September 15, 2014

France en Velo a Journey from St Malo to Nice

France en Velo a Journey from St Malo to Nice

Whether you own a custom-fit, carbon fiber steed with electronic shifters or a three-gear cruiser bike with tassels, you have to admit that watching the Tour de France each July is addictive. The right to wear the maillot jaune is earned over the grueling, 21-stage race by the cyclist with the fastest overall elapsed time. The Tour de France television coverage is obviously inspirational for cyclists, but it is the panoramas along the route that make you want to book a plane ticket into Charles de Gaulle for your own France en Velo trip. (more…)

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September 8, 2014

Right to Play a Winning Formula With Mississippi Million

Right to Play a Winning Formula With Mississippi Million

The title might have you thinking that Ginger and Nutmeg are trying to fund their travel-based lifestyle via lottery tickets. Although, the lotto might not be a completely outlandish idea, Nutmeg felt her writing energy could be better focused on a 2320-mile river journey and some sweaty palms. (more…)

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September 1, 2014

Bring Your Appetite with Avignon Gourmet Tour

Bring Your Appetite with Avignon Gourmet Tour

Avignon is a must see on almost every tourist’s Provence travel agenda. Whether you are a practicing Catholic or not it is impossible to ignore the fact that the seat of influence for this religion was based in Avignon for almost 100 years. Pope Clement V arrived from Lyon, without the intention of remaining he stayed and eight others followed. (more…)

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August 25, 2014

Chateau Pesquie a Family Rooted in the Wines of Provence

Chateau Pesquie a Family Rooted in the Wines of Provence

Château Pesquié is Provencal postcard perfection, with the soaring limestone summit of Mont Ventoux as a backdrop and a leafy canopy of plane trees shading the entranceway to the bastide. The Provencal name pesquié is a derivative from Latin “pescarium” meaning fishpond or basin. (more…)

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August 18, 2014

Whitney Mayes Brings Rustic Farm to Table Style to Foodie Pages CHEF’S BOX™

Whitney Mayes Brings Rustic Farm to Table Style to Foodie Pages CHEF’S BOX™

The food-focused team at Foodie Pages celebrated the company’s birthday this month with some cake, but lately they seem to be infatuated by Tuscan Potato Salad with Sun Dried Tomato Mustard. This creation is part of the menu envisioned by Chef Whitney Mayes for Foodie Pages’ August CHEF’S BOX™. (more…)

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August 11, 2014

Lisbon’s Palacio Belmonte Fit for Royalty

Lisbon’s Palacio Belmonte Fit for Royalty

There are only 10 keys to the rooms at Palácio Belmonte yet every key opens the door to the palace. Not everyone will fit the glass slipper, but no one will sleep with a pea in his or her bed. “We find three types of people:  those who see, those who don’t see and those who want to be seen. If you belong to the first group you will love Palácio Belmonte, if to the second Belmonte might open your eyes, but if you belong to the third, you will feel much happier at the Ritz!” Source: Palácio Belmonte website Having made an investment of 26 million Euros in reconstruction and devoted innumerable man-hours to this passion project the owners Frederic Coustols and his wife Maria are justified in their preference for appreciative guests at Palácio Belmonte. (more…)

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August 4, 2014

Affordable Volunteer Travel with Global Help Swap

Affordable Volunteer Travel with Global Help Swap

Nutmeg met Paul and Karen in a beer hall, well maybe more like a beer Mecca, Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse – shaped like a beer glass the museum-archives-retail shop-restaurants eventually lead to draft taps in the sky at the aptly named Gravity Bar. Even if you do not like beer you must see the city views from this sky lounge. (more…)

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July 28, 2014

Test Your Limits on Mount Norquay’s Via Ferrata

Test Your Limits on Mount Norquay’s Via Ferrata

Your Canadian Rockies hiking guide is dog-eared from multi-year use and too many days in a backpack. Yet a primal fear of heights has kept you away from rock climbing. Mount Norquay has the answer this summer. Via ferrata! (more…)

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July 21, 2014

Rodney’s Oyster House Soon to be Shucking Calgary

Rodney’s Oyster House Soon to be Shucking Calgary

According to three-time Canadian Oyster Shucking Champion Rodney T. Clark “I thought oyster shucking was going to be the easy part!” Timing for the grand opening of the Rodney’s Oyster House in Toronto in December 1987 may have been slightly dubious, barely six weeks after the stock market crash on October 19, 1987. However, according to the man himself it was not the bottom falling out of the equity market that caused consternation, but rather the fact that the day Rodney’s Oyster House opened on Adelaide Street was the same day the Canadian Ban On Shellfish began. What could have been a bad omen did not seem to matter – Hogtown was hungry for oysters and lots of them. (more…)

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July 14, 2014

Disoriented Pavilion Turning Lisbon Upside Down

Disoriented Pavilion Turning Lisbon Upside Down

Camila Cañeque is a Spanish-born contemporary artist her latest project Disoriented Pavilion is a blossoming street art exhibition that can be found in a derelict urban site in Lisbon. Camila’s Disoriented Pavilion has taken an empty plot of land adjacent to Palácio Belmonte in Portugal’s capital and filled it with a riot of colour. Old dilapidated walls are now covered with thousands of plastic flowers. (more…)

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