feburary 6, 2009
Jan Gets a Blog!
I realized one of my long-time goals and launched my Girl on the Go blog janschroder.com/blog/ . I'm posting three times a week, covering travel-related items on Mondays, events in Atlanta on Wednesdays and whatever I feel like on Fridays. Check out this Friday's entry on best and worst gifts ever. Just one example: a Thighmaster and breast enhancement pills.
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It's been 40 years since John and Yoko staged a bed-in at The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth in Montreal to promote peace, grabbing worldwide attention as journalists gathered bedside and John wrote "Give Peace A Chance." The anniversary is commemorated in the free exhibition Imagine: John & Yoko's Pacifist Anthem at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, on view from April 2 to June 21, 2009. The Fairmont's Imagine Package includes one-night stay, a CD with the song and breakfast in bed or at the buffet. Rates start at $199 a night, or for $599 a night you can stay in the John and Yoko suite. www.fairmont/com/queenelizabeth.
deal of the week
The InterContinental Chicago has a few deals going for our dollar-conscious travelers. "The Economic Stimulus" package includes accommodations for two and $50 food and beverage credit. Rates start at $209 and this package is available until March 31. The "Go Green" package at this Energy Star-rated hotel includes an upgrade to the Historic Tower, two Treetinis at The Bar, where a tree is planted and a donation made to rainforest preservation for each one, a free public transportation pass and a 20% discount to use at ENO, the wine, cheese and chocolate lounge. This package starts at $219 and is available until further notice. www.icchicagohotel.com
Sound like an oxymoron? Travel first class between DC and NYC on the new bus company Tripper Bus, and you'll have free wireless and electrical outlets. This service starts on February 13 and has an introductory rate for as little as $1. Other fares are $5, $10 and the standard price is $25. Pick-up and drop-offs are at Rosslyn and Bethesda Metro stations in DC and near Penn Station in NYC. www.tripperbus.com
World's Oldest Showgirl Still Dancin'
I just loved this story – 85-year-old Dorothy Dale Kloss just made it into the Guinness World Records 2009 editon for being the world's oldest still-performing showgirl. Dorothy, who started dancing at the age of 15 at the Empire Room of the Palmer House in Chicago, has tap danced at the Follies in Palm Springs for the past 14 years. She was hired at the age of 71 from an audition tape. You go, girl! To view a video of Dorothy on the Today Show, click here: http://www.psfollies.com/pr/video.php
zip it up
I so could have used this wallet on our recent Caribbean cruise, where I was the official keeper of the passports for four people. This roomy wallet holds several passports and zips up for additional security. And the wallets from Kena Kai have an "electromagnetically opaque sleeve," which means your credit cards are safe from any tricksters trying to steal your identity in an evil wireless way. This Italian leather wallet is $79.99 at www.kenakai.com