White on white
In a massive colour-coordinated crowd-sourcing exercise recently the highly sought-after "secret" picnic, Dîner en Blanc, drew a crowd of 3000 people to Bondi Beach. It was made even more special as the iconic Sydney beach has never before been used to host a dinner party of such scale.
This global phenomenon started from humble beginnings in Paris 25 years ago. What began as a small gathering now attracts tens of thousands of people across five continents and claims the title of the world’s largest secret dinner party.
While the technology behind Dîner en Blanc may have changed over the years, the principles fuelling this fantastic event have not: diners continue to gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a high-quality meal with good friends in one of the city’s most beautiful locations.
Doubling its numbers from last year's inaugural Sydney event, the intriguing dinner treated foodies and cultural enthusiasts to an unforgettable evening of elegance, beauty and magic. True to tradition, guests gathered at meeting points all across Sydney to have the secret dinner location revealed to them at the very last moment.
Guests dressed in white from head to toe, supplied their own epicurean feasts, chairs, fine china, silverware and white tablecloths to create the spectacular white scene on Bondi Beach.
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How about some indoor camping?
Welcome to the only hotel in the world with 15 themed caravans, two VW minibuses, two US Airstreams as well as two original night sleepers, transforming a former warehouse into a landscape of fun, leisure and adventure. The vehicles and trains are housed in and around this former warehouse, creating a unique, indoor caravan park.
A wooden balcony above the sleeping quarters provides a nice view of the variety of caravans and provides space for dining, socializing, or events.
An amazing place to sleep and relax, this is an ideal Base Camp to discover the former German capital, the region - (Cologne, Koenigswinter) as well as the nearby natural reserve Siebengebirge and the river Rhine. More details....
No scuba gear required!
Step inside Africa's first underwater hotel room. When the Manta Resort on the Zanzibari island of Pemba opened its first underwater hotel room this month, it became the second in the world.
The room was designed by Swedish artist Mikael Genberg, who also built the first underwater hotel room in a lake in Sweden. The Manta Resort room sits four meters beneath the surface (that’s just over 13 feet, three feet deeper than the room in the Swedish lake).
The three-tiered suite includes a roof deck, a landing deck at sea level with a lounge and bathroom, and of course the underwater bedroom surrounded by windows that afford a wrap-around view of a nearby coral reef and dozens of species of fish. The windows are under-lit to offer a good view of the ocean at all times. Anchor cables tether the structure to the sea floor so there is no need to worry about floating of during the night!
(Photographer: Jesper Anhede)
Obviously getting out on a Sunday and mowing the airfield would be a risky business, especially at a busy international one like Chicago O'Hare. However it seems they have got the problem solved by employing four-legged 'mowers' instead of two-legged ones.
Next time you fly in to this major hub watch out for sheep, donkeys and llamas The new natural lawn care system is expected to maintain the 120 acres of airport land very efficiently. Humans have some use though. They have been hired as shepherds to care for the flocks and any babies that come along. Already there has been one addition, we're told.
The airport had even hired shepherds to keep track of the new additions to the team.
So you have a fear of heights? You don't like flying? But you still want to skydive! There is soon to be a solution – iFLY Downunder, due to open in Sydney within the first two weeks of April 2014 will offer Australia's premiere state-of-the-art indoor skydiving centre.
iFLY Downunder’s five-metre wide glass chamber is one of the world’s largest state-of-the-art Vertical Wind Tunnels, and the first of its kind in Australia. With 4 x 450 horse power fans powering the tunnel, achieving speeds up to 250kms per hour, the iFLY experience is like skydiving from a height of 14,000 feet.
Friends and family can watch as children and adult flyers master the skills of skydiving with a qualified instructor by their side. It is promoted as suitable for people of all skill levels, from first-time to advanced flyers. It is located adjacent Penrith Panthers just 50 minutes from Sydney’s CBD in Penrith, a region fast becoming known as Sydney’s adventure capital. To learn more about iFLY.....
Surfing goats in Hawaii
Even though Kula isn’t on Maui’s coast, you’ll find plenty of goats that know how to hang ten at the Surfing Goat Dairy. Milk them, feed them, or just watch them chill out on their surfboard-decorated pens before you sample some of their delicious MacGoat Nut cheese, dips and chocolate truffles that are made with goats milk instead of cream.
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Diving into the sunset
The historic Sheraton Maui Hotel has many features, but none are as daring and spectacular as the nightly cliff-dive.
As the sun begins its slow dive into the ocean, a runner lights torches around the grounds signaling the ritual of Lele Kawa (cliff diving). Legend tells us the last chief of Maui, Kahekili (Thunderer), proved his spiritual strength by leaping from sacred Pu’u Keka’a to the Pacific.
With sunset painting the sky, a young cliff diver honors his heritage each evening by re-tracing footsteps in the sand on Kaanapali Beach. A chant of old Hawai'i begins the progression of the warrior; the echo of the conch shell announces his arrival.
He leaves a trail of glowing torches surrounding the lagoon as he makes his way to Black Rock. Upon reaching the summit, he offers his torch to the ocean below, casts his flower lei into the sea; and finally takes the breathtaking dive from Black Rock into the rolling surf below.
Enjoy this nightly tradition at the poolside Cliff Dive Bar.
Dinner for one - and phone a friend!
Now you don't have to feel alone with your bowl of noodles. The Anti-loneliness Ramen Bowl by MisoSoupDesign
This multi-disciplinary design agency, based in Tokyo, Japan, said their inspiration came from seeing a man on the street eating noodles while being glued to his iPhone. The solution is a bowl with a slot for your iPhone. The designers say it’s a bit of fun and has created worldwide interest.
A Christmas fun-dish
Can’t decide between turkey, duck or chicken for Christmas lunch? How about all three in one spectacular three-bird roast? Maybe it’s time to try the TURDUCKEN.
FYI that's a de-boned chicken stuffed into a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed into a de-boned turkey. The word ‘Turducken’ is a combination of turkey, duck and chicken.
Australia’s most awarded butcher, Adam Stratton, says Australians have embraced the TURDUCKEN with whole-hearted festive fervour.
The Turducken consists of five kilograms of de-boned meat and sells for $120. Each Turducken takes about three and a half hours to cook and feeds 15 adults.
Sydney's Tender Gourmet Butchery is the country’s leading supplier of Turduckens – with each boned freshly on the premises. They are not mass produced, but made to order.
“Not only are there three varieties of poultry, but there are also three different layers of stuffing,” says Stratton, “There’s a fruit stuffing in the chicken, a fig and pistachio nut stuffing in the duck and a sage and onion stuffing in the turkey.
The man on the moon
We all now that no-one lives on the moon, but do you know that someone has been buried there? A wanna-be spaceman was so disappointed that he had never had the chance to travel to the moon that his family granted his wish - after he'd died!
Eugene “Gene” Shoemaker, a famous astronomer and geologist, was something of a legend in his field. He invented the scientific research of cosmic impacts and came up with the methods and techniques that Apollo astronauts used to research the Moon.
Shoemaker wanted to be an astronaut himself, but was turned down because of a minor medical issue. Throughout his life, this remained his biggest disappointment. Still, hoping against hope, Shoemaker kept on dreaming that he would some day visit the Moon. When he died, NASA fulfilled his most precious wish and sent his ashes to the Moon with the Lunar Prospector in 1998. His ashes remain there, scattered among moon dust.
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