Month: August 2019

Trafalgars 2017 Hawaii brochure 
includes EBB worth up to 1259

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first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group Friday, August 12, 2016 Trafalgar’s 2017 Hawaii brochure 
includes EBB worth up to $1,259center_img TORONTO — All four of Trafalgar’s Hawaii itineraries are Country Explorer trips, giving clients more time in destination to gain a deeper appreciation of Hawaii’s people and unique culture.All hotels, porterage, local tips, VIP entry to selected sights and internal inter-island flights are included.With four guided vacations and six islands to explore, travellers can customize their Hawaii vacations to match their personal preference in four- or five-star hotels in three accommodation styles: Moderate (city, mountain or partial ocean views); First Class (partial or full ocean views in each destination); and Premium (guaranteed full or deluxe ocean views or higher floors).“Trafalgar’s 2017 Hawaii program allows guests to see and do things that most people travelling to Hawaii wouldn’t think to do which will also appeal to multi-generational families,” says Wolf Paunic, President, Trafalgar Canada. “These include authentic experiences like visiting a sustainable farm for a Hawaiian lunch for a Be My Guest dining experience or joining a Local Specialist at a local coffee plantation to learn more about the islands’ most notable and fragrant crops.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterClients can save up to 10% across Trafalgar’s 2017 Hawaii program with Early Payment Discounts of up to $1,259 per couple available when they book and pay in full before Jan. 12, 2017. Past passenger discounts of 5% per person (land only) are also available for travellers who have previously travelled with The Travel Corporation’s family of brands.To find out more information contact your Sales Manager or visit www.trafalgar.com Share Tags: Hawaii, Trafalgarlast_img
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Snow and freezing temperatures hit Southeast US and Eastern Europe

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first_img Friday, January 6, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Britain & Europe, Weather ATL Inclement Weather Update https://t.co/XT2BE6LNav— Atlanta Police Dept (@Atlanta_Police) January 6, 2017 Snow and freezing temperatures hit Southeast U.S. and Eastern Europe Heavy snow, winds, leave 16,000 households in Poland without power — Earth Changes — https://t.co/cGobc4suu5 https://t.co/gL0Ni1Mywf— Steve Bryant (@goyacobol) January 6, 2017center_img Share NEW YORK — A winter storm bearing down on the Southeast U.S. with the possibility of snow, sleet and freezing rain is threatening to disrupt weekend travel. On the other side of the pond, blizzards swept parts of eastern Europe on Friday, causing some train, ferry and airport cancellations.Turkish Airlines cancelled 192 domestic and international flights. The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlantia, Georgia is showing 154 cancelled flights on flightaware.com. Alabama and Georgia announced they were going on an emergency footing. Classes have been cancelled across several states and motorists are being urged to avoid unnecessary weekend travel as crews rush to pre-treat roads.The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Friday and Saturday from eastern Alabama through north Georgia, including Atlanta, and into the Carolinas and part of Virginia.Organizers say they’ve moved the annual Joan of Arc Parade through New Orleans’ French Quarter from Friday to Saturday night over concerns about the winter storm moving across the South.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsIn Eastern Europe, a cold snap caused five deaths in 24 hours in Poland as blizzards swept through the region.In Romania, one of the worst affected areas, authorities said main highways in the south and east were made impassable due to the heavy snow. More than 40 trains were not running due to snow on the track.Heavy snow and strong winds disrupted traffic in southern Serbia and snow piled up to two-meters (6.6 feet) high, closing several roads.Turkey’s national carrier, Turkish Airlines, cancelled 192 domestic and international flights that were scheduled for Saturday after heavy snow, icy conditions and strong winds were forecast for Istanbul.Bulgarian authorities said some 650 villages across the country were without electricity due to high winds and heavy snow. Temperatures are forecast to drop to minus 20 C (minus 4 F) at the weekend.In Croatia, the temperatures dipped below freezing even along the country’s Adriatic coast where high winds halted some ferry traffic to the islands and over the bridges along the coastline.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalElsewhere, temperatures in Germany plunged as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius (minus 13 Fahrenheit) overnight, after storm “Axel” sucked in icy air from the Arctic.In northern Europe, which is accustomed to subzero temperatures, it was bitterly cold but sunny, plummeting to minus 23 C (minus 9.4 F) Friday morning in Helsinki, Finland, the same temperature recorded in Latvia.Strong gales off the coast of western Norway caused the cancellation of a ferry, and on a major rail section west of Copenhagen, Denmark, there were delays due to the icy weather. Notice to all passengers: https://t.co/4hpbRkPB3l pic.twitter.com/K80QjsOq9c— Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) January 5, 2017 By: Alison Mutlerlast_img
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Hotel company dishes out refunds if couples divorce after their stay

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first_img AKERSBERGA, SWEDEN — Everything comes at a price at a hotel, including bottled water and that can of nuts sitting atop the counter. But how much would it cost for a hotel to save your marriage?According to TravelTalk, Countryside Hotels in Sweden is going above and beyond the usual suite of amenities by offering a ‘relationship guarantee’. How it works is simple enough: married couples who check into the hotel on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage will get a refund if they still end up divorcing within a year.That’s how confident the hotel chain is in its cozy and quaint properties, described on its website as “Country hotels & inns with a story to tell”. The company will happily refuse a couple’s money if they don’t fall back in love during their stay. Talk about putting your money where your mouth is!To be eligible for the refund, a married couple has to sleep in the same room and book it under Countryside Hotels’ ‘relationship guarantee’. If they break up less than 12 months after their stay, they’ll receive a refund for two nights on the condition they provide divorce papers as proof.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next month“We have welcomed couples to our hotels and mansions around Sweden and see how beneficial it can be to get away for a while and devote time to each other,” a spokesperson for the company told Swedish The Local. “Quite a few have been surprised about the guarantee and wondered if it’s real. We feel that it’s been well received so far.” Posted by Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Hotel company dishes out refunds if couples divorce after their stay Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group Tags: LOL, Romance & Weddings << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img
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Club Meds Wow Sale comes to an end with more savings and

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first_imgTags: Club Med, Promotions Share Club Med’s Wow Sale comes to an end with more savings and perks Friday, August 18, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — As the summer season begins to wind down, Club Med is ending its popular Wow Sale with ultra-low prices and extra perks.From Aug. 18-23, clients can take advantage of air-inclusive winter escapes starting at $1,549 per adult, per week, plus benefit from five bonus perks. These include: free first checked luggage; free room upgrades; free stays for kids under four; no single supplement; and free water skiing.“Our Wow Sale will definitely have earned its name,” said Jacinda Lowry, National Sales Director at Club Med Canada. “With summer coming to an end, now is the perfect time to plan winter escapes at the best prices.”Clients must book by Aug. 23, for travel through Feb. 17, 2018. Destinations include Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Ixtapa Pacific, Mexico; Sandpiper Bay, Florida; and Cancun Yucatan, Mexico.Of particular interest is the newly renovated Cancun Yucatan, featuring the upgraded 5T Luxury Space Jade. Guests will also enjoy contemporary Mexican cuisine at the new Taco Arte Beach Lounge restaurant.For more information go to clubmedagents.ca. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bylast_img
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Carnival Corporation sails into 2018 with strong numbers

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first_imgTags: Carnival Corporation Travelweek Group Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Share Posted bycenter_img MIAMI — Bookings are up, prices are up and yields are up for Carnival Corp. and that’s good news for the company’s many cruise lines and the agents who sell them.According to Carnival Corporation’s Q4 and full-year results, bookings for full year 2018 are ahead of the prior year at higher prices. Since November, booking volumes for 2018 have been running “well ahead” of the prior year at higher prices, according to Carnival Corporation & plc President and CEO Arnold Donald.Based on current booking trends, the company expects full year 2018 net revenue yields to be up 2.5% compared to the prior year.“Despite booking disruptions from this year’s multiple hurricanes, we are still heading into 2018 with a stronger base of business and higher prices than last year,” says Donald.He adds: “We have numerous efforts underway to keep the momentum going in 2018 and beyond, from our innovative approaches to increase consideration for cruising, including our recently announced partnership with Univision, to the further roll-out of our state-of-the-art revenue management system. In 2018 we also look forward to the delivery of four new cutting-edge ships, Carnival Horizon, Seabourn Ovation, AIDAnova, and Nieuw Statendam to further our strategic fleet enhancement program.”More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaAs a result of higher fuel prices, forecasted fuel costs for the full year 2018 are expected to increase approximately US$117 million compared to the prior year.Carnival’s net income for the full year 2017 is $2.6 billion compared to $2.8 billion for the prior year.Full year 2017 adjusted net income of $2.8 billion was higher than adjusted net income of $2.6 billion for the full year 2016.Revenues for the full year 2017 were $17.5 billion, $1.1 billion higher than the $16.4 billion in the prior year.Gross revenue yields (revenue per available lower berth day or ‘ALBD’) increased 6.8%. In constant currency, net revenue yields increased 4.2% for 4Q 2017, better than September guidance of up 1.5 to 2.5%.“We exceeded the high end of our original full year 2017 guidance by $0.22 per share, achieving record cash from operations of $5.3 billion and another adjusted earnings per share record despite a significant drag from fuel and currency,” said Donald. “Our full year performance was led by over 4.5% growth in ticket prices while overcoming a variety of headwinds, affirming that our core strategy, which is anchored in delivering exceptional guest experiences, driving demand through marketing programs to increase cruise consideration, and introducing new more efficient ships through measured capacity growth all while leveraging our scale, can deliver consistent earnings improvements.”More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel'nsCarnival Corporation & plc is the world’s largest leisure travel company with a portfolio that includes Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK), as well as Fathom, which ceased operations in November 2016 and transitioned to a shoreside-only brand in 2017. << Previous PostNext Post >> Carnival Corporation sails into 2018 with strong numberslast_img
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Globus family of brands launches Undiscovered Britain amid strong numbers

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first_img Share Thursday, February 28, 2019 Globus family of brands launches ‘Undiscovered Britain’ amid strong numbers Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Globus << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — In typical fashion most Canadian travellers are more concerned about the value of their dollar than politics. So far Brexit isn’t having an impact on Canadian visitor figures to Britain and in fact, in 2016 when the ‘yes’ vote for Brexit came in, the pound sterling dropped and visitor figures shot up 24%.Canadians may pay more attention to Brexit as the UK-EU ‘divorce date’ – March 29 – rapidly approaches but so far visitor numbers from this market are strong, says Lynda Falcone, Travel Trade Development Manager – Canada for Visit Britain.Falcone says Visit Britain keeps tabs on the Brexit situation, surveying travel agents and tour operators in Canada, “and we haven’t seen any impact.”Falcone updated the trade yesterday at Globus family of brands’ ‘Undiscovered Britain’ event in Toronto. Globus and VisitBritain want agents to help their clients explore “the cobblestones less travelled” with the new Undiscovered Britain itineraries available through both Globus and Cosmos.Stephanie Bishop, Managing Director for the Globus family of brands, says Globus’ numbers to Great Britain just keep climbing, with the destination firmly in the top three for the travel company, along with Italy and France. “Great Britain has delivered time and time again and now with ‘Undiscovered Britain’ we’ll see that again.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThe idea is get Canadians past London – as wonderful as London is – and into other cities and regions in Great Britain, including Scotland and Wales.A stand-alone mini-brochure outlines the Undiscovered Britain itineraries, including the 12-day ‘Britain Uncovered’ to London, Exeter, Cardiff, Warwick, Liverpool, Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh, and the 6-day ‘Hidden Treasures of Southern England’ to London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath and Southampton, both with Globus, and the 7-day ‘Scottish Outlander Adventure’ to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Strathpeffer with Cosmos. More than half a dozen itineraries are available in all.Globus has also, for the first time, produced a stand-alone Britain & Ireland brochure this year. Racking space at agencies is always a concern when splitting off product into a new brochure but Bishop says the decision was the right one. “When a client is looking for Great Britain, they’re looking for Great Britain. They’re not looking for Italy.”Touring offers so much flexibility these days, adds Bishop. “The beauty with touring is, it’s all included … and you earn great commission,” she told agents.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesWith Globus’ private touring concept, clients can choose any itinerary in the brochure and get separate transportation and guiding. “For many years travel agents were asking us for solutions for small groups. This is the solution,” says Bishop.She also reminded agents about ‘Cosmos Lite’, the budget-minded brand’s off-shoot touring style. Cosmos Lite offers touring a la carte, with a combination of cities, multiple night stays, later wake-ups, included breakfasts and “amazing price points.”Bishop ended her presentation with a reminder about the company’s resources for the trade (including agentlingo.ca and the 2019 Travel Agent Guide) plus a few helpful tips for agents…“Average selling price is on the rise”“Average stays are on the rise”“Selling beyond iconic places demonstrates your value”“Be curious and qualify clients”“Avoid selling with your wallet in mind”“Up-sell, add on and cross-sell”last_img
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Win with Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort Spas getaway contest

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first_img Share Win with Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa’s getaway contest Travelweek Group Posted by Friday, March 8, 2019 center_img Tags: Contests, Palladium Hotel Group TORONTO – In a new contest with Travelweek, agents can experience Costa Mujeres, considered ‘The New Treasure of the Mexican Caribbean’.Those who enter can win a three-night stay for two adults at the brand new Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa. This new, all-inclusive beachfront resort is ideal for families, groups of friends, or couples.Amenities and features include:670 modern, spacious suites, some with sweeping ocean views and balcony hot tubsSeveral pools, including water parks for children and pools designated exclusively for adultsSix à la carte restaurants, plus Poseidon oceanfront restaurantOn-site Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness center and Rafa Nadal Tennis CentreThe Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa is located in beautiful Costa Mujeres, situated 20 minutes north of Cancun.Enter the contest now at: http://www.travelweek.ca/contests/grand-palladium-costa-mujeres-resort-spa-getaway-contest/ << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img
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Airport duty free stores expanding

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first_imgRelated posts:New ‘eco-friendly’ Marriott airport hotel At the airport, Costa Rican soccer fans greet U.S. team with heckling, egg tossing Costa Rica to improve bad weather safety procedures at San José airport Juan Santamaría International Airport named third-best in Latin America Did you know that buying Duty Free in Costa Rica helps contribute to social programs to combat poverty?The Mixed Institute for Social Aid (IMAS) runs Duty Free stores here, which are located in both the Juan Santamaría International Airport, outside San José, and the Daniel Oduber International Airport, in Liberia, the capital of northwestern Guanacaste province. This year those stores unveiled a new sales slogan, called “Shopping with Social Responsibility.” IMAS’ Fernando Sánchez said the slogan helps remind shoppers that each purchase generates revenue for IMAS social programs, including improvements to schools, pedestrian bridges and rural community projects.Another program, “Productive Ideas,” helps train and finance small businesses. “It’s important to let people know why IMAS Duty Free stores exist and where the money goes,” Sánchez said.In 2012, IMAS began remodeling and expanding some of these shops, including a new store near the baggage claim area in Juan Santamaría. Geovany Flores, administrative manager of the Duty Free shops, noted that before expansion – the store is set to more than triple in size – 2011 sales topped $519,000. Now, the baggage claim store offers several new products, including perfumes, electronics, beauty products and other items. Sales last December alone totaled $843,000. Two more stores will be built in sections D and E of the airport, with new items for sale including watches, jewelry and top-shelf liquor. Facebook Commentslast_img
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US has no current plans to take Cuba off terror list

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first_imgNo related posts. WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States does not foresee taking Cuba off its blacklist of countries accused of supporting terrorism, which also includes Syria, Iran and Sudan, an official said Wednesday.“There are no changes in our list of state sponsors of terrorism,” State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said in an email. “The Department has no current plans to remove Cuba from the state sponsors of terrorism list.”The State Department had been expected to publish its annual report on terrorism, which includes the blacklist, on Tuesday. It could be released later this month.“We do not use the report to announce new designations or rescissions,” Ventrell said. These can happen at any time.Washington accuses the communist-run island of harboring Colombian rebels, Basque militants and U.S. fugitives.Washington and Havana do not have official diplomatic relations, but each country has an interests section in the other.The United States imposed an economic embargo on Cuba in 1962 that prohibits U.S. citizens from visiting the island and spending money there without special government authorization.U.S. President Barack Obama has eased some measures, including making it easier for Cuban-Americans to visit relatives on the island, and said he would be ready to change the policy if he sees evidence of political reform. Facebook Commentslast_img
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US and Costa Rica sign sister parks arrangement

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first_imgCosta Rica’s National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) teamed up with the U.S. National Park Service this week to sign a sister park agreement on Tuesday between the Osa Conservation Area, in the Southern Zone, and the national parks of the upper Midwest of the United States.Under the arrangement, both institutions agree to work together to promote and support cooperation to obtain mutual benefits for their parks and protected areas. It also aims to “enrich the experience and training” of staff who work at these sites through projects and other cooperation initiatives.Emergency response, language training in English and Spanish, strategic planning, local community relationships management, education for park visitors, park facilities maintenance and environmental education in local schools are among the areas the two institutions will cover.“This agreement looks to promote the development of education programs, encourage local community participation, as well as the creation of a communication network between parks with emphasis on migratory birds, habitat restoration and aquatic resources,” SINAC Executive Director Rafael Gutiérrez said.“This is very fertile ground for us; this is a rich place for partnerships, and working together we can certainly make a better place,” added Christopher Stain, superintendent of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, in the U.S.The parks and protected areas includes in the arrangement are:For the U.S. National Park Service:1. St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
2. Mississippi National River and Recreation Area3. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
4. Voyageurs National Park
5. Grand Portage National Monument
6. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
7. Isle Royale National Park
8. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
9. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore10. Effigy Mounds National Monument11. Ice Age National Scenic Trail
12. Keweenaw National Historical Park13. Pipestone National Monument14. Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring NetworkFor Costa Rica’s National System of Conservation Areas:1. Corcovado
National Park2. Marino Ballena National Park3. Piedras Blancas National Park4. Térraba Sierpe National Wetlands5. Golfito Wildlife Refuge6. Isla del Caño Biologicial Reserve7. Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img
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A culinary marvel tucked away in gritty Jacó

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first_imgGraffiti’s tuna steak. Lindsay Fendt Main courses include the “Infamous” 10 oz. coffee and cacao encrusted beef tenderloin (the most expensive meal on the menu at $21.95), slow roasted pork riblets with garlic chimichurri, a yellowfin tuna steak and a Ghetto Fab veggie platter.The specials, written out in jazzy colors on a chalkboard, showed items like chipotle passion fruit glazed grilled chicken wings, Mexican steak nachos and blackened mahi mahi pineapple mango chutney.Alcoholic specialties, starting at $7, offered creative mash-ups like an aloe tini (hand-muddled cucumber and fresh lime sweetened aloe vera and vodka), a cucumber and basil martini, a voodoo rum punch and a pineapple and cinnamon mojito.It all sounded impressive. But visuals only go so far, and Graffiti costs more than your average Jacó joint.Graffiti promotes itself as one of the purveyors of slow food. A riff on and a counterpoint to fast food, these restaurants boast gourmet meals using fresh, local ingredients. A sign in the restaurant warns that orders might take a while to arrive, and guests should bide time with a drink from the wine bar. A couple of glasses of homemade sangria probably did help pass the time, as the wait never felt exorbitant for our party of four. We ordered two superb appetizers: the glazed wings special and Cali Style Flat bread, topped with caramelized pear, bacon and gorgonzola. Then we shared two incredible salads. The first came with a “petit filet” of steak, caramelized walnuts, bleu cheese and an addictive sweet dressing. A seared tuna salad came stacked with fish, greens, honey basil and soy caramel.For an entree, one member of our group selected the coffee encrusted steak, and the unique item arrived plump, juicy and flavorful, easily living up to its reputation. The rest of us went with fish. Our seafood selections included a sublime yellowfin tuna steak, flavored with soy caramel and other seasonings; a spectacular macadamia-crusted mahi mahi with a passion fruit sauce and some standard fish tacos. The fish tacos left something to be desired when compared to the rest of the smorgasbord laid before us. With such a flashy menu, the chanciest items probably have the best shot to astound your palette. (For one example on the drink menu, the pineapple and cinnamon mojito did not disappoint.) Graffiti’s name and ambience calls to mind two competing expectations. The food will either represent the grungy aesthetic of Jacó or some defiant and delicious artistry. Once the appetizers arrived – or maybe it was after a few sips of the sangria – the latter expectation (thankfully) proved to be the right one.The restaurant served up masterpieces, and we devoured them, enjoying one of the best meals to be had in Costa Rica.Colorful lights illuminate the restaurant, located in the corner of an unremarkable plaza along Jaco’s main highway, across from Citi Cinemas. Tags, splatter art and other street graphics adorn the inside walls. A funky vibe runs throughout the establishment, and to add to the funk, the restaurant occasionally hosts DJs and plays live music. Even the menu items sound vibrant and eccentric. No related posts.center_img Lindsay Fendt For dessert we decided on an old classic, Key Lime Pie. The South Florida treat is not easy to replicate, but once again, Graffiti surprised and impressed with a pie that was perfectly tart and neither gloopy nor thick with the filling. Our party, already feeling stuffed and bloated, finished off the pie in a few short minutes.For the slow food movement to succeed in Costa Rica, the meals must be stellar. Restaurants espousing local, gourmet fare continue to pop up around the country’s most touristy spots. In Jacó, Graffiti sets a high bar not only for the central Pacific, but also for the rest of the country.Graffiti Restro Café and Wine BarHours: M-Sa: 5-10 p.m.Phone: 2643-1708Reservations: RecommendedLocation: Located across from the Citi Cinemas in a nondescript strip mall along Jacó’s main road, Av Pastor Díaz.Website: www.facebook.com/graffiticrType of Food: FusionWhat’s available and prices: Bocas and Tapas, Greens, Ghetto Gourmet, a Gourmet Burger (made with 80 percent beef and 20 percent pork), flat breads, fish tacos, a kids’ menu and desserts. Specials also are available. Price range: $7-$22. Drinks: Graffiti Signature Martinis, Graffiti Signature Cocktails and plenty of fine wine selections. There also are non-alcoholic specials like a Strawberry Mint Soda. Facebook Comments Hidden in the back of a Jacó shopping center, Graffiti just might have some of the best food in Costa Rica.last_img
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Sailfish aplenty

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first_imgOn Aug. 21, Dave Harmon Jr. and friend Eric fished a full day offshore, catching three skip jack tuna and releasing three sailfish and three blue marlin weighting between 150 and 250 pounds. They also enjoyed two dorados for the table!On Aug. 28, Bobby Gatling and friends Robby, Leila and Taylor raised seven sailfish. The also got into the yellow fin tuna and caught five of them, the biggest weighting a little over 100 pounds! Facebook Comments Courtesy of Richard Chellemi No related posts.last_img
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Remains identified as Dutch tourists who were missing in Panama

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first_imgRelated posts:US man stabbed to death in coffee town north of San José Sentencing in Chile begins to bring closure in 41-year-old murder cases of US citizens Frank Teruggi and Charles Horman From Miami’s ‘Scarface’ pad, Panama’s exiled President Ricardo Martinelli fights back Panama court orders detention of ex-President Ricardo Martinelli Forensic tests have confirmed that the bodies of two women found in a dense patch of cloud forest near the Costa Rica-Panama border are Dutch tourists who had been missing since April.Lisanne Froon, 22, and Kris Kremers, 21, had traveled to Boquete, Panama, to do volunteer work with a group of local children. On April 2, the pair went on a hike down a mountain path bordering Costa Rica. They were never seen again, local residents told the BBC.According to a separate BBC report, an 18-person Dutch search team traveled to the area in May but did not find any sign of the women.Later, Panamanian police found human remains, a backpack, two cellphones and a pair of boots believed to have belonged to the women.On Monday, forensic analysts matched DNA from the remains to Froon’s family members, and on Wednesday, Kremers’s family released a statement saying they believed Kremer’s body also was found in the forest.Investigators have not yet determined the causes of death. Facebook Commentslast_img
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COD 2588 Opportunity in Escazú Price reduced

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first_img Previous Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-88-04.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-88-08.jpg No related posts. https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-88-02.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-88-10.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-88-03.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-88-09.jpgcenter_img https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-88-06.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-88-07.jpg Next Image info heading info content Price: $249,000Email: realestate@ticotimes.netProvince: San JoséCantón: EscazúConstruction: 350m2Land: 529m2Bedrooms: 3Bathrooms: 2Parking: 2A/C: NoDrastically reduced price! Beautiful, secluded 350 m2 house on a 529.27 m2 lot, this 2-story home is located in the amazing mountains of San Antonio de Escazú. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, separate living and dining rooms, an office/ 4th bedroom, covered parking for two cars, a nice terrace, 2 balconies, a storage area, and a front and back yard fully enclosed and an electric frontal fence.The master bedroom has a tall wooden ceilings and wooden floors with a nice sitting area, two balconies, walk in closet, a shower and a Jacuzzi. The house has handmade stain glass doors and nice wooden and stone accents all throughout.This house has the special feature of having its own a U.S. satellite system fully installed. Furniture sold separately. Facebook Comments https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/25-88-01.jpglast_img
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Almost ready to let go

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first_imgRelated posts:Spotted in Cahuita A Christmas tamal for your afternoon coffee Just another manic Monday… The Last Supper, Caribbean-style The year is almost over, and we’re all hanging onto 2017 a bit like this snake, captured in Cahuita National Park by Kristel Segeren: leaning in for the lastempujón (push) of the year.Read more about Costa Rican New Year’s celebrations, and other events, here: What to do during the high season: a few of our favorite summer eventscenter_img For more stories and photos from Kristel, visit her blog, The Tiny Travelogue, or follow her (and her dog’s) adventures in the tropics and beyond on Facebook or Instagram. Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series – the view from your home or favorite Costa Rican spot, or any other image you care to share? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to kstanley@ticotimes.net. We’d love to see the sights with you. Facebook Commentslast_img
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Sect claims Nigeria bomb attack that killed 15

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first_imgMAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) – A radical Islamist sect has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing at a north Nigeria church that killed at least 15 people.In a statement sent to journalists Monday, a spokesman for the sect known as Boko Haram claimed Sunday’s attack in the city of Bauchi, the capital of Bauchi state.The statement also again threatened journalists in Nigeria over what the statement described biased stories about the sect’s actions. How men can have a healthy 2019 Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sunday’s bombing wounded dozens of people, as the car bomb detonated as worshippers left an early morning church service.Boko Haram is waging an increasingly bloody sectarian fight with Nigeria’s weak central government. The sect is blamed for killing more than 550 people this year alone, according to an Associated Press count.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img
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Cardinal Martini liberal papal contender dies

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first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   “The time has come in which age and sickness have given me a clear signal that it’s time to resign from earthly things and prepare for the next coming of the Kingdom,” he wrote his readers. “I assure you of my prayers for all the questions that went unanswered.”A funeral was scheduled for Monday in Milan’s cathedral, where bells tolled on Friday afternoon upon word of Martini’s death.___Follow Nicole Winfield at http://www.twitter.com/nwinfield Top Stories The vital role family plays in society (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Born on Feb. 15, 1927, in Turin, Martini was ordained a priest in the Society of Jesus in 1952. After terms as rector at the Gregorian and Biblical Institute, he was named archbishop of Milan in 1979 and held the post until his retirement in 2002; within that time he was also head of the European Bishops’ Conference for six years, until 1993.In a statement Friday, the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi paid tribute to his fellow Jesuit, saying his style as a pastor set him apart. He quoted Martini as writing in his book “The Bishop” that a bishop can’t guide his flock with decrees and prohibitions alone.“Instead point to the interior formation, on the love and fascination with the Sacred Scripture, present the positive reasons for what we do according to the Gospel,” Martini wrote. “You will obtain much more than with rigid calls to observe norms.”Despite his desire to spend his final years in Jerusalem, Martini returned to Italy a few years ago as his Parkinson’s worsened. By the end, he was wheelchair bound and could barely speak.In June, he announced he could no longer continue with his Corriere della Sera Q&A column. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Martini frequently voiced openness to discuss divisive issues for the church, such as priestly celibacy, homosexuality and using condoms to fight HIV transmission. While not at odds with church teaching, his views nevertheless showed his progressive bent. He was an intellectual and a noted biblical scholar, yet he had a warm and personable style and seemed to connect with his flock like few high-ranking prelates.And, despite his liberal views in a College of Cardinals that grew increasingly conservative under Pope John Paul II, he was considered “papabile,” or having the qualities of a pope, going into the 2005 conclave that brought the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, to the papacy.Benedict was told Thursday that Martini’s death was near, and on Friday issued a heartfelt letter of condolence, praising his “dear brother” for serving the church generously and faithfully for so long. He cited Martini’s tenure as rector of the Jesuit’s Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and of the Pontifical Biblical Institute as well as his “diligent and sage” leadership of Milan’s Catholic faithful.Martini was well known and well-liked by Italians, many of whom got to know him by his frequent contributions to leading daily Corriere della Sera, which for three years ran a popular column “Letters to Cardinal Martini,” in which Martini would respond directly to questions submitted by readers. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center But he returned to the topic of priestly celibacy earlier this year_ as well as a host of other thorny issues like artificial procreation, embryo donation and euthanasia _ in his last book “Believe and Know,” a conversation with a left-leaning Italian politician and doctor who had been his same interviewer for the 2006 Espresso article.As a result of his openness to discussing sensitive issues, liberal Catholics had pinned their hopes on Martini going into the 2005 conclave, and some reports in the Italian media said he had received significant votes in the initial rounds of balloting.But according to the most detailed account of the conclave to emerge _ that of a purported diary kept by an unnamed cardinal _ Martini was never really in the running. Instead, Ratzinger’s main challenger was another conservative, Argentine Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio.Martini retired as Milan archbishop in 2002 and moved to Jerusalem to devote himself to prayer and study. He had long established relations with the Jewish community, writing books and articles on the relations between Christianity and Judaism.“Without a sincere feeling for the Jewish world, and a direct experience of it, one cannot fully understand Christianity,” he wrote in the book “Christianity and Judaism: A Historical and Theological Overview.” “Jesus is fully Jewish, the apostles are Jewish, and one cannot doubt their attachment to the traditions of their forefathers.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Associated PressVATICAN CITY (AP) – Italian Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, a rare liberal within the highly conservative Catholic Church hierarchy who was nevertheless considered a papal contender in the last conclave, died Friday. He was 85.Martini, a Jesuit and former archbishop of the important archdiocese of Milan, had been battling Parkinson’s disease for several years. His death at a Jesuit institute in Gallarate, near Varese, was announced by the Milan archdiocese, which said his condition had worsened Thursday evening. The topics covered everything from the clerical sex abuse scandal to whether it was morally acceptable for a Catholic to be cremated (“it’s possible and allowed,” he wrote). His responses were filled with Biblical citations and references to church teachings, but were accessible as well, written as if he were chatting with his readers rather than preaching to them.Martini also wasn’t afraid to discuss issues that, while important to many lay Catholics, are usually considered off-limits by his colleagues.In 2006, he raised eyebrows at the Vatican when he told the Italian weekly L’Espresso that condoms could be considered a “lesser evil” in combating AIDS, particularly for a married couple. While somewhat revolutionary at the time, his views seem to have struck a chord: Four years later, Benedict himself came close to echoing Martini’s sentiment when he said a male prostitute who intends to use a condom might be taking a step toward a more responsible sexuality because he was looking out for the welfare of his partner.In 2009, Martini insisted he was misquoted by a German publication as calling for a re-evaluation of priestly celibacy as a means to combat pedophilia among priests.last_img
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first_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories center_img Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Serbia’s state television says Cosovic has declared himself a fan of the Red Star Belgrade soccer club.Soccer hooligans in Serbia are notorious for far-right violence. In the most recent incident, England’s U-21 players complained of racial abuse during a match in Serbia in mid-October.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – A Serbian man has been detained after pictures posted on Facebook appeared to show him setting the Muslim holy book on fire using a lighter.Prosecutor for cybercrime Branko Stamenkovic said Wednesday that the man is suspected of inciting “religious hatred and intolerance.” He faces up to eight years in prison.Stamenkovic identified the suspect as Predrag Cosovic from the capital of Belgrade. He says police detained Cosovic on Tuesday, a day after he allegedly posted the photos of the Quran burning.last_img
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