climbing the walls

Apr 4, 2015

Bouldering, a remedy to climbing the walls

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I emerged from Mitake Station, on the Ome Line, just after 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning amid a throng of day-tripping hikers easily identifiable by their heavy boots, seam-busting backpacks and seemingly standard issue trekking poles. Peppered here and there within this tribe ...

Orlando's dynamic culture scene grows up

Apr 4, 2015

Orlando's dynamic culture scene grows up

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Long derided as a cultural wasteland, Orlando’s restaurant and performing arts scene has grown up in recent years, and it is starting to attract attention from national arbiters of taste. Wine Enthusiast magazine recently named Orlando as one of the nation’s top wine travel ...

Finding your sea legs on Tokyo Bay

| Mar 28, 2015

Finding your sea legs on Tokyo Bay

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It’s wretched weather for putting out to sea: gusty winds, cloud banks brooding with rain and water spouts, temperatures a micro-notch above freezing and the waters of Tokyo Bay like wet elephant hide. Nonetheless, at the generous invitation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Bureau ...

Whale watching in San Diego all year round

Mar 28, 2015

Whale watching in San Diego all year round

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Once limited to the winter months, whale watching off San Diego is now a year-round activity that comes with a guarantee of a sighting. On a recent day on the Pacific Ocean, it took just less than an hour away from the dock for ...

Soraku-en: Kobe's well-grounded garden

Mar 28, 2015

Soraku-en: Kobe's well-grounded garden

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On Jan. 17, 1995, as the city of Kobe suffered one of the country’s worst earthquakes in living memory, the rocks, artificial hills and root systems of Soraku-en, a Meiji period (1868-1912) circuit garden, held firm. This was rather remarkable, given the extent of ...