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Rise and Shine: 12 Easy Weekend Breakfast Recipes

Christmas might be over, but there are still kids and houseguests to feed. Whip up one of these easy breakfast recipes and give them something delicious to wake up to.<p><b>1. Best Blueberry Muffins</b><p>Bursting with fresh blueberries with a tender crumb and sparkling sugar crust, these really are the best …

73 Literally Last-Minute Christmas Ideas You Must See

There are only a few days left until Christmas, so in case you've just noticed an empty corner of your home that could use more holiday cheer, or you're searching for a quick gift wrapping hack, these bloggers have got you covered - even right up until the last second! It's never too late to …

How To Style A Simple Dutch Braid

Growing up, we always called the "dutch braid" an inside-out french braid. I didn't know there was another name for it, so when someone asked me if I …

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Photographer Creates Stunning Symmetric Images with Light and Reflection

<b>All Photographs (c) Ferdinand Choffray, Courtesy of Ferdinand Choffray</b><p>Could symmetrical composition be part of defining beauty? Symmetry makes it attractive. This is what we've been told. When applied to photography, the binomial equilibrium and proportion can create striking images.<p>The shots of</b> …

Transform Your Walls With 22 BIG Wall Art DIYs

Gallery walls are amazing but *kinda* time consuming. If you want to make some serious impact with color and design, then maybe it’s time to steer away from that gallery wall template and opt for one giant piece of art. Big wall art can make a small space seem grander and help your large space feel …

Outdoor Decorating Ideas for the Summer

Summer means barbecues, patriotic celebrations, and idle hours spent lounging in the sun. Is your backyard ready? Spruce up to your outdoor space with these lighting ideas, table settings, and decorative touches big and small. Trust us, they are all Good Things.<p>Start with these Asian-inspired …

The 10 Most Underrated European Cities To Book Your Next Vacation To

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35 incredible travel destinations you've probably never heard of

Inspired by this Quora list asking about the best travel destinations most people never knew existed, we put together our own list of the 35 hidden gems around the world that are worth the trek.<p><i>Additional reporting by Megan Willett.</i>

Shape vs colour: Istanbul's vibrant contemporary architecture - Telegraph

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The World's 16 Most Incredible Sea Caves

Most people have only been exposed to sea caves by reading <i>Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince</i>, and that's not OK... mostly because the sea cave in …

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Top 10 alternative city breaks in Europe

Photograph: Prochasson Frederic/Alamy<p>Musee des Confluences, Lyon.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/27/1425055405150/b9048c18-9711-4d60-b857-31d33a772037-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Prochasson Frederic/Alamy<p>Musee des Confluences, …

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5 Upscale Hostels That Are Nicer Than Most Hotels

By: Jordi Lippe<p>Forget everything you know about youth hostels -- the squeaky bunks, the communal baths, the dude from Poughkeepsie who's been backpacking for two weeks but has totally seen the world, man, and U.S. imperialism has, like, got to be stopped.<p>Sure, 10-to-a-room, all-bunk-bed, …

2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

The 26th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is under way, and entries will be accepted for another six weeks, until June 30, 2014. First prize winner will receive an 8-day Alaskan expedition for two. National Geographic was once more kind enough to allow me to share some of the early …

Hiking the Inca Trail

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>The security line at my home airport in Washington, D.C., isn’t where I expected to get my first reminder that I should have trained a little more for 19 days of trekking the mountains of Peru.<p>I assumed that lesson would be taught somewhere around 9,000 feet, on the Inca …

The Best of Romantic Ireland

With castles and legends, Old World hospitality and indulgent experiences, epic scenery and fairy trees, Ireland is a world of romantic mystique.<p>Here are some of the key highlights from around the Emerald Isle:<p><b>> Ardmore and Environs</b> (County Waterford)<p>Quiet Ardmore offers jaw-dropping sea views, …

Top 10 Canal Trips

Float along the storied routes of cities and countrysides with this collection of the world's best canal trips.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>Journeys of a Lifetime</i><p><b>The Panama Canal, Panama</b> <br>Joining the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, this 50-mile (80-kilometer) engineering marvel is used by thousands …

Get Off the Tourist Track in Havana

Travel<p>Experience the rhythms of Cuba like a local.<p>To get an inside glimpse of daily life for the average Cuban, you and your kids should skip the hotels and stay in one of the hundreds of <i>casas particulares</i> sprinkled throughout Havana, the Cuban equivalent of B&Bs and one of the few forms of private …

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Made in Italy: Florence

This story of Italian artisans is one of valuables and values” writes Isabella Brega, author of the following article adapted from <i>Traveler</i>‘s Italian edition, <i>Touring</i>. The hallmarks of this artisanal tradition–creativity, innovation, craftsmanship–go back at least 3,000 years, to when Etruscans …

14 Travel Predictions for 2014

<i>by Wendy Perrin</i><p>Coming up with the ten biggest changes in travel of 2013 got me contemplating what 2014 might have in store. Here are a few …

Taralli al Vino Blanco (Taralli with White Wine) Recipe on Food52

<b>Author Notes:</b> The original recipe comes from Tenuta Il Poggione, a wine estate in Montalcino (in Italy's Tuscany region) that is best known for their Brunello. The recipe included here is my adaptation for an American kitchen, and it has a balance to it. One cup sugar. One cup olive oil. One cup …

Nat Geo Travel Staff’s 2014 Bucket List

The staff at National Geographic Travel is continually criss-crossing the globe to uncover the best and the brightest places, but we have travel wish lists just like everyone else.<p><b>Here’s where we want to go in 2014 and why:</b><p><b>> Iceland and Greenland</b><p>“I have a strange love for quiet, empty, ‘desolate’ …

Tiny countries that pack a big punch

Size isn't everything. Here are ten of the smallest countries in the world. Some of them are rarely visited, except by travellers collecting visa stamps. Most are islands, often far flung. Their wealth varies, from nearly the highest per capita GDP to nearly the lowest, but all still manage to …

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Mini Chocolate Ganache Cakes

Cake<p>41 Comments<p>Aren’t we all looking forward to Christmas? Don’t we start to feel the festival vibe this time of the year?<p>I love decorating my …

How to Melt Chocolate for Dipping

Chocolate-dipped fruit, cookies and candies are delicious treats that make any occasion special. The best part is that they are easy to make; just …