Life is Sweet

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Two bedroom overwater villa

UPDATE: The Song Saa Foundation has now launched four day philanthropy tours, Journeys of Change, bookable from this month (July) through October 2014 where guest will be able to contribute to the sustainable future of the people and places of the Koh Rong archipelago.

Song Saa is not your run-of-the-mill exclusive private island. Where it has become fashionable for upscale hotels to tout sustainable and eco friendly credentials (just as seasonal and local have become a mantra for restaurants), the husband and wife team behind Cambodia’s first luxury coastal resort walks the walk as well as talks the talk.

As you settle into your villa at Song Saa (the name is Khmer for sweethearts) you’ll notice some of the very stylish interiors are more than meets the eye. That lamp shade is made from a recycled oil drum and that wooden stool from a reclaimed fishing…

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El Escorial

Originally posted on endlessnumbereddays:

After Ávila, we visited El Escorial, a royal Spanish monastery, palace, museum, and school, in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. It was pretty beautiful to say the least, though my friends and I were kind of trying to book it out of there because our Rolling Stones concert was that night. Nonetheless though, supa pretty and definitely worth seeing. 

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What Lies Inside

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I’ve always wondered what would happen if you busted me open, rather if you explored what lies inside. Not anatomically, of course, but emotionally, and figuratively, I wonder what has found its way into my being. If you opened me up, what would fall out? What would stay lodged and trapped within me? Would it be the words I’ve absorbed and memorized? Would you find the hiding place of all those skipped heartbeats? I wonder if, when you looked past my bones, if you would see my heart. Not the one that keeps my body functioning, but the one that keeps my soul wandering. I wonder if you would find the broken fragments left behind after I chipped off pieces to give to you, pieces I hope you’ve kept safe. Would you find the strings we’ve heard about? Do they intertwine into knots or are they loose with the many…

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Different Places To Visit In July Month

Spark’s fly in July, and not just on the Fourth. Celebrate independence all month long with exciting trips at home and abroad. From a leisurely stroll through the City of Brotherly Love to heart-pumping action on the bull-stomping streets of Pamplona, Spain, take full advantage of your right to pursue happiness with these our recommendations on things to do in July.

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Philadelphia to Mt. Rushmore

July 4 Holiday Travel

Celebrate life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the city where those words took shape. A stroll through Historic Philadelphia is one of the best ways to savor America’s rich colonial heritage. Also check out Samantha Brown’s Top 5 Things to Do in Philadelphia.

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Once hunger strikes, pull a seat up at one of CityEats’ Top 10 Philadelphia Restaurants. Or if Philadelphia’s not in your July 4 plans, discover the Best US Fireworks Displays in other cities nationwide, as well as this year’s top Clear-Sky Cities for July 4th. Plus, consider seeing a marvelous nighttime show of Fireworks at Mt. Rushmore.

 

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Bastille Day

Once you’ve celebrated America’s independence, keep the party going. Head to Paris for Bastille Day -– also known as Le Quatorze Juillet — and celebrate the French Revolution in style. From the Eiffel Tower to the Royal Palace, see all there is to Fall in Love in Paris.

To plan it all, make sure to check out our Paris Hotels for Budget Travelers, and get more ideas for things to do and places to stay with our Paris Weekend Guide. Viva la France!

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Long, Lazy Days at the Beach

Sometimes happiness is as simple as kicking back on the beach. Cool off this July with the soft summer breezes of Provincetown, MA, the northernmost tip of Cape Cod that’s home to over 30 miles of beaches. Or if the Pacific is calling your name, head to Hulopo’e Beach on Hawaii’s island of Lana’i, where in addition to sun and sand, you can enjoy traditional food, parades and music during events like the island’s annual July 4 Pineapple Festival.

From coast to coast, make time for other equally irresistible beach options this July, from Florida’s Best Secret Beaches to the Top 10 California Beach Getaways.

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Running of the Bulls

Head into the wild this July, and discover some of the best wildlife-viewing opportunities at outdoor treasures like Alaska’s Katmai National Park, an expanse of over 4,000,000 acres of land and rivers. Here, nature puts on a one-of-kind show each July, with the world’s largest sockeye salmon run, attracting a hungry audience of brown bears.

If that ravenous sight makes you hungry for more, discover more Best National Park Wildlife. Or set your sights on some Island Adventure Travel, including a trip to Washington State’s San Juan Islands, where whales put on quite a show come July.

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Crop Over Festival

Looking for more big celebrations this month, tropical style? Join in Barbados’ celebration of the end of the sugar cane harvest, one of the many Caribbean Festivals and Events. The 5-week festival stretches from July into August, with a host of parades, colorful markets, concerts … and lots of drinking.

To savor more of the Caribbean’s easternmost island, discover the Best Barbados Beaches, as well as its 11 parishes, including the tiny haven of Bottom Bay, where luminous coral reefs provide plenty of snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities.

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Venice (and Verona too!): Our last weekend trip in Italy

Originally posted on a Rosy Glow:

Our last weekend in Italy.  And we chose to spend it in Venice.  We could have picked an easier place to get to and a cheaper place to be, but we decided we had to see the city on the water before we left the country.  Did you know that from 1100-1500 Venice was the largest city in the world?  Amazing, and now you have a factoid to use when you watch Jeopardy.

The week leading up to our trip, neither JW or I was excited about the prospect of traveling to Venice for a one night trip.  I think it was a combination of just getting home from being gone for 8 days and all of the packing and organizing left to do before we leave for America on Thursday afternoon.

Moving overseas is so much more difficult than you would think.  There are soooo many details that we have…

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Taking the bad out of Bali

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 When one thinks ‘Bali’ it’s hard to detach the stigma Aussies have created for themselves- motorbike accidents, tragic tattoos and one too many Bintangs on a night out…also known as the Kooks of Kuta. I’m glad to say I’m back in one piece and ready to return in a heart beat. My Bali experience was thanks to strategic planning, good company and a few old friends to help along the way. It wasn’t until I was back and hit with Sydney’s chill, and looking back in hindsight that I realised just how good it was. 

The moment I booked my ticket I began researching the things we wanted to see, places we wanted to stay and which temple offered the best monkeys (definitely Ubud!). Beginning in Ubud, it was like being thrown into a crystal ball of healthy humans, raw food and people in search of that ‘Bali zen’. While admittedly I…

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Lago di Ledro

Originally posted on Kelly Huynh:

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It was really hot on Sunday so we were off to Lake Ledro! But first my younger host sister had a Christian ceremony to attend to and I thought ‘this will be fun and a new experience…I’ll come!’ despite being an atheist and that the event wasn’t very important (my host dad and older host sister didn’t go). Talk about being awkward and over curious…I’ve never been to a church ceremony before OK?!

After the ceremony finished, we walked back home and went off to Ledro. One of the prettiest places I’ve been to and also one of the coldest water I’ve ever swam in in my awkward one piece suit whilst everyone was wearing their bikini. Talk about standing out as a foreigner. My host mum made us rice salad for packed lunch and brought a melon, prosciutto, chocolate, apples and peanuts and we ate together, relaxing…

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Win a trip to South Korea!

Originally posted on Ros in Wonderland:

Do you love Korea? Can you creatively show your interest in this country ? Then don’t miss this opportunity: show your love for Korea and enter this competition for a chance to win a trip to South Korea.

Hurry: the submission period is between 21st July and 20th August 2014.

Visit the Korean Culture and Information Service website for more information.

Good luck!

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Beautiful Living Room Interior Design Ideas

Here in Home Design Lover, we collect and collate the different designs and styles of the different spaces we have in our very homes. Today, we will be showing you a list of 15 Beautiful Interior Living Room Design Ideas which is a combination of all the different styles we can find. Of course, this list is not complete with all the many design style and we hope you’d like them.

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The list we have today for the 15 Beautiful Living Room Interior Design Ideas include an Asian living room, contemporary, modern and so much more. The rooms are pretty much examples of how one space can look like. There will be more lists like this for the different spaces in the house, watch out for it! Let us go ahead and take a look at the 15 Beautiful Interior Design Ideas below. Have fun!

French Colonial Living Room

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Formal living room in French Colonial Residence in Pasadena, CA. This room features a rare, antique, 12-panel coromandel screen from the 1920′s. All upholstered furniture is custom by Charmean Neithart Interiors.

Coastal Loft Living Room

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When most of your furnishings are new, funk helps to introduce a sense of age into the room. The patina of rust on this coffee table keeps the space from looking too perfect and pristine. The side table on the right is an old display case for pies.

 

Mexican-Inspired Living Room

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Catholic iconography is a big part of Mexican art and design. This wall of old tin crosses and Milagros, along with the altar-like mantel covered in candles, is reminiscent of an old Spanish mission. Without being somber.

Industrial Living Room

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Steed and Tovey salvaged, refinished and repurposed most of the design elements and furnishings from military surplus stores and scrap yards.

Eclectic Living Room

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Every grand home needs an indoor-outdoor space, and Green Couch Interior Design made the most of this home’s expansive square footage with a combined kitchen and living space that opens up to the outdoor patio. The mild San Francisco weather begs for spaces like this, and neutral furnishings keep the focus on the outdoor view.

Minimalist Living Room

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“We were able to use a lot of the furniture that my parents already owned, and blend it with the new pieces,” says daughter and project interior designer Lauren King. “It still has the feel of their home, the one I grew up in, but very much new and improved. We weren’t looking to get rid of everything and start from scratch in a completely different style.

Contemporary Living Room

New-York

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Glam in the living room. Interior designer Jamie Drake had his eye focused on emerald when he put together this dazzling room for the Kips Bay show house in New York.

Modern Living Room

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Stack books on your coffee table. Create two stacks of different heights, and add precious mementos on top of each stack.

Beach Style Living Room

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Look at how homey this living room is! All white furniture and drapes – this is like heaven!

 

Neymar wants Messi to beat Germans in World Cup final

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Brazilian superstar Neymar said on Thursday he wants teammate Lionel Messi to lead Argentina to victory in the World Cup final against Germany.

At an emotional press conference, Neymar broke down in tears as he relived the challenge which broke a vertebrae in his back and left him fearing he would be paralysed.

With Brazil’s dream of winning a sixth World Cup decimated by their 7-1 hammering by Germany, Neymar said he wants Barcelona teammate Messi to claim the trophy on Sunday against the Germans.

“Messi’s history in the sport is so important, he has won a lot of trophies and I will be cheering for him,” Neymar told a press conference.

“He is a friend, he is my teammate and I wish him luck.” Neymar was ruled out of the World Cup in a rugged challenge by Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga in Brazil’s 2-1 quarterfinal win.

The 22-year-old…

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