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airline food onboard British Airways
British Airways

British Airways

Onboard a British Airways flight between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and London's Heathrow Airport (LHR), passengers have an assortment of lunch options, including cheesecake for dessert. 960 1280

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Air France

Air France

Beef stew, pasta, orzo, bread and more! An example of a warm and filling dinner onboard Air France. Depending on your flight’s departure time and duration, Air France offers an appropriate meal: breakfast, snack or dinner. 960 1280

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Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic

A well-balanced dinner onboard Virgin Atlantic’s cross-Atlantic flights. 960 1280

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All Nippon Airways

All Nippon Airways

ANA’s (All Nippon Airways) London serves a traditional Japanese meal for business-class travelers. The presentation itself beats a casual airplane food tray any day! 960 1280

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United Airways

United Airways

Onboard a United Airways flight, lunch between San Francisco (SFO) and Hong Kong (HKG) is a delicious surf-and-turf meal consisting of sauteed prawns and crispy Dakota beef, organic short rib wontons with organic Thai barbecue sauce and sweet-and-sour cucumber relish. 960 1280

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American Airlines

American Airlines

Mmm … who doesn’t love a personal-size cheese pizza? Onboard an American Airlines trans-Atlantic flight, pizza is a crowd pleaser, especially for those smaller passengers. 960 1280

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Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines

A hearty snack onboard Turkish Airlines. 960 1280

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Royal Dutch Airlines

Royal Dutch Airlines

It's hard to beat good 'ole comfort food on a long flight. Here, a well-balanced meal is served onboard a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight between Toronto and Amsterdam. 960 1280

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Northwest Airlines

Northwest Airlines

Where to dig in first? The entree or the dessert? You'll receive a filling meal onboard a Northwest Airlines flight between Amsterdam to Mumbai. 960 1280

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Shanghai Airlines

Shanghai Airlines

Shanghai Airlines offers a simple snack onboard a short two-hour flight between Guilin, China, and Shanghai. 960 1280

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Continental Airlines

Continental Airlines

Continental Airlines, which recently merged with United Airlines, serves up hearty meals, like this one, on Trans-Atlantic, Trans-Pacific and South American flights. 960 1280

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Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines

An example of Delta Airlines's complimentary meal service. Delta.com offers a detailed breakdown of when the airline serves a full meal. They offer complimentary meal service on most international flights six hours or more, and on select flights to Alaska and Hawaii. 960 1280

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Lufthansa Airlines

Lufthansa Airlines

Flying from Frankfurt, Germany to Beijing on Lufthansa Airlines will get passengers a meal that includes chicken with noodles, potato salad, cake, a dinner roll and tea. 960 1280

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Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines

In our opinion, Singapore Airlines rules them all in terms of best airline cuisine -- catering to first- and business-class customers. Those traveling between Singapore and Japan, and Tokyo and Los Angeles, have the option of an authentic Japanese fine-dining experience. 960 1280

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Avianca Airlines

Avianca Airlines

This dinner plate onboard Avianca Airlines consists of grouper fillet in bechamel sauce, served with fried coriander, Creole potato, steamed broccoli and sauteed vegetables. 960 1280

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Korean Air

Korean Air

A substantial vegan meal option is offered onboard Korean Air. 960 1280

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Whether you're drinking a cappuccino, an espresso, a latte or a macchiato -- biscotti are the perfect complement. 960 1280

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Start your Italian feast off right with a plate of bruschetta -- crostini topped with fresh tomatoes and basil, then drizzled with olive oil. 960 1280

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Gnocchi, soft (but dense) Italian dumplings, are often made with potato -- and are sure to fill you up. 960 1280

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If you’re craving dessert -- or even just a snack -- you can’t go wrong with a cannoli. The Sicilian pastry is often made with ricotta cheese, and is best washed down with a “digestivo” such as sambuca or grappa. 960 1280

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No Italian meal is complete without a bottle of red wine. 960 1280

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It may be simple, but few things are more delicious than a traditional Neapolitan margherita pizza, named after Queen Margherita when she was served a pizza made with the Italian flag’s colors on a visit to Naples in 1889. 960 1280

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Tiramisu, which appropriately translates as “pick me up,” is made of layers of ladyfingers soaked in espresso, mascarpone cheese, cocoa powder and liqueur. 960 1280

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Salami, prosciutto, pepperoni, capicola, soppressata … oh my! Italians love their cured meats, and they make for a great antipasto. 960 1280

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Nothing beats homemade, fresh pasta.  960 1280

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The Italians love their olives, whether they are served as an antipasto or used to make olive oil. 960 1280

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A northern Italian specialty, pesto is made from garlic, plenty of fresh basil, pine nuts, olive oil and parmigiano-reggiano. 960 1280

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A popular “aperitivo” in Italy, a negroni is made of gin, sweet vermouth and Campari. Many restaurants and bars in Italy serve a buffet of free food to snack on while you enjoy a predinner cocktail. 960 1280

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A bowl of silky-creamy risotto. Typically served as a “primo,” or first course, risotto preparation is an art: al dente, but cooked enough that the starch from the rice creates a smooth and creamy consistency. 960 1280

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A caprese salad in the U.S. can hardly compare with the same simple dish in Italy: the red, juicy and ripe Roma tomatoes layered with thick slices of bufala mozzarella will put all other caprese salads you’ve had to shame. 960 1280

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Who could forget spaghetti? The iconic, long, round noodles are just one variety of over 300 different types of Italian pasta. 960 1280

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A classic Sicilian pasta dish, pasta alla norma is made with eggplant in a tomato sauce and ricotta salata. Southern Italian cuisine relies heavily on tomatoes, peppers, olives, artichokes, eggplants, fish and capers, while northern Italian cuisine uses less tomato sauce and more herbs and white sauce. 960 1280

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Polenta, made from maize meal, is a typical northern Italian dish. Once cooked into a creamy, thick paste, it can be served with vegetables, fish or meat, or shaped into patties and then fried, baked or grilled. 960 1280

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Spiral Staircase in Vatican Museum

Spiral Staircase in Vatican Museum

The Vatican museum's double-helix staircase, with its spectacular handrail, was designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932. The double-helix design allows traffic to flow unimpeded as visitors ascend on one set of stairs and descend on the other. 960 1280

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Saint Peter's Square

Saint Peter's Square

While it's normally uncrowded, Saint Peter's Square can be filled to capacity on special occasions, such as the Holy Mass and canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. 960 1280

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Galleria Doria Pamphilj

Galleria Doria Pamphilj

The Galleria Doria Pamphilj houses a grand collection of paintings, furniture and statuary. It's one of the largest private art collections in Rome. 960 1280

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Campo de Fiori

Campo de Fiori

Shop for clothes, produce and more in the plaza at Campo de Fiori. 960 1280

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Procession of Madonna in Trastevere

Procession of Madonna in Trastevere

During Trastevere's annual 'Festa de Noantri,' a statue of the Madonna Fiumarola is carried through the streets. 960 1280

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Caffe Greco

Caffe Greco

Enjoy a wonderful cappuccino from Rome's famous Caffe Greco at Via Condotti. 960 1280

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Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs

Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs

Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri - the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs. 960 1280

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Basilica of St. Mary of the Altar of Heaven

Basilica of St. Mary of the Altar of Heaven

The Basilica of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli (Basilica of St. Mary of the Altar of Heaven) features a gilded ceiling as well as religious artwork and artifacts. 960 1280

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Vatican's Swiss Guards

Vatican's Swiss Guards

The Vatican's Swiss Guards are an elite group of soldiers entrusted with the protection of the city. 960 1280

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Pantheon in Rome

Pantheon in Rome

A ray of sunlight illuminates the central door of the Pantheon through the dome, which is open to the heavens. 960 1280

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Rome's Spanish Steps

Rome's Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps are one of Rome's most popular meeting places. 960 1280

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Palazzo Altemps

Palazzo Altemps

The inner courtyard of the Palazzo Altemps, seat of the National Museum of Rome, features a number of impressive sculptures. 960 1280

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Castel Sant'Angelo was originally designed by Emperor Hadrian to be used as a mausoleum for his own family. 960 1280

  

Even though it's located in Rome, Vatican City has been an independent state since 1929. 960 1280

  

In ancient Rome, the Forum was the center of city life, playing host to festivals, funerals and rituals. 960 1280

  

Take a seat on the Spanish Steps, and watch the city go by. 960 1280

  

The Capuchin Crypt celebrates the life of the religious order of the Capuchin friars. 960 1280

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The first bloody fight took place at the Colosseum in A.D. 82, starting a tradition of battles between men and beasts. 960 1280

  

Inside the Galleria Borghese, you'll find Bernini sculptures including Apollo and Daphne. 960 1280

  

The Pantheon's architecture has inspired copycats around the globe. 960 1280

  

The largest and most memorable of the 3 fountains in Piazza Navona is Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers. 960 1280

  

Throw 3 coins into Trevi Fountain, and you'll be assured a return trip to Rome. Or so the legend goes. 960 1280

  

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