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Can You Take Your Dog On a Plane?

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Put simply, it is possible to take a dog on a flight, even an international one to Europe. However, not all flight operators provide a service that includes pets, so you need to make sure you have booked properly and completed all of the necessary paperwork to make sure your pet can continue your onward journey with you when you touch down. Then there is your accommodation to consider once you have left the airport. Before you leave, you should therefore look out for hotels that offer pet-friendly places to stay. While you are relaxing in the hotel’s wellness centre or flopped on your bed to play online casino games your pet should be able to enjoy pet day care facilities. That’s the best way of enjoying an overseas trip with your pooch! That said, what are the important factors to consider when you first plan your dog-friendly break?

Choose a Suitable Airline

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Firstly, although it is possible to find an airline which will allow your dog to travel with you, by far the majority of commercial air operators don’t offer this sort of service. Therefore, if you don’t want to go to the expense of chartering your own private jet, you will need to choose your airline carefully. Although some smaller, independent airlines are friendly towards dog-owning passengers, there are only around eight internationally known carriers which will allow dogs on board in the cabin. Often, there will be a maximum weight that is allowed on board which will include the crate or carrier you are using to house your pet. This can impact on dog owners who possess larger breeds, of course.

In addition, some airlines, such as Air France, no longer allow crates and you must use a purpose-made bag-like carrier instead. Some only provide room for pet in the hold while others run fleets which include some aircraft that are not suited to pets so you have to check which services will allow you to transport your dog and which won’t. Although you should be able to exercise your dog before boarding, this is something that is often outside the control of the airline, so you should check with your departure airport. In addition, it may be necessary to break up a long-haul flight into two or more shorter hops so that your dog is not subjected to too long a journey.

Make Sure You Have a Pet Passport

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If you are travelling to Europe, then a pet passport is a must. If you turn up at a European airport ready to enjoy your holiday with your dog and you don’t have one, then you can expect your pet to be quarantined. International pet passports are nothing new and cover many different types of animal. In the case of dogs, they are there to help prevent the spread of conditions such as rabies. A European Union-issued pet passport will be needed if you intend travelling to any of the countries in that bloc. They will need supporting documentation from your vet to show all the necessary vaccinations have been administered before one will be issued to you.

Once you are set with your documentation and have chosen the right flights, it is time to take to the skies and enjoy a dream holiday with your best friend!

Top 10 Oldest Casinos In The World

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Those who believe casinos to be a modern phenomenon may be surprised to know casinos have been in existence for the best part of 400 years! Even some establishments on the fabled Vegas strip, still comparative newcomers to the gaming scene, have been around for more than 50 years. Here is a list of the top ten oldest casinos in the world.

1. Casino de Venecia, Italy: 1638

The Casino de Venecia, built by the Italian architect Mauro Codussi, started life as a theatre (the Theatre Saint Moses). This had one wing dedicated to gambling, which apparently went on during the intervals at play performances. In fact, this casino was one of the main reasons casino gambling became so popular in the Venetian state capital. By 1744, Venice was home to more than 120 gambling houses.

2. Casino de Spa, Belgium: 1763

The Belgian town of Spa is the original destination for anyone seeking health-giving waters. But since the 18th century, this town has also been famous for its casinos. The innovative concept of providing a gaming hall to entertain well-heeled visitors was then copied across the world. Two city mayors, Xhrouet Lambert and Gérard de Leau, arranged the construction of the first Casino de Spa (1763). Their intention was to create luxurious amenities for the local gentry.

3. Kurhaus of Baden-Baden, Germany: 1834

The core of the Kurhaus spa was designed in 1824 by Friedrich Weinbrenner. He was the one responsible for the neo-classical interiors, the Corinthian columns and the paired-griffins frieze in the grand entrance. Even though the Kurhaus included a casino from the outset, it was not until the mid-1830s (when gambling was banned in France) that the building became internationally famous. Dostoyevsky’s ‘The Gambler’ was inspired by the author’s visit, and Marlene Dietrich rated the Kurhaus “the most beautiful casino in the world.”

4. Casino de Monte Carlo, Monaco: 1856

The Monte Carlo Casino is a famous gambling and entertainment complex situated in the city-state of Monaco. Princess Caroline, the wife of Prince Florestan 1 and an astute, business-minded woman, is credited with the initial idea – the casino revenues were apparently intended to rescue the House of Grimaldi from the threat of bankruptcy. The business is now run by a publicly owned company, but majority shares are held by both the Monaco government and the country’s royal family.

5. Golden Gate Casino, Las Vegas, USA: 1906

Now a part of the Fremont Street Experience, the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino can be found at One Fremont Street, Las Vegas, and is the area’s oldest (and smallest) hotel. Built on land purchased by John F. Miller (an early Las Vegas businessman), in 1905, the site was first a ‘tented’ structure (the Miller Hotel). It became a permanent site (the Hotel Nevada) in 1906, but it was not until 1955 that the building first acquired the Golden Gate name.

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6. Casinò di Campione, Ticino, Switzerland: 1917

Founded in 1917, the Casinò di Campione was the largest employer in the municipality of Campione d’Italia, an Italian exclave within the Swiss Canton of Ticino. Owned by the Italian government, and operated by the municipality, the casino’s original purpose was to gather intelligence from foreign diplomats during the First World War. But with hundreds of roulette, blackjack, baccarat and poker tables sitting dark and silent, gathering dust, the old casino is now under threat of permanent closure, and the local residents are worried this could also signal the demise of this tiny Italian outpost.

7. Flamingo Casino, Las Vegas, USA: 1946

The Flamingo Las Vegas is a hotel and casino, which opened in 1946 as the very first hotel on the famous Strip. This vast complex incorporates a 72,300-square-foot casino as well as a 3,626-room hotel. Adopting an architectural design, which owes much to the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne movements, the hotel includes features such as a garden courtyard to act as a habitat area for flamingos.

8. Tropicana, Las Vegas, USA: 1957

A large hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, the Tropicana Las Vegas has 1,467 rooms and a 50,000-square-foot gaming floor as well as 72,000 sq ft of corporate convention and exhibit space. Situated on the busy Las Vegas Boulevard intersection, no pedestrians are allowed to attempt crossings at street level. However, the Tropicana is linked to its neighbouring north-side casinos by an overhead pedestrian bridge.

9. Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, USA: 1966

One of the most famous landmarks in Las Vegas, Caesars Palace is a luxury hotel and casino enterprise. Set up by Jay Sarno in 1966, Caesars Palace offers opulent facilities, many of which are inspired by lifestyle artefacts from the age of the Roman Empire. Its modern casino facilities include table games, a 4,500-square-foot, 24-hour poker room, plus a vast range of slot machines and video poker systems. Caesars Palace also houses a large selection of restaurants as well as entertainment and sports facilities.

10. Circus Circus, Las Vegas, USA :1968

Entertaining tourists on the famous Las Vegas Strip for over 50 years, Circus Circus started life as a casino. Then in 1972 it also became a hotel, and is now a vast 123,928-sq-ft hotel and casino complex. Often used as a movie location (the 1971 Bond film “Diamonds are Forever” was shot here), Circus Circus offers circus entertainments, a carnival type atmosphere, and of course plenty of casino games.