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March 4, 2012 | By Stephen P. Nash, For The Inquirer
Maybe for one reason or another you've thought about staying in "eco-friendly" hotels when you travel, but you're not eager to join the League of Environmental Hairsplitters to figure out a conscientious choice. You're not unusual. The most recent industry survey of U.S. travelers - not at all intended to promote the idea - concluded just the same that "green is mainstream. " More than four in 10 considered environmental impact to be important when planning travel. To find out about environmental impact, there are a few useful shortcuts to consider.
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January 18, 1993 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / J. KYLE KEENER
There was a guest conductor at 30th Street Station yesterday morning. Mickey Rooney raised a "baton" to direct the High School for Creative and Performing Arts band, which greeted the actor and others when the Celebrity Train stopped in Philadelphia en route to Washington. The train trip started in New York, re-creating the ride taken in 1933 when Franklin Delano Roosevelt traveled to his inauguration. Some descendants of FDR were among the passengers yesterday.
NEWS
December 17, 1994
Grabbing a bite to eat at Philadelphia International Airport is a completely unsatisfying experience. The food is bad, the prices worse. Better to pick up a fresh pretzel from the vendor at the end of the Schuylkill Expressway than to overpay for a stale imitation from an airport snack bar. So we're pleased to know that Aramark company (formerly ARA Services) - currently responsible for the dreadful, overpriced food at airport concessions - has bowed out. Aramark will be replaced by Marketplace Development Center, a Boston-based airport developer, and Redwood Advisory, which operates the Shops at Liberty Place, and whose owner, Ricardo Dunston, did an excellent job some years ago as manager of the Gallery.
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October 20, 1991 | By Sydney Trent, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fun doesn't have to end just because summer is over. The Delaware Valley is brimming with things to do in autumn. How about a drive through the covered bridges of Bucks County on a brilliant autumn day? There are few settings more stunning or romantic for viewing the fall foliage. And the Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens in Chester County helps visitors forget that winter is on its way. Children are sure to enjoy a trip to Newlin Mill in Delaware County, where they can watch the giant white-oak wheel of the 18th-century grist mill turn as it grinds corn into meal.
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December 25, 1998 | Inquirer photographs by Peter Tobia
At the Philadelphia airport yesterday, holiday volume, combined with the wintry weather, added up to long waits for many.
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June 4, 1999 | Inquirer photographs by Charles Fox
Supporters of an end to the U.S. embargo of Cuba held a festival in Camden last night for the Ninth Cuban Friendship Caravan. The caravan, which is traveling from Canada to Cuba, is collecting donations for distribution on the island.
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November 18, 2001 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
It's not here yet, but there may soon be a way to bypass those long lines at airport security checkpoints. The Federal Aviation Administration is looking at a plan to prescreen passengers who agree in advance to background checks. Those passengers would be issued "smart cards" to show at the screening area and pass through quickly. The plan would depend on a smart technology to verify the card holder's identity using a fingerprint or a retinal scan. The Air Transport Association, which represents the major airlines, has endorsed the smart card idea.
NEWS
November 20, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
The holiday week forecast looks good for travelers, high school football games, and Black Friday shopping. For the Philadelphia area, the next five days look rain-free with highs in the mid to upper 50s and lows around 40. In outlying areas west and north of the city, however, freezing or near-freezing overnight temperatures are likely through the weekend, except on Friday night, when the low could be closer to 40. Saturday and Sunday, also...
NEWS
May 9, 1997 | By John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 21-year-old Gloucester County man was arrested yesterday by FBI agents and Franklin Township police on a federal complaint that he transported approximately $500,000 in stolen travelers checks and money orders over state lines. Special Agent Linda Brookman Vizi, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Office of the FBI, said Joel Kotler was arrested at 7 a.m. at a residence he was renting on Township Line Drive in Franklinville. Vizi said authorities recovered a stolen 1996 Ford Probe at that location.
NEWS
January 28, 1990 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard Saul Wurman is an architect and graphic designer best known for his attempts to make information more accessible. His efforts in behalf of ready access have ranged from redesigning the Pacific Bell Yellow Pages to writing Information Anxiety, the best-selling guide to handling the latter-day information glut. With the expertise he obtained developing his Access Guides to cities like Tokyo, Paris and New York, and his passion for atlases, Wurman set about reshaping the U.S. road atlas in a sensible, "user-friendly" way. The result is a new tool for travelers called USATLAS (Prentice Hall, paperback, $12.95)
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September 23, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, STAFF WRITER
Foreign travel to Philadelphia increased by 3 percent in 2015, due in small part to a bump the week Pope Francis came to town. Last year, 638,300 overseas visitors came to Philadelphia, according to the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), which tracks international tourism patterns through the U.S. Department of Commerce. About 620,000 foreign visitors came in 2014. The increase follows a large decline in 2014, when international visits decreased by 8 percent.
TRAVEL
September 19, 2016 | By Larissa and Michael Milne, For The Inquirer
Unless someone tries to sneak contraband through customs, it's rare for tourists to end up behind bars on vacation. However, with an abundance of prison tours around the world, it's possible to visit the grittier side of life. In fact, one of the most famous - and groundbreaking - prisons in the world is in Philadelphia. Eastern State Penitentiary, built by the Quakers in 1829, provided each prisoner with his own cell (rare at the time), designed to encourage convicts to become penitent.
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September 12, 2016
Q: I recently booked a trip to Italy through OneTravel.com. My flight was one hour late arriving in Rome. I wasn't concerned because I knew I'd planned plenty of time before my next flight, to Palermo. I retrieved my luggage and went through customs, then grabbed a bite to eat before heading to the check-in at Vueling Airlines. When I got there, an airline representative told me I'd missed my flight. I gave her my confirmed booking, and she said my flight had been canceled and I'd been booked on an earlier flight that departed at 9:10 a.m. I had not been notified and couldn't have accepted the change, as my flight didn't land until 9:15 a.m. Vueling would not honor my ticket because I booked through OneTravel and not the airline directly.
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September 6, 2016
ISSUE | ZIKA VIRUS Travel is safe with the proper precautions We should not let fear rule our lives. The news of the Zika virus spreading to the United States has caused a frenzy of hype, causing fear and uncertainty for residents and travelers ("Florida finds Zika in traps," Friday). As an obstetrician and gynecologist, I have not yet had to treat a patient with Zika, but I tell my patients to evaluate the risks, then live their lives. Women who are pregnant or couples trying to conceive should take all necessary steps to avoid contact with mosquitos.
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September 5, 2016 | By Michael Smerconish
Ron Howard's new Beatles movie, Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years , is being advertised with a trailer that begins with a familiar voice saying: "This is the greatest phenomenon in the century thus far. " That 1964 assessment came from a 21-year-old radio reporter at Miami's top-40 WFUN. Fifty-two years later, Philadelphians will instantly recognize the unmistakable voice of a young Larry Kane. The legendary local newsman has a significant on-screen presence in the movie due to his unique, front-row seat to the Beatles' invasion of America.
NEWS
August 30, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
Moses Pierce stood amid the shuffle of tourists and commuters outside City Hall, eager to engage passersby who rarely looked up from their cellphones. He didn't let "the devices," as he calls them, inhibit his job, though. Hello, ma'am. Can I help you get to where you're going today? Welcome to the park, my man. Please, remember for next time -- no smoking, all right?   For 25 years, Pierce has walked the streets and parks of Center City, a "traveling concierge," as he describes himself, as a member of the Center City District's Community Service Representative team.
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August 29, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Ruth Solomon Goldstein, 93, of Monroe Township, a former travel agent there and in Cherry Hill, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Monroe Village, a retirement community in Monroe. A 1940 graduate of James Madison High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., she studied at Brooklyn College before working during World War II at the naval shipyard there. Because she was less than 5 feet tall, her son Eric said, she fit into nooks and crannies that others couldn't, while repairing warships. In the 1970s and 1980s, Mrs. Goldstein was a travel agent in Cherry Hill for what is now Rosenbluth Vacations.
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August 28, 2016 | By Larissa and Michael Milne, For The Inquirer
On a trip to Ireland a few years ago, our plan right after landing was to rent a car and head out to the hotel where we were staying - a four-hour drive away. But Michael didn't relish the idea of jumping into a car to drive into the emerald hills - on the left-hand side of the road, no less - after an overnight flight with virtually no sleep. Larissa wasn't too keen on being a passenger in said rental car with a bleary-eyed (and no doubt cranky) husband behind the wheel. Our solution: renting a day room at a Dublin airport hotel.
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August 22, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
In 2002, Dr. Murray Schwartz worked very briefly as a radiologist at Valley Hospital in Palmer, Alaska. He was there only from July 1 to 19 and from Sept. 16 to 21, with an August stint at a hospital in Anchorage. But Palmer convinced him that he had made the right decision to work in Alaska, even for only weeks. "He stayed at a little hotel in Palmer," a son, Jason, said. "And he would walk out the front door of the hotel and there were the mountains. He loved it there. " On Thursday, Aug. 18, Dr. Schwartz, 72, of Cherry Hill, a radiologist who from 2000 to 2008 worked brief terms at several hospitals in Kentucky, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, died of complications from pneumonia at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden.
TRAVEL
August 21, 2016
Name: Safeture. What it does: The global safety app gives travelers real-time alerts about flight delays, fires, floods and other natural disasters, outbreaks of disease, political protests, and terrorist acts such as bombings and shootings that would cause them to change their destination or reroute their travel plans. Available: In the App Store, requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. In Google Play, requires 4.0.3 and up. Cost: From $3.99 for two weeks of service to $21.99 for one year.
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