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Archive for October, 2011

Dead Men Walking

By Linda Tancs

The National Museum of Crime & Punishment in Washington, D.C., a must-see for CSI and FBI fans, might be considered a frightful place on an ordinary day by those unaccustomed to its collection of artifacts like an electric chair helmet, face harness head cage, Venetian finger screws, and an ice mallet.  Add Halloween to the mix and you get an eerie sense of dead men walking.  As the museum describes it, the adult-only Halloween event includes low lighting, fog, intermittent, sudden and frightful noises and movements, water soluble blood, and other decor that may stain clothing or be deemed scary and morbid.  Costumes are welcome but masks are prohibited.  The museum is located at 575 7th St. NW.

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Alicante Hosts Iconic Regatta

By Linda Tancs

Lots of regattas are iconic, like Cowes, the longest running annual sailing regatta in the world.  And the International Rolex regatta in St. Thomas, or Antigua’s Sailing Week or America’s Cup.  But none can match the rigors of the Volvo Ocean Race, the world’s toughest sailing event, a marathon on the seas lasting over eight months and passing through four oceans and five continents.  Beginning on 29 October in Alicante with in-port races, this edition of the event will visit Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, Itajaí, Miami, Lisbon and Lorient before finishing in Galway.  The first leg leaves for Cape Town on 5 November.  Visit Alicante’s Race Village before then.

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The Toilet Paper Capital of the World

By Linda Tancs

Green Bay, Wisconsin, home to the 12-time National Champion Green Bay Packers, is known as “Titletown” to football fans everywhere.  They might be surprised to learn of the small city’s other title:  toilet paper capital of the world.  That’s because the first splinter-free toilet paper was produced there in the early 1900s.  And the paper industry is still one of the area’s largest employers.  Not bad for Wisconsin’s oldest little city.

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Moonlight Escape in Napa

By Linda Tancs

You’ve probably heard of the harvest moon, the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox.  You might have seen a red moon, caused by the particles in the Earth’s atmosphere.  How about a snow moon or a wolf moon?  Full moon names come to us courtesy of Native Americans.  You can experience each one of them on the Napa Valley Wine Train’s Moonlight Escape tour in Napa Valley, California, one of the top wine growing regions in the world.  Who could resist dinner for two in a private booth under the light of the full moon, two glasses of house wine, and the adventure of a train traveling through the night over the silver vineyards?  Pick your favorite moon, relax, and enjoy the ride.

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Treehouse Dining in Northumberland

By Linda Tancs

Ordinarily you might not wish to see a tree trunk rising like a phoenix from the floor of your dining room.  That is, of course, unless you’re dining in a treehouse.  No doubt a unique experience, The Treehouse at Alnwick Gardens in England’s Northumberland offers farm-to-table menus, live music and a long list of beers and wines.  Not to mention the bird’s-eye view.  Needless to say, the kids will love it.

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The Mullet of Boggy Bayou

By Linda Tancs

The mullet of Boggy Bayou:  sounds like a children’s tale, doesn’t it?  In a sense, it is.  It’s a place (Boggy Bayou, that is–now known as Niceville) in Florida’s Panhandle where children will gather with their families and neighbors in a time-honored tradition of consuming the local fish, the mullet.  In time, those children will teach their children about mullet fishing in the former village of Boggy Bayou.  This annual mullet festival, taking place this year from 21 to 23 October, is one of the best known country music events.  Headliners this year are Trace Adkins, Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen and Steel Magnolia.  Get ready to make some memories.

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Tallest Nordic Hotel

By Linda Tancs

Only 15 minutes from Stockholm’s city centre, the brand new Scandic Victoria Tower  is the tallest Nordic hotel, piercing the skyline at 34 floors and with enough glass to clear Murano of its inventory.  The glass-clad tower with distinctive windows forming triangular patterns was created by architect Gert Wingårdh.  All of the hotel’s 299 rooms are doubles, with free access to the gym, sauna and internet.  This month the Skybar opens on the 34th floor.  Enjoy the view.

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