Budget Travel: Beautiful Sacred Places

June 16, 2012

This piece by Budget Travel highlights 10 natural sites around the World and gives some insight into the history of each place.  There are different components to the overall piece including a slideshow of one or two pictures of each site and an in-depth article describing each site and giving information on the best way to get there.  Be sure to check out the two links below to get the full scope.

When we modern folks visit a beautiful natural site, the experience may evoke a sense of peace, a feeling of awe…or just the need to snap a million photos. For our ancient forbearers, though, these places were so much more. Throughout history, civilizations all over the globe have attached spiritual or religious importance to natural spots that played key roles in their respective cultures. From the mythological homes of powerhouse gods like Zeus and Shiva to the serene spot where the mortal Buddha achieved enlightenment, these are the places of legends. Some are still used for age-old rituals, others have been lost to time, but all crackle with a special energy and, if you’re lucky, just a little bit of leftover magic…

 

Article: http://www.budgettravel.com/feature/sacred-places-vacation-ideas,8497/

Slideshow: http://www.budgettravel.com/slideshow/photos-worlds-most-sacred-places,8479/

 


Around the World this week: Articles of Interest

February 5, 2012

1.  Storing bicycles in cities is a logistical problem, but here’s an interesting solution:

http://realestate.msn.com/blogs/listedblogpost.aspx?post=3488f10a-c6e7-4fdb-ab90-08302fa4b47e

2.  Barnes & Noble is the last standing large book selling company, but the future is uncertain:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/business/barnes-noble-taking-on-amazon-in-the-fight-of-its-life.html?hp

3.  Lot of people arrested in Oakland in relation to the Occupy Wall Street movement:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/01/28/us/AP-US-Occupy-Oakland.html?hp

4.  Hudson River Park in New York City:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/28/nyregion/hudson-river-park-after-early-success-faces-new-challenges.html

5.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/sports/athletes-struggle-in-greece-birthplace-of-olympics.html?hpw

6.  Live rock for aquariums:

http://www.aquacon.com/saltwater_aquarium_liverock.html

7.  Possible minimum wage increase for the state of New York from $7.25 per hour to $8.50 per hour.  Surrounding states’ minimum wages are $8.00, $8.46, and $8.25 so it surprises me that New York is currently the lowest among them:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/30/nyregion/albany-bill-would-raise-the-new-york-state-minimum-wage-to-8-50.html?_r=1&hp

8. Rupert Murdoch is using Twitter:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/30/business/media/twitter-gives-glimpse-into-rupert-murdochs-mind.html?hp

9.  

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/01/technology/amazon-shares-drop-as-revenues-fall-short.html?hp

http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/31/barnes-noble-says-it-wont-sell-books-published-by-amazon/?hp

10.

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/01/everything-about-learning/

11.  Interesting view on the information between the rich and poor:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/31/opinion/brooks-the-great-divorce.html?src=rechp

12.  The costs of labor:

http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/31/running-the-numbers-controlling-labor-costs/?src=rechp

13.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/technology/for-founders-to-decorators-facebook-riches.html?_r=1&hp

14.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/us/uproar-as-komen-foundation-cuts-money-to-planned-parenthood.html?hp

15.  Pipeline crucial to Republicans:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/us/politics/for-gop-pipeline-is-central-to-agenda.html?hp


Articles of Interest: What I’m reading this week…

January 29, 2012

1.  Article comparing expensive neighborhoods in Manhattan to other lower priced areas with similar qualities:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/realestate/so-youre-priced-out-now-what.html

2.  Anne M. Finucane is in charge of cleaning up Bank of America’s image.  Although her official title is Global Strategy and Marketing Officer, she’s essentially the Chief Image Officer:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/business/at-bank-of-america-the-image-officer-has-a-lot-to-fix.html?hp

3.  An artist of light, Doug Wheeler’s installation art gallery opening soon in Chelsea:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/arts/design/doug-wheeler-builds-infinity-environment-at-david-zwirner.html

4.  National Geographic’s Top 10 Secrets about Machu Picchu:

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/top-10/peru/machu-picchu/secrets/

5.  Graffiti artists in Brazil using black paint and rollers instead of the traditional colorful spray cans:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/world/americas/at-war-with-sao-paulos-establishment-black-paint-in-hand.html?hp#

New York City, art, Chelsea, Bank of America, Peru, Brazil, graffiti


Viewing the Titanic? WHAT?

December 15, 2011

I guess thinking about today’s technology, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there’s a way to go over two miles deep in a capsule and view the actual wreckage of the Titanic but nonetheless, I’m quite shocked to see this is a reality..  If you have $60,000 that is, but seriously if I had the money I’d book this in an instant.

It was almost 100 years ago, on April 14, 1912 at 11:40pm when the Titanic struck an iceberg and by 2:20am it was on it’s way to the bottom of the ocean where it is now settled about 12,500 feet underwater.  The tragedy claimed 1,517 lives and to date remains one of the worst cruise ship disasters ever.  Coming up in 2012, Deep Ocean Exploration is offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience to go down in a capsule and view the actual wreckage to mark the 100 year anniversary.

NY Times article that I originally read

Deep Ocean Exploration’s website, the company who is hosting the 100 year anniversary dive to the bottom of the ocean.

Wikipedia page about the Titanic


Luxury service at airports

December 4, 2011

The New York Time’s posted an article this weekend about extra services that are being offered at airports.  Personally, I don’t have a problem getting dropped off at the airport and going through the charades.  Check your luggage, go through security, get to the gate and wait.  But so often when I’m traveling I hear people being whiny and cranky about the smallest things, so it doesn’t surprise me that these services are probably being utilized heavily.  But then again, I guess if I had the money I would probably be tempted to spend a few extra dollars on some of these things.

http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/travel/as-airlines-cut-back-hotels-step-in.html?hpw


Very interesting reads…

April 26, 2010

http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/04/23/lunatic.express.carl.hoffman/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/04/06/japan.tokyo.biking/index.html

I would love to go to Tokyo.  I had a layover there before but disappointingly it was overcast both times landing and taking off so I couldn’t see the city at all.  Didn’t know until today though that apparently it’s the most expensive city in the world.

NOTE:  So far, no pictures on my page are ones that I’ve taken myself.  I will certainly let it be known when I get my camera up and running.