*rugenius - 05.27.11 , 14:32 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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How will you be spending this long weekend? Plan your next getaway with some inspiration from NotVentures. Why not discover a lake fully of jellyfish, secret surf spots or wine country? To find out more about each destination, click on its individual image.

*notcot - 05.25.11 , 21:40 - 0 Notes

StndAIR: NYC to Hamptons + beyond!

stndAIRmain.jpg StndAIR! Yes, André Balazs and the Standard Hotels now have their own sea plane! And will even give you a ride from the New York City to East Hampton on peek weekends (perfect for hopping over from the Standard New York to Sunset Beach)… or you can charter it for anywhere in a 300 mile radius. Adorably red, “Willa” certainly can’t be missed! This 8 passenger Cessna 208 Caravan Amphibian aircraft, staffed by two pilots, officially takes flight tomorrow, but we’ve got some fun sneak peeks at the sketches behind her and her first flight! And in full Standard style, “The cheeky flight experience will include André Balazs Rosé, Swedish Fish, StnAir Branded Water and a Standard flight greeter at departure and arrival.” (Mmmmmm Rosé and Swedish Fish.)

And of course they take the experience even further with their StndAIR Flight Board: “Travelers can ‘compete’ to charter flights at more affordable rates provided they recruit friends to fill the 8 seats on the plane, or take their chances with others seeking the same destination.  The first person to book receives the lowest price and there’s a sliding price scale that gradually increases as more participants sign up for that flight. The first to fill a flight gets the confirmed charter.” So… what are you waiting for? Let’s get a group of 8 together and go! Take a peek at StndAIR’s inaugural flight on the next page!

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*rugenius - 05.20.11 , 00:01 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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A beautiful roundup of travel inspiration from NotVentures including escapes that take you underground, wave chasing or where the wild things are. To find out more about each destination, click on its individual image.

*notcot - 05.18.11 , 12:50 - 1 Notes

Mercedes AMG Driving Academy: SNOW!

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Ok, so i just spent a week with a 2011 MercedesAMG C63 in my garage (yes, the BRIGHT mars red one)… and i forgot how much i LOVE driving. Sadly just had Mercedes come pick it up a few minutes ago… So, that combined with being asked to share some of my travel dreams for these Amex Membership Rewards posts… i had to show you the Mercedes AMG Driving Academy Winter Sporting classes… in Arjeplog, just 80km from the Arctic circle! The pictures are just stunning ~ definitely dreaming about doing these some day ~ though i can’t decide how i’d ever pick between driving and photographing! See it all on the next page!

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*notcot - 05.15.11 , 23:20 - 0 Notes

Mondrian SoHo: Breakfast + iPads

mondrianmain.jpg One can’t deny that delicious room service is a fantastic luxury to wake up to in a hotel. Well, with our new Tasteologie features, i sent our editor, Jackson, to the newly opened Mondrian SoHo in New York for their press staycation… and we found they do breakfast deliciously! You can take a peek at the sketches and initial looks at the Mondrian Soho in our previous post. One feature takes a look into breakfast in the green garden like space of their Imperial No. Nine restaurant… the second feature takes you inside the room - and the in-room first gen iPad, on which you can do everything, including order breakfast! Delicious and gorgeous, check them out here.

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*rugenius - 05.13.11 , 00:07 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Travel inspiration abounds at NotVentures whether you’re dreaming of getting lost in Java, exploring southeast Wales or heading out an Alaskan expedition. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*notcot - 05.10.11 , 00:10 - 0 Notes

High Res Arm Chair Traveling

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It’s absolutely amazing what you can see through the window of your computer these days. I won’t lie ~ my high res camera has definitely been my third eye when i’m out and about. Coming home and taking images off my Canon 5D Mark II, I ALWAYS find details i could not have possibly seen with my naked eye ~ at events, off in the horizon, tiny details… it’s unbelievable. Now take that even further… there’s an awe inspiring trend of super high res imagery from view points around the world. With sites like Paris 26 Gigapixels, 360 Cities, Gigapan, and more - the world is literally at your fingertips to spin around, and zooooooooooom into! Think of these as panoramas on steroids ~ with super vision? Take a peek at a few examples of Paris, Dresden, London, and Alpstein on the next page!

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*notcot - 05.09.11 , 00:01 - 3 Notes

I wish i were at… Il San Pietro di Positano

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Il San Pietro di Positano looks breathtaking, and was a no brainer to follow up Giraffe Manor. Nestled into the luscious cliffs overlooking Positano’s bay is this beautiful 61 room luxury hotel. Looking through the pictures, the most alluring aspect is definitely being surrounded by the greenery and sea on all sides… perhaps a perfect escape! Take a peek at the surreal views on the next page!

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*rugenius - 05.06.11 , 01:20 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Get ready for the weekend with some travel inspiration from NotVenures. There are tips for every traveler you’re after exotic foods, Antarctic adventures or just an escape to the spa. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 04.29.11 , 10:01 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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So much gorgeous travel inspiration at NotVentures this week! Where will you be heading? Underwater in the Galapagos? A scenic drive through Colorado? Or perhaps something a bit more extreme? To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*notcot - 04.23.11 , 09:09 - 0 Notes

Creatures of Christmas Island

xmaslife0.jpg So you’ve seen how beautiful my dad’s window seat views flying in to Christmas Island were… well i just raided his SD card full of Christmas Island adventures, and there were so many inspiring nature pics, i had to share them with you! It’s amazing to see how crisp and clear the water is… Take a peek at everything from octopi and shrimp, to sharks and mantas, to frigates and puffers… and more on the next page!

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*notcot - 04.22.11 , 22:40 - 0 Notes

Operation Window Seat: HNL-CXI-HNL

XMI-HNL0.jpg Wow. It’s like an airplane eclipse ~ amazing circular rainbow and shadow of the plane cast on the clouds… apparently it was even more incredible in person, and the camera didn’t even begin to do it justice. This latest Operation Window Seat comes from my dad who just returned from his latest adventures… incredible views as he flies in to Christmas Island… and to Honolulu on the return. The glow of the water and sky ~ the sandy shallows ~ the waves crashing on the shores ~ the dense city by the sea ~ diamondhead crater… and more!

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*rugenius - , 01:10 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Beautiful week at NotVentures. Where will you be off to for the Easter holidays? Discovering Rome with insiders’ tips, heading to the hills of Bhutan or meeting hammerheads in Costa Rica? There’s something for everyone this week. Even armchair explorers can enjoy racing around the world in less than a minute. To find out more about each post, click on the individual images.

*notcot - 04.20.11 , 13:55 - 0 Notes

Operation Window Seat - Central CA

opwin4.jpg It’s been a while since i’ve done an Operation Window Seat post, timing hasn’t been quite right on a lot of my recent flights… but yesterday when i woke up on my LHR to LAX flight, it was just gorgeously snowing somewhere over central california… take a peek on the next page! (And on a side note, the rear facing biz class seats are kind of strange, no?)

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*notcot - 04.18.11 , 13:50 - 0 Notes

Crumpled City Maps

map0.jpg Crumpled City Maps! While these appeared on NOTCOT.org about a year ago, they weren’t available yet. Well, i just ran into them at Selfridges in London, and they are so fun! (If only i wasn’t at the END Of my trip, it would have been great to have these balled up in my purse for Paris, Berlin, Milan, and London the last month!) Truth is, maps always get so wrinkled and abused in my purse and pockets when traveling, i usually grab a city center map from the concierge, and toss it by the end of the trip… these are printed on tyvek, so they should be able to withstand quite a bit of abuse, and hopefully still be readable. They also come with a cute pouch ~ and in fun simple flash card like packaging… and now you can even select your own set of 5 for a Crumpled City Collection Box! Love this 5 pack as an idea for someone embarking on a whirlwind trip… take a peek at more details and the available cities on the next page!

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