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6 Ridiculously London Things You Have To Do At Least Once

Calling London overwhelming and/ or expensive is quite the understatement. There's so much to see, do and eat (the food doesn't suck!) that travelers …

England

The Ultimate San Francisco Bucket List: 49 Amazing Adventures To Do in 2016

When a year comes to a close, it’s almost inevitably accompanied by reflection: what you did, where you went, and which adventures you checked off …

9 DIY Rope Rug Projects to Try

While winter brings to mind ornate wool rugs and sturdy but plain salt- and snow-soaked doormats, summer rugs can be lighter and more playful. Buy …

Crafting

Where to Stay in Florence: How to Choose the Right Neighborhood for Your Visit

For such a small city, Florence packs a formidable punch. With incredible Tuscan cuisine, world-class art and architecture, and Renaissance history …

Italy

Scotland road trip: North Coast 500 route | CNN Travel

Travel

13 hidden attractions in London that even locals might not know exist

But the two-millennia-old city has much more to offer than Big Ben, the London Eye, and Trafalgar Square. London's streets are laced with underground speakeasies, rooftop gardens, historical relics, and oddly innovative forms of public transport.<p>We've collected 13 of the least conventional …

England

Roaming With The Roman Guy—a Tour Review

As the time grew near for our first tour with The Roman Guy, I grew increasingly excited. I’ve found tours to be a great way to learn—as long as the …

7 things about vaccines and autism that the movie ‘Vaxxed’ won’t tell you

On its surface, the movie “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe” appears to be a slickly produced scientific documentary with lots of charts and data about one of the most important issues of our time. The central premise of the film is that the country’s mandatory measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) …

Public Health

Italy travel tips and advice: Twenty things that will surprise first-time visitors to Italy

Stumbling upon a picturesque square is likely to happen in Italy.<p>"La dolce vita": those three words sum up so well the picture that most people have …

Italy

36 Hours in Edinburgh Scotland

Planning to travel around or backpack throughout Europe? Edinburgh, Scotland should definitely be a stop along your route, and here is what you can expect to do while you are there. Have a limited amount of time or a quick stopover? Edinburgh is quite a small centralized city, and most of the …

Scotland

Um, Bras and Wine Corks Are Actually Recyclable

You bring those reusable totes to the grocery store, you donate clothes to the thrift store every season and you always, always throw your Diet Coke cans in the recycling bin. But hang on a sec, Superwoman. There are a few more things you could be doing to save the earth. Here are six items you …

Thrifting

The hidden world of the Knights Templar

Tucked behind London’s Fleet Street, a patchwork of gardens and graceful buildings tell the story of the most famous knights of the Crusades.<p>It was rush hour on a weekday and I was weaving my way down the Strand, one of central London’s most famous thoroughfares. The street hummed with tourists, …

Ancient History

The Duke’s Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate holds on the stove for an hour or longer, and can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 days.<p>This hot chocolate has a pedigree. It dates …

The Ultimate Drugstore Beauty Haul: 8 It Girls Share Their Staples

Personal style is an art of assemblage. In the way the most treasured and well-worn pieces in your closet share a common thread of utility and allure, if not a price tag, the items on your shower shelves or inside your makeup bag can come from practically anywhere, and at any cost, so long as you …

The best pubs in London

Some of London's best pubs have fascinating histories as the favored drinking destinations of figures like Charles Dickens, George Orwell, and John Keats.<p>Others boast incredible locations and an inviting atmosphere.<p>Whether you're a local or just visiting, here are 17 incredible pubs you'll want to …

England

The Best Walking Tours in Amsterdam

Amsterdam's flat, compact, and lively streets make the city an ideal place to explore on foot. In fact, walking may be the best way to appreciate the …

European Travel

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.

Books

Chicken and Veggies Stir Fry: Low Calorie and Super Yummy

This skinny stir-fry is chock full of broccoli, pea pods, carrots, cabbage, onions and lean chicken breasts. <b>Each huge, fiber rich serving has 264 calories, 6 grams of fat and 7 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.</b> You'll be so satisfied with this dish just the way it is but it can be served over brown rice …

Nutrition

Crispy Green Bean Fries

It's 3 p.m. You're well aware that you should be reaching for something virtuous to snack on.<p>Luckily, we've figured out how to make vegetables more alluring when hunger strikes.<p>These oven-baked green beans are the answer.<p>They're easy, satisfying and not at all bad for you.<p><b>Ingredients</b><p>1 pound fresh …

French Fries

New York's 10 Coolest Hidden Museums - PAPER

<i>While exhibits at the Met, MoMA or the Whitney might get most of the media attention -- and tourists' admission fees -- there's a slew of under-the-radar (and underrated) institutions scattered throughout New York City worth a visit. From a *very* impressive collection of trolls to a museum</i> …

Hugo's Amazing Tape: Resuable tape sticks only to itself

I was introduced to Hugo's Amazing Tape several years ago by a colleague. He uses the tape to keep board game boxes closed for storage, and it has …

Your Mattress Could’ve Been WAY Cheaper

Photo: Courtesy of Tuft & Needle.<p>Unlike most of our daily essentials (telephones, the Internet, even clothing), mattresses haven’t changed much in …

Warby Parker

Portuguese Baked Eggs

6 Servings<p>Baked eggs are great for brunch, and this recipe is no exception. But with a green salad, it’s also hearty and satisfying enough to double as dinner.<p>October 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>¼ cup olive oil<p>3 bell peppers, any color, thinly sliced<p>1 medium red onion, thinly sliced<p>2 beefsteak tomatoes, …

Eggs

6 Common Pie-Making Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them

From using the wrong oven rack to serving it piping hot, the 6 most common pie-making mistakes—and how to avoid them.<p>It's pie season. Okay, fine—any season is pie season. Whether you're making a stone-fruit pie in the summer or an apple pie in the fall, this crowd-pleasing dessert deserves to be …

Baking

20 Albums Rolling Stone Loved in the Sixties That You've Never Heard

We praised them 45 years ago — and you should listen to them today!<p>20<p>A current issue of <i>Rolling Stone</i> contains roughly a dozen album reviews. Multiply …

Kaua'i Sugarloaf Pineapple

While perusing a farmers market on a recent trip to Kaua'i, we came across the Sugarloaf pineapple stand—the only one at the market with a line. We joined the queue, bought two and became part of the club. We devoured the first in the blink of an eye and were craving more. Part of its magic comes …

Pineapple

I Heart My City: Keith’s Amsterdam

Welcome back city lovers to another Friday edition of <b>I Heart My City</b>. This week Keith Jenkins, traveler and writer behind the Velvet Escape blog, gives us his insider’s tour of <b>Amsterdam</b>. Read on to discover some of Keith’s great tips, like where to score the city’s best Flemish fries.<p>Want to see …

Quick Guide To Amsterdam visitors never Run Out of Things

Amsterdam