Author Archive For: Peter Jones

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The Care Factor

Every moment matters. This past weekend was particularly busy for the ACIS Duty Officer desk. Three groups had storm-related delays and our team of fixers worked hour by hour to ...

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Remembering… Gil Scott Markle

One of the icons of the educational travel industry passed away last Friday. I first met Gil Scott Markle in 1975. A pioneer in educational travel, he started ALSG in ...

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Crossing Over To Cuba: Around the World with Peter Jones

First Impressions I last traveled to Havana more than 20 years ago. We had set this trip up to begin opening up Havana for our market and to take advantage ...

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Top 5 Things Not To Miss in Venice Italy

Top 5 Things Not To Miss In Venice Italy

Not many things in the world can beat the buzz of the water taxi from Marco Polo to the center of town. We had arranged to stay in an apartment ...

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Christmas Crackers: An English Tradition

Christmas Crackers are such a part of an English holiday celebration, I couldn’t imagine not pulling a cracker and putting a really silly paper crown on my head while eating ...

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Have They Lost Their Elgin Marbles?

For the first time in ages, literally, a bit of the now infamous Elgin Marbles is on the move. Back to whence it came? No – it’s been shipped to ...

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Why You’ll See Poppies Everywhere in London This Time of Year

Every year at this time, London is a sea of red. To commemorate the end of the First World War, tradition has it that poppies are sold on the streets ...

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Turkey Delights – ACIS President Peter Jones Visits Istanbul

Turkey. It is at once an exotic place, a border country between Asia and Europe which has this veneer of Euro sophistication, spotty in places, but reassuringly there. Istanbul’s airport, ...

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Festivals, Symphonies, and Food: Northern Italy in the Summertime

The Redentore Festival I had never been to Venice during the Festa del Redentore.  It is quite a spectacle. Historically, the festival is a celebration of the end of the ...

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The Secret Life of Bees

I paid a visit to Rick and Nancy’s farm, Bear Meadow Apiary, in Ashfield, MA the other day.  They keep chickens, grow vegetables, and also have a bunch of bee ...

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