Picasso Museum closes for two years renovations

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Citing a need for modernization, officials on Aug. 23 closed the Picasso Museum, an extremely popular Paris museum dedicated to the works of the late modernist painter. The museum is expected to reopen in 2011 after two years of renovation work designed to redo the electrical and security systems as well as expand the cramped quarters. The good news is that not all of the museum’s works will be lost; a simple Paris metro pass will allow you to visit other museums, where officials hope to hold frequent exhibitions and discussions of Picasso’s work while the renovation work takes place. The work is expected to cost roughly 20 million Euros. Travelers in other cities can also see Picasso’s legendary works. Many Rome museums have significant works by Picasso on display,…
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Southwest’s air specials might not be so special

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A round of airline ticket sales has brought airfare prices down across the board. But one popular travel guru is calling out Southwest Airlines for what he considers to be misleading advertising. Tom Parsons is calling Southwest’s latest travel special a “Bah Humbug air fare sale” because of fine print that might limit the ability of families to travel over the holidays. While Southwest is offering special one-way fares from $59 to $109 from now through early January 2010, fine print shows that the deals are not as good as you might think. There are 26 black out dates, the majority of which are clustered around the holidays. This makes it tough for families looking to see relatives or searching for a last minute vacation deal over the holidays. Southwest…
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Fare war means big savings for airline travelers

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The recent downturn in airline traffic is a boon for frequent travelers, as airlines have slashed prices. Finding an airline travel deal has never been easier, as the major domestic airlines have dropped their rates by an average of 9.1 percent in the first quarter of 2009 alone. Airlines began cutting capacity as a result of the reduction in travelers during the global recession, but a recent reduction in fuel costs have allowed them to also reduce fares. Almost every major domestic carrier has drastic reduced costs on airline tickets. Specials started appearing after Southwest Airlines cut rates on some of the most popular short flights to as low as $29 each way. The cheapest airfares of the major 100 cities can be found in Long Beach and Oakland, while…
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While on Vacation, Tweet with Caution

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Article written by Gear Up 4 Nature Most of us know what precautions to take before going on a long vacation. We ask a neighbor to collect the mail and watch the house; maybe we even leave on a light or two so as to give the appearance of being home and not tip off burglars to our absence. But when it comes to the newer world of social media, most of us would think nothing of sharing the news of an extended trip. Why, we’d just as soon tweet that we were spending a week in the Bahamas as we’d tweet the news of discount airline ticket sales. But as one Mesa, Arizona couple found out recently, the tendency to overshare on Twitter can have serious ramifications. The Dallas…
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When to Book Your Airfare

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Booking discount air travel can be hit-or-miss. Either you hit that one deal or you miss out on a low fare altogether. Blink at your computer screen, and the $79 special between Los Angeles and Denver might be gone. So what can you do to beat the fickle airlines and secure the best deal? According to some travel experts, the day of the week that you book your airfare is important. As with gas prices, airfare almost always goes up on weekends. Mid-week, however, after major airlines release new sales and other airlines match the lower prices, can be advantageous. Monday may be too early to capitalize on the lowest prices, and Thursday may be too late. Tuesday evenings and early Wednesday mornings are generally the best windows in which…
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Pink-Dollar Travel Remains High Despite Recession

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According to the Chicago Tribune, the recession has done little to curb the so-called “pink dollar”—the currency wielded by the nation’s gay and lesbian communities, who have refused to relinquish their travel plans, much to the delight of the nation’s travel industry. Now, hotel chains, destination cities, and airlines are all ramping up their efforts to woo pink dollars through gay-and-lesbian-targeted marketing programs. Chasing the pink dollar can pay high dividends. In 2006, a U.S. Travel Association survey found that gay men spend an average of $800 per trip. Their straight counterparts, on the other hand, spend only about $540 per trip. The reason for the discrepancy has much to do with the “double income, no kids” effect that so many gay and lesbian couples enjoy, although adoption rates are…
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