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Discovering Dali on the Costa Brava – Spain

On a trip that ranked very high on the “wow factor” scale, the highlights for me were related to Salvador Dali and his beloved wife Gala. Images of Dali’s colorful expressions and waxed mustache have always caught my attention. In fact, ever since I visited the Dali Museum in St Petersburg, Florida years ago, I’ve […]

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3 Romantic Places to Visit on the Costa Brava – Spain

The relatively unknown Costa Brava in Catalonia is located on Spain’s rugged northeast coast. The beautiful sand beaches, quaint coves and jagged cliffs at the edge of the sea harmonize with the natural inland beauty to create an absolutely stunning landscape. Roughly a 2 hour drive from Barcelona, Costa Brava is the perfect getaway for […]

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The Ins and Outs of Flying Non-Rev Stand By

Last month, I spent three days at the Sydney Airport’s International Terminal. I was flying “stand by” and there were no empty seats. During this time, I began to think about my past 40 years of flying stand by. As an airline employee and now as a retiree, I have been able to fly all […]

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Catalunya Experience Blog Trip

It was a sincere pleasure to participate in the BlogTrip09, sponsored by Turisme de Catalunya. My role on the blog trip was to have a great time, enjoy a remarkable Catalunya experience and then blog about it on Brilliant Tips from BrilliantTrips.com. Our group consisted of nine travel bloggers, including myself, as well as our […]

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My First Flight Aboard the Mega Airbus A380

As a self-proclaimed airplane geek, it was quite a thrill for me to fly from Dubai to New York on an Emirates Airbus A380 this past week. The plane is absolutely enormous with a wingspan of over 261 feet which is longer than the overall length at just over 238 feet. At first glance, the […]

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The Middle Seat and Airplane Etiquette

The dreaded middle seat. No matter how hard you try to avoid it if you’re a frequent traveler, you’re bound to end up sitting in the middle seat on occasion. This past weekend my dad was in town for a visit and got stuck with a middle seat on his way here. In my life, […]

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The New York Times Travel Show 2009

It was a very busy Saturday at the Javits Center in New York City as travel suppliers from around the globe presented their best for the upcoming year at the New York Times Travel Show. After collecting my badge, I headed to the southeast corner of the floor and jumped right in. My first notable […]

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