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Featured Member Blog Posts – December 2014 Archive (31)

Grape Expectations: A Latin New Year's Eve Tradition



New Year’s Eve in Spain
or Latin America is, not surprisingly, one of the prime party evenings of the year. It’s also pretty much inconceivable without the famous ritual of the “12 uvas de la suerte,” or twelve grapes of fortune. Basically,…

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Added by Jose Balido on December 31, 2014 at 6:26am — No Comments

Wild & Wonderful Water Adventures in Croatia

Starting to thing about sun, sand and sea or action, adventure and adrenaline for next spring and summer? It might not be an easy choice, but luckily, some places have it all.





Croatia has long been a hidden gem for travellers. In…

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Added by Velimira Velikova on December 30, 2014 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Pennsylvanía's Hotel Hershey: Iconic Stature, Stellar Cuisine

While the Great Depression gripped most of the world in 1931, Milton S. Hershey built an opulent hotel atop Pat's Hill overlooking his chocolate factory in Hershey Pennsylvania. The Hershey Hotel is truly a testament to the fact that greatness marches to the beat of a…

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Added by Steve Mirsky on December 29, 2014 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Aircraft Navigation - When a Straight Line Isn't the Shortest Distance







by Javier Pereira



One of the first things we learn in school about geometry (more specifically, plane geometry) is that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Obvious, right? And yet…



The fact is, this obvious truism is only true in two dimensions, as on a flat map,…

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Added by Iberia Airlines on December 28, 2014 at 11:57am — No Comments

Unforgettable New Year's Eve in Salvador, Brazil



At New Year‘s, Brazil is party land. The New Year‘s Eve celebration on the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro is renowned, but it‘s not only there that they…

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Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on December 27, 2014 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Top 6 Reasons to Visit Panama

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This fall marks 500 years since Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa “discovered” the Pacific Ocean while traipsing across the isthmus of Panama. That event changed mankind’s concept of geography and the world, and Panama has played a key role in world…

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Added by Jose Balido on December 26, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Fun Christmas Traditions in Costa Rica



In Costa Rica for Christmas there are plenty of events and activities happening. Find out the best things to do during the holiday season in Costa Rica, from parades and fairs to sparkling Christmas trees…

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Added by Shannon Farley on December 25, 2014 at 9:33am — No Comments

Aegialis Hotel and Spa on Greece's Amorgos Island – A Love Affair in Hospitality

The story of Amorgos Island is a tale of beauty. Folklore has it that adjacent islands in the Cyclades told a tale of a neighboring island where only beautiful women resided. This tale of omorfos (beauty) was folklore about the less traveled Amorgos Island.

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The Main Port of Amorgos – From The Aegialis Hotel &…

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Added by Nicholas Kontis on December 24, 2014 at 7:52am — No Comments

It's a Wonderful Life in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

Wellsboro, PA reminds us of the quality of life and friendly folks of Bedford Falls depicted in Frank Capra’s classic 1946 Christmas flick, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”



For one thing, Wellsboro has a wide grassy median down the center of Main Street (like in the movie), and…

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Added by The2Writers.com Page on December 23, 2014 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Discovering Plovdiv, Bulgaria's Second City



You will find Plovdiv
 at an hour’s distance from Sophia, Bulgaria. It’s the second most populated city of the country, built on both banks of the Maritsa River. The very first impression is pure urban as you approach the city -- multi-floor flats, concrete and steel.. However, things quickly get quite different!…

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Added by Maria Athanassopoulou on December 22, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Spain's Christmas Nativity Scene Tradition





Spain's mix of the modern and the traditional is second to none, in my opinion, but around the holidays, tradition naturally comes to the fore – and nowhere more in the case of Christmas than in the nativity scenes that pop up all over the country, in public and private.



Montar el belén, literally “setting up the Bethlehem,”…

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Added by David Paul Appell on December 21, 2014 at 3:12pm — 1 Comment

All-Season Escape in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

Incorporated in 1829, Waterville Valley is a New Hampshire village at the end of a winding scenic road just 15 miles off I-93, 2 hours from Boston surrounded by over 40,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest under a dramatic backdrop defined by 4000 foot mountain peaks.

You're as far as you want to be from anything resembling the hectic everyday…

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Added by Steve Mirsky on December 20, 2014 at 8:11am — No Comments

How to Make the Classic Irish Coffee

Irish coffee – that delicious hot drink combining coffee, good whiskey and cream – has become such a classic nowadays, that it hardly raises an eyebrow anymore. In fact, one might say that it has fallen out of fashion even. But once you try it, especially on a wet and cold evening, you will quickly become a fan! Why am I mentioning it here…

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Added by Zenaida des Aubris on December 19, 2014 at 10:43am — No Comments

Quepos, Costa Rica a Sport Fishing Mecca

Calm seas and abundant marine life in the spectacular Pacific Ocean at Quepos and…

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Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on December 18, 2014 at 2:59pm — No Comments

6 Top Mexico City Restaurants

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by Miguel Martínez Rabanal



As a resident of Mexico City, a lover of Mexican food, and a passionate defender of the arts of the kitchen, I have been finding that if there’s one thing that defines this town in the second decade of the 21st century, it’s the heady feeling of constant change. Inevitably, this…

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Added by Iberia Airlines on December 17, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Ibiza - Off-season Secrets of a Party Island



In the summer, of course, the third largest of the Balearic Islands is arguably the party capital of the world, throbbing practically 24/7 from its beaches, yacht marinas, and discos to the cobblestone lanes of its ancient cities and towns. But as winter approaches and Ibiza’s population shrinks from millions closer to its usual year-round…

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Added by Jose Balido on December 16, 2014 at 4:54pm — No Comments

The Trek To Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu’s Highest Peak

On the train from Cuzco to Machu Picchu, thinking about my upcoming climb up the picture-postcard peak of nearby citadel Huayna Picchu, known as “the young mountain,” I realized I'd left my hiking shoes behind! But I'd traveled great distances to climb Machu Picchu’s highest peak, so even a lack of proper footgear wasn't going to stop me. Perhaps I would be the first person to hike this majestic peak in Hugo Boss loafers - maybe I could get Hugo to pay me for bringing his brand to the top of…

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Added by Nicholas Kontis on December 15, 2014 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Tunisia's Oasis Town of Tozeur



Tozeur
is the largest Tunisian oasis, and one of the most charming towns in the country.  This can be seen in the winding streets in the center of the town, with its characteristic brick designs, in the suq, not as overwhelming as many other Maghreb and Arab markets, and in its vast palm grove, with a surface area of more than 1,000 hectares and live…

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Added by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts on December 14, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

'Fruitcake of God' in Oregon's Willamette Valley

Above: One of the Abbey of Our Lady of Guadalupe's sumptuous fruitcakes, awaiting an evening snack down.…

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Added by rusty rae on December 13, 2014 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge in Guanacaste, Costa Rica



Kayaking (or boating) through the Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, is an exciting experience. You never know what animal or bird you’ll suddenly come upon…

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Added by Shannon Farley on December 12, 2014 at 11:52am — No Comments

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