Archive for January, 2014

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This weekend, MetLife Stadium, located a short distance from New York City, will host the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos in one of the largest sporting events of the year – Super Bowl XLVIII.

Football fanatics and tourists alike will flock to NYC, and even if you’re not one of the lucky fans going to the game, the city is a great place to get your fix of tailgating food favorites – from hot dogs and burgers to pizza and sandwiches, NYC is chock-full of places to eat the day of the big game. To help you choose, we’ve picked out a few of NYC’s best eateries, all of which will be featured in our Food Paradise episodes scheduled to air on Sunday: READ MORE

Photography by George Powers

Update: February 2, 2014, 8AM

It was a cold, soggy morning in Punxsutawney, PA,  for Groundhog Day. The world’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from his hole on Gobbler’s Knob and, to the chagrin of the crowd of over 20,000, saw his shadow, meaning 6 more weeks of winter.

Despite the rain and unfortunate prediction, the atmosphere in Punxsutawney is simply electric. If you ever have the chance, a visit to see Punxsutawney Phil is sure to excite.

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Tired of winter? There may be some relief in store this weekend in the form of a furry, little groundhog.

That’s right, it’s once again time for Groundhog Day! The one day a year when everyone focuses their attention on the tiny Pennsylvania borough of Punxsutawney to see whether the world’s most famous rodent sees his shadow. Tradition has it, that if Punxsutawney Phil, as he’s affectionately known, sees his shadow, we are in store for 6 more weeks of winter. However, if Phil doesn’t see his shadow, we can all look forward to an early spring.

Without a doubt, Groundhog Day is truly one of America’s more odd traditions, but it’s a big deal all throughout the country.

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This Week in Photos
The Idiotarod of … Brooklyn, Chinese New Year, the Grammys and more festivities roll into this week in photos. Meanwhile our favorite travel bloggers are in search of the elusive perfect dive, the Lock Ness Monster and more this week.

Stuck on a plane Super Bowl Sunday? Some airlines will ease fans’ pain by airing the big game live and stocking up on hot-buffalo-wing-flavored pretzels, skittles and extra libations according to Skift.

Our pal, the Expert Vagabond, went in search of Scotland’s fabled Lock Ness Monster. Did he find it?

Camels & Chocolate prolonged her stay in Anguilla — and we’re happy she did. Just check out her amazing dive photos.

For those already thinking about Valentine’s Day, Fathom rounded up romantic ski hotels in the Rockies and the Alps.

Finally, we’ll leave you with a blast from the past — Delta’s new 80s-inspired, in-flight safety video:

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Photography by Chris Schmid / Aurora Photos

After a full day of rhinoceros tracking, toss off your safari boots and take a plunge. As you soak in this infinity pool dangling over the rocky plateaus of northwest Namibia, you might spot a black eagle, a gazelle, or a giraffe.

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Photography by Meg Haywood-Sullivan / Aurora Photos

Attention photographers and sunset gawkers: This scenic 80-foot waterfall is calling.

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Stranded commuters took to Instagram to post photos of their (mostly abandoned) commutes home. From left to right, top to bottom: @theycallmejethro, @themuaalex, @trishthedish512, @t4vista, @somethingintheroad, @millakilluhh, @hwellj13, @crystal_2246, @scharlesquinn.

The Deep South has been in a deep freeze since yesterday, when a winter storm left some commuters and students stranded overnight and flights canceled at the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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Photography by Gavin Hellier / Robert Harding Picture Library / Aurora Photos

At night, this marvelous mash-up of Byzantine and Islamic architecture stands at its mysterious best.

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With 10 days to go until the Sochi Winter Olympics, we’re reminded that the Olympics represent an undisputed symbol of peak athleticism, entertainment and global cooperation. Also undisputed, however, is that the Olympics are consistently mired in controversy. The level of controversy varies from game to game. It can involve anything from performance-enhancing drugs and corrupt judges to political boycotts and most terrifyingly, assassinations.

The Sochi Winter Olympics are no exception to either end of the spectrum. There have been stories of self-sacrifice and excruciating decisions (Lindsey Vonn’s injury, for one) and ultimately triumph. There have been reports of heightened security and terrorism alerts, of wasted funds and a corrupt political environment.

It would be irresponsible to ignore the controversial political climate of the Sochi Games as it involves the world’s safety. However we must remain hopeful and optimistic that these 16 days will inspire the world.

In the spirit of the Olympic Games, here are some fun and hopefully inspirational facts:

Fact #10

Ralph Lauren once again designed the USA Olympic team uniforms. All of the uniforms were made exclusively in the USA, specifically in Oregon (yarn), Pennsylvania (spinning), North Carolina (material prep) and Los Angeles (assembly line).

Fact #9

We all know that the fourth-place finisher does not get a medal, but he/she does not go home empty-handed. The first eight athletes in each event receive a diploma from the IOC (International Olympics Committee).

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Tonight at 9|8c, Todd Carmichael braves the ganglands of Mexico to get the perfect coffee for his high-profile client, restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten. When he hears of a wine-like coffee bean, Todd heads deep into Los Zetas territory to seek out the farmer he needs to please Jean-George, who is famous for his discerning palate.

Check out our behind-the-scenes photos from Todd’s adventure through Mexico, and learn why the phrase “silver or lead” is well known in Mexico’s gang territory.

How adventurous are you? Do you think you’d love Todd’s job or would the role of restaurateur suit your tastes? Find out with our Dangerous Grounds quiz!

Photography by Image Source / Aurora Photos

Like Sydney and San Francisco, Cape Town is one of those cities by the sea that leaves its visitors forever plotting to return.
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