Posts Tagged ‘music’

Live Music and Entertainment in Branson

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

5411-1In case you were unaware, Branson is a vibrant city with great live musical performances at every turn.  It can be difficult to choose  a show for the family, so do a little research and maybe settle on several to sprinkle throughout the week. Thanks to the abundance of options, you can pick something that’ll be a good fit for everyone.

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Our Favorite Travel Songs

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

There are lots of lists out there, detailing lovely travel tunes for every occasion.

We decided to round up our own! If you plan to hit the open road in the USA anytime soon, consider adding these melodies to your playlist (if they’re not already in your music library).

10. Leaving on a Jet Plane
Details: Originally penned by John Denver in 1966 – most famously performed by Peter, Paul infopharm.com and Mary.
Why it’s great:  Great lyrics and a smooth melody. What more could you ask for?

9. Born to Be Wild
Details: Written by Mars Bonfire in 1967 – first recorded by Steppenwolf.
Why it’s great: This song is fun and upbeat, with solid Rock n’ Roll roots. Also, c’mon. Weren’t we all born to be wild?

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Activities Around the World

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

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New Year’s Eve is right around the bend, which means it’s time for party people around the world to get ready before time runs out! For the serious celebrators, there are some awesome activities worldwide that simply can’t be missed.

Almost everywhere in the world people will stay up late to see the old year out and the new year in with church bells ringing, fireworks, countdowns, music and merriment. As the clock nears midnight in every time zone, these top 10 cities will push the limit of festivity. Ringing in the new year on any of Reserve123′s New Year’s Eve Tours & Activities is a fantastic experience. Celebrate the New Year in style with spirited parties, cruises, bonfires, fireworks, and much more. (more…)

Emerald Ireland Hiking Tour from Dublin

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
From the County Antrim town of Larne, rugged cliffs stretch north for 80 miles.

From the County Antrim town of Larne, rugged cliffs stretch north for 80 miles.

Experience the best of Ireland on our Emerald Ireland Hiking Tour from Dublin. 15 Days of pure exhilaration. This hiking tour begins and ends in Dublin.

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Visit Doolin, famous for Gaelic music

You will travel nearly a full circle of Ireland, taking in the most spectacular scenery and the best walks on offer. You’ll be brought to the higest peaks and along the deepest fjords.

You’ll experience sights and smells, chance meetings and unique feelings that will stay with you forever. And, talk with the friendliest locals in the best pubs!

Your tour is not about just hiking, it is about discovering the majestic, mystical island of Ireland. You will learn about the history of the emerald isle, the myths and legends, you will hear traditional Irish music everywhere you go and watch Gaelic sports being played.

Come along on this fantastic journey and let the emerald isle make it feel like your home. If you have any questions or would like assistance with booking, visit us online at Dublin Tours or call us toll free at 888-217-2297. Let your guides take you on a journey you will never forget!

On the beautiful Causeway Coast are the ruins of the romantic Dunluce Castle

On the beautiful Causeway Coast are the ruins of the romantic Dunluce Castle

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Hike along the most amazing coastlines of Ireland on our Emerald Tour

Meet Michelle aka Swiss Army Knife

Friday, August 26th, 2011

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Michelle is like a Swiss Army knife. She pretty much does everything from fixing printers to creating vacation packages all while handling whatever ideas that Ryan throws at us. It’s pretty fun watching her do her thang in the office. Our Swiss Army knife sat down with me to chat about work, Savannah, and Russell Brand.

K: What do you do?

M: I’m the Co-Director of Operations and Ryan’s assistant, so I help with vacation packages, chargebacks, customer requests and any other kind of special projects Ryan may have.

K: How long have you been working at Reserve123?

M: I’ve been working here since May of 2004 so a little over seven years. I started as a Reservations Agent, then Assistant Reservations Manager, then Reservations Manager, then Marketing Manager and Assistant to the President and CEO, and then we joined Marketing and Advertising Departments which is now the Operations Department. I’ve been here forever and do a little bit of everything!

K: What is your favorite part about your job?

M: The fact that it changes everyday. I’ll be working on vacation packages one day, then I’ll do reviews all day one day, and then the next day I’ll be helping Allison do a special project. I never really know what to expect when I get here.

K: Any news going on with you? Any buns in the oven? Craving pickles and ice cream?

M: Hahaha what are you talking about? Haha I actually put it up on Facebook and made it Facebook official that I am pregnant. Got to see a nice strong heartbeat and saw a spinal cord. I was happy and good, so I made an announcement. =)

K: Congrats!

M: Thank you! I’m due around March 5th!

K: You don’t know whether it’s a boy or a girl?

M: Not yet. I’m waiting for a 3D ultrasound to see the baby’s sex.

K: Do you have a preference of boy or girl.

M: I want one of each. Prefer a boy first, but I’ll be happy either way. =)

K: Have you been having any weird food urges?

M: Honestly, I’ve been craving fruit. I want fruit, and I want it all the time! It’s fruits and veggies that’s been standing out. It’s that and salty snacks! It hits me in the evenings; sometimes all I want is popcorn.

K:What’s your favorite city in which to have fun and relax?

M: Nashville for fun. Last time we were there, we got to stand on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Allison got to fist bump Darius Rucker. I got to say hi to Charles from Lady Antebellum. He is GORGEOUS. We were literally standing  on the stage, behind the performers, as they were performing.
For relaxing, I’d have to say Savannah. We really like to go to Tybee Island and lay out on the beach, but Savannah is also fun. You can do so much in Savannah.

K: I’m so happy that you love Savannah.

M: Oh I LOVE Savannah. When we started working with the hotels in Savannah, I was like, “Oh, you want me to come down to Savannah? OK, Sure!”

K: If you could have a live concert in the office, who would play, and where would it be held?

M: Hmm. I would have to say Reba because one of my best friends, Cherie Oakley, wrote a #1 hit for her – “Turn on the Radio”. Cherie was on NBC’s The Voice. I would say Reba in the hopes that Cherie would come with her, and they’d sing it together or something. And where? I’d have to say the Reservations Department because that is probably the biggest area.

K: What is your favorite travel song?

M: Right now, if I were to plug in my iPod, it would be a playlist of songs from Glee. I absolutely love that show. But if I had to pick a non-Glee song, I’d have to pick Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night”. I don’t know why, but I love that friggin song.

K: If you can pick the perfect vacation for Nikita, where would she go and what tours would you choose for her.

M: I know Nikita likes New York. She was actually up in New York for six weeks this summer for a photography internship. I would have to put her own a Hop On, Hop Off because who doesn’t get on a double decker tour in New York? There’s some photography tours, definitely the Ground Zero Museum Workshop. And maybe a Broadway show or two, she may dig that. I know she loves museums.

K: Ok, last but not least —  word association. You know how to play. ;) So.. travel

M: Tours

K:Reserve123

M: E-tickets!

K: Chargebacks

M:Allison… haha

K: Vacation

M: Relaxation

K: Michael B.

M: Alacatraz. He does Alcatraz Tickets! He’s our special products guy. =)

K: Sacki

M: Friendly

K: Allison

M: Sweet

K: Ryan

M: Fun….hahaha and crazy!

K: Katy Perry… I swear I wrote that before the interview!

M: HonestIy, I automatically think about Russell Brand and the fact that he’s a diva. Makes me wonder who in the marriage is the diva. I feel it would be him.

K: He’s weird. I don’t think he’s attractive at all. I like his accent but that’s about it.

M: Yeah, it’s close your eyes and listen to him speak…

K: Nerd

M: ME!

Unfortunately, you  missed out on about 15 minutes of talk about Glee, Walking Dead, and Cherie Oakley and about 20 minutes of giggling. I couldn’t fit everything on here, but just know that Michelle is a television nerd who can also double as an office Swiss Army knife. =)

- Kris
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Masquerades & Festivals in Venice

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

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“The surface of Venice is constantly metamorphosing [and] painting Venice is almost like being a restorer, peeling off the layers to find the picture after picture underneath.” ~ Arbit Blatas

Venezia, also known as La Serenissima – The Most Serene, is the city that ironically floods twice a day with the rising water level and grand architecture of the sinking buildings, and was the heart of art and commerce during the Renaissance. Venice is home to many year-round festivals & masquerades.

Cheers to the new year with the Regata delle Befana – The Witches Race. Imagine a race in a boat with ONE oar with competitors dressed up as witches on the misty waters of the Grand Canal. Now that is a sport I would watch.

The famous Venice Carnival begins about two weeks before Ash Wednesday and ends on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday / Martedì Grasso). Experience the colorful masquerade balls & costume parties that took place in 18th century, beginning as a celebration of expression and wearing masks to hide the identity between social classes. Venice will explode with color, music, art, performance, dancing, and acrobatics. International costume & fashion designers will also present awards for the best masks of the Venetian Carnival.

“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs at one go.”
~ Truman Capote

The Venice Biennale is a major contemporary art festival held every two years, on odd-numbered years. It begins in June and ends in November. Art, architecture, music, dance, theatre, and cinema all have exquisite exhibitions. The 54th Venice Biennale began on June 4th and will continue through November 27th, 2011. From the mediocre to the eccentric, the festival is an incomparable feast for the senses and art in all of its monstrosity and glory. In fact, there is so much to do that you may have a sensory overload.

The Venice Film Festival (Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica) is also a part of Venice Biennale, and is the oldest film festival in the world. This annual event occurs in late August or early September on the island of the Lido, with screenings held in the historic Palazzo del Cinema. The coveted Golden Lion is awarded to the best film of the festival, and the Volpi Cup awarded to the best actor and actress. The 68th festival is scheduled to take place from August 31st to September 10th, 2011. Luci, Camera, Azione – Lights, Camera, Action!

If you are new to Venice, unmask the true beauty of this mysterious, charming city on our Hidden Venice Walking Tour. Leave the hordes of tourists behind, and discover the Venice of your dreams. And your trip is not complete without a romantic Gondola Serenade Tour – this tour also offers a dinner option of a delicious 4-course meal with drinks included at a local resturant. Venice Tours will make your trip to this famous lagoon a truly magical experience.

I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs;
A palace and a prison on each hand:
I saw from out the wave her structures rise
As from the stroke of the enchanter’s wand:
A thousand years their cloudy wings expand
Around me, and a dying Glory smiles
O’er the far times, when many a subject land
Look’d to the winged Lion’s marble piles,
Where Venice sate in state, thron’d on her hundred isles.

I loved her from my boyhood; she to me
Was as a fairy city of the heart,
Rising like water-columns from the sea,
Of joy the sojourn, and of wealth the mart;
And Otway, Radcliffe, Schiller, Shakespeare’s art,
Had stamp’d her image in me, and even so,
Although I found her thus, we did not part;
Perchance even dearer in her day of woe,
Than when she was a boast, a marvel, and a show….

~ Lord Byron

When In Rome…

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

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I came. I saw. I conquered. I took amazing tours. And got fantastic pictures! Rome is the capital of Italy, and its history spans two-and-a-half thousand years. Roma die uno non aedificata est – Rome was not built in a day. So take your time to explore this incredible, historical city. Don’t worry if you get lost in what to do during your visit… Omnes viae Romam ducunt – All roads lead to Rome.

Great balls of fire!!! Do you dare to explore the cryptic remains of the catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius from 79 AD? The eruption completely buried Pompeii, but out of the ashes many incredible ancient artifacts, buildings, frescoes, and eerie body casts have been excavated. Our Amalfi & Pompeii Private Tour will take you into the heart of Pompeii, and also to the picturesque Amalfi Coastline – the most famous drive in all of Italy!

Travel to the outskirts of Rome aboard a motorcoach bus to visit two gorgeous villas, one from ancient Roman times and another from the Renaissance period, on our Historic Tivoli Bus Tour. Your first stop was a villa used by Roman Emperor Hadrian as a retreat from the Roman Palace. Your second stop is the Villa d’Este, built by Cardinal Ippolito Il d’Este in the 16th century.

Finish your day off with our Rome by Night Tour with Dinner, Drinks & Music! Seeing Rome after the sun sets and the city is magically illuminated must be where the term “Romantic” originated. You’ll discover the city’s renowned monuments, piazzas, fountains and architecture. Then, you’ll go to a local restaurant to enjoy a delicious Italian meal complimented by local wine, while you are entertained with traditional Italian music and songs played by folk musicians. Evviva! Be sure to explore Rome Tours for the greatest selection of top quality tours and activities for your visit to the Eternal City. Book online and save, or call us toll free for assistance. We look forward to providing you with excellent customer service!

Fall Foliage, Music, & Fun in Branson

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

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Branson, Missouri is a music lover’s dream.With over 200 shows and activities, it’s no wonder that so many tourists flock to the area every year.You name it and Branson has it covered, from country to gospel, rock and roll to bluegrass, Broadway to pop and everything in between. Other fun things to do in Branson include train rides, ghost tours, dinner shows, and more!

See a spectacular extravaganza of elegant eastern dance, dazzling acrobatics, mysterious magic, mystical music, and more at the Acrobats of China Show featuring the New Shanghai Circus in Branson. I would also recommend the Amazing Pets Show for animal lovers and a Ghost and Haunt Tour for those intrigued to hear stories of the strange and unexplained.

Fall Folliage Train

Fall Folliage Train

Don’t miss the changing canvas of autumn colors and a journey that you will remember for a lifetime on the Arkansas & Missouri Fall Foliage Train to Van Buren from Springdale. This 134-mile round trip is an 8-hour scenic tour through the Boston Mountains that includes a two and a half hour stay in Historical Van Buren, where you can enjoy shopping at over 80 stores and dine at several fine restaurants. You are almost guaranteed to leave the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad with the feeling of a warm, baked apple pie in your heart.

Be sure to see Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede for a fantastic four-course dinner and show.The show is energetic and entertaining, with crowd participation encouraged.The cast includes 32 horses, live buffalo and ostrich races, and boasts an impressive show filled with magic and special effects.Definitely a must-see for the entire family. Whatever your reason for visiting, you’ll find all the information you need about tours and shows in Branson (tickets, pricing, availability, and schedules) conveniently online at Branson Show Tickets!

Anaheim to Los Angeles

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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The Los Angeles Grand Tour from Anaheim is just what you need to add a little glitz and glamour to your day.  Walk down the same path as the stars by visiting Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Melrose Avenue, Rodeo Drive, and more of the famous spots known across America and abroad.  Because Los Angeles is so huge, your tour will depend on the area you are staying in.  If your hotel is in the Los Angeles area, you can take the Los Angeles Grand Tour from Los Angeles, while those staying in Hollywood, Pasadena, the Valley, and surrounding areas can participate in the Los Angeles Grand Tour or the combination Grand Tour and Movie Stars Homes Tour. 

A great way to get the overall vibe of a city is to see it at night.  Take the Los Angeles by Night Tour from Anaheim to see the Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, where the Academy Awards were originally held.  Then make your way over to City Walk at Universal City, the site of Universal Studios, for some fine dining and something Los Angeles is known for – shopping.  Finally, check out Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame before heading down the Sunset Strip to Beverly Hills where you can shop like the stars do on famous Rodeo Drive.   

As you can imagine, there is much more to see in Los Angeles than can possibly be covered in one blog post, so visit www.losangelestours.us for more fun ways to spend your vacation in the ‘City of Angels.’

Good Times Aboard the Branson Belle

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

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If you are in the mood for a relaxing and entertaining journey while you are in Branson, check out the Showboat Branson Belle Dinner Cruise.  This old-style paddle-wheeler is a great way to get around and see an exquisite view of the shoreline and Table Rock Lake.  Separated into 3 decks, this 700-seat showboat provides an excellent view of the stage from anywhere on the boat. 

While on board, you will enjoy the musical stylings of “Showstoppers,” a dinner show featuring close to 50 musical numbers for your listening pleasure.  The performances are amazing and range from award-winning hits to Broadway favorites.  The show also includes dance and acrobatics as well as the Showboat Branson Belle Quartet and accompaniment by a live band.

The Showboat Branson Belle allows the family just what it needs; a relaxing night on the water to see the surrounding area.  At the same time you will be entertained and all of your needs will be tended to by the excellent staff on board.  This dinner cruise is recommended for anyone wishing to have a relaxing evening with the people they love.

Visit www.Branson-Shows.net for more on this and other family-friendly tours and activities in the Branson area. 


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