A Villa for Life from Zenbiz Travel

I had the opportunity to visit this wonderful estate in the Dominican Republic this past weekend.  Amazing property with full staff, oversized pool, activities, chef and more.  Sleeps as many as 24 people.  Contact Zenbiz Travel for more information on this and other villas for vacation rentals, weddings, retreats and more.  www.zenbiztravel.com

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In brief: London to Paris for £1 each way, by bus

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The repurposed train tracks-cum-public park the High Line is set to become even more impressive, with plans unveiled for the third and final phase of development. Scheduled for completion in 2014, the extension includes plans for a children’s play structure and a 360-degree viewpoint. [Fast Company Design]   Read More

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Apollo Amateur Night Goes to London

AMATEUR NIGHT GOES TO LONDON
Amateur Night at the Apollo is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company
Wednesday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.

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Winners of this special themed Amateur Night at the Apollo will receive an all-expense paid trip to London where they will represent the Apollo Theater at the “Live at the Empire/ Amateur Night at the Apollo: Hackney vs. Harlem” talent finals on July 14, 2012.  

Aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, rappers and spoken word artists try their best to please the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend.  Then get ready to cheer or jeer as you decide who stays and who gets booted off stage.  At Amateur Night, you tell the performers to be good or be gone!

Amateur Night at the Apollo is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess.    And keep a lookout for master impressionistC.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage.

Want to travel with us for the big show in London, England.  4 nights of fun and excitement Pre-Olympics.

Amateur Night Fan London Tour

Zenbiz Travel is proud to announce its association as the official travel agency for the legendary Apollo Theater’s
Amateur Night Fan London Tour.  Click here for more info.

Zenbiz Travel Top Five Foreign Destinations

Today was interviewed by Bennett & Brown on the C. Alan Morning Show and was asked to give my top 5 beauty destinations so I thought I would share them with you.

1) Salvador – Bahia Brazil
A visit to Salvador is a chance to step back in time, to stroll through a perfectly preserved city from the 16th and 17th centuries. It’s a chance to experience Brazil’s close connection to Africa — to taste this connection in the food, hear it in the music, see it in the faces of the people. All of these elements — architecture, food, and music — mix together in Pelourinho, the restored colonial heart of the city of Salvador.

Beyond Salvador, a trip to Bahia is a chance to stock up on two of Brazil’s greatest non-exportable products — sand and sunshine. The beaches of Bahia are some of Brazil’s most varied and beautiful. They come blessed by sunshine, lapped by a warm southern ocean, and infused with a laid-back spirit that is uniquely Bahian. Read more:

2) Paris – France
With an average of 27 million visitors per year, Paris is the most visited city in the world. Although the city is bustling year-round, the summer (July-Aug) is the worst time to visit, since most Parisians flee the city while most tourists crowd into the city then. Paris is probably most pleasant to visit in the spring (Apr-June) or fall (Sept-Nov), but it is also lovely during December, when the city is all lit up with Christmas lights. Annual fashion shows and trade fairs bring a lot of people to the city in September and October, so it may be difficult to find a hotel room during this period. Hotels in Paris rarely advertise off-season rates, but rooms are often a little less expensive during the cold, rainy period from November to February. Airfares are cheaper during these months, and more promotions are available; airfares rise in the spring and fall, peaking in the summer, when tickets cost the most.   Read more:

3) Capetown – South Africa
Strikingly beautiful and separated by a barrier of mountains, Cape Town looks and feels different from the rest of South Africa. Its unique topography offers a range of activities, from windsurfing and mountain climbing to wine tasting and sun bathing. But Cape Town’s real draw is its vibrant multiculturalism. Watch Zulu groups singing and dancing as you shop or dine at the V&A Waterfront; mingle with Cape Town’s Muslim community in Bo-Kaap; and party European-style in cool clubs around Greenpoint.  Read more

4) Punta Cana – Dominican Republic
On the easternmost tip of the island, 211km (131 miles) east of Santo Domingo, is Punta Cana, the site of major vacation developments, including the Barceló and Meliá properties, with more scheduled to arrive in the future. Known for its 32km (20 miles) of white-sand beaches and clear waters, Punta Cana and Bávaro are an escapist’s retreat. Set against a backdrop of swaying palm trees, these beaches are unrivaled in the Caribbean. Within some of the most arid landscapes in the Caribbean — it rarely rains during daylight hours — Punta Cana and Bávaro have been recognized throughout Europe (especially Spain) and the Americas for their climate.   Read more

5) Barcelona – Spain
A Gothic and Modernist marvel on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is quirky, cosmopolitan and effortlessly cool. This city breathes life: from chefs foraging for fresh produce in La Boqueria Market at the crack of dawn to partygoers leaving El Born’s pulsating clubs around the same time. Pause for a minute, and discover Barcelona’s real charm in small details — the hidden courtyards of Barri Gòtic, the light catching Sagrada Família’s wax-like turrets — all coming together to make the Catalan capital one of Spain’s most livable and loveable cities.   Read more:

A Weekend Trip to San Diego, California

A good friend invited me to come out to San Diego for a quick weekend visit. I had no idea how beautiful and peaceful this city is. Not only does it have distinctive neighborhoods it is also a very green city. The trolleys were fast, quiet and green. While there we ate at great restaurants, visited a famous hotel on the beach, went to a historic section of the city that was built for a World’s Fair at the turn of the century.  It is located in Balboa Park. We attended a seminar by the Black Storyteller’s Association of San Diego about the history of African American in the city. We also crossed the border by walking across the bridge into Tijuana, Mexico. We covered a lot of ground in 3 days don’t you think? Check out my photo album here. 

It may surprise you to know that there are over 30 museums in San Diego, and that only one of them is dedicated to surfing. Here’s just a brief look at why this city by the beach is earning a reputation as a vibrant, culturally rich and culture-loving destination.

With 15 museums and 9 theatres and performing arts centers, Balboa Park is San Diego’s cultural heart. “The Smithsonian of the West,” this beautiful park houses its treasures among green expanses, cultivated gardens and Spanish Colonial Architecture, making it a magical place to spend the day. Wonder at the incredible displays in the San Diego Natural History Museum. See old masters from Rembrandt to Rubens in the intimate Timken Museum of Art. Or visit the Air & Space Museum to marvel at the actual Apollo 9 Command Module spacecraft. Theatre lovers would be amiss not to try to catch the latest show at The Old Globe, one of the most esteemed regional theatres in the country. In and of itself, Balboa Park holds enough wonderful sights and experiences to fill an entire vacation.  Contact Zenbiz Travel to arrange your trip.

Eat on Top of It All

(Travel + Leisure) — When you’re dining at a revolving restaurant 250 feet above Cape Town, you expect the views to be fantastic. The real surprise is when the food appears — and it’s excellent.

What better way to savor a beautiful city than from this vantage point: a window seat at a revolving restaurant where the shifting views complement the gourmet courses. At Cape Town’s Top of the Ritz, that means pairings of just-caught mussels with a view of iconic Table Mountain, spicy curry-butternut soup with the sandstone Twelve Apostle peaks, rack of lamb with beaches, and dessert with the sunset dipping below the Atlantic.

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The Ultimate Halloween Caribbean Cruise 1 was a smash.

It took a year to plan and our guests enjoyed it. What more could we ask? Deposits for the UHCC2 out of NYC Oct. 29th – Nov. 7th, 2012. Click here for details.