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National Harbor Food & Wine Festival in Maryland

National Harbor Food & Wine Festival in Maryland

by Susan McKee on Apr 19, 2014

  National Harbor celebrates the season with a Food & Wine Festival from 1 to 6 p.m. both May 3 and 4, 2014. (National Harbor is located on the Potomac River in Prince George’s County, Maryland.) The event includes tastings, cooking demonstrations ...

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Behind the Camera at Holi, India’s Colorful Spring Hindu Festival

Behind the Camera at Holi, India's Colorful Spring Hindu Festival

by Sherry Ott on Apr 16, 2014

Holi is the colorful spring Hindu festival which is a photographers dream and nightmare at the same time. Colored powder and water are thrown and painted on people which is beautiful to photograph, but also concerning from a gear standpoint. Aas ...

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Hamburg Offers Culinary Orgasms For Foodies

Hamburg Offers Culinary Orgasms For Foodies

by Susan McKee on Apr 15, 2014

  Northern Germany has many culinary treats. With a total of twelve Michelin stars, Hamburg’s restaurants measure up to some of the best eateries in the world. However, Hamburg’s culinary traditions are most authentically kept alive in neighborhood restaurants, where traditional dishes use ...

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5 Day Festival: Manhattan Cocktail Classic in Mid-May

5 Day Festival: Manhattan Cocktail Classic in Mid-May

by Susan McKee on Apr 12, 2014

  The fifth anniversary edition of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic takes place May 9 through 13, 2014. The five-day festival will once again include an Opening night Gala at The New York Public Library plus dozens of “spirited events” throughout the city ...

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North American Tea Championship Names 22 Best Premium Teas From 2013

North American Tea Championship Names 22 Best Premium Teas From 2013

by Susan McKee on Apr 12, 2014

  The North American Tea Championship (NATC) – the only independent and professionally-judged tea competition in North America – has named the 22 best, premium hot teas from the fall 2013 harvest. The teas will be honored at the North American Tea ...

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Tweeters Vote for New York City’s Best Pizza

Tweeters Vote for New York City's Best Pizza

by Jessica Tiare Bowen on Apr 19, 2014

  We’re bringing a very important topic to the table today, folks: Pizza!  The pizza ...

National Harbor Food & Wine Festival in Maryland

National Harbor Food & Wine Festival in Maryland

by Susan McKee on Apr 19, 2014

  National Harbor celebrates the season with a Food & Wine Festival from 1 to ...

Food Porn at New York’s Houston Hall

Food Porn at New York's Houston Hall

by Jessica Tiare Bowen on Apr 18, 2014

Thursday night in New York City and you want to know where all the ...

Europe

Where Language, Culture, Accents and Customs Collide

Where Language, Culture, Accents and Customs Collide

by CultureWizard on Apr 19, 2014

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are ...

Hamburg Offers Culinary Orgasms For Foodies

Hamburg Offers Culinary Orgasms For Foodies

by Susan McKee on Apr 15, 2014

  Northern Germany has many culinary treats. With a total of twelve Michelin stars, Hamburg’s restaurants ...

Going Deep with Alsace Wines from France

Going Deep with Alsace Wines from France

by Jessica Festa on Apr 13, 2014

Alsace, France. Photo courtesy of Tambako The Jaguar. “‘The Queen of Riesling’ — That’s what ...

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On Staying Green in Kerala, India – Where Nature Meets Luxury & Eco

On Staying Green in Kerala, India - Where Nature Meets Luxury & Eco

by Jessica Festa on Apr 13, 2014

View from atop Meesapulimala Mountain in Silent Valley National Park. Just one sight that makes you realize why Kerala is called “God’s Own Country.” Known as “God’s Own Country” for its diverse ecosystems and landscapes, India’s Kerala is the perfect destination ...

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Serenity & Bliss at India’s Kumarakom Lake Resort

Serenity & Bliss at India's Kumarakom Lake Resort

by Aline Dobbie on Apr 09, 2014

Admidst the grey and cold in Europe lately, in my mind’s eye I am back in the sunshine and warmth and clear skies of Kerala where I spent six weeks recently.  My Comfort Corner for three whole blissful weeks was ...

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Affinia Hotel in New York’s Mid-Town West Side, a Stone’s Throw From Penn Station

Affinia Hotel in New York's Mid-Town West Side, a Stone's Throw From Penn Station

by Renee Blodgett on Apr 07, 2014

I rarely hang out near Penn Station when I travel to New York but given how much I've been going to New York lately, it shouldn't be a surprise that I'd find a hotel I hadn't tried yet and an ...

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The Earth Lodge Farmstay in Guatemala’s Mountain Range

The Earth Lodge Farmstay in Guatemala's Mountain Range

by Jessica Festa on Mar 23, 2014

You’ll have a trek a bit to reach Earth Lodge. Once you do, it’s totally worth it. “Just follow these two children. You’ll walk up the road a ways, down a path, do a small hop over a gap in the ...

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Top Ten Creative Art Hotels

Top Ten Creative Art Hotels

by Jessica Festa on Mar 18, 2014

  While many hotels are epitomes of style – artworks in themselves, or showcase unique art collections — the following go one step further for those seeking creative experiences along with their bed and breakfast. Celebrate your inner Hemingway or Picasso ...

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Arts

Behind the Camera at Holi, India’s Colorful Spring Hindu Festival

Behind the Camera at Holi, India's Colorful Spring Hindu Festival

by Sherry Ott on Apr 16, 2014

Holi is the colorful spring Hindu festival which is a photographers dream and nightmare ...

Kyoto Japan: Where Are All the Geishas?

Kyoto Japan: Where Are All the Geishas?

by Robert Schrader on Apr 15, 2014

I was so certain I would see a geisha as my train rolled into ...

Cuban Revelations: Behind the Scenes in Havana

Cuban Revelations: Behind the Scenes in Havana

by Kelli Mutchler on Apr 13, 2014

Fidel Castro’s mustache instantly attracted Michelle’s attention, but his oratory prowess and political passion ...

Food/Wine

Tweeters Vote for New York City’s Best Pizza

Tweeters Vote for New York City's Best Pizza

by Jessica Tiare Bowen on Apr 19, 2014

  We’re bringing a very important topic to the table today, folks: Pizza!  The pizza ...

National Harbor Food & Wine Festival in Maryland

National Harbor Food & Wine Festival in Maryland

by Susan McKee on Apr 19, 2014

  National Harbor celebrates the season with a Food & Wine Festival from 1 to ...

Understanding Pinotage, The South African Way

Understanding Pinotage, The South African Way

by Rich Laburn on Apr 18, 2014

“Pinotage is the juice extracted from women’s tongues and lion’s hearts.  After having a ...

Asia

Feeling Disconnected at Hiroshima Peace Park

Feeling Disconnected at Hiroshima Peace Park

by Robert Schrader on Apr 19, 2014

One of the first places I visited back in July 2010, literally hours after ...

Exploring Rishikesh, The Land of Uncountable Gods

Exploring Rishikesh, The Land of Uncountable Gods

by Kaushal Mathpal on Apr 17, 2014

The notion of ‘solo travel’ has been an upcoming vogue in the travel industry. ...

Behind the Camera at Holi, India’s Colorful Spring Hindu Festival

Behind the Camera at Holi, India's Colorful Spring Hindu Festival

by Sherry Ott on Apr 16, 2014

Holi is the colorful spring Hindu festival which is a photographers dream and nightmare ...

Pacific

Why Fishing Is Like Traveling

Why Fishing Is Like Traveling

by Kelli Mutchler on Mar 29, 2014

    Fish scales have a way of slipping into my morning coffee cup. The car ...

Top Culinary Experiences Around the World

Top Culinary Experiences Around the World

by Jessica Festa on Mar 14, 2014

Cheese-making at Trevin Farms, Vermont. Photo courtesy of Trevin Farms. Dive into local cuisines and ...

5 Benefits Of Globe Trotting & Traveling With Kids

5 Benefits Of Globe Trotting & Traveling With Kids

by Jessica Festa on Mar 09, 2014

Amanda and son drinking fresh squeezed orange juice in Penang, Malaysia Interested in traveling with ...

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Smartwatches vs Featurewatches: Discover the Phosphor Touch Time

Smartwatches vs Featurewatches: Discover the Phosphor Touch Time

by Ewan Spence on Apr 18, 2014

Just as your smartphones had some competition with features phones and their limited apps, longer battery life, and in many cases better designs, so the smartwatches of the world have the oncoming storm of the featurewatches. Starting with the Phosphor ...

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Move Into Relaxation & Serenity With Sound Machines for Travelers

Move Into Relaxation & Serenity With Sound Machines for Travelers

by Renee Blodgett on Apr 14, 2014

Recently, in an effort to get a more peaceful sleep while on the road, I investigated a few sound system options that would be useful for travelers. In my research, I came up with several companies that focus on relaxing ...

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5 Top Mobile Apps for Getting Around New York City

5 Top Mobile Apps for Getting Around New York City

by Jessica Tiare Bowen on Apr 11, 2014

Besides my Metrocard, the only other thing I never ever leave home without is my trusty iPhone.  Any other New Yorkers out there relate? I’ve only had this amazing piece of technology for about a year, and it’s insane to think ...

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Capturing Courture Brings Fun, Creativity & Feminine Energy to Camera Straps

Capturing Courture Brings Fun, Creativity & Feminine Energy to Camera Straps

by Renee Blodgett on Apr 10, 2014

Women travelers know the drill - they learn about a new product only to discover that the coat, the bag, the shoes, the gadgetry only comes in black, silver, red, navy or some kind of hunter green. Many of these ...

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The Flashy Can-Am Spyder Available to Test in San Mateo Through April 10

The Flashy Can-Am Spyder Available to Test in San Mateo Through April 10

by Renee Blodgett on Apr 09, 2014

Coming to Northern California's Silicon Valley/Bay Area for the first time is the Can-Am Spyder on April 9 and April 10, 2014 at the San Mateo County Convention Center at 1346 Saratoga Dr., San Mateo, CA  94403 (demo area outside).  You'll be able ...

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South America

There’s More Than Basking on a Rio Beach

There's More Than Basking on a Rio Beach

by Robert Schrader on Apr 19, 2014

Think of Rio de Janeiro and images of sun, sea, sand, and ladies in ...

Behind Chile’s Magical Colchagua Valley

Behind Chile's Magical Colchagua Valley

by Brian Horstman on Apr 11, 2014

During the September 18 Fiestas Patrias last year, we decided to take a train ...

The Breathtaking Bolivia’s Salt Flats Will Transform You

The Breathtaking Bolivia’s Salt Flats Will Transform You

by Jessica Festa on Apr 08, 2014

  Bolivia’s Soleli Desert, which you’ll cross to get to the Uyuni Salt Flats I feel ...

Central America

The Magical Sunrise Atop of Guatemala’s Indian’s Nose

The Magical Sunrise Atop of Guatemala's Indian’s Nose

by Jessica Festa on Apr 17, 2014

  “Beep. Beep. Beep.” Is it 3:30 am already? While I had willed myself to ...

Cuban Revelations: Behind the Scenes in Havana

Cuban Revelations: Behind the Scenes in Havana

by Kelli Mutchler on Apr 13, 2014

Fidel Castro’s mustache instantly attracted Michelle’s attention, but his oratory prowess and political passion ...

Top Ten Tips for Seeing the Best of Guatemala

Top Ten Tips for Seeing the Best of Guatemala

by Jessica Festa on Apr 11, 2014

Lake Atitlan. Photo courtesy of Shawn Coomer. 1. Please tell us a bit about your ...

Africa

Understanding Pinotage, The South African Way

Understanding Pinotage, The South African Way

by Rich Laburn on Apr 18, 2014

“Pinotage is the juice extracted from women’s tongues and lion’s hearts.  After having a ...

Adventure Photography & How to Get the Best from Correct Metering

Adventure Photography & How to Get the Best from Correct Metering

by Rich Laburn on Apr 16, 2014

As amateur photographers, once you have come to grips with ISO, aperture and shutter speed we ...

Marrakech Morocco for Foodies: 8 Top Restaurants For Your Must List

Marrakech Morocco for Foodies: 8 Top Restaurants For Your Must List

by Andrea Spirov on Apr 16, 2014

If Morocco is on your travel agenda, first of all, it should be and ...

Green

On Staying Green in Kerala, India – Where Nature Meets Luxury & Eco

On Staying Green in Kerala, India - Where Nature Meets Luxury & Eco

by Jessica Festa on Apr 13, 2014

View from atop Meesapulimala Mountain in Silent Valley National Park. Just one sight that ...

The Exquisite English Garden – Go On A Tour With Us…

The Exquisite English Garden - Go On A Tour With Us...

by Mariellen Ward on Mar 15, 2014

Ahh yes, the English garden. Below is a United Kingdom Garden Tour - here's ...

Thomasville Blooms For The Rose Show And Festival

Thomasville Blooms For The Rose Show And Festival

by Ellen Park on Jan 05, 2014

The annual Rose Show and Festival in Thomasville, Georgia, will celebrate its 93rd year ...

 

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A Tribute To Our Matriarchs And Our Roots

A Tribute To Our Matriarchs And Our Roots

by Renee Blodgett on Feb 06, 2014

I’ve always loved the word Roots. In English at least, ...

Las Vegas, The City of Extreme High’s & Extreme Low’s

Las Vegas, The City of Extreme High's & Extreme Low's

by Renee Blodgett on Jan 17, 2014

I’ve been to Las Vegas so many times it would ...

Reflecting On Those 2013 Travel Highlights!

Reflecting On Those 2013 Travel Highlights!

by Renee Blodgett on Dec 26, 2013

As I began reflecting on the 2013 year, I realized ...

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A Tribute To Our Matriarchs And Our Roots

A Tribute To Our Matriarchs And Our Roots

by Renee Blodgett on Feb 06, 2014
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The Magical Colors of Singapore's Haji Lane

by Cherie Altea Bitanga on Jun 07, 2013

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