Amtrak Cross Country Travel by Train DC to LA

Traveling by train needs to be on any American’s bucket list. There is nothing like getting a grander visual picture of the terrain of the country in which one lives. This form or travel is only rivaled by car and each has its set of perks. If traveling in a group, no one has the stress or responsibility of driving. If traveling alone, it’s a much needed sabbatical from everyday life. You’ll be traveling for three nights.

Amtrak trains are more pleasant than one might imagine. Sleeping cars are rather expensive, making the trip average cost about a thousand bucks but you have a shower, bed and some meals covered. In coach the seats recline and they are much wider and comfortable the seats on a planes in coach these days.

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One of the best things about traveling by train are the options of where to sit and hang out. There is an observation deck with with large window and chair which face the window. The cafe area is the usually the most quiet and private area, complete with booths. You can pick up slightly over priced snacks and use the microwave.

There’s also the dining car. The food, in my opinion is not bad but also not extraordinary. Seems they take precaution to not overly season. Salt and pepper are provided. The breakfast is the most enjoyable meal option there to me. Pancakes, sausage and more are on the menu.

You are not likely to sit by yourself if you travel alone as they must fill the booths. It’s a great place to chat with fellow traveler and exchange stories.

Watch A Cross Country Trip documented by MCCN’s Editor

Travel Vlog Amtrak Trip December 2017 – The World As I See It – Crystal Johnson

California Adventure’s Avengers Campus food and beverages, from PYM-ini to shawarma

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Even superheroes get hungry. When  opens later this summer, visitors will be able to try all sorts of Avenger-approved foods and beverages — including intergalactic desserts, scientifically shrunken entrees, and of course, upon Tony Starks suggestion, “shawarma,”

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Shawarma (from Editor’s fave spot Pita Kitchen in Sherman Oaks)

perfect for refueling after saving New York City from an alien invasion.   We thought we show a photo of the food since it is not common place in lots of the United States.

 

 

 

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The Avenger campus also offer a giant plant-based meatballs set upon tiny  pasta shapes in the Impossible Spoonful,  served in the biggest spoon you’ve ever seen.  Click to See the other offering listed on EW.com 

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Named for Pym Test Kitchen’s scientist founder, the Pym-ini is an extra large sandwich served on toasted ciabatta with salami, rosemary ham, provolone, sun-dried tomato mayonnaise, arugula, and marinara dipping sauce.

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Grand Velas Riviera Maya – The Love is Blind Resort

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Did you fall in love with the resort as much as the hit Netflix show Love is Blind?  Located in Cancun, Mexico, Grand Velas makes it easy to escape to paradise with their incredible Riviera Maya vacation packages. Enjoy unforgettable destination weddings or birthdays that offer personal concierge service and celebrity entertainment. Work on your game on golf courses that wind through nature with stunning views. Rejuvenate with spa treatments. Make family memories together. We have it all waiting for you.

Africa: Inside Accra, Ghana

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Actor and oil painter Brandon Brown shows us all how to spend 24 hours exploring Accra, Ghana during AfroChella season. Not only does Brandon express the importance of visiting The Motherland for ‘The Year of Return’, he also shares the beauty, culture and community in Ghana that we oftentimes don’t see in mainstream media. If you’re planning to visit this year, get ready to take notes because each location is a must-visit.

Oaxaca, Mexico: Market day in Ocotlan de Morelos

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The most important tradition in Ocotlan is the weekly Friday market day which is known in the indigenous language as the TIANGUIS. The Ocotlan tianguis is one of the oldest and largest in the Central Valleys region of Oaxaca and a wonderful experience when visiting Oaxaca.  Click Here to Find out More.

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One of the most popular spots is the famous Frida Market

Ocotlán de Morelos is a town and municipality in the state of Oaxaca, about 35 km south of the center of the city of Oaxaca along Highway 175. It is part of the Ocotlán District in the south of the Valles Centrales Region. The area was a significant population center at the time of the Spanish Conquest, and for that reason an important Dominican monastery was established here in the 16th century.

Layaway Plans for Air Travel?

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When most people think about layaway plans, they usually think of toys and clothing for the holiday season. In comes Airfordable, a Chicago based tech startup that allows users to pay for airline tickets in installments. It’s easy. Travelers must submit a screenshot of an itinerary along with the trip details; and then Airfordable presents a payment plan. After making an initial deposit, regular payments can be made on the overall balance through the date of departure.  Read More

Inside Haiti: Getting Around in Haiti

Haiti is a land where the celebration of cultures of African countries still live but poverty and corruption plague the land.    In Port au Prince many of the roads are rocky and unpaved.  As you ride in the popular mode of transportation called the tap tap, you find your body jolting to point of fearing whiplash in thoughts of this foreigner. Tap Taps are gaily painted buses that serve as share taxis in Haiti.  A tap tap is often packed with people.  Instead of ringing a bell to get off you to tap tap on the window to signal that you need to get off.

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The other major form of transportation is motorcycles.   Much like New York, you have to acquire special talent to drive in Haiti.  Don’t be surprised if you see people drive on the sidewalk.   There are not many traffic lights either.

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Spotlight: Hilton Mandalay Beach Embassy Suites Oxnard, CA

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The Hilton Mandalay Beach Embassy Suites in Oxnard, CA is perfect destination for the Angelino and a person coming from anywhere in the world.  What is really has to offer the person in live in Los Angeles is a real sense of escape without jumping on a plane or train.

We booked 2 rooms for 2 days and most agree we would wish it would have been three. You don’t have to leave the hotel. If the whether is right you can close eyes and dream you at an island destination. Open your eyes and not be disappointed.

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With heated pools, a jacuzzi, tennis courts, a gym and the beach right out your gated weekend community stay. You couldn’t ask for more but you get it. We had a nice size refrigerator in our room and a microwave. We stayed in building 2 with views of beach shores and ocean.

Now let’s talk about grub on the premise and nearby.  Breakfast may be called continental but it a buffet with a choice of sausage, bacon, pancakes, waffles, fruits, hash browns, scrambled eggs and custom made omlette station.  Walk down a little a little further and you will find healthy section with yogurt bar, cereals, various toasts and maybe not so healthy option of morning pastries.    At lunch time, chef are grilling hot dogs and hamburgers poolside.  It’s a little pricey but if convenience is what you want then you have it.     There is also inclusive reception/happy hour every evening.

Healthy section with yogurt bar, cereal, and juices

Healthy section with yogurt bar, cereal, and juices

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Celebrity Cruises 123Go! Promotion

Greetings! I have some exciting news to share with you. There are lots of great reasons to book a cruise with Celebrity Cruises for travelers of any age, from the most experienced culture-seekers to thrill-seeking millennials among these reasons being:

-Globally Inspired Cuisine – with menus created by a Michelin–starred chef

-In-Depth Destination Experiences & New Ports – nearly 300 sought after worldwide destinations including the best of Europe, plus overnight stays in 53 must-see cities.

-Entertainment – 18 news shows in 18 months that provide travelers a variety of exciting, entertaining and fun onboard experiences.

-Suite Class Private, Spacious Verandas – More private spacious veranda staterooms that any other premium cruise line, allowing guests to enjoy breakfast or a private picnic on their own balcony.

-Sexy, Stylish, Spaces – Onboard interiors by creative architects and designers that infuse Celebrity’s ships with a modern style that rivals any boutique hotel.

And now for a limited time, there’s one more great reason – the return of Celebrity Cruises’ hugely popular 123Go! promotion! Travelers will once again have an opportunity to take advantage of this special offer for bookings made now through July 5, 2015 for 3-night or longer cruises that depart August 2015 – April 2016.  123Go! guests can chose from any one the of three great offers below:

1)    A Free Classic Beverage Package-for-Two (including sprits – valued at $110 per day, with beverage gratuities included)

2)    Free Gratuities (including free pre-paid gratuities-for-two throughout the trip – valued at up to $32.90 per day)

3)    Free OnBoard Credit (valued at up to $300 per stateroom for 10-night or more sailings, $200 for 6-9 nights, $100 for 3-5 nights)

Additionally, guests who book an ocean view or higher stateroom for a European vacation can choose any two of the above offers!

Bookings must be made through Celebrity Cruises via:

Phone: 1-888-283-6879

Online: www.celebritycruises.com/socal

Or with your Local Travel Agent

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Aerial Celebrity Reflection off Florida coastline on December 2nd Inaugural CruiseCelebrity Reflection – Celebrity Cruises