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Culture
Pumpkins, Poppies & Parkin – November Holidays Around the World
October 25, 2018
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Pumpkins, Poppies & Parkin – November Holidays Around the World
From Mexico’s Day of the Dead to the lights of Hindu Indian’s Diwali, here are the must-know November holidays around the world. A 101 on the origin and traditions of each festivity or commemoration, where to experience them and the appropriate greeting for sending well wishes to those observing the occasion.
Travel
Must See in NYC – The First-Time Visitor’s Guide
October 18, 2018
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Must See in NYC – The First-Time Visitor’s Guide
It’s easy to think “I’ll never have enough time for it all” when planning your first visit to New York City. There is so much history and culture crammed into Manhattan, let alone the other four boroughs that make up the City. That’s why I’ve waited until after my sixth visit to write this list […]
Culture
Around the World in Song – A Travel Playlist
October 11, 2018
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Around the World in Song – A Travel Playlist
I love music, and I love discovering new music as I travel. That’s why when my friend and fellow traveller Diane requested a playlist of destination-inspired music, I was up for the challenge. However, it took me a lot longer to write this post than I initially anticipated. I knew from the outset I didn’t […]
Travel
Your New England Summer Road Trip Itinerary
September 27, 2018
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Your New England Summer Road Trip Itinerary
Breeze through significant historical sites, natural delights and creative highlights of America’s northeast with this 8-day New England summer road trip itinerary.  This route will take you to five states – Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine (just), Rhode Island, Connecticut – with a sixth, New York, depending on your choice of airports and the optional detour. […]
Architecture
Eastern State Penitentiary – An Eerily Photogenic Experience
September 13, 2018
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Eastern State Penitentiary – An Eerily Photogenic Experience
Heavenly shards of sunlight hang from above, cutting through wafting dust particles and providing the kind of dramatic lighting effects that movie producers dream about. The peeling paint and missing wall panels expose the buildings wooden skeleton. Rusted fittings bring their own brand of once-was charm to the barely kept former prison. Look for things […]
Creativity
For the Love of Colouring: The Crayola Experience for Adults
September 11, 2018
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For the Love of Colouring: The Crayola Experience for Adults
The moment you walk in the front door of the Crayola Experience you are hit with a familiar waxy smell. It’s not a particularly pleasant scent, but it has a nostalgic appeal triggering joyful childhood memories. I love crayons for the same reason I love the art of Henri Matisse, André Derain and Marc Chagall […]
The Arts
Chagall Windows – Two Generations of Travelling Creatives & A Modern Art Lesson
August 9, 2018
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Chagall Windows – Two Generations of Travelling Creatives & A Modern Art Lesson
When my mum was young, footloose and fancy-free, i.e. before I came along, she travelled. One of her trips to Europe included a visit to Israel. There she picked up a couple of soulful souvenirs—tapestries of two Chagall Windows. The Windows are a set of twelve created by early modernist artist Marc Chagall for the […]
Creativity
Creative Ideas for Upcycling Your Leftover Mardi Gras Beads
July 12, 2018
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Creative Ideas for Upcycling Your Leftover Mardi Gras Beads
While there is something really heartwarming about seeing New Orleans strung with festive spirit, there is a very ugly flip side to Mardi Gras beads and those plastic throws. If you find yourself overrun with colourful garlands after Carnival season, try these creative ways to repurpose and upcycle your party souvenirs.
Culture
Beards, Buggies & Barn Raisings – A Traveller’s Intro to Amish Culture & History
June 18, 2018
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Beards, Buggies & Barn Raisings – A Traveller’s Intro to Amish Culture & History
You recognise immediately when you’ve arrived in Amish Country – the buggies and bonnets are a dead giveaway. There aren’t too many places in the world that you can see one culture living so distinct within another. Ohio has one of the largest settlements of Amish in North America, giving you the opportunity to learn […]
Culture
A Day in Amish Country, Ohio
June 12, 2018
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A Day in Amish Country, Ohio
Holmes County, Ohio is home to one of the largest Amish settlements in the world with more than 42,000 community members (as of a 2010 census). and is less than two-hours drive south of Cleveland. Furthermore, the settlement encompasses a diverse group of Amish people of varying orders. Take a day trip to explore a different […]
Nature
The Ultimate Guide to Cherry Blossoms in Japan and Beyond
May 22, 2018
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The Ultimate Guide to Cherry Blossoms in Japan and Beyond
Ever dreamed of getting lost in a cherry blossom hanagasumi (that’s Japanese for “flower haze”)? Here is a fifteen-minute guide to the magic of cherry blossoms, including how to tell them apart from other blossoms, and tips for enjoying their annual Spring bloom in Japan and across the world.
Design
Sign-spirational Sign Design – Vintage Las Vegas Signs
May 15, 2018
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Sign-spirational Sign Design – Vintage Las Vegas Signs
When you imagine the Las Vegas strip, there’s no doubt you’ll picture it glowing with neon. From the early days of Sin City, casinos, restaurants and hotels have been shouting their presence in bright, pulsing light. Though neon has been largely replaced with contemporary technology, there are some who had the good taste and foresight […]