Italy: Beautiful seaside towns where tourists don’t tread


Santa Cesarea Terme on Puglia’s Adriatic coast boasts great beaches, explorable sea caves and naturally occurring hot springs.

        The seaside town of Sperlonga in south Lazio has been the getaway of choice for those in the know since antiquity. It’s easy to see why.

The resort of Stintino in northern Sardinia is an enchanting old fishing village home to some of the island’s best sandy beaches.

Termoli on Molise’s beautiful Adriatic coast is practically unknown outside Italy and a great place to go to avoid tourists!

Facing the Tyrrhenian Sea on the coast of Calabria the town of Tropea boasts, sun, sea, sand and everybody’s favourite spicy sausage – ‘Nduja!

The colorful town of Santa Margherita Ligure on the Ligurian riviera is the perfect place to spend a few peaceful days.

The stunning town of Bordighera on the Ligurian coast is where the Maritime Alps plunge into the sea.
The picture-postcard town of Cefalù in Sicily is home to unique Arab-Norman architecture, azzure waters and golden beaches.
The resting place of Renaissance master Caravaggio, Porto Ercole, on the southern coast of Tuscany offers secluded beaches and pristine waters.
The little-known town of Numana on the Adriatic coast of Marche is perfect for those seeking sea air and tranquility.
From The Local/Italy
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Gay Couple Had to give up their plane seats to a Straight Couple


This Gay Couple Had to Give Up Their Plane Seats to a Straight Couple
By: Bobby Schuessler/Gay Star News

Last weekend, the founder and CEO of The Abbey David Cooley, and his partner were told to move seats on an Alaska Airlines flight in order to make room for a straight couple,

The well-known gay businessman took to Facebook to discuss the incident. A flight attendant approached them and told his partner he’d have to move to the main cabin from their premium seats because a straight couple wanted to sit together—even though Cooley explained that they were a couple. Humiliated, they chose to exit the plane altogether.
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In a statement to Gay Star News, a representative from Alaska Airlines acknowledged the incident. They are investigating the situation.

               

 Alaska Airlines released a statement on this matter. 

“This unfortunate incident was caused by a seating error, compounded by a full flight and a crew seeking an on-time departure and nothing more than that. It’s our policy to keep all families seated together whenever possible; that didn’t happen here and we are deeply sorry for the situation. We’ve reached out to Mr. Cooley to offer our sincere apologies for what happened and we are seeking to make it right. Alaska Airlines has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind. All of us at Alaska value inclusion for our guests and each other.”

“Diversity and inclusion are part of the fabric of Alaska Airlines. We are an airline for everyone and reflect these values through our work with dozens of nonprofit LGBTQ organizations, Pride Parades along the West Coast and a perfect score in the HRC’s Equality Index. We’ll keep building on this commitment, with our employee-led LGBTQ business resource group

When boarding flight 1407 from JFK to LAX, a couple was mistakenly assigned the same seats as another couple in Premium Class…We are deeply sorry for the situation, and are investigating the details while communicating directly with the guests involved to try and make this right. Alaska Airlines has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind, and our employees value inclusion for our guests and each other.”

Sacramento to LA for $15 bucks? Say Hello to the FlixBus


Bus Wars? 

A few years ago an Bus alternative to Greyhound entered the Sacramento market,  Megabus with fares as low as $1.00 to Reno and San Francisco.   The San Francisco leg is extremely popular.  Giving Sacramentians a lower cost option for communters to the city.        Last January, the company discontinued its Reno-Sparks route.

 

A new player is entering the market. German-based bus carrier FlixBus announced new destinations in California on Thursday, including Sacramento, San Francisco, Bakersfield, Oakland and San Jose.

 

Trips from Sacramento to Los Angeles are as low as $14.99. Some are $19.99. Trips the other way are at $19.99. Trips to San Francisco are just $4.99.   They offer a route from L.A to Vegas for $7.00.   Unlike,Megabus Flexbus will offer snacks on some of it’s routes.

Update: Fares for Thursday and Friday are closer to $40.

FlixBus, which began in Germany, expanded to the United States in May of this year and plans to a major player in Transpotation in United States.  They plan to open in Stockton, Modesto, Merced  Fresno.and Reno.

Buses are coming back, But think Amazon.  No brick and morter stations.  Booking and paying online.  Book in advance and save?  There  prices are much lower on average than Greyhound and considerabley lower than the train.   They offer Free WiFi and charging stations.    Millennials seem to be the primary customer base .

The buses will be a true low cost alterative to the airlines.  Megabus makes one stop between the Bay Area and Los Angeles.  Traveltime between Northern Cailfornia and Southern Cailfornia will be six to seven hours compared to a one hour flight.    However once you factor, arrival time, security, travel time to the central city. (if your renting a car at LAX add an additional hour) the time difference is four hours.

I’ve expericed the MegaBus and loved it

From New Orleans to Austin Texas

https://sacratomatovillepost.com/2012/09/29/southern-travels-lovin-da-megabus-new-orleans-to-austin/

Nyc to Provience Rhode Island

https://sacratomatovillepost.com/2014/11/30/megabus-in-pictures-new-york-city/

http://www.flixbus.com

https://us.megabus.com/

They say what’s old become new again and Buses are back!

 

CityFella

 

How you gonna keep ’em down on the farm after seeing Paris,Texas


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How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm After they‘ve seen Paree was a popular song after World War 1.

With a many of the soldiers living in rural areas there was a concern that some wouldn’t want to return to life on the farm after seeing Paris.

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One hundred miles northeast of Dallas lies Paris Texas, a small city of 25,000. It was once a major Railroad Hub with seven rail companies .

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In 97, Kevin Heubusch book “The New Rating Guide to Life in America’s Small Cities”, he said Paris was the best small town in Texas.

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The city has quite a history. It was destroyed by fire several times.(that’s more than once👀)

It has a very contentious history with its black community.

St. Paul Baptist Church – Founded in 1867 by former slave Elijah Barnes, it was among independent black Baptist congregations which freedmen quickly set up after the Civil War. Most of them left the Southern Baptist Convention, creating their own associations. This is registered at the state and federal level as the second-oldest African-American Baptist church in the state.

There are many local attractions in around Paris. If your visiting the Dallas area , Paris might a good one day trip. And at the end of the day you CAN SAY, (wait for it)

 

 

 

 

 

You’ve been to Paris.

CityFella

$49 to Denver or Las Vegas “Frontier Airlines Returns to Sacramento International”


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Killer Diller Low Airfares are coming to Sacramentio

After a five year absence Frontier Airlines is returning to Sacramento International August 1.   With four week daily flights to Denver and Las Vegas beginning August 12th.

When Frontier left Sacramento, they were a discount Airline, similar to Southwest.

What is returning is a different airline an “Ultra Discount Carrier”  their fares are almost much lower than Southwest. The trade off is. Everything thing else is extra and they can add up quickly. Bring any backpack or carry on is $30. If you don’t prepay there could be a five to ten dollar surcharge. In fact you may find surcharges on anything isn’t paid for in advance.

Learning Curve

Most people aren’t prepared for Spirit or Frontier. That’s why they along with Allegiant have the most customers complaints of nearly all the  other Airlines. Prepare yourself for non reclining hard seats. With small tray tables. If you over 5 10 Its gonna be tight. If you are a wide body. It could be complete agony as the seats are smaller. Frontier is bare bones. Its gonna be crowded and uncomfortable. However if you pack light and prepare yourself for angry co passengers. The low, low, low fares might be worth it.  I know someone who flys Frontier exclusively.  She understands the culture and takes advantage of the airlines super low prices.      

This was my expericece in 2016 Click the Link Below for the full story.

https://sacratomatovillepost.com/2016/05/04/11-day-3300-mile-super-road-trip/

Frontier is based in Denver, from Denver you can fly nearly anywhere in the country.

$49.00 to Denver or Las Vegas?  Sacramento says hello!

CityFella

 

Early Morning Flight out of Sacramento International Airport? Plan Ahead!


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For years, flying out of Sacramento International was simple.  There was no reason to show up a couple of hours ahead.   The traffic WAS minimal.   Well that was so 2016.

For years, there were few non stops east of Denver.  Today there are non stops to Charlotte, Orlando,  Newark and Houston.    Southwest plans non stops to New Orleans and Alaska just announced a flight between Sac and Kona Hawaii, this winter.   The result is more traffic .   .

More than a million travelers flew in and out of Sacramento in  May.  Air Canada returned to SMF with flights to Vancouver. Frontier returns in August .

If you have a flight that depart before 6:45am leave early,.  With only two northbound lanes on I-5 the traffic backup begin about 4:30am.  Sometimes beyond the 99 split. over three miles from the airport.

Once in the airport, parking and shuttle are very efficient.  However, if you are traveling through terminal A, (which is currently under constructuion) again plan ahead.   The Terminal was constructed before 9/11 and the early morning security lines are the longest in the airport with lines often backing up over the bridge that connects the terminal with the parking garage.

A fix is on the way, and should be completed by next year.  The airport has advised early morning travelers on United, American, Delta to arrive two hours ahead.

Travelers with flights  departing between 8am and 6pm should not have any delays, with security waits average less than 20 minutes*

Sacramento International Airport remains one of the easiest airport to travel in and out .

The current bottle neck is an easy fix by simply increasing the number of lanes entering the airport from one to two.

*as of this date

CityFella

Hotel Confidential: Civility in the Trump era


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The temperature a sudden change in the air.  Anger and hostility at some the hotels with guest attacking staff and guest fighting with other guests.

In some parts of the country, Latino’s notably Mexicans workers is the cornerstone of many hotels, running the front and back offices.

In the last few years,workers with an accent have been verbally and physically attacked simply because they have accent. At a southern California, a quest slapped a housekeeper for responding to another housekeeper in Spanish.

A guest refused to check into a hotel and demanded their reservation cancelled without penalty because the front desk agent was Muslim.

Some guest refuse to interact with employees who have accents, often demand that an “American’ complete their transaction.

Some guest have complained about two or more employees speaking to each other in another language.  Demanding they only speak English.

 There were racist guest before Donald Trump.  Since his election many hotels have seen a major spike in racist behavior with guest verbally and physically attacking hotel staff, with most of the rage towards Latinos.

Breakfast

Cable News: one show is too right (Fox) the other one is too left (Msnbc) and one is kinda alright (CNN)  In a perfect world the hotel would have three televisions. When there is one Television in the dining area, the safe choice is center.  

A guest wrote a complaint letter to the hotel chains customer service department.   In the letter he said, he couldn’t believe that hotel chain would have CNN on the television a network known for its fake news.  He was so disturbed, he could barely eat his breakfast and will never stay at that hotel again!

In Sacramento, a guest demanded the channel to be changed to Fox News.  He says he spends thousands with the hotel and he wants to watch Fox.  and when the worker said she didn’t have the remote.  He threw his plate into the television screen and stormed off screaming.   He later, told the manager the worker’s attitude made him do it.!

An argument over one of Trumps polices, turned into a brawl including one 71 year old grandmother, police were called.

No one can recall the animosity exhibited today hotels/motels today. .  Guest fighting ,arguing, during the breakfast hour has left some supervisors with no other option than to simply turn the television off.