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Share Your Thoughts With the TSA

February 28th, 2008 by

Got something to say – good or bad – about the Transportation Security Administration? Check out their blog at, which started Jan. 30, and let them know your thoughts.

According to a New York Times article, Kip Hawley, TSA director, started the blog titled Evolution of Security, “to harness the amount of energy that’s out there, and our need to get the passenger and us on the same side.”

And it’s not a bunch of promotional talk, either. They allow real back and forth, including plenty of complaints, between Hawley and his readers. On the blog, you’ll also find the latest news and updates about the TSA and its procedures, as well as links to other independent bloggers, personal blogs by five TSA employees and news reports.

Who knows? Maybe you’ll even encourage change. Says the New York Times: “Last week, readers scored a point after some complained about a security procedure. At some airports, screeners had been ordering passengers to remove all electronics from their bags, rather than just laptops. There is no such rule. ‘We learned that this exercise was set up by local T.S.A. officers,’ the agency reported back on the blog. By Monday afternoon, the word had gone out to T.S.A. screeners nationally: BlackBerrys, iPods and other electronics stay in bags.”

New Date for Provence Coastal Walk

February 25th, 2008 by

Have you been dreaming of a trip through the lavender fields of Provence? Apparently, you’re not alone! The guided Provence Coastal Walk has been one of our most popular trips this year with many dates already sold out. So to meet demand, we’ve decided to add another departure date on May 18, which is a great time of year to see the exotic Mediterranean flora.

So why has it proven to be such a hit? You’ll get to wander through quiet coves, sheltered creeks, coastal paths and lush hill valleys with orange trees, peaches, almonds, corks and Aleppo pines. You’ll also visit traditional Provencal villages, have the opportunity to swim in the Mediterranean and walk in the glamorous Cote d’Azur. To finish off the week, there’s an unforgettable champagne lunch on a private sailing yacht around millionaire’s bay!

If that sounds right up your alley, call soon, as each tour is limited to eight people.

Continental Goes High Tech

February 21st, 2008 by

If it’s entertainment you’re looking for on your next flight, then you should consider booking with Continental. The Houston-based airlines just announced that beginning in January 2009, it will offer in-flight satellite television and Wi-Fi Internet access through an agreement with LiveTV LLC, a unit of JetBlue Airways Corp.

The new features will be available on US flights at every seat on next generation aircraft. Satellite television will be free in first-class, and will be available for $6 to economy-class customers. They are also working with LiveTV, testing Wi-Fi connectivity services that will allow access to e-mail and instant messaging while onboard. Imagine the work you could get done!

Click here for more details.

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