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10 Chocolate Factories to Explore Around the World

Sep 29, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Set in the Swiss countryside, Maison Cailler is one of the founders of milk chocolate. Straying from the commonly used powdered milk, Alexandre-Louis Cailler used fresh cows' milk to create that creamy texture we associate today with milk chocolate. Maison Cailler isn't afraid of sharing, so visitors can partake in classes on truffle making (complete with choco-vernacular and a Cailler apron) before they wander the grounds of the magnificent Swiss home, which always smells of chocolate.... Read More

10 Chocolate Factories to Explore Around the World

Sep 29, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal  |  2 Comments

The word connoisseur is thrown around too easily these days. Knowing how to sniff brandy, aerate your red wine, or distinguish between East and West Coast oysters is simply a matter of taste. Likewise, knowing the joys of nibbling on small squares of 70% dark chocolate with a hint of sea salt does not an expert make. It makes a true appreciator of the finer things in life; it makes a savvy tastemaker. If youíre vying to upgrade from bystander to real connoisseur (from social chocolate-lover to official taste-tester), itís time to go behind the scenes.... Read More

Travel Around the World by Private Jet With Four Seasons

Sep 29, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has partnered with TCS & Starquest Expeditions on a new round-the-world expedition via private jet. The luxurious 22-day excursion skips around the globe to visit only Four Seasons hotels and resorts in comfort and style.... Read More

Cruise News: New Ships, Activities & Amenities

Aug 16, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

If you're thinking of booking a cruise, but tired of the same old ship activities and itineraries, here's a quick look at some of the top cruise lines and their latest offerings. From cruises for foodies to cruise lines with brand new ships and routes, there is plenty of fun to be had on the high seas. Anchors aweigh!... Read More

8 Ideal Destinations for the Solo Traveler

Jun 14, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Traveling alone has many more pros than it does cons. You donít have to work around anyoneís schedule but your own, you get to choose your every meal, and you get all the glory of your travel triumphs (and the hilarity of your mistakes) all to yourself.... Read More

South Australia Travel: Three Luxury Lodges Down Under

Jun 7, 2011  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Sydney might have the Opera House; Queensland has the Great Barrier Reef; The Northern Territory is where you'll find Uluru; but South Australia is the state with three distinctive Luxury Lodges of Australia properties that showcase the best of Australian opulence, as well as the special character of three very unique, quintessentially down under settings.... Read More

The World's Best Places to Nap

May 31, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

It's summertime and the countdown is on to easy livin' and vacation dreaming. True, some like to skydive, spelunk, Salsa dance or spearfish during their off hours - but after the pressures of the past couple years, most of us would just like to curl up and take a beautiful, long, carefree nap. Here are the best places to do just that, from Tahiti to the Great Barrier Reef.... Read More

Australia's Five Must Have Experiences

Feb 10, 2011  |   Contributor: Elizabeth Hansen

Paul Hogan aka Crocodile Dundee promised to "slip a shrimp on the barbie" for us and Americans and others flocked to Australia in record numbers. But will Oprah Winfrey have the same impact on Australian tourism?... Read More

VW Passat CC Wins Australia's 2010 Best Luxury Car Under $60K

Dec 8, 2010  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

Luxury Cars: The Volkswagen Passat CC was named the winner of the 2010 Best Luxury Car Under $60,000 by the Drive Car Awards in Australia

Australian Wines Win at International Wine & Spirits Competition

Oct 19, 2010  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

Food & Spirits: Australia's mastery of winemaking was recognized worldwide with the announcing of the Southern Hemisphere medal winners of the International Wine & Spirits Competition. Five-hundred-and-sixty-eight medals in total were presented to Australia, including 27 Gold-Best in Class and six additional Gold-level awards. The nation has more gold medals than any other. Australian varietals Shiraz and Semillon received the majority of the awards.... Read More

Travel to Australia: There's Nothing Like It

Oct 6, 2010  |   Contributor: Christina Stewart  |  1 Comment

Luxury Vacation Favorites: From a picnic spot at a billabong to the best spot to meet roos in the wild, Australians love to talk about their favorite Australia vacation places. Now thousands of Aussie locals have shared their photos and memories on Australia.com, which inspired us with our own list of must-do experiences. PS - Even if youíve been thereís a chance to go back and win a $10,000 trip if you share your favorite vacation, too.... Read More

Australian Open Puts Social Media at Center Court

Sep 30, 2010  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

News & Trends: Being one of the four Grand Slam tournaments of tennis, the Australian Open is a sports event that annually draws worldwide attention.... Read More

Barefoot Luxury Abounds in Australia

Feb 2, 2010  |   Contributor: Christina Stewart

Luxury Vacations: With an incredible landscape, adventure lurking around every corner, and an exciting and eclectic culture, Australia has topped the list as one of the most sought after destinations among Americans for more than a decade.... Read More

It's Time for Australian Food & Wine

Jan 29, 2010  |   Contributor: Christina Stewart  |  1 Comment

Luxury Vacations: From fish and chips to lamb and lobster, Australian cuisine is as vast and varied as the outback itself.... Read More

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