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Featured Member Blog Posts – February 2014 Archive (44)

Stand-up Paddle Boarding: YOLO (You Only Live Once)

We remember being told about YOLO (You Only Live Once) Stand-Up Paddle Boarding on a random trip to the Beaches of Walton, on the Florida panhandle.

A couple of beach-fit, broad-smiled  guys and ladies were balancing beautifully on small, colorful  board in a wide stream, polling themselves forward with skill, balance and great fun. They introduced us to…

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Added by Kaleel Sakakeeny on February 28, 2014 at 11:11am — No Comments

Top 10 Vacation Destinations in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a top world travel destination because it has something for everyone: tropical rainforest, green mountains, spectacular beaches, active volcanoes, wild rivers and lakes, and charming towns. The dry tropical forest and wide savannas of the north Pacific are as varied as the dense, steamy jungle of the south Pacific, the misty cool cloud forest high in the central mountains, and the distinctive character and culture of the Caribbean Coast as compared to the…

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Added by Shannon Farley on February 28, 2014 at 8:31am — No Comments

Greece's Island of Leros

Some Greek islands suffer from the effects of ‘kalimari and chips’ mass tourism. But, sometimes, you only need to take a short trip in a ferry or a kaiki to enter a different world altogether.

Let’s look at one of the lesser-known islands, Leros. There are jails and mental institutions here, and the name is similar to the Greek word for a rogue or a rascal. This…

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Added by Keith Kellett on February 25, 2014 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Meet the Adorable Sloths of Costa Rica



Sloth babies at the Sloth Sanctuary The latest celebrity stars of Costa Rica are cute and lovable, with masked furry faces that seem to smile beatifically. In a country full of…

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Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on February 25, 2014 at 6:46am — No Comments

Restaurant Etiquette in Paris

A new country means a new way of dining. And France is no exception. Food and eating out is a national obsession. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that dining etiquette is considered as important as the cuisine itself. Whether it’s Haute or casual fare dining, these few pointers will help you have a desirable experience in the City of Light and might just help you pass for a…
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on February 24, 2014 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Cabarete, Adventure Sports Capital of the Dominican Republic

A 40-minute drive east of Puerto Plata, Cabarete’s a phenom that started blossoming as a destination in the mid-1980s, as foreign visitors discovered the water, wind conditions, and nearly four miles of beach that have given this single-street town of…

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Added by Jose Balido on February 24, 2014 at 9:28am — No Comments

Apple Cider, the Pride of Asturias, Spain

It's apple harvest time, and it's another crisp Saturday night on Calle Gascona (below right) in downtown Oviedo, an old university city that's the genteel, postcard-pretty capital of emerald-green Asturias in north Spain, with happy-faced students and snazzy locals of all ages roaming the sloping three-block stretch and jamming the…

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Added by David Paul Appell on February 23, 2014 at 8:06am — No Comments

Things to Know About Hotel Rooms in Europe

Don't Expect This!

 

A Few Things to Know about Hotel Rooms in Europe

 

I learned about the basic American hotel room from Howard Johnson in the…

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Added by Susan Pohlman on February 22, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Bolzano - Great Food, Wine, and Skiing in Italy's South Tyrol

Bolzano is the capital of the province of Alto Adige (South Tyrol or Sudtirol) in Italy. Originally a Roman settlement, after the fall of the Roman Empire, immigrants arrived from Barvaria to the north, and it has been settled by German populations since then. Before World War 1, Bolzano was part of the Austro-Hungarian county of Tyrol, and became part of Italy at the end of…

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Added by Italiaoutdoors on February 21, 2014 at 3:13pm — No Comments

National Theater in San José, Costa Rica a Visitor Favorite

In the heart of San Jose, Costa Rica, the National Theatre (Teatro Nacional) remains one of the capital city’s most popular tourist attractions

The ornate Neo-Classical theatre is considered the finest historic building in San Jose, and is…

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Added by Shannon Farley on February 21, 2014 at 9:33am — No Comments

Cuando la Línea Recta No Es la Más Corta

Una de las primeras cosas que nos cuentan en el colegio cuando empezamos a estudiar geometría (geometría plana en realidad, pues esta es sólo una de muchas) es que la distancia más corta entre dos puntos en un plano la marca siempre una línea recta.



Años después, esto es algo…

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Added by Iberia Airlines on February 20, 2014 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Affordable Zurich: Hotels & Restaurants, Deals & Fun

by Denise Pulis

 

Beautiful Zurich, …

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Added by EnLinea Media on February 20, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Enter A Real Time Machine - The Newseum in Washington D.C.



I stepped out of my hotel and into a time machine.

 

Transported back, not in the typical resurrected town like Williamsburg, Va. or quaint seaport village like Mystic, Ct., but truly back where I remembered with emotions raw enough to bring tears to my eyes. I cried tears of…

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Added by Jim DeLillo on February 19, 2014 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Seniors on the Move: Sedona, Arizona

 

As I enjoy the autumn of my years, I have embraced a new found need for a search for passion. Not necessarily a steamy love affair, though that would not be out of the question; but rather a purpose to my life. My travels as a single senior female afford me the opportunity to enjoy that journey.

My most recent destination on this path to fulfillment was the sacred…

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Added by maryann virack on February 19, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Skiing in France for Less

Skiing on the cheap has always been a serious challenge. When we start booking your holiday and calculate the prices for accommodation, flights, equipment and lift passes, you may well start to wonder whether all this is seriously worthwhile. However,  if you are prepared to make your own travel arrangements, cut the accommodation expenses in half by renting a self-catered ski accommodation, shop around, avoid eating out three times a day and stay in the lesser-known resort, you can still…

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Added by Velimira Velikova on February 18, 2014 at 1:12pm — 1 Comment

'Mini Burning Man' Envision 2014 on Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast

2014-Envision-Festival-Costa-Rica Returning for its fourth year to Costa Rica’s southern Pacific Coast at Uvita, the Envision Festival will transform the…

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Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on February 18, 2014 at 9:18am — No Comments

Cooking in Le Marche, Italy in My PJ’s

On a rare, warm, spring-like winter night in a farmhouse in La Marche, Italy, it was also a bright sunny Sunday morning in California.  I was cutting up a chicken and potatoes in my PJ’s, while chef Jason Bartner, in La Marche, instructed me.  Jason told me to make sure my chicken was dry, and to use a towel—it won’t get stuck and it will wash.  All I had to do was roll out of…

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Added by Karsten Boone on February 17, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Artsy Szentendre, on Hungary's Danube Bend



Finding yourself in a Mediterranean village just 10 kilometers from Budapest is one of the surprises the Danube offers up to travelers.  The small town of Szentendre (Saint Andrew) is the gateway to the Danube Bend, a curve of Hungary’s most majestic river. The town retains its 18th and 19th century appearance and…

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Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on February 17, 2014 at 7:41am — No Comments

South Carolina Low Country Paradise at Wild Dunes Resort

Spend a few days in Charleston South Carolina's Low Country and you'll either hear about Wild Dunes Resort or be staying there. An iconic beach getaway across the harbor from downtown Charleston in Isle of Palms, Wild Dunes is a sanctuary from everyday hassles. This means you're not even getting inside the gates unless you're on…

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Added by Steve Mirsky on February 16, 2014 at 2:14pm — No Comments

The Magic of Itatiaia National Park in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro State

History

Itatiaia National Park is the first and so also the oldest National Park of Brazil. It was inaugurated in 1937 and covers almost 30.000 hectares of the

larger Environmental Protection Area of the Mantiqueira mountain range.

Getting there from Rio de Janeiro is a +/- 200 km drive via the BR116 (Rio – São Paulo). The distance from São Paulo is about 250 Km. I’m

lucky to live in Volta Redonda, which is…

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Added by Raf Kiss on February 15, 2014 at 12:57pm — No Comments

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