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Guest Post: Amy Kortuem

    Bonjour!   My name is Amy.  Here is my story .  It’s about  adventu re. S urprise.  D isappointment.  M usic ,  art ,  discove ry .  It’s even a little juicy.        First, I am from North Mankato, Minnesota. I live in a charming old Craftsman-style bungalow   that I love   despite  its quirks,  creaks , crookedness ,   and  the occasional wayward bat they are always gently  shepherded outside in a net , a ccompanied by lo...
Tags: Travel, France, Chicago, Paris, Liam Neeson, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Mom, Mikhail Gorbachev, Seine, Monet, Mona Lisa, Amy, Corey, St Patrick, CDG


Frontier Airlines is launching 19 new routes and expanding to 3 new cities in 2021 with a new shortest route at 167 nautical miles — here's the full list

A Frontier Airlines Airbus A321. Carlos Yudica / Shutterstock.com Frontier Airlines is planning massive growth in 2021 with 19 new routes and entry into three new cities. The bi-coastal expansion will focus primarily on California and Florida but cities across the US will see increased service.  In the Caribbean, Frontier is taking the fight to Spirit Airlines with increased service to the Dominican Republic and US Virgin Islands.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Fronti...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, News, Air Travel, California, Mexico, Planes, US, Sacramento, San Francisco, Trends, Chicago, Flying, Miami, Airbus


Frontier Airlines is launching 19 new routes and expanding to 3 new cities in 2021 with a new shortest route at 171 nautical miles — here's the full list

A Frontier Airlines Airbus A321. Carlos Yudica / Shutterstock.com Frontier Airlines is planning massive growth in 2021 with 19 new routes and entry into three new cities. The bi-coastal expansion will focus primarily on California and Florida but cities across the US will see increased service.  In the Caribbean, Frontier is taking the fight to Spirit Airlines with increased service to the Dominican Republic and US Virgin Islands.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Fronti...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, News, Air Travel, California, Mexico, Planes, US, Sacramento, San Francisco, Trends, Chicago, Flying, Miami, Airbus


what i'm reading: beaten down, worked up: the past, present, and future of american labor

Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor by Steven Greenhouse is exactly what the subtitle says: a history and analysis of the rise, decline, and re-emergence of the labour movement in the United States. Although the context is American, the lessons in the stories easily apply to Canada, and perhaps globally, to labour movements everywhere. Greenhouse covered labour issues for The New York Times for more than 30 years. It's obvious that the research for Beaten D...
Tags: Travel, Florida, New York, Activism, Obama, Mexico, Kaiser Permanente, White House, US, America, Los Angeles, History, Earth, Chicago, Canada, United States


Velia: Guide to the Greek and Roman Excavations

Yes, I know your objections to Naples. “But the crime!” you point out. Perhaps you mumble something about piles of garbage. We who know her counter with, “But she is a diamond in the rough!” So let’s let the camera speak, because the verbal argument is long and tedious. Consider Vesuvius Vesuvius, the only active volcano in Europe, is the focal point of Naples You can’t miss the volcano when you ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, China, Wikipedia, America, Chicago, Italy, Newcastle, Illinois, Naples, Napoli, Piazza, Pompeii, Hemingway, Campania, Positano


Southwest just announced 12 new routes to leisure destinations like Hawaii and Mexico as it prepares to fly the Boeing 737 Max again — here's the full list

Southwest Airlines will launch 12 new routes in 2021. Carlos Yudica / Shutterstock.com Southwest Airlines is expanding with 12 new leisure routes across the United States and Mexico.  Savannah, Georgia and Sarasota, Florida are the focus of the expansion, with nine new routes to those cities. Hawaii and Mexico will see three new routes as Americans seek vacations in tropical locales. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Southwest Airlines is continuing a nationwide expansion...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, California, Mexico, Planes, Trends, Chicago, Flying, United States, Hawaii, George Bush, Long Beach, Nashville, John Wayne


How much money you need to make to live comfortably in every state in America

The annual income needed to live comfortably in New York is $95,724. turtix/Shutterstock The cost of living is notoriously high in the US — but it can vary widely by state. Many Americans are reconsidering their living situations amid the coronavirus pandemic. More than 51 million Americans have filed for unemployment as months of lockdowns continue.  GoBankingRates determined the "living wage" necessary to live comfortably in each US state earlier this fall. Some states, like New York, re...
Tags: Travel, Personal Finance, Utah, Florida, New York, Texas, Money, Minnesota, Mississippi, Maryland, Minneapolis, Colorado, California, Housing, Montana, Washington


Arbor Lodging Management Secures Third-party Management Business Of Chicago Marriott Northwest

Chicago-based hotel management company, Arbor Lodging Management, today announced it has added the Marriott Chicago Northwest in Hoffman Estates, Illinois to its growing portfolio of third-party managed hotels. This addition brings Arbor Lodging Management's portfolio total to 35 hotels now spann ing across 15 states in 22 markets, showcasing the company's ability to grow and gain trusted third-party management business amidst a challenging period for the hospitality industry. Arbor Lodgi...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Chicago, United States, Ihg, Hoffman Estates, Marriott Hilton Hyatt, Chicago Marriott Northwest, Arbor Lodging Management, Marriott Chicago Northwest, Sheenal Patel, Hilton Marriott Hotels Resorts Courtyard


Oil falls on coronavirus surge, unexpected U.S. crude stockpile rise | Reuters

Oil falls on coronavirus surge, unexpected U.S. crude stockpile rise | Reuters Oil prices fell on Thursday, weighed down by the surge in coronavirus cases that is hampering the global economy, along with an unexpected rise in U.S. crude stockpiles.Oil futures tracked with U.S. equities, which also fell on pandemic concerns. Europe is grappling with a sharp increase in infections and new social restrictions. In the United States, new cases have surpassed 100,000 per day for several days, and more...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Chicago, United States, Reuters, Reuters Oil, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Phil Flynn, Price Futures Group


Guest Post: Anna Schlemma

  A day without Corey is like a day without sunshine.  I always begin my day with Sunshine.  I’ve been reading Corey’s “reflections” for many years, and am always deeply appreciative of her open-heartedness, talents, insights, and wisdom, and the beautiful way she IS in this world.  I’m delighted and humbled to have been invited to share a bit of myself here.  I will now attempt to distill and encapsulate a life for almost two weeks short of 72 years.          I was ...
Tags: Travel, Chicago, National Parks, West Coast, Anna, Michael, Andy, Amy, Eric, Corey, University of Notre Dame, Evan, Bavaria Germany, Montessori, Valerie, Indiana University South Bend


Percipia Launches New Integrated VIVA solution for Alexa for Hospitality

Chicago, IL - Percipia, a leading provider of enhanced hospitality in-room applications, launches a new voice integrated virtual assistant solution, VIVA. VIVA is Percipia's industry-leading integration engine Parallax that uses Amazon's Alexa for Hospitality. This new collaboration enables over 30 major Property Management Systems (PMS) and other various hotel systems to integrate with Alexa for Hospitality and offer a more cohesive and connected solution.
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Chicago, Alexa, Property Management Systems PMS, Alexa for Hospitality, Percipia, Percipia Launches New Integrated VIVA, VIVA VIVA


Guest Post: Susan May

My name is Susan May, I am delighted to tell a bit of my story, here on Corey's blog.                I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska.    Growing up far from the continental United States, travel has been part of my life since a toddler.            Which made moving to Switzerland, 14 years ago, for my husband's job, an adventure more than a challenge.                   8 years into our life in Zurich, we...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Europe, California, Germany, Chicago, Munich, United States, Alaska, Italy, Switzerland, Sfo, Customs, Bavaria, Zurich, Susan


Tweets vs Blogposts

Hola! If you are a longtime reader of this blog (or blogs in general), you would know how blogging as a hobby has been sort of replaced by things like Instagram, tweets, and so on and so forth. Both in general and for me. And how blogging is now a lot more "content marketing" where companies pay peanuts to desk monkeys to churn out words that trap those search engine spiders logs. And how the "content" that is created does not really do anything good to any reader, even if they may want to read ...
Tags: Travel, Twitter, Instagram, Blogging, Chicago, Rant, Harry Potter, Mumbai, Krishna, Kevin Kelly, Twitter and Instagram, 1000 True Fans


Brand Moves for Wednesday October 14

In early March we began reporting daily on how brands were dealing with Covid-19. But it’s become clear that the current climate is one of near-perpetual disruption, so we decided to keep on telling the stories of inspiring brand leadership and strategy amid the latest crises in an anxious world. Our goal is to provide an up-to-the-minute source of information, inspiration and insight on brand moves as they happen. UK-based Rocco Forte Hotels has responded to the continuing confusion surroundin...
Tags: Travel, Nordstrom, UK, New York, Advertising, San Francisco, Walmart, Chicago, Italy, Alinea, Mario, Michelin, Dublin, Sam, Levi Strauss, Levi


Looking To Travel In The US? Here Are The Travel Restrictions By State

(CBS13/CNN) — With the Covid-19 pandemic in near-constant fluctuation in the United States, the 50 states are having to adapt rapidly with their rules and regulations. If you’re planning a family vacation or simply wish to travel from California to another state, it is important to be updated on the latest statewide regulations. While some US states — like California — have no statewide restrictions on travel, all their sites have important Covid-19 safety information, including possible face ma...
Tags: Travel, Google, Utah, Florida, New York, Texas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Maryland, Colorado, California, Cdc, Montana, Washington, Kentucky, Oregon


Guest Post: Alan Putz

  This November my blog will be 16 years old. To celebrate I am asking you my readers to submit a Guest Post for my blog as a way of celebrating our connectedness as a community through social media.  I hope you will send me your story or at least a glimpse into your life (please send your story and JPEG photos to my email then I will post them to my blog. This will introduce you to one another. Many of you are feeling shy, or worse not worthy as if there is a prize for the best life lived....
Tags: Travel, America, Chicago, Guest Post, Paris, Alan, Les Halles, Mark, Corey, French la Vie, Alan Putz


Emily In Paris on Netflix

Vincent and I binge watched the new series, Emily in Paris, on Netflix last Friday.   Emily in Paris, written and created by Darren Star, who also created Sex and the City, tells the tale of Emily Cooper, a wide-eyed, American millennial, who is a junior assistant at a Chicago based marketing company, who is suddenly whisked to Paris to work at an upscale, luxury marketing company. Emily arrives in Paris without knowing anyone or a word of French and moves into a chamber de bonne on the f...
Tags: Travel, Fashion, New York, Hollywood, Film, Star, Chicago, Netflix, Paris, Vincent, Pat, Darren Star, Emily, Lily Collins, Frenchie, Palais Royal


Oil jumps 5% on Trump health update, Norway shutdowns | Reuters

Oil jumps 5% on Trump health update, Norway shutdowns | Reuters:Oil prices climbed more than 5% on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump said he will leave the hospital where he is being treated for COVID-19, while six Norwegian offshore oil and gas fields were shut as more workers joined a strike.Brent LCOc1 rose $2.02, or 5.1%, to settle at $41.29 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 rose $2.17, or 5.9%, to settle at $39.22 a barrel.“A lot of people thought last week’s se...
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Norway, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Phil Flynn, Price Futures Group


24 of the weirdest and most unique McDonald's restaurants in the world

This McDonald's restaurant in Australia is designed in the art deco style of the 1920s and '30s. Tim McRae/Getty Images McDonald's operates more than 34,000 restaurants worldwide in 118 countries, but some locations are more uniquely designed than others. Around the world, McDonald's restaurants can be found inside historic train stations, decommissioned planes, and even century-old colonial mansions. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. McDonald's restaurants are am...
Tags: Retail, Features, Fast Food, Restaurant, Restaurant Chains, Photos, Fast Food Industry, Food, McDonald's, Mcdonald's Franchise


Oil falls on mounting COVID-19 cases, supply concerns | Reuters

Oil falls on mounting COVID-19 cases, supply concerns | Reuters:Oil edged lower on Friday, falling more than 2% on the week as COVID-19 cases surged globally and oil supply is set to rise in coming weeks.Brent crude futures LCOc1 settled at $41.92 a barrel, down 2 cents, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 lost 6 cents to $40.25 a barrel.Brent dropped 2.9% for the week and WTI sunk 2.1%“There is this second wave of fear overhanging the oil market at this point and that’s ...
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Brent, Reuters, U S West Texas Intermediate WTI, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Phil Flynn, Price Futures Group


The CEO of air taxi firm Hopscotch Air sees the pandemic as an opportunity to replace airlines as they abandon regional routes – here's how he plans to do it

Hopscotch Air operates a fleet of four Cirrus SR-20/22 series aircraft. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider New York's Hopscotch Air is an air taxi firm that seeks to offer a cost-efficient alternative to aircraft charter with piston-powered aircraft. CEO Andrew Schmertz has been using the downturn as a way to reimagine his operation and how air taxis can be used to fill the void left by regional airlines. New travel trends show the wealthy flying more infrequently but also using the air taxis...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, Air Travel, Washington, Boston, Massachusetts, Planes, New York City, US, Trends, Chicago, Flying, Manhattan, Aviation, Airlines


Oil edges higher after U.S. crude, fuel stockpiles draw down | Reuters

Oil edges higher after U.S. crude, fuel stockpiles draw down | Reuters:Oil prices edged higher on Wednesday, supported by U.S. government data that showed crude and fuel inventories dropped last week, though concerns about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic capped gains. Brent crude LCOc1 rose 5 cents to settle at $41.77 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude CLc1 gained 13 cents to settle at $39.93 a barrel.U.S. crude, gasoline and distillate inventories all fell last week, Energy Informati...
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Energy Information Administration, Eci, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Phil Flynn, Price Futures Group, USOILG


Those were the days

This is from May 2012, the last time Ken and I flew together. We were headed to upstate New York to get married and were fortunate to have a friend who agreed to stay in our house and watch over Callie, our border collie. We left from Terminal 2E on an Air France flight to Boston* where we visited friends and spent the night before driving west to Albany. Enjoying a pre-departure snack and some wine. That Airbus 380 out the window was not our plane. We were on a Boeing 747 that day.  I've only...
Tags: Travel, New York, Boston, New York City, Chicago, Washington Dc, Paris, Jfk, Montreal, Boeing, Albany, Air France, Logan, Ken, WCS, Washington Dulles


"fine. biden. but this is bullshit."

  I've said it before and I'll say it again: Donald Trump is the single greatest gift the Democratic Party could ever hope to receive. The Democrats have finally achieved their most sought-after position: every thinking person must now vote Democrat, no matter what. They can now run whoever they want with whatever consequences that will have, because the alternative is an existential threat to the country itself. Both parties, of course, have always been an existential threat to other countries...
Tags: Travel, Asia, White House, US, Dnc, Joe Biden, History, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton, US politics, Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton, Ohio, John Kerry, Biden


Open letter to the President and Provost of the U. of Chicago

Dear President Zimmer and Provost Ka: Although I've been featured in a profile in the Maroon (Generation X': A Brief History of Dropouts and Transfer Students at the University of Chicago, by Hannah Edgar, October 27, 2016), I've never before been moved to respond to a message from the President of the U. of C. But a comment from your message today to alums, as quoted [below], is a mealie-mouthed evasion of substantive action with respect to the UCPD -- and an evasion of the University's histo...
Tags: Travel, Chicago, University, University Of Chicago, Hyde Park, Edward, Zimmer, Chicago Police, Chicago Police Department, South Side, CPD, University of Chicago Police Department, Edward Hasbrouck, South Side You, Hannah Edgar October


Travelling via Chicago

As if there weren't already enough complications and concerns for those who have to travel, a "self-quarantine" travel order issued a week ago by the Commissioner of Health of the City of Chicago has cast a cloud of uncertainty over what might happen to people who try to change planes, trains, or buses in Chicago. The health order requires anyone who enters the Chicago city limits from any of a blacklist of states designated by the Chicago Department of Health to "self-quarantine" for 14 days o...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Texas, California, Chicago, Dallas, Chicagoland, Hare, Edward, Southwest Airlines, Amtrak, United Airlines, Pullman, Union Station, Des Plaines, Midway Airport


Southwest Airlines Kicked A Two Year Old Off A Plane

Last month Southwest kicked an autistic three year old off a flight for not wearing a mask. And then a week later JetBlue kicked a two year old off. Now Southwest has joined the two year old club, kicking a woman and her two year old son off a Fort Myers – Chicago flight on Saturday. The boy was “snacking prior to takeoff and wasn’t wearing his mask.” Continue reading Southwest Airlines Kicked A Two Year Old Off A Plane...
Tags: Travel, Masks, Chicago, Passengers, Southwest Airlines, Jetblue, Southwest


Covid-19 Diary : Sunday 13 September, 2020

  An introductory request.  If you’re finding these twice-weekly Covid-19 diary entries helpful, can I ask you to reciprocate in a small measure.  As you might have seen on Friday, I’m holding the annual fundraising drive to secure the needed funds to be able to continue to devote my time sufficiently to keep writing this for you.  I have to make a choice twice every week at present – do I spend a day researching my latest diary entry, or do I go out and work somewhere for the day instead? Ther...
Tags: Travel, UK, Science, Russia, Israel, US, Los Angeles, West Virginia, Chicago, Current Affairs, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vatican, Vatican City, Las Vegas, Sin City


United is shifting its strategy as it rebuilds its flight schedule, targeting new pockets of demand in Africa, India, and Hawaii

"We're using this time to re-envision the network to build back, not necessarily the network that we had, but to build the network for the future of United Airlines," said the airline's head of international route planning. Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty United Airlines announced new routes on Wednesday, adding service connecting the continental US to Africa, India, and Hawaii. The new routes represent a shift in strategy for United as the airline seeks to capture bright spots...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Africa, US, San Francisco, Trends, Chicago, United States, Hawaii, Washington Dc, Newark, Airlines, Seattle, New Delhi, United, United Airlines


The reconversion of Hagia Sophia in perspective

At the beginning of January 1921, a special service was held in the cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, with Orthodox and Episcopal clergy offering prayers in six languages—Hungarian, Greek, Arabic, Russian, Serbian, and English—for the restoration of Hagia Sophia as a Christian sanctuary. As reported in the New York Times, the enormous church was filled to capacity for the service, with hundreds of would-be worshippers turned away at the doors. Similar services were held simultan...
Tags: Europe, Books, England, Featured, Russia, New York City, Religion, America, History, Chicago, Unesco, New York Times, Paris, Bulgaria, Christian, Istanbul



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