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Seeing Historic Gastown Through a Camera’s Lens

Seeing Historic Gastown Through a Camera’s Lens
Gastown Wall Mural My friend invited me to join her and a meet-up group of photographers in Gastown.  This popular, historic part of town in the heart of the Downtown East Side, is where the city of Vancouver had its beginnings.  I’ve been there many times and written about it before, but this day I was going to see Gastown differently:  through a camera’s lens.  I didn’t have an expensive Nikon or camera gear like most of the participants in this photo shoot.  But my humble little Sony...
April 13th, 2010 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 6
Filed under: Attractions, Family Friendly, neighborhoods, top-feature

Relax in Luxury, Seattle Style, at the Fairmont Olympic

Relax in Luxury, Seattle Style, at the Fairmont Olympic
Seattle is a fantastic city, a true gem in the Pacific Northwest.  With all the great things to see and do in Seattle, it is hard to find a way to improve on the classic Seattle experience.  But why not treat yourself enjoy the city’s most luxurious hotels, the Fairmont Olympic.  It’s one of the world’s best hotels as named by Travel + Leisure, and as it should be as it’s one of the highest rated hotels in the Pacific Northwest – the only AAA Five Diamond Hotel.  Let’s...
April 12th, 2010 | Andy Hayes | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: luxury hotel, top-feature

Review: El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara

Review: El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara
If you drive north, out of Orange County and through Los Angeles, to where all you see is the Pacific Ocean on one side and fields on the other, you will eventually come to El Capitan Canyon, where luxury meets nature.  A unique resort property nestled in a canyon across the freeway from the ocean, El Capitan Canyon offers individual cabins and tents that allow you to experience nature without sacrificing hotel luxuries. My Creekside King Cabin After checking in at the front lodge, I followed one...
April 10th, 2010 | Abbie Mood | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: luxury camping, top-feature

Planning a Disney Vacation, Magic Your Way

Planning a Disney Vacation, Magic Your Way
Edging ever closer to that Disney vacation, we have selected our travel dates and have secured accommodations. The next step on our Disney vacation To-Do List is purchasing tickets to the theme parks. Just as the name implies, you can truly customize your vacation creating the perfect ticket package for your family to experience all the magic of Disney the way you want.  In order to get started, you once again have a few choices to make and need to ask yourself a few questions: How many days...
April 10th, 2010 | Jenni Ingersoll | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: money saving tips, top-feature, Walt Disney World Resort, water parks

Misir Carsisi – Istanbul’s Spice Market

Misir Carsisi – Istanbul’s Spice Market
You will be hard pressed to indulge all your senses in a better place than Istanbul’s spice market, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar. Istanbul's vaulted Spice Market History of the Spice Market Misir Carsisi is the second oldest and biggest covered market in Istanbul after the Grand Bazaar. It was completed in 1660 and formed part of the adjacent Yeni Mosque. The idea was to rent out market space and use the proceeds for the upkeep of the mosque. During the Ottoman Empire, most spices were...
April 9th, 2010 | inka | Read More | Comments: 6
Filed under: Shopping, Spice Market, top-feature, tourist attraction, Yeni Mosque

My Top 3 Amsterdam Museums

My Top 3 Amsterdam Museums
With more than fifty museums, Amsterdam claims to be Europe’s cultural capital. Most famous are Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseums and Anne Frankhuis. All three welcome more than a million visitors each year. Why don’t you visit one of Amsterdam’s museums during National Museum weekend on 10 and 11 April 2010. Your visit is free of charge during these two days, not only in Amsterdam museums, but also 500 other museums throughout the country. Most Amsterdam Museums take part. Get a free map of the...
April 8th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: amsterdam museum, museums, rembrandt, top-feature, van Gogh

Review: Ti Amo Restaurant in Laguna Beach

Review: Ti Amo Restaurant in Laguna Beach
Ti Amo Restaurant is nestled in the heart of southern Laguna Beach on the Pacific Coast Highway, and serves up some of the finest Italian food in Orange County.  Modeled after an Italian villa, the faux and fresca hand painted walls, the “stone tablet” menus, and the candelabras that decorate the tables combine to create an ambiance that will transport you to Mediterranean, even if just for an hour or two. On the evening of my visit, we were promptly seated, and within minutes the waitress...
April 6th, 2010 | Abbie Mood | Read More | Comments: 2
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The Hotel Vancouver: The Heart of Vancouver

The Hotel Vancouver: The Heart of Vancouver
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, known locally as Hotel Van, is a Vancouver institution.  It’s not just another hotel: it’s part of the skyline, it’s a meeting place and favourite haunt, and it’s one of the few pieces of Vancouver historical architecture the city has left.  I recently had a chance to stay in this unforgettable icon, and it was an experience I soon hope to repeat. The Building Fairmont has a monopoly on massive, iconic hotels, and the Hotel Vancouver is no...
April 5th, 2010 | Andy Hayes | Read More | Comments: 2
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Leighton House

Leighton House
The Leighton House Museum reopens today; one of London’s most intriguing sights – an artist’s house, built by him to house his collections of art and antiquities, and an immensely personal, even eccentric place. Just ignore the word ‘museum’… it’s far more than that suggests. When we say 'Victorian' we don't usually think of this kind of sensuality - Leighton's 'Flaming June' There are two kinds of artist’s house museums –...
April 3rd, 2010 | Andrea Kirkby | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: best of week, British art, london museums, top-feature, victorian art

A Walk in Spring Gardens

A Walk in Spring Gardens
When I was young, it was a family tradition that on Easter Sunday, after church, we’d head down to Stanley Park, dressed in our new Easter clothes, to browse among the flower gardens. Vancouver is blessed with many lovely parks, so no matter where you are it’s easy to find a place to enjoy the early Spring blooms.  Stanley Park is one big garden.  There are various planted areas in the Park starting at the Rose Garden, just a short walk from the Georgia Street entrance.  There are flower beds...
April 2nd, 2010 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Attractions, Outdoors & Recreation, Parks and Gardens, top-feature

Vincent and the Potato Eaters

Vincent and the Potato Eaters
Looking around the dark room, Vincent chose colours to match the room – earth brown, mineral grey and black green paint lay thick on his palette. The gas lamp hissed and a pool of yellowish red light shone on the five members of De Groot family sitting at the table. Its glare emphasized the coarseness of their faces. “Mrs De Groot, could you put four cups in front of you and pour the coffee?” Vincent asked. She adjusted her white cap, one hand rested on her lap, and did as she was told....
April 2nd, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 3
Filed under: amsterdam museum, museums, top-feature, van Gogh

Cancun: A Perfect Balance of Relaxation & Adventure

Cancun: A Perfect Balance of Relaxation & Adventure
Even though Cancun is one of the most heavily visited regions on the Yucatan Peninsula, plenty of opportunities await for cultural immersion and outdoor adventure to complement your requisite R&R.  Lounging poolside with a margarita in hand as turquoise waves crash on the beach is as much a part of the experience as visiting Mayan ruins, snorkeling, or hitting the local markets in town. Restful Poolside Where you choose to stay makes a huge impact on your overall experience.  I recommend an...
April 1st, 2010 | Steve Mirsky | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Hotels & Places to Stay, mexico vacations, Outdoors & Recreation, top-feature

Review: Five Crowns and SideDoor in Corona del Mar

Review: Five Crowns and SideDoor in Corona del Mar
If you want to dine in a traditional British restaurant or pub, the Five Crowns and SideDoor are great choices to meet that need.  With 45 years of experience, the Five Crowns has fine tuned both it’s food and decor to give diners as authentic an experience as possible without actually being in the U.K. We started at the Five Crowns restaurant, which is like walking into an Old World living room – burgundy, green, and tan carpeting with traditional wingback armchairs and antiques displayed...
March 31st, 2010 | Abbie Mood | Read More | Comments: 0
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The Ridgeway – the oldest hike

The Ridgeway – the oldest hike
It’s that time of year again, when the snowdrops have gone and the daffodils are beginning, when the sun shines between showers and it’s time to get the hiking boots out of the cupboard again. Time for the Ridgeway, at its best in spring. The Ridgeway is probably the oldest track in England. Running along the crest of the chalk ridge that runs across Southern England, for prehistoric man it was the only road that ran free of the marshes and huge forests of the lowland. Megalithic remains...
March 31st, 2010 | Andrea Kirkby | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: best of week, hiking, outdoor recreation, top-feature

Hip and Happening Cocktails

Hip and Happening Cocktails
The Silicon Valley may be known as the home of hot technology, but the city of San Francisco is rapidly gaining a reputation as the home of hot mixology.  If you are looking for a place where you can shake off the stress of the office, kick back and let the music move you, these places have just the ticket. Not the usual shaken-and-stirred crowd, they cater to the Bay Area digerati—Gen X-ers, Gen Y-ers and hip baby boomers out for a rocking good time. Blondie’s Bar & No Grill: Located in...
March 29th, 2010 | kleland | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: Food & Beverage, nightlife, Restaurants & Bars, top-feature

Enlightenment in Amsterdam’s Chinese Temple

Enlightenment in Amsterdam’s Chinese Temple
The smell of incense wafted towards me. A shining statue of Guan Yin sat on an altar flanked by smaller statues of other Chinese deities. A row of candles burnt on a low shelf in front of the shrine. Buddhist temples and monasteries are traditionally built on hills or mountains. The entrance to Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple is through the three-arched Mountain Gate but because there are not any mountains in the Netherlands, the Great Hall I climbed a wide staircase. Each step symbolizes practicing...
March 28th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: culture, People - Interesting Local People, top-feature

Back Home Again, NCAA Final Four Welcomes Butler Bulldogs

Back Home Again, NCAA Final Four Welcomes Butler Bulldogs
NCAA Hall of Champions When Indianapolis was chosen to be the host city for the 2010 NCAA Men’s Final Four tournament, Horizon League, Butler University was thrilled to be the host university.  Never in any one’s wildest dreams could we imagine that Butler would not only be hosting, but  playing in the tournament as well. Nestled in a downtown residential neighborhood, known as the Butler-Tarkington area, Butler University(map) is within walking distance of the Indiana Governor’s...
March 28th, 2010 | Jenni Ingersoll | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Indianapolis, NCAA, sports, top-feature

Escape from Madrid: Historical Town of el Escorial

Escape from Madrid: Historical Town of el Escorial
With a whole week of Easter holidays approaching, it’s time to get out of the city to explore abit, leaving the skyscrapers and traffic behind. Just 45 kilometres away from Madrid stands the Spanish royal site of El Escorial. Hidden obscurely in the town of San Lorenzeo de El Escorial, the royal site consists of two main complexes that function as a monastery, royal palace, museum and pilgrimage school. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, and is extremely popular as a day-trip...
March 26th, 2010 | Nellie Huang | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: History & Information, Scenic & Short Trips, top-feature

Five Reasons Why Your Next Road Trip Should Be to Austin

Five Reasons Why Your Next Road Trip Should Be to Austin
If you’re reading this, then you probably love a good road trip.  But you also probably know that the best destinations are always worth the effort – after all, who doesn’t like the windows down and the wind in your  hair as you cruise down the highway?  Well, my top suggestion for your next road trip is in Texas – perhaps an unlikely spot, but I’ve found the perfect place that combines cosmopolitan culture with good ol’ fashioned cowboy values.  Where is...
March 26th, 2010 | Andy Hayes | Read More | Comments: 2
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Escaping to The Angler’s Boutique Resort

Escaping to The Angler’s Boutique Resort
Whenever I travel to South Beach, there’s 1 thing I know for sure — I won’t be lacking choices in finding a place to stay. Out are the days when I need to stay at the trendiest hotel or resort to open their doors (I vow never again to stay at the Gansevoort) or the one that is located at the direct center of activity (sorry Ocean Drive, but I don’t want to be woken up by the loud bass at 4:00 am). In are the days when I want somewhere that is private, comfortable and elegant....
March 23rd, 2010 | klynch | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: hotels, Miami Beach, top-feature