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really enjoy the new HBO series Boardwalk Empire. It is well acted from the main characters, Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt, to all the other actors in the series. The sets and costumes that recreate 1920’s Atlantic City and Chicago are incredible. You can almost believe you are actually in that time period. In addition, the music of the period is well chosen and wonderful. In fact, I would love to have a CD of all the music used in the series.
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y favorite TV Show is Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network. I like watching the show to learn about the places that have great and unusual food, some of which are nearby. I like to visit some of these places to try the food out for myself. Sometimes the best food is not in the chain restaurants, but the ones that are owned and operated by local people.
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recently started my own blog called Lyric Fire and I truly love visiting NetworkedBlogs.com. There are so many interesting blogs to be found that cover diverse topics from arts and entertainment to humor, travel, technology and more. I love the site because it is a wonderful networking portal. I have met some really interesting people just by following their blogs and have made some business connections as well. Blogs are like Internet water cooler conversations.
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new website that I have found is a social network called Meetup.com. It is a website that helps you meet people that have the same interests either locally or across country. Some interests might be photography, moms meeting up, or anything else imaginable. I have made so many new friends using Meetup.com and have learned so much from the groups that I have joined.
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The travel bug bit the delight! crew, so the editors’ Picks this month are all about happily finding leisurely pursuits that satisfy body and soul. Home Sweet Vacation Home Website: vrbo.com— Vacation Rentals By Owner is the site to surf if you’re setting your sights on the surf … or anywhere BY OWNER else you want to go. Ditch pricey, impersonal hotels for a private property rental just by clicking a state or country on the VRBO map for a listing of homes, condos and apartments available in that area. A VRBO rental offers room to stretch out, complete privacy and a comfortable at-home lifestyle (complete with bringing your pets along!) that no hotel can match. worldly wiSdom Games: The Traveler IQ Challenge— need a cure for your travel bug? Take The Traveler iQ Challenge at travelpod.com/traveler-iq to see just how many world destinations you can locate based on localespecific information. Get a clue. Click the map. earn points based upon the distance between your guess and the actual site location. You climb levels in pursuit of a virtual Traveler iQ patch that displays your score for bragging-rights posting on your blog, Twitter or facebook. fun and easy learning for the whole family!
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not all traVeling mamaS are motHerS Blog: Traveling Mamas—The Traveling Mamas blog may be written by a group of moms for moms, but it’s far from exclusive “gotta have kids to appreciate it” advice. The bloggers work to inspire all women to explore the world in whatever vacation form they take—with kids, solo trips, girlfriend getaways or romantic escapes. The advice is practical and well organized so every girl on-the-go can get there quick.
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Wild and Witty, George Lopez Uses Humor to slay His Fears and Become a Late-Night Triumph
“Most people are ruled by fear,” George lopez admits with a calm, knowingness you might not expect from one of the world’s more rambunctious talk show titans. “they are afraid to succeed or fail. but the biggest fear is to never know.”
No, this isn’t “therapy 101 with George lopez.” It’s just a typical conversation with the host of tbs’s passionate late-night chat party, Lopez Tonight. and, since lopez is now in the business of having conversations, sometimes they can run pretty deep. “early in life, I thought I was born with an innate sense to be funny or self-deprecating,” he goes on. “but I realized through therapy that it was built as a defense to keep things from hurting. you take the pain; you joke about yourself: ‘Why didn’t I have a father; why do I live with my grandparents; why aren’t my grades as good as my friends’?’ you joke about it and make your friends laugh, but from years of doing that, I built up a protective wall that allows you to do work that most people would be afraid of.” “but you just have to fight through,” he adds. “It’s like working out. you have to get the muscles you didn’t know you had, and that’s what makes somebody consistent, prepared for everything.” “prepared” is a superb way to describe lopez. let’s face it, you can’t rise to meteoric heights (he’s one of the top five highest grossing comedians in the world) and remain grounded without having a strong sense of where you came from or the emotional undercurrents that helped shape the human being you’ve become. >>>
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d!: What makes you laugh most? GL: Making fun of yourself; things that happen in real life. d!: How do you feel about helping lure Conan to TBS? GL: I’ve known Conan for a few years. I thought if we combined forces, we could be hipper, draw in a younger audience. We are just entirely different, but we’re friends, which is not the case in most late-night situations. d!: What makes you stand up and take action? GL: When I feel like somebody is bullying someone just because they think they are stronger than the other person. I don’t like people who are bullies or who are mean to people. There’s no purpose to raising your voice or being unkind to somebody. d!: What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned about yourself lately? GL: That I’m probably much calmer than I thought. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on candles and thousands of dollars on incense, and it does really kind of center me. I’m very peaceful in a manic business. And there’s no value on that.
Janet Jackson visits with George on the set of Lopez Tonight. ing kidneys. I don’t have enough kidneys for the whole audience, but one guy benefitted.” (Lopez himself had a kidney transplant back in 2005.) Lopez credits the show’s “kind of easy flow” to being a curious host. “Curiosity doesn’t have a temperament. It’s always the one same emotion—curious. And when you’re curious, you listen and listening is probably the most important thing if you’re going to host a talk show.” Well, that, and confidence. “Oh yeah, I am gutsy … and respectfully bold in my own approach,” beams the former shy kid. “I don’t ask for advice from anybody about what I should do. In this business, it’s rare that an actual artist runs their career and not their publicist, who decides for them what’s right and what’s wrong. “I’ve never been like that,” he adds. “I make my own decisions. I trust my gut instinct. No Ouija board, no magic black ball you turn over. None of that. I trust my inherent first instinct. It’s saved me from pretty wild stuff.”
“...I think if it wasn’t for him guiding me along the way, I would have never considered standing up in front of people and talking.”
Truth is, times were already hard for Lopez. Deserted by his mother and father at birth, he was raised by his maternal grandmother and step-grandfather in southern California. “I grew up in a house that was unkind and I was surrounded by a family that was unkind,” he offers, but it’s without any hint of resentment. Lopez seems to know what past events to use as leverage rather than angst. Eventually, that ability, coupled with the support he received from Crowell, helped prepare the ’90s stand-up comic to become a bona fide TV star. George Lopez, the award-winning ABC sitcom, was a ratings supernova—it’s now a hit on Nick at Nite. And few would have predicted his late-night TBS gamble would follow similar suit. Not only has it helped galvanize the Hispanic community, Lopez Tonight has evolved into a fascinating cirque du ethnique, if you will, a theatrical cultural bridge that has just as much celeb glam as it does spirit and heart. “A guy came to the show crying because his brother in Mexico was dying—he needed a kidney transplant,” Lopez muses. “And we got the guy surgery. Oprah gives away cars, I’m giv-
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Of his youth, Lopez notes that he was “painfully shy and only comfortable around my friends.” But then he enrolled in a high school class taught by Dick Crowell, a tennis/ music/justice teacher who, over the years, saw something in Lopez he didn’t realize he had—self-reliance. “Unbeknownst to me, this guy was helping me come out of my shell,” Lopez recalls. “He started asking me to run errands and such. I mean, the first time I did stand up, I was in high school and I think if it wasn’t for him guiding me along the way, I would have never considered standing up in front of people and talking. I’ve never said that to anybody. Without his guidance, without him seeing that, it might have been different. I might have gone through a harder time.”
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Little Fockers With scenes that pay off in projectile vomiting, a geyser of blood, and adrenaline injections into a male appendage, the third time is definitely not the charm for male nurse Gaylord “Greg” Focker (Ben Stiller), now the married father of pre-school-age twins. Actually, despite the film’s title, the children don’t figure much in the story, outside of a subplot in which beleaguered Greg and wife Pam (Teri Polo) try to get their children into an elite private elementary school. The film is more concerned with the shaky truce between Greg and his intimidating and ever-suspicious father-in-law, Jack (Robert De Niro), who, after a heart attack scare, taps Greg to take his place as the family patriarch and become—wait for it—”the Godfocker.” With its whoopee cushions and booger jokes, no one will mistake Little Fockers for Lubitsch, but it delivers the “Focked”up comedy that defines the franchise. Despite mixed reviews, it topped the busy holiday season movie box office two weeks in a row. The final scene does leave the door open for another sequel, or even a possible TV series. Who says you can’t go home again? After all, this is Hollywood. Rated PG-13. Let Me In In the classic Twilight Zone episode Living Doll, a young girl caught in the turmoil of an unhappy home finds a champion in her homicidal Talky Tina doll. In Let Me In, 12-year-old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee), friendless, mercilessly bullied at school, and collateral damage in his parents’ acrimonious divorce, gets his own supernatural guardian. Her name is Abby (Chloe Grace Moretz, Hit Girl in Kick-Ass), the new kid at Owen’s New Mexico apartment complex. But this guardian is no angel; she’s a vampire. Wait, wait, come back. This is a vampire film like no other, except for the one on which it’s based, the 2008 Swedish instant cult classic Let the Right One In. When Owen meets Abby, she warns him, “Just so you know, we can’t be friends.” But they are soul-less mates, and even when he learns her true and horrific nature, their bond becomes stronger. Let’s just say the horrors of night feedings pale to the cruelties inflicted upon Owen by his school nemesis. Let Me In, set in 1983 in the dead of winter and in the age of Reagan, is that rare remake that equals or surpasses the original. Let Me In is an auspicious new beginning. Rated R.
Mesrine: Killer Instinct Jacques Mesrine was a French gangster whose reign of terror lasted from the 1960s through 1979, when he was assassinated. The only thing more audacious than his crimes were the bold and brazen jailbreaks he masterminded. Mesrine: Killer Instinct, the first of two films that chronicle his bloody rise and fall, does this French folk hero justice. Though like all gangsters in the movies, he gets all the good lines and is desired by the most gorgeous women, this is by no means a glamorized portrayal. Mesrine is a brutal killer. Vincent Cassel earned the French equivalent of the Academy Award for his unflinching portrayal of Mesrine. He’s not looking for audience sympathy, nor does he get it, especially not after one scene in which he makes it very clear to his wife that “between you and my friends, I will always choose my friends.” These friends include iconic actor Gérard Depardieu as a kingpin who takes the budding criminal under his wing. Mesrine is a riveting crime saga and like Tony Soprano, he’s a monster, but so undeniably charismatic, we can’t wait to see what happens next. Rated R. Get Low If Four Christmases and Hot Rod gave Sissy Spacek the financial wherewithal to costar in a modest film like Get Low, then sign her up for the next Rob Schneider comedy. She is just one of the joys in director Aaron Schneider’s debut feature about a backwoods recluse who in 1938 ventures into town to arrange for his own funeral. Felix Bush, a much whispered about local legend, wants to attend his own service before he passes, and in the process sets the record straight on a tragic incident from his past that compelled him to remove himself from civilization. It is a role tailor-made for Robert Duvall, who specializes in ornery, plain-speaking men. Get Low also gives Bill Murray his best onscreen role since Broken Flowers. He puts his droll spin on Frank Quinn, the town undertaker, who upon seeing the wad of cash Felix is flashing, is happy to oblige his unorthodox request. Spacek is luminous as Mattie, a former sweetheart. Bill Cobbs also shines as a preacher from Felix’s past who initially rebuffs his request to lead the service. The deliberately paced Get Low is a film of simple pleasures, most of which are in watching this cast of committed character actors embody their roles. Rated PG-13.
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KEYWorDs: Travel, Recommendations, Comparison, Community
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“TripAdvisor is a great source of accurate and useful information.”
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Plan the perfect getaway with TripAdvisor.com.
he worst of winter is over and you’re ready to start planning your spring vacation. Imagining your toes in the sand can be more than enough incentive to begin researching, but once you’ve seen the overwhelming amount of information on the Web, the process of selecting a destination and hotel can be daunting—even frustrating. If you’re looking for trustworthy third-party advice, TripAdvisor.com is just what you’re looking for. Plan with links to travel and hotel booking sites, online travel guides to major cities, and tips about everything from the top tourist attractions to the greatest place in a city to take a cooking class. Plus, with reviews and photographs from a large international community of members, this free resource can help you prepare for your next vacation.
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There are a few great ways to get started once you reach the homepage. If your travel goals are specific, the toolbar underneath the TripAdvisor logo (a bespectacled owl) will direct you to what you’re looking for—such as information about hotels, flights, or vacation rentals. By scrolling up and down the page, clicking on links, and reading reviews you can get a sense of the site’s scope.
Be sure to check out the help center, which you can link at the bottom of the screen on the homepage. It contains the answers to common questions, describes the site’s features, and in other ways helps orient first-time visitors.
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Once you create a TripAdvisor account, you’re part of an international community of users. As such, you can review restaurants, hotels, and tourist attractions, write or expand upon articles, or participate in one of TripAdvisor’s ongoing discussion forums. You can also read the reviews of a hotel before you book it and get a sense of whether it’s a good fit. TripAdvisor has 20 million members, so a bad review can hurt an inn or restaurant and a rave can set it on the pathway to success. Naturally, the reviews have come under scrutiny from hoteliers, users and the media. TripAdvisor has stepped up its efforts to weed out fraudulent reviews and ensure its reviewers are trustworthy, but also suggests that users exercise their best judgment. You can check out a reviewer’s other postings at a glance, and see not just whether the reviewer is an overly harsh or overly lenient critic, but whether the individual shares your taste.
"Good street café in Milan. Lots of atmosphere, good food, a little pricey.”
TripAdvisor also allows users to share their travel photos, and these photos can provide great insights. You can see how crowded the Vatican Museum really is on an afternoon in June, or what a typical hotel room actually looks like.
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Not only can you find non-biased reviews from travelers around the world, you can get advice from people closer to home—your Facebook friends! TripAdvisor can sync with Facebook to show which of your “friends” have traveled to which destinations. For instance, say you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas. When you begin a search for hotels in Las Vegas, a list of your Facebook friends who have been there will appear in the margin of the TripAdvisor Web page. Because you personally know these travelers, you now have the option to contact them and get their input. Plus, you can choose whose advice will be most valuable based on who shares your taste and standards.
Ask TripAdvisor to search for available flights, hotels or short-term rentals in a particular area. Once you pick your travel dates, you can further narrow the search by specifying whether you want a nonstop flight or whether your hotel must have certain amenities. TripAdvisor will perform the search as you’ve framed it and provide links to the airlines, hotels or rentals. In addition, TripAdvisor will search booking service sites like Expedia.com (TripAdvisor’s parent company), Hotwire.com, or Priceline.com so you can shop for the best bargain.
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KeyworDs: Cuisine, Culinary competition, International flavor
TUNe IN: Sunday, March 6, 9/8 pm C, Food Network
Celebrity Chefs Mix it Up
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“I enjoy guessing at what the contestants will make from the baskets of mystery ingredients and challenge myself to come up with better combinations.”
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Get a taste of Food Network’s Chopped All Stars Showdown.
easoned chefs, surprise ingredients and $50,000 combine to make Chopped All Stars Showdown one delicious television event! Like the regular Chopped series, each episode of the five-week Chopped All Stars Showdown challenges four of the 16 chefs to create a three-course meal based on three to five surprise ingredients. After each course is presented and judged, one contestant gets “chopped” until there is one chef standing. The winners from the first four weeks go head-to-head in the grand finale for the $50,000 prize that will go towards the winner’s favorite charity. Chopped All Stars Showdown was created to focus on the realness of the contest, not the manufactured “reality” presented in some other cooking shows. Host Ted Allen explains, “The chefs don’t live together and we don’t take away their phones. They’re just there for one day to cook three courses and leave. For the most part it’s a stripped-down competition. It’s a totally level playing field where everyone has the same food, same equipment. Whatever drama happens during the show is entirely a result of the pressure cooker that the contestants are operating in.” Allen’s role is also atypical of the popular cooking reality show format. He is strictly the host, not the host and a judge, allowing Allen to remain an impartial observer and detached show facilitator. Judging is left to a panel of Michelin-star touting chefs whose fiery-but-fair critiques dare contestants to either stand the heat—or get out of the kitchen. Your Gracious Host
ted allen is no stranger to either television or the kitchen. as the one-time food and wine expert on Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, then recurring judge on the same network’s Top Chef, allen regularly appeared on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America before being tapped to host both Chopped and Food Detectives. a foodie and “really enthusiastic home cook,” allen is quick to point out he has no professional culinary training, asserting, “what i bring to the table is a huge love for this stuff.”
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to say that the rotating panel of judges is a grand buffet of talent is painfully cliché, but it’s also true. the weekly line-up has an impressive amount of Michelin star experience behind it that includes the likes of Marcus samuelsson, who put scandinavian cuisine on the map at New York’s aquavit restaurant, and Maria Guarnaschelli, the Paris-trained chef behind the eclectic american menu at Butter restaurant in the east Village. up-and-coming stars are also represented. chef and restaurateur Marc Murphy makes the list of this elite group, as does chris santos, who brings with him the “self taught” sensibilities that feed the soul of his restaurant, the stanton social, and make him one to watch. and watch we will. Chopped All Stars Showdown viewers get a taste for what it takes to be a high-profile culinary professional and the sometimes sweet, sometimes salty flavor of the interplay between cook and critic. either way, Chopped All Stars Showdown is a feast for the eyes. Judge for yourself.
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Look out for Strong Women, Tough Guys & Funny Kids in March
By Greg Archer
Dancing With the Stars prances back into the spotlight this month, but award winners like Kate Winslet and Dana Delany show promise in other TV offerings. Behold the attention-grabbers:
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It’s a bold move rebooting a breathtaking classic such as Mildred Pierce—who could outshine Joan Crawford in the 1945 original?—but Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, I’m Not There) directed and co-wrote this fivepart epic saga chronicling a proud single mother desperately hoping to gain her daughter’s love during the Great Depression in middle-class Los Angeles. That’s the good news and certainly enough reason to tune in, but the cause de célèbre here is Oscar-winning darling Kate Winslet, who takes on the lead role. And she shares her star power with other top dogs—Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, Melissa Leo, Mare Winningham and Hope Davis. Winslet, certainly apt at handling such an iconic role, has already generated buzz for the project. Watch for Emmy nods come fall. Watch: Coming to HBO in March
› Mildred Pierce
› Breakout Kings
Sure, Breakout Kings sports shades of TNT’s Leverage and the new FX hit Terriers, but early signs indicate that that chemistry between series’ leads (Laz Alonso and Domenick Lombardozzi) is promising. Let’s face it—teamwork needs to look believable (see also Psych). The story thus far: Two U.S. Marshals blend the best skills of a convicted troika—a behaviorist, an ex-gang banger and a sultry, sexy “tracker” who learned everything from her bounty hunter dad. Breakout could be the next breakout hit. Watch: Premieres Sunday, March 6, 10/9 pm C, A&E
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› The Gayle King Show
Is this ABC’s way of apologizing to actress Dana Delany for letting the writers of Desperate Housewives water down the character of Catherine?— such nuance, such depth, we miss you, Ms. Delany. Regardless, at first glance this outing appears to have sizzle: Delany plays Dr. Megan Hunt, a revered neurosurgeon surviving an accident that puts an abrupt halt on her luminous career. Suddenly, her character must adapt to new professional and personal learning curves when she becomes a medical examiner who now must solve the puzzles of who or what has killed victims. Nice. The truth is, Delany already knows how to grab our attention. She helped nurture China Beach into a phenomenal hit and took home two Emmys in the process. Will this venture usher in more? Stay tuned. Watch: Premieres Tuesday, March 29, 10/9 pm C, ABC
Now that Oprah Winfrey’s brand new network, OWN, is off and running, there’s plenty to savor—from replanting the best hits of Discovery Health to In The Bedroom with Dr Laura Berman. But this King may surprise you. We all know she’s Winfrey’s best friend and O Magazine Editor-at-Large, but take note of the innovative ways she transforms her hit radio show into a weekday outing. King has sparkle and—this is good—genuine investment in her topics, which range from current events to cultural trends. The political chat isn’t overbearing and, so far, the celeb interviews are hitting the mark. True, nobody can top Winfrey’s unique take on life or the breadth of her soul-searching interviewing skills, but King is an inviting host if not one of the year’s more noteworthy new television personalities. Too soon to say if King is the new queen of daytime, but keep tuning in. Watch: Weekdays, 10/9 am C, OWN
› The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway
No matter what you think of Paul Reubens, no doubt this show will operate at a fever pitch. Shot at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York, expect Reubens’ quirky humor and childlike wonder to keep you invested. Take
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note: this celebrated show combines the winning charm found in Reubens’ original stage romp, The Pee-wee Herman Show. Watch: Premieres Saturday, March 19 10/9pm C, HBO
› Taking on Tyson
It’s fight or flight. Taking on Tyson finds the boxing legend and headline-generator reconnecting with his roots in his childhood neighborhood and—brace yourself—a bunch of pigeons. It’s true. Tyson has held a lifelong passion for raising pigeons and has candidly noted how they provide him with “solace, tranquility and escape” throughout his tumultuous life. Toss in some close friends who share his love for the “avian athletes” and suddenly, this new reality adventure is all about “pigeon racing.” Quirky? You bet. But, we’re told, things do get deep, so expect plenty of “self-awareness” and sharing. Watch: Premieres Sunday, March 6, 10/9 pm C, Animal Planet
› Seriously Funny Kids
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If you haven’t dived into this new halfhour series yet, catch it before the first season folds. Heidi Klum (Project Runway) morphs into both executive producer and host of this endeavor— think of it as a post-modern Kids Say The Darndest Things. The result is rather refreshing. Whether Klum is interviewing a youngster, or engaging them in any number of antics—the kids doing their own jokes shine—thus far, there hasn’t been an episode that isn’t laugh-out-loud funny. The nice surprise here may be how well Klum is as an interviewer. True, interviewing techniques vary from host to host, and these are kids—not to say that makes the grilling any easier—but there’s something pure and real about Klum’s style and her natural ability to be present with the children featured. Combine that with her expert timing, and this show really sparkles—seriously. When to Watch: Tuesdays, 9/8 pm C, Lifetime
Heidi Klum has some serious fun on the set of her new show.
Mobile devices, Applications, Travel, Convenience
Fun on the run
By Emily Glass
Apps that help you navigate your terrain.
Check out these fun and useful mobile apps to help make your traveling experience easier, more convenient and a whole lotta fun.
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Sit or Squat
Find and record bathrooms all around the world.
Primary Function: This app uses GPS technology to determine your location and find the nearest open bathroom in an instant. Sit or squat knows the hours of when facilities are open. All restrooms will appear on your map, but will be colorcoded green (open) or red (closed). delightful feature: User reviews and tips are available at glance. See which bathrooms have a changing table, feminine products or are handicap accessible before you even start heading in any certain direction.
Hazel turns your photos into postcards.
Primary Function: This app allows you to transform photos taken on your phone into customized postcards. Simply upload a photo, add a greeting, and supply the mailing address of your recipient. HazelMail will create a hard copy postcard and mail it to the address provided within 4-7 days. delightful feature: HazelMail is committed to the sustainability of our planet and its natural resources. All postcards are made from mixed source paper stock. They also use local printers near the recipient’s address to reduce emissions produced by air travel. This app is best for: People who spend a significant amount of time in airports Compatible with: iPhone (apps for other devices in development) Get it: Free at the iTunes App Store
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This app is best for: Traveling families with small children Compatible with: iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry or SMS/Texting (Android and Windows mobile apps in development) Get it: Free at the iTunes App Store
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Editor’s Note: It costs $1.50 to produce and mail postcards with HazelMail. Stock your HazelMail account before leaving on your trip and save yourself payment hassle while on vacation.
Leveraging technology. Creating community. Demanding account ability. Empowering travelers.
Primary Function: Gate guru provides a comprehensive listing of airport amenities categorized by food, shops and services. User reviews steer you in the right direction, plus provide tips for once you get there. delightful feature: Click the map icon at the bottom of the screen to bring up a userfriendly map of the entire airport. Get the lay of the land, plus pinpoint the location of your gate. This app is best for: People who spend a significant amount of time in airports Compatible with: iPhone (apps for other devices in development) Get it: Free at the iTunes App Store
Bring the world to your ears.
Primary Function: HearPlanet is a virtual tour guide that provides you with audio information about your surroundings. The app finds your location and taps into Wikipedia to provide history and statistics of the cities, landmarks and tourist destinations you’re exploring. delightful feature: Hands-free on-going information. This app, coupled with a pair of sound-isolating earbuds, turns a simple stroll into an enlightening and informative experience. This app is best for: Vacationers that enjoy exploring and learning Compatible with: iPhone, iPod touch Get it: For $4.99 at the iTunes App Store
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