Sunday, October 31, 2010

Radisson Bat package in the US or fireworks in the UK

Last year I celebrated Dia De Los Muertos (day of the dead) in Mexico where children enjoy eating sugar forms of sculls and everyone goes to picnic at graveyards to honor their departed.
I did not grow up going trick-or treating on Halloween night, so I don’t have the memories that compel my American friends to enjoy being scared but I have enjoyed some great Halloween costume, parties. I remember the excitement of fireworks on Guy Fawkes Night. Since 1605, November the 5th is the night that British families gather round bonfires.
If you want to experience it, Virgin Atlantic have flights from Boston to London for $249 and from Los Angeles for $312 each way, based on a round trip ticket purchased in Economy. Buy by Nov. 3 for travel till - Dec 19, 2010. If you are flying the other way across the pond, from the U.K. to LAX, you will pay a total midweek fare of GBP 318.27 per adult one way and £333.27 is the weekend fare. 3,458 miles + 4 tier points will be earned on this flight, to be used for future rewards and towards elite status. Virgin has a REWARD SEAT SALE going on. If you are a Virgin FLYING CLUB MEMBER, you can use a combination of miles and money to fly to London with as little as 2000 miles + money to get up to a further 20% off these fares.
This year I am celebrating Halloween a truly emblematic way for a scary Halloween. Austin's, Congress Avenue Bridge is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. The colony is estimated at 1.5 million Mexican Free-Tail bats. Each night from mid-March to November, the bats emerge at dusk to blanket the sky as they forage for food. Unfortunately they are making their appearance later this year, perhaps they are shy of the growing crowd. The event has become one of the most spectacular and unusual local tourist attractions in Texas. I got a room with a view of the bridge. The Radisson hotel is the best location to watch the bats from. The Hyatt hotel is located on the other side of the bridge, so it is also a good place to watch the swarm of bats fly out.
The Radisson Bat Package includes:
  • Accommodations in a guest room or suite featuring a Sleep Number Bed for about $229
  • $25 food and beverage credit (per paid room night) valid in our T.G.I. Friday's, Starbucks Coffee Store, or room service)
  • Complimentary overnight self-parking (a $15 value)
  • Bat cookie welcome amenity
I also like to stay at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol! After undergoing a multi-million dollar overhaul, it is a spectacular hotel. The Club Lounge, offers Platinum elite guests, complimentary breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres and a variety of beverages. It’s the perfect environment to relax and grab a quick bite then step out to enjoy Sixth Street at Austin - Live Music Capital !