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50 incredibly beautiful small towns in Italy

Small Italian towns and villages get under your skin.<p>From north to south, bustling market towns and picturesque villages are capable of capturing …

Italy

11 basic meals you should know by the time you're 25

There are a lot of pros to learning how to cook. It’ll save you money, help you eat healthier, and prevent you from sifting through your roommate’s …

Level Up Your Brunch With This Bite-Sized Eggs Benedict Recipe

What is it with bite-sized food? Little nibbles, mini mouthfuls, or <i>amuse bouche</i> — call them what you like; they taste twice as nice when shrunk down to adorable proportions. Take this bite-sized eggs Benedict for instance: They look super cute and taste sensational, and I defy anyone to just eat …

Breakfast

Why Do We Eat Eggs for Breakfast, Anyway?

A short and fascinating history.<p>It’s difficult to answer this question without also asking, Why do we eat breakfast? The Ancient Romans ate breakfast, which they called <i>ientaculum</i>, and included eggs, if available. When the Romans were pushed out of Europe, breakfast left with them, and throughout …

This New York restaurant has been named the best in the world

A New York restaurant with three Michelin stars has claimed the top spot at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards.<p>Eleven Madison Park was named the top restaurant on the globe for the first time, beating out last year’s winner, Osteria Francescana in Italy. The top 50 were announced this week at a …

Art Deco

How I regularly book round-trip international flights for less than $400

I’m a solo female travel blogger on a mission to complete 12 trips in 12 months. I want to accomplish this personal feat before I turn the big 3-0.<p>As a young professional, I’m on a tight budget. The most expensive part of any trip is the flight, so I had to find cheap airfare to meet my travel …

Flying

An amazing modular home of 50 thousand USD built in 3 months

If you have had a dream of owning a spacious house surrounded by nature; a wood home with large windows then we think we have the perfect design for …

Mini castles for sale: 3 Romanesque Revival houses to buy

From Chicago to Albany<p><i>Welcome back to</i> <i>Period Dramas</i><i>, a weekly column that alternates between rounding up historic homes on the market and answering questions we’ve always had about older structures.</i><p>From the measured proportions of the Beaux-Arts to the ostentatiousness of the French Chateau style, …

Old Hay Barn Converted To A Modern Guest House Filled With Light

It used to be just another old hay barn. It didn’t really have a purpose anymore. Then, in 2016, someone decided to make something out of it. That’s …

Travel In Tuscany, Italy ! 30 Most Beautiful Places

Marciana Marina (Elba island) Photo credits: @aldoiandv<p>Sorano is a picturesque hill village in southern Tuscany hanging from a tufa stone and …

20 Perfect Summer Getaways

<b>Where to Go:</b> Amicalola Falls State Park, Georgia.<p><b>Distance:</b> 70 miles from Atlanta.<p><b>Where to Stay:</b> Hike five miles on a moderate trail (with five …

New York City

5 Pumpkin Breads You Should Definitely Be Making

Nothing says fall like moist pumpkin bread. From pecan-cranberry swirled to coconut-studded, here are five amazing pumpkin breads to make this …

Baking

National Geographic Travel

Apparently, All the Best New Male Models Have Famous Parents

Still reeling in the “who’s <i>that</i> guy?” moment from the Chanel fall 2015 couture catwalk last week, when a bleach-blond, Greco-Roman-jawed man accompanied <b>Julianne Moore</b> down the runway? Well, allow us to enlighten you: That was none other than <b>Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis</b>, yes, <i>that</i> Day-Lewis, as in son of</b> …

Honeycomb Ice Cream to Buzz About

<i>Yossy Arefi from Apt. 2B Baking Co. shares dessert projects that demand a little extra time and effort. Because your weekends should always be sweet.</i><p><i>This week: Meet your weekend plans. Yossy's walking us through making Individual Baked Alaskas with three posts. Today, we'll start with the ice</i> …

Wake up to waffle sandwiches: 12 quick and easy breakfast ideas

Have you ever considered how much waffles have in common with bread? Grab two waffles, add a filling, and you’ve got a sandwich. And as with traditional bread versions, the options for what you put in the middle are just about limitless. These 12 ideas include classic sandwich combinations, such as …

Breakfast

How to Make Soap at Home (Even if You Failed Chemistry)

I first started making soap at a time in my life when I was enamored with doing things the long way: baking all my own bread, making my own candy, knitting my own socks. It’s a rewarding, if time-consuming, approach to life, and it gave me a lasting appreciation for goods made with quality …

12 Recipes to Make with Your Tax Return Check

Your tax return check recently came in the mail. You know how much the slip of government-issued paper will say, but something about seeing those little inky numbers makes your heart rush—the thrill of getting a lump sum delivered to your door never disappoints. And while you <i>had</i> well-constructed …

The Hottest Bars in 23 Cities Right Now

Los Angeles

Fried Rice that Might be Wrong But Tastes Right

<i>Every other Thursday, Gena Hamshaw of the blog</i> <i>Choosing Raw</i> <i>shares satisfying, flavorful recipes that also happen to be vegan.</i><p><i>Today: Is there a wrong way to make fried rice? Not when it tastes this good.</i><p>Fried rice might be the ultimate weeknight supper. Versatile, adaptable, easy, and quick, it …

30 Photographs Capturing the End of World War II in Europe

On May 8, 1945, Germany conceded World War II and the world celebrated.<p>On May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered to the Allied Forces, ending World War II in the West. The next day, parades marched, kisses flew, beer flowed, and the globe erupted in celebration. Though the Pacific theater continued to …

Winston Churchill

17 Gorgeous Marble Looks for Your Dream Kitchen

Move aside, granite. There’s a new stone in town. With its crisp white hue, marble offers a bright and welcoming look that’s both chic and modern. Whether you dream of a simple update to a traditional space with marble backsplash or the ultimate sophisticated kitchen with marble and copper …

Interior Design

10 Words With Difficult-to-Remember Meanings

Sometimes there are words that you've seen, read, and maybe even used in conversation whose meaning you can never keep straight. Even after looking …

Literature

More Hilarious Thrift Store Paintings Altered to Give Playful New Meanings

New York-based artist Dave Pollot uses all kinds of funny pop culture references to give playful new meanings to old thrift store paintings. We first featured his work back in February, where Star Wars ships and LEGO blocks made their way into vintage landscapes. Since then, the artist has produced …

Thrifting

Moscow metro opens virtual library of Russian classical literature

Novels by Pushkin, Chekhov and Tolstoy available for free download by commuters<p>Its design is already hailed as a masterpiece of modern art, now Moscow’s metro system is increasing its cultural credentials by opening a virtual library of Russian classical literature.<p>More than 100 canonical Russian …

Voyeuristic Photos Capture Intimate Scenes Through Apartment Windows in Paris

American photographer Gail Albert Halaban has voyeuristic tendencies. When she peers out her window, she not only observes the world, but she documents it with her camera for all to see. In her first series, <i>Out My Window</i>, the New York-based artist staged a series of moments that capture people in …

Photography

I Heart My City: Mimi’s Brooklyn

Researcher and artist <b>Mimi Onuoha</b> was living in Brooklyn…right before she found out she had been selected as one of five Fulbright-National Geographic digital storytelling fellows. She’s since hopped the pond to London to explore how technology and culture influence and affect each other, but she’ll …

5 Film Hotels of Halloween Horror

<i>Source: The Oakley Court</i><p>Hotels inspire the horrific and macabre, and with Halloween almost upon us it's time to celebrate haunted rooms, menacing presences, poltergeists, and even the occasional Log Lady lurking in the lobby.<p>Inspired by great cinema of horror, hotel search trivago.ca takes you to 5 …

Horror

Louise Hearman wins 2014 Moran prize, Australia’s richest portrait award

Painter’s portrait of photographer Bill Henson takes $150,000 Moran prize, which attracted more entries than the Archibald<p>Louise Hearman’s painting of photographer Bill Henson has won the Doug Moran National Portrait prize for 2014.<p>Now in its 26th year, the Moran prize is Australia’s richest …