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Celebrating 50 Years of Human Space Flight:NASA’s Johnson Space Center

April 16, 2014

On April 11, 1970 Jack Swigert uttered the now infamous phrase: “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” Across the darkness of space his words traveled from the Apollo 13 back to handlers in Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The problem of which he spoke was an exploded oxygen tank that crippled the craft’s service module and threatened the lives of all three astronauts aboard the Saturn V rocket.

Euros, Pounds and Plastic...Oh My!

April 4, 2014

On your Ireland vacation, you’ll no doubt want to pick up something to remember your travels by. Waterford crystal and Belleek Pottery, Irish whisky and chunky-knit Aran sweaters are just some of the souvenirs coveted by travelers to the Emerald Isle. But the question is, just how will you pay for your goods and services? While cash is the easiest and most immediate form of payment, there are some pitfalls when it comes to visiting a country with two currencies.

Good Eats!: The Best of Italian Cuisine

March 26, 2014

Food is serious business in Italy. It seems every restaurant we visited featured a recipe perfected by generations of grandmothers and a chef just bursting to tell you all about his family specialty. The great thing is you don’t have to spend a lot to get some pretty spectacular dishes: a simple local trattoria is often times better than the finest international restaurant and a pizzeria gets you the best $10 beer and pizza you’ve ever tasted.

We’re Falling for Hawaii: Why September May Be Your Best Bet for Visiting the Aloha State

March 19, 2014

While there’s never a bad time to visit Hawaii, it seems that autumn may be the most favorable time of year for planning your trip. Ironically, this low season is also your best bet for good weather and smaller crowds. Largely dry, warm and sunny with temperatures in the low 70s to low 80s, the month of September seems to be the sweet spot for a Hawaiian vacation. Here’s why:

High Sierra Majesty

March 12, 2014

John Muir once said “No temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite.” A wilderness of evergreen forests, high meadows and sheer granite cliffs, this national park is nature’s temple and millions converge each year to worship in its grandeur. From El Capitan, the largest single granite rock on earth, to the Yosemite Valley, the park’s “Main Street,” Yosemite’s natural attractions have become icons of American landscape.

St. Paddy’s Day in Dublin

March 4, 2014

As the national holiday celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, on St. Patrick’s Day it seems everybody wants to be Irish. In honor of the patron saint of the Emerald Isle, March 17 has become synonymous with good friends, great parties and copious pints of Guinness.

Canyonlands by Night

February 12, 2014

After you’ve explored the natural wonders of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, you won’t want to miss the finishing touch to an unforgettable day in Moab, Utah. The “Canyonlands by Night” sound and light show is a local experience that first begun in the early 1960s and remains one of the area’s most spectacular experiences.