Florence city guide: exploring the hidden gems of Italy’s magical city

Florence city guide Italy

Just like Rome and Venice, Florence is just as popular of a tourist destination as the other two, and a magical one at that.

Evidence shows that there once was a settlement around the area in the 6th and 7th century BC, and in the first century, Florence became a Roman military settlement. In the 11th century, the city prospered and was able to revive itself even after the Plague. In the 18th century, Florence fell under Austrian control, then by the Germans in WWII. For a brief period, Florence was the capital until it was moved to Rome.

Even though the city underwent a horrible flood in the 20th century, it was once again able to recover and today, the city has become one of the most popular destinations in Italy and the world. So if you are planning a trip to this gorgeous place, or even want to go back, here are some highlights we love and you may too.

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2019 Skytrax Awards: best first class airlines

2019 best first class airlines in the world

The 2019 Skytrax Award winners have been named. This year’s Best First Class Airline has been awarded to Singapore Airlines, which also came in first place last year. Additionally, the carrier snagged first place for the best first class seat, which if you haven’t already, you must check out their newest suite—a mini-hotel room above the clouds (better than Etihad Apartments).

Other than the best overall first class airline and seat, there are additional best first class categories that airlines can be ranked for such as airport lounge, onboard catering, lounge dining and onboard amenities. Let’s take a look at who made it to this year’s top ten in each one of these.

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Here are the new flight routes coming this fall and winter

new flight routes

There were several exciting flight routes announced last year for spring of 2019, but as we all know, airlines from all over the world announce and add on new routes constantly. Whether it’s just for the season (hello, summer travel), or something more permanent, we are always looking forward to seeing where else we can go to that doesn’t require us switching planes mid-way.

With that said, let’s take a look at what this fall/winter has for us in terms of new flight routes provided by some of the world’s largest carriers such as LATAM Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Air India and American Airlines to name a few.

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2019 Skytrax Awards: best business class airlines

Best business class airlines in the world 2019

This year has been a terrific year for business class passengers with the debut of new business class seats on Hainan Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, Turkish Airlines and British Airways to name a few. Moreover, the addition of the new Turkish Airlines lounge at Istanbul Airport, Virgin Australia lounge at Brisbane Airport, or even Finnair Platinum Wing Lounge in Helsinki has business class customers excited.

Pair seats and lounges with amenities such as kits, meals, linen and more, and you’ve got a list of airlines that are making big moves to provide their passengers with the best-in-class. However, there are airlines that outshine others, which is why every year airlines are nominated and awarded awards in different categories including all levels of business class. With that said, let’s take a look at the top ten best business class airlines and each category for 2019.

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Windhoek city guide: what to see in Namibia’s capital

Windhoek city guide

Namibia, Africa is a coastal nation that borders Angola, Botswana and South Africa. It’s capital, Windhoek is known to have some diverse wildlife and plenty of cheetahs, which is why a safari trip near Windhoek may be better than those found in other parts of Africa.

Before Windhoek was ruled by the Germans in 1884, the Portuguese were the first to colonize the area when they landed on Namibia soil in 1485. Before then, different groups of tribesmen settled in the area at different time periods, but after the Germans took control, there was a lot of upheaval between the Europeans and the natives.

Although Germany ceased control of Namibia, the country fell under South Africa’s rule for almost 20 years until Namibia won its independence in 1990. Throughout the centuries of colonization, the country underwent a lot of transformation, and even though the city’s capital was only established in 1890, it’s bustling with plenty of things to do and see. Heading to Windhoek? Here are some recommendations to consider checking out.

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2019 Skytrax Awards: best airlines in the world

the best airlines in the world 2019

The world’s Airline Customer Satisfaction Survey has completed for 2019 and the best airlines in the world have been revealed. This year’s winner? Qatar Airways.

For years, Singapore Airlines has reined in the number one spot, but for 2019, Qatar has made a comeback. The airline has been in the number one spot four times before in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017. Last year, Qatar Airways held second place.

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Where to go this summer based on your zodiac sign

Where to go based on your zodiac sign

We all have different personalities, including our likes and dislikes. But did you know that the stars can influence what we destinations we prefer? And, more specifically, where we’re more comfortable being? You can partially thank your zodiac sign for that. Even if you don’t believe in astrology, we hope this guide can help you to choose the destination that best suits your sign—or at least just have some fun with it!

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TAP Portugal debuts their new A330neo business class seat

TAP A330neo business class seat

Airbus has been working on a new jet for several years called the A330neo and TAP Portugal is the first airline to debut this airplane with the Airspace by Airbus cabin interior.

TAP launched the first flight in December from Lisbon to São Paulo, and the first one to the US via Chicago from Lisbon just this month. The airline will continue to add new routes to the US and even Europe over the next few years. Those who fly aboard this aircraft in business class will be able to sit in the CL6710 by Recaro seat that’s forward facing, fully-flat and offers direct aisle access for all of the 34 passengers sitting in the premium cabin.

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What to do in Quito: hidden gems and local favorites

What to do in Quito Ecuador

One of South America’s more unique cities is one of our favorites. Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is the second highest city sitting above sea level in the world and is the largest city in the nation.

Long before Quito was colonized by Spain, the area was ruled by indigenous tribes that can be traced back to 8000 BC. In the 15th century, the Incas invaded, then in 1531, Spain landed. Two years later, Rumiñahui, an Incan warrior, ended up burning the city to the ground destroying all of Quito’s ancient history to prevent Spain from taking over. Although he was successful in destroying Quito, the city was colonized and officially became Quito in 1541. For 300 years, Ecuador was under Spanish rule until 1822 when it gained its independence. Today, Quito is a fascinating city with a lot of history and interesting sites to discover for both tourists and locals alike.

So if this capital is on your list of go-to destinations, we recommend these hidden gems and local favorites to add to your list.

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