This Week in Photos, Sept 10-16, 2010

A look at the travel-related news for the week of September 10-16, 2010.

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Air New Zealand tries to put the romance back in flying with its 'Cuddle Class,' giving 2 people the option of buying the third seat in a row at half price, so they can fold out the chairs and make a bed -- for cuddling only, of course. 960 1280

Air New Zealand  

The resurgence of bedbugs has many travelers' skin crawling. They are turning up everywhere ' hotels, planes, trains, even stores. There's even an app for tracking the infestation hot spots. 960 1280

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Airports' stricter and more invasive security spurs much debate whether or not pat-downs and body scans are invasions of privacy or necessary measures. 960 1280

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Airports, hotels, restaurants, cities, and even some flights, are all providing free wireless internet. Now travelers have even more temptation when attempting to unplug on vacation. 960 1280

DeshaCAM  

With 'Eat, Pray, Love,' the book-turned-movie-turned-tourism-boom, women everywhere leave for solo journeys in search of finding themselves and Javier Bardem look-alikes. 960 1280

  

Whether you're checking on a flight status, converting foreign currency or looking for the nearest clean toilet on the road, you'll find an app to help you. Apps are taking the guesswork out of travel. Some folks fear they're taking all the fun surprises out of travel, too. 960 1280

  

The new luxury train named "Royal Rajasthan on Wheels' is billed as one of the world's most luxurious and romantic train journeys. This is just one of the new luxury trains that's caused an upturn in rail travel. 960 1280

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Motel 6 is just one of the budget motels that reinvented itself this year with a whole new look, including modern furnishings influenced by European and boutique hotels, flat-screen televisions, wood floors and an ergonomic workspace. Budget chic is here to stay. 960 1280

Motel 6  

After Britain's Prince William and his longtime love, Kate Middleton, announced their engagement, the world has gone bananas booking trips to London for their wedding in April. It seems watching it on TV just won't do. 960 1280

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Been everywhere on Earth? What about the final frontier? Virgin Galactic's space tourism rocket SpaceShipTwo achieves its first solo glide flight in October, marking another step in the company's eventual plans to fly paying passengers into space. 960 1280

Reuters  

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

The elite men cross the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, MA. Hopkinton has been the starting point for the nation’s oldest marathon since it was moved from a neighboring town in 1925. 960 1280

Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images  

Running Through Boston

Running Through Boston

Each year 25,000 runners attempt to complete the winding and hilly 26.2-mile route. 960 1280

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Framingham to Natick

Framingham to Natick

From Ashland, the runners make their way through the nearby towns of Framingham and Natick. Around 500,000 spectators turn out to watch the race each year, making the marathon the biggest sporting event in New England. 960 1280

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Racing Through Natick

Racing Through Natick

The runners pass a residential area of Natick. If you know someone in the race, be sure to track their progress so you don’t miss them. 960 1280

Reuters  

Running Together

Running Together

Dick Hoyt pushes his son Rick as they compete in the Boston Marathon. Rick -- a Boston University grad -- was born with cerebral palsy, and his father (now 71!) has pushed him all the way to the finish line in 29 Boston Marathons. Dick and Rick -- who have become local celebrities -- run to raise money for the Team Hoyt Foundation, whose catch phrase appropriately is “Yes, You Can!” 960 1280

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Halfway Done!

Halfway Done!

Downtown Wellesley marks the marathon’s halfway point, but before the runners reach the 13-mile mark, they get a significant boost in morale from the students at Wellesley College (pictured here). Thousands of Wellesley women pack the streets by the campus, creating the famous “Scream Tunnel.” Runners have claimed that they can hear the women’s screams of support a mile away. 960 1280

Dina Rudick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images  

Brookline

Brookline

From Newton, runners pass Boston’s Brighton neighborhood and enter the city of Brookline. Cleveland Circle, where the runners turn a sharp left onto Beacon Street (pictured here), is a particularly loud, but exciting place to watch the race. 960 1280

Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau   

Heartbreak Hill

Heartbreak Hill

The aptly named “Heartbreak Hill,” in the city of Newton, is one of the most daunting challenges for runners. The infamous hill is the last of 7 that the runners must climb in the quaint suburb. The hills span from miles 16 to 21 on the route. 960 1280

Stewart Dawson, flickr   

Coolidge Corner

Coolidge Corner

Spectators cheer on the marathoners as they make their way through Coolidge Corner, a popular shopping and dining area in Brookline. 960 1280

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Beacon Street

Beacon Street

As the runners continue down Beacon Street they approach Kenmore Square, where the famous Citgo sign greets them, heading into downtown Boston. 960 1280

Soe Lin, flickr  

Marathon Monday

Marathon Monday

Each year on “Marathon Monday,” Fenway Park hosts a Red Sox home game -- the only morning game in all of Major League Baseball. 960 1280

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Wheelchair Race

Wheelchair Race

Since 1975, disabled athletes have participated in the marathon’s wheelchair race. The Boston Marathon has become the most famous and elite wheelchair race in the world, with strict qualifying standards. 960 1280

Stewart Dawson, flickr   

The Finish Line

The Finish Line

Hundreds of runners make their way to the marathon’s finish line on Boylston Street in downtown Boston. 960 1280

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Kentucky Derby Fireworks

Kentucky Derby Fireworks

The Kentucky Derby Festival is kicked off by Thunder Over Louisville, the largest fireworks show in North America. Other attractions that take place during the 2-week event leading up to the race are the Great Balloon Race, the Pegasus Parade, the Great Steamboat Race and the Derby Marathon. 960 1280

Nick Huhn / iStockphoto  

Churchhill Downs Annual Gathering

Churchhill Downs Annual Gathering

Fans gather at the entrance to the 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. 960 1280

Jeff Gentner / Getty Images  

Grandstand Fans

Grandstand Fans

Race fans watch the derby in the grandstand next to the twin spires. 960 1280

Paul Hawthorne / Getty Images  

Early-Morning Prep

Early-Morning Prep

A blacksmith shoes a horse during an early-morning workout to prepare for the derby. 960 1280

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Morning Workout

Morning Workout

Horses and their jockeys prepare for morning workouts. 960 1280

Jamie Squire / Getty Images  

Mint Julep

Mint Julep

The official drink of the derby, the Mint Julep is presented in the specially made Kentucky Derby collectible glass. The Mint Julep is an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and sweet syrup. 960 1280

Jamie Squire / Getty Images  

Kentucky Oaks Day

Kentucky Oaks Day

A race fan watches the 6th race while sipping on a Mint Julep on Kentucky Oaks Day, grade 1 stakes races for 3-year-old thoroughbred fillies held the friday before the derby. 960 1280

Jamie Squire / Getty Images  

Picking the Winner

Picking the Winner

Fans make their picks during the morning workouts in preparation for the 131st Kentucky Derby. 960 1280

David Turnley / Getty Images  

Where It All Begins

Where It All Begins

A panoramic view of the starting gate. 960 1280

Jamie Squire / Getty Images  

Race to the Finish

Race to the Finish

Jockeys vie for position on their way to the finish line during the 136th running. 960 1280

Andy Lyons / Getty Images  

Around the Bend

Around the Bend

Horses make their way around turn 4 during the 136th running of the derby. 960 1280

Andy Lyons / Getty Images  

Derby Hat Parade

Derby Hat Parade

The Derby Hat Parade, which takes place inside Churchill Downs, shows off the elegant hats worn by women and men during the Kentucky Derby. This fan is decked out in classic headwear prior to the race. 960 1280

A. Messerschmidt / Getty Images  

Jockey Dress Up

Jockey Dress Up

Kentucky Derby fans dressed as jockeys sip on their Mint Juleps and enjoy a cigar before the start of the race. 960 1280

Andy Lyons / Getty Images  

Casual Infield Gathering

Casual Infield Gathering

No fancy hats and Mint Juleps here. A different scene then you would find in the grandstand, fans gather within the infield of Churchill Downs. 960 1280

David Turnley / Getty Images  

And the Winner is ...

And the Winner is ...

A garland of roses, a blanket of 554 roses, is draped across the winning horse. 960 1280

Simon Bruty / Getty Images  

Kentucky Derby Trophy

Kentucky Derby Trophy

The Kentucky Derby Trophy is presented to the owner of the winning horse. 960 1280

Doug Pensinger / Getty Images