Our weekly roundup of this week's best Bay Area fare deals Chris McGinnis, Thrifty Traveler Published 5:59 am PST, Friday, November 30, 2018 Seeing the Eiffel tower at different, fun angles in the morning. Seeing the Eiffel tower at different, fun angles in the morning. Photo: Jin Chu Ferrer/Getty Images Photo: Jin Chu Ferrer/Getty Images Image 1 of / 18 Caption Close Image 1 of 18 Seeing the Eiffel tower at different, fun angles in the morning. Seeing the Eiffel tower at different, fun angles in the morning. Photo: Jin Chu Ferrer/Getty Images Friday Fare Deals: Orlando, Paris, Raleigh, Puerto Rico, Portland, more 1 / 18 Back to Gallery The flight deal gurus at Thrifty … [Read more...] about Friday Fare Deals: Orlando, Paris, Raleigh, Puerto Rico, Portland, more
Branson brighter than ever Branson, Mo., is staking its claim as home to the most spectacular Christmas celebration of the season. The Silver Dollar City theme park has unveiled its biggest and brightest Christmas lighting array ever, throwing the switch on 6.5 million colorful LED lights. Only Busch Gardens' Christmas Town in Williamsburg, Va., is brighter, featuring some 10 million lights. The Branson holiday festival, known as "An Old Time Christmas," continues through Dec. 30. It features the nightly Rudolph's Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade, Broadway-style musical productions of "A Christmas Carol" and "It's a Wonderful Life," a five-story special-effects Christmas tree, strolling carolers, a dramatic Living Nativity and seasonal food offerings. The park's 100-plus craftsmen/women create one-of-a-kind holiday items (silverdollarcity.com). Tribune News Service Vacation-sharing advice Traveling with family members and friends can be fun and festive. Or, fraught with … [Read more...] about Branson’s Christmas is brighter than ever; Puerto Rico rebounds
Danica Coto Associated Press Published 7:00 AM EST Nov 6, 2018 San Juan, Puerto Rico – More than a year after Hurricane Maria caught Puerto Rico’s government wildly unprepared, officials acknowledge they still haven’t come up with a plan to cope with the next such disaster – and it’s not clear when they will. The U.S. territory’s government insisted for months that it had a complete, updated disaster plan, saying it was kept secret due to protect information about vulnerable infrastructure and officials’ private contact details. But a suit filed by Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism led officials to concede last month that that plan doesn’t deal with catastrophic events such as hurricanes and earthquakes, prompting outrage on an island where many blame government bungling for the estimated 2,975 deaths linked to Category 4 Hurricane Maria, which hit in September 2017. “The government has clearly failed … [Read more...] about Puerto Rico at risk amid lack of disaster plan
When manager Alex Cora helped the Red Sox capture their fourth World Series title in 14 years, he made it clear that the milestone meant a great deal to his fans and supporters back home in Puerto Rico. That’s why Cora, players Christian Vazquez (who is also Puerto Rican), Eduardo Nunez, and Eduardo Rodriguez, fellow coaches, and members of the front office made the expedition Saturday to Cora’s hometown of Caguas, as a way of saying thank you for all their love and relentless optimism. Mayor William Miranda Torres reportedly met the entourage in San Juan, which is 16 miles north of Caguas, and escorted them toward the adoring flock of fans. Here’s a look at how the day unfolded: 7:54 a.m. EST Cora shared on Twitter that he was San Juan-bound, and the Red Sox posted a video shortly thereafter confirming that he had, in fact, boarded the plane. 12:19 p.m. Four minutes after Cora tweeted that he had arrived, the Red Sox de Boston account tweeted a video of the plane … [Read more...] about Watch Alex Cora bring the World Series trophy home to Puerto Rico
It may not be the “whole team,” but Red Sox manager Alex Cora and the World Series trophy will have some company on their visit to Puerto Rico this weekend. The Red Sox announced Friday afternoon that Cora is flying the 2018 trophy to his hometown of Caguas for a celebration on Saturday. And according to the team, Red Sox pitcher David Price, utility man Brock Holt, catcher Sandy Leon, pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, and catcher Christian Vazquez, a Puerto Rico native, are all tagging along on the trip. Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, team president Sam Kennedy, assistant hitting coach Andy Barkett, first base coach Tom Goodwin, advance scouting and statistical analysis coach Ramon Vazquez (who is also a Puerto Rico native), and a number of front office members will also be on the flight out of Logan airport Saturday morning. Upon their arrival in San Juan, Caguas Mayor William Miranda Torres is set to escort the group to his city, which is located about 16 miles south of the … [Read more...] about Alex Cora is bringing the World Series trophy to Puerto Rico. Here are the Red Sox players who are coming with him.