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Exploring Burma’s ancient city of Bagan

Exploring Burma’s ancient city of Bagan
When most people think of ancient ruins in Southeast Asia, they think of Angkor in Cambodia – but there’s actually another site that rivals Angkor in scale and scope and is, perhaps, even more impressive. There are literally thousands of temples in Bagan, an ancient city in Myanmar (aka Burma), set in a vast plain along the Irrawaddy River. It has yet to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, however, since the ruling militia junta has done a crappy job of restoration work. Traveling to...
February 12th, 2010 | Vawn | Read More | Comments: 0
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Carrying the Torch for Canada: 2010 Winter Olympic Games

Carrying the Torch for Canada: 2010 Winter Olympic Games
I was one of those Olympic dissenters, arguing that all the billions of dollars spent on this event could do better spent solving the very dire need of Vancouver’s homeless and low income families.  I firmly do disagree with the corporate greed and dictatorial attitude of VANOC and the IOC regarding these Games. But I have to admit that watching the torch relay on a daily basis since it began in the surf off the West Coast of Vancouver Island at Tofino, travelling all across the breadth of...
February 12th, 2010 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: 2010 Winter Olympics, Attractions, Events, featuredarticle, People, People - Interesting Local People, top-feature, torch relay, Travel Tips - General Information

Legendary Hollywood Hideaway for a Mod Romance

Legendary Hollywood Hideaway for a Mod Romance
Think about going on a romantic trip for Valentine’s weekend that’s only a short distance away from Los Angeles. The Riviera Resort will be featuring the“Be My Valentine Romance Package” only available from February 12 to 28. It includes one-night accommodations at the decadent oasis resort where the next morning you can have a Breakfast in Bed for two. This includes one entrée per person plus beverages. Also included is the Prix-Fixe Dinner for two at the Circa 59 restaurant which...
February 12th, 2010 | Joannaline C. Young | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: featuredarticle, Food & Beverage, Hotels & Places to Stay, Restaurants & Bars

Dodging the rain in Lisbon – List of great things to do

Dodging the rain in Lisbon – List of great things to do
There’s no doubt that Lisbon is having one of the worst winters we’ve seen lately. The cold and the rain seem to keep staying at this wonderful city that was awarded last year as Europe’s Leading Destination (among other two awards) by the 16th World Travel Awards. Still, do not let this keep you off land… There are plenty of great things and places to visit in and around Lisbon. There just seems to be little time, as always.  - A recent article just named Lisbon’s...
February 12th, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, culture, dining, featuredarticle, Food & Beverage, History & Information, Hotels & Places to Stay, News, nightlife, Outdoors & Recreation, Restaurants & Bars, The Arts

Comfort food for the soul in Toccoa

Comfort food for the soul in Toccoa
Ah, comfort food – fried chicken, pork chops, greens, mashed potatoes, gravy. At Shirley’s Sole Food in Toccoa, you get not only the soul-filling goodness of food like your momma made, but the additional warmth of knowing you are helping the homeless and hungry in town. You read that right – at 2 in the afternoon, after the lunch crowd leaves, 55-year-old restaurant owner Shirley Combs closes to the public, and opens to people in need. In the back of the restaurant she operates a thrift store....
February 12th, 2010 | Linda Erbele | Read More | Comments: 0
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Top 5 Sports Bars in DC to Watch the Winter Olympics

Top 5 Sports Bars in DC to Watch the Winter Olympics
With the 2010 Winter Olympics starting in Vancouver today, here’s my list of five great sports bars in Washington, DC to watch the all your favorite Olympians go for the gold. ESPN Zone 555 12th Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 (map it) The Mac-Daddy of sports bars, the DC ESPN Zone location has been rated as one the nation’s top ten sports bars in the country. And no wonder — 200 HD televisions plus a massive 16-foot video screen flanked by more TVs means you can watch multiple games and...
February 12th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: best of week, featuredarticle, Olympics, sports, Sports bars

Rustic French-Sel de la Terre Boston

Rustic French-Sel de la Terre Boston
French culinary creativity , sunny flavors , and a lively and attractive dining space combine splendidly at Sel de La Terre , Long Wharf to create the taste and feel of the South of France. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2010, over the years, Sel de la Terre has carved out quite a following among both locals and visitors. Sel de la Terre literally means “salt of the earth”  and in that spirit, the restaurant serves French Provencal food that relies heavily on ingredients obtained...
February 11th, 2010 | Maria Olia | Read More | Comments: 0
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Pamper Yourself with These Chocolate Spa Treatments

Pamper Yourself with These Chocolate Spa Treatments
February is a great time for chocolate. From Valentine’s Day to National Heart Health Month (dark chocolate is good for the ticker), February has more reasons than one to indulge your sweet tooth. If you want to really pamper yourself, what about a chocolate spa therapy? From massages to body wraps, chocolate can be moisturizing for the skin and also a good source of antioxidants, which give your skin that healthy glow. The Four Seasons Chicago (120 East Delaware Place; map it) has several chocolate-inspired...
February 11th, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Chicago, chocolate spa therapies, chocolate spa treatments, featuredarticle

Celebrate the 2010 Winter Olympics at Squamish, Gateway to the Sea-to-Sky Highway

Celebrate the 2010 Winter Olympics at Squamish, Gateway to the Sea-to-Sky Highway
Squamish,host of the 2010 Winter Games Sea-to-Sky hub, is just minutes away from many of the Olympic venues at Whistler BC.  Squamish welcomes guests to join in the action and fun of the 2010 Winter Olympics.  There’s lots to see and do in Squamish.  From February 12 – 28 the town celebrates this years Wild at Art Festival which includes the Wild at Art Gallery produced by VISUALS, at the UpStares Galleryon Cleveland Ave. in Squamish.  Enjoy lots of music and entertainment around...
February 11th, 2010 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: 2010 Winter Olympics, Attractions, Events, Family Friendly, featuredarticle, museums, Outdoors & Recreation, Sports & Recreation

Ziplining Away in North Georgia

Ziplining Away in North Georgia
Nearly everywhere you go in the South, whether it’s Branson, Mo., St. Cloud, Fla., or Lansing, WVa., you’ll find a zipline tour. And in April, you’ll be able to take in the North Oconee River and more, in north Georgia at leisurely speeds up to over 30 mph from up high. The North Georgia Canopy Tours (map) is introducing two guided zipline tours in Lula, Ga., near Gainesville, on the I-85/I-985 corridor, a little over an hour northeast of Atlanta. The two-plus hour Skybridge tour ($69) includes...
February 11th, 2010 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Attractions, eco-friendly, Family Friendly, featuredarticle, outdoors, Things to do in Georgia

Carnevale Di Venezia at Epcot’s Italy Pavilion

Carnevale Di Venezia at Epcot’s Italy Pavilion
Carnevale Di Venezia, translates to Carnival of Venice, and is an annual festival held in Venice, Italy running prior to the beginning of  Lent.  The Italy Pavilion in Epcot, hosts it’s own Carnevale which began on February 8, and will run for two weeks until the day before Ash Wednesday also known as Fat Tuesday for those Mardi Gras fans. Earliest accounts have this holiday beginning around 1300, and running in some form or another until early 1800’s when it was banned. Seen mainly...
February 11th, 2010 | Jenni Ingersoll | Read More | Comments: 1
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Can I Still Buy Tickets to the Games?

Can I Still Buy Tickets to the Games?
Were you unlucky in the Olympic ticket lotto?  Don’t worry, if you don’t care what you see, anything will do to get  you into an event for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, there are still plenty of affordable seats available for late comers. Check with the official Olympic ticket site  for events such as women’s preliminary hockey, some nightly victory celebrations featuring musicians such as Billy Talent and the Stereophonics.  There are also tickets available...
February 11th, 2010 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: 2010 Winter Olympics, Announcements, Attractions, Events, featuredarticle, Travel Tips - General Information, venues

Autumn Leaves Sydney Accommodation Deals Give You More

Autumn Leaves Sydney Accommodation Deals Give You More
There’s plenty going on in Sydney this autumn, including the Sydney Royal Easter Show, the Sydney Autumn Carnival, and the Sydney Comedy Festival. Some of the city’s most popular hotels are offering great Autumn Leaves specials to entice you to enjoy that special getaway. Participating hotels include Star City Hotel and Serviced Apartments, the Marriott Hotel at Darling Harbour, and the Shangri-La Hotel. Each participating hotel will offer free breakfast for two for every day of your stay, and...
February 11th, 2010 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
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Get in Tune with Nature in Orange County

Get in Tune with Nature in Orange County
Though the “O.C.” is mostly known for it’s beaches and shopping, it has still has a lot to offer if you’re aiming to getting closer to nature.  Whether in the city or not, you can find lush woodlands, a spring meadow, a gentle weeping willow tree, or the namesake orange tree itself at one of Orange County’s four nature centers! Fullerton Arboretum 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton (map) Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. daily Admission: no fee This sprawling 26 acre...
February 10th, 2010 | Abbie Mood | Read More | Comments: 0
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Floating on Cloud 9

Floating on Cloud 9
Act soon! This weekend you can have a Valentine’s quite different from what everyone else is doing. Sure you can have the same ‘ole presenting chocolates at the door step routine but what about being able to take your Valentine to Mars or the Moon-well at least in gravity. You and your valentine can be weightless in a non-simulated aircraft in which you will be able to do acrobatic “parabolas” you see astronauts doing while in space. For the special Valentine’s Day Package, you will...
February 10th, 2010 | Joannaline C. Young | Read More | Comments: 0
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Plushenko: Congressman and Olympic champion

Plushenko: Congressman and Olympic champion
Photo credit: www.yandex.ru If I told you that a local legislator (something like a congressman in USA) from St. Petersburg’s parliament is going to win a golden medal at the Olympics in Vancouver, you’d hardly believe me, I think. But in the case of Evgeni Plushenko it’s so. Being already an Olympic champion (2006 in Turin) and considered as the best figure skating dancer of the current times in the world, he’s travelling to Canada to repeat his success. As concerns his...
February 10th, 2010 | Ivan Stupachenko | Read More | Comments: 0
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Stroll Through Amsterdam’s Red Light District by Day

Stroll Through Amsterdam’s Red Light District by Day
Oudezijds Achterburgwal is right in the centre of Amsterdam’s Red Light District. It is a narrow canal lined by sex shops and special windows where women in lace-trimmed lingerie sit on high stools, facing the street, manicuring their nails, reading magazines or chatting on their cell phones. If the curtains are closed, it means they are at work. This part of Amsterdam comes alive late afternoon. It is not risky or dangerous. Peep until your eyes fall out, but don’t take photos unless you...
February 10th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: amsterdam walk, city walk amsterdam, featuredarticle, Just a Bit Weird - Fun & Quirky Places, museums

Go Gaga Over Lady GaGa

Go Gaga Over Lady GaGa
Get starstruck with the rest of Auckland as Lady GaGa takes centerstage once again in New Zealand this March. Joanne Stefani Germanotta, otherwise known as Lady GaGa,will present an awesome new production with full band on 13 and 14 March, at the Vector Arena, 34 Mahuhu Crescent, Auckland Central Business District. The American singer-songwriter and musician, known for her work in the electronica genre, comes back to the Land of the Long White Cloud after her high-octane performance with The Pussycat...
February 10th, 2010 | theaucklandguide | Read More | Comments: 0
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Graham Nash Takes Aim at EMP

Graham Nash Takes Aim at EMP
Graham Nash is probably best known for his rock and roll career, first with The Hollies and later as a co-founder of Crosby, Stills & Nash. Unknown to many, however, he is also a photographer, collector, and co-founder of Nash Editions, the first professional fine-art digital printmaking studio.  His photographs have been exhibited at museums and galleries around the world, and were published in the beautiful photography book, Graham Nash: Eye To Eye. Graham Nash, musician and photographer Nash...
February 9th, 2010 | Mary Jo Manzanares | Read More | Comments: 0
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The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber Comes to Orange County

The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber Comes to Orange County
What do you get when you combine a cast of Broadway veterans, backed by an onstage symphony, with a concert crafted by award winning composer Andrew Lloyd Webber?  A showcase of musical hits that you don’t want to miss!  From February 16-21 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest musical pieces will be showcased at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, including songs from Phantom of the Opera, Whistle Down the Wind, Starlight Express, and Sunset Boulevard, just to name...
February 9th, 2010 | Abbie Mood | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Andrew Lloyd Webber, featuredarticle, musical theater