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Happy World Penguin Day!

Happy World Penguin Day! By Damien Martin

One by one, they waddle out of the surf and onto the beach. Two or three wide, they scuttle on, hunched forward, headed home after a long day. Occasionally, one bumps into the neighbor in front. It’s starting to get dark, after all, and they’re in a rush. It’s not always easy being a little penguin. This rush hour traffic jam takes places every evening at sunset on Australia’s Phillip Island, about 2 hours outside Melbourne. And, yes, Little penguins is the official name for the world’s smallest penguin species, standing between 1 and 1½ feet tall. For the best view of the Penguin Parade, you need one of the 300 daily tickets for the viewing platform at Summerland Beach. The tiered seating offers 180-degree sightlines as the penguins march from their fishing waters to their sand dune burrows. You can also get an up-close view from underground window (limited to 70 people), watch from an elevated tower (10 people) or head off in a small group (limi…

Happy 2,770th birthday to Rome!

Today Rome celebrates its 2,770th birthday by Damien Martin
It began as a small farming community on a hilltop and worked its way up from to regional power to caput mundi, “the head of the world.” Over the centuries, it’s been saved by sacred geese, the last man standing in a battle between two sets of triplets and a Brutus or two. Today, Rome celebrates its 2,770th birthday, and in a lot of ways, it looks better than ever. Thanks in large part to private sponsorship, landmarks such as the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps have been refurbished in recent years, beautifying a city that welcomes between 7-10 million guests annually.

La Città Eterna, “the eternal city,” has been many things to many people over time. It was the world’s first metropolis, surpassing 1 million residents in the 2nd century AD, and saw its population drop to around 30,000 at its low point a few hundred years. The Forum, power center of an empire that ruled a quarter of the world’s population at its height…

Travel is 'perfect' for marketing with virtual reality

By Jamie Biesiada / Travel Weekly Virtuoso invited agents and employees to demonstrate travel videos on an Oculus Rift headset during Virtuoso Travel Week last August. Photo Credit: Virtuoso Gordon Meyer, director of virtual reality (VR) company YouVisit, will tell you that travel is the ideal space for the technology to make an impact because it provides a visual medium to showcase destinations and experiences that is far more vivid and experiential than flat, two-dimensional media. "The pairing of travel and VR just makes so much sense," he said. "It's a perfect-use case for VR." The industry is taking note and beginning to test VR programs. For example, Meyer's company has worked with several destinations to create VR content, and Ascape, another VR company, is also working with travel brands, providing virtual tours of destinations for companies like JetBlue. VR is in the early stages of making its way into the agency space, as well. Ascape recently par…

Local travel firm Largay takes flight

Local travel firm Largay takes flight

If you are among the believers that the internet killed the local travel agency you’re about to be proven wrong. Well, at least that’s the case for Largay Travel Inc. in Waterbury, started in 1969 by Roland Largay at a time before the infancy of the web and ability to instantly purchase airline tickets and book hotel rooms from your iPhone. Paul Largay, Roland Largay’s nephew, joined the business in 1982, also a time when the business model was different. “What is really unique and kind of neat about it is I grew in the Waterbury area and I have always been a very large part of the Waterbury community and this business has really blossomed because of the community,” said Paul Largay, chief executive officer. “Like every industry there are some challenging times we have gone through in 48 years, but the business has never been stronger.” Largay said the business started with just two people and a dream. Now nearly…

An epic journey to celebrate life together

An epic journey to celebrate life together by Silvanna Frappier
Our unique adventure with Windstar cruises through Athens, the Greek islands of Monemvasia and Gythion, the Italian treasures of Lipari, Sicily, Amalfi, and Rome. Here we tell all of it’s history and culture, through pictures and paragraphs. So here I invite you to travel together with me on this amazing itinerary with the luxury small cruise Windstar through Enchanting of Greece and the Amalfi Coast! The land of Goddess Athena, the Spartans and Gladiators. If you haven’t been yet, it should be on your bucket list!

What better way to remember each of your years together than to take a trip together? Travel can be a rewarding experience. A vacation is a much deserved treat, and weathering any unexpected challenges together will provide you anecdotes and memories for your lifetime as a couple.
Anniversary should fill you with happy memories of the time you have spent together and joyful thoughts of years still to come.