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Maria Russo

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Exploring Singapore's Café Culture In 24 Hours

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 7:00 AM

While most people spend their layover in Singapore scrambling to hit well-known hawker stands, I chose to sip lattes and gnash on gourmet vegetarian cuisine at some of the city's coolest cafés.

Hip coffee joints are popping up all over Singapore's spotless streets and a desire to slow things down...

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The Inhabited Gardens Of An Eco-Modern Balinese Resort

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 8:30 AM

Perched on an elevated plateau adjoined with soaring limestone cliffs, Alila Villas Uluwatu, a stunning eco-chic boutique resort with picturesque views of the cerulean Indian ocean, is an exquisite model of eco-modern design. Located on the parched savannah landscape of the Bukit Peninsula, the resort integrates dramatic design...

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Exploring Authentic Ocho Rios With A Personal Butler (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 7:00 AM

I've never had a personal butler before. It's not that I don't enjoy splurging on sumptuous hotels and the many ways a girl can pamper herself while staying at such establishments; it's just that I've never quite experienced the level of service that attends to almost any request -- from...

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A Luxury Eco Escape In Egypt's Most Remote Desert Oasis (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 7:30 AM

There are many eco lodges across the globe but few like Adrère Amellal. Situated in Siwa, one of the most remote desert locations on earth, guests can expect to feel uncomfortable and possibly even out of sorts after the long nine-hour drive from the bustling city...

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8 Unforgettable Experiences In Kerala (PHOTOS)

(5) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Once a hub for spice traders hailing from Europe, Asia and the Arabian peninsula, Kerala now lures travelers from across the globe with its hill stations peppered with tea and spice plantations, palm-fringed backwaters, and cosmopolitan history of colonial trade preserved in the old city of Fort Cochin.

In English,...

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The Laura Siegel Fall Collection: Ethical Fashion at Its Best

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 11:03 AM

Laura Siegel (left) with model
For Laura Siegel, design is a story about the unrestrained, rugged beauty of nature and the indigenous people who inspire and help mold her effortless collections. The 24-year-old designer has been labeled by Vogue Italia as "one...
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Swap Your Stylish Abode For Another On This Home Exchange Site

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 6:00 AM

Love Home Swap, a socially connected home exchange site, is providing travelers interested in a local experience with an inexpensive, yet stylish way to spend their holiday. The site, which has approximately 2,800 listings worldwide and allows members to connect with other members through Facebook, showcases chic homes...

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Exploring Brooklyn the Artisan Way

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 5:31 PM


Ask New Yorkers where things are happening and they'll tell you Brooklyn is where it's at. This bustling borough, with a population of approximately 2.6 million, has an ever-changing culture. Yet, one thing that always remains the same is the constant influx...

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Monsanto's Seed: How One Company is Tarnishing Our Food Supply

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 9:34 AM


Photo by: Jan Tik/Flickr

If you didn't think that fear tactics and dishonest business practices could go without reprimand to the point where a multinational corporation has hired its own crony of shady private investigators to silence anyone who may get in...

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Saratoga Springs: Mineral Baths, Museums And Homemade Potato Chips

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 8:01 AM

Mention Saratoga Springs and its infamous race track is sure to come up. Yet, as exciting as the horse races may be, this friendly city has plenty more to offer visitors looking for a relaxing weekend getaway. Brimming with artisan shops, historic sites and natural attractions, Saratoga is truly a...

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Delighting in Turkey's Intimate Destinations

(4) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 9:25 AM

Turkey is a vast country peppered with impressive natural wonders, ancient cities and gorgeous coastline. If you're traveling for less than a month, it's wise to narrow your itinerary down to three or four towns or cities.

While what you read in guidebooks about visiting "must-see" attractions should be considered,...

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Glamour, Gardens and George Clooney in Lake Como

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 9:01 AM

Lake Como is glamorous. So glamorous that when you Google it words like stunning, jewel-like and George Clooney immediately pop-up. And who could deny that this postcard-perfect landscape of vast blue waters and sloping green hills dotted with terra-cotta villas is anything but dazzling? I certainly...

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Hope Rises at a Malnourished Infant Center in Guatemala

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2011 | 2:33 PM


Alberto's bones were like flimsy pieces of cartilage floating in a soft, thin layer of skin and fat. I could feel a tiny set of ribs rise and recede each time I lifted, rocked and held him, fearing that any quick movement would...

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Finding Enlightenment at a Cooking School in Chiang Mai

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2011 | 10:51 AM

During a two-week journey through Thailand, I set out on a quest to prepare my soul for the preliminary stages of enlightenment. I wished to be freed from the vicious cycle of human desires and rid my thoughts of impurities to ultimately find...
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The Good, the Sad and the Expensive in Antigua and Lake Atitlán

(33) Comments | Posted June 3, 2011 | 5:50 PM

The good. The sad. The expensive. That simple description sums up my experience while traveling through Antigua and Lake Atitlán, two of Guatemala's most tourist-laden spots. After the awe-struck feelings wore off from exploring the spectacular Spanish Mudéjar-influenced Baroque architecture in Antigua, and traversing the volcanic terrain around the resplendent...

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Why Kesté Has the Most "Life Changing" Pizza in NYC

(1) Comments | Posted May 17, 2011 | 11:04 AM


I am still blown away each time I speak with a New Yorker who has not eaten at Kesté Pizzeria. This tiny eatery in the West Village has the most authentic Neapolitan slice I've ever tasted here in NYC -- and it's...

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Licking Like a Local in Antigua, Guatemala (Ice Cream, That Is)

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2011 | 6:05 PM

Guatemalans love ice cream. Well, at least in Antigua they do. At every turn, the historic city's cobblestone streets seem to be crawling with people licking drippy cones of frozen cream topped with a dollop of syrupy strawberry goodness. And it made me want it -- like really...

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The Seductive Serenity of Krabi, Thailand

(16) Comments | Posted February 4, 2011 | 4:44 PM


The scent of frangipani spilled from the trees like the earthy aroma of soil and sand rising from a gushing waterfall. It was July: the tip of the rainy season in southern Thailand, and early morning showers would greet us as the sun rose...

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Haiti, We Have Forsaken You

(8) Comments | Posted January 7, 2011 | 11:28 AM

It happened as it always happens. A moment of unfathomable destruction grabs the empathetic attention of millions. We are distraught, sick, apprehensive. We are glued to images of a nation that has become unglued; the crisis far beyond anything our minds can comprehend, yet we try to understand. We ponder...

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Charity: Water Gala Raises More Than $ 1 Million for Clean Water Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 8:15 AM

December 13, 2010 --

"This room can accomplish something incredible tonight. You can walk out of here and say 'I went to a party that gave clean water to over 19,000 people' - that's more than the Madison Square Garden full. We've got 5,000 people in Ethiopia who are waiting,...

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