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                                                                                                  No.69 September 2015
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A personal note from Yvonne

Dear Alex, 

Firstly let me wish all our Jewish clients and friends a healthy and happy New Year and hope that your Fast was an easy one.

I am now back in the office and life is slowly settling back to some sort of normality. I will be going to Tasmania over the weekend of 10/11/12 October to attend the Winners Circle Conference for the top 16 independent agents in the Concorde Network and Affiliates throughout Australia. I am sure I will return enthused and with plenty of ideas to share with you.  

Our trip to Cuba was amazing in every respect and I am glad we were there before American investment comes in with full force.(see Mike’s article below) . 

From Cuba we traveled to New Orleans (more on this next month) for 4 nights before commencing a cruise up the Mississippi River to Memphis. A wonderful experience, visiting a part of the USA not been to before. Memphis and Nashville were terrific and a musical adventure. Highlights were: 

  • Private tour of Graceland and exclusive dinner in Elvis’s car museum
  • Walking Beale Street and dinner at BB King’s Restaurant
  • The Peabody Hotel duck parade
  • The Grand Ole Opry back stage tour in Nashville
  • Ryman Auditorium

I would like to extend an invitation to any of you who have traveled somewhere of particular interest in the last 12 months to write about your travel experiences – be they good or bad, as we can always learn from reading about the journeys of others - and if there is a picture to go with it, even better!
 

Until next time,

Yvonne Lazarow
Managing Director

 

 

INFORMATION ON FUTURE AMACO/SMALL GROUP TOURS 

As so many of you have requested what is in the pipeline here is a preview of what we will offer:

Japan Tour
7 - 20 April 2016. Our 2016 conference year will kick off with an amazing GP and Specialist Medical Conference and Small Group Tour to Japan in April... timed perfectly for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Running from 7 - 20 April 2016, the all-inclusive itinerary spans 13 nights and includes Tokyo, Takayama, Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Hakone. The group is limited to no more than 60 participants. Take a look at the information below or visit
www.amacojapan2016.com.au for more information and to download a registration form. This conference is open to participants who are not necessarily doctors but like the way we do the small group tours. THIS TOUR IS NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED.

Poland and Czech Republic
The second of our planned conferences will take place in Poland from 6 - 14 June 2016. The itinerary will focus on the beautiful cities of Warsaw and Krakow with the option to extend to the Czech capital of Prague from the 14 - 19 June 2016 available for those with a little extra time. Mathew recently visited Prague to put the finishing touches to our itinerary and hopes to have a full brochure to you in the coming weeks. Visit www.amacopoland2016.com.au for details.


Golden Pagoda Tour to Myanmar
4 - 22 October 2016 plus four nights in Bhutan. The full brochure and registration form are available on our website (click here). Registrations are streaming in and this tour is sure to book out quickly.
 

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CUBA : THROUGH THE EYES OF MIKE LAZAROW

Cuba as a tourist destination is about to change. Political intransigence that has ruled the scene for over 60 years will shortly give away to commercial and political pragmatism as US and Cuba relations move towards normalisation. For the people of Cuba this is wonderful news and long overdue. Family reunions, personal opportunities and prosperity will occupy the minds of the citizens.  

http://mymail.ezemsgs.com/download/files/55332/2047996/cuban%20flag.jpgYvonne and I have just returned from Cuba after escorting a group of 30 Pharmacy Small Group clients on our Jazz & Blues tour.

The island practically buzzes with energy and you should do likewise - get moving and go there as things will change once US and other investment begins to pour in. The innocence of isolation will disappear and everything will be tainted with commercialisation.

Visiting Cuba as we did, we discovered a virtual time capsule. Planted into the earth when Fidel Castro and JFK parted ways in 1960, Cuba has not changed physically at all. Beautiful, old buildings are still old and beautiful but now blackened with age. The ageless classic cars of the 50’s are still there but now iconic . Lovingly tendered and cared for by their owners they are a major tourist attraction. What is it about our love for these beautiful gleaming beasts?

However it is the people that captured our hearts. Their natural friendliness and love of music is ageless and will never change.

The Caribbean Republic of Cuba consists of the 766-mile long island of Cuba. Perched at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico, it’s just 110 miles from Florida. The colourful capital Havana, with its pulsating nightlife, proud culture and beautiful architecture, is the heart of the country.

Today, Havana is also the heart of the nation’s busy political, scientific and cultural life. Museums, theatres and concert halls, art galleries and cultural institutions are popular venues. Music is probably the Cuban artistic expression most extended throughout the world. Of all the arts, music is perhaps the one, which has influenced the personality of Cuban people the most, evolving quickly and with great force.

Despite its being one of the last remaining Communist countries, visitors to Cuba are greeted with salsa beats, exotic food and a carnival atmosphere. A visit to Club Tropicana in Havana is a true assault on the senses - but do it.

The tobacco-growing area of Viñales is fascinating and stunningly beautiful and a tour of the cigar-making factory in Pina del Rio is a true eye opener. A throw-back to the beginning of the 20th century. Trinidad is considered the museum city of Cuba and for this reason, in 1988, Unesco declared Trinidad "World Heritage".

Our own 10 night tour focussed on Havana, the Vinales area of the west, then a loop that took in Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Sanctus Spiriti and Santa Clara.

Esssential Cuban must do’s:
 

  • Invest in an experienced local guide – you will miss half of it if you try doing it alone.
  • Slow down. Spend time walking about and learning about the country. Don’t rush – sit down, enjoy a coffee and become a Cuban watcher.
  • Expose yourself to the different types of music.
  • The food can be ordinary but it can be good. Do your research – there are many outstanding cafes and restaurants.
  • Generally things are not expensive but you MUST tip guides, musicians and other service providers.

Cuba’s cultural heritage has been kept alive, despite the often oppressive aspects of Communism. It is a fascinating country to visit with a wholly cosmopolitan attitude and locals who, despite all of the odds, have a really positive outlook on life.

 

 

2017 CRUISE SPECIALS

We are really excited to showcase our latest flyer: 2017 WORLD SECTORS!  This 2-page flyer has a selection of world sectors from Cunard and P&O Cruises World Cruising

Our chosen sectors start from 5 nights right through to the full 104 or 118 World Voyage. These sectors are extremely popular to both new and loyal passengers so don't delay as these will sell fast. 


CLICK HERE to view 2-page flyer.

 

 

HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF A LONG PLANE JOURNEY 

Pick a quiet spot

Research  revealed that the most in-demand seat on a plane is 7F, near the front of the plane - presumably for the perceived ease of disembarkation. Those seeking peace and quiet may wish to avoid the front, however, as this is where parents with babies will often travel, and where flight attendants will be clattering around with drinks trolleys.

So consider the back of the aircraft. Window seats obviously reduce the chance of being disturbed and also give you somewhere to rest your head.

Keep it loose

Keep it loose – except around your calves. If you are aiming to sleep, travel in comfortable, non-constricting clothing (apart from compression stockings).

Which position?

For those in first- or business-class, this is a no-brainer! What about the rest of us? The best position (controversially for those behind you) is to put your seat back as far as possible. "Recline as much as possible and make yourself as comfortable as conditions permit."

Sitting up straight also contributes to lower back pain, according to research for the British Chiropractic Association, which suggests that leaning slightly back at a 135 degree angle is best as the least pressure is placed on the spinal disks.

A downside for those who like to lean forward with their head resting against the back of the chair in front include the undue pressure on your neck, the likelihood of being woken by the movements of the chair in front, and the fact that "the slump" is possibly the least dignified position to be seen in.

There may be unoccupied seats on the flight that you can overflow into - consider asking cabin crew if you can move should you spot an empty row.

If you are lucky enough to have a free neighbouring seat, you can curl up foetal-style on your side, though forget about trying this if you've got long legs.

Get your buckle out

There is nothing more annoying than being on the verge of nodding off, only for a member of cabin crew to prod you, trying to find out whether you're buckled up. Keeping your seatbelt visible above your clothes before take off will prevent this.

Be in no mood to chat

Politely deter your neighbour from engaging in mid-flight small talk by waving a book around, plugging in headphones, or muttering to yourself in an obscure foreign language.

Don't drink too much

While the soporific effects of booze are well known, avoid caffeine-laced drinks and alcohol on a flight. Try drinking a herbal tea, It's a good idea not to eat a full or heavy meal too.

If you're worried about getting stuck in a queue for the toilets, it might be an idea to set an alarm to go off 30-45 minutes before you land to give yourself ample time and beat the rush.

Don't watch TV

The light from the screens keeps your brain awake. If the environment is noisy, try some relaxing music, perhaps with noise-cancelling headphones.

Try a pillow

Ideally, you should bring your own neck pillow as well as an eye mask.

If all else fails - pop a pill

 

 

PALACES FIT FOR A KING, QUEEN AND YOU!!!!

I have had the good fortune to stay at a number of these hotels and can vouch for their place in the ten top palace hotels of the world.       

Taj Falaknuma Palace
Hyderabad, India  
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"The Taj Falaknuma Palace exceeded all expectations… simply sublime in every respect!"

Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg
Bergisch Gladbach, Germany  
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file:///C:%5CUsers%5CMATHEW~1.AMA%5CAppData%5CLocal%5CTemp%5Cmsohtmlclip1%5C01%5Cclip_image002.gif"The hotel is…a huge castle that stands on top of a hill overlooking the city of Bensberg…"
 
Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey   
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"By far the most visually impressive property on the Bosphorus... the Palace itself is stunning and the views are absolutely incredible."

Palazzo Magnani Feroni
Florence, Italy  
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"I absolutely loved this historic hotel... the suites are amazing... and the staff is welcoming and extremely helpful."

Hotel de Crillon
Paris, France  
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"This is the most beautiful hotel in Paris. The location is excellent, but the whole experience is just amazing."

Taleon Imperial Hotel
St. Petersburg, Russia  
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"This is a truly amazing hotel in palatial style located on the main street of St. Petersburg, the Nevsky Prospect."

The Oberoi Rajvilas
Jaipur, India  
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file:///C:%5CUsers%5CMATHEW~1.AMA%5CAppData%5CLocal%5CTemp%5Cmsohtmlclip1%5C01%5Cclip_image002.gif"It was one of the best places... From the beginning to the end we were treated like royalty..."

The Gritti Palace
Venice, Italy  
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"This former palace of an eminent patrician family turned into a luxury hotel is a true Venetian landmark."

The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux
Mdina, Malta
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"A luxurious palazzo in the heart of Mdina, beautifully appointed with... quiet rooms."

Palais Coburg Hotel Residenz
Vienna, Austria  
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file:///C:%5CUsers%5CMATHEW~1.AMA%5CAppData%5CLocal%5CTemp%5Cmsohtmlclip1%5C01%5Cclip_image002.gif"Great architecture, great design, a beautiful mixture of old and new."

 

 

 

A TIME TO SMILE

A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.

The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small.

The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.

Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.

The little girl said, 'When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah'.

The teacher asked, 'What if Jonah went to hell?'

The little girl replied, 'Then you ask him'.

 

 

 

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