Conservatory Suite, Hotel 41, London

Tuesday Deal Day: 41 Hotel, London

London’s 41 Hotel has launched a package designed for couples and stargazers. The “A Night Under the Stars” promotion gives guests the rare opportunity to sleep under the city’s sky in the glass-roofed Penthouse Conservatory Suite while enjoying personalized treats guaranteed to create a memorable night. The package is perfect for special occasions or a […]

Postcard from Seattle: The View from the Ferry

The air was brisk. The sun was shining. The sky was blue with puffs of clouds. These kind of days are why I love living in Seattle. Share this post:30Shares

Powerscourt Fountain Ireland

The Powerscourt Estate: A Daytrip from Dublin

  Many first time visitors to Dublin don’t know that the ‘Garden of Ireland’ – County Wicklow – is only 30 minutes south of the city center. No trip to Ireland would be complete without leaving the capital city to see the countryside that the Emerald Isle is so famous for. While there are many […]

Matisse_The_Dance, MoMA New York

Artfully Displayed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art

In a city filled with wonderful museums, New York’s MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) stands out as a real gem – and my personal favorite.  From an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing, the collection has grown to include over 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects, […]

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Sunday Stories for July 27th, 2014

I’m back home after the better part of a week in Las Vegas. I have a love/hate relationship with Las Vegas. I love the upscale hotels, great restaurants, and theater offerings. I hate the garish commercialization of sex, the feeling of desperation from people who don’t know when to say no to gambling, and the drunks.

Las Vegas at night

This trip was part hanging out with travel bloggers and friends and part family R&R. I avoided all the things I don’t like about Vegas, while enjoying the things I do. I spent time relaxing by the pool, had a few great meals, and saw the Da Vinci exhibit. That makes for a successful little getaway in my book.

Now, on to some stories that my caught my eye this past week:

People Kept Complaining This Restaurant Sucked, Look What They Found Out

Have you been guilty of these dawdling behaviors? I know I have, and while I would never complain as a result of slower service that was my “fault”, it looks like others have no problem complaining. Some good food for thought here.

A famous restaurant in NYC decided to hire a firm to figure out why they kept getting bad reviews.

Guests refuse to leave Airbnb host’s house

I’m a fan of vacation rentals. I’ve enjoyed having space to spare in Sicily and Tuscany, in Portugal and Bologna. It never occurred to me not to vacate the premises at the end of my rental. Apparently, some people don’t feel they need to go.

If the old saw about houseguests being like fish is true — after a few days they begin to stink — imagine what it must smell like in poor Cory Tschogl’s 600-square-foot condo in Palm Springs, California.

Read original article here: Guests refuse to leave Airbnb host’s house –

George R.R. Martin Responds To A 13-Year-Old Fan Who Asked To Die A Grisly Death On ‘Game Of Thrones’

I’m a big Game of Thrones fan, and the writer, like many others, decided to use his next books as a fundraiser. For a mere 20k donation to a wolf conservation program, a fan could die a gruesome death in the next book installment. What’s a young fan, with nowhere near that much money, to do?

In this letter obtained by Mashable, a 13-year-old fan named Jack, who lives in the United Kingdom and wants to grow up and be a wolf conservationist, offered all of his pocket money for the opportunity to die a nasty, prolonged and gruesome death in Martin’s Wind of Winter.

Read original article here: George R.R. Martin Responds To A 13-Year-Old Fan Who Asked To Die A Grisly Death On ‘Game Of Thrones’


Businesses Are Missing Out On This One Valuable Social Media Platform

I’ve been blogging since 2005, and I know the influence and power a well written blog can mean to a business. Are you using one to expand your web presence?

In an interactive world that is oversaturated with outfits of the day, businesses can stand out by using a blog to expand their web presence and brand identity, drive business and show off their expertise.

Read original article here: Businesses Are Missing Out On This One Valuable Social Media Platform

WordPress 4.0 Is Just Around The Corner, And Here’s What It Has In Store

For those who blog on WordPress, the new version is just around the corner. It doesn’t sound like there are major changes in store for us, but it looks like it will clear up a few little annoyances. Looking forward to it.

If you are expecting ground breaking new features in WordPress 4.0, you are going to be disappointed. While WordPress 3.0 was a revolutionary step for WordPress as a platform, 4.0 is more of an evolutionary move forward that improves existing features.

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Euphoria in Greenville, South Carolina

Come September, I’ll be heading to Greenville, South Carolina, for Euphoria, a weekend long event that includes exclusive tasting events, […]

Sunday Stories for July 20th, 2014

lava rocks on Hawaii

It’s been a busy couple of weeks of travel, with more than the usual time spent in Hawaii. But what’s […]

If You Hate Camping, Try Glamping

I’ve tried camping, more than just a few times, and no matter how committed I’ve been to the process, it’s […]

Sunday Stories for July 6th, 2014


Sweet, sweet July. This has always been my favorite time of the year, especially for sticking around close to the […]