The Mobile Carnival Museum Exterior

The Mobile Carnival Museum

& America’s First Mardi Gras

 

Held every year on the day before Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras (a.k.a. Fat Tuesday, which falls on February 17 in 2015) in New Orleans is a cultural spectacle to behold, rivaled only by Carnival in Brazil and the Holi Festival of India.

 

But, as impressive as the Crescent City’s celebration of the historically French Catholic holiday is, America’s first Mardi Gras festivities were held in what is now known as Mobile, Alabama.

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Svartifoss Waterfall in Winter

Svartifoss Waterfall in Winter, photo by Andreas Tille via Creative Commons

 10 Incredible Iceland Waterfalls

 

Iceland takes your breath away. There’s inspiring scenery, extraordinary landscapes and astounding natural wonders seemingly everywhere you look. Majestic glaciers grind their way through cracked lava fields, gushing geysers explode with a powerful force, glittering ice caps pierce the sky, and wondrous waterfalls present themselves at every turn.

 

Putting together a list of the best waterfalls in Iceland is not an easy task. The country is full of so many magnificent falls, and each one seems more superb than the last. There are glacial falls (which originate from melt water from glaciers across the country), golden falls, and those which plummet through canyons onto black sand beaches. There are Waterfalls of the Gods, “Black Falls,” and the largest and most powerful waterfalls in all of Europe.

 

If there’s one thing I can guarantee about your trip to Iceland, it’s that you’ll leave the country determined to return. Our only regret during our trip through this phenomenally beautiful country was that we had not allocated more time to chasing waterfalls. Thus our list of the top 10 falls are split into those we visited and those we are heading back to Iceland to visit in the future.

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Palm Fruit

Palm Fruit, photo by Eoghan Rice via Creative Commons

Palm Oil Threatens Palawan Philippines

(and the Planet)

 

For anyone worried about what GMOs are doing to our agricultural system and how Monsanto is patenting plants across the planet, there’s another dangerous devil on the horizon. Plantation palm oil has been around for years, but its evils largely go unnoticed by the average consumer.

 

If you’ve not gotten the dirty details on palm oil yet, then buckle up for a bumpy ride we all need to take. Because the palm oil industry is not only endangering Palawan Philippines (named the Best Island in the World in 2014 by Conde Nast Traveler readers), but the health of our entire planet.

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Panoramic photo of Santorini, Greece from the Mediterranean Sea

Panoramic of Santorini from the Mediterranean Sea

20 Gorgeous Santorini Greece Pictures 

 

Don’t let the title fool you: This is really a tale of two cities; of how you can have the best of times and the worst of times in the same destination; and how what we experience when we travel has as much to do with expectation and context as it does with research and planning.

 

Our story begins– as many travel tales do– with a dream. For 20 years Mary harbored romantic fantasies of island-hopping the classic Greece you typically see in guidebooks, or on Rick Steves’ Europe. Santorini, with its stunning coastline and striking blue-and-white domed churches, was the epitome of her idyllic aspirations.

 

So when TBEX invited us to speak about Branding For Bloggers at their conference in Athens, I made it my mission to make Mary’s dream come true. Lo and behold, through a series of fortuitous circumstances, we were actually able to visit Santorini twice during our 16 days in Greece…

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5 weird foods the french consider delicacies

5 Weird Foods

the French Consider Delicacies

 

My delectable dish might be your nightmare. Things I would walk a mile for are things you might like to dump in the garbage. What to me is ecstasy could be your ordeal.

 

And that’s precisely what makes different foods so exciting– the discovery, the knowledge that you are about to push beyond your comfort zone and the anticipation of doing so.

 

The French are known for their adventurous cuisine and for eating most anything that moves as well as every imaginable part of an animal. The following five weird foods are adored by the French, yet often detested by everyone else.

 

Let me bet on this: There’s probably a food here you love. And there’s probably at least one you wouldn’t dare try, ever…

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