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“Chic-o” de Mayo: Celebrate Mexican Heritage in Style

May 5, 2014

GLOBAL – The fifth of May is an annual celebration of Mexican pride, commemorating as it does a Mexican victory over French forces back in 1862. In the US and Europe, the fiestas that mark Cinco de Mayo often tend to be of the kitschy kind, in which the only… (more)
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Winter Getaway Packing List: Seaside Retreats

January 10, 2014

GLOBAL – While alpine resorts are amazing seasonal destinations to take advantage of the wintry landscape, we’re also craving a serious breath of fresh air this new year. In our opinion, almost nothing beats the invigorating, saline scent of a sea breeze to feel completely rejuvenated and refreshed. Whether it’s… (more)
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Recharge and Reflect for the New Year at Our Favorite Inspiring Sights

January 9, 2014

GLOBAL – New Year’s resolutions are best made—and kept—with lots of thoughtful consideration. With the dizzying revelry of the holiday season finally over, the period around the new year is a time for starting anew, seeing the world with fresh eyes, and reflecting on hopes for the upcoming months. In… (more)
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Winter Getaway Packing List: Bundle Up for Cool Weather in Style

January 8, 2014

GLOBAL – With the exception of warm tropical and equatorial nations, the rest of the world must endure chilly weather for at least a quarter of the year. During this period, it’s often cold and dark, making it more of a challenge to keep spirits high. Nevertheless, hot chocolate, cozy… (more)
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Friday Finds: Arrivals and Departures

January 3, 2014

New Year’s provides an unusual vantage point. Fixed inescapably between the end of one year and the beginning of another, it offers an unrivaled view of both. But years aren’t the only things that close and open between December and January. As our favorite digital media mavens show, high-profile hotels… (more)
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The Hunt: Best Gyms for Fulfilling Your New Year’s Resolutions

January 2, 2014

GLOBAL – Every week, the Purple Passport team goes in search of a designated item in whatever city our team members happen to be. This week, we’re starting 2014 on the right (gym shoe-clad) foot and beginning that “be healthier” resolution. Step one: find the right gym. Luckily, we’ve compiled… (more)
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Fortuitous Foods for the New Year in New York City and Washington, DC

January 1, 2014

NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, DC, US – Waking up on January 1 can be both exciting and scary. While entering a new year allows for unbounded optimism, it can feel like a trial to step into unfamiliar territory with nothing but New Year’s resolutions for guidance. So it’s no surprise… (more)
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Friday Finds: Thinking Outside of the Ball

December 27, 2013

New Year’s Eve is a holiday that screams for super-sizing. If other holidays call for a later bedtime, this one calls for parties ‘til sunrise. If other holidays call for festive concerts, this one calls for star-studded spectaculars. If other holidays call for glasses of champagne, this one calls for… (more)
The lakefront pier is a popular New Years Eve location
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The Hunt: Best New Year’s Eve Fireworks Shows

December 26, 2013

GLOBAL – Every week, the Purple Passport team goes in search of a designated item in whatever city our team members happen to be. This week, we’re getting ready to say goodbye to 2013, and welcome 2014 in style, the only way we know how: with some truly champagne toast-worthy… (more)
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Cookie Season: Our Fave New York Bakeries Sweeten the Holidays

December 22, 2013

NEW YORK, US – Ok, so we don’t really need a reason to eat cookies. Aren’t their sugary flavor and chewy texture reasons enough? If ever we did need a more legitimate excuse, though, it would be winter weather that just about begs us to chomp into a buttery slice… (more)
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