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Over a Million Flood Toronto’s Streets For The Nuit Blanche Art Festival

October 21, 2014 by  

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Nuit Blanche is an annual art festival that takes place in various cities around the world, including Toronto.  It starts at sunset and finishes up at sunrise. Over one million people flood the streets and take in the various exhibits scattered throughout the downtown. This is what it looked like on Queen Street West this year.   Queen Street West closed to traffic and open to thousands
  Queen Street West closed to traffic and open to thousands   Over the years, the festival itself has been great and other years, boring. Last year, dry. This year, fun and inspiring. People enjoyed themselves and the energy was great.One of the exhibits that really made it for me was the Global Rainbow. Created by Yvette Mattern, it consists of a ‘high specification laser light projection beaming in parallel horizontal lines creating a natural perspective horizon arc simulating a natural rainbow arc with a trajectory of up to 60 km’. Impressive. It wasn’t projecting that far but it can be seen from virtually any point in downtown Toronto. Three people supervise the installation from the top of a parking lot in Kensington Market, about 2km NNW of…

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Be Awed By Color, Wildlife & Nature During Fall In Finland

October 21, 2014 by  

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30 Pictures That Will Make You Want to Visit Finland “Finland is boring when there isn’t snow on the ground,” a Facebook friend warned me upon my jubilant check-in at Rovaniemi, the main airport serving the Finland’s northern Lapland region. “Autumn is a boring time of year in Finland.” His statement annoyed me, mainly because a cardinal travel rule of mine is never to rain on anyone else’s parade, even if they’re traveling in your least favorite place in the world. Moreover, as my friend Antti and I made our way through the Lappish forest toward a village that proudly describes itself as the “middle of nowhere,” I could see with my own eyes that my well-meaning friend was full of shit – the forest was literally on fire! OK, not literally. Anyway, my entire experience in Lapland was like something out of a fairytale: Building a fire and camping on my own land; hiking through and spending a night on a reindeer preserve; and exploring a remote landscape near the Russian border that seemed like Narnia, but on the moon. When I add my time in the impossibly charming Finnish capital of Helsinki – and…

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An Immersive Experience in the Helsinki Archipelago

October 20, 2014 by  

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I live in a very “work first, play later” way, in travel as well as in life. I capped off the month I spent in Indonesia earlier this year, for example, with four days in a remote archipelago that extends just west of Papua island. Raja Ampat might very well be the world’s last paradise, a fact that results from how difficult it is to get there – it takes 24 hours, even from Jakarta. I remember sitting in the back of a speedboat, more than 17 hours after having begun my journey on the island of Sulawesi, and as the light began to fade over the open ocean, feeling delighted by how isolated I already was. My trip had been a hard one (I covered as much ground in just a month as many other travelers do in two or three), and I looked forward to a destination where no real adventure – and, hopefully, not many other people – would await me. Robert Schrader in Finland Initially, it seemed like my wish had been granted. There were a few other travelers (and a couple families of locals) staying in the half-dozen huts…

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Trends & Indian Culture in the Work Environment

October 20, 2014 by  

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shutterstock_146703290 Earlier this week, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide announced its plan to move their global headquarters nearly 8,000 miles and ten time zones from Stamford Connecticut to India for the month of March 2015. The Times of India reports that this is the third temporary “leadership move” Starwood has undertaken, which fosters an innovative approach to developing a global business culture and fostering relationships in developing markets. Previously, Starwood Hotels has sent their executives to China in 2011 and Dubai in 2013. Starwood President and CEO, Frits Van Passen had this to say about the one-month move:
This is a particularly exciting time for us relocate to India. Its renewed focus on travel infrastructure is much needed, as travel demand is fueled by economic growth and a population expected to overtake China by 2030. We all know of India as a hotbed of technological innovation and global services. Coupled with the rise in entrepreneurship and investment, millions of people are joining its middle class every year. And, of course, this means millions of new travelers. At the same time, India is both unique and immensely diverse. Our extended time there will allow us to immerse ourselves and


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Union Street Coffee House, a Stone’s Throw From London Bridge & Borough Market

October 20, 2014 by  

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Roll up roll up, to the Union Street Coffee House in London. Run by the ‘Gentleman Baristas’ this newly opened coffee haven is situated close to London Bridge Station and the popular foodie destination of Borough Market. coffee london Conveniently close to the FT, where I’m based Monday to Friday, I popped in on my lunch for a hot chocolate and a chat with one of the ‘gentleman baristas’ himself, Henry C. A. W. Ayers.
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The idea behind the shop is ‘well mannered’ coffee, and Henry is an exemplar of this vibe. Charming and friendly with a very British moustache in tow, he pulled up a chair next to me and talked about the building’s origins dating back to the 17th century. It was originally a coffee house and a meeting place, then a butchers and the offices for the coffee federation but for the last year and a half it’s been empty.
 “The building opposite sold top hats, so we decided to theme the coffees around the idea”. Customers can drop in to and order their regular ‘top hat’ and sip away whilst indulging in a newspaper at Henry’s mum’s old kitchen table.


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Sustainable Stay: Buckland Studio 5 in Victoria Australia Touts Alpine Luxury

October 19, 2014 by  

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Buckland01 Modscape is known for its innovative architectural projects that defy widely-known concepts of building and green design with sustainable modular architecture. Located in Bright, Victoria in Australia you’ll find one of their newest projects: Buckland’s Studio 5. A one-bedroom bed & breakfast retreat, Buckland is designed to allow guests a comfortable indoor retreat with spacious rooms, a fireplace, and an open plan kitchen, living room and dining area that flows into an enormous outdoor deck. From each room, expansive views of the surrounding alpine countryside can be enjoyed, allowing guests to feel like they’re a part of the landscape. In true Modscape fashion, it’s also eco-friendly, showcasing a mix of old and new with elements of local natural stone, bamboo flooring, plantation timber, recycled steel, a solar-heated water system and Australian corrugated iron — all with a 6-star energy rating. Explains Modscape managing director Jan Gyrn, “The design forms part of a larger development which involved three additional luxury cabins designed and built on the property as part of the operating accommodation business. The structure is deliberately kept as one simple element so that the focus is on the surrounding landscape including the views…

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Favorite Coffee Picks in the Big Apple

October 19, 2014 by  

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new york coffee shops It won’t be surprising to hear that New York City is one of the most complex and diverse metropolises in the world. Food, fashion, architecture, history, culture…NYC is a hub for all of them. So too for coffee, especially in the last few years, as a host of gourmand caffeine purveyors has cropped up in the city, from Manhattan to Brooklyn and back again.

Here are five New York coffee shops to add to your itinerary:

1. Black Brick

new york coffee shops Photo courtesy of Black Brick New York City’s geographical heart may be Manhattan, but Brooklyn is becoming more and more of a New York cultural hub every day. Just off Williamsburg’s shopping thoroughfare Bedford Avenue, Black Brick is one of the best coffee spots in the borough. A den-like ambiance, communal tables and exquisite lattes make Black Brick the perfect stop for a caffeine hit and a Brooklyn moment. 300 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn

2. Oro

new york coffee shops Photo courtesy of Oro Easily miss-able on the calm end of Broome Street, Oro is a quiet highlight on the…

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A Whole Lotta Mexican Magic at Horchata in Greenwich Village

October 19, 2014 by  

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Horchata. A milky rice-based drink sweet spiced with cinnamon and chilled over ice. Horchata is also the name of one of New York City’s newest Mexican Restaurants, opened in Greenwich Village in May 2014 and serving a number of innovative horchata-based cocktails, among other interesting drinks and bites. Explains Manuel Trevino, executive chef at Horchata NYC, “We really loved the idea of naming the restaurant after a drink that has been around for ages that has a lot of meaning to those who grew up drinking horchata. Recipes for horchata are usually passed down generation to generation and are often regarded as a family treasure. The idea behind the traditional horchata beverage was always super intriguing to us due to the its long and cross-continental history.” While the exact origins of this drink are unclear, one thing is for certain: it’s a hit with almost everyone who tries it. Say the name “horchata” to any of your friends who have tried it and you’ll almost definitely receive an enthusiastic reaction. Horchata - New York, NY Horchata offers the chance to enjoy Mexican dining with festive food in an equally festive atmosphere. You’ll…

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