Nicholas Kontis's Blog – September 2012 Archive (9)

Driving in Paradise - Panama

When one thinks of paradise, Panama has to be near the top of the list.

In the 90s Costa Rica fast became the chic eco destination for Americans, Canadians and Europeans.  Many expats started buying land and relocating. In the last ten years, a new nirvana was discovered, Panama.

Countries with both beach and jungle are especially appealing. The world is full of small countries where you can view nature and perhaps surf in the same day. Panama fits the…

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Added by Nicholas Kontis on September 29, 2012 at 11:16am — No Comments

Photo of the Day: Friday September 21, 2012 – Endeavour Over the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles

It’s not too often that one gets a chance to witness history. Friday, September 21, 2012 is a day that I will never forget. I got on my mountain bike and biked 17 miles to the Hollywood sign for a chance to witness history. The great Endeavour space shuttle bid us a farewell, for a final countdown. From Sacramento down to the Bay area, giving San…

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Added by Nicholas Kontis on September 23, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

In New York City, Perhaps the Greatest Chicken Fingers on the Planet

Tired of the some old greasy burger, boring sandwich, and looking for something other than a pizza slice?  Tired of antibiotic -fed chicken. Should you be in New York City's Greenwich Village,  there is a unique food opportunity that is gaining fans from all walks of life, Sticky's Finger Joint.

 

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Added by Nicholas Kontis on September 22, 2012 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

You Sexy Beach: Where Else but Rio de Janeiro's Ipanema

Trendsetting Ipanema, the place made famous by the '60s song to bear its name, has a long tradition of dictating beach chic to the rest of the world. The beach was, after all, a launching pad for the skimpy tanga bikini, the once-popular crocheted G-string for men, and the unforgettable (if only we could forget) dental-floss bikini.

As expected, the…

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Added by Nicholas Kontis on September 18, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

There's a Buzz Over San Francisco in October

Blue Angels over the Golden Gate Bridge brings Fleet Week to Life

Blue Angels over the Golden Gate Bridge brings Fleet Week to Life

As a native San Franciscan I just love the month of  October in the  "city by the bay."  As many a local and tourist can attest to, San Francisco can be a bit overcast, windy and even cold on the 4th of July. But not…

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Added by Nicholas Kontis on September 17, 2012 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

A Trip To Los Angeles' Grand Central Market

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Added by Nicholas Kontis on September 16, 2012 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Piedmont in the Fall: The White Truffle Festival in Alba

Is there a better time to visit Italy than in the fall? The summer madness has died down, yet Italy remains warm and inviting. In the town of Alba, in the Piedmont region, in the northwestern corner of Italy, is a food-festival lover's delight. The region is much less touristed than its Tuscan neighbor.



From October 6 to November 18 in the town of Alba, each weekend it's all about truffles. Yes, truffles, the key ingredient of many a gourmet meal. …

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Added by Nicholas Kontis on September 11, 2012 at 12:01pm — No Comments

2014 World Cup Stadiums

The host cities for the 2014 World Cup was announced in 2009 and the blue print of all the stadiums are available. Twelve cities were chosen as the 2014 World Cup hosts and  you can see how the stadiums will look when they are done. Which is your favorite stadium design?

SÃO PAULO

  • City: São Paulo
  • Name: Arena Corinthians
  • Capacity: 68.000 people
  • Cost: R$890…
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Added by Nicholas Kontis on September 10, 2012 at 8:01pm — No Comments

Perched on a Cliff Top Above Crashing Waves: Post Ranch Inn in California's Big Sur

 

California is blessed to have so many breathtaking  outdoor spaces. One of my favorite places on Earth is Big Sur, the stretch of rugged, California coast line south of Carmel in Monterey County, and heading south for 90 miles entering San Luis Obispo County, along California's scenic, coastal Highway 1. The majestic cliffs high above the ocean waves crashing on the rocky coastline below is quite a spectacle to see.…

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Added by Nicholas Kontis on September 3, 2012 at 12:21pm — 1 Comment

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