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50 years ago this month John F Kennedy became President. For many it will seem like yesterday. It was an extraordinary time in US politics; hope, a new generation, a young president. LIFE magazine has just released some previously unpublished photographs. Here are some of them.

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So you thought you were fit? Or knew you definitely weren’t. Kids, don’t try this at home:

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Yup winter is here (for the northern climes)… and that means a little slip, slide, slam. This year’s lucky recipient of a particularly icy blast? Show us how it’s done … Seattle.

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Oh Christmas Bells, Oh Christmas bells…

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Snow on Central Park - New York

  • Snow on Central Park - New York
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Joy! Christmas is on its way (quiet all you grinches out there) and if you’re lucky enough to be in NYC this winter season then that means ice skating!

We’ve all seen those romantic movies with the happy-ever-after couple sluicing their way around the Rockefeller Center rink, but what of the other winter fun choices?

There are four mainstream ones you can choose from.

The Pond at Bryant Park. It’s free to skate in Bryant Park. The Pond at Bryant Park is a 170′ x 100′ state-of-the-art skating rink. Ice skate rentals are $13 and skating lessons are also available. Nearby, you can stop to enjoy a hot toddy overlooking the rink at Celsius. (You’ll need the break!)

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers. The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers offers ice skating in New York City year-round. The rink welcomes skaters of all ages and ability levels for general skating, figure skating, hockey training and league play, and more.

Wollman Rink in Central Park. There’s nothing more picturesque than skating in Central Park. The Trump Wollman Rink is located near the east side of the Park, just steps away from the Central Park Zoo and The Plaza Hotel. The rink offers ice hockey, a skating school, and party facilities.

And of course… Rockefeller Center. Ice skating at Rockefeller Center is an essential New York City winter experience. Since 1936, millions of New Yorkers have skated here in the shadow of the city’s most famous Christmas tree. Admission prices vary by time of year, day of the week, and time of day. During peak times, it will cost you $19 per adult and $12.50 per child. A fun tip: If you have kids or younger family members – take them to breakfast at Rockefeller Center. Makes them happy and includes skating without the wait, AND you get to watch people skate right next to you through the window!

Will you be in NYC for New Year’s Eve… here’s what to expect!

 

Planning a trip to Orlando…?

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Orlando attraction - dolphins

  • Orlando attraction - dolphins

Here are a few tips to help you on your way.

After all, Orlando, as home to Disney World, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Cypress Gardens and Silver Springs is bound to be on every body’s list sooner or later and with such popularity comes a price – crowds. Use our tips and you’ll whizz round the theme parks like a pro!

Study the park calendars for parades, live entertainment, and fireworks, so that you get the most from each day. Remember, distances between the parks are considerable, so if you want to end up in a particular park for fireworks, plan accordingly!

Pick your time of year with care. You need to balance four main factors: crowds, heat, park hours, and special events. During busy times, parks stay open late and you may find extra parades and fireworks.

Get to the theme parks early. This advice is especially important for Disney’s water parks (which are packed by noon) and Animal Kingdom (which closes early.)

Take a break in the afternoon . The heat can sap your energy so go early to the park of your choice; take a break and return to your resort or hotel when the day is hottest; return to the parks in the evening.

Use Disney’s Fastpass. Fastpass is free, it’s simple, and it saves you from standing in line for the most popular rides.

Bring snacks and drinks. A self-help bag of energy bars and packaged drinks can save you money on hot and humid Florida days when your kids need to drink liquids all day long.

Common sense for sure, but it will help you get the most out of your once-in-a-lifetime trip.

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