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6 hours ago11-23 04:41 by Passion For Luxury
France is a place which has so many old castles that they’re actually selling at remarkably low prices now.
Take this impressive estate set in the town of Blois, 114 miles south-west of Paris. The 17th century property would be great as the backdrop for a historical period drama set a few hundred years. It’s actually an entire compound spread across 98 acres with multiple buildings, the most notable being of course the 13,455-square-foot chateau, which has been carefully restored over the last three years.
The interiors, reminiscent of the great palaces from the time of King Louis XIV, feature Versailles parquet flooring and marble fireplaces, while the ceiling are decorated with molded cornices. There are no fewer than 14 bedrooms, as well as many more sitting rooms, bathrooms, studies, and a well-equipped kitchen. Finally, the property, which is entirely walled, also includes the former caretaker’s lodge, chapel, sizeable garages, a woodshed, stables with tack room, a barn, and extensive gardens dating back to 1755.
This charming, recently restored Blois Castle is currently listed for €5.5 million, or about $6.8 million.
 Inquiries : villas@passion4luxury.com 

yesterday11-22 07:45 by Passion For Luxury
A magical expression of tropical luxury will enchant your senses in the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru resort.
Quiet and warm, this is a place of absolute tranquility. All 48 villas feature lush living conditions and are very close to the sparkling white sands and the simmering turquoise ocean. Their interiors flaunt a perfectly balanced combination of rustic and modern elements which create a unique atmosphere. An undoubted highlight is the villas’ open-air bathrooms.
Unforgettable dining experiences await you at the Ilaafathi Restaurant, the Naiboli Bar and the Sangu Garden. But you also have to try the private beach dinners with champagne and personal chef, the candlelight dinner in your own villa, or the private dining at sunset on a jetty.
Exquisite spa treatments and refreshing recreational activities are also an important part of the services offered at the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru. So if you choose to come here for a relaxing vacation, rest assured that you will be extremely well taken care off: body mind and soul will al be pampered in this place of serenity.
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yesterday11-22 02:29 by Passion For Luxury
New Boutique Airline La Compagnie Attractive Paris Fares for Fall 2014
The newly launched, exclusively business-class boutique airline La Compagnie announces attractive fares for its first fall season, with regularly scheduled service between Paris and New York.
Starting today, La Compagnie will fly five times a week between Paris and New York, providing passengers easy access between two of the most popular cities at convenient times.
La Compagnie is offering travelers two special fall fares this season for those traveling between Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport and Newark International Airport, where passengers can enjoy a reduced fare, whether traveling solo or together. As with subsequent promotions, this special offer requires instant ticketing and is nonrefundable. All taxes are included.
• Solo Special: $1,499.00 USD round trip for one, for flights booked today through December 1, 2014 and for travel through December 15, 2014. (Subject to availability. Class of service restrictions apply).
• Trip for Two: $2,499.00 USD round trip for two, for flights booked through October 7, 2014 and for travel through October 31, 2014. (Effective September 8, 2014).
Whether headed westbound or eastbound, one-way or round trip, travelers on La Compagnie will receive the utmost service. The attentiveness begins at the airport, with passengers flying out of Paris offered access to the iCare Premium Lounge in Terminal One at Charles De Gaulle, and those boarding at Newark International offered access to the Art & Lounge in Terminal B, conveniently located a few feet from TSA and check-in.
Delight in “La Carte” dining service created by Michelin-starred chef Christophe Langrée. Menu items such as sliced chicken, quail egg and vegetables in truffle oil and pea soup and fresh mint with almonds are served with style, as are fine cheeses, premium liquors, and French wines including Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut, Château La Bienfaisance from Saint-Emilion, and Le Bourgogne Blanc – La Part des Anges.
Eastbound flights on La Compagnie depart from Newark at 9:45PM and arrive in Paris the next morning at 11:15AM, while westbound flights depart Paris at 5:50PM and arrive in Newark at 8:30PM. 
French in spirit and global in appeal, the airline’s baby blue Boeing 757-200 is designed for comfort with 74 “lie-flat” seats laid out in a 2×2 configuration. Inflight amenities include Samsung Galaxy Tablets preloaded with movies, newspapers, games, books and Caudalie cosmetic amenity kits at every seat.
Travel agents can make bookings through the La Compagnie website. Reservations will soon be available through Sabre, Travel Port and Amadeus Systems as well. For reservations on La Compagnie and to take advantage of the fashionable fall savings, please contact La Compagnie`s call center at 800-218-8187 or visit www.LaCompagnie.com.

2 days ago11-21 20:32 by NOTCOT.ORG
60 Second Magnetic Hourglass by 9Pig (Want more? See NOTCOT.org and NOTCOT.com)

2 days ago11-21 19:32 by NOTCOT.ORG
Cox & Cox Three Deer Spoons - these little ceramic deer spoons have little arms for hanging on the edge of your cup. (Want more? See NOTCOT.org and NOTCOT.com)

2 days ago11-21 18:32 by NOTCOT.ORG
Chrome Industries expands my favorite BLCKCHRM line to include their camera bags. All blacked out in Hypalon and a full-grain leather with popping interior colors to make it easy to find your gear. (Want more? See NOTCOT.org and NOTCOT.com)

2 days ago11-21 18:00 by beautifuldecay

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Artist Mark Farid is attempting to undertake a strenuous social experiment and is asking for your assistance. He has a Kickstarter project called Seeing-I which is aimed at raising enough money to develop a headset that he will wear for 24 hours a day, for 28 days in a row. With the piece of technology he will live his daily life completely and utterly through the experience of another person. He will see everything through the eyes of the second person, including when they go to the cinema, to the toilet and having sex. The only prerequisites for this other human – naturally called “The Other” is to be over 21 years, a heterosexual male, currently living with his partner, and they must agree it to. If you personally suit those guidelines, you can apply here to become a part of the experiment.

Farid will throughout the process be living completely on display in a small box containing only a bed, a toilet and a shower. All of his actions will be open for all to witness and completely transparent. Because of the intensity of this project and what could be mentally damaging to most people, Farid will have the support of one psychologist for one hour a day, and will be the only time he is able to talk to someone.

The Seeing-I project will result in a documentary wanting to explore just how virtual reality affects us emotionally, the role of the individual in the larger society, how we define ourselves through what we see, and we know of ourselves. Farid says about the integrity of the project:

I don’t think any of the realities in which we live are genuine. We take this physical reality as ‘real’, but, you know, every building, road, park and garden has been designed… Everything within our existence is unnatural. We live in an entirely man-made world, where none of it is ‘real’. (Source) (Via Dazed Digital)

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2 days ago11-21 17:33 by iGNANT

It's starting to get really cold in Berlin these days so we're all the more looking forward to spend some cozy quality time at home on the upcoming weekend. Happy Friday night to everyone and enjoy our weekly selection of Flickr images. Have a great weekend.

Image © Esben Bøg Jensen

Image © iwakura shiori

Image © Chris Lin

Image © Chih-Chieh Wang

Image © Théo Gosselin

Image © Robert Chang Chien

Image © Raúl Pérez

Image © Stephen Leslie

Image © iden13


2 days ago11-21 17:31 by NOTCOT.ORG
Ursa Major Holiday Gifts are coming packed in the cutest hand-dyed, screen printed "Happy Trails" gift bags! (Want more? See NOTCOT.org and NOTCOT.com)

2 days ago11-21 17:00 by beautifuldecay

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Mitch Dobrowner_Hollywood Hills

Mitch Dobrowner_Shiprock Triptych

Inspired by Ansel Adams and evocative of the past, the incredible work of New York-based photographer Mitch Dobrowner portrays sublime, monumental scenes of nature.  Rendered in stark black-and-white and beautifully composed, his photographs are undoubtedly aesthetically alluring.  Surprisingly, however, the story behind the visually captivating works is even more moving.

Raised in Long Island, Dobrowner struggled with his identity and purpose as a teenager. In response to this apparent lack of direction and sense of self, his father offered him “an an old Argus rangefinder to fool around with.” After researching photography and tinkering with his camera, Dobrowner was hooked. Shortly thereafter, at the age of 21, he left home and embarked on a journey to explore the American Southwest–a theme that which would eventually materialize as a major motif in his oeuvre.

After meeting his wife in California, Dobrowner set his photography aside in order to settle down, raise a family, and operate a business.  Although his photographic career reached a plateau lasting several years, he was inspired to reacquaint himself with the craft again in 2005. Rather than stagnating his zeal or hindering his success, however, his break from photography, if anything, added fuel to his fire.  He explains:

“Today I see myself on a passionate mission to make up for years of lost time – creating images that help evoke how I see our wonderful planet.”

And, with his snapshots of swirling storm clouds, harrowing canyons, and towering landmasses, both his passion and perspective remain undeniabily apparent.

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