Events & Festivals

Surf Summit, Where Technology, Entrepreneurism & Surfing Meet

Surf Summit, Where Technology, Entrepreneurism & Surfing Meet

by Renee Blodgett on Nov 19, 2014

Imagine a conference that combines surfing, technology and entrepreneurship on Ireland's magical wild coast. A subset if you will of Dublin's Web Summit, the first ever held Surf Summit brought 200 attendees to the west coast of Ireland to join in ...

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Cancún-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival & Private Cooking Classes

Cancún-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival & Private Cooking Classes

by Susan McKee on Nov 18, 2014

  The fourth annual Cancún-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival takes place March 12 through 15, 2015, in several venues on the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It will include two dozen events featuring Mexican, Spanish and other world gastronomy. Honored chefs include ...

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Bordeaux Under One Roof in NYC & Los Angeles

Bordeaux Under One Roof in NYC & Los Angeles

by Susan McKee on Nov 15, 2014

  There will be two Bordeaux Under One Roof events in the United States this year. The fourth annual New York City event is November 13, 2014. The new Bordeaux Under One Roof event will be in Los Angeles November 18, ...

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The Denver International Wine Festival Kicks Off On November 18

The Denver International Wine Festival Kicks Off On November 18

by Susan McKee on Nov 14, 2014

  The 10th annual Denver International Wine Festival is set for November 18 through 21, 2014, at the Omni Interlocken Resort, 500 Interlocken Boulevard, Broomfield, Colorado. Headliner is celebrity chef and author Sara Moulton, who will be the honorary host of the ...

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Where Irish Music Meets Food & Tech in Dublin

Where Irish Music Meets Food & Tech in Dublin

by Renee Blodgett on Nov 07, 2014

I attended the Google dinner and party as part of Web Summit this past week in Dublin. On the agenda, in addition to incredible food, Google tech culture and conversation? Irish music of course. Enjoy! Irish beer of course. Google's youthful culture ...

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North America

Those Awe-Inspiring & Breathtaking Nantucket Sunsets

Those Awe-Inspiring & Breathtaking Nantucket Sunsets

by Renee Blodgett on Nov 20, 2014

Nantucket is a magical place. Known for so many things, but one of them ...

Annette Conlon Reclaims Her Voice on ‘Life, Death and the Spaces Between’

Annette Conlon Reclaims Her Voice on 'Life, Death and the Spaces Between'

by Deborah Crooks on Nov 19, 2014

I've known songwriter Annette Conlon for nearly as long as I've been recording music. ...

Europe

Beyond Windsor Castle & Eton in England’s Berkshire

Beyond Windsor Castle & Eton in England's Berkshire

by Jonny Scott Blair on Nov 22, 2014

My recent travels in England took me to the town of Windsor (& Eton) ...

Romania Train Travel: From Bucharest to Campulung Moldovenesc

Romania Train Travel: From Bucharest to Campulung Moldovenesc

by Jonny Scott Blair on Nov 21, 2014

Since I hate mundane, repetitive routines when I travel, I found myself in Romania ...

Lodging

5 Transformative Stays in the Land of Jordan

5 Transformative Stays in the Land of Jordan

by Jessica Festa on Nov 23, 2014

For those traveling to Jordan, there are an array of experiential hotels that allow visitors a glimpse into local culture in an eco-friendly way. Your accommodation is one of the most influential parts of your vacation, with the potential to enhance ...

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Private Villa or Agritourismo in Umbria’s Countryside?

Private Villa or Agritourismo in Umbria’s Countryside?

by Donna Sozio on Nov 20, 2014

Before you begin reading, first pour yourself a glass of proseco and toast yourself. Why? Because you have chosen to leave the road most traveled (Rome, Florence, Venice) and venture into Umbria – the green heart of Italy - where ...

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The Charming Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa in Windsor

The Charming Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa in Windsor

by Jonny Scott Blair on Nov 19, 2014

It was another inspiring journey as I left behind the lights of crowded London for a night of relaxation and luxury by the River Thames in the town of Windsor in Berkshire, England. While I took in the sites of ...

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Dublin’s Very Centrally Located Trinity City Hotel For Optimum Site Seeing

Dublin's Very Centrally Located Trinity City Hotel For Optimum Site Seeing

by Renee Blodgett on Nov 08, 2014

I've been to Dublin several times and stayed at some of the more classic/traditional hotels in the city center, ones that tout themselves as being prime for business travel. Meet the Trinity City Hotel, which I found to be a ...

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Sleeping in Oheka Castle…The One From Citizen Kane

Sleeping in Oheka Castle...The One From Citizen Kane

by Jessica Tiare Bowen on Nov 02, 2014

It’s always exciting when a bucket list item can be checked off your list, exceeding the expectations you’ve set in your mind. Somewhere on my list (ahem, #72) was “sleep in a castle.”  Regardless, I never would have expected an opportunity ...

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Arts

Sculpteo 3D Printing Engine Will Replicate You In Miniature

Sculpteo 3D Printing Engine Will Replicate You In Miniature

by Renee Blodgett on Nov 22, 2014

For those in the technology "know," you have seen that there's been significant advances ...

Walking Through Tokyo’s Cultural & Very Alive Shinjuku District

Walking Through Tokyo's Cultural & Very Alive Shinjuku District

by Renee Blodgett on Nov 22, 2014

I was told about the Shinjuku (新宿) district when I first arrived in Tokyo, ...

Food/Wine

Finding Homemade Canadian Cooking in Taipei

Finding Homemade Canadian Cooking in Taipei

by Carrie Kellenberger on Nov 20, 2014

Being a Canadian who has lived in Taiwan since 2006, I can say with ...

Learning All Things Grapes & Wine During Harvest Season in Virginia

Learning All Things Grapes & Wine During Harvest Season in Virginia

by Jessica Festa on Nov 19, 2014

Sepia-toned movies like French Kiss, Sideways and A Good Year paint a romantic image ...

Asia

Kyoto’s Magical and Mysterious Bamboo Forest

Kyoto's Magical and Mysterious Bamboo Forest

by Renee Blodgett on Nov 22, 2014

I've always found bamboo to be fascinating. Sure, it has been used to manufacture ...

How, Why and Where India Will Transform You…

How, Why and Where India Will Transform You...

by Jessica Festa on Nov 22, 2014

India is a land which has a rich ancient history and deep cultural roots. A ...

Pacific

Is There Really a National Dish of Australia?

Is There Really a National Dish of Australia?

by Rich Laburn on Nov 13, 2014

Anna writes in her quest to find the National Dish of Australia on her ...

Parasailing Over Queenstown New Zealand

Parasailing Over Queenstown New Zealand

by Kelli Mutchler on Nov 10, 2014

Parachutes have a way of eliminating excess weight – like the leftover pounds of ...

Products

Sculpteo 3D Printing Engine Will Replicate You In Miniature

Sculpteo 3D Printing Engine Will Replicate You In Miniature

by Renee Blodgett on Nov 22, 2014

For those in the technology "know," you have seen that there's been significant advances in 3D printing lately, a prototyping process that makes it possible to create an actual object from a 3D file. The object is formed by applying successive layers ...

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Panamap, the Multilayer Map That Changes In the Palm of Your Hand

Panamap, the Multilayer Map That Changes In the Palm of Your Hand

by Renee Blodgett on Nov 17, 2014

Meet the Panamap, an award-winning printed map that reveals different layers (subways, streets and neighbourhoods) depending on how it is held in your hand. It is manufactured using a patented printing technology that effectively allows users to reference three maps in ...

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Fun & Colorful SonicFuel Headphones Make Great Travel Companions

Fun & Colorful SonicFuel Headphones Make Great Travel Companions

by Renee Blodgett on Nov 14, 2014

I'm now testing out a couple pair of SonicFuel headphones. Below is the SonicFuel ATH-CKX7iS in a fun purple -- one of the great things about their headphones is the choice of vibrant colors you can choose from and that's of ...

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Web Summit 2014 Roundup: NEW Travel Apps You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Web Summit 2014 Roundup: NEW Travel Apps You've Probably Never Heard Of

by Renee Blodgett on Nov 10, 2014

At the fourth annual Web Summit event in Dublin from November 4-6, 2014, 22,000 people from around the world came to see new gadgets, get cool demos and hear the latest scoop on where technology is heading. Since we love ...

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Stylish PulseOn Makes Heart Rate Monitoring Easier Than Ever

Stylish PulseOn Makes Heart Rate Monitoring Easier Than Ever

by Renee Blodgett on Nov 06, 2014

I came across the ever so cool PulseOn watches at a trade show event earlier this year. A surprising factoid is that these watches are designed and developed in of all places, Finland. The company is a spin-off from Nokia ...

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South America

A Las Laderas Peru Home Building Project

A Las Laderas Peru Home Building Project

by Sherry Ott on Nov 18, 2014

    Las Laderas – an impoverished community outside of Lima where we were to build ...

Taking in the Best of Quito Culture

Taking in the Best of Quito Culture

by Megan McDonough on Nov 14, 2014

I spent four days in Quito and while I could have easily stayed another ...

Central America

A City Guide: Where To Go & What To Do In Guatemala City

A City Guide: Where To Go & What To Do In Guatemala City

by Jonny Scott Blair on Oct 13, 2014

Guatemala City is a breathtaking beast of a city. An absolute beast pumped to ...

The Best of Latin America For Serious Foodies

The Best of Latin America For Serious Foodies

by Jessica Festa on Oct 02, 2014

Alongside Southeast Asia and China, Latin America is without a doubt the home of ...

Africa

Bone Dry African Bush and the Wildlife in It

Bone Dry African Bush and the Wildlife in It

by Rich Laburn on Nov 21, 2014

As the rains become more regular, we slowly start to accept the fact that ...

Defining Magic Moments in the South African Bush

Defining Magic Moments in the South African Bush

by Rich Laburn on Nov 19, 2014

Three years ago, I found myself staring at a huge male lion in southern ...

Green

Finding All Things Green in the Big Apple

Finding All Things Green in the Big Apple

by Jessica Tiare Bowen on Sep 05, 2014

  As the dog days of summer approach, make the most out of these last ...

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 ...

 

Renee’s Voice

The Comprehensive Quirky & Cultural Guide to Tokyo

The Comprehensive Quirky & Cultural Guide to Tokyo

by Renee Blodgett on Nov 14, 2014

I spent a few weeks in Tokyo over the summer, ...

A Sunday Stroll Through Paris While The Sun Bakes Your Face

A Sunday Stroll Through Paris While The Sun Bakes Your Face

by Renee Blodgett on Nov 12, 2014

I'm in a taxi whizzing down Boulevard de Magenta, one ...

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Spas/Retreats

5 Transformative Stays in the Land of Jordan

5 Transformative Stays in the Land of Jordan

by Jessica Festa on Nov 23, 2014