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Super Bowl XLIX to Feature Phoenix Family Friendly Fun, Food and Festivities

Monday, January 12th, 2015
So what’s on your bucket list this year? How about visiting the biggest and wildest annual sports celebration in the entire world?
Yes, it’s Super Bowl time again and this year’s National Football League championship game — Super Bowl XLIX — will be played on February 1st, 2015 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona USA.
As a result the downtown Phoenix area will be visited by more than one-million people this year who look forward to enjoying a plethora of game-related activities and festivities.
Super Bowl in 2008 was last hosted in Phoenix when the festivities were offered within a wide surrounding area. This time around festivities will largely be localized in the downtown Phoenix area with many at CityScape Phoenix, the Hyatt Regency Phoenix and the Phoenix Convention Center.
What has been dubbed “Super Bowl Central”, a 12 city block area spanning from First Avenue to Fifth Street and from Monroe to Jefferson streets, will feature free activities, restaurants and of course, music.
Super Bowl Central will be easily accessible via light-rail transit with numerous stops in the area. It is also within easy reach of the city’s popular bike-share program, as well as within convenient walking distance of the city’s biggest bus stations on Van Buren Street and First Avenue.
David Rousseau, chairman of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, remarked, “This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase downtown Phoenix and all the incredible investments made by the public and private sectors working together.”
Economic times were tough in 2008 when the Super Bowl last visited Phoenix. That year’s festivities poured $500 million dollars into metro area coffers.
Since then the downtown area has launched CityScape Phoenix and seen numerous clubs, restaurants and artistic areas pour in. The downtown construction that was still taking place during Super Bowl 2008 is long since complete leaving downtown more what some have called an “urban event.”
Organizers expect a far higher revenue from this year’s Super Bowl game, having already raised $30 million dollars to fund game-related activities.
Local business leaders anticipate strong returns given the large number of hotels, retail establishments, restaurants, concerts, galleries and theaters that have sprung up in the downtown area since 2008.
Since the big game will be shown on television all over the globe, city officials anticipate strong future economic returns with millions the world over seeing the benefits of visiting the greater Phoenix area.
Phoenix Councilwoman Kate Gallego echoed these sentiments when she remarked, “This is a great opportunity. I personally think it’s a priority to think long term and not be cheap.”
Suburbs outside of the downtown Phoenix area are expected to benefit as well with nearby Scottsdale anticipating numerous parties and other events.
Attendees to this year’s Super Bowl will arrive by every type of transportation imaginable, from cars and luxury limos to buses to jet planes and even recreational vehicles (RVs).  Click the link for Super Bowl Transportation options.
Big name celebrities will arrive from the airport in stretch limousines, accompanied by throngs of fans visiting artsy and trendy Scottsdale area shops and clubs.
The following events have been officially sanctioned by the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and NFL Events.
Event: Taste of the NFL
Where: WestWorld of Scottsdale
Date: Jan 31st
Time: 7:00PM
Admission: $700+
Description: This annual “Party with a Purpose” brings the opportunity to enjoy fun and food featuring world class recipes at Scottsdale’s WestWorld. Enjoy
Event: 2015 American Indian tribes of Arizona Festival
Where: Scottsdale Civic Park
Date: Jan 29th – 31st
Time: All day long
Admission: Free
Description: Features a free, family friendly festival event in which attendees can experience the diverse cultures of Arizona’s indigenous Indian tribes.
Event: Verizon E Waste Recycling Rally
Where: Desert Ridge Marketplace
Date: Jan 20th
Time: 7:30AM-2:00PM
Admission: Free
Description: A public electronic waste collection recycling event sponsored by The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, the NFL and Verizon at the Desert Ridge Market Place, located behind the AMC Theater in the North Phoenix Building.
Event: Super Bowl XLIX Celebrity Golf Classic
Where: TPC ScottsdaleWildfire Golf Club at the JW Marriott Resort in Desert Ridge, Arizona
Date: Jan 31st
Time: 9:00AM
Admission: Free
Description: A field of golfers will be headed by 25 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame at this Annual NFL Super Bowl Celebrity Golf Classic.
Event: Super Bowl Gospel Celebration
Where: ASU Gammage
Date: Jan 30th
Time: 7:30PM
Admission: $42 +
Description: A world class gospel choir featuring top selling contemporary Christian, gospel and mainstream artists. The only gospel event officially sanctioned by the NFL, The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration has enjoyed sold out performances over the past 15 years in Super Bowl cities including Houston, Jacksonville, San Diego and Tampa. A portion of funds raised are donated to both local and national charity organizations with almost a half-million dollars donated in recent years.
Event: NFL Experience Engineered by GMC
Where: Phoenix Convention Center North
Date: Jan 24th – Feb 1st
Time: All day long
Admission: $35
Description: The NFL Experience Engineered is a theme park featuring interactive displays, attractions, games, youth clinics and even free autograph sessions featuring NFL players, both former and current.
Event: 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open
Where: TPC Scottsdale
Date: Jan 26th – Feb 1st
Time: All day long
Admission: Starts at $30
Description: A legendary golf tournament on the PGA TOUR schedule that features the famous 16th, a par-3 162 yard hole this is turned into a stadium seating 15,000 fans.

Modes of Travel History

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Modes of Transportation

Modes of Travel

For many thousands of years humans traveled by land on animals. Horses, burros, donkeys, camels and elephants all helped mankind to get from one place to another.


Animals were also used to haul everything from personal belongings to water to manufactured products. Of course, in some places of the world that is still true today.
Early ocean explorers made small boats from the skins of animals, particularly leather and other hides, stretching the skin across the frame of their boats. More advanced manufacturing saw wood and later, iron, being used for bolts, pulleys and bracing.
Evidence shows that Viking explorers entered the St. Laurence Seaway and navigated its tributaries as far westward as they were able to explore, actually making it as far into the central United States as Minnesota.
By the 1400’s many nations had developed seaworthy craft capable of crossing entire oceans. American schoolchildren learn about Christopher Columbus exploring the Caribbean in the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. It’s astonishing to consider that the smallest of these ships was more like a boat, since it had a deck that was only 50 feet long!
As for air travel, early scientists like Archimedes watched birds fly and attempted to emulate them with gliders that a man could strap onto his back and launch himself from a high place. History records that these experiments didn’t go too well, but it was a start.
But the 1700’s lighter-than-air craft in the form of large balloons propelled into the sky by heaters to warm the air inside the balloon became common place.
As the air inside the balloon was warmed, it expanded and lowered the atmospheric pressure inside the balloon until the higher, normal outside air pressure literally pushed the balloon up into the sky.
Hot air balloons can be seen to this day flying all over the world in climates where the air is calm, a classic example of technology that is hundreds of years old and still perfectly usable.
The hot air balloon led to the development of the dirigible which utilizes light gases contained inside a fixed-frame, enclosed compartment to provide powerful lift. The use of hydrogen gas, the lightest of all naturally occurring elements, was discontinued after the tragic Hindenburg catastrophe in 1937. Since that day helium has largely been used.
Even today, dirigibles powered by propellers are used by the military and major civilian contractors to lift extremely heavy items such as trucks, tanks and even steel girders and transport them safely over large distances.
By the beginning of the 1900’s, tinkerers around the world were experimenting with heavier-than-air flight in the form of airplanes with fixed wings. The problem they faced was that gasoline engines of the day were very heavy for the relatively modest amount of horsepower produced.
The Wright Brothers went into the history books as having achieved the first powered flight in 1903. Interestingly, that entire flight from takeoff to landing could be contained inside the cargo area of a modern military ‘heavy’ transport plane.
Commercial aviation was soon to follow when the postal service began making use of airplanes to deliver mail, especially in areas not easily accessible by road. By the 1930’s an entire industry was born with commercial aircraft regularly servicing passenger routes between major cities.
In 1927 Charles Lindbergh made the first successful non-stop flight across the Atlantic, flying from New York to Paris in 33-1/2 hours. Transatlantic commercial air travel was soon to follow.
It was around the turn of the same century, the early 1900’s, that the automobile made its emergence. The earliest motor vehicles borrowed their designs from the locomotives of the day and burned coal to boil water into steam and drive a small turbine to generate power. Later steam driven automobiles burned gasoline to boil fluids and generate steam.
The Stanley Steamer was one of the first commercially successful steam driven motor cars. According to Wikipedia, “A Stanley Steamer set the world record for the fastest mile in an automobile (28.2 seconds) in 1906.”
Remarkably, Wikipedia also adds that “The record for steam-powered automobiles was not broken until 2009,” a full 103 years later!
As soon as the automobile became available, immediately it began being used for commercial purposes, such as trucks, buses and taxicabs that could turn a profit for their owners. From the taxicab it was a short hop to the first limousine.
The concept of chauffeured travel dates back many hundreds of years. It was once the common practice of the driver of a carriage drawn by a team of horses to place some hot coals into a small warming pot that was placed on the floor of the passenger compartment to keep the traveler’s feet warm, and to provide some general overall warmth.
The French verb to warm or heat is ‘chauffeur’. Now you know why limousine drivers the world over are know as chauffeurs.
Today’s limousine is a very different creature from the horse drawn carriage. Modern limousines offer every imaginable creature comfort, from luxurious glove leather seats, to wet bars, to flat screen TVs and state-of-the-art surround sound music systems.
The limousine today is arguably the most elegant possible form of commercial ground transportation, and is available on a rental basis to any customer who chooses to rent one, whether for an hour or an entire day.
Individuals rent limos for a wide range of uses, from traveling to a party, a wedding, a funeral, a sporting event, a music concert, the airport, or just for fun sightseeing.
Limousines come in all colors and designs from executive sedans to the impossibly long super stretch that can accommodate parties of twenty people or greater. There is nothing like pulling up in a super sleek, luxury stretch limousine to turn heads and elicit an ‘awesome!’ response.
From high speed powered catamarans that can achieve speeds over the water of 70 miles per hour, to luxury passenger aircraft cruising at 550 miles per hour, to the modern elegant limousine that can cruise down the highway as smooth as silk, causing hardly a ripple in a glass of champagne, mankind continues to refine all of the various modes of ocean, air and land transportation through continuous advances in technology.
One day soon we’ll have to add travel to luxury tourist destinations on the Moon to this list.

Travel Savvy Nice

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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