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  • Five Awesome Gifts for the Traveler in Your Life

    Five Awesome Gifts for the Traveler in Your Life

    Black Friday … The first sign that the holiday shopping season is in full swing. The older I get, the more I hate to venture out into the crowds and the madness. Black Friday has become more of a spectator sport for me, watching the shenanigans on the news from the comfort of my couch, pie in hand.

    That doesn’t mean I don’t like to shop. In fact, I consider myself a ninja in the gift buying arena. There is nothing more satisfying that finding THAT perfect gift for those special someones in your life.

    Take the frequent traveler. I have selected five of my favorite travel items that will make perfect gifts for the person who love to travel.

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  • Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey Bolognese #Recipe

    Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey Bolognese #Recipe

    If you’re anything like me by the time Thanksgiving is said and done, I have had enough of the ‘fixins’ so I went in search of an un-turkey like recipe and found a simple & quick one by Giada. Buon Appetito!

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  • Leftover Turkey: Turkey a la King #Recipe

    Leftover Turkey: Turkey a la King #Recipe

      There are so many great dishes to make from Turkey leftovers it’s almost impossible to narrow it down to one. Turkey a la King is simple, filling and can be put together in minutes. It may be called Turkey a la King, but it’s fit for a Queen! 

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  • Austria farm-to-table is a way of life! Gemütlichkeit! #MyAustrianEvening

    Austria farm-to-table is a way of life! Gemütlichkeit! #MyAustrianEvening

    In Austria farm-to-table is not just a movement, it’s a way of life. It’s all about Gemütlichkeit! Gemütlichkeit, is about fellowship and hospitality enjoyed with friends old and new. It is a table beautifully set, with flowers, fine china and crystal. It is about food, expertly and lovingly prepared from the best ingredients. It is about wine, free flowing and toasts to friendship and good times. Gemütlichkeit embodies what Austria is all about.

    We had the pleasure and privilege to experience Gemütlichkeit first hand at a dinner hosted by the Austrian Tourism Office in Brooklyn’s Red Hook,. The dinner, so artfully prepared by Austrian Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner, was one of the most memorable we have ever had. The setting was a gorgeous waterfront loft with views of the Manhattans skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Every intricate detail was carried out to perfection, from the wines selected by Leo Schneemann to the gorgeous tablescape to the sounds of Mozart and Haydn played by the Brooklyn Symphony. Saying it was magical would be an understatement.

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  • “TECHcessory” The Power of Purple: Feel Good, Do Good #VZWbuzz

    “TECHcessory” The Power of Purple: Feel Good, Do Good #VZWbuzz

    “TECHcessory” The Power of Purple: Feel Good, Do Good Technology makes our daily lives easier. I’d be lost without my smart phone, my plethora of apps and gadgets. They have become my personal accessories, much like a string of pearls was back in the 1950s. Nary a meal passes without me posting a photo of what I am about to eat. Technology makes it possible for me to check in at airports, get directions to where I’m going, make hotel reservations, book […]

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  • GODIVA Takes Chocolate Lovers Around the World in Six Bites

    GODIVA Takes Chocolate Lovers Around the World in Six Bites

    What’s not to love! Two of our favorite things: Travel and Chocolate …

    GODIVA Chocolatier has created Chef Inspirations – Flavors of the World limited edition chocolate collection. Curated by GODIVA’s international chefs, Flavors of the World is inspired by their culinary journeys across the globe, and the unique local ingredients they have encountered. The chocolates incorporate deliciously surprising flavor profiles to allow chocolate lovers to travel the world in six bites.

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  • Falcon’s Fury: North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower

    Falcon’s Fury: North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower

    Falcon’s Fury stands at 335 feet and takes riders soaring 60mph straight down. At the ride’s highest point Busch Gardens has added an element of surprise; like its bird of prey namesake, riders pivot 90 degrees in midair to a face-down dive position. An instant later, riders plunge with speed and power that they’ve never experienced before.

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  • Regal Princess to debut Night Sky Lounge this fall

    Regal Princess to debut Night Sky Lounge this fall

    The top-deck Retreat Pool will transform into the new Night Sky Lounge one night during each cruise, inviting guests to enjoy an upbeat and modern, South Miami-style nightclub vibe, including atmospheric pool and furniture lighting, glowing drinks and a DJ spinning tunes on a state-of-the-art audio system

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  • Carnival Cruise Lines serving Cigar City Brewing’s craft beers

    Carnival Cruise Lines serving Cigar City Brewing’s craft beers

    Capitalizing on the growing popularity of craft beer in the U.S., Carnival Cruise Lines has entered into an exclusive agreement to offer Tampa-based Cigar City Brewing’s craft beers on all of its Florida-based ships. Beginning July 13, 2014, Cigar City’s Florida Cracker Belgian-Style White Ale and Invasion Pale Ale will be available on 13 Carnival ships sailing from five Florida ports.  Combined, those ships carry more than two million guests each year.  The agreement — the first partnership of this […]

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  • A trip to Molokai is an elixir for your mind, body and spirit #SeeMolokai

    A trip to Molokai is an elixir for your mind, body and spirit #SeeMolokai

    A trip to Molokai is an elixir for your mind, body and spirit. It is a great stress reliever, a delicious departure from day to day life, an escape to the extraordinary. It is a place to experience new things, challenge your limits, come face to face with your fears, soak in tradition and history, bask in the the sunlight, meditate in the mist, culture, breathe in the beauty of the island and its people, soul search or simply relax.

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  • Kalaupapa National Historical Park: Bittersweet Beauty #SeeMolokai

    Kalaupapa National Historical Park: Bittersweet Beauty #SeeMolokai

    Kalaupapa National Historical Park is bittersweet, not the kind of place you travel to buy souvenirs. It is the kind of place from which you bring back lasting memories. Novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer, Robert Louis Stevenson described it as a prison fortified by nature. It is not easy to get to but so worth the effort. On the Hawaiian island of Molokai, it is surrounded by the crashing waves of the pacific ocean on three sides and 1,700 ft high sea cliffs on the other. There is to say the least, limited access to the peninsula. You can fly in by small plane, hike or ride on mule back down the 2.9 mile steep trail with 26 switchbacks and the most breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Unless you are a guest of one of the few residents, the only way to visit is with Damien Tours. Very exclusive, only 100 people are permitted to enter daily, and that includes resident’s guests.

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  • An Intimate Look Alaska’s Inside Passage

    An Intimate Look Alaska’s Inside Passage

    One of our very favorite summer vacations last August (and perhaps of all time) was a trip aboard the Uncruise Safari Endeavor giving us an intimate look Alaska’s inside passage.
    Uncruise specializes in small group travel. In other words, each ship carries under one-hundred passengers making it easier for them to get in and out of places large cruise ships can’t go.

    On our cruise we got to explore Alaska’s inside passage without ever stopping at a port for the week we were on board. While at first we thought we might lose our minds being unplugged for seven days, we quickly embraced the notion and were able to experience the real Alaska. Life onboard the ship was like no other. The passengers and crew became acquainted quickly and everyone seemed more like friends than strangers.

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  • PJ (Pack) McKenna at Sloppy Joe's in Havana , Cuba 1930

    A Storybook Journey: Ancestry Travel

    As a part of Expedia’s Find Your Storybook campaign, we are exploring the theme of Ancestry Travel. My Storybook journey is taking me backwards, through decades of family history. I haven’t traveled a single mile since my search began and yet my Storybook is taking me around the world. Of course that won’t be the case for long. The more research I do, the more interesting stories I read about my kin, about the places they have lived, breathed and […]

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  • Do you have what it takes to be a great Phonetographer? See and hear what you’ve been missing!

    Do you have what it takes to be a great Phonetographer? See and hear what you’ve been missing!

    Do you have what it takes to be a great Phonetographer? Perhaps you’re not even sure what a phonetographer is?

    The urban Dictionary defines Phonetographer as “One who is always taking photos with the camera in their phone. Most often artsy photos that end up posted on social network sites like Facebook.” Ever since camera phones came into existence we have been sharing everything from the food we eat to every move we make in the infamous selfie.

    What are some of the benefits of being a phonetographer?

    Regardless of where you are, your phone is usually with you. If it’s not, more than likely you are in the throws of a severe panic attack.

    It’s easy to carry. Slip it in your pocket and you’re good to go.

    The technology is king and while it’s pretty sophisticated even I can use it, and use it well. It’s idiot proof. Take the Nokia Lumia Icon. It takes HD video and it has four built in speakers. Add to that a 20-megapixel camera with a single–finger zoom and you’ve got a pretty darn good chance at taking some fabulous photos.

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  • Video: Vail Tips from the Mountain Top #NokiaIcon

    Video: Vail Tips from the Mountain Top #NokiaIcon

    I went to Vail and got “Tips from the Mountain Top” on my Nokia Icon.

    If you don’t know how to ski (and I don’t) navigating with the weight of the layers of clothes, boots and skis is challenging enough. Add to the mix balancing with a camera and all bets are off. Enter Nokia Icon, a game changer for me. I slipped it into my jacket pocket, hopped on the gondola and headed up the mountain to meet my ski instructor Christy Remeta, a 16 year veteran on Vail mountain. Christy was amazing. She immediately got my focus on where it should be, skiing, versus the “what ifs” that were running rampant through my helmeted head. What if I fall? What if I break something?

    Under Christy expert tutelage I focussed, my fears subsided and I was able to enjoy the moment, the mountain and the learning to ski experience. The Vail Ski School is on top of the mountain which is absolutely amazing! Even if you never progress from the bunny hill, you get the same breathtaking view of ‘real skiers’. It was gorgeous and the perfect backdrop to ask Christy for a few tips about skiing Vail.

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