Cappadocia Fairy Chimney Inn

Cappadocia Fairy Chimney Inn

Cappadocia Fairy Chimney Inn A Cave Hotel That Rocks By Mackenzie Lowry Göreme, UNESCO World Heritage site, is a town in the Cappadocia region of central Turkey. It is in the Nevşehir Province in Central Anatolia and has a population of around 2,000 people. To the north, the landscape at Paşabağ Valley is known for Cappadocia’s “fairy chimneys”. The Fairy Chimney Inn gives off a magical feeling with just the name alone. Although the “fairy chimneys” are actually tufa rock cones that have been converted into guesthouses. Literally carved out of the odd-shaped rock cones populating the area, on the outside, the fairy chimneys look like leftover ruins from a centuries-old civilization. Yet, on the inside, they are decorated with traditional Turkish furniture but also have perfectly modern amenities including heating and wi-fi. For convenience, the post office, ATMs, restaurants, and bars of the village are just a 10-minute walk away. All of this provides guests with the feeling of sleeping in an ancient world, sans rough it. Instead of rising early to hunt for the day’s food like in the age of antiquity, today, guests at the Fairy Chimney Inn are provided with a breakfast buffet that includes Turkish coffee, homemade bread and fruit jams, set on a terrace with one of the best views in the area. For a bird’s eye view of Goreme valley, you can gaze down from a hot air balloon to view the “lunar landscapes,” tufa caves, and the “Open Air Museum”. If you step inside, you can visit old Byzantine cave churches and frescoes from the 10th to 12th centuries, that cover...
Georgia: Hollywood of the South

Georgia: Hollywood of the South

Georgia: Hollywood of the South Peaches, Black Panthers & Zombies By Lauri Lyons Sweet Tea and Housewives are some of the obvious things that come to mind when thinking of Georgia. However, the stage has been set for The Peach State to become the new promised land for creative opportunities. The Prequel In 2004, the celebrated film Ray, starring Jamie Foxx, won an Oscar and grossed $125 million dollars at the box office. The legendary musician Ray Charles was a Georgia native and his rendition of Georgia On My Mind is the state’s official song. However, the movie Ray was filmed in Louisiana. This cinematic blunder immediately rallied the troops and stoked the fire for Georgia to become the Hollywood of the South. The Big Payback In order to aggressively compete for lucrative film & TV productions, the Georgia Film industry and Department of Economic Development made an offer film and TV producers could not refuse. Today, qualifying media productions (film, tv, music videos) will receive a 20% tax credit, plus an additional 10% credit for embedding a Georgia Peach promotional logo in the film title or credits. This bold economic strategy is reaping big financial rewards for the state. In 2017, Georgia Film created $9.5 billion dollars of economic impact for the state. Move over China, India, Nigeria, and Hollywood. Georgia is now home to the 5th largest film industry in the world. Lights, Camera, Action! Georgia has implemented a statewide “Camera Ready” policy for all counties. Each county is employed with a designated County Liaison that educates the community on production basics, to provide local expertise and support to...
72 Hours in New Orleans

72 Hours in New Orleans

72 Hours in New Orleans Creoles, Gators, Music & Spice By Lauri Lyons La Nouvelle-Orléans (New Orleans) was founded in the Spring of 1718 by the French Mississippi Company. The French colony was ceded to the Spanish Empire in the Treaty of Paris in 1763 and remained under Spanish control when it reverted briefly to French rule. Napoleon later sold Louisiana to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Thereafter, the city grew rapidly with influxes of Americans, French, Creoles and Africans. Later immigrants were Irish, Germans and Italians. The major cash crops of sugar and cotton were cultivated with slave labor on nearby large plantations. All of these elements created a potent brew of Creoles, gators, history and spice that never seems to die. Mardi Gras World New Orleans is world-renowned for its annual Carnival celebration Mardi Gras, which is French for “Fat Tuesday”, the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. In layman’s terms, Mardi Gras is a bedazzled, feathered, wild, drunken, public hedonism festival that ends right before you go to church and pray. If you want to take a sneak peek behind the glitter and beads, head on over to Mardi Gras World to meet some of the artists and craftsmen who have built some of the oldest and biggest parade floats in the city. Since 1947, Mardi Gras World has built and decorated approximately 500 floats per year. Tours take place 7 days a week and begin every half hour, and last for approximately one and a half hours. Guides take you through the float...
Ask Astronaut Tim Peake

Ask Astronaut Tim Peake

Ask Astronaut Tim Peake A Guide to Life in Space By Lauri Lyons Tim Peake is a European Space Agency astronaut and former British Army officer, who completed a historic mission to the International Space Station in 2016. Since his return to Earth, Tim has been asked thousands of questions about what it is like to travel in space. His book Ask An Astronaut answers many of our curious questions with wit, candor, and facts. What is the International Space Station? It is the largest and most sophisticated spacecraft in history, a cutting-edge science laboratory, and a home in space for astronauts. How long do astronauts spend in quarantine before launch? The purpose of astronaut quarantine before a mission is to ensure that the prime crew remain fit and healthy, arriving at the ISS free from virus or infection. The length of time spent sequestered is usually around two weeks. Why do astronauts launch from Kazakhstan? The Baikonur Cosmodrome, situated in the desert steppe of southern Kazakhstan, is the world’s first and largest operational space launch facility. Ever since the American Space shuttle programme ended in 2011, it has been the only launch site in the world used to ferry crew to the International Space Station. What makes the launches at the Cosmodrome particularly dynamic are the visual pyrotechnics. Unlike some other launch sites where water is housed under the rockets at ignition, to souse the flames and muffle the sound at Baikonur, they don’t use water because of the desert setting. This makes for a fiery lift-off! What surprised you the most when you first got into space?...
Cambodia’s Choice of Weapons

Cambodia’s Choice of Weapons

Cambodia’s Choice of Weapons A Honeymoon with the Khmer Rouge By Sheradon Dublin Editor’s Note: The Khmer Rouge was a communist guerrilla organization which opposed the Cambodian government in the 1960s and waged a civil war in 1970, taking power in 1975. The organization is remembered especially for orchestrating the Cambodian genocide. Firstly, let me get across I would return to Cambodia in a heartbeat. I love travelling, spending time in the Far East and meeting with people from other cultures. Immersing myself in their way of life is something I enjoy. I generally experience the history of their country through photo-tours and visiting temples. It is something I do without thinking because I love it, plain and simple. On this occasion, experiencing Cambodia’s history very nearly ended my traveling days quite abruptly. I was there for the best part of a week while on honeymoon with my wife. A few days before we left for the Far East, we found out that she was with child, so we decided it was best that she stay at the hotel because she wasn’t feeling too chipper with the morning sickness. My wife suggested I fill my boots with temple exploration as she was going to be out of action for the time being. After making sure she was going to be looked after during the day, I booked three daytime trips on the Angkor Wat trail with a local guide by the name of Po. The three days of exploring, climbing and walking through 1,000-year-old temples, and the overgrown jungle that surrounded them was a travellers dream. I was alone with...
The Ubud Hanging Gardens

The Ubud Hanging Gardens

The Ubud Hanging Gardens Bali’s Sustainable Getaway By Mackenzie Lowry It’s been said that bamboo restores emotional calm and stimulates creativity. So why not literally build a sanctuary upon those ideas? Ubud Hanging Gardens is a series of villas built on bamboo stilts in the Bali hillsides. The goal was to create a space magical and authentic, yet still harmonious with nature. There could be no better execution of this goal than Ubud Hanging Gardens. Ubud was built by over 700 local craftsmen, and reportedly only one tree in the forest had to be moved to make way for the villas. The attention to details in this high-top getaway is impeccable. Bamboo-topped funiculars were built as a method of easy transportation throughout the levels of Ubud. The stones used to create the walkways were individually cut from the local river and imprinted with leaves from a local fern. The steps were built from the local volcanic ash of Mount Batur. The all of the resort’s spa products and recipes include plants from the hotel’s exotic garden. The resort is surrounded by rice fields, ancient temples, mountains, forest, local villages, and abundant rivers free for you to explore. The hotel also offers diverse activities that you might not get the chance to try anywhere else. While taking a dip, guests can indulge in floating sunset dinners in ‘The Most Amazing Pool in the World’, five-star spa experiences, Balinese cooking classes, local village treasure hunts, traditional painting lessons, chakra meditation, open top VW rides, and even mountain biking. Between sleeping on bamboo stilts, practicing your cooking, taking a dip into infinity,...
El Cosmico Hotel of Marfa

El Cosmico Hotel of Marfa

El Cosmico Hotel of Marfa The Cosmos Come to Texas By Mackenzie Lowry El Cosmico “the cosmic one” is located deep in the heart of Marfa, Texas. Technically, it is advertised as a hotel, but it feels more like an adventure waiting to happen. Guests have the option of taking shelter in a full-size tent, an Indian-style teepee, a funky old restored trailer, or an intriguing “yurt,” which is basically a thicker, round tent. El Cosmico also has a bathhouse for guests, as well as a community kitchen, and a very colorful “Hammock Grove.” This hippie dream vacation is not just about relaxing in bright red 70’s trailers. El Cosmico offers a chance for play and learning, while also connecting with your inner spirit. They host cooking and songwriting workshops, art classes, concerts, cultural events, community activities which change from week to week. Even the town of Marfa has plenty to offer. Built up from cattle ranchers, the town is now populated by artists and young individuals with exciting ideas, making for a quirky combination of locals. El Cosmico is inspired by “a long American history of hippies, nomads, bohemians and those living a life of self-determination.” The founder, Liz Lambert, wanted to create a place where people can feel an open connection to the land they walk on, while also actively taking part in an artistic community. Lambert has a philosophical view of living. “Mañana is the anticipation that it might happen today, and it might just as likely not. Either way, it’s not that big of a deal. Eventually mañana arrives and the tomorrows of our dreams,...
Italian Design Open House

Italian Design Open House

Italian Design Open House The Entryways of Milan By Lauri Lyons Throughout the centuries Milan has always been a city renowned as a crossroads for design and culture. Nestled between France, Austria, the sea and mountains, Milan has a distinct flavor that sets it apart from its European counterparts. However, Milan has kept much of its beauty behind an industrial facade that hides its artistic interiors and lush gardens. Now, an Italian design open house is available at the touch of our fingertips. With the publication of Entryways of Milan – Ingressi di Milano (Taschen) people are finally getting a glimpse into the sublime entrance halls of Milan’s public buildings and private residences. The book’s editor, Karl Koblitz grew up in Berlin and was inspired to explore built environments and how they shape our daily lives. While working on this book he migrated from door to door, to gain access to spaces overlooked by the general public and design world. The book features a stunning array of 144 of Milan’s most artistic entrance halls and architectural configurations that define Italian Modernism from the 1920’s – 1970’s. The photographs juxtapose elements of stone, geometry, and murals that contain a symphony of hues that shift from cool earth tones to vibrant bursts of technicolor. Entryways Milan is not only a visual homage to interior design, but it also serves as a detailed City Guide of Milanese architecture that includes the address of each featured location and essays by renowned Italian architects Gio Ponti and Piero Portaluppi. If you love all things Italian or have a fetish for design, step into la...
Portugal’s Secret Boutique Hotel

Portugal’s Secret Boutique Hotel

Visit Portugal’s Secret Boutique Hotel Explore the Charm of Areias do Seixo By Mackenzie Lowry A stay at Areias do Seixo is to enter into a timeless world in Dos Cunhados, Portugal. Peace and good energy radiate from every direction and there is never a need to check your watch as each moment speaks for itself. Areias de Seixo started with a dream of creating a place that could house guests from all over the world while providing an experience that is new and magical. The fairytale resort is uniquely designed with surprising elements of nature arousing your sense of sight, smell and sound. Areias de Seixo is located by the water and a pine forest and they ensure that guests get the full experience of the location including trees growing inside some of the rooms. When time becomes a foreign concept, guests can enjoy the authentic food at the restaurant or the mixed company at the bar. The spa, pool, art room, and organic garden are all open for exploration. For those in love with the nightlife, Areias de Seixo’s atmosphere is an easy place to make friends, especially when the guests are all gathered around a bonfire for some free red wine. The attention to detail in the gorgeous design and setup proves that the hotel is passionate about what it’s trying to offer. This Iberian gem offers up a striking interior and concierge service that will make your experience seem specifically designed for you. Areias de Seixo reveals the magic is real. Photos © Areixas de...
Siesta In La Rioja Spain

Siesta In La Rioja Spain

Siesta In La Rioja Spain The Battle of Wine Festival By Michaela Barnes La Rioja is home to world-renowned wineries, local gastronomy, architecture, culture, museums, outdoor adventures, and beyond. Set in north central Spain it is considered to be one of the greatest wine regions in the world. The region spans more than 57,000 hectares, the most acreage under vines of any wine region – yielding 250 million liters of wine annually. Dating back to the 13 th century, one of Rioja’s most famed heritage events, Batalla Del Vino (Battle of Wine), is held annually the last week of June on St. Peter’s Day, in the town of Haro. Wine cellars and restaurants donate gallons upon gallons of wine to thousands of residents and visitors who engage in a friendly battle of wine while enjoying live music along the town’s cobbled streets and picturesque Spanish squares. Led by the town’s mayor, on horseback, a procession of people all carrying jugs, bottles and buckets filled with red wine, winds through the town to the Cliffs of Bilibio. The madness of the annual wine battle starts with everyone tossing wine on each other until all are soaked from head to toe. During this battle anything that can be used to hurl, spray or launch thousands of liters of wine all over the crowd is used. After the battle, people return to the town to “parade” to the Plaza de la Paz, for the Haro Wine Festival Bullfights held in the town’s bull ring. 8 Things To Do Before You Get Wasted Batalla Del Vino provides visitors with an opportunity immerse in...
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