Events & Festivals

The Annual Spring Montreux Narcissus Festival in Switzerland

The Annual Spring Montreux Narcissus Festival in Switzerland

by Ellen Park on Apr 28, 2015

Every spring, fields of wild narcissus bloom and transform the meadows above Montreux and Vevey, Switzerland, into what locals call Neige de Mai, the “May snow.” Between 1897 and 1957, the white blossoms were celebrated with the yearly Narcissus Festival, which ...

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Gruhn Guitars’ 45th Anniversary in the Heart of Nashville Tennessee

Gruhn Guitars' 45th Anniversary in the Heart of Nashville Tennessee

by Renee Blodgett on Apr 24, 2015

While parking the car one night to see Damien Horne at Douglas Corner Cafe in Nashville (see my Honky Tonk write up, which includes the Damien Horne show) on the other side of town, I ran into a few guys ...

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Xinpu Hakka Festival, a Lantern Festival That Celebrates the Hakka People

Xinpu Hakka Festival, a Lantern Festival That Celebrates the Hakka People

by MJ Klein on Apr 17, 2015

Recently, Hui-chen went looking on the internet for something to do, and she found this local festival in Xinpu, a township close to where we live in Taipei Taiwan.  It coincided with the Lantern Festival, and at first I thought it ...

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The Annual Texas Crab Fest in May

The Annual Texas Crab Fest in May

by Susan McKee on Apr 16, 2015

  Music, arts and crabs are promised at the 30th annual Texas Crab Fest, set for May 8, 9 and 10, 2015, in Gregory Park, 2292 Highway 87, Crystal beach, Texas. Feast on fresh local seafood like BBQ crab, crab nachos and ...

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Savor Bowie, A Maryland Food, Wine and Music Festival

Savor Bowie, A Maryland Food, Wine and Music Festival

by Susan McKee on Apr 16, 2015

  “Savor Bowie”, a Food, Wine and Music Festival, is set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 25, 2015, in the Bowie Town Center, 15606 Emerald Way, Bowie, Maryland. There’ll be complimentary food tastings from local restaurants and wine tastings from ...

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North America

Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

by Renee Blodgett on Apr 28, 2015

Nashville’s renowned Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum recently unveiled a $100-million expansion, ...

The Allure of Oklahoma’s Wide Open Plains & Dancing Clouds

The Allure of Oklahoma's Wide Open Plains & Dancing Clouds

by Renee Blodgett on Apr 27, 2015

It wasn't the first time I had been to Oklahoma I reminded myself when ...

Europe

The Annual Spring Montreux Narcissus Festival in Switzerland

The Annual Spring Montreux Narcissus Festival in Switzerland

by Ellen Park on Apr 28, 2015

Every spring, fields of wild narcissus bloom and transform the meadows above Montreux and ...

Amsterdam, Perhaps One of the Best Cycling & Walking Cities in Europe

Amsterdam, Perhaps One of the Best Cycling & Walking Cities in Europe

by Robert Schrader on Apr 27, 2015

Walkers and bikers, this is the city for you! Amsterdam is perhaps the best ...

Lodging

Kick Off Your Shoes & Relax at the Inn at Santa Fe

Kick Off Your Shoes & Relax at the Inn at Santa Fe

by Renee Blodgett on Apr 26, 2015

I've been to Santa Fe New Mexico a few times over the years, but not in awhile, so was curious to see how it had changed since my last visit. While the last two times I had stayed in the ...

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The Decadent Hermitage Hotel, The Only 5 Star Property in Nashville

The Decadent Hermitage Hotel, The Only 5 Star Property in Nashville

by Renee Blodgett on Apr 22, 2015

The only 5 star hotel in Nashville Tennessee is the notorious and historical Hermitage Hotel, where we stayed for part of our trip to the magical musical city this past January. Imagine Southern hospitality and all of the comforts of ...

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Dreamcatcher, a Taos New Mexico STAY With A Whole Lotta Charm

Dreamcatcher, a Taos New Mexico STAY With A Whole Lotta Charm

by Renee Blodgett on Apr 21, 2015

Ever had that thought that one day you'd retire, get out of the rat race and open up a quaint B&B somewhere? John and Prudy left 'corporate life' to do precisely that in the center of quaint Taos New Mexico. Meet ...

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Find Serenity at the Mountain Harbor Resort & Turtle Cove Spa

Find Serenity at the Mountain Harbor Resort & Turtle Cove Spa

by Renee Blodgett on Apr 16, 2015

When you think of Arkansas as an avid traveler, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn't luxury spa treatments. Since we were already planning to spend time in Hot Springs Arkansas, which has a rich historical past and ...

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Meet Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, the Largest Hotel in Arkansas

Meet Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, the Largest Hotel in Arkansas

by Renee Blodgett on Apr 15, 2015

Driving through America's middle allows you to take several routes, the classic Route 66 being one of those. Given that it was winter, we geared our journey a little further south than we otherwise might knowing that I wanted to ...

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Arts

Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

by Renee Blodgett on Apr 28, 2015

Nashville’s renowned Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum recently unveiled a $100-million expansion, ...

Taos Pueblo, the Oldest Continuously Inhabited Community in the USA

Taos Pueblo, the Oldest Continuously Inhabited Community in the USA

by Renee Blodgett on Apr 25, 2015

When you arrive in Taos New Mexico, the name Taos Pueblo comes up in ...

Food/Wine

Foodie Alert: Charlottesville Virginia’s Culinary Finds

Foodie Alert: Charlottesville Virginia's Culinary Finds

by Jessica Festa on Apr 26, 2015

For the rumored birthplace of macaroni and cheese, Charlottesville, Virginia might have been flying ...

Introducing Labskaus in the Heart of Germany

Introducing Labskaus in the Heart of Germany

by Jessica Festa on Apr 23, 2015

Labskaus, a traditional North German dish. Photo courtesy of Jessica Festa. “It isn’t pretty. My ...

Asia

The Exotic India Himalayas & Lady Penelope Chetwode

The Exotic India Himalayas & Lady Penelope Chetwode

by Puneet Sidhu on Apr 25, 2015

I am reminded of yet another who was unable to repel the lure – ...

Scuba Diving Responsibly: A How To Guide!!

Scuba Diving Responsibly: A How To Guide!!

by Jessica Festa on Apr 23, 2015

Like campers and climbers have an ethic or code to live by – so ...

Pacific

Australia, From Blue Skies & Waterfalls to Blue Waters & Mountains

Australia, From Blue Skies & Waterfalls to Blue Waters & Mountains

by Sherry Ott on Apr 13, 2015

Last fall I won a trip for two to Australia’s Blue Mountains at the ...

10 Vegetarian Resorts & Experiences For Your Bucket List

10 Vegetarian Resorts & Experiences For Your Bucket List

by Jessica Festa on Apr 06, 2015

There are myriad ways to incorporate gastronomy into your travel experience, from a luxury ...

Products

The Growth & Trend of Smartphone Sensors

The Growth & Trend of Smartphone Sensors

by Tom Foremski on Apr 17, 2015

Intel Free Press reports on moves to harness smartphone sensors to help apps better personalize their services based on context... By Intel Free Press The 2013 film “Her” featured an operating system that could personalize itself to the user to the extent where ...

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UV Skinz Clothing Provides UV and UVB Radiation Protection

UV Skinz Clothing Provides UV and UVB Radiation Protection

by Renee Blodgett on Apr 01, 2015

I recently discovered the UV Skinz clothing line, which offers a variety of travel clothing options with built in UV and and UVB radiation protection. Yes, really -- there's a clothing line that protects you from the sun's harmful rays, which ...

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3 Useful & Must Have Gadgets for the Travel Photographer

3 Useful & Must Have Gadgets for the Travel Photographer

by Rich Laburn on Mar 30, 2015

Traveling in nature and being out in the wilderness is a life changing experience for most. But, for photographers, it can be the experience of a lifetime, especially if they're in the middle of untamed territory or shooting wildlife on ...

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The Pros of a Selfie Stick for the Avid Traveler

The Pros of a Selfie Stick for the Avid Traveler

by Jessica Festa on Mar 28, 2015

The selfie stick has been getting a bad rap. Not only is it now officially banned in many major museums around the world to help keep collections safe and disruptions to a minimum, but the New York Post called it ...

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Testing the Adisi Tent in Taiwan

Testing the Adisi Tent in Taiwan

by MJ Klein on Mar 26, 2015

Our latest camping adventure in Taiwan was in Guoxing where we used a brand named Adisi, which is a Taiwanese home grown brand. The tent structure remains attached to the quick-setup frame, so you don’t have to take it down. These very clever joints ...

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South America

Top 10 To Do’s in Medellin Colombia

Top 10 To Do's in Medellin Colombia

by Jessica Festa on Apr 17, 2015

Looking to explore Medellin, Colombia, like a local? Pablo Alvarez-Correa, a native, shares his ...

Guayaquil Ecuador, Where Heart & Culture Meet the Sea

Guayaquil Ecuador, Where Heart & Culture Meet the Sea

by Lainie Liberti on Apr 09, 2015

After a ton of research on Guayaquil, Ecuador, a city only 3 hours from ...

Central America

10 Vegetarian Resorts & Experiences For Your Bucket List

10 Vegetarian Resorts & Experiences For Your Bucket List

by Jessica Festa on Apr 06, 2015

There are myriad ways to incorporate gastronomy into your travel experience, from a luxury ...

6 Fun Retreats for a Mixture of Wellness, Yoga & Adventure

6 Fun Retreats for a Mixture of Wellness, Yoga & Adventure

by Jessica Festa on Mar 18, 2015

2) Green Yoga & Permaculture (Guatemala) Journey to sacred Mayan land in San Marcos La ...

Africa

Top 5 Sights to Explore Monastir Tunisia

Top 5 Sights to Explore Monastir Tunisia

by Jonny Scott Blair on Apr 27, 2015

My 100th country odyssey continued as we headed on a train south out of ...

Oh Those South African Flowers…

Oh Those South African Flowers...

by Fred Hatman on Apr 23, 2015

We humans can learn so much from the natural order of things. This is ...

Green

Learning How Aloe Vera Works Wonders at a Curaçao Plantation

Learning How Aloe Vera Works Wonders at a Curaçao Plantation

by Renee Blodgett on Dec 19, 2014

If you read We Blog the World often enough, you know that we're huge ...

Learn How To Be A Responsible Traveler: Top Blogs That Share Best Practices

Learn How To Be A Responsible Traveler: Top Blogs That Share Best Practices

by Jessica Festa on Nov 25, 2014

  Few things in life are more exciting and rewarding than international travel. Travel opens ...

 

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The Allure of Oklahoma’s Wide Open Plains & Dancing Clouds

The Allure of Oklahoma's Wide Open Plains & Dancing Clouds

by Renee Blodgett on Apr 27, 2015

It wasn't the first time I had been to Oklahoma ...

Transitions: Reflections From the Urban Bronx to Rural Virginia

Transitions: Reflections From the Urban Bronx to Rural Virginia

by Renee Blodgett on Mar 24, 2015

Preparing oneself mentally for leaving America's East Coast and its ...

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