This is the annual convention of the World Science Fiction Society and the Hugo awards. This year (August 2019) it is being held in Dublin!
Next year will be in New Zealand. (I’m sorely tempted.)
The website for Dublin is down today, probably due to the major increase of traffic because today is the first day to reserve hotel space in their blocks.
However, in order to reserve hotel space through them, you must pay in their currency. There are definitely some pros to booking through them – some of the hotel prices are much lower because of the WorldCon rate, and the closer hotels seems to be completely booked up by the convention. However, there are a couple hotels still within walking distance that are cheaper through a Canadian travel consultant. Hint hint.
Are you interested in travelling to WorldCon in Dublin (or New Zealand next year)?
You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you like tabletop role-playing games? Do you want the atmosphere to be authentic?
There is a company offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences of playing D&D in a castle. You don’t even have to worry about finding a GM (they’re provided as part of the package), or if you’ve never played before (they’re great at coaching newbies).
I’m sick. It’s hard to concentrate. So here is a very very short and late post about Evermore Park in Utah.
I definitely want to go here.
“Evermore Park is an experience park where guests of all ages can escape to a new realm – the fantasy village of Evermore. Themed like a European village with its own buildings, citizens, and epic story. Guests interact with characters, go on quests, and become a part of the world of Evermore. The village of Evermore is a growing entity with changing themes, buildings, citizens, and quests.”
When I think of Germany, several things come to mind: castles, forests, beer (not my thing, but they are definitely known for it!), and CHRISTMAS MARKETS.
If I were to travel to Germany, I would want to go sometime around the end of November to the middle-end of December, because you can see the castles AND check out the world-famous Christmas Markets.
I checked out two top-ten/eleven Christmas Market lists, and BOTH list Nuremberg’s Market as number one.
Not only does this Market run from the end of November to Christmas Eve, but it’s one of the oldest Markets in Germany, originating sometime in the early 17th Century. They only allow handcrafted goods (something of which I highly approve!) and there is a parade of the Christkind child at the opening ceremony.
It feels like there is a Market for every style and in every city. You could take a cruise along the Rhine and stop in cities along the way to visit lesser known Markets, you could take a train between the big cities and go to the bigger Markets, or you could take a guided tour specifically geared towards seeing multiple Markets.
Here is a list of the dates for all the Christmas Markets in Germany. I was astonished by the number.
I’m getting excited about the Holidays. Are you?
Are you interested in travelling to Germany this Holiday season? You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. email@example.com
In honour of this spooky holiday, I would like to introduce you to the Uley Long Barrow.
Barrow means a mound placed over a grave/tomb, in case you were wondering.
Numerous skeletons have been discovered within it over the years, and there is evidence of disturbances over the centuries. But considering the barrow is thought to be at least five THOUSAND (not hundred) years old, I guess that makes sense.
Uley is located in England, near Gloucestershire in the Cotswolds, just north of Bristol and Bath and south-west of Stratford-on-Avon.
And guess what? You can go right inside it! (Be prepared to be squished and get very dirty!)
Game of Thrones fans might already be experiencing withdrawal, as the final season is set to be aired in 2019. The end of Westeros? Well, not completely.
The Game of Thrones Legacy Project has been officially announced! (You don’t know how hard it was to find the official press release. SO many articles citing it without actually linking to it!)
As early as 2019 (potentially), you’ll be able to visit Winterfell, Castle Black, and Kings Landing in person, not just through your TV screen. Northern Ireland will be the host of these locations, along with Linen Mill Studios, and will be preserving them for years to come.
As if Northern Ireland wasn’t already a great place to visit, now there’s a fandom element to it? Sign me up.
Are you interested in travelling to Northern Ireland? You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting tomorrow, Disney Cruise Line is accepting bookings for early 2020!
There are new itineraries, including departures from New Orleans in Louisiana, visits in Puerto Rico, and a Hawaiian Island cruise! There will, of course, continue to be cruises departing from Florida and California.
Are you interested in travelling on a Disney Cruise? You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. email@example.com