Mia Kingshill

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Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

Know Before You Go: Sochi

I first fell in love with the Olympics in the summer of ’88. Each morning, after watching the events each night, my six-year-old self would run to consult the medal tables in the newspaper to see just how many golds the U.S.A. had won. Of course, it was never so much the sports themselves that drew …

Reader Recs: Romantic Destinations

Planning a trip with that special someone? We asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite romantic destinations, and they came through in a big way.<p><b>Whether you’re looking for a tried-and-true classic or something more off the grid, our travel community has got you covered:</b><p>Not surprisingly …

Raising the Perfect Dog

<b>IN THE LIVING ROOM</b> of my parents’ house in Littleton, Colorado, stands a nineteenth-century grandfather clock from England. The wood has a deep burgundy luster, and a painted swan that used to rock to and fro with the turning of the hands. Until this past spring, the clock chimed every 15 minutes. …

Starfish Tearing Themselves Apart

Mystery animal die-offs are always disturbing, but starfish in the Pacific Ocean are taking it to another level with a zombie-like affliction that's causing their bodies to deteriorate and their arms to literally pull themselves out and crawl away.<p>The mass deaths began in June and are being …

15 Great Pieces Of Life Advice That Never Get Old

The most effective people learn from their own mistakes, and make a significant effort to learn from other people's errors as well.<p>A recent Quora thread asked users for the best advice they've ever gotten.<p>Here are a few of the greatest excerpts, lightly edited for clarity:<p>"A very smart woman I …

Best Places to Party Around the World

Vacation is the time to kick back, relax…and have one hell of a party. A new book rounds up the best places to experience a new culture by getting …

Best birding in highlands and islands

Prepare for some close encounters of the bird kind with our field guide to finding (feathered) friends in far-flung places. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Greater Bird-of-paradise, Indonesia<p>Greater Bird-of-paradise by Andrea Lawardi. Image from Wikimedia …

This Amazing Forest House Was Built For Just $11,000 With Locally Found Materials!

Call it a cool, tiny house in the woods or a serene getaway with a heavy influence of Japanese design style; the fact remains that this lovely forest …

Make gift tags from Instagram photos!

Hi guys! I LOVE giving gifts. Picking out and wrapping up weird, romantic or sentimental gifts for the people I love is one of my favorite things to …

21 Brilliant Camping Hacks to Make your Life Easy

Camping is a wonderful adventure, unless you are riddled with bugs, cold, wet or hungry. So here are some easy tips to ensure that your camping trip …

Toe Up Ginko Socks | Cotton & Cloud

<b>Toe Up Ginko Socks</b> | <i>Cotton & Cloud</i><p>I love anything ginko patterned, so I was thrilled to see this gorgeous free pattern from cotton & cloud. The pattern is subtle and combined with that beautiful coloured yarn make for a perfect pair of socks to pad around in.

The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, January 18, 2014

From the sentence that launched America’s endless global war to the amazing world of underground marijuana smuggling, The Daily Beast picks the best …

The most impressive kitchen island (maybe) ever! The 'Mise en Place" work table: http://thekitc.hn/1b34XPb

Aerie's Unretouched Ads 'Challenge Supermodel Standards' For Young Women

Looks like aerie is ready for its closeup -- its unretouched closeup.<p>aerie, American Eagle's sister store for lingerie, has launched aerie Real, a Spring 2014 ad campaign featuring all unairbrushed models. In a release on Friday, aerie announced that the ads are "challenging supermodel standards by …

Amazing Photos of Trees Frozen in Subzero Temperatures

Snow is nothing new to wintry weather but Monza, Italy-based photographer Niccol Bonfadini captures a unique sight of the season in which trees are completely overwhelmed by snow and ice in subzero temperatures. The cloud-like shells in each image mask the trees in a frosty armor with nothing but …

Incredibly Majestic Lion Made of 4,000 Metal Scraps

Istanbul-based Turkish sculptor Seluk Yilmaz has constructed a 6-foot-tall, 10-foot-long majestic lion out of nearly 4,000 pieces of scrap metal that is aptly dubbed <i>Aslan (Lion)</i>. Taking close to a year to complete the incredible sculpture, the artist hand-cut and hammered each metallic component …

The Hidden Ecosystem Of The Walmart Parking Lot

Stick around outside a Walmart long enough and you’ll notice that a lot of people actually live there. In a new series, photographer Nolan Conway documents these parking lot nomads.<p>Pull into a Walmart parking lot late at night and you’ll probably run into a few RVs that didn’t quite make it to …

Vatican defrocked 400 priests for molesting children

Nearly 400 priests were defrocked by the Vatican over just two years for molesting children, according to a leaked document.<p>The statistics for 2011 and 2012 show a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009, when the Vatican first provided details on the number of priests who …

Obama is draping the banner of change over the NSA status quo. Bulk surveillance that caused such outrage will remain in place<p>In response to political scandal and public outrage, official Washington repeatedly uses the same well-worn tactic. It is the one that has been hauled out over decades in …

Artist Creates "Paintings" with One Sheet of Intricately Folded Fabric

British artist Benjamin Shine creates textured “paintings” by carefully folding and ironing one giant sheet of tulle fabric. His subjects range from portraits of iconic stars like Elizabeth Taylor to realistic renditions of elderly hands and beautifully abstract faces emerging from the flowing …

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Wealthy Chinese flee China, taking their fortunes with them

Do the wealthy Chinese know something we don't?<p>A new report shows that 64 percent of Chinese millionaires have either emigrated or plan to emigrate—taking their spending and fortunes with them. The United States is their favorite destination.<p>The report from Hurun, a wealth research firm that …