10 Cruises That Celebrate Easter and Passover

Easter or PassoverEaster and Passover may be religious and national holidays, but they no longer need to hold you back from enjoying a spring cruise!

Ten massive cruise lines are offering special holiday entertainment and celebration during the Passover celebration, and on Easter Sunday.

Whether it be Hot Cross Buns, Kosher wine, an Easter ham or jellybeans and chocolate, these cruises will make sure your holiday meal is even better than the one you’d be cooking at home.

For entertainment, most cruises provide Easter egg hunts for the kids, egg decorating, bunny petting zoos, holiday parades and arts and crafts to get into the spirit of the occasion.

For the religious, each line hosts Catholic mass, Jewish Seder and inter-and-non-denominational services.

Read on for more information: http://www.usatoday.com/experience/cruise/cruise-buzz/easter-passover-cruise-ship-celebrations/6607005/

5 Best Food Festivals in the United States

BB&T Charleston Wine and Food Festival

March 5-8, 2015

A celebration of Charleston’s culinary excellence and renowned culture, this food festival is more than just incredible cuisine – it’s profits benefit scholarship programs for the culinary and hospitality workplace. Hang out in Culinary Village, home to the Grand Tasting Tent with over 40 food and beverage vendors from across the country, get some hands-on experience in the Culinary Hub with interactive demonstrations and panels, or explore the Outdoor Living + Grilling Area with tastings and demos, Whole Foods Market Wine Shop and the all new Southern Season Open Air Artisan Market.

Austin Food and Wine Festival

April 25-27, 2014

Mixing music and feasts in a way only Austin could, this fest dedicated to fostering innovation in the Central Texas culinary community through grants, educational programming and events goes off with a bang – by Rocking Your Taco. That’s right, any chef in the area can enter to be deemed taco queen or king of Texas, while everyone in attendance can taste test. Sounds like a tasty experiment!

TEXTVegas Uncork’d

May 8-11, 2014

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, and their food festival is no exception. Packed with celebrity chefs, master sommeliers and cutting-edge mixologists, these professionals gather throughout Vegas’ top resorts to give fans an exclusive opportunity to not only taste their food, but to rub elbows with them throughout four days of events. Guest stars include Bobby Flay, Guy Savoy, Gordon Ramsey and every other chef you’ve seen with their own show on the Food Network.

New Orleans Food and Wine Experience

May 21-24, 2014

Attracting over 10,000 gourmands, art and music lovers year after year, this event features over 1,000 wines from around the world for attendees’ tasting pleasure. Take a Royal Street Stroll past the fabulous antique, art, jewelry, clothing, photography and memento shops, stopping at each block to have a glass of wine while you browse.

Taste of Chicago

July 9-13, 2014

One of the few free-admission food festivals, Taste of Chicago also claims the title of “nation’s premier outdoor food festival.” Held over a 5-day span in the massive Grant Park, attendees can try over 200 different menu items from a variety of cuisines like American, Indian, Italian, French, Chinese, Irish and African. After munching, they can head over to the Petrillo Music Shell for live music.

 

27 Words To Learn Before You Visit Hawaii

LEARNEveryone knows that “aloha” means hello, but did you know it could also be a way of life?

There are 27 words that every traveler should know before taking a trip to Hawaii, to prevent mistakes like telling someone to go Mauka when they should turn Makai, or a Wahine walking into the Kāne restroom – embarrassing!

You’ll want to make sure your Keiki refers to any Kamaʻāina elders as Auntie or Uncle, regardless of their relation, and you better know how to shaka if anyone lends you some Kōkua!

Not sure what we’re talking about? Read on for the full list: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/11/words-to-learn-hawaii_n_4916066.html?utm_hp_ref=hawaii-travel

Holy Waters in Blackville, South Carolina

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Via SciWay.net

In Blackville, South Carolina, there is a patch of land legally owned by “God Almighty.”

Owned by L. P. “Lute” Boylston until his death in 1944, Boylston willed the land to “God Almighty” to ensure that the water from the land’s small natural spring would always be free for anyone to drink

According to legend, the spring now has powers to heal the sick. The story goes that a group of fatally wounded British soldiers were near death in the woods, but helped by Native Americans, who made them drink from the healing spring. Six months later, the soldiers were said to have returned to their camp, looking good as new.

Today, some drive hundreds of miles for the water’s legendary powers – not to mention it’s apparently delicious taste.

At the spring, water pours by the gallon continuously from multi-spigot pipes stuck in the ground. Whether or  not they believe it is holy, many locals visit the spring daily just to store up the fresh water for drinking, cooking and even bathing.

9/11 Memorial Museum to Open May 21

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Almost thirteen years after the bombing of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, New York City will be opening a museum dedicated to commemorating the national tragedy.

On March 21, officials announced that the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum will be set to open at the end of May, following a 6-day dedication period for those directly associated with the attacks to visit the museum before it is open to the public.

The museum will feature an “In Memoriam” exhibition listing all 2, 983 people killed in the attacks, while a historical exhibition will educate visitors about the events leading up to the attack.

The museum will be located in the World Trade Center memorial plaza, and will be open to the public on May 21, 2014.

Read on for more information: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/03/24/us/ap-us-sept-11-museum.html

11 Reasons Why You Should Vacation in Guam

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visitguam.com

For a tiny, remote island just west of the United States, Guam is one of the most exciting, unique getaways under American territory. But don’t let the American ownership fool you — Guam is an international melting pot full of indigenous and local culture you won’t find in any one of the other fifty states, not to mention one of the most beautiful! From diving in the crystal clear coral reefs and hiking under magnificent waterfalls to enjoying authentic Chamorro food and reggae beach music, Guam has hidden treasures at every turn just begging to be found.

Read Huffington Post’s “Guam Is The Most Interesting Destination in America And Here’s Why”

 

Possibly the World’s Most Impressive Paper Plane

Click the link below to see images of the most impressive, unbelievable paper airplane ever built. The enormous amount of detail in this plane will astonish you!

Possibly the world’s most impressive paper plane – CNN.com.

11 Astonishing Buildings with Giant Holes in the Middle

Who would have thought that having holes in a building could actually make it look better! Check out these 11 amazing buildings with astonishing design!

Missing something? 11 astonishing buildings with giant holes in the middle – CNN.com.

12 Elevators You Need to See to Believe

Generally, a ride on a lift includes pushing a button and daydreaming until the ding for your floor. Give careful consideration on these lifts, however, or you will pass up a great opportunity for a standout amongst the most exciting rides of your life (regardless of the fact that it just last up to 30 seconds). From zooming up a back to front London point of interest to moving to a grand disregard in rustic China to a rising up an American symbol, these vertical accomplishments of designing are about route more than getting from point A to point B.

12 elevators you need to see to believe – CNN.com.

The Best St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in the U.S.

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America is the world’s largest melting pot of cultures, ethnicities and racial backgrounds, but on one day out of the year, everyone comes from the same place. Forget about wearing green – if you don’t claim to have a sliver of Irish blood in you on March 17, you’ll get pinched all the way back to your irrelevant homeland!

So don your leprechaun hat, green knickers and a shamrock pin or two, and check out one of these top destinations to celebrate the man who drove all the snakes out of Ireland 16 centuries ago!

Savannah, Ga.: If you believe in everything – and we mean everything – being green on St. Patrick’s Day, Savannah may be right for you! Boasting green dyed water fountains at their three-hour-long parade, these Southerners have attendances breaking 400,000.

New York City: Organized in 1762 by Irish soldiers in the British army, NYC claims the largest-attended parade in America, with over two million festive folks sticking around for a nearly six-hour walk through the city’s biggest streets. Believe it or not, this family-friendly parade has a strict no-alcohol policy, but attendees can stop by any one of NYC’s many pubs afterwards to celebrate in the best way the Irish know how!

Chicago: Ever wondered what a massive body of water would look like if it were green? Here’s your chance! Come out to the parade at 10 a.m. to watch the Chicago River being dyed from the bridges at Michigan Avenue. This year’s Grand Marshal will be John McDonough, President and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Boston: You would think that Dublin, Ireland would be the first to host an official St. Patrick’s Day Parade, but in typical American fashion, we beat them at their own game! Established in 1737, the world’s first St. Paddy’s Parade is still going strong year after year in America’s most Irish state – with 20% of the population being of Irish descent.

Washington, D.C.: America’s capitol is no stranger to massive festivities! The city’s Shamrock Festival invites over 50 Irish performers – whether they be dancers, bagpipers or folk musicians – for an all-day celebration. This year’s lineup includes Irish rock band Dropkick Murphys and countless schools of Irish dance!

St. Louis: Stuck in the Midwest for the holiday? Never fear! St. Louis holds one of the best of the Midwest parades, with local dancers and musicians lining the streets of Dogtown, a historically Irish neighborhood named after the mines with which it was once populated.