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Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort

Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort

By Maxime Landemaine
A weekend is plenty of time to discover Monaco, a small yet glamorous country sandwiched between France and the Mediterranean Sea. Treat yourself to a stay in one of its best hotels, the Monte-Carlo Bay, and enjoy the numerous attractions in this sun-kissed playground for the rich and famous.


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Chef Yousef Ghalaini’s smoked salmon salad at FIG restaurant requires Chardonnay

Chef Yousef Ghalaini’s smoked salmon salad at FIG restaurant requires Chardonnay


by André Gayot

Attractive and sporty Molly Hill, winemaker of seven years at Sequoia Grove (Rutherford, California), teamed up with Yousef Ghalaini, the new chef of FIG restaurant in the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows (Santa Monica, California) to pair her wines with his food.

As Sequoia Grove focuses on prime Cabernet Sauvignons, the theme of the demonstration was that Cabs can accommodate a whole variety of dishes. Maybe not the smoked salmon salad, though. For the fish, Sequoia Grove has a flowery Napa Valley Chardonnay ($28).
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2015 Cadillac Escalade Front

2015 Cadillac Escalade

SUV – AKA Sport Utility Vehicle

by Alain Gayot

The SUV has symbolized many things, from rugged individualism to crass ignorance, from the ideal of suburban family life to gaudy celebrity wealth. But despite their ability to carry cultural baggage as well as literal luggage, SUVs remain a practical choice for many in need of spacious or off-road capable vehicles.

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Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony ship

Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony ship


By John and Sandra Nowlan

More than six million people. At least four million motorcycles. We were each perched on the front of a pedicab, cycling through the chaotic streets of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) trying to avoid collisions and blend with the relentless flow of humanity aboard two-wheeled Hondas and Yamahas.

Continue reading “Crystal Symphony – A Food and Wine Cruise in Southeast Asia” »

Subterranean treasure: Cenote Ik Kil near Chichen Itza

Subterranean treasure: Cenote Ik Kil near Chichen Itza

Exploring the Ancient History and Natural Wonders of Quintana Roo

by Sylvie Greil

Snorkeling with enormous turtles in warm, turquoise waters; scaling ancient jungle pyramids; exploring phantasmagorical sinkholes amid stalactites and stalagmites… the “Riviera Maya” feels a million worlds away. Continue reading “Top 7 Things to Do on Mexico’s Riviera Maya” »

Samples of local cuisine
Samples of local cuisine

By Yaira Solis Escudero


The third annual Saborea Puerto Rico: A Culinary Extravaganza!, the creative food event, was just held at the famous beach Punta del Escambrón in the The Millenium Park in Old San Juan.


Besides having a good time and eating well, the purpose of Saborea is featuring Puerto Rico as an unparalleled culinary destination throughout the Caribbean. The island tourism has been strengthened by the notable growth and development of the gastronomic sector. The event also served to present the new generation of Puerto Rican chefs.



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Sunborn Barcelona Yacht Hotel

Sunborn Barcelona Yacht Hotel

The hottest hotel real estate in Barcelona is actually in the water: Sunborn Barcelona, the world’s first luxury yacht hotel of its kind, will soon debut at the Port Forum Marina, just north of the city.

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Abu Dhabi Airport GoSleep sleeping pods

Abu Dhabi Airport GoSleep sleeping pods

Power Nap in a Pod in Abu Dhabi

During your next layover at Abu Dhabi International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world, chill out in one of their brand new sleep capsules designed by Uni in Finland. Abu Dhabi International Airport is now offering its transit passengers individual GoSleep pods right in the terminal, which transform from a chair into a bed, complete with sliding shade for privacy and noise reduction. As of November 2014, GoSleep Pods are also available at the Dubai International Airport at Terminal 3 in the the two Marhaba lounge locations. 

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A Guide to the Home of the Masters Tournament


Augusta, Georgia, home of the Masters Tournament, has long been a mecca for golf lovers

Discover the history and culture of Augusta, Georgia


Every April, the golf world turns its eyes to the historic Southern town of Augusta, Georgia, when the Masters Tournament gathers top professionals from across the globe to battle for the sport’s most prestigious article of clothing — the green jacket. Continue reading “Exploring Augusta, Georgia” »

Boeing's Sky Interior as debuted at flydubai airlines

Boeing’s Sky Interior as debuted at flydubai airlines

Air travel need not be an insufferable purgatory between heaven and earth — and with this airline’s in-flight entertainment offerings, it won’t be.

Dubai’s low-cost airline, flydubai, is the first carrier in the world to show HD movies from all six major Hollywood studios.

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