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Coffeeshop De Tweede Kamer

Coffeeshop De Tweede Kamer
Coffeeshop can only mean one thing in the Netherlands: a place where cannabis is openly smoked and sold. You will have no problem in finding a coffeeshop, because Amsterdam has about 300 scattered over the city. A numbered green shield showing a marihuana leaf against a green and white background indicates a licensed place. If you think that buying and selling marihuana is legal, you are wrong. Soft drugs are tolerated. Hidden away in a narrow alley, off Spui, is de Tweede Kamer Coffeeshop, a favourite...
May 24th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
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Exotic Madrid: Indulge in an Arabic Bath

Exotic Madrid: Indulge in an Arabic Bath
In the midst of cosmopolitan Madrid, it’s hard to imagine an oasis like Medina Mayrit(map) exists. With gushing fountains, an ancient Arabic decor and mellow Sufi music in the background, it brings you into a different world – one of harmony and tranquility. Literally translated to mean City of Madrid, Medina Mayrit is specially designed to resemble Al Andalus, a mixture of Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures. This magical concoction is now manifested through candle-lit chambers, aromatic...
May 20th, 2010 | Nellie Huang | Read More | Comments: 2
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Cocktails Served Ice Cold at Sydney’s Minus 5 Bar

Cocktails Served Ice Cold at Sydney’s Minus 5 Bar
Pubs are a dime a dozen in Sydney, but there’s none quite like Minus 5. Sure, it looks like your average watering hole at first glance. It’s got the obligatory restaurant, some fantastic harbour views, but what about the bar? Try and buy a drink and that’s when things get interesting. Firstly you’ll visit an air-locked “warming room.” Here you’ll rug up in a parka, ugg boots, and gloves before receiving a 20-minute timer. The reason for this will soon become apparent. Because, you see,...
May 17th, 2010 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 1
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2010 Art Car Parade

2010 Art Car Parade
Last week I told you about our trip to the ArtCar Museum (map) in Houston.  It was then that I discovered that there is also an Art Car Parade, and today I attended that parade.  It was nothing short of spectacular: 300 cars drove a 2-mile loop of the Allen Parkway while 250,000 spectators cheered on the artists and their work.  Participants and spectators alike wore outrageous costumes and enjoyed a beautiful, early-summer day in Houston. The Art Car Parade is organized by the Orange Show...
May 8th, 2010 | Christina Uticone | Read More | Comments: 1
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A Taste of Hawaii in Madrid

A Taste of Hawaii in Madrid
At Hawaiano Mauna Loa, prepare to be swept off your feet, into the warm waves of tropical Hawaiian heat. Decked out in rattan walls, wooden furniture and multi-colored flower garlands, Mauna Loa transports you into a completely different world – one where smooth ocean music and relaxing vibes surround you. Enter into the lush greenery and mystical caves of Hawaii within Mauna Loa. In such restricted space, you’ll be surprised by how much effort is put into packing all of Hawaii into Mauna Loa. Even...
May 8th, 2010 | Nellie Huang | Read More | Comments: 1
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Bookworms Alert! Cosy Second-hand Bookstore in Madrid

Bookworms Alert! Cosy Second-hand Bookstore in Madrid
One of my personal favorite hangout in Madrid is the J&J Bookstore in downtown Madrid. A self-confessed bookworm and guidebook buff (don’t ask me why!), I spend hours holed up in J&J’s basement, scoaring through the enormous collections of books it has. Chillout Cafe From recently published novels to English-teaching guide, the whole store is chalked full of interesting reads and a cosy ambiance. For a cuppa of latte,  lounge around in its cafe, devouring a brownie while reading...
May 2nd, 2010 | Nellie Huang | Read More | Comments: 1
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Art Car Museum & Parade

Art Car Museum & Parade
We only spent an hour or so at the Houston ArtCar Museum; one hour on a rainy and humid Saturday afternoon.  That’s all it took to get excited about this long-standing Houston artistic tradition.  In a city full of museums, this one makes a lasting impression due to its unique character and charm, but also to the enthusiastic staff who clearly have a passion for what they do. The ArtCar Museum was founded in 1998 by James & Ann Harithas, and falls squarely in the “alternative”...
May 1st, 2010 | Christina Uticone | Read More | Comments: 1
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New One-Man Shows Open At The Marsh Theatre

New One-Man Shows Open At The Marsh Theatre
The Marsh Theatre has had a long history of developing new performers by providing artists with an intimate performance venue and an environment that encourages experimentation. It’s also known for giving audiences a place in which to see work on the cutting edge of creativity. Coming up, the Marsh breaks new ground again with a series of shows sure to please: Geezer: Written & performed by Geoff Hoyle. Developed with & directed by David Ford From a hysterical riff on life in a nursing...
April 25th, 2010 | kleland | Read More | Comments: 0
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NYC’s Panorama at Queen’s Museum of Art

NYC’s Panorama at Queen’s Museum of Art
If you’re in the mood for acting out your inner Godzilla, towering high above the city looking down at all of New York’s grand yet tiny buildings below, perhaps you should take a trip over to see the Queens Museum of Art crowning exhibit: The Panorama of the City of New York. Miniature Replica of NYC at Queens Museum of Art Built by Robert Moses for the 1964 World’s Fair to celebrate the City’s sheer architectural prowess, this 9,335 square foot model includes every single building...
April 21st, 2010 | Steve Mirsky | Read More | Comments: 0
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The SF Underground Market

The SF Underground Market
The Bay Area is a mecca of farmers markets. From the Ferry Building to the San Rafael Sunday market, Bay Area foodies have a wide range of outdoor fresh-food markets to choose from. But to sell at a farmers market, vendors are required to produce their wares in a commercial kitchen. For many artisan food vendors, this expense just isn’t possible. Enter The Underground Market — a nighttime foodie find that is all about helping these small producers get some big exposure for their culinary...
April 15th, 2010 | kleland | Read More | Comments: 0
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Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company

Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company
A destination for real super heroes or wannabes like the rest of us, the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company is truly surreal.  Everything is tongue in cheek from cans of courage, custom capes, secret identity kits, to wall-climbing suction cups.  Muscle and Speed of Light Potions Sold at Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store Want to try on a cape before buying? Just stand on a special platform they have set up complete with a high-velocity wind tunnel and test out how it will look in action.  Posters...
April 12th, 2010 | Steve Mirsky | Read More | Comments: 1
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Boston’s Bridges To Cambridge

Boston’s Bridges To Cambridge
There are two bridges that connect Boston to Cambridge, Boston’s “Left Bank”,  which is located just across the Charles River.  The Longfellow Bridge (Cambridge and Charles St.)(Map)  is a beauty. The arched steel and granite span dates from 1906 and  is named after poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The four granite towers in the center give the bridge its nickname, the “Salt and Pepper” Bridge and the piers below the towers each have an elaborate sculpture of a Viking...
April 7th, 2010 | Maria Olia | Read More | Comments: 0
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Michelangelo’s on Westheimer

Michelangelo’s on Westheimer
On one hand, in a city the size of Houston it’s not hard to find good food – restaurants of every stripe abound.  On the other hand, when you  have so many choices you run the risk of never discovering some of the hidden gems because there simply isn’t enough time to try them all! A few months before I  moved to Houston I met a couple who lives here.  We exchanged numbers and now we meet for the occasional bite to eat.  Each time, they have introduced us to a true hidden gem. Today...
March 30th, 2010 | Christina Uticone | Read More | Comments: 0
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Hillside Orchard Farms – off the four-lane goodness

Hillside Orchard Farms – off the four-lane goodness
If the fruits and vegetables shipped to your grocer from South America have made you wistful for local produce, make a trip to the North Georgia town of Tiger. Home to Goats on the Roof (see my blog post about it here) and the Tiger Mountain Vineyard, an off-the highway turn will take you to Hillside Orchard Farms, where last summer’s produce was bottled within a week of being in the field. Inside the farm store are rows and rows of gourmet salsas, special-recipe barbeque sauces, apple butters,...
March 29th, 2010 | Linda Erbele | Read More | Comments: 0
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Spring Break NYC Style

Spring Break NYC Style
Who says New York City isn’t a top spring break destination?  Forget the palm trees, flip flops, and crowded beaches! Here are some things to get you partying in style: 1. Be Your Own Tour Guide – At tailoredtours.com, you can book yourself on some wild scavenger hunts or take a variety of pub crawls.  All of it is mapped out for you at just $3 per tour. This way you don’t have to haul around a guidebook and folding map which just screams “tourist!”  Take your pick from the...
March 27th, 2010 | Steve Mirsky | Read More | Comments: 1
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See America’s Stonehenge in Georgia

See America’s Stonehenge in Georgia
Twenty years ago, a mysterious blue granite monument erected in a field near Elberton was revealed to the world. Five  19-foot-tall stones, connected by a capstone, and together weighing 119 tons, stand starkly alone in a field off a lonely Georgia road. Carved on the face of the stones — in twelve languages –  are ten rules for maintaining humanity on earth. The languages are both modern and ancient, including Sanscrit, Babylonian cuneiform and Egyptian hieroglyphics. Known as the...
March 26th, 2010 | Linda Erbele | Read More | Comments: 1
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Amsterdam: Cannabis or Coffee?

Amsterdam: Cannabis or Coffee?
Dutch coffeeshops sell dope in the same way as cafés sell coffee and bars sell beer. Visitors from abroad flock in their thousands to the coffeeshops in the Red Light District. It’s not only toursits who visit coffeeshops, locals do as well. The only difference is that the Dutch go the ones away from the centre because they are quieter, more atmospheric and less neon lit. Neither do they pump out reggae, rock or house at ear-splitting level. RASTABABY, Prins Hendrikkade 7, Daily 09:00 –...
March 24th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 1
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Boston’s Faneuil Hall: Memorials, Statues, and Sculptures

Boston’s Faneuil Hall: Memorials, Statues, and Sculptures
Boston has statues and plaques that honor colonial heroes,  local politicians, and important events on nearly every street corner in town. Here is a guide to the memorials and statues that you will find in and around the Faneuil Hall area-it has become quite the repository for public adornment over the years! Just steps from the gaiety of Faneuil Hall Marketplace,  the New England Holocaust Memorial is a sobering reminder of the victims of the Holocaust. Walk along the path among the 6 simple...
March 23rd, 2010 | Maria Olia | Read More | Comments: 1
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Comedy On Foot

Comedy On Foot
Did you know that San Francisco’s famed Chinatown was actually built after the 1906 earthquake as a marketing ploy to attract tourists back to the city? Or that the population of the city went from 800 people in 1848 to over 30,000 one year later. The reason? Gold was discovered in “them thar hills.” This and other fun San Francisco facts are part of the package when you take a stroll through the city with FOOT Comedy Walking Tours. The tours are the brainchild of standup comedian Robert Mac...
March 22nd, 2010 | kleland | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Family Friendly, featuredarticle, Just a Bit Weird - Fun & Quirky Places, Tours

Sleep next to Clogs in the Greenhouse Effect

Sleep next to Clogs in the Greenhouse Effect
The Greenhouse Effect has it all: hotel, bar and coffeeshop (the one that sells hashish, and if you’re lucky coffee as well). Its location is superb, right on the edge of the Red Light District, close to Centraal Station, Dam Square and the starting point of the canal boats tours. The bar is a venue for raggae, funk rare grooves with electronic music. The coffeeshop is a low-key place with wonderful selection of maruhuana, discount for hotel guests. The hotel has 20 rooms all with a different...
March 20th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
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