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

Evermore Park

I’m sick. It’s hard to concentrate. So here is a very very short and late post about Evermore Park in Utah.

Evermore Park gardens during their Halloween season. Image from www.evermore.com

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.”

What is Evermore?

If this video doesn’t get you excited about this park, I don’t know what will.

You can check out more information about the Park here.

Are you interested in travelling to Evermore Park? 

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

D23 Disney Parks Announcements

A lot of news coming from Disney Parks in the past few months.

Here’s a quick bullet list of the cool things coming:

  • Rock’n Roller Coaster will be re-imagined as an Avengers themed ride.
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy ride at Epcot will be one of the largest enclosed roller coasters in the world.
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, along with a new Beauty and the Beast sing along, will be added to the France Pavilion in Epcot.

  • An updated version of O Canada! The 360-degree show, will be debuting in the Canadian Pavilion in Epcot
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios will feature the Millennium Falcon and life sized X-wing fighters.
  • John Williams will compose new music for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios.

  • Disney’s California Adventures will get two new Pixar rides: the Incredicoaster and an unnamed Inside Out ride.
  • The Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios will be remade into Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway which will feature a new Mickey and Minnie story.
  • A new resort is being built at Disney World called A Disney Lakeside Lodge and will be a deluxe nature themed resort.
  • Inspired by the European grandeur Walt Disney experienced in his travels along the Mediterranean coastline, Disney’s Riviera Resort is projected to open in fall 2019. This proposed resort will be the 15th Disney Vacation Club property. (Disney)
  • The new Skyliner in Disney World will start operations in Fall 2019.

References

Destination D 2018 reveals details on new experiences coming to Disney Parks: https://attractionsmagazine.com/destination-d-2018-parks-details/

Breaking News About Disney Parks and Resorts from D23 Expo Japan 2018: https://d23.com/breaking-news-about-disney-parks-and-resorts-from-d23-expo-japan-2018/

John Williams to Compose New ‘Star Wars’ Music for Disney Parks Attractions: https://variety.com/2018/biz/news/star-wars-land-disneyland-john-williams-new-attractions-1203031846/


Are you interested in travelling to a Disney Park? You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

German Christmas Markets

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.

Nuremberg Christmas Market. Image from www.telegraph.co.uk

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. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

Uley Long Barrow

Happy Halloween!

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.

Image of the Uley Long Barrow in Uley, Gloucestershire, England. From www.altasobscura.com

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!)

Read more here!


Are you interested in travelling to South-Western England? You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca