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Retirement in Puerto Vallarta--Where Exactly is Margaritaville?

Retirement in Puerto Vallarta--Where Exactly is Margaritaville?

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Before deciding whether or not we want to retire to Margaritaville, we must ask, where in the world is Margaritaville? Where exactly was Jimmy Buffett when he got wasted away, searchin’ for his lost shaker of salt? He was probably in Mexico because he picked up a new tattoo; a real cutie, a Mexican beauty! It must have been a pretty nice place in Mexico because even though he didn’t know the reason, he stayed there all season!

In order to determine where Margaritaville is, let’s first consider the primary ingredient of margaritas; tequila, of course. Tequila is distilled from the blue agave plant in steam heated ovens after which it is aged and cured in wooden barrels; a process that has been refined greatly since its inception in the late 19th century. Prior to the use of the ovens for distilling tequila, mezcal was produced from the agave plant, and has been in existence for more than 1,000 years. Mezcal tequila was first produced shortly after the Spanish Conquest of 1521 and later became North America’s first distilled drink, and its first commercially produced alcohol. Today’s mezcal is produced in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca and other areas throughout Mexico. It is made from a single distillation process of a number of different agave plants other than blue agave, and is still widely available. It’s really not too bad, considering that it’s often cheaper than bottled water!

Museum Lover's Delight - Palais Le Louvre

Museum Lover's Delight - Palais Le Louvre

The Louvre

The Louvre is one of the largest palaces in the world and, as a former residence of the kings of France, also being one of the most illustrious one in Paris. It epitomizes traditional French architecture since the Renaissance, and it houses a magnificent collection of ancient and Western art.

The vast Palais Le Louvre was constructed around 1200 as a fortress and rebuilt in the mid 16th century for use as a royal palace. It became a public in 1793. The museum presents the main part of its treasures to visitors, in the new Richelieu wing, Islamic art collections, oriental antiques, French sculptures, objects d'art, French paintings & paintings from the Northern school including Rubens.

The Louvre palace in Paris dates back to 1190 and houses the Louvre museum. Its name has been taken from the Latin word Lupara (kennels). During eight centuries, it has been constantly enlarged and blown up by French kings and emperors alike. President François Mitterrand added the final touch to it with his “Le Grand Louvre” project. The project from1981 to 1997 includes an extension and the complete reformation of the museum. The famous Pei glass pyramid marks the new entrance to the museum.

Brazilian TAM Airlines Says They Have Insurance To Cover Losses After Airbus Crash at Sao Paulo Congonhas Airport

Brazilian TAM Airlines Says They Have Insurance To Cover Losses After Airbus Crash at Sao Paulo Congonhas Airport

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(Best Syndication) The Brazilian airline TAM SA (TAM) says that they have insurance to cover all the immediate expense after their plane crashed at the Sao Paulo Congonhas airport late Tuesday. At a press conference Wednesday, TAM CEO Marco Antonio Bologna said "Our insurance covers all material damages, including the plane, the passengers and the third parties involved."

The crash appears to have killed all 186 people on board and an unknown number in a building and near the crash site. This is the worse accident in Latin American aviation history, according to a report from CNN Money. TAM did not mention the name of their insurance company, but they did say that their policy should cover all the damages.

Madagascar - Island Of Unique Wildlife And Extraordinary Gems

Madagascar - Island Of Unique Wildlife And Extraordinary Gems

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In all my travels I have never been to a country that my need to return was so overwhelming. To say the least the country is beautiful, the wildlife unique and the people are very friendly. But the gems are what keeps my thoughts to Madagascar, the fourth largest Island in the World.

My trip was based on the fact that some of the finest pink and blue sapphires ever to come out of the ground were being mined in an area near Llakaka in the southern part of Madagascar. Tom Cushman a friend and fellow gem dealer has been living part time in this country since the sapphire discoveries and was very generous with information which made the idea of this trip easier as Madagascar is far from Western civilization. Much of the islands people live in extreme poverty. Outside the major cities stick huts are the norm. $200 per year is the average income.

East Coast Air Traffic Control Computer Glitch And Bad Weather Delay Flights Across United States New York Hit Worst

East Coast Air Traffic Control Computer Glitch And Bad Weather Delay Flights Across United States New York Hit Worst

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(Best Syndication) A computer glitch held-up flights on the east coast Thursday night and Friday morning. The computer system in Atlanta that processes pilots' flight plans and then sends them to air traffic controllers failed. The FAA then routed the functions to Salt Lake City, but the extra volume caused their system to crash complicating things even further.

It is unknown how many flights were delayed, according to the FAA, but the situation was exacerbated by bad weather. The Associated Press reported that the computer problem was fixed shortly before 11 a.m. EDT, but its effect lingered into the late afternoon, especially in New York.

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