*notcot - 03.20.12 , 01:10 - 0 Notes

Hotel Tonight San Diego Escape

beach0a.jpg This super stormy socal weekend, we decided to wander down to San Diego… having lived there for years i’d walked/driven by so many of the la jolla hotels but never stayed in them! After months of vicariously browsing the HotelTonight app on our phones around noon to see what hotel offers popped up each day, it finally seemed like the right time to be spontaneous about it! And San Diego Beach Cities were a recent addition as far as deal locations ~ also love that you can even book a deal for up to a few nights (for that spontaneous weekend away or so!) Take a peek on the next page at our spontaneous La Jolla adventures thanks to Hotel Tonight which landed us at La Valencia and the super new Pantai Inn… as well as a look at their lovely app and UI! It was hard not to book another random night and stay longer, but alas, it was time to get home!

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*rugenius - 03.16.12 , 14:54 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Plan your next getaway with NotVentures. This week’s roundup includes Irish castles, tropical overwater bungalows, Ecuadorian birdwatching and more. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

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*rugenius - 03.09.12 , 00:25 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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A carousel bar in New Orleans, stops for your Italian foodie tour and a weekend in Vietnam are all part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. Find out more about each destination by clicking on its individual image.

*rugenius - 03.02.12 , 00:01 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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This week’s roundup from NotVentures includes a Balinese sea temple, foodie secrets in Venice and 48 hours in Stuttgart. To find out more about each escape, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 02.24.12 , 07:35 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Country houses in Ireland, diving in Fiji and a giant egg hunt in London are all part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. To find out more about each destination, click on its individual image.

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*notcot - 02.21.12 , 13:50 - 2 Notes

Operation Window Seat: Helicopter in Rio

helirio00.jpg As this adventure comes to a close (about to head to the airport in a few for a day of GIG-JFK-LAX, hopefully home by weds afternoon) ~ had to share the views from helicoptering around Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ i’ve already shown you the aerial views of beaches and the Sambodromo… and there were SO many mesmerizing ones left, i’ve had the hardest time narrowing them down… so before i hop on my next plane, i leave you with a bunch of them to explore on the next page! It was AMAZING. I wish i could do it again ~ and again ~ and then heli-tour every city! But Rio was especially beautiful seen this way… so many incredible buildings and favelas mixed into the luscious greenery of Brazil… and the Corcovado! You can really see it just about everywhere! Take a peek on the next page… and perhaps i’ll add more details when i get back…

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*notcot - 02.20.12 , 22:15 - 1 Notes

Carnaval Sambodromo Veuve Clicquot Style

dromo00.jpg From 9pm to around 6am various scuolas perform hour long samba-filled parades rallying up the crowds down the Sambodromo for Rio’s Sambe e Carnaval - not one, but TWO nights in a row! As you’ve seen, our friends at Veuve Clicquot brought us to Rio to experience it their way… which included everything from the helicopter tour to VIP seats to watch these incredible parades! (Yes, all. night. long!) While pictures and videos can barely do the experience in person justice… also fascinating is the Sambodromo! I can’t stop staring at the pics comparing our helicopter fly over of the space to the hours of samba parade/dancing spectating we did! Take a peek at the fly overs, the viewing spaces, and a few random samba parade pics on the next page!

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According to wikipedia - “The Sambadrome (“Sambódromo” in Portuguese) was designed by Oscar Niemeyer and built in 1984. It consists of 700 m stretch of the Marquês de Sapucaí street converted into a permanent parade ground with bleachers built on either side for spectators.”

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*notcot - , 14:15 - 1 Notes

Rio Carnaval Beach Madness

beach0.jpg Still cleaning up photos (out of hundreds) between Rio madness with Veuve Clicquot… the beach during carnaval is insanity. So here’s a quick peek of pics of Ipanema from HELICOPTER… Hotel Fasano ROOFTOP… then from ON the beach. SO many people! And red umbrellas. And gorgeous weather… see it on the next page!

p.s. WAY more to come on the helicoptering. Absolutely stunning views which lead to FAR too many pics to figure out how to sort so far…

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*notcot - 02.18.12 , 08:55 - 2 Notes

Rio Carnaval with Veuve Clicquot: Part I

rio0.jpg Apparently i didn’t even realize i needed a break until i landed in Rio after a long flight from NYC. And immediately we’re surrounded by music, fun, and incredibly happy people everywhere… not to mention endless Veuve Clicquot awaiting us at the Santa Teresa Hotel which will be home for the next few nights. Though i’ve only been here for a few hours… take a peek at the lovely room complete with hammock on the patio… and poolside drinks/lunch. The official launch party at the Copacabana is tonight, so i’d best run off and prepare… but had to share the relaxing fun and a peek down at remnants of street parades passing by next to us first! See it on the next page…

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*rugenius - 02.17.12 , 00:40 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Brazilian eco-escapes, illuminated Jerusalem and the definition of first class travel are all part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. Find out more about each post by clicking on its individual image.

*rugenius - 02.10.12 , 01:05 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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This week’s roundup from NotVentures is full of travel inspiration whether you’re off to Antarctica, the Musandam peninsula or Harbour Island. To find out more about each destination, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 02.03.12 , 00:35 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Happy Friday! Find your getaway inspiration from this week’s roundup from NotVentures, which includes adventures in the South of France, Caribbean beaches and tips for a grizzly encounter! Find out more about each post by clicking on its individual image.

*rugenius - 01.27.12 , 01:35 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Shark-filled water slides, cherry blossoms and craft cafes are all a part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 01.13.12 , 18:08 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Adventures to Poland’s crooked forest, Chicago’s new ledge and the legendary Machu Picchu are all a part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. Find out more about each destination by clicking on its individual image.

*notcot - 12.30.11 , 15:02 - 0 Notes

A year of NotVentures ~ 100 of 2011

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This was too pretty not to post when i was playing with our old posts ~ even reducing NotVentures post images to tiny tiles ~ all together they still make me want to escape to a tropical beach or go climb a mountain or wander a forest… click the tiny pics to take a peek at some of 2011’s most popular posts! I can’t wait to see where 2012 will take us!

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