*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.

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*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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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.

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*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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*rugenius - 04.15.11 , 01:07 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Another week of getaway inspiration from NotVentures has taken us to Everest, the Argentinian Sierras and Australia’s Great Ocean Road. Where will you explore next? To find out more about each of these destinations, click on the individual images.

*rugenius - 04.08.11 , 00:03 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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We’ve had a beautiful week at NotVentures. You need look no further for your next getaway whether you’d like to spend your next break up a tree, enjoying April festivities in Barbados, getting your adrenalin rush in Vietnam or emigrating to a new country. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 04.06.11 , 07:02 - 4 Notes

Manly iPad 2 Cases

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Let’s face it, there are a lot of girly looking ipad cases out there. And if they double as a bag they often get a bit too man-purse like. And it’s really not a good look - regardless of gender! So, in light of the new iPad 2 (see our unbox here), we decided to take a peek at what new options are out there (and which old ones are iPad 2 updated)… From machined wood and thick hand-stitched constructed leather to stamped and CNC metal to ballistic nylon and even water repellent twill and tough canvas, there are so many well crafted gadget protector options these days. And most importantly, It should age well, do its job and make you look good! Browse over a dozen options on the next page!

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*notcot - 04.05.11 , 08:40 - 0 Notes

Soho House Berlin: #4

sohoberlin00.jpg A 10 hour nap, a quick stop in frankfurt, and suddenly here i am in gloomy Berlin. More specifically, currently curled up at Soho House Berlin ~ the german outpost of the international member’s clubs and boutique hotel. For fun history - “Originally opened in 1928 as a department store, the property was seized by the wartime government before being occupied by the post-war, Communist regime until 1956. It was then used to house the Communist Party archives and the Central Committee’s Historical Institution. After German reunification the building was legally returned to the descendents of its original owners, but has remained derelict until now.” The boutique hotel aspect has 40 rooms, and while you still can’t take pictures anywhere (restaurants, bars, rooftop pools, gym, spa, art in the lobby, etc), here’s a peek into my room… it’s all the lovely little vintage product details that are adorable… also adore all the Cowshed goodness… and there’s a “Time To Tease” minibar of toys under lock and key (which include a dumbell-esque lolly-for-two)… and even tampons/condoms in cute little linen bags in the bathroom… check out all the fun details on the next page!

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*rugenius - 04.01.11 , 00:23 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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It’s been an incredible week of wanderlust worthy posts at NotVentures. Want to find out more about St Barths, chateaus, or how you can have dinner in the sky? To find out about each destination, click on its individual link.

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