Adventure helps to expand our minds and teaches us knowledge that books cannot explain. Always seeking the next greatest adventure, I came upon an attraction in the French alps that suspends a glass cube over the zenith of 3,842 meter high Aiguille du Midi mountain. It certainly tests your nerve. If you fear falling, this may not be the best place for you to go, but if you are courageous enough to stomach an awe-inspiring vision, you must make a trip to the “Pans dans le vide” or Step into the Void.
The view, 1000 meters down, includes the entire French Alps in addition to Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain. The glass cube structure is made up of 5 transparent sides. Each side is fabricated out of 3 layers of tempered glass fixed to metal for added support. Just opened to the public after 3 years of construction, one can take a cable car ride up to the lookout for incomparable vistas and refreshments. The cost:
Adults (16+ and older) $75.00 USD Youth (4 -16 years) $64.10 USD Under 4 years $37.67 USD Family Packages (2 adults/2 kids) $226.00 USD
The attraction is a very popular destination already. If you are in the Chamonix area in France, it is worth a trip to Aiguillle du Midi mountaintop.
I love adventures to new and interesting places and Dubai has always been on my bucket list of must see destinations. I recently read that Emirates Airlines now has the world’s longest flight at 16 hours straight from Dubai to Los Angeles, crossing 2 continents and 1 ocean. Emirates Airline is well known for its luxury and world class service which is a must have if you are going to be distracted for 16 hours long. For my husband, the Long & Tall guy, he needs legroom and Emirates seats extend to 79 inches or 6 feet 5 inches long. This is incredible for an airline. Interestingly enough Emirates has routes all over the world but they all go to Dubai so they definitely control the experience which is arguably the best on earth. If you are interested to learn more about this airline and what they are doing to make long trips pleasant, click on this web link.
Emirates has launched the world’s longest A380 superjumbo flight, from Dubai to Los Angeles, on a route that crosses Russia, the Arctic and northern Canada.
The journey of 16 hours and 20 minutes covers 13,420 kilometres. The first flight touched down on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Previously Emirates had flown the long-range Boeing 777-200LR jet, which it began flying to Los Angeles in 2008. The airline said the introduction of the 489-seat Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger jet, was a response to increased demand for travel between the two cities.
The time difference means the daily flights will depart Dubai at 8.20am and arrive in Los Angeles at 12.50pm on the same day. Conversely, the return flight departs LA at 4pm and arrives at 7.50pm the next day.
Although Airbus has suffered this year from slow sales of its flagship aircraft, Emirates recently said it viewed the superjumbo as the future of air travel and ordered 50 more of the jets on top of its existing order of 90 – 41 of which have been delivered.
“For us the A380 is the future. And we don’t like anyone talking about it not being around,” president Tim Clark said.
Clark recently indicated that the airline was looking at the possibility of increasing the number of economy class seats by up to 40.
Like Singapore Airlines, Emirates has used the enormous size of the A380 to deliver unique features for passengers, especially at the pointy end. The airline’s first-class cabin has bathrooms with showers – a world first when introduced in 2008.
While Emirates now lays claim to the world’s longest A380 non-stop flight, the title for the longest non-stop flight by distance, is held by Qantas. The longest flight time is Delta Air Lines’ Johannesburg to Atlanta flights which take 17 hours. The Emirates flight is the world’s third longest by distance.
Qantas flights from Sydney to Dallas, with a Boeing 747 jumbo jet, cover a whopping 13,800 kilometres and take a little more than 15 hours.
2013 was a tremendous year for TEAL Apparel. Much has transpired since the Launch in April and I want to thank everyone for their support and feedback. I launched TEAL to solve the many clothing challenges Long & Tall men and their loved ones encounter each day while providing a premium clothing option designed to fit and feel amazing. So I wanted to share with you what was accomplished last year, what I learned and give some insight as to where TEAL is going in 2014. I am here to serve you so your feedback is encouraged, I’d love to hear from YOU! This is a small family business with Long & Tall dreams. Nothing great ever came easy, yet a step forward is a step in the right direction. All best wishes in 2014 and come back soon.
What I did:
Launch TEAL Apparel with 2 styles of premium chinos (slim and traditional fit)
Moved to new location in Massachusetts to be closer to Boston
Added inventory for greater selection
Revised our story so you understand what TEAL stands
Tailored the blog to discuss lifestyle trends in the Long & Tall space
Included Free Shipping and Free Returns on all orders, because no one wants a hassle
Defined the target market in bold black on the top of our website, because many customers questioned if they were TALL enough
Increased our operations and design team to 6 people to improve quality, production and efficiency
What I learned:
There are over 7.7 million men over 6’3 in the US and there is no premium clothing option designed to fit them.
70% of all menswear shopping is done by women and done online
Resourcefulness and persistence pay dividends later
Never stop learning and improving
Trust is earned
Success is made one customer at a time
Don’t fear failure, but work your tail off to win
Technology can be a helpful agent if you can understand and use it well
A great product cannot be made without a great team and the patience to develop it
What is next?
Colors! More colors are on the way for the traditional and slim fits. Finally you can add some variety to your wardrobe
Shorts that have added length, because short shorts are embarrassing
Video – a better medium to tell our story
TEAL Apparel provides premium long pants designed for the Long & Tall man, made of quality materials, sewn in the USA and sold on-line.
Men’s clothing for the Long & Tall, not Big & Tall