Archive for June, 2012

The Four Seasons Denver: Minimalist Design Meets Modern Luxury
By June 25, 2012
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We recently found ourselves at the swanky Four Seasons in Denver. Located right in the heart of all the action and just steps away from trendy Larimer Square, this recently opened hotel is a shrine to elegant modern design.

Photo of the Day: The Florentine Carousel
By June 21, 2012
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Photo by Tyson Wintibaugh, Piazza della Repubblica, Florence, Italy.
Los Angeles Speakeasy: The Blind Barber
By June 18, 2012
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The Blind Barber speakeasy, by Tyson Wintibaugh.

Along Washington Boulevard in Culver City is a nondescript barber shop. Step inside and you’ll likely see customers getting spruced up in the barber chair. But head on to the back of the joint and give a knowing nod to the man by the unmarked white door and you’ll find yourself inside a hidden corridor behind the barber shop.

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The bar at the Blind Barber speakeasy, by Tyson Wintibaugh.

Photo of the Day: Dancing Lights at the Moulin Rouge, Paris
By June 13, 2012
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Photo by Tyson Wintibaugh, Montmartre, Paris.
Andiamo! Unforgettable Sights in Florence Italy (Part 3 of 3)
By June 8, 2012
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Florence skyline with the Duomo.

As the birthplace of the renaissance, Florence, Italy was home to the likes of Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Machiavelli, Dante, Galileo and countless others geniuses. Art lovers will never be bored strolling Florence’s winding streets and admiring the many world class art collections the city has to offer. Here’s a sampling of the best:

Top Museums

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Uffizi Gallery.

Galleria degli Uffizi (Uffizi Gallery)
Not to be missed, the Uffizi houses a phenomenal collection of Italian paintings like Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” and masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Titian, Giotto, Da Vinci and Rubens, among many more. Be sure not to miss the Botticelli room, or the gothic altarpieces. (The Uffizi can get crowded, so it’s best to make a reservation in advance.)

Mangiamo! Great Places to Eat in Florence Italy (Part 2 of 3)
By June 6, 2012
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Crostini Misti at Trattoria Zà Zà.

Italy, the land of pizza, pasta and gelato, is a culinary paradise. Every region has its own distinct flavors, and among the best is Tuscany. Here are a few delicious spots to savor la dolce vita in Florence, the heart of Tuscany.

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Image via Le Bertucce.

Le Bertucce
This fantastic pizza and panino joint has a small, simple dining room and adjoining counter centered around a wood burning oven. Located right in the heart of central Florence steps from the Duomo, friendly staff serve up freshly baked meals at reasonable prices to hungry crowds of locals. Honestly, I’ve never had a panino as perfect as the ones at Le Bertucce. Their panini feature mouth-watering combos with cured meats and tuscan staples. The best part is the bread—baked fresh on the spot once you place your order. It’s an unforgettable sensation to bite into a steaming panino with bread pulled straight from the oven!

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Pizza Capricciosa at Le Bertucce.

Florence Italy: La Città Più Bella (Part 1 of 3)
By June 4, 2012
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Ponte Vecchio at twilight.

Florence, known in Italian as Firenze, is in my opinion absolutely the most beautiful city in the world. I fell in love with the city during a blissful year abroad studying art, art history and the Italian language. I hadn’t been back to Florence for over a decade and with such great expectations to live up to, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

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The Duomo, aka Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

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