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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol opens world's first 'Airport Park'

At the airport

Waiting for a flight at Amsterdam's Schiphol has become a walk in the park. The airport recently opened an indoor-outdoor area designed to provide peace and greenery. On the inside, a virtual-reality green space has been created through trees, benches, projected images of famous parks around the world and the recorded sounds of animals and children. Passengers can also exit to an outdoor terrace. Amenities include food and beverage outlets and power points for recharging laptops.

On the seas

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Little House on the Prairie wowed TV viewers in the 1970s. Now get ready for Little House on the High Seas. Eleven cast members, including Alison Arngrim who played Nellie Oleson, will gather for a reunion this November on a Carnival Splendor cruise from Long Beach, Calif., to the Mexican Riviera. Passengers can approach them for autographs and photos and chat them up at a private cocktail party. Questions to ask them, as suggested by Carnival: Were there any behind-the-scenes rivalries and why didn't Michael Landon wear underwear?

In the room

Families will be able to hobnob with characters from Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar at resorts in four U.S. cities under a partnership between Gaylord Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation. Activities, including character breakfasts, Christmas events, parades and private birthday parties will get under way in November at Gaylord resorts in Nashville, Kissimmee, Fla., Grapevine, Tex., and National Harbor, Md. The animation theme will also extend to merchandise and food and beverages.

Sources: Schiphol Airport, Carnival Cruise Lines, The Canadian Press

Douglas McArthur Special to the Globe and Mail

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