Recommendation Wednesday: 25 Beautiful Places to Visit

My brain is fried from Avengers Endgame last night. Here is a great CNN article about twenty five of the most beautiful places around the world.

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. Image from cnn.com. Picture taken by Roger de la Harpe

Enjoy the beauty! If anywhere sparks your interest, you know who to call.

You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

RHPS Castle

Are you a fan of Rocky Horror Picture Show? Do you like to travel?

Because the castle used by Dr Frank-N-Furter in the film is an ACTUAL castle in Windsor, England, and you can actually stay in this luxury manor-turned-hotel.

Oakley Court. Image from www.oakleycourt.co.uk

The castle is called Oakley Court, and it’s just twenty minutes from Heathrow, right on the River Thames.

Every year in August (on the Bank Holiday Weekend), Oakley Court hosts a RHPS picnic and screening of the movie including an overnight stay. 2019 is sold out (unsurprisingly) but their wait-list has room and 2020 hasn’t opened its bookings yet, so keep your eye open if you’re interested!

If you want to stay here on a regular day, you can do that too. There are nine suites within the original structure of the manor, but 118 rooms in total. So you can decide how luxurious you want to be.

Are you interested in travelling to England?

You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

Shazam film locations

Like the majority of superhero fans, I recently saw Shazam.

By recently, I mean last night.

And then I dreamt about it all night.

There are two ways I could re-live the movie: go see it again (tempted…) or go visit the film locations.

Fortunately, Shazam was mostly filmed in Canada – and not on the West Coast (which is always a beautiful spot to film for outdoorsy shots, but VERY far away).

That’s right, Shazam was filmed mostly in Toronto and Hamilton, with the major shots of the city skyline shot in Philadelphia.

The robbery in a convenience store was recorded in a Busy Bee Food Mart at 524 Barton St E in Hamilton. Image from www.atlasofwonders.com.

This article says that Shazam is set in Fawcett City, but either the author got that information from the comics or the movie changed its mind, because it is actually set in Philadelphia (for the most part). Other than that, the article has a great list of the film locations and when they were used in the movie.

Have you seen the movie yet? What did you think?

If you wish to visit the film locations in Shazam and need travel assistance, you know where to find me!

You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

Looking for guest writers!

Hello readers,

As you may be aware, we are expecting a baby in July. Our blog doesn’t get a parental leave, but we would love a break from it for a couple months.

This means we need guest posts!

Image from technologytherapy.com. Initially from Beauty and the Beast.

Fandom travel: have you visited a place that was featured in a movie or book? PEI, Petra, New Zealand, etc are all examples.

Blush: these posts can definitely be anonymous! Do you have something that you’d like to contribute? We already have a post about Doulas that has been promised (so excited about that!), but the options are WIDE open!

Travelling TARDIS: I can easily set these up in advance, but if you’re going somewhere exciting, even if it’s just an event in Ottawa, you can ask to borrow the TARDIS to take pictures.

I can’t speak for Éric’s posting days of Tuesday and Thursday, but those are full of variety. If you have an idea for a post, give us a shout.

ETIAS in 2021

This is more of an update than a Fandom Travel post, although if you want to travel to Europe for Fandom stuff, it applies!

In 2021, the European Travel Information and Authorization System will be up and running, and anyone from 61 countries, including Canada, will have to go through a detailed security check if they wish to travel to Europe.

Note: This is NOT a Visa.

You will need your valid passport in order to fill out the application.

Canadian Passport. Image from canada.ca.

After the online submission of your ETIAS application (which they say will take about ten minutes to complete), there is a minimal fee of approximately $11 CAD, and then it will only take a few minutes for it to be processed.

Minors must have a legal guardian complete the ETIAS for them. They are exempt from the fee.

You can check out the full details, including what information is required for the application, on the ETIAS website here.

You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

Golden Girls Cruise

If you’re a fan of the Golden Girls and love to cruise, you should be packing your bags (and buying your tickets) for Celebrity Infinity’s Golden Girls at Sea themed cruise, leaving Miami on February 24th, 2020.

Image of the cruise ship Celebrity Infinity from www.cruisemapper.com

The cruise will have stops in Key West and Cozumel, Mexico on it’s 5-night journey through the Western Caribbean.

Scheduled activities on board include:

  • a cheesecake party,
  • a bar crawl,
  • a fancy dress party and dinner,
  • bingo night,
  • a karaoke party at Blanche’s usual haunt, the Rusty Anchor

Unlimited drinks are included in the ticket price.

If you are interested in this cruise or airfare round-trip to Miami,

You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

Ottawa Coffee Fest

We here at JenEric Designs love coffee, obviously. So when we heard about The Ottawa Coffee Fest that’s happening this year on March 23, we were pretty excited.

Image from www,narcity.com.

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to attend because we’ll be at Ottawa Geek Market. So if you go, please tell us all about it!

Details:

  • Where: Horticulture Building 1525 Princess Patricia Way (Lansdowne)
  • When: March 23 10am-7pm
  • Cost: $15 each + $0.50 per coffee sample (tickets on sale now!)
  • Who: The vendors look super amazing and professional (vendors)
  • What: Not only will you get to sample amazing coffee, but there are workshops given by professionals (workshops)

New World Magischola

I have talked about this LARP event before. It’s back!

Three nights, four days in full magic school – sounds amazing to me!

This event (and yes, only one this year) will be taking place in Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts on June 20-23, 2019.

Mount Holyoke College. Image from www.mtholyoke.edu

This college is wheelchair accessible and will have gender-neutral bathrooms (I like that they added that).

There’s lots of information here, FAQs here, and tickets here.

So if you’re interested in spending a weekend this summer living in the wizarding world, let me know and I’ll help you arrange transportation.

You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

WorldCon in Dublin

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!

Dublin 2019 An Irish WorldCon. Image from dublin2019.com

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. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

D&D in a Castle

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).

Check it out! This is seriously cool.

Side note: Can you imagine your first experience with D&D being IN A CASTLE?

Are you interested in travelling to a castle to play D&D?

You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca