Interesting to note that the PA announcements at Little Rock Airport in Arkansas are in French and English, rather than Spanish and English which you expect elsewhere in the US. Possibly due to the Cajun / French history in that part of the US?
Great place for a photo of the Liffey. I can remember crossing this bridge with my grandmother and handing a ha'penny to the blind people on the bridge. However bad the recession has been, Dublin has moved on a lot since then. Another sign of progress are the Gay Pride flags flying. Click on the photo for the full size.
Recently I was told by Enterprise Rent-a-car in Boston Logan Airport that "no car rental company at Logan Airport will rent to Massachusetts residents". This always seemed to be a strange rule to me, and meant they leave money on the table. Plus, when I needed to rent a car on a Sunday evening, nowhere else was available.
So anyway, I discovered that Avis does rent from Boston Logan Airport to Massachusetts license-holders. So they got my business - a 2-day rental - and they get my business for this week's trip to Washington DC, a trip I would normally have used Enterprise for. Thank you Avis.
Whether or not it is actually accurate, this discussion of the new Arizona law would sound some alarm to anyone considering traveling to Arizona. As a non-US citizen in the US, I'd usually carry my drivers license but not necessarily my Green Card everywhere, as I don't want to misplace my Green Card. Would I have to carry my Green Card around when I am in Arizona? It sounds like I would have to. A drivers license alone doesn't necessarily prove someone is in the US legally. That's an extra pain for me, so given choice, I would take my business travel elsewhere. It's also a pain for tourists who seemingly would have to carry their passports around all the time, which increases the risk of them being lost or stolen.
I stayed recently at the Rendezvous Observatory Hotel which is right on Scarborough Beach, in the north of Perth, Western Australia. The hotel is your standard resort-style hotel, in terms of architecture:
Outside the hotel is the beach, shown here with people playing volleyball:
In the morning the beach is cleaned:
Here is the view from my hotel room:
And here is the view down Scarborough Beach Road looking towards the hotel, framed by the setting sun. The sunsets are quite amazing there, on the Indian Ocean.
All in all I liked the hotel, but I was amazed to spend $25 AUD a day to connect to the Internet on a poor WiFi connection which didn't work from the room, only from the lobby and bar area. Parking was a reasonably $7 AUD a day. The hotel is near surf shops, car rental, a Subway for sandwiches, a convenience store at a local petrol station, and some restaurants. It's easy to find by car. However, a taxi there from the airport was an amazing $50 AUD [I'd assumed it would be cheaper, and then thought I was being ripped off. But it turns out that is the correct fare].
It also makes me think of the "Irish Sea" between Britain and Ireland. Does the name "Irish Sea" imply some kind of Irish ownership of that sea? I don't think so. If anything, it implies that from the British standpoint it's seen as the "sea which faces Ireland". That's how I always thought of it anyway. However, I can only imagine the consternation in Ireland if people started calling it the "British Sea", so I can empathize with the Iranians on this.