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Pedestrian Spaces Bring Istanbul to Life

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A wall of faces engulf me as I enter the heart of istanbul's Beyoglu area, whose street Istiklal Caddisi is the pedestrian artery of the city. Istanbul, a city known for its rich and layered history, has been designated the 2010 European Union Capital of Culture. The crowded streets, the sweet aroma of hookah smoke wafting in the air, the crackle of backgammon dice hitting the board, little children with rusty scales telling your weight for a few coins, and  bright red trams ... Read More

Get Ready For Miami Winter Music Conference

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During the week of March 21-30th, music's finest DJ's and their fans from around the world will flood the Miami Beach area to take part in the 2014 Winter Music Conference (WMC). The Shelborne Beach Resort's club Shine will host some of the most sought after events this year. The beautiful beach resort will kickoff the conference with the annual Shelter NYC party, featuring internationally acclaimed DJ Timmy Regisford, on March 21st from 9-5am. On Thursday, popular DJ's David Morales, Quentin Harris and Frankie Knuckles will play ... Read More

Berlin’s Edgy Appeal

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This dynamic city, with its avant garde music and art scene, is a magnet for celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp, who have made Berlin their home away from home. Many fashion designers, graphic artists, and musicians have also chosen Berlin as the place to showcase their work. This cross-pollination of creative types has made Berlin a truly international and cosmopolitan city. For travelers seeking a dose of history and culture, Berlin will deliver. The vibrant scene that's ... Read More

Dutch Art on a Rediscovered Island

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Dutch Art on a Rediscovered Island This is the last weekend to experience the new island festival. It's taking place on Governor's Island, which is located smack in the middle of the New York harbor. The festival is part of the celebration called NY400, which commemorates the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage from Amsterdam to New York harbor. Not long after Hudson's historic voyage, in 1624, the first settlers from Holland landed right here, on what was then known as Noten Eylant, the ... Read More

Snow Covered Central Park

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Despite the cold, New York City has not had much snow lately. Yesterday there was a blizzard, and the rare opportunity to shoot a snow covered Central Park finally presented itself. In the early morning after the blizzard, the snow was still perfectly pure. Central Park was not yet full of people, and the soft morning light made the whole scene mystical. It felt like entering some otherworldly realm. Everything from the trees to the bridges was covered in fresh white snow. The Angel ... Read More

Experience The Enchantment And Sparkle Of Paris In Spring

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Paris is an amazing city filled with attractions and wonderful sights that delight the eyes. It is also one of the most visited travel destinations in the world, with a record 33 million foreign visitors in 2012. In the Spring, when the weather is pleasant and flowers are in full bloom, the city really comes alive... My latest video captures the life and spirit of the Paris, a beautiful city rich in culture and diversity. You can check out more of my travel ... Read More

Mykonos Jet Set

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The little island with the big attitude As the summer in northern countries draws to a close, there's still plenty of time for jet-setters to get some great beach time...heading to the Mediterranean in September means the resort towns are still enjoying great weather, but the crowds of Europeans on summer holiday have headed back to their cities. For sizzling summer fun, Mykonos is in a league of its own. The sun splashed little Greek island attracts people from all over the world for it's ... Read More

Indian Holi Festival Colors Turtle Bay

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On the first day of Spring, a celebration of Holi (the Indian festival of colors) took place in New York City in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. The event, held annually in New York City, is a chance for the Indian people to share their cultural traditions and customs. Holi traditionally takes place when the monsoons end, as a joyous celebration of a good harvest and the coming of light. The New York celebration reflected many of the same customs that surround the occasion ... Read More

Riding the International Express Train

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The 7 train is one of the most cosmopolitan trains in the country. The famous train line has been dubbed the 'International Express' because it has six miles of elevated tracks which pass through some of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Queens. I got a chance to interact with many kinds of people and explore several different neighborhoods such as Jackson Heights, Flushing and Long Island City. Afterwards, I felt like I had traveled around the world. The seven train is a ... Read More

Life’s a Beach in Rhodes, Greece

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The Island of Rhodes, located in the southeastern Aegean Sea, is a beautiful and peaceful place to escape during the holidays. There is sunshine all year round, plenty of inexpensive places to eat and friendly people everywhere. I spent most of my time floating around the crystal blue waters with my inflatable raft and eating delicious food. One of my favorite beaches was in the city of Lindos, where there are picturesque views of the acropolis and white washed houses that are ... Read More

Spain Invests in the Future with New High Speed Trains

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Despite current economic woes, Spain is fearlessly moving toward the future by investing $130 billion in high-speed trains. The Alta Velocidad Española or AVE --which means "bird" in Spanish has reduced travel times by nearly three-fold. According to officials, Spain plans to have the high-speed train system networked throughout the entire country by 2020, rivaling high-speed train systems in China and France. Spain is hoping that its investment in high-speed trains over the next decade will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions over the long ... Read More

Martin Jetpack Takes Travel to New Heights

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It's always exciting when technological advances give people the ability to travel in new ways. I'm extremely excited after learning about the world's first commercial jet pack, which is powered by dual propellers that could elevate users high into the air. The jet pack was invented by New Zealander Glenn Martin and unveiled last July.  The device is 5 feet in length by 5 1/2 feet in width and weighs about 250 pounds. One of the biggest concerns, of course, is safety. The ... Read More

“The Class”: Step Inside a French High School

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Last night I watched the film 'Entre Les Murs', directed by Laurent Cantet. This is a side of France most Americans have never seen. It takes place in the classroom of a rough Paris High School, a world apart from the chic areas of central Paris where tourists spend most of their time. In the class of dedicated teacher Mr. Marin, social tension between different cultures unfolds through quick dialogue. The students are from places such as China, Morocco, Mali and Tunisia. The teacher ... Read More

Interview with Kim Seifert: Talking Music in the Virtual Realm

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While exploring the virtual realm, I had the opportunity to interview celebrated singer Kim Seifert and ask her a few questions about the 3d social networking site called 'Second Life' and if it has expanded the possibilities of who is likely to attain fame and success in the music industry. Kim also discussed the thought-process she had while choosing the physical appearance of her avatar and the advantages that come with being a celebrity in the virtual world versus one in the real ... Read More

Uganda: A View from the Field

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I love Uganda. It's a beautiful country with fantastic natural scenery and some of the friendliest people on earth! Ugandans are intriguing people who are very dedicated to their country. Their ability to work together toward a common goal and move on from a history of military tyranny, tribal animosity and politicians gone mad on power is inspiring and admirable. Despite the horrors of the past, Ugandans have weathered the storm remarkably well. You will not meet a sullen, bitter or cowed ... Read More

Documentarian Fearlessly Follows Alexander The Great

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After watching 'In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great' hosted by British documentarian Michael Wood, I have been inspired to continue traveling around the world and venturing off into far away lands. Even though I had heard of Alexander the Great before I had never known the magnitude of his endeavors. Michael takes you on a journey from Egypt, Greece, Afghanistan and India, looking at old maps, ancient landmarks, and other interesting scenes and sites where Alexander the Great left his mark ... Read More