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12 low-maintenance flowers you can't kill

(Unless you try very hard.)<p>Sometimes you just want a guarantee. You don't have the money or time for that picture-perfect garden that you know …

Extreme Sports

Gardening 101: Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea, <i>Bougainvillea glabra:</i> “Paper Flower”<p>Like a beautiful girl who shows up at a party wearing too much makeup and a loud, revealing dress, …

Whether year is rainy or dry, water-wise plants are smart choices

While we got a great deal of rain this winter, it’s worth holding onto the lessons you learned during the drought. Water is still quite expensive, …

9 Totally Surprising And Incredible Uses For White Vinegar

Don't regulate this household all-star to the kitchen; white vinegar is useful all over your home.<p>Clean rusty tools and metals<p>Remove even the most stubborn rust from tools with a solution of 50 percent water and 50 percent white vinegar. “Vinegar is a great metal cleaner,” says Melissa Maker, …

Cleaning

Five EASY-to-Care-for Houseplants

Hey, friends! We have had LOTS of requests for this post, and I am really excited to share it with you today! Over the past few years, I've gone from …

Plants

Europe's most beautiful rivers - and how to explore them

The Rhine<p>Easily the most popular river for cruising, the Rhine has its source in the Alps, becomes navigable at Basel, in Switzerland, and runs north – in parts serving as a border between France and Germany – to meet the North Sea near Amsterdam. Sections of the river flow through steep-sided, …

European Travel

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

Best of Switzerland: Food and Drink

Discover the best food and drink along Switzerland’s Grand Tour.<p>Taste Switzerland’s Food and Wine Region<p><b>Lake Geneva Matterhorn Region (LGMR)</b><p>Delectable Swiss dishes can be found in all corners of the country, but there’s a particularly tasty concentration of gastronomical delights in the …

A Master Class in Pruning Hydrangeas from White Flower Farm

The question Barb Pierson, nursery manager at White Flower Farm in Morris, Connecticut, hears most often every year is: “When should I prune my …

7 Reasons You Need to Eat More Eggs

Eggs aren't just delicious—they can also boost your mood, nourish your gray matter and even guard against cancer<p>Many Americans were raised on the theory that eggs are loaded with artery-clogging cholesterol and that eating them was a surefire way to promote coronary heart disease. But when Wake …

The world’s smallest kingdom

When he’s not fishing for squid or gardening outside his squat bungalow, the king of Tavolara lords over this tiny island’s 11 part-time residents and 100 nimble mountain goats.<p>Just south of Sardinia's world-famous Costa Smeralda, the lonely island of Tavolara rises wildly from the cerulean sea …

Italy

The city of 187 different countries

Home to more international organisations than any other place in the world, Geneva has a decidedly global feel, with more than 40% of residents coming from outside Switzerland.<p>A haven for expats and loved by locals, Geneva attracts people from around the world for its economic opportunity, lakeside …

Red Cross

Photo of the Day: Best of 2015

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Destinations that are so magical, they hardly seem real

These seven dreamy destinations make you feel like you’ve stepped straight into a magical fairy tale world.<p>Where to go to escape the stresses of life, the bustle of the workweek and the noise of traffic? To find out, we turned to question-and-answer site Quora, where users have been sharing their …

European Travel

10 of the Best European Train Trips

Our ten favorite European trains don’t necessarily offer the fastest journeys—just the most memorable. All aboard!<p>Much of European train travel is about efficiency and comfort—punctually leaving and arriving and having a cozy seat or sleeper compartment in which to devour the latest issue of the</i> …

20 Of The Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World

Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.<p>Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.

The Secret to Creating Your Own "She Shed"

Your backyard storage can do so much more than shelter old lawnmowers.<p>Wouldn't it be nice to have a getaway that didn't involve any travel? It's possible, thanks to customizable "she sheds." Despite the somewhat tongue-twisting name, these pint-sized backyard escapes have proven to be a big trend. …

9 Houseplants You Can Totally Neglect

Always forgetting to water? These varieties are perfect matches for an absentminded owner.<p>Every plant requires a certain amount of care — but some …

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National Geographic Travel

9 Lovely Plants That Can Stand Up to Drought

Where to ski in Switzerland: 5 great winter resorts beyond the big-hitters

Verbier, Zermatt, St Moritz, Davos-Klosters – these alpine resorts are synonymous with skiing in Switzerland. And for good reason – they offer some of the most varied terrain, a range of accommodation options and the best après ski and fine dining scenes in the Swiss Alps.<p>These resorts are also …

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 …

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Ten reasons to (re)visit New York this year

The city that never sleeps gets an awful lot done. In 2014 the 9/11 Memorial Museum unveiled its 10,000-strong collection of artifacts, the final section of the High Line was completed and visitors to Coney Island could loop-the-loop for the first time since 1910.<p>There’s so much fascinating stuff …

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Free Things to Do in London

TravelFree Things to Do<p>From David Bowie and Beckham to Charles Darwin and Dickens, London has captured the world with legendary figures since its founding in the first century A.D. But it's not only the city's celebrities rising to the top—the British pound is rising, too. Don't get knackered …

Harbin Snow and Ice Fest in Pictures

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