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Travel feature: Isle of Wight
 By Tim Saunders   --Vacation Resorts, Travel

A breath of fresh air.

Five Endless Summer Escapes
 By News on the Net   --Vacation Resorts, Travel

As summer winds down, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort — the only true beachfront, boutique resort on Florida’s Gulf Coast, rivaling the élan of South Beach — invites sun seekers to head to the crown jewel of Southwest Florida to indulge in a “Last Minute Getaway” with rates starting at $219/night, for stays now - Sept. 30, 2014 — offering 20% off best available rates when using promotional code: LAST.

The Commons Hotel Celebrates Fields Medal First
 By News on the Net   --Vacation Resorts, Travel

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – In celebration of Maryam Mirzakhani’s recent honor — marking the first time in history a woman has ever been awarded the prestigious Fields Medal for mathematics, The Commons Hotel, conveniently located close to downtown Minneapolis on the University of Minnesota campus, is thrilled to unveil the Au=M² package, starting at $226*/night. Inspiring travelers to embrace their inner-geek with elements that honor the first female Fields Medal winner, Maryam Mirzakhani, The Commons’ Au=M² package includes overnight accommodations, two tickets to experience the new “Math Moves” exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota, in-room welcome amenities – including the current issue of Popular Science, and breakfast for two at The Beacon Public House.

New Zealand on a budget
 By News on the Net   --Vacation Resorts, Travel

With incredible natural beauty, unique wildlife, fabulous food and wine, and fascinating Maori culture, visiting New Zealand is often considered a bucket list trip. However, a dream vacation doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg – there are many ways to see the country on a budget.

Why take a ‘selfie,’ when you can do a ‘dronie?’
 By News on the Net   --Vacation Resorts, Travel

Santa Monica, Calif., – “Dronies” – a new trend where flying drones are used to shoot personal video “selfies” – has taken off over New Zealand’s holiday resorts, enabling visitors from around the world to share the epic beauty and experiences of their South Island holiday.

Bernardus Lodge & Spa Invites Guests to Indulge In the Property’s 15th Anniversary Offer
 By News on the Net   --Vacation Resorts, Travel

CARMEL VALLEY, Ca.  – Bernardus Lodge & Spa invites guests to pack their bags and celebrate the 15th anniversary of this Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure perennial award-winning resort with its “$15,000 15th Anniversary” package. Explore the landscape and embrace the epicurean delights of wine country – all with sumptuous accommodations.  The Bernardus Lodge & Spa “$15,000 15th Anniversary” package is available for a limited time, from August 1 to December 31, 2014.

 By Tim Saunders

Vous or tu? The polite and informal ways of saying ‘you’ that can cause social difficulties in France. In English we just have to contend with a simple ‘you’ and do not need to worry about offending anyone. But it’s different in France and we debate this after our game of boules with Tim and Ellen Weir at Les Hiboux in Crezieres, Poitou-Charentes.

Bernardus Lodge & Spa Announces Partnership with Luxury Spa and Skincare Line, ESPA
 By News on the Net

CARMEL VALLEY, Calif. – Bernardus Lodge & Spa – located in the lush mountain valley between the Monterey peninsula and the Big Sur coast – is thrilled to announce a partnership with luxury spa and skincare line, ESPA, at its onsite spa, SpaTerre. With a focus on well-being, SpaTerre at Bernardus Lodge creates a natural environment for guests and offers an array of distinctive services, from vinotherapy and marine-inspired treatments to international traditions, elevating relaxation to an art form.

Live To Play Another Day Starting at $869 per night*
 By News on the Net
  • Daily breakfast for two at Hot Tin Roof
  • One cocktail per person, per day at Liquid Lounge or Sunset Pier
  • Daily “Rejuvenating Massage” for two including Isotonic B-12 vitamin shots
  • Accommodations in an Oceanview Boutique Suite

Inspired by the sun-soaking, margarita-sipping lifestyle of Old Town, Key West, “Live to Play Another Day” encourages visitors to indulge and then rejuvenate, all in oceanfront opulence at Ocean Key Resort. The adventurous start the party early with cocktails at Liquid Lounge, before exploring the island’s famous nightlife. A stroll down Duval Street leads to Key West staples including Sloppy Joes and The Lazy Gecko. Wild nights blend seamlessly into tranquil mornings as guests awake to the unparalleled island and ocean views from their Oceanview Boutique Suite.

Historic New Zealand Lodge Celebrates Milestone Anniversary
 By News on the Net

Santa Monica, Calif. – One of New Zealand’s most historic homes, Pen-y-bryn Lodge, is spending 2014 celebrating the 125th anniversary of its construction.

Dohany Ut Great Synagogue
 By Andrew G. Benjamin

I was not yet born.

The Jewish center of Budapest was among the most beautiful in this most beautiful city some call the Paris of eastern Europe. That is an understatement, for unlike Paris that closes down these days at 9 p.m. or earlier due to fear of Arab gangs roaming the streets, and is filed with trash, literally as well as figuratively,  Budapest is the city that never sleeps. Lit up and lively, music comes at one from every corner and alley. Next to it, I say with confidence, New York is dead asleep and is rolling over.

The Edgewater Hotel Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ World Tour
 By News on the Net

Fifty years ago, on February 7, 1964, Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight 101 from London Heathrow landed at New York’s Kennedy Airport and “Beatlemania” hit America. The Beatles had just launched the US leg of their world tour.

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