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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:14

What The World Needs Now

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry,

and narrow-mindedness.

– Mark Twain

Saturday, 22 November 2014 10:21

SKI: Epic Options

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

Ski Vail with Epic Pass

This year's ski season brings more epic options than ever.

The Epic Pass, from Vail Resorts, is considered one of the best buys in ski country. The top level pass includes unlimited skiing at 12 resorts across the country. This year, access includes the Park City Mountain Resort. Take your ski passion and your pass around the globe and opt for five free ski days in Verbier, Switzerland, or Trois Vallees in France. You can also make fresh tracks in Japan. The international newcomer to the list is Niseko United, four resorts on one mountain, located an hour south of Sapporo.

Pass options also include discounts for teens and children.

The last day to purchase an Epic Pass for this season is Nov. 23.


Tuesday, 18 November 2014 18:22

Taste: Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

cauliflower roasted

Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower

It's a taste treat we've seen on many restaurant and resort menus in recent months. Whether you add it to your Thanksgiving feast or sample the delectable vegetable tonight, let us know what you think! 


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 head cauliflower
1½ cups plain Greek yogurt
1 lime, zested and juiced
2 tablespoons chile powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper


1. Preheat the oven to 400° and lightly grease a small baking sheet with vegetable oil. Set aside.

2. Trim the base of the cauliflower to remove any green leaves and the woody stem.

3. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt with the lime zest and juice, chile powder, cumin, garlic powder, curry powder, salt and pepper.

4. Dunk the cauliflower into the bowl and use a brush or your hands to smear the marinade evenly over its surface. (Excess marinade can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days and used with meat, fish or other veggies.)

5. Place the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet and roast until the surface is dry and lightly browned, 30 to 40 minutes. The marinade will make a crust on the surface of the cauliflower.

6. Let the cauliflower cool for 10 minutes before cutting it into wedges and serving alongside a big green salad.


(Recipe developed by Pure Wow.)

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 12:45

It's Warren Miller Time

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes

ski switzerland

My first published piece of "journalism" was a review of a Warren Miller ski movie.

Since that day, many snowy runs ago, a Warren Miller filmfest has remained a great way to gear up for another season on the slopes.

This year, No Turning Back, will get the adrenaline pumping for plenty of ski enthusiasts. Filmed in Montana,Switzerland, France, and Japan, you won't want to miss this chance to feel the powder on your brow, even before you slap on those skis for the first time this season.

Are you ready?

Glimpse a preview here.

Monday, 10 November 2014 10:52

5 British Sites For Families

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes


The British Isles are home to a huge array of heritage sites, many of which make “must visit” lists year after year. Although you may not initially think of centuries-old venues as the first place to take your family on a holiday, in fact, children and adults alike can learn a lot from these historic sites. Whether you and your kids are enthralled by the Royal Family, want to see haunting Stonehenge, or are fascinated by tales of the past, you’ll find plenty to explore in England.

Read on for five fascinating historic sites to add to your next British holiday itinerary. 

1. Stonehenge

One of the most iconic historical sites in the world, Stonehenge is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the past, legends, or spirituality. The famous stone circle, situated on Salisbury Plain in the south of the country, has a hazy past that archaeologists and historians are still trying to figure out.

It is believed though that Stonehenge was built in stages, starting around 3,000 B.C. and continuing up to 1,600 B.C. The stones within the monument were transported from up to 150 miles or more away, and the tallest of the upright stones reaches almost 22 feet high.

While access to this historic spot has become limited over the years due to fears of damage, it is possible to book a Stone Circle Access visit that takes place outside of normal opening times. These hour-long visits are late in the evening or first thing in the morning and must be pre-booked in advance. With 17 previously unknown structures recently being discovered in the fields and plains around the World Heritage-listed site, now there is even more to be enthralled by during a visit.

tower of london

2. The Tower of London

The Tower of London is one of the most well-known destinations in London itself, and no trip to the city can be complete without a visit. This famous landmark and fortification has stood guard over the north bank of the River Thames for around 1,000 years, and has also served in a variety of other roles.

Apart from once being a royal residence for English kings, the venue has also been a treasury, the Royal Mint, an armoury, and a menagerie. However, what tends to draw tourists from around the world is the Tower’s past as a prison and place of execution. In addition, the site is also the home of the British Crown Jewels, a display that tends to be the highlight of any visit. The exhibition was redesigned and revamped to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and should be added to any travel itinerary within London.

3. Canterbury Cathedral

Located in Canterbury in Kent, the striking Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest Christian structures in England and yet is still a working church and important site of worship with morning and evening prayers conducted daily.

The Cathedral has seen prayers offered each day for more than 1,400 years, and was originally founded back in 597 by Saint Augustine on behalf of Pope Gregory the Great. Apart from being a place of worship, the site boasts a library with more than 30,000 books and pamphlets that were printed before 1900. Canterbury Cathedral is also home to a magnificent array of stained-glass windows throughout the building that have survived from as early as the 12th century.

roman baths

4. The Roman Baths

The Roman Baths form part of England’s Bath World Heritage Site, and gave this part of the world its name. The popular tourist destination receives over one million visitors every year, and is built on hot springs that were originally discovered by the Celts.

The site features the Roman Bath House, a Roman Temple (the oldest structure in the Baths, built in 60-70 A.D.), a museum, and the Sacred Spring. While it’s no longer possible to bathe in the original Roman Baths, the sight of this historic place lit up by torches at night during the summer months is one not easily forgotten.

5. Blenheim Palace

One of England’s biggest houses, Blenheim Palace sits amid a sprawling 2,100-acre estate in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. The Palace was constructed in the early 18th century in the not-often seen English Baroque style. The estate was a gift from Queen Anne to John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough that claimed victory in the Battle of Blenheim in 1704.

The site went on to become the ancestral home of the Churchill family for more than 300 years, and was the birthplace of a former prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill. Today the palace is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and a beautiful spot where visitors can wander the home and its surrounding lakes and landscaped gardens.

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