Champagne Fun Facts

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It’s that time of year again, we are about to celebrate the end and beginning of a new year. If you are so ready for 2016 to be over and always look forward to what a new year brings, then it’s time to pop a bottle of bubbly and learn some things you never knew about Champagne. It’s thirsty Thursday New Year’s Eve addition. Sit back, relax and remember just use this manta, “pop, fizz, clink.” Cheers to you all and a happy new year!

Let’s start this post with my favorite champagne quote, “Champagne! In victory one deserves it, in defeat one needs it.” -Napoleon Bonaparte

Ok lets dive into the facts.

  1. Champagne was created on accident by a monk in the 17th century named Dom Pierre Perignon. You can still buy this brand of champagne today and it is seen as some of the best in the world.
  2. Champagne is the same as sparkling wine, but to be called champagne the grapes must be grown in the champagne region of France. Although many other countries give champagne a run for it’s money in terms of taste and quality because of this rule, they are often much cheaper.
  3. Champagne has been known to help prevent memory loss (at least long term, because if you have ever drank too much, then you know short term memory loss can ensue)
  4. Marilyn Monroe once took a bath in champagne and it is reported that it took around 350 bottles.
  5. If you are a tennis fan, then you will enjoy the fact that over 28,000 bottles are served each year at Wimbledon
  6. Afraid of spiders? You are more likely to be killed by a flying champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.
  7. Have you always wanted to build one of those iconic champagne towers? Here is how many glasses you’ll need: Base level–60, 1st level–30, 2nd level–10, 3rd level–4, top with 1 glass.
  8. Vintage champagne has nothing to do with the age of the bottle. Vintage just means that all the grapes used to make that particular bottle came from the same year.

 

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Digital Age of Travel

Today we are sharing an article with you written for http://www.afar.com about one girl realizing how Zika has changed her life, not in the way you may expect. Travel, just like life, comes with risks and Brianna Rice makes a intuitive discovery after contracting the headline making disease. Find out what she learned after her trip to El Salvador and how it may change the way you take in travel news. We perceive that the world is becoming more dangerous because we receive news so quickly due to the internet and specifically social media. In what used to take hours, days, months and even years to receive news from across the world now can happen live thanks to things like snapchat, Facebook Live and Instagram stories new live feature. Social media has made connect with our loved ones and even strangers possible from anywhere, but it does come with a cost. Taking in the digital age of travel means understanding what the headlines mean and digesting them relatively to the massive amount of information we receive on a daily basis now. Sharing an article like this helps us put something that seems so scary and distant from our lives into perspective.

I Got Zika and I Will Never Be the Same

What contracting Zika taught one traveler about traveling fearlessly

remember looking down at my polka-dotted legs as I lay by the pool of a small hostel in El Tunco, El Salvador. As I fought the urge to scratch, I counted the number of mosquito bites. Thirty-seven. I had thirty-seven bites on my legs, not to mention a few on my arms and the one driving me crazy on my back. I shrugged, sprayed my legs with more 99.9 percent DEET spray, and continued basking in the sun. A week after I tallied up my bites, on the last day of my trip to Central America, I suddenly felt feverish and exhausted. The flight home was miserable and I was plagued with a bloody nose and ears that wouldn’t pressurize for hours.

Luckily, I had already scheduled a routine doctor’s appointment for three days after my return home. Between the fever and the full-body rash that developed, my doctor insisted on blood tests to check for various tropical mosquito-borne viruses. Among them: the dreaded Zika virus.

Now, anyone who owns a television, has access to the Internet, or reads the news knows about Zika. Images of small-headed newborns and warnings from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were plastered all over the place last spring, and it seemed that every time I blinked, another destination was placed on the “do not travel” list, due to Zika. At the time, I worked for a small travel agency and was well versed in Zika “fun facts” before traveling to Central America, but I wasn’t planning on getting pregnant anytime soon so saw no reason to cancel my trip.

By the time I officially received a positive diagnosis for Zika, I had no symptoms. The virus had already run its course, which usually lasts about a week. I had been through a fever, which gave way to red spots all over my body,  followed by pain in my ankle and knee joints—all within the span of one week. After that? Nothing.

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The worst effect I experienced was the multitude of people who asked me if I was OK in a tone of voice that said “yeah, you’re probably going to die.” No matter how many times I asserted that I was fine, I was always met with “puppy eyes” and disbelief. These people had been convinced by the intentionally terrifying images and stories all over the media that Zika was a horrific, life-changing disease. However, as it turns out, both the media and my concerned peers got one thing right: Zika did change my life.

Contracting the Zika virus taught me that all travel comes with risks. It could be the risk of terrorism, of danger, of getting lost, or of contracting a tropical disease. But with risks come rewards. If I hadn’t risked contracting Zika, there is so much I would have missed out on.

I would not have felt the thrill of being surrounded by volcanoes in Antigua, Guatemala. I would not have experienced a rush of excitement as I reached the top of an ancient Mayan pyramid in Copan, Honduras. My taste buds would have never savored the wonder of the Salvadoran pupusa. Zika changed my life because I learned that I would gladly endure one week of illness in order to experience the amazing things the world has to offer.

I’m no doctor and I can’t tell you what you should or should not do concerning your own health. But if you are afraid to visit a place because of a Zika-related CDC warning, I can tell you that the risk can be worth the reward. If you and your partner are not looking to get pregnant in the near future, the Zika virus generally need not be feared. Only one in five people who contract Zika actually present any symptoms at all, and my own experience was not that bad. If you can live through the flu, you can easily live through Zika. The off-chance risk that you’ll both contract the virus and present symptoms is not worth canceling your trip or avoiding a wonderful destination altogether.

There will always be some disaster, some disease, some reason to stay hidden at home, but with so many amazing places to see, cultures to experience, and people to meet, traveling abroad is worth the risk. No virus is going to hold me back from experiencing the world, and it shouldn’t hold you back either.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Ambassador Travel! We want to thank you all for a great year or travel and are looking forward to working with you all in 2017. Due to the day Christmas falls on this year we will continue with our regular hours throughout the weekend and next week. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Secrets Vallarta Bay

Ready for that adults only getaway you’ve been dreaming of? Well it’s time to join our Secrets Vallarta Bay group trip from March 4-11th. Make it the most relaxing spring break of your life, at this beautiful resort. Situated on the golden beaches of the Pacific coast within walking distance of the famous El Malecón boardwalk, this vibrant oceanfront AAA Four Diamond resort provides adults 24/7 access to buzzing nightlife, non-stop entertainment and Ultimate Luxury. We are almost sold out, so don’t hesitate call us today!

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Calling All Millennials

It’s thirsty Thursday and what better way to celebrate than with a pint of Guinness and booking a spot on our group trip to Ireland. Learning about leprechauns and drinking gallons of Guinness is one thing, but exploring the Jameson’s Distillery, eating Irish stew and oysters in Galway & seeing the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Giant’s Causeway? Well that’s quite another. The full Irish experience awaits on our 8-day tour of The Emerald Isle.

Conitiki is a travel company that caters to 18-35 year old travelers. So if you fall in that range or you are looking to give the gift of travel to someone then it’s time to check out our group trip to Ireland.

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Holiday Weekend in Bean Town

If you love our New York Memorial Weekend trip then you are going to want to check out this year’s adventure to Boston! We are headed to the east coast and you can too. Call us today to find out how you can join our group trip to Boston Mass May 26-29th. What a great way to spend a girl’s weekend, romantic getaway or weekend with friends. Hang out with the group or go off and explore on your own, whatever you want to do you can! Looking for something to do while in town? Your group leader, Connie, can assist in finding tickets to events, making restaurant suggestion and much more! Call us today to find out how you can join this awesome getaway!

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Trippin’ Tuesday

There are only a couple of rooms left on our annual Trippin’ to the Dominican trip and this is your last chance to join us! Stay at the brand new Now Onyx resort, which opened November 1st of this year. Ready to escape the cold? This all-inclusive resort will wash those winter blues away. Join us February 22-March 1st on this great getaway to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Located in Uvero Alto, Now Onyx Punta Cana is set on a remote, palm-studded beach. The all-new luxurious suites offer pure pampering with 24-hour room service and an outdoor whirlpool. All ground floor suites are swim out offering direct access to a pool right from the terrace. With limitless gourmet à la carte dining and unlimited top-shelf beverages at nine restaurants and ten bars you will find everything you’re looking for. With endless land and sea pursuits, parties and live entertainment for all ages, five swimming pools, supervised clubs for kids and teens, a casino, nightclub and world-class spa, the fun times spent at Now Onyx Punta Cana will be unforgettable. Plus, adults can enjoy complete access to the nine bars, eleven restaurants, and more right next door at Breathless Punta Cana!

Contact us today, hurry we are almost sold out!

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Create Some Memories

Today is Makin’ Memories Monday and what a better way to make memories than by traveling with the ones you loved most–your family. We are featuring our groups each day this week and we’re kicking it off with our annual spring break trip, this year to Sandos Caracol Eco Resort and Spa in beautiful Riviera Maya, Mexico! Take in the tropical surroundings with a trek through the jungle, a romantic river ride or swim in the natural cenote. There is truly something for everyone and anyone in the family. Whether you have little kids, adult children or want to take the grandparents along this trip would make the perfect holiday gift.  Below you can find the details of this fun filled trip. If interested please contact us today!

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Egg Nog

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It’s that time of year again, time to bring out the creamy frothy drink we all know and well some of us love–Eggnog. Nothing says holidays like adding a little bourbon to our cream am I right? Like other Thirsty Thursdays we are going to dive into how Eggnog came to be, learn a little bit about the history and what it takes to make this festive beverage. Let’s jump right in shall we?

Eggnog is typically associated with the United States and Canada and it is drank from around the American Thanksgiving to Christmas. It is also know as milk punch or egg milk punch. The nog typically symbolizes that there is alcohol in the drink, although it can be served non-alcoholic as well. Eggnog consists of milk or cream, sugar, whipped eggs and brandy, rum or bourbon. You can buy eggnog pre-made in both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions and many people make their eggnog from scratch. I will be attempting to do so this weekend at my holiday party, stay tuned as I have never sampled it before and will know one way or another if I am full of Christmas cheer or scrooging it up.

Moving on, let’s talk about the history of the beverage. Like many cases there is no real definite place in history where we can pinpoint eggnog surfacing in the U.S. or Canada. It has been found in writing in 1775 in Maryland by a Jonathan Boucher poem about the drink itself. He mentions the term eggnog and this is one of the earliest accounts of the drink in written history. The term “nog” itself is debated as either a strong beer from East Anglia or a Middle English term for a small wooden carved mug. The drink itself could have come from a beverage known as posset, which was a medieval European beverage that monks drank with hot milk. It was used as a cold and flu remedy and in the 13th century eggs were added to the drink making it strongly resemble today’s egg nog.

Although eggnog is associated most with North America other countries around the world drink versions of it as well. In Venezuela and Trinidad there is a drink known as Ponche Crema that is also drank around the Christmas season. In Germany they drink something known as biersuppe which is an eggnog made with beer. And in Britain there is a similar beverage that is made with milk, eggs and sherry. So although we enjoy this festive spirit this time of year we share it with much of the world in different variations.

Want to sample different forms of eggnog from around the world? Time to call Ambassador Travel to book your next getaway, where to next?

 

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Where To in 2017

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One of my favorite travel publications is Travel and Leisure. I love their articles and they always give us great staff picks, like their Best Places to Travel in 2017 article. I shared last year’s 2016 top picks around the same time, and figured this would be a great read before the new year. One of my favorite things about the Travel and Leisure staff chosen locations is that they are a mix of near and far. Maybe you are looking to road trip to Indiana this year, well it’s on the list. Perhaps a life long dream will be fulfilled when you travel to Belfast in Northern Ireland, also on the list. There are millions of locations around the world that are travel worthy for one reason or another and Travel and Leisure does a great job making that travel accessible and 2017 worthy with their great mixture. So without further adieu I am going to share the link to the article here: The Best Places to Travel in 2017

Now that you’ve had a chance to look over the article we want to hear from you? Have you been to any of these locations? Are you traveling to any of them this year? Has this list inspired you to consider a new location for travel this year? Share with us! Found a place you are ready to book? Time to contact us!

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