*rugenius - 07.20.12 , 00:00 - 1 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Majestic New Zealand’s Alps, sunshine in the Balaerics and diving in the Maldives are all part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. To find out more about each destination, click on its individual image.

*notcot - 07.19.12 , 18:40 - 0 Notes

Operation Window Seat: LAX-IST

opist0.jpg It’s been a while since a Operation Window Seat has come along… but it was pretty spectacular flying in to Istanbul this week not to snap a few shots. Unfortunately it snuck up on us (after a long long direct flight of a nap from LAX!) so the pictures are from the iPhone! Take a peek on the next page…

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*notcot - , 18:16 - 0 Notes

The House Hotel Galatasaray, Istanbul

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Currently in Istanbul! While here, decided to try The House Hotel Galatasaray. One of the three House Hotels (all in Istanbul), this is the four-storey mansion built in 1890′s and renovated by renowned Autoban Design. The result is a beautiful and unexpected mixture of late 1800 turkish styles with lots of geometric patterns which feel like modern takes on more traditional tile patterns… from the reception area to the closet to the ceiling of the bathroom. Additionally the juxtaposition of modern (custom!) furnishings, chandeliers, tvs and more to the wood flooring and ornate walls and ceilings leave you in a beautifully unique space! As Mr & Mrs Smith says, “The House Hotel Galatasaray in Istanbul is a masterfully modernised mansion, elegantly imperial with a hint of contemporary magic.” Take a peek inside our room on the next page!

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*rugenius - 07.13.12 , 00:00 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Cap Ferret, the Maldives and Mauritious are all featured destinations this week in our roundup from NotVentures. To find out more about each post, click on is individual image.

*rugenius - 07.06.12 , 00:45 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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This week’s roundup from NotVentures includes dining in the Dolomites, camping in hanging tents and an escape to Paris. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

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*rugenius - 06.29.12 , 08:30 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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This week’s roundup from NotVentures features skiing in South Korea, Brazilian hot spots and amazing underwater attractions. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 06.16.12 , 21:00 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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An aviator hotel, cycling through northern Argentina and visiting the Vatican in a day are all part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. To find out more about each destination, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 06.08.12 , 00:00 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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24 hours of light in Iceland, island hopping in Thailand and hillwalking in the Scottish highlands 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 - 06.05.12 , 01:47 - 0 Notes

Hotelifying Your Bathroom

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One of my favorite things about traveling has always been hotel bathrooms and amenities. With such variety in bathroom fixtures and shower designs it always feels like shopping and testing bathroom layouts and details for my future home design… and the same goes for amenities! You get the chance to test so many different scents and brands and products as you bounce from hotel to hotel.

So while surprise toiletries are often a hotel luxury, when doing a vacation rental, there’s no reason to forego the playful newness and experimentation of toiletries! So instead of packing your usuals and making mini bottles of everything currently in your bathroom, why not have a little fun and grab a set from an awesome brand you’ve been curious about? On the next page i’ve rounded up some favorites, some i’m curious about, and an awesome site that’s bound to have something you’ve yet to try!

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*rugenius - 06.01.12 , 00:00 - 0 Notes

Notventures Roundup

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Whale-watching in Sri Lanka, breakfast with kangaroos and Scottish boltholes are all part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 05.25.12 , 00:00 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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This week’s roundup from NotVentures includes luxury in the Cloud Forest, diving off Honduras and getaways in the Balearics. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 05.11.12 , 00:38 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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A Colombian salt cathedral, surfing British Columbia and Hong Kong for art lovers are all part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures roundup. Find out more about each post by clicking on its individual image.

*rugenius - 05.04.12 , 09:22 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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The Mexican Riviera, Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum and a spot of glamping are all a part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. To find out more about each destination, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 04.27.12 , 00:00 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Island hopping in the Galapagos, activities for kids in Los Angeles, and a local’s guide to Istanbul are all part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. To find out more about each destination, click on its individual image.

*notcot - 04.25.12 , 15:30 - 0 Notes

Republic Bikes at the Mark Hotel NYC

mark1.jpg Adorable black and white bicycle loaded up with the “ultimate picnic in the park created by celebrated chef, George Vongerichten” ~ how could anyone resist? This is park of the latest luxury amenities added to the Mark Hotel including The Mark Restaurant and Bar by Jean-Georges Vongerichten; a shoe shine kiosk by John Lobb; martial arts gym Punch Fitness Center; and a Frederic Fekkai salon… this fleet of bikes are bespoke Republic Bikes with a striped chaincase and monogrammed bicycles, MARK1 license plates, signature black helmets and baskets! As for the ultimate picnic lunch - “Steamed Shrimp Salad, Avocado and Enoki, Champagne Dressing; Fresh Mozzarella, Marinated Roasted Peppers and Arugula; Black Truffle Pizza with Fontina Cheese; Mini Vanilla and Chocolate Éclairs Red velvet cupcake; and Artisanal Cheeses. Lunch-to-go also includes half a bottle of Champagne and a bottle of San Pellegrino. The picnic basket, together with blanket, plates, cutlery and glasses all fit neatly into the bicycles front basket, with a specially designed drink bottle cooler.” Adorable, isn’t it? See more picture on the next page!

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