Category Archives: Italy

Fodors Ultimate Italy Sweepstakes

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Fodor’s is running a sweepstakes where you can win a trip for two to Italy 
The Grand Prize includes:
  • Aperitifs on the terrace with The Tuscan Sun Cookbook authors, Frances and Ed Mayes, at their Tuscan home, Bramasole
  • Signed copy of The Tuscan Sun Cookbook
  • Round trip airfare for two on Alitalia
  • Three night stay for 2 at Hotel Lucchesi in Florence 
  • Ground transfers
The First Prize (10):
  • Signed copy of The Tuscan Sun Cookbook
Enter once per person every 24 hour period
Sweepstakes ends May 14, 2012
Open to legal residents of the 50 US States & DC
Must be 18 years or older at time of entry

Enter the contest Here

A Few Interesting Articles

Here are some interesting articles reported by the Associated Press and posted on Yahoo.

U.S. No-Fly List Doubles In One Year – The no-fly list went from 10,000 known or suspected terrorists to 21,000. Most people on the list are from other countries with about 500 being American

From Shipwreck in Italy, A Treasure Now Beckons – During the evacuation of the Costa Concordia, almost everything on board was abandoned- jewels, art work, cash and much more. A treasure lies beneath the water and it could just be a matter of time before treasure hunters set their sights on it.

Police: TSA Agent At JFK Stole $5K From Passenger – Police say a TSA agent stole $5,000 from a passenger’s jacket as he was going through security at JFK. The cash was taken from a Bangladeshi passenger as it wemt along an X-ray conveyor belt. There is video footage of the theft. The money has not been recovered.

Happy Holidays 2011

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Last year we flew business class to Italy on Christmas Day with British Airways. The airport was quieter than expected. Our flight didn’t leave until late at night so we had a nice time in the BA Terrace Lounge at JFK airport in Terminal 7. The snacks were decent but we were allowed into the dining area which worked out well.
We sat upstairs in business class which was not too busy. Everyone was in a great mood and some of the flight attendants were wearing santa hats.
My wife & I and some other passengers were taking pictures and a couple of flight attendants offered to let us wear their santa hats. The hats definitely added some fun to our pre-flight photo-op.

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pre-Santa hat pic
This year we are home for the holidays! My wife and I are expecting our first child in a few weeks! I look forward to having another travel companion very soon!!!
I hope that everyone has a happy holidays and there are lots of great mileage earning opportunities, trips & flights planned for 2012!