Archive for December, 2012

2012 Round Up: Our Top 10 Articles of the Year
By December 31, 2012
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This year has been a whirlwind of adventure and exploration for the entire Culture Vixen team. We’ve sifted through hundreds of articles to gather our top 10 picks from 2012:

Editor’s Choice: Our Top 5 Favorite Hotels of 2012
By December 26, 2012
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Riviera Palm Springs.

We’ve stayed in some pretty darn stylish hotels this year, from urban city retreats to ultra modern design hotels, to charming B&B’s, sleek boutique luxury hotels, swanky 5-star chains, and countryside manor houses. Out of all of them, here are our top 5 choices from 2012:

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Cahernane House Hotel.

#1! Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney, Ireland

Staying in an Irish manor house in Ireland is an absolute must if you’re exploring the Irish countryside. One of the quintessential Irish experiences, they can be found speckled throughout the countryside and offer little pockets of homey luxury. I can’t begin to describe how truly beautiful this place is!

Photo of the Day: Here Comes Santa Claus
By December 25, 2012
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Merry Christmas from all of us at Culture Vixen!

Home for the Holidays: A Danish Christmas in Solvang, California
By December 21, 2012
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As our plane followed the coastline up from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, the aerial views made my heart skip a beat: it was all sparkling blue Pacific ocean lined with golden sand and white surf, leading up to hills tinged bright pink in the light of the setting sun. Flying over sailboats, palm trees, and the Santa Barbara pier gave me such a sense of happiness. And the views just kept getting sweeter, with the city piled into the hills as a backdrop to the ocean-front cliffs of The Mesa, tumbling right into the sea. California is definitely my kind of paradise. Moreover, I stepped off the plane to a balmy, sunny day—this is why I love California Christmases so much!

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One of Santa’s Little Helpers.

Photo Essay: Zagreb, Croatia
By December 20, 2012
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Zagreb? Where the hell is that? Words that I’ve heard countless times about the narrow alleys and side streets that lay hidden just outside of the regular tourist’s tunnel vision. If you ask the average person, they probably have no idea where Zagreb is. In fact, they probably have no idea where Croatia is, and the only Dalmatia they’ve heard of comes in the 101 variety. Zagreb is not the standard issue city. It does not drown in the web’s bucket list. Even the name sounds fairly strange and distant.

This is a living city first and foremost. You won’t see the roving, multicolored gangs of tour bus riders. Instead, you see Croatians living their lives. You see them lounging in the park with their friends, or enjoying the numerous free nightly music performances. You’ll bump into them as they flood the quaint main streets for happy hour, and you’ll stumble across them watching a free movie in an old town square while drinking wine and eating popcorn. And while the city has seen its share of war and bombings and death, the Croatian people are resiliently carrying it forward into the modern age. And while you can feel the history throughout the city, Zagreb belongs firmly to the future.

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Zagreb City Guide: Our Favorite Picks for Art, Culture, and Music
By December 19, 2012
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So by now you may have got that I love Zagreb. If you missed my last article on Why I Love, Love, Love Zagreb, Croatia, you can read all about the many reasons here, as well as what prompted me to extended my stay. In the meantime, here are the highlights of my time in Zagreb:

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Why I Love, Love, Love Zagreb, Croatia!
By December 18, 2012
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Zagreb Cathedral.

I love Zagreb for so many reasons. Off the beaten path and away from the tourist radar, Zagreb is refreshingly local. Still relatively inexpensive compared to the rest of Europe—and even Croatia—the city is filled with regal architecture, a gas-lamp old quarter where time stands still, and inexpensive hearty cuisine. I was charmed by Zagreb’s unpretentious attitude and abundant cultural pursuits, especially its unique museums, architecture, art scene, and live music scene.

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Strossmartre full moon concert.

Zagreb is a place I knew little about beforehand. I decided to head here to round out my tour of Croatia, which was deservingly beach heavy. Essentially, I wanted to see what Croatia was like away from the sea.

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St Mark’s square, Croatia.

Hello Zagreb!
By December 17, 2012
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St Mark’s church in Zagreb’s old town.

Zagreb, Croatia has become one of my all-time favorite cities in the world, equally rivaling my favorite Croatian city of Dubrovnik. I was pleasantly surprised at the loveliness of Zagreb’s cobblestoned old town, where time seems to stand still. In the old quarter, the gas lamps are still lit by hand every evening. Boasting friendly people, plenty of culture to go around, and both tasty and inexpensive food and beer, Zagreb is one of Europe’s best kept secrets.

Stay tuned for our Zagreb coverage, coming up all this week!

Top 20 Food Photographs of 2012
By December 14, 2012

2012 was a great year for us in regards to food photography. Several members of team Culture Vixen are obsessed with photographing our food, which makes for long paparazzi sessions in restaurants, sometimes to the point of our food getting cold. Luckily the result of all this food adoration has resulted in the following collection of photos. We hope you love them as much as we do!

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Strawberry Soup, Fossheim Hotel in Lom, Norway. This dish was so beautifully presented, I hated to eat it!

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On ice: frosty drinks at the Icebar in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Fancy appetizer at Neh in Tallinn, Estonia.

Photo of the Day: Goodbye Split
By December 13, 2012
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Sunset in the Split harbor, Croatia.
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