Last week, as the East Coast grappled with flooding, toppled trees and power outages due to superstorm Sandy, it seems as though our Pinterest followers were daydreaming of white sand beaches in Caribbean paradise. Specifically, the Parrot Cay Resort in Turks and Caicos, where Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner exchanged wedding vows. The resort was this week’s winner of Most Popular Pin of the Week! Ogle over even more stunning resorts, castles, coastlines and plantations in our gallery of Celebrity Destination Weddings. And be sure to check out our Pinterest board of jaw-dropping Hotels and Resorts.
By Matthew Karsten, ExpertVagabond.com
A fierce battle has been raging on in the Canadian city of Montreal for over 50 years. Master warriors hand-forge their weapons using wood-fire ovens, dough, water, honey and sesame seeds. Thousands of citizens line up each morning to arm themselves before heading to work. What started this never-ending war? The quest for the perfect bagel. READ MORE
Calling all Ghost Adventures fans! Tonight, starting at 7|6c, tune in to watch the top 5 episodes that YOU voted for.
First, join the crew as they get locked down in the Stanley Hotel, the house of horrors that inspired The Shining. Then, at 8|7c watch as the guys investigate the Ohio Reformatory, where more than 150,000 criminals were confined to towering cell blocks in the building’s 96-year history. Next, Zak, Nick and Aaron head to Ione, CA, to visit Preston Castle, a reformatory with a history of tragic deaths. At 10|9c, learn about the tormented souls of students who linger at Pennhurst State, a school for the developmentally disabled. READ MORE
By Oyster.com Staff
At first glance, it might be easy to view the white- and pink-sand beaches and breathtaking coral reefs of Barbados as a clichéd Caribbean island experience, but there’s more to it than that. The friendly locals (known as Bajans) maintain a noticeable number of British customs from their colonial past, such as afternoon tea time and driving on the left. And even the local cuisine is a hybrid: expect to see flying fish on every menu, and spicy Caribbean stews served next to starchy English staples such as potatoes. READ MORE
By Katie Hards
Photo by Katie Hards
What happens when you combine food- and film-hungry New Yorkers, 20,000 South Carolina oysters, live music, and the Brooklyn Fire Department? You get the closing night party for the New York City Food Film Festival. READ MORE
By Jimmy Im
While the London games may be over, the Olympic buzz was reignited this past weekend on Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii. Hilton HHonors and USA Volleyball hosted the first ever Beach Volleyball Challenge, bringing Olympic medalists to compete against each other in exciting, live matches. READ MORE
By Scott Sherwood
Photography by Scott Sherwood
Travelers returning from the exotically-diverse nation of Colombia typically face questions about whether it is a safe destination. Let it be known that – yes – many areas of Colombia are safe for travel … with a big but. Practical safety considerations are essential in order to enjoy all the wonders that Colombia offers. READ MORE
By Matthew Karsten
The men of the Canadian Royal 22nd Regiment who guard Quebec City’s Citadelle have a secret weapon. It’s about 3 feet tall, covered in fur and armed with golden horns. Able to subdue even the hardest of men, women, and children with its charms, this unique creature protects the fortress from foreign invaders. Meet Batisse the Royal Goat. READ MORE
Last week, our Pinterest account lit up with likes and re-pins of one of our creepiest photo galleries — Creepy Crypts and Catacombs Worldwide — making it the very first winner of our Most Popular Pin of the Week. Apparently, our fellow pinners are in a serious halloween mood. Learn more about some of the world’s most haunting burial grounds and then check out the photo gallery. Warning: you may get the chills.
For more spooky treats and destinations, check out our shared Pinterest board Let’s Celebrate: Halloween.