Monday, March 19, 2007

Airbus A380 in America

I was reading the headline stories this morning on Yahoo, when the article Airbus A380 makes 1st flight to America, caught my eye because of the A380's enormous wingspan, which is a little less than the length of a football field, and is able to carry over 500 people. Wow, that is one huge jet.

As I was reading the Airbus article, I could not help to think of the Titanic. Hopefully this was just because the Kate Winslet movie was on yesterday, and not because of I am experiencing a premonition. The full service A380 Airbus is a doubledecker jet that has a better fuel economy than smaller jets that are in service and will save the owners more than 10% per seat in fuel.

Airbus, currently has 166 orders for the A380 from 15 different airlines, including Asian airlines. I wonder if Lizzie's favorite airline, Cathay Pacific is one of the airlines that has an A380 order. I asked Lizzie if she would like to or if she would be afraid to fly in such a large plane, and she said she prefers flying in large planes to the small planes like Cessnas. Perhaps we can take an A380 next time we fly to Whistler for a skiing vacation.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Going to Gananoque

We've been to Canada and Gananoque before, but we've always stayed at the small fishing camp on Red Horse lake that we love so much. Our plans were to go back to the cabins at Shawmere for one week this coming summer, but we were thinking of actually bumping it up to two weeks. But that may pose some problems... and that's what this next weekend is about.

I've never had much success with technology in Canada - I'm sure it's just fine and they are as technologically capable as anywhere in the US, but I've only experienced difficulties. So, the thought of being without a computer or access to the Internet - my lifeline - for an entire week - let alone TWO - sent shivers up my spine. We contacted Chuck Shaw - proprietor of Shawmere - and he assured us that his little village is a "hot spot" and we will be fine.

Well, still leery of this, we decided that we have to check this out before we commit to spending any length of time at the fishing village this summer. This brings us to the trip we'll be taking this coming weekend to Gananoque. We decided that we MUST check this out and it was both a perfect opportunity to get away and without children AND to see if Shawmere really is a hot spot.

I did some research and I couldn't find a hotel in Gan (what it's know as to the local folk) that seemed as if it would be adequate. But, having been there before and being very impressed with the town - I remembered the Gananoque Inn. The Inn is charming, old and best of all - right on the St. Lawrence River in the heart of the Thousand Islands of Canada.

I found several packages offered by the Inn and the best looking offer for our needs was the Rendezvous Package, which includes:

Two Nights of Accommodation
Sparkling Wine and a Cheese Selection waiting in Your Room
Two Candle Lit Dinners (at the FABULOUS Gananoque Inn Dining Room!)
Two Breakfasts
Popcorn and a Movie

Needless to say - I'm excited!

And, if the Internet is a go at Shawmere - we'll be heading to Canada for two weeks summer 2007!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

DoubleTree for a Hockey Tournament

Lizzie will be staying at the Doubletree Hotel Downtown Wilmington next Saturday night. We have the privilege of escorting my son to his tournament this up coming weekend for the Delaware Jr Blue Hens, Tim Roman & Paul Guyer Memorial Ice Hockey Tournament. Reservations for the Doubletree Hotel were made via