Stephen Edward
Stephen Edward

Stephen Edward

World

Stephen reports on Asia & Pacific news and politics. His primary interests include Japanese domestic politics, US-Japan relations, and geopolitics in East Asia... view profile

Liz Leafloor
Liz Leafloor

Liz Leafloor

Science

Liz Leafloor is a Freelance Writer, Copy Editor, and Graphic Artist. She explores mysterious subjects and hidden histories... view profile

Janet Walters Levite
Janet Walters Levite

Janet Walters Levite

Entertainment

is an Optioned Screenwriter and Film Crtiic / Entertainment Writer for The Guardian Liberty Voice. She resides in New York City... view profile

Barry Bassis
Barry Bassis

Barry Bassis

Arts & Culture

Barry has been a music, theater and travel writer for over a decade for various publications. .. view profile

Daniel Chamberlain
Daniel Chamberlain

Daniel Chamberlain

Tech

A writer, programmer, and all-round nerd who will talk at great lengths about absolutely anything - regardless of his level of actual knowledge in the subject. .. view profile

Anthony Carranza
Anthony Carranza

Anthony Carranza

Business

Digital and social media journalist reporting on the latest happenings on the web. Existing contributor to Social Media Today and Examiner... view profile

Carol A. Hoernlein P.E.
Carol A. Hoernlein P.E.

Carol A. Hoernlein P.E.

Opinion

Currently a Licensed Water Resources Civil Engineer in NJ, Carol has also been a political blogger in NJ since 2007, after being elected Councilwoman in 2006. .. view profile

Chris Grasso
Chris Grasso

Chris Grasso

Life

Chris is a freelance writer who lives in Florida and loves the sunshine... view profile

Veronica Davis
Veronica Davis

Veronica Davis

Life

Veronica is a wife, freelance writer and work at home mom. Her and her husband live in Missouri with their three boys. .. view profile

Dennis Adonis
Dennis Adonis

Dennis Adonis

News

Dennis Adonis is a Contributing Writer on Information Technology at The Epoch Times, Yahoo.com, Huffington Post, and CNN. He is also the Author of 19 books... view profile

Linda Moore
Linda Moore

Linda Moore

Business

I am a freelance writer and enjoy reporting on a variety of topics... view profile

June Rousso
June Rousso

June Rousso

Health

June Rousso, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and holistic health counselor in N.Y.C. with a focus on dietary and lifestyle changes to support health. .. view profile

Deborah Asseraf
Deborah Asseraf

Deborah Asseraf

Business

Deborah Asseraf is founder & CEO of Popcorn Productions, a company that explodes awareness for businesses through highly tailored campaigns. .. view profile

Hoa Nguyen
Hoa Nguyen

Hoa Nguyen

World

This blog provides an angle on Vietnam's economy as well as its culture influencing business performances in this country. .. view profile

Jerry Nelson
Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson

World

Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist. American by birth and now based in South America, Jerry covers social justice issues globally... view profile

Chris Wimmer
Chris Wimmer

Chris Wimmer

Health

blogs at HealthSmartLiving.com about cooking, juicing, and hydroponic gardening... view profile

Miles Young
Miles Young

Miles Young

Travel

Travel Duder covers vacations, destination, travel tips, hotels, gear and everything else an adventurer needs to know... view profile






  • 4 of Chicago’s Coolest Tourist Destinations

    buddha

    With over 2,500,000 residents, and 35,000 tourists visiting each year, Chicago is never a quiet town. The Windy City is home to a melting pot of cultures with plenty of activities and events to keep visitors entertained. Vacations can often feel like they fly by, so here are some of Chicago’s ABC’s to get a …

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  • 6 of the Best Beachside Bars in St. Petersburg Beach

    stpetebeach

    From spring breakers to people wanting to relax and grab a nice drink, St. Pete Beach has a beachside bar for everyone. A surefire way to find the one for you is to cruise the aptly named “Miracle Mile,” which takes you along the coast and offers a variety of watering holes. In case you …

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  • Saint Petersburg, Crown Jewel of Europe

    The Bronze Horseman is a manificant equestrian statue of Peter the Great, stands on Senate Square in Saint Petersburg. It was commissioned by Catherine the Great and created by the French sculptor Étienne Maurice Falcone in 1782.

    Saint Petersburg, Crown Jewel of Europe

    It was a warm sunny and pleasant day in July when I arrived in Saint Petersburg. I had visited Moscow a few times before but I did not know what to expect in this city, the old capital of Russia. During the communist era, Russia was perceived as being …

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  • Russia’s Putin Sends Travel Sanctions “Boomeranging” Back to EU

    Russia's Putin arrives for BRICs summit in Brazil - Courtesy The Kremlin

    According to business daily Vedomosti this week, Russia will likely start  restricting European airlines use of Russian airspace on routes to and from Asia.  If such “reverse” sanctions on EU and other western airlines are enacted, some experts say the economic fallout on European carriers will be crippling. Western sanctions levied against Russia, in an …

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  • Ayn Rand and Socialism?

    Atlas at Rockefeller Center, by  Sasha Kargaltsev from New York, US

    Am I ready to sell my soul for money? Absolutely. The reason is because I know like any reasonable individual that there is no such thing as a soul, it is a metaphorical social construction, which means that I will make money by selling a non-existent thing.

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  • A voyage on The Canal Du Rhone through Camaruge

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    A voyage on The Canal Du Rhone through Camaruge 

    I have some familiarity with the river and the sea. I have been on ferries on several occasions in the past. As I also live near the river Thames, I have a strong connection to water, but have never really had much insight into living on …

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  • The Bravade in Frejus

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    I love going to the south of France. I have been going there every year for the last 6 years and never get bored. This year, I decided to spend more time in Fréjus and other beautiful villages in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

    I and my wife walked around the historic parts of Fréjus to discover …

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  • Greece Tourism 2014: A Template for Economic Recovery

    Olga Kefalogianni

    Hard times these past few years have forced a competitive filtering-reset to take place in tourism. Since the economic crisis began in 2008, some businesses have shined, while others have ended up stagnated or worse, bankrupt for many factors. However dismal the crisis has been though, in the end the customer/traveler is starting to benefit. …

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

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    By Deborah Asseraf

    So you’ve got your drill down, on your client’s birthdays (or their kid’s birthday depending on how savvy you are) you ship off a basket of fruit, bottle of wine or a table book. A gift so bland that whether you were sending it to someone you’ve met yesterday or your cousin …

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  • How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

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    Recently, I attended a networking event that decided to get cute with introductions. They asked guests to say their names, what they do and a fun fact about themselves. I was total stumped. Working 16 hours a day leaves few hours left for more than chores, eating and sleeping. Panicked, when my turn came around …

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  • Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

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    Originating in China and Japan, paper lanterns are often associated with celebration. They are usually made out of thin, brightly colored paper and bamboo or a collapsable metal frame, with a bulb or a candle placed inside, resulting in a beautiful glow!

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  • OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

    OO-TRAY Restaurant in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The name derives from a French word, spelled phonetically, that means different. Myriam Moran copyright 2014

    “The food we serve is different. It’s all about having fun,” Yoel Sanchez said. He was born in Matanzas, Cuba. His family moved to Miami, Florida in 1991, then to the Keys in 1998, where Yoel attended high school. He worked in restaurants to earn money. Yoel’s father is in the stone crab and lobster …

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  • Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

    Lawsuit: Acts of God Forseeable

    In what promises to be a landmark court case, Farmers Insurance Co. has filed a class action lawsuit against some 200 communities in the Chicago Area. Farmers at the heart of its argument is claiming that local governments know or should have known the rise in global temperatures would result in heavier rains. Local governments, …

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  • Catching the Breeze: A Selection of Sailing Trips for 2014

    Lord Nelson

    At long last Spring is here north of the Equator, and for the seafarer at heart the sea breezes bring remembrances of good times, adventure, even romance. If landlubber vacationing has become old hat, or if the siren’s call has set your compass seaward, here’s a selection of sailing vacations adventures to set sail for. …

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  • Chardham Yatra 2014 – It’s not Just a Pilgrimage, It’s an Ongoing Belief

    ‘Those who say that heaven lies in the clouds must have not yet visited the Chardham circuit.’

    Located in the Garhwal Himalayas, the Chardham circuit is an abode to four Hindu deities – Goddess Yamuna, Goddess Ganga, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Since ages, devotees from every nook and corner of the globe visit this …

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  • Top 5 islands that glows like millions of stars

    “…it is not the property of fire alone to give light; …small drops of the water, struck off by the motion of the oars in rowing, seem sparkling and luminous.”

                Francis Bacon, 1605

    What if I tell you that your body can glow in the ocean? At first place you will think that I have …

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  • A Peek into Wildlife Conservation in India

    Wildlife conservation is almost becoming a catchphrase.  Go and ask anyone, whether he has heard this term, and the chances are pretty good that he has. It is another matter than he may not know the exact definition, but the very fact that people are aware of this term bodes well for wildlife, many of …

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  • Colors of Autumn: It’s Mushroom Season in Ostrava

    mushroom soup

    Ostrava, one of the most populous cities of the Czech Republic, is also one of the most interesting destinations in the country. It is a place where traditions, culture and contemporary lifestyles intertwine harmoniously, a destination for all ages. It has stunning landmarks, great cuisine, and exciting activities for the entire family. The city was …

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  • With Apparatjik, The Thief Steals the Thunder from All Norwegian Hotels

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    The Thief, a hotel we featured not long ago for an industry changing idea revolving around pay-tv-porn movies, is now again in focus, with a guest experience like no other.

    The luxury hotel, renowned in Oslo and abroad for its unique design, art and food, has just added a new suite to its existing …

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  • 6 of the Best Beachside Bars in St. Petersburg Beach

    stpetebeach

    From spring breakers to people wanting to relax and grab a nice drink, St. Pete Beach has a beachside bar for everyone. A surefire way to find the one for you is to cruise the aptly named “Miracle Mile,” which takes you along the coast and offers a variety of watering holes. In case you …

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  • Catching the Breeze: A Selection of Sailing Trips for 2014

    Lord Nelson

    At long last Spring is here north of the Equator, and for the seafarer at heart the sea breezes bring remembrances of good times, adventure, even romance. If landlubber vacationing has become old hat, or if the siren’s call has set your compass seaward, here’s a selection of sailing vacations adventures to set sail for. …

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  • Top 5 islands that glows like millions of stars

    “…it is not the property of fire alone to give light; …small drops of the water, struck off by the motion of the oars in rowing, seem sparkling and luminous.”

                Francis Bacon, 1605

    What if I tell you that your body can glow in the ocean? At first place you will think that I have …

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  • On the Road: Camping Out for Your Next Motorcycle Tour

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    For most people, camping and motorcycle tours don’t often go hand in hand. You might instead associate camping with loading up a car full of supplies for yourself and your family that includes everything from tents that sleep eight people to coolers of drinking water. However, camping out on your next motorcycle tour might be …

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  • What Does It Take to Run a Cruise Ship?

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    Majestic and larger-than-life, cruise ships tower over humans like high-tech floating resorts. People choose to cruise because it offers luxury, variety and affordability. But, what do cruises cost the cruise liners? Here’s a look at what it takes to keep a cruise ship running.

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    Image via Wikimedia.org

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  • 6 Foods to Avoid on Your Summer Road Trip

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    The luggage is loaded in the trunk, the alarm system is set, and the kids are jumping up and down with excitement. You’re about to embark on vacation but you won’t be flying. Rather, you’ll spend hours in the car, driving to your summertime getaway.

    Everyone is bound to get hungry along the way. Per …

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  • 4 of Chicago’s Coolest Tourist Destinations

    buddha

    With over 2,500,000 residents, and 35,000 tourists visiting each year, Chicago is never a quiet town. The Windy City is home to a melting pot of cultures with plenty of activities and events to keep visitors entertained. Vacations can often feel like they fly by, so here are some of Chicago’s ABC’s to get a …

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  • A Peek into Wildlife Conservation in India

    Wildlife conservation is almost becoming a catchphrase.  Go and ask anyone, whether he has heard this term, and the chances are pretty good that he has. It is another matter than he may not know the exact definition, but the very fact that people are aware of this term bodes well for wildlife, many of …

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  • Colors of Autumn: It’s Mushroom Season in Ostrava

    mushroom soup

    Ostrava, one of the most populous cities of the Czech Republic, is also one of the most interesting destinations in the country. It is a place where traditions, culture and contemporary lifestyles intertwine harmoniously, a destination for all ages. It has stunning landmarks, great cuisine, and exciting activities for the entire family. The city was …

    Read More

  • With Apparatjik, The Thief Steals the Thunder from All Norwegian Hotels

    Apparatjik bathroom

    The Thief, a hotel we featured not long ago for an industry changing idea revolving around pay-tv-porn movies, is now again in focus, with a guest experience like no other.

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  • Where to Go This Fall: Attractive Hotel Deals for Every Budget

    Mamaison Pachtuv Palace

    The Summer is almost gone, and with September just around the corner, many travelers gather information about the best places to go to enjoy the colors of the fall. Some travelers already have their Autumn escapes planned out, but frugal travelers are still looking for deals, discounts and money-saving packages.

    To help them, and all …

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  • Selma: The Future Journey of Footsteps Past

    (Laverne Gaskins)

    When my husband and I were close to our destination in Alabama, we decided to stop for gas and stretch for a few minutes. I asked someone pumping gas nearby, “ How far are we from Selma?” I already had an idea, but I wanted to confirm that my GPS was not off kilter.  “Selma …

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  • 6 of the Strangest Places in the World

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    Throughout the world, there are several places that people will find strange. From a haunted house to a mystery body of water, many people travel thousands of miles to view these unusual places. Here are six of the strangest places in the world that you might want to visit.

    1. The Winchester Mystery House

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  • Cartagena – Eat, Love, Dance

    When Spain plundered Colombia’s gold, it left behind a treasure that continues to draw seekers and sybarites from around the world: Cartagena.

    Bougainvillea and hibiscus drip from the verandas of restored architectural gems. Banyans and palms shade plazas where men in guayaberas lounge in the tropical heat as pigeons perch on statues of horseback generals. …

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  • Train Travel and Discovering ‘A Voice of the South’

    Train attendant Jared Wright helps passengers board Amtrak's Southwest Chief in Union Station bound for Los Angeles on April 9 in Chicago. Train travel is having a revival, with March breaking ridership records for Amtrak. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

     “I remember it cost either five or ten cents to ride the train. It was not too long a ride. It was fun, and a lot of us went to town like that on Saturdays,” my mother said as she reminisced about her teen years. She shared with me her fond memories of riding the …

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  • Morocco: A Sense of Place

    Volubilis, Morocco's ancient Roman city (C.W. Ellis)

    Sense of place. What distinguishes somewhere from somewhere else – or nowhere.  The American culture that celebrates individuality in people (theoretically at least) imposes uniformity on the land with cookie cutter strip malls, subdivisions, freeways and franchises indistinguishable from New Jersey to California, Lubbock to Lusaka.  

    In response, we yearn for something that says ‘different’: …

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B is for Buildings

The Willis Tower and John Hancock Tower both offer an amazing view overlooking the entire city, and each has recently made thrilling new additions. The Willis Tower hosts floating glass boxes that you can walk out onto, and The John Hancock Tower has "The Tilt," a contraption that tilts you 45 degrees towards the buildings below. Book a luxury hotel in downtown Chicago like the Intercontinental Chicago or the Omni Chicago Hotel, and stay right off of Michigan Avenue, which is in walking distance to all of the major attractions.

C is for Chicago Grub

The city is home to some amazing restaurants owned by celebrities and talented chefs. You cannot go wrong at swanky places like Next and Michael Jordan's Steak House. You can get some great Chicago grub on a budget too. Check out Portillo's for a classic Chicago style hot dog or grab some delicious deep dish pizza at Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company. There are also many local breweries in the area such as Goose Island Pub and the Atlas Brewing Company. Call ahead to book a tour to see the behind the scenes of how these craft beers are made.

D is for Dolphins (and other animals)

While Chicago is an urban city, tourists can still enjoy seeing a wide array of wildlife. At the Lincoln Zoo, you can visit everything from giraffes, lions, and monkeys, to domestic animals like cows and pigs. They host special events often, so check before you visit to see if they are hosting events like an "Adult's Night Out," or safari tours.  Across town, near the Navy Pier, you can visit the Shedd Aquarium – an indoor aquarium home to over 8,000 animals. Check out the aquatic show and see flips and tricks by the beluga whales, sea lions, and dolphins.

And "E" is for Everything Else! The attractions above are certainly not the only things to see and do in Chicago! Go shopping on the Magnificent Mile or catch a baseball game at Wrigley Field. While planning makes for a smooth trip, Chicago is also a great city to just walk around and explore. You never know what you might stumble upon in the Windy City.

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