Events & Festivals

Hit Australia in January for a (Second) Summer of Sport

Hit Australia in January for a (Second) Summer of Sport

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 20, 2014

With the FIFA World Cup underway and two major sporting events - the Tour de France and Wimbledon - set to kick off soon in the UK, Brits are in for an exciting sporting summer. However, if you just can’t ...

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Vanishing Tastes Festival in Alaçati Turkey

Vanishing Tastes Festival in Alaçati Turkey

by Susan McKee on Aug 16, 2014

  Here’s a foodie fest for the cognoscenti: The Vanishing Tastes Festival set for October 10, 11 and 12, 2014, Alaçati, Turkey. Alaçati is an Aegean town on the western coast of Izmir Province in Turkey, which is known for its architecture, ...

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Live Entertainment & Great Food at the Annual Arizona Taco Fest in October

Live Entertainment & Great Food at the Annual Arizona Taco Fest in October

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 13, 2014

The Arizona Taco Fest is returning to Salt River Fields October 18 & 19 for its 5th year. This ‘Taco-Topia’ will serve an estimated 100,000 tacos to an expected 25,000 attendees and offers plenty of live entertainment including the Ay ...

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Rhône Valley’s La Cité du Chocolat for Interactive Experiences

Rhône Valley's La Cité du Chocolat for Interactive Experiences

by Susan McKee on Aug 11, 2014

  Attention chocoholics: Valrhona has opened its Cité du Chocolat in the heart of France’s Rhône Valley, on the Drôme/Ardèche county border. The Cité is next to Valrhona’s historic chocolate factory in the town centre of Tain l’Hermitage. You can journey to ...

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The Annual Minnesota Garlic Festival in August

The Annual Minnesota Garlic Festival in August

by Susan McKee on Aug 10, 2014

  Although the focus is on the growing, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to eat garlic at the Minnesota Garlic Festival. Check out the cooking demonstrations and the Official Garlic Festival Cookbook, but be sure not to miss the “the best ephemeral ...

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North America

Taking in the Best Sites of Mexico City

Taking in the Best Sites of Mexico City

by Jim Bamboulis on Aug 20, 2014

From 15,000 feet up in the air, as we approach the airport, the first ...

New York Urban Art Meets a Chic Winery

New York Urban Art Meets a Chic Winery

by Jessica Festa on Aug 15, 2014

What do you get when you mix local artwork, New York wines, small-batch whiskeys, ...

Europe

I Think His Name Was Remi…

I Think His Name Was Remi...

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 17, 2014

Or it was something like that. He was nearly bald although i think on ...

Vanishing Tastes Festival in Alaçati Turkey

Vanishing Tastes Festival in Alaçati Turkey

by Susan McKee on Aug 16, 2014

  Here’s a foodie fest for the cognoscenti: The Vanishing Tastes Festival set for October ...

Lodging

Soak up Luxury & Top Notch Service at Tokyo’s New Otani Hotel

Soak up Luxury & Top Notch Service at Tokyo's New Otani Hotel

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 16, 2014

In July, I had a unique opportunity to stay the incredible 5 star New Otani Hotel in Tokyo Japan, which is part of the Otani chain of hotels headquartered in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. New Otani Hotels operates 18 hotels in ...

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Five Star Luxury at Bali’s Grand Mirage Resort

Five Star Luxury at Bali's Grand Mirage Resort

by Robert Schrader on Aug 15, 2014

  The five-star Bali resort, Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali, is exquisitely situated on the beige powdery sand-beach pointing the azure Indian Ocean. It is renowned as a leading resort that delivers unbeatable all-inclusive experiences. Once you book the all-inclusive ...

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Long Island Summer Stay: The Garden City Hotel

Long Island Summer Stay: The Garden City Hotel

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 12, 2014

Unless you're familiar with greater New York, you may not necessarily think of beaches and summer fun when you think of Long Island New York. If you want to explore beaches in Long Island, but don't want to deal with ...

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The Marriott Westchester, a Stone’s Throw from Historic Hudson Valley

The Marriott Westchester, a Stone's Throw from Historic Hudson Valley

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 10, 2014

If you don't know Tarrytown New York, it's worth checking out next time you're in the New York City area. An hour or so north of the city near Elmsford New York lies quaint Tarrytown, which is oozing with history ...

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Take in the Uluru Sunrise at Longitude 131 Down Under

Take in the Uluru Sunrise at Longitude 131 Down Under

by Sherry Ott on Aug 07, 2014

I found myself wandering around the aisles glancing at magazines while trying to listen to the announcements on the airport PA system. As my eyes rolled over the massive amount of paparazzi photos and ridiculous headlines, one cover with a ...

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Arts

Cabaret On Broadway, as Good as Ever

Cabaret On Broadway, as Good as Ever

by Jessica Tiare Bowen on Aug 14, 2014

“What good is sitting alone in your room? Come, hear the music play. Life ...

A New Heart for Paris – the Renovation of the Forum des Halles Shopping Centre

A New Heart for Paris – the Renovation of the Forum des Halles Shopping Centre

by David Tovey on Aug 12, 2014

My wife grew up in the Centre of Paris and can recall going to ...

Food/Wine

Eating Your Way Through the Jungles of Guatemala

Eating Your Way Through the Jungles of Guatemala

by Jessica Festa on Aug 21, 2014

Tikal. Photo courtesy of mtsrs. On a recent trip to Guatemala, I met a woman ...

Vanishing Tastes Festival in Alaçati Turkey

Vanishing Tastes Festival in Alaçati Turkey

by Susan McKee on Aug 16, 2014

  Here’s a foodie fest for the cognoscenti: The Vanishing Tastes Festival set for October ...

Asia

The Awe-Inspiring Kiyomizu-dera Temple In Kyoto Japan

The Awe-Inspiring Kiyomizu-dera Temple In Kyoto Japan

by Jessica Festa on Aug 16, 2014

Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan‘s Eastern Mountain Area was established during the eighth century. ...

Soak up Luxury & Top Notch Service at Tokyo’s New Otani Hotel

Soak up Luxury & Top Notch Service at Tokyo's New Otani Hotel

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 16, 2014

In July, I had a unique opportunity to stay the incredible 5 star New ...

Pacific

Hit Australia in January for a (Second) Summer of Sport

Hit Australia in January for a (Second) Summer of Sport

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 20, 2014

With the FIFA World Cup underway and two major sporting events - the Tour ...

Ballooning: Taking in “Down Under” From “Up Above”

Ballooning: Taking in Down Under From Up Above

by Sherry Ott on Aug 15, 2014

The first time I ever went up in a hot air balloon we had ...

Products

Stylish Yakima Bike Racks, a Step Beyond Robust & Functional

Stylish Yakima Bike Racks, a Step Beyond Robust & Functional

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 14, 2014

We discovered Yakima bike racks after several hours of fishing on the web and a couple of days of researching options for travelers. Since we're doing a lot of car travel in New England this summer, we thought we'd test ...

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Meet the Fun & Comfy Arcopédico Shoe Line, Ideal for Women Travelers

Meet the Fun & Comfy Arcopédico Shoe Line, Ideal for Women Travelers

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 11, 2014

I discovered Arcopédico recently and since I'm always on the look out for great clothing, bags, accessories, shoes and technology gear for travelers, the Arcopedico shoe line jumped out. In my research for comfortable travel shoes, I kept reading comments ...

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Ztylus So You Can Shoot Better SmartPhone Photos

Ztylus So You Can Shoot Better SmartPhone Photos

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 05, 2014

I just discovered the ZTYLUS, a nifty product that adds "photographic lens" value to your Samsung Galaxy and iPhone. Essentially, the fixture brings additional quality and options to your smartphone. Imagine a professional grade camera rolled into one sleek and ...

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iStick Gives a Huge Boost to Your iPhone & iPad Memory

iStick Gives a Huge Boost to Your iPhone & iPad Memory

by Renee Blodgett on Aug 02, 2014

Meet the ever so cool iStick, a new product I discovered at CE Week early this summer, that was funded through Kickstarter in May. Designed for both the iPhone and iPad, the iStick touts its claim as the world's first USB ...

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SCOTTEVEST Travel Jackets & Vests for Men & Women Boast Up to 24 Pockets

SCOTTEVEST Travel Jackets & Vests for Men & Women Boast Up to 24 Pockets

by Renee Blodgett on Jul 16, 2014

The SCOTTEVEST SeV Lola Jacket recently arrived on my doorstep, a very soft and and lightweight jacket with 17 pockets -- yes 17. It's a great option for women travelers who want something lightweight they can pack for colder travel ...

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South America

Meandering Through Brazil One Photo at a Time

Meandering Through Brazil One Photo at a Time

by Robert Schrader on Aug 08, 2014

The World Cup. Brazil. Don't they go together? “I hope they lose,” he said, ...

Spa Fun in Argentina & Mexico

Spa Fun in Argentina & Mexico

by Susan McKee on Aug 06, 2014

  If there’s anything more delightful than a spa treatment, it’s a flavorful one. Hilton ...

Central America

Eating Your Way Through the Jungles of Guatemala

Eating Your Way Through the Jungles of Guatemala

by Jessica Festa on Aug 21, 2014

Tikal. Photo courtesy of mtsrs. On a recent trip to Guatemala, I met a woman ...

Top 5 Things To Do & See in Costa Rica

Top 5 Things To Do & See in Costa Rica

by Mariellen Ward on Jul 19, 2014

Would you love to see crocodiles up close, in the wild? Or go horseback ...

Africa

Check Out This African Bucket List

Check Out This African Bucket List

by Francis Tapon on Aug 14, 2014

Three times the size of the United States, the continent of Africa is especially ...

Tips on What to Wear to Morocco as a Woman

Tips on What to Wear to Morocco as a Woman

by Harriet Constable on Aug 12, 2014

In the ancient lanes of Morocco kittens scramble over chicken bones while Berbers nonchalantly guard ...

Green

Aspen Ideas Festival 2014: Challenging Limitations

Aspen Ideas Festival 2014: Challenging Limitations

by Sam Perry on Jul 10, 2014

The 10th anniversary Aspen Ideas Festival, produced by the Aspen Institute in collaboration with ...

The Aspen IdeasFestival Turns 10

The Aspen IdeasFestival Turns 10

by Sam Perry on Jul 03, 2014

In keeping with the spirit of "WeBlogTheWorld" and having a global perspective, I flew ...

 

Renee’s Voice

The Winners of the 2014 Travel + Leisure Smitty Awards

The Winners of the 2014 Travel + Leisure Smitty Awards

by Renee Blodgett on Jul 13, 2014

This year's Travel + Leisure Smitty Awards recently announced their ...

Celebrating the Fourth of July Fireworks in the Bronx

Celebrating the Fourth of July Fireworks in the Bronx

by Renee Blodgett on Jul 05, 2014

There are firework celebrations and there are fireworks celebrations. If ...

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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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