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  • Le Narcisse Blanc Hotel & Spa, Neighbour To Seine And Parisian Museums

    Le Narcisse Blanc Hotel & Spa, Neighbour To Seine And Parisian Museums

    Columbia Hillen Inspired by famous muse of Belle Époque era Paris-ballet dancer Cleo de Merode, considered the first celebrity icon and nicknamed ‘pretty little narcissus,’ Le Narcisse Blanc Hotel & Spa is a mere five-minute stroll from the Seine at Pont de Invalides and Quai d’Orsay. Columbia Hillen From there, city sights such as the exhibition […] More

  • Thoughts on Honoring the Dead, and the Living

    Thoughts on Honoring the Dead, and the Living

    Almost exactly eight years ago, in late September 2014, the mountain world lost three of its biggest stars in two separate avalanches in South America. Heartbroken and not knowing what to do with the sadness of the loss of more friends to the mountains, I wrote this essay. This week, late September 2022, we lost […] More

  • Where I Find the Best Travel Deals in 2022

    Where I Find the Best Travel Deals in 2022

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  • The World’s First Computer Programmer

    Ada Lovelace: The World’s First Computer Programmer

    Subscribe Apple | Google | Spotify | Amazon | Player.FM | TuneInCastbox | Stitcher | Podcast Republic | RSS | Patreon | Podvine Podcast Transcript Born in 1815, Ada Byron was the only legitimate child of the famous poet Lord Byron.  Unlike her famous father, Ada did not pursue a literary career. Guided by her […] More

  • Hilaree Nelson on Aging, Obsession, and Life as a Role Model

    Hilaree Nelson on Aging, Obsession, and Life as a Role Model

    We’re deeply saddened by the loss of Hilaree Nelson this week. She leaves behind two children, a loving partner, and a hard-earned legacy of badass accomplishments on the highest mountains on earth. We interviewed Nelson two years ago and are republishing the piece today to allow casual readers the chance to learn a bit more […] More

  • Easy Peasy Brothy Noodles With Shrimp and Veggies

    Easy Peasy Brothy Noodles With Shrimp and Veggies

    Serves: 1-2Total time: 15 minutes[ratings] A quick and simple one pot meal that will warm the soul on cold fall nights and chilly winter trips. If you like it spicy, add in some red pepper flakes or a few shakes of your favorite hot sauce. Ed note, though this recipe comes courtesy of Trailcooking.com, we’re […] More

  • The History of Shoes and Footwear

    The History of Shoes and Footwear

    Subscribe Apple | Google | Spotify | Amazon | Player.FM | TuneInCastbox | Stitcher | Podcast Republic | RSS | Patreon Podcast Transcript It seems like the sort of thing humans have used throughout our existence, but historically speaking, footwear is a relatively new invention.  For hundreds of thousands of years, humans spent their entire […] More

  • US Visa Waiver Program for Spanish, Italian, French, and German Citizens

    US Visa Waiver Program for Spanish, Italian, French, and German Citizens

    The VWP or the Visa Waiver Program is an initiative by the Government of the United States for foreign nationals of select countries. It allows eligible citizens of those countries to enter and stay legally in the US for up to 90 days without the need to go through a lengthy process of applying for […] More

  • Private, Exclusive Villas for Discerning Guests

    Private, Exclusive Villas for Discerning Guests

    Luxury-minded travelers not only look for travel experiences for their family that are bespoke, but also offer secure privacy.  Now, you can  Escape The Ordinary™ and experience retreat settings in extraordinary environments surrounded by friends and loved ones. Privacy, luxury and continuity is provided by KEMPA COLLECTION villas across the United States and the Caribbean, […] More

  • Ski Mountaineer Hilaree Nelson Found Dead On Manaslu

    Ski Mountaineer Hilaree Nelson Found Dead On Manaslu

    Indefatigable America ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson, 49, has been confirmed dead after attempting to ski from the 26,781-foot summit of Nepal’s Manaslu with her partner Jim Morrison Monday morning. Morrison was able to ski down to a lower base camp. As reported by Morrison, Nelson set off a small avalanche as she was starting her […] More

  • Actually, Wild Horses and Burros Deserve a Home in the West

    Actually, Wild Horses and Burros Deserve a Home in the West

    I live in a rural county heavily dependent on ranching and agriculture, and though I often hear people talk about threats from large predators like bears or lions, I never hear complaints about wild horses living on our public lands. Instead, I hear that these animals are living symbols of the American West. From Portland […] More

  • The Discovery and Burial of the Remains of Richard III

    The Discovery and Burial of the Remains of Richard III

    Subscribe Apple | Google | Spotify | Amazon | Player.FM | TuneInCastbox | Stitcher | Podcast Republic | RSS | Patreon Podcast Transcript The death of a British monarch is a very big event. Thousands of people may take part in the funeral and procession, with millions more lining up to pay their respects and […] More

  • How to Bikepack the Silk Road Mountain Race

    How to Bikepack the Silk Road Mountain Race

    This race is gnarly. Brutal. Beautiful. All of those things at once. A few years ago, I learned a neighbor of mine in San Francisco, a quiet and humble designer, had ridden the thing and placed well. Instantly, everything about the dude seemed far more serious. Check out this 30-minute-ish film and see why. Source […] More

  • Alaskan Adventure is Calling at Salmon Falls Resort

    Alaskan Adventure is Calling at Salmon Falls Resort

    Salmon Falls Resort Ideal for those booking next summer’s seasonal adventure already, the stunning Salmon Falls Resort in Ketchikan, Alaska is an easy 90-minute flight from Seattle. Sporting plenty of outdoor adventure in its prime season of May – September, the resort lies right on the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s renowned Inside Passage. As a full-service waterfront resort offering […] More

  • A Costa Rican Estate Emerges in Costa Elena, Guanacaste’s Final Frontier

    A Costa Rican Estate Emerges in Costa Elena, Guanacaste’s Final Frontier

    Costa Elena A sleek modern, four-bedroom estate offers the life of pura vida amidst the raw beauty of Costa Rica’s stunning northern Guanacaste region. The home arises out of the jungle at Costa Elena, a master-planned community where residents can live among nature. Spanning 3,000 untouched acres and ten miles of pristine coastline, the sustainable […] More

  • Ski Mountaineer Hilaree Nelson Missing After Falling Into Manaslu Crevasse

    Ski Mountaineer Hilaree Nelson Missing After Falling Into Manaslu Crevasse

    Indefatigable America ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson, 49, has been reported missing after attempting to ski down from the 26,781-foot summit of Nepal’s Manaslu with her partner Jim Morrison Monday morning. Morrison was able to ski down to a lower base camp. Guides with Shangri-La treks, who were working with Nelson and Morrison, reported she fell […] More

  • Challenges Taking Photos When Traveling (and How to Overcome Them!)

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    As you would expect from a full-time travel photographer, I spend a great deal of my time taking photos when traveling. That includes everything from landscape photography in remote locations, through to food, portrait, wildlife, event, and architectural photography in destinations around the world. Over the years of getting shots on the go, I have […] More

  • The Stanford Prison Experiment

    The Stanford Prison Experiment

    Subscribe Apple | Google | Spotify | Amazon | Player.FM | TuneInCastbox | Stitcher | Podcast Republic | RSS | Patreon Podcast Transcript In the summer of 1971, Stanford professor of psychology Philip Zimbardo conducted an experiment to determine if cruelty amongst people of authority was because of the position or the people.  Twenty-four men […] More

  • There Are Way Too Many Wild Horses Out West

    There Are Way Too Many Wild Horses Out West

    They are icons of America’s past, symbols of our pioneering spirit. Eyes flashing, nostrils flaring, tails obscured by a cloud of dust, they tear across the landscape. I am, of course, referring to feral hogs. More on feral hogs directly. But first some background on another feral ungulate. Few issues in the West are more […] More

  • Astronomical Distances and the Age of the Universe

    Astronomical Distances and the Age of the Universe

    Subscribe Apple | Google | Spotify | Amazon | Player.FM | TuneInCastbox | Stitcher | Podcast Republic | RSS | Patreon Podcast Transcript Every so often, astronomers will publish photos taken with an astronomical telescope and say that the object they captured is so many billions of light years away.  But how could they know […] More

  • PassportCard Nomads Travel Insurance Review

    PassportCard Nomads Travel Insurance Review

    Scan our PassportCard Nomads review to discover the benefits and drawbacks of this innovative new travel insurance company. See for yourself if it’s the right travel insurance choice for you! In our 12 years of writing about travel, it’s rare that there’s something new in the travel insurance space. We’ve talked in detail about travel […] More

  • The Hindenburg Disaster

    The Hindenburg Disaster

    Subscribe Apple | Google | Spotify | Amazon | Player.FM | TuneInCastbox | Stitcher | Podcast Republic | RSS | Patreon Podcast Transcript In the 1920s and 1930s, one of the most cutting-edge and exciting forms of transportation was the zeppelin.  Germany’s Luftschiffbau Zeppelin Company created lighter-than-air airships that transported passengers millions of miles worldwide.  […] More

  • A New Biography Resurrects a Western Conservation Writer

    A New Biography Resurrects a Western Conservation Writer

    Here, briefly, is the situation: The West’s public lands are under attack. National monuments are at perpetual risk of being shrunk or repealed; development threatens our wildest places; and powerful ranchers seek to neuter land-management agencies. Some conservatives yearn to transfer public lands out of federal jurisdiction altogether. This is both our West and the […] More

  • In Defense of Camping Comfort

    In Defense of Camping Comfort

    This week we’re out dodging the first storm of the new season up in the Sierra, and doing so in relative camp luxury, so please enjoy this piece from our archives. -Ed. I remember the first time I ever saw a Therm-a-Rest pad. I took one look at it and immediately thought, “That is the […] More

  • Alexander Von Humboldt, The Last Person Who Knew It All

    Alexander Von Humboldt, The Last Person Who Knew It All

    In June 1802, midway through his five-year scientific exploration of Spanish America, Alexander von Humboldt set out to climb Chimborazo, a 20,564-foot volcano in Ecuador’s Cordillera Occidental. At the time, it was thought to be the highest mountain in the world (a claim recently thrown back into contention by scientists measuring from the center of […] More

  • Shakespeare’s English: Thou, Thee, Thine, Thy, and Ye

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    Podcast Transcript English is a very strange language. It is a Germanic language where half of the words come from a Romance language. We have a host of words that make absolutely no sense in terms of spelling or pronunciation.  Perhaps strangest of all, some of the greatest literary works in the English language are […] More

  • Hike Slow

    Hike Slow

    Hiking, observing, living. Slowly. Source link More

  • Quebec City: Luxury Through Its Legacy

    Quebec City: Luxury Through Its Legacy

    Linda Fasteson For a relaxing getaway in a place known for the quality of its gastronomy, accommodations, spas, and authentic cultural experiences you need look no farther than Canada’s French-speaking province of Quebec.  Its official language is French, but since both French and English are national languages, there’s the charm of its European flair along […] More

  • The Doolittle Raid

    The Doolittle Raid

    Subscribe Apple | Google | Spotify | Amazon | Player.FM | TuneInCastbox | Stitcher | Podcast Republic | RSS | Patreon Podcast Transcript After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the American military was on the defensive. They had been hit hard, and it would be months before they could regroup and strike back. However, […] More

  • Ghost Islands of the Arctic

    Ghost Islands of the Arctic

    In 2021, an expedition off the icy northern Greenland coast spotted what appeared to be a previously uncharted island. It was small and gravelly, and it was declared a contender for the title of the most northerly known land mass in the world. The discoverers named it Qeqertaq Avannarleq – Greenlandic for “the northern most […] More

  • How to Up Your Bike Touring Food Game

    How to Up Your Bike Touring Food Game

    One summer a few years back, I spent three weeks cycling down the Pacific Coast. When it came to meals, a summer ride meant one thing: eating and cooking with summer produce. And even though we’re winding down the warm days, there’s still plenty of just-right veggies available. The beauty of bicycle touring is that […] More

  • Announcing Our 2023 TNN Group Tours!

    Announcing Our 2023 TNN Group Tours!

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  • The Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey

    The Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey

    Subscribe Apple | Google | Spotify | Amazon | Player.FM | TuneInCastbox | Stitcher | Podcast Republic | RSS | Patreon Podcast Transcript Located between England and France are several islands which have a unique status in the international community.  They aren’t part of any country, nor are they a territory of a country.  They […] More

  • Can the Altra Lone Peak 6 Shoes Convert This Hiking Boot Evangelist?

    Can the Altra Lone Peak 6 Shoes Convert This Hiking Boot Evangelist?

    A few years back I wrote about my switch from hiking boots to trail runners and back again, at least for backpacking or seriously challenging day hikes. I think it’s worth reading that article and the comments, to really dig into the various points of view regarding shoe choice, but the tl;dr version is this: […] More

  • Here’s How We Track the Ancient Paths of Bird Migrations

    Here's How We Track the Ancient Paths of Bird Migrations

    Although it still feels like beach weather across much of North America, billions of birds have started taking wing for one of nature’s great spectacles: fall migration. Birds fly south from the northern U.S. and Canada to wintering grounds in the southern U.S., Caribbean and Latin America, sometimes covering thousands of miles. Other birds leave […] More

  • Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours Reveal the Best of Bordeaux

    Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours Reveal the Best of Bordeaux

    The Scenic Diamond Bordeaux. Perhaps no other wine region in the world is as highly regarded for its vinous output. The district’s nearly 10,000 growers and top class estates produce nearly 700 million bottles of wine each year, some of which are the priciest on the planet. For wine lovers, Bordeaux is undoubtedly the holy […] More

  • Bad Ragaz Grand Resort and Spa: Switzerland’s Fountain of Youth

    Bad Ragaz Grand Resort and Spa: Switzerland’s Fountain of Youth

    For thousands of years, humankind has recounted the tale of  The Fountain of Youth, which is told to have magical restorative powers to grant eternal youth, yet was never found. However, in Switzerland, there is a place with thermal waters that have welcomed worn-out and weary bodies for over 200 years. Today it is a […] More

  • 10 Hidden Gems in Florida

    10 Hidden Gems in Florida

    Florida – the Sunshine State of the USA is a popular destination to visit for holiday travellers, but most people still limit their vacation in this wonderful state to Miami beaches or Orlando theme parks. These are the most well-known places in Florida and are undoubtedly the most popular tourist destinations. And while they are […] More

  • Some of My Best Friends Have Been Bicycles

    Some of My Best Friends Have Been Bicycles

    We’re on our own adventures this week, so please enjoy this lovely piece from 2015, written by our great friend Brendon Leonard. It’s a story about…well, you saw the headline. -Ed. I walked up the stairs at my apartment building recently, five $20 bills in my hand, and paused for just a second halfway up, […] More

  • The History of Chocolate

    The History of Chocolate

    Subscribe Apple | Google | Spotify | Amazon | Player.FM | TuneInCastbox | Stitcher | Podcast Republic | RSS | Patreon Podcast Transcript Around 3,500 years ago, the people of Central America discovered something marvelous: the cacao bean could be used to create a fermented beverage that was unlike anything they had experienced.  For centuries, […] More

  • A Shaman’s Tale Is Beautiful

    A Shaman's Tale Is Beautiful

    Wow. Sure, it prob helps to have a real open mind (wink wink) to enjoy this to its fullest, but this short film captures what it feels like to let yourself become fully immersed in a wild space when you’re out there all alone, remembering you are indeed an animal part of this planet too. […] More

  • Postpartum Essentials for Vaginal and C-Section Delivery • The Blonde Abroad

    Postpartum Essentials for Vaginal and C-Section Delivery • The Blonde Abroad

    For all of my mamas-to-be out there, this is for you! Please know that I am a *planner* extraordinaire; I prepped our hospital bags with linens and post-delivery items and had the whole game plan in place… What I didn’t plan for was having a last-minute C-section. I went in for an induction and ended […] More

  • How The United States Congress Came to Be

    How The United States Congress Came to Be

    Subscribe Apple | Google | Spotify | Amazon | Player.FM | TuneInCastbox | Stitcher | Podcast Republic | RSS | Patreon Podcast Transcript When the 13 American colonies decided to form a proper constitution, the single largest question which confronted them was how their legislature would be organized.  This question was really the crux of […] More

  • Carthago Delenda Est: The Third Punic War

    Carthago Delenda Est: The Third Punic War

    Subscribe Apple | Google | Spotify | Amazon | Player.FM | TuneInCastbox | Stitcher | Podcast Republic | RSS | Patreon Podcast Transcript In 201 BC, the Romans were victorious over their archrivals, the city-state of Carthage, in the Second Punic War.  This was was the closest which Rome had ever come to defeat and […] More

  • What Animal Intelligence Reveals About Human Stupidity

    What Animal Intelligence Reveals About Human Stupidity

    The German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was, by all accounts, a miserable human being. He famously sought meaning through suffering, which he experienced in ample amounts throughout his life. Nietzsche struggled with depression, suicidal ideation, and hallucinations, and when he was 44 — around the height of his philosophical output — he suffered a nervous […] More

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