Archive for December, 2012

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At Maradiva Villas Resort and Spa in Mauritius, 65 houses are spread out among 27 island acres. Some have views of Tamarin Bay while others overlook tropical gardens, and all have hand-selected furnishings, oversized bathtubs and rain showers, and private plunge pools. More »

 

 

When did Hanukkah become cool? Maybe the cool factor came into play a few years back when Senator Orrin Hatch penned a song to the 8-day festival of lights. Or, um, maybe not.

Whatever the case, Hanukkah is definitely here to stay, and whatever corner of the globe you find yourself in over the next 8 days you’re likely to spot a menorah — that 9-branched candelabrum lit to commemorate an ancient story that tells of the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish Maccabees defeat of the Greeks and, in a surprise twist, a 1-day supply of oil that went on to burn 8 days.

Here, we’ve rounded up the most happening Hanukkah spots around the world, with celebrations that kick off Saturday night, Dec. 8, through the 16th.

NYC’s Grand Army Plaza
Across the street from NYC’s famed Plaza hotel stands the world’s largest menorah — a towering 32 feet tall and 2 tons. Swing by for Saturday night’s lighting, which starts at 8:30 p.m. Details here.

National Menorah in DC
Sunday, Dec. 9, see the annual lighting of America’s National Menorah on The Ellipse (at the northwest end, near Constitution Avenue) in front of the White House — arrive by 4 p.m., and bring an appetite for hot potato latkes and donuts. Details.

Hanukkah Concert in Chicago
Got kids? Love klezmer? Enjoy an annual Hanukkah concert that the whole family will enjoy at Chicago’s Botanic Gardens, with music performed by the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. Details.

More Hanukkah Celebrations Worldwide — and Great Food Ideas
Looking for more places to kick off Hanukkah celebrations? Check out Oyster.com’s Hanukkah Celebrations Around the World.

And for a little inspired Hanukkah cooking, try these family-friendly Hanukkah recipes and ideas for some savory holiday latkes.

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Brazil lost one of its geniuses this week. Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer passed away on Wednesday, but he left behind a legacy of work that tourists and locals will admire forever. The 104-year-old architect was known for his modernist design style and he collaborated with other architects to design memorable works of art such as the United Nations building in NYC.

In 1959, Niemeyer was tasked with designing Brasilia from the ground up when it was chosen as Brazil’s new capital. He was the chief architect responsible for many public buildings — breathing life into a city once steeped in its colonial and baroque past.

Today, his architecture can be found all around the world, including Place du Colonel Fabien in Paris, the Cathedral of Brasilia, Mondadori Publishing Company’s headquarters in Milan and the Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro.

Niemeyer’s curvaceous style has inspired young architects to dream, and tourists may feel inspired after visiting the Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Center in Asturias, Spain, or the Oscar Niemeyer Museum (NovoMuseu) in Curitiba, Brazil.

This week, our favorite travel blog posts all feature something that’s a little hard to believe – whether it’s the world’s largest Christmas tree, the discovery of a unicorn lair (!!!), a woman who sold everything so she could see the world, or tips for actually fitting everything in a carry-on (it can be done!).

A Luxury Travel Blog shows us the biggest Christmas tree in the world, located in Umbria, Italy. The Guinness Book of Records dubbed it in 1991, but does it really count as a tree? That’s your call.

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Get excited for our Ghost Adventures live event during the all-new episode at 9|8c! Let us know what you think of the episode tonight when you tweet using the hashtag #GAcrazytown, and your tweet might make it into the broadcast.

Your tweets and Facebook comments will also be featured on TravelChannel.com throughout the day, so make sure you tell us how pumped you are!

The guys are headed to Mineral Wells, TX, famous for its “crazy water” that was believed to have healing properties. The GAC investigate the Baker Hotel, which is believed to be “infested” with ghosts. During the lockdown, Zak becomes mysteriously aggressive – did he get too close to a spirit?

Watch tonight at 9|8c to see this along with your tweets live on-air! And don’t forget to visit the fan feed online to see everyone’s (including Zak, Nick and Aaron’s) tweets and Facebook comments throughout the day!

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Red Rock State Park outside of Sedona, AZ, may only be 298 acres — small by state park standards — but its postcard-worthy crimson ridge is an iconic American backdrop. More »

Here at Travel Channel, we’re in the mood for anything (and everything) ho-ho-holiday travel-realted. We hope our picks for our favorite holiday content will put you in the mood, too! See what our editors are hoping Santa brings them this year, learn about the most exciting holiday destinations, and more:

Holiday Travel Moodboard

1) Give the Gift of Travel

2) Find the perfect present for the globetrotter in your life with the 2012 Lost Girls Gift Guide

3) See what’s hot this month — from Christmas cookies to holiday festivals with our Decadent December gallery

4) Check out some of this year’s Most Exciting Holiday Destinations

5) See how Christmas is celebrated around the world

6) Get a look at what the Travelchannel.com editors are hoping to find under the tree this year with our Editors’ Picks

7) Track Santa’s amazing adventures around the globe — we caught him water skiing in Virginia and swimming with dolphins in Japan

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All my rowdy friends are here on … Tuesday night? Nope, that’s not a misprint and it’s not country legend Hank Williams Jr. singing the wrong lyrics to his Monday Night Football anthem. For the first time ever, the NFL will air regular season football on a night other than Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday or Monday. READ MORE

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Anthony Melchiorri is back tonight at 10|9c with an all-new season of Travel Channel’s hit series, Hotel Impossible.

This week Anthony takes his hotel-fixing skills to the Caribe Playa Beach Resort in Patillas, Puerto Rico, where owner George Engel is struggling to turn a profit … and hasn’t since 2006.

When Anthony arrives, he finds trash littered across the beaches adjacent to the hotel, a cluttered front desk and guest rooms that lack décor. Plus, George’s wife Francis (the hotel’s current general manager) seems to be contributing to the resort’s financial problems.

After he comes up with a plan to restore the Caribe Playa to a top-earning, high-end resort, Anthony enlists interior designer Blanche Garcia to help overhaul the appearance of the resort’s main lobby, as well as the guest rooms.

While Blanche takes care of the hotel’s interior, Anthony heads out back to the pool deck where the hotel owners have been completely neglecting their biggest asset: the view. Will Anthony and Blanche be able to make over the resort and return it back to prominence, or will Anthony’s arrival be too late to revive the failing hotel?

See behind-the-scenes photos from tonight’s episode.

Tonight at 9|8c on an all-new episode of The Layover, Anthony Bourdain finally does Philly. In his 36-hour trip, Tony pays a visit to a 9-foot colon, takes the Grim Philly Tour to learn about the “drinking, carousing and whore-mongering” of America’s Founding Fathers, downs a shot glass full of hot dog water, and attempts to cure his hangover with a steaming bowl of pho.

One thing he doesn’t do? Eat a cheesesteak.

Check out our travel guide to see all the places that Tony visited on his whirlwind tour of the City of Brotherly Love, see our behind-the-scenes photos, and get a sneak peek of tonight’s episode:

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