Category Archives: USA / JAV

Lithuanian born Viktoras Breneris designed Lincoln penny

Ar žinojote, kad žymioji JAV vieno cento moneta su Prezidento A.Linkolno atvaizdu buvo sukurta Šiauliuose gimusio žydų kilmės lietuvio Viktoro Brenerio?

“I wanted A.Lincoln to be more intimate, deeper, more kindly. I read everything I could find describing the man’s personal side. I studied his portraits and the death mask until I believed I knew him. My mind was full of Lincoln,” said Lithuanian born Litvak Viktoras Breneris, who designed Lincoln penny, as well as 125 other medals, sculptures, badges, etc.

The first Lincoln Cents were officially released on August 2, 1909 and are still being produced today. To have a President’s portrait on a coin was almost a “revolutionary” act: up to 1909 the only figures on everyday American coins were allegorical figures, like Liberty. It was President Theodore Roosevelt who authorized the creation of the Lincoln penny in 1909 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth.

Source: Lietuvos Respublikos ambasadaJAV

DYK that there is “Little Lithuania” in the USA

Ar žinojote, kad Pensilvanijoje yra ir lietuviškiausias JAV miestelis – Šenandorius (Shenandoah, Schuylkill apskritis), kur ir šiandien lietuviais save laiko iki penktadalio miestelio gyventojų. XX a. pradžioje jis vadintas “Amerikos Vilniumi”. Net 42 metus Shenandoah merais buvo lietuviai. Shenandoah miestelyje 1872 m. buvo įkurta pirmoji JAV lietuvių parapija, ir pastatyta pirmoji lietuvių bažnyčia.

Pensilvanijos valstijos sprendimu 2013 m. Šenandoriuje pastatytas istorinis žymeklis, kad čia yra “JAV mažoji Lietuva” (angl. Little Lithuania USA). Esame dėkingi “JAV mažosios Lietuvos” gyventojams už per šimtmečius puoselėjamą lietuvybę, Lietuvos laisvės ir nepriklausomybės stiprinimą bei Lietuvos vardo Amerikoje garasinimą.

DYK that there is “Little Lithuania” in the USA? A historical marker erected by the Penn sylvania Historical & Museum Commission stands in the town of Shenandoah (Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau), which has the highest percentage of residents with Lithuanian ancestry in the USA. Lithuanians first arrived in Shenandoah in 1869. The first Lithuanian parish was established here and the first Lithuania church was built in Shenandoah in 1872.

Source: Lietuvos Respublikos ambasada JAV

US destinations top the travel polls for 2018

Dublin, 25th January 2018

The USA, Spain and Portugal were the most popular holiday destinations for Irish holiday makers in 2017 according to the latest Irish Travel Agents Association quarterly survey. The results of the survey were announced today at the RDS, in advance of the opening of Holiday World Show Dublin tomorrow.

The US was also voted one of the top three destinations for 2018, after long-time favourites Spain and Portugal.

Cormac Meehan, President of the ITAA, commented, “The resurgence of US destinations at the top of the poll has been greatly assisted by the extensive transatlantic routes on offer from Ireland. Almost 30 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport last year and there are now over 3 million transatlantic seats from Ireland on sale. We are very fortunate that we are so well connected to the US with direct routes on offer from Aer Lingus, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Norwegian Airlines and American Airlines.”

He continued, “Aer Lingus will be at Holiday World Show showcasing its new routes to Seattle and Philadelphia, as part of its largest ever transatlantic schedule which also includes services to the US cities of Boston, Chicago, Hartford, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco and Washington. And this year’s Visit USA Pavilion will be the largest in the show’s 29 year history, with over 40 destinations on offer.”

Looking back at 2017, 40% of travel agents surveyed said that the biggest issue faced by their customers was cancelled flights. However, as the preparations got underway for Holiday World Show, the mood was jubilant; 75% of Irish travel agents saw an increase in their turnover in 2017 compared to 2016.

Cormac Meehan concluded, “This year’s findings show, once again, that the Irish Travel Industry is on an upward trend. Some 75% of agents experienced an increased turnover 2017 – a fantastic result for an industry which has adapted and embraced huge change over the last number of years.”

Contemplating 2018, 85% of travel agents surveyed said that they were optimistic for an increase in turnover on 2017, with 5% anticipating an increase of more than 20%.

The ITAA represents Ireland’s travel Industry, bringing together 100 travel agent members and 70 affiliate partners. ITAA members cover over 140 outlets in different towns and cities throughout the Republic of Ireland. All travel agent members are licensed by the Commission for Aviation Regulation and are fully bonded providing full financial protection for their customers.

The Holiday World Show takes place at RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin for three days 26-28 January, 2018. For further information, please see www.holidayworldshow.com

Source: ITAA Quarterly Survey Results

America’s Musical Journey – Official IMAX Trailer – Silvija Travel Tips

A film for IMAX® and giant screen theatres.  America’s Musical Journey celebrates the diverse music and creative risk-taking spirit that characterize America.  Follow Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc as he traces Louis Armstrong’s footsteps through the colorful locales where America’s music was born—iconic cities like New Orleans, Lousiana; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; New York City, New York; Nashville, Tennessee; Florida, Miami, and more—and meet the artists, music makers, storytellers, and innovators who are shaping America’s culture today.  A MacGillivray Freeman Film for IMAX® and giant screen theatres, produced in association with Brand USA and presented by Expedia, Inc.

www.AmericasMusicalJourney.com

Follow the conversation using the hashtags #AmericasMusicalJourney and #musicUSA.

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser – Big Bus Tour in Washington D.C. for IPW Media – Silvija Travel Tips

“Big Bus Tours” yra didžiausias pasaulio atvirųjų autobusų ekskursijų organizatorius, teikiantis pažintines keliones 19 miestuose trijuose žemynuose.  Viešėdama Vašingtone, DC, kaip IPW 2017 dalyvė, pasirinkau kelionę ” Big Bus” autobusu pažinčiai su šiuo ypatingu miestu. Kadangi tai yra geriausias būdas pamatyti Vašingtoną, atsipalaidavusi ir dairydamasi į šalis stebėjau įžymias vietas, dėl kurių Amerikos sostinė tokia atpažįstama ir ypatinga. O išsamūs gido pasakojimai dar labiau praturtino mano pažintį su Vašingtonu. Ir man labai pasisekė! Susipažinus su miesto įžymybėmis ir autobusui stabtelėjus ties Vašingtono paminklu, kitą kelionės dalį kaip gidė pratęsė Vašingtono DC merė Muriel Bowser. Big Bus prisipildė apsaugos, daugybės kamerų, žurnalistų. Visi norėjome pamatyti ir pasiklausyti miesto merės pasakojimo. Prieš tapdama Vašington DC mere, Muriel Bowser buvo ekskursijų vadovė. Jos išsamūs pasakojimai apie Vašington DC, autobusu keliaujant per šio didžiojo miesto istoriją nepaliko abejingų.Pravažiavome pro Baltuosius rūmus, Vašingtono paminklą, Nacionalinį prekybos centrą, istorinį Džordžtauną, Arlingtono nacionalines kapines ir dar daugybę žymių vietų . Tikrai kelionė buvo ypatinga.

Silvija Zalepugiene with Mark Kowalewski from Stone Tower Winery – Silvija Travel Tips

Silvija Zalepugiene, Silvija Travel Tips  with Mark Kowalewski from Stone Tower Winery during pre IPW 2017 visit to Stone Tower Winery.

“Stone Tower Winery” yra šeimos valdoma ir eksploatuojanti vyno gamykla, kur aukščiausios rūšies vynai ir puikūs vaizdai yra vienodai suderinti su nepriekaištingu svetingumu. Čia dirbama su aukščiausios rūšies vynuogininkais, dirvožemio specialistais ir enologų komanda. Daugiau nei 50-yje akrų užauginti svaiginančių klasikinių prancūziškų veislių vynuogynai 206 akrų valdoje virš Hogback kalno Leesburge, Virdžinijoje. Talentinga komanda sukūrė pasaulinio lygio vynų gamybą. Geras vynas ir puiki komanda padarė labai gerą įspūdį, tai viena iš įsimintiniausių kelionių po Virdžiniją.

Stone Tower Winery  www.stonetowerwinery.com

Ride The BEAST Circle Line, New York – Silvija Travel Tips

Operated by Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, the new BEAST speedboat was New York’s only jet powered thrill-ride speedboat attraction when it was unleashed in the summer 2011 season. Don’t be fooled – the BEAST isn’t just a monster on the surface.

Equipped with 1400 BHP-horsepower with 2ZF 3000 marine gears and powered by two Hamilton Jets the new BEAST rockets through the water with the ability to reach up to a heart-pounding speed of 40 knots (about 45mph).

Ride the BEAST:
www.circleline42.com//beast-speedboat-ride

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Miami Seaquarium, Florida – Silvija Travel Tips

Miami Seaquarium a world-class marine-life entertainment park features eight marine animal shows and presentations. It is home to Lolita, the Killer Whale and TV superstar Flipper. Guests will discover the grace of bottlenose dolphins, and laugh with the adventures of Salty the Sea Lion. Other exhibits include Crocodiles, Salty’s Pirate Playground, stingray touch pool, and friendly Manatees. Visitors can get up-close to these friendly mammals through dolphin interaction programs at Dolphin Harbor or walk underwater among tropical fish during a Sea Trek Reef Encounter.

Miami Seaquarium Website: www.miamiseaquarium.com

Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149
USA
Telephone +1 305/361-5705

Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau www.miamiandbeaches.com

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Miami Family Temptations, Florida – Silvija Travel Tips

Miami Seaquarium
A world-class marine-life entertainment park features eight marine animal shows and presentations. It is home to Lolita, the Killer Whale and TV superstar Flipper. Guests will discover the grace of bottlenose dolphins, and laugh with the adventures of Salty the Sea Lion. Other exhibits include Crocodiles, Salty’s Pirate Playground, stingray touch pool, and friendly Manatees. Visitors can get up-close to these friendly mammals through dolphin interaction programs at Dolphin Harbor or walk underwater among tropical fish during a Sea Trek Reef Encounter. www.miamiseaquarium.com

Jungle Island
Family attraction located in the heart of the city, between Downtown Miami and South Beach. Building upon the rich tradition Parrot Jungle began in 1936, it is home to some of the world’s rarest and most incredible animals, including Mama Cass, the only tame Cassowary on the planet; the liger, who holds the Guinness Book of World Records title as the World’s Largest Cat; and Peanut and Pumpkin, only the third set of Orangutan twins to be born in captivity. Guests can participate in hands-on interactions with some of the animals, marvel at the engaging animal shows and are amazed by the park’s breathtaking landscapes and vistas. www.jungleisland.com

Miami Children’s Museum
Play, learn, imagine and create on Watson Island with the museum’s 14 interactive and bilingual exhibit galleries, as well as daily programming for the whole family. The museum also offers seasonal camps and classes, custom birthday party packages and more. Pick up a unique souvenir from Kid Smart Educational Gift Shop, and lunch at Subway. www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

Miami Beach Botanical Garden
The 2.6-acre urban green space at the heart of South Beach was transformed in 2011 with a $1.2 million landscape renovation designed by South Florida landscape architect Raymond Jungles. The new landscape showcases Florida native plants and trees, significant new water gardens and cascading fountains, a welcoming entrance.

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