May 2, 2016 |
In November, I booked our all-inclusive vacation to Martinique, wired the deposit, and began counting down the days to our March week in the Caribbean. Including my wife, Linda, and our grown children, Max and Zoe, we were a family of four headed for the nonstop sports and lavish buffets of Club Med's Buccaneers Creek in the French West Indies. We had heard that some vacationers were canceling travel to the region because of a spooky, mosquito-borne virus surging in South America and making its way up the archipelago that includes Martinique.
October 9, 1988 |
My wife and I would like to take our children to England this year for a traditional, old-fashioned Christmas. Our daughter, in particular, would like to see some of the places associated with Charles Dickens, because she has been reading some of his works in her English class. Can you give us any suggestions? Somehow, Christmas in England does seem to have a very special flavor - for which Dickens should probably get at least part of the credit. One of the companies that offers old-fashioned Christmas tours will have a special emphasis on Dickens.
July 1, 1990 |
BULGARIAN HOLIDAY. What was once a posh resort for Communist Party high officials will become an international Club Med under an agreement signed recently in Paris. Situated north of the Black Sea port of Varna, the resort will be called the Holiday Club Riviera and is scheduled to open in 1991 with a capacity of 600. Twenty miles to the south, Club Med has operated Club Med Roussalka since 1968 for guests with foreign currency. Paris-based Club Med runs 110 resorts around the world, and its past experience in old Soviet bloc countries makes it a likely partner for joint ventures as tourism interests grow in those nations.
April 5, 2009 |
It happens to even the most ardent skier. On the first day of the season, you question why you like this sport. You schlep your equipment, don an outfit that would make a supermodel look chunky, schlep some more, and strap on your skis. Exhausted, you sit on the lift, thinking, "I could be in the islands. . . . " The answer comes quickly. Skiing is simply exhilarating. This year, my ski season began in the Italian Alps. A friend and I joined a group trip to a Club Med in Sestriere, near Turin.
October 17, 1993 |
Fewer Americans are taking a vacation or pleasure trip this fall, a travel industry group says, and the reason is uncertainty about the economy. Forty-four percent of Americans are "very likely" to take a trip somewhere this fall, down from 54 percent last year, according to a survey by the Travel Industry Association of America. The association attributed the decline to a less optimistic outlook among potential travelers compared to last autumn, when the fall election climate boosted expectations.
April 22, 2001 |
To all-inclusive or not to all-inclusive? The answer lies in another question: What is a vacation, anyway? It's supposed to be that one time of year (two, if you're lucky) to shed the stress of daily life, to bust open the piggy bank and splurge a little. So why do you see so many people hassling with travel arrangements, trekking to restaurants with kids' menus and lines out to the curb, and searching endlessly for a $5 T-shirt that doesn't bear the name of last year's Super Bowl runner-up?
February 17, 1989 |
Ever since Nov. 22, 1963, visitors to Dallas have been morbidly fascinated with the site and the events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Almost any day at various times, visitors can be seen milling around Dealey Plaza and the Texas School Book Depository Building. Beginning Monday, visitors will be able to visit the sixth floor of the building from where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly fired the shots that killed JFK and injured Texas Gov. John Connally.
April 8, 1988 |
UNHEALTHFUL BUILDINGS. Respiratory disease risks can be 45 percent to 100 percent higher in modern, airtight buildings. In "tight" buildings with closed ventilation systems, airborne germs and viruses recirculate and concentrate, a Walter Reed Army Institute of Research team writes in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In "leaky" buildings, such disease agents are diluted and vented. WOMEN IN PRISON. The equal-rights movement has caused judges to sentence more women to prison for longer terms.
October 19, 1986 |
Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is sponsoring a theme week Nov. 8 through 15 called "Women of Today . . . Looking Toward Tomorrow. " Experts galore (nutritionists, columnists, executives, sex counselors, accountants) will lead discussions and give personal consultations. Price from New York is $799, and that includes air fare and all the usual Club Med stuff: water sports, aerobics, computers, tennis, unending food, free wine with lunch and dinner, nightly entertainment.
April 23, 2000 |
St. Croix often takes a back seat to its sibling islands of St. Thomas and St. John, but last month it became No. 1 in the hearts of vacationing gamblers with the opening of the Divi Carina Bay Casino, the first and only casino in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The casino is affiliated with and located across from the Divi Carina Bay resort, which opened last fall with 126 rooms and 20 villas at the island's east end. The resort got off to a bumpy start when it suffered damage from Hurricanes Jose and Lenny.