*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.

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*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.

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*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!

*notcot - 12.27.11 , 22:30 - 1 Notes

Rimowa x Moncler Go On Holiday

rimonc0.jpg It’s as if my Moncler jacket got eaten by my Rimowa suitcase… and somehow fused into a strange luxurious chimera of sorts… It doesn’t look the most functional ~ yet i can’t stop staring. And wondering what else it would transform into if we fed it some other branded goodness… my Macbook Air perhaps? Or Louboutins?

Here’s how Moncler describes it on their site: Rimowa x Moncler Go On Holiday “Moncler is travelling - with the new Moncler Rimowa costumized suitcase. The German travel case producer completely reinterpreted its classic cabin trolley ‘Classic flight’. The result is a light and functional case, essential in its design, versatile in its usage possibilities. Ultraresistant, chrome-plated aircraft aluminium exterior including a brushed Moncler logo, padded handles and a special Moncler address tag.The Moncler trolley comes with typical padded black laqué interior including a unique set of soft accessories: shoe bag, laundry bag, utility bag and a small beauty case. Roomy, handy and compact. Perfect, in its dimensions, as air travel hand luggage and with two TSA combination locks. The world of Moncler in a trolley case.”

See more images of the new suitcase on the next page. The soft accessory bags are tempting…

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*notcot - 12.26.11 , 22:40 - 1 Notes

Sun Valley, Idaho in a box…

idaho.jpg I’ve never been sent a mountain in a box before. And amazingly, the creative folks at Eleven Inc. have attempted to do just this. Sun Valley, Idaho ~ in a box! “Maybe not all of it, but damn close… The films are on a flash drive tucked into a piece of wood. Beyond that we threw in everything short of bullets and bourbon (and only left them out for legal reasons).” Fun, right? In the wooden box is a carabiner, fly, bowling scorecard, leather bound mini book, postcards, and “fire on demand” (aka matches)… all on top of the burlap sack lining. It’s adorable, and a fun selection of objects to get your wanderlust going, and popping the wooden usb key into the computer unleashes a bunch of films and stories of the world of Sun Valley. Take a peek on the next page to see the curated items in the box as well as some of the films!

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*rugenius - 12.23.11 , 00:49 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Discover the Rice Field Terraces of Yunnan, the perfect wave in Indonesia, Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market and more in this week’s roundup from NotVentures. To find out more about each adventure, click on its individual image.

*rugenius - 12.16.11 , 02:05 - 0 Notes

NotVentures Roundup

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Firefly forests, Svalbard seed banks and Bohemian romance are all part of this week’s roundup from NotVentures. To find out more about each destination, click on its individual image.

*notcot - 12.13.11 , 08:00 - 0 Notes

Traffic in Frenetic HCMC, Vietnam, Rob Whitworth

fiathcmc.jpg This featured video series on beautiful visual inspiration is brought to you by FIAT! Thank you FIAT for your support of NOTCOT!

I’m amazed and mesmerized watching Rob Whitworth’s video! His view of Ho Chi Min City is an unbelievable look at the flows of a densely urban area, and it’s fascinating to see how much flows through the intersections and ports… and especially the incredible roundabouts! “Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is an amazing up and coming city. This time lapse is a culmination of 10,000 RAW images and multiple shoots capturing some of the cities relentless energy and pace of change. Everyone who has visited Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam knows part of the magic (love it or hate it) is in the traffic. Ever since I first set foot in HCMC I have been captivated by the cities energy. Saigon is a city on the move unlike anything I have experienced before which I wanted to capture and share.”

TO PAGE 2 of “Traffic in Frenetic HCMC, Vietnam”! ——->

*notcot - , 00:00 - 0 Notes

Beverly Hills At Night

bhcanon1.jpgThis post is part of NOTCOT Having Fun In The Dark series sponsored by Canon Powershot’s Your Second Shot While taking pictures in the dark often means standing super still, you may still end up with more graininess than usual… armed with Canon’s low-light HS SYSTEM, you can trust the tech to help you capture the perfect shot the first time!

These Canon sponsored posts have given us a fun excuse to grab our cameras and go running around in the dark ~ a chance to see things a bit differently! In this latest post, Jackson Stakeman and Linhchi Tang went and checked out some of the holiday lighting in Beverly Hills ~ from store windows to Santa and his reindeer flying through the night sky… it’s fun to see this eerily calm, beautifully lit, holiday world that emerges at night… take a peek at what they found on the next page!

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