Saturday, 20 February 2016

A Portland layover - 3 stories

Beautiful Portland Oregon
creative commons image tonymoore on Flickr
The best 6 hour layover - Shannon Brown
The MAX train from Portland Airport makes a layover in this funky time a breeze. Why not on the way to Hawaii?
One of the coolest parts of our recent trip to Maui was that we were able to fit in a stop to Portland, courtesy of a 6 hour layover in our itinerary. It was like two trips in one! We made plans to meet up with our dear friends in downtown Portland for lunch. Scott and I hopped on the MAX at the airport and enjoyed the 40 minute ride into downtown. Can I just tell you . . . being back in that city just puts a huge smile on my face and fills my heart... [read Shannon's story]

Love the layover: at play in Portland, Oregon - Stuck at the Airport
Harriet Baskas writes about airports and layovers all over the USA, but this time it's a coming home of sorts, when she stops by Portland...
It’s always a bit strange for me to spend time in Portland, Oregon. It’s the first city I lived in when I moved out west and it’s the city now portrayed in a fun and fractured way in the IFC show Portlandia and in Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors, a book that claims to describe “all that this magical, dreamy city has to offer.” This visit I was a guest of Travel Portland – and most definitely a tourist.. [read Harriet's story].

Layover in Portland, Oregon - Kaleidoscope Flux
Granted Ionatan's layover in Portland was on a Greyhound bus journey, but who said all layovers have to be associated with airport travel?
I was fortunate enough to experience a 5-hour layover in what has been routinely called America's greenest city. One of the world's most environmentally-conscious cities in terms of land-use planning, Portland represents a fascinating blend of traditional port-based industry with alternative lifestyles and liberal politics. As the third most populous city in the Pacific Northwest, Portland provides everything from historical landmarks to world-renown rose gardens. As a town built on port industry, it provides all the right grunge. Below are some photos from my layover; never have I been so happy to have to wait for a bus... [read Ionatan's story]. 

Related resources
12 hours in Portland - 12 Hour Guides
The Layover List: Portland, Oregon - Flight Attendant Joe
'Portlandia' tour of Portland
The 420 from PDX
Portland Layover Ideas and Things to do in Portland
Portland OR International Airport (PDX) transportation guide

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Romantic layover ideas

Buenos Aires: Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini - Corazones Argentinos
Buenos Aires: Aeropuerto Internacional
Ministro Pistarini - Corazones Argentinos
"Corazones Argentinos", part of
 Corazones Vivos 2006,
designed by artist Daniel Ontiveros. EZE
Just in time for Valentine's Day, we've scoured the planet for tours and activities with a romantic twist. So, whether you are inspired, horrified or just amused, here's what we found:
Best Private Tour: Bologna In Love Walking Tour
Private Romantic Gold Coast Gondola Dinner Cruise for Two
Private Tour to Tunnel of Love from Kiev
Paris Hotel Romantic Set-Up
Moonlight ride by Ninebot - New generation of Segway - Rome
Overnight Private Tour: Romantic Kumarakom and Alleppey Houseboat Tour with Candlelight Dinner - Kochi, India
9-Night Romantic Private Tour of Athens, Santorini and Peloponnese Coast
Win Your Heart Picnic on the Beach in Phuket
Proposal in Paris
Proposal in Quito
Western Style Wedding Ceremony in Phuket
Get Married on Vacation (Gulf of Mexico beach, Tampa)
Civil Wedding Ceremony on a Miami Beach
Private Wedding Cruise on Monterey Bay
Married Over Manhattan: Helicopter Wedding in New York City
World Famous Drive-Up Wedding in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Wedding at the Graceland Wedding Chapel
Elvis Wedding at Graceland Wedding Chapel
Elvis Wedding Ceremony Package
Las Vegas Wedding at A Special Memory Wedding Chapel
Las Vegas Limousine Wedding Ceremony
Las Vegas Limousine Wedding Package
City of Lights Wedding or Vow Renewal
Helicopter Wedding Ceremony Over the Las Vegas Strip
Las Vegas Night Flight Helicopter Wedding Ceremony
Grand Canyon Wedding or Vow Renewal
Grand Canyon Helicopter Wedding
Grand Canyon Helicopter Wedding or Vow Renewal
Valley of Fire Wedding or Vow Renewal
Valley of Fire Wedding by Private Limousine
Destination Wedding: Valley of Fire Ceremony
Destination Wedding: Red Rock Canyon Ceremony
Paris Eiffel Tower Wedding Vows Renewal Ceremony with Photo-shoot
Paris Eiffel Tower Wedding Vows Renewal Ceremony with Photo-shoot and Video-shoot
Paris Luxembourg Gardens Wedding Vows Renewal Ceremony with Photo-shoot
Paris Luxembourg Gardens Wedding Vows Renewal Ceremony with Photo-shoot and Video-shoot
Vows Renewal Package in Cancun
Renew Your Wedding Vows in Florence
Renew Your Wedding Vows in Paris

Related resources
Looking for love on a layover
Pilots Do Hook Up With Flight Attendants, Say Flight Attendants
How to Field Marriage Proposals while Traveling - Love at First Layover