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Grain Silo Transformed into Breathtaking Museum and Hotel

Grain Silo Transformed into Breathtaking Museum and Hotel

Within a year of its breathtaking reincarnation, Cape Town's historic Grain Silo has already been named one of the world's top 100 places. When it was originally constructed in the 1920's, the Grain Silo on the city's waterfront was the tallest building in Sub-Saharan Africa, and a symbol of connection to the rest of the world.A century later, after the Grain Silo was decommissioned, rejuvenation efforts could easily have seen it imploded to make way for bland new builds. Instead, the visionary...


You Can Stay in this Spa Hotel Over Top of Iceland's Blue Lagoon

You Can Stay in this Spa Hotel Over Top of Iceland's Blue Lagoon

A primeval landscape of black lava rocks covered in moss. Pools of chalky, ice-blue healing waters heated by the earth's core. Iceland's Blue Lagoon is mystical and almost surreal to see even in person. It's even been called one of the Wonders of the World. Now, there's a spa hotel where you can sleep overtop of one of the earth's most remote and celebrated wellness destinations.  What is the Blue Lagoon?Iceland's Blue Lagoon is man-made; water pulled from the depths of the earth...

You Can Stay in this Spa Hotel Over Top of Iceland's Blue Lagoon

This City Gets Another Designer Parking Garage - Yes, 'Park-itecture' is a Thing

This City Gets Another Designer Parking Garage - Yes, 'Park-itecture' is a Thing

Architecture is the calling-card of a city. Some destinations are made famous by cathedrals or castles, towers or temples, statues or skyscrapers… in modern-day Miami, it's all about the designer parking garage. They even have a name for it: 'park'-itecture.In this glittering city, there's an expanding list of chic places to park your car and gaze on the work of some of the world's leading architects – or 'star-chitects'. In other cities in the world, the likes of Frank Gehry, Herzog &...


Where's the Best Place to be on National Cake Day?

Where's the Best Place to be on National Cake Day?

If it isn't on your calendar already, get out a red pen and mark November 26. That's National Cake Day, and although we don't need any excuses to enjoy the star of any birthday, wedding, or Tuesday afternoon, it got us thinking: where is the best travel destination for a day dedicated to celebrating cake?Our conclusion: Austria, with not one, but two flagship cakes.Linzer TorteLinz is the home of Linzer Torte. Since it's said to be the world's oldest cake recipe,...

Where's the Best Place to be on National Cake Day?

6 Tips to Survive - and Enjoy - an 'Obli-cation'

6 Tips to Survive - and Enjoy - an 'Obli-cation'

When your 'vacation' is really an obligation, you're taking an 'obli-cation'. You've taken these trips: cross-country to the in-laws' for the holidays. A family or friend's destination wedding. The mandatory winter break or summer holiday family reunion/group vacation.When you take an oblication, the usual steps you take that ensure fun travel may no longer apply.On any of these occasions, you may find yourself spending priceless vacation time traveling to a destination you wouldn't choose, spending time with some people you wouldn't choose. But an...


Video: A Canadian Veteran of DDay Explains Why You Should Visit the Juno Beach Centre

Video: A Canadian Veteran of DDay Explains Why You Should Visit the Juno Beach Centre

There are fewer and fewer veterans of the DDay Landing Beaches to tell their stories, but Canada's Juno Beach Centre introduced us to Jim Parks, who shared his memories of landing on DDay as a young soldier, and why he believes all of us should travel there today.DDay remains the iconic symbol of Allied unity and sacrifice to end World War 2. Thousands of soldiers from the US, Britain, Canada and other Allied nations landed on the beaches of France...

Video: A Canadian Veteran of DDay Explains Why You Should Visit the Juno Beach Centre

4 Local Markets You Can Go Shopping with the Chef on a Seabourn Cruise

4 Local Markets You Can Go Shopping with the Chef on a Seabourn Cruise

It's a long-standing tradition and one of guests' favorite experiences of a Seabourn cruise. And it doesn't even take place on board the ship.Seabourn's Shopping with the Chef complimentary shore excursions to landmark local markets in ports of call are legendary, and a signature of the luxury cruise line.It's no surprise to find Seabourn chefs shopping in local markets. Take a Seabourn cruise. Then take another. No two Seabourn cruises are quite the same. You'll realize how much effort Seabourn chefs (and all the...


Video: What Happens on a Visit to the Juno Beach Centre?

Video: What Happens on a Visit to the Juno Beach Centre?

The Juno Beach Centre is Canada's WW2 DDay Landing Beach war memorial and museum, right on the site where Canadians joined British, American, French and Allied Forces on a fateful day in 1944 that was the beginning of the end of the War.Veterans, their families, anyone interested in history, or the sacrifices of ordinary young men on an extraordinary moment for the world, all Canadians as well as citizens of all the nations who fought or were affected by these...

Video: What Happens on a Visit to the Juno Beach Centre?

Fact or Fiction? 3 Things You Need to Know About 'Dracula's Castle'

Fact or Fiction? 3 Things You Need to Know About 'Dracula's Castle'

Before every travel destination had a ghost tour and haunted hotels, there was Dracula's Castle.Irish author Bram Stoker's 1897 Gothic horror novel 'Dracula' popularized the vampire genre of fantasy fiction that today is more popular than ever.And although the character of the undead Transylvanian Count is fictional, the Romanian national monument known all over the world as 'Dracula's Castle' is real. 14th century Bran Castle is about a hundred miles from Bucharest and has long been considered the 'home' of...


Video: Seabourn Chef Celebrates Quebec's Harvest: Cooking with the Chef

Video: Seabourn Chef Celebrates Quebec's Harvest: Cooking with the Chef

Seabourn specializes in culinary memories. This luxury cruise line has long been famous for its tradition of 'Shopping with the Chef'. In Quebec City on a Seabourn fall colors cruise from Montreal through Canada and New England, we took Shopping with the Chef one step further – to its natural conclusion, in a delectable Seabourn dish.Shopping with the Seabourn Quest's Executive Chef Jes Paskins at the Old Port Market just steps away from the ship, we returned laden with the bounty...

Video: Seabourn Chef Celebrates Quebec's Harvest: Cooking with the Chef