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15 Top Decorating Myths Debunked!

Over the years there were certain rules of thumb that one thought one had to abide by in terms of creating one’s perfect home. But fashion and decor, …

Old Flat Converted Into Highly Creative Office Space in Bratislava

In this project, plusminusarchitects transformed a four room flat into an open working space. The flat is situated near the city center of Bratislava …

2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

The 25th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is under way, and entries will be accepted for another six weeks, until June 30, 2013. First prize winner will receive a 10-day Galapagos expedition for two. National Geographic was once more kind enough to allow me to share some of the …

The new vegetarian: asparagus cheesecake with rocket salad

A light and summery ricotta and asparagus cheesecake with dressed rocket leaves.<p>A feather-light cheesecake that's easy to make<p><i>Serves four</i><p>85g (3oz) butter, plus extra for greasing<br>120g (4oz) oatcake biscuits<br>2 tbsp sesame seeds<br>50g (1¾oz) vegetarian Emmental (such as Président), grated<br>250g (9oz) green …

Grilled polenta and sausage salad recipe

There’s nothing light about this sausage and polenta salad, but it’s wonderfully colourful with lots of different flavours and textures.<p><i>Serves four</i><p>4 spicy sausages, such as chorizo<p>4 slices of pancetta<p>400g/14oz precooked polenta, cut into 1cm-thick slices<p>4 handfuls of lambs lettuce or rocket<p>A …

Recipes

Simple summer cassoulet recipe

A version of the classic French cassoulet, slightly simpler and lighter than the original.<p>This is my version of the French classic. Do use confit duck if you can find it, likewise fresh white beans, such as French coco blanc, would be wonderful in this — though you won’t need to soak or precook …

Recipes

Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining, Restaurants

5 Delicious (and Healthy!) Iced Tea Combinations

To upgrade summer's coolest brews, lose the sugar and stir in these extras instead.<p>Sugar Buster = Black Tea + Cinnamon

Nutrition

A place to sit and rest awhile… Detail from Baillie Scott’s White Drawing Room. 

A place to sit and rest awhile… Detail from Baillie Scott’s White Drawing Room.<p>From my visit to Cumbria last week

Staying in Italy: the secrets to enjoying long summer holidays

The first summer my husband and I went to Italy, we were young, poor backpackers. We did one of those "if it's Tuesday it must be Rome" holidays, …

"Never let setbacks or fear dictate the course of your life. Hold on to the possibility and push beyond the fear." Michelle Obama, 2009. See more of the best commencement advice from the world's most powerful women here: http://bit.ly/13ogzFR

10 Outdoor Pools from Members of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory

Is there any better fantasy than someone else’s pool? When the weather warms, we think not. Here, 10 favorites from members of the Remodelista …

Architecture

Tulips in Black

Beware the spectre of inflation

IN THE current issue, Lexington takes a look at Rand Paul, Kentucky's junior senator and a probable contender for the 2016 Republican presidential …

How Does a Baby Giraffe Sleep?

Duh! With its eyes closed, of course! Take a look at these cute photos of baby giraffes sleeping, using their own bodies as pillows for their heads, …

12 pictures that prove blind golden retriever puppy Ray Charles is the cutest dog on the internet

<b>He may not be able to see, or have any evident musical talents, but a blind golden retriever puppy named Ray Charles may have just won the internet.</b><p>A …

Top 10 cheap eats in Singapore

Eating out is everyone's favourite pastime in Singapore – one subject that enthusiastically unites the country's diverse population of Chinese, …

Top 10 walking tours for globetrotting foodies

The best – and tastiest – way to fast-track your understanding of a city's cuisine is to embark on a guided walking tour that includes sampling the local food. Tuck into the best offerings from street food stalls, meet chefs at cafes and restaurants, and local producers at markets. Best of all, …

Top 10 things to do in Paris in spring

Paris is beautiful to explore any season. But spring is the time to soak up that special ‘April in Paris’ charm that Sinatra sung about so well: chestnut groves blossom, city parks burst into flower, plane trees sprout foliage over boulevards, and cafe terraces buzz with new-found energy as …

Cannes Film Festival’s Buzziest Films: ‘Bling Ring’ & More (PHOTOS)

With Spielberg leading the jury, the action along the Croisette kicks off Wednesday. From Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Bling Ring’ to the Coen brothers’ …

Chris Hadfield's photographs of Earth from space – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2013/may/13/chris-hadfield-space-in-pictures<p>720<p>During his five months in space onboard the International …

National Geographic Travel

Stained Glass Miniplanet

New York City for first-timers

<i>Baffled by the Big Apple, or hoping to glimpse the stranger side of NYC? Check out Lonely Planet's essential guide for first-timers, or for a peek at New York's oddities, our friends at BBC Travel have all the secrets.</i><p>No question stumps a New Yorker more than the most common one from a first-time …

10 Unusual Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well

We all know that most doctors, lawyers, and CEOs make good money–but you may be surprised to learn that funeral service managers, hot dog vendors, and ice cream testers can also pull in a pretty penny.<p>To compile our 2013 list of 10 unusual jobs that pay surprisingly well, I combed through BLS data …

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

Library Studies