I think it’s safe to say that if you live in Naples, you know all about having houseguests. And despite all the sayings about three days and the smell of fish, etc., you have to thank them for one thing: They reintroduce us to this great town. We take them to the beach, to the zoo, to the theater, to the ballpark, to the golf course and sometimes to the dog track. The best of them treat us to dinner at restaurants we wouldn’t dare enter outside of summer when the specials run rampant. Houseguests remind us just where we are living — and why we are here. It’s not the grocery store or the gas station or the office or any of the locales that occupy our minds during a typical day. Look around. The incredibly blue, blue sky, the freshness of the air, the boulevards lined with flowers, palm trees and shrubs, all of them perfectly manicured, wending through neighborhoods of tasteful homes and picturesque water scenes. Click C-SCAPES for the full article.
I wanted this to be a funny, satirical piece as a follow up to my previous column (Part 1, Sept. 4), but as I was writing it, I realized that my predictions for the future air travel experience aren’t funny at all — at least not based on today’s standard practices. Here’s what I see on the horizon: There will be no booking allowed on third-party websites (as we have already seen from one major carrier). Rather, passengers must book through an airline’s dedicated site. This portends the end of all independent sites. We will no longer be able to shop price and schedules unless we search each airline site for the best deal. This is great for the airlines, though, because they will face less scrutiny when it comes to prices, schedules and their own quirky rules and restrictions. More>>>