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Let Loose in Les Menuires: A Pub Crawl to (Hopefully) Remember

Let Loose in Les Menuires: A Pub Crawl to (Hopefully) Remember

Ski holidays aren’t just about zipping down slopes and eating fondue (although both are essential components). Equally important is the nightlife: going to bars, meeting new people and letting your hair down. In Les Menuires there are plenty of opportunities for a boogie, but with so many bars and pubs to choose from its hard to pick just one. I think it was for this very reason that pub crawls were invented. Thankfully for you, Les Menuires has a classic route. so put on your dancing shoes and get going.
Start at Crazy Bar

 

Pub crawls can often get off to a slow start… not at the Crazy Bar. As its name suggests, there is no room for slouching in this alpine pub with early happy hours starting between 4pm and 6pm. The bar is located in the La Croisette area of Les Menuires and gets very busy during happy hours as skiers and snowboarders make the most of the cut-price cocktails.

Le Tilbury

Also in the La Croisette area, Le Tilbury is a favourite destination for skiers and locals. With a pine wood interior and plenty of offers on spirits and beers, Le Tilbury is a welcome chance to have a breather after a heavy start to the crawl.

L’Oisans

L’Oisans has built a reputation for its great cocktails. With plenty of classics as well as cocktails you won’t have seen anywhere else, you are bound to find one you like. If cocktails are not your thing, there is also a great selection of international beers to choose from. Located in La Croisette, it is easy to find and hard to go wrong.

Le Leeberty

Leeberty, égalité, fraternité, right? In the spirit of La France get in a round of jaegerbombs and report to the dance floor. Le Leeberty is best enjoyed later on in the bar crawl when it gets busy and everyone is in the party mood. Playing Euro pop hits, the great selection of DJs and high-quality sound system is bound to get you moving. You can find Le Leeberty in Les Bruyeres, just down the road from the other bars. The trip is definitely worth the effort.

Finish at Piano Bar Le Kube

A cosy little bar until 10pm, Le Kube is frequented by skiers looking for a less busy après scene. After 10pm, however, the atmosphere changes with live music and DJ sets bringing partygoing crowds flooding in. One the swankiest bars in the La Croisette area, it’s a great place to finish off your night with and sing and dance, and maybe even a kiss if you’re lucky.

Have Fun and Stay Protected

With all that fun on and off the slopes, it’s always worth investing in winter sports travel insurance. Whether you overstretch yourself on the skis or in the bars – we have all done both, let’s be honest – winter sports travel insurance will keep you covered and ease any holiday headaches. At InsureMore we offer comprehensive low-cost travel insurance with single and multi-trip options. So don’t fret when you are on holiday, go out and have fun – we’ve got you covered.

Almanac: The “Father of Streamlining”

Almanac: The “Father of Streamlining”

And now a page from our “Sunday Morning” Almanac: November 5, 1893, 124 years ago today – Day One for the man called “The Father of Streamlining.”

For that was the day Raymond Loewy was born in Paris.

An award-winning model airplane designer while still a boy, Loewy moved to the United States after World War I, and went to work.

He transformed the railroad locomotive and the Greyhound bus. He designed modern sewing machines and popcorn machines … and filled his home with his own creations.
Book excerpt: Art Garfunkel’s “What Is It All but Luminous”
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In this excerpt from his new memoir, “What Is It All But Luminous: Notes From an Underground Man” (Knopf), singer Art Garfunkel writes of his early fascination with radio, rock ‘n’ roll, and a fellow classmate named Paul Simon .

Watch Rita Braver’s interview with Art Garfunkel on CBS ‘”Sunday Morning” November 5!

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On Saturday mornings, in 1953, in Keds sneakers, white on white, I took my basketball to P.S. 164. We played half-court ball, three on three. Or else I listened to Martin Block’s Make-Believe Ballroom on the radio. I loved to chart the top thirty songs. It was the numbers that got me. I kept meticulous lists – when a new singer like Tony Bennett came onto the charts with “Rags to Riches.” I watched the record jump from, say, # 23 to # 14 in a week. The mathematics of the jumps went to my sense of fun. I was commercially aware through the Hit Parade, as well as involved in the music. Johnny Ray’s “Cry,” the Crewcuts’ “Sha-boom,” Roy Hamilton ballads, “Unchained Melody” reached me. Soon the Everly Brothers would take me for The Big Ride.

As I entered Parsons Junior High where the tough kids are, Paul Simon became my one and only friend. We saw each other’s uniqueness. We smoked our first cigarettes. We have retreated from all other kids. And we laughed. I opened my school desk one day in 1954 and saw a note from Ira Green to a friend: “Listen to the radio tonight, I have a dedication to you.” I was aware that Alan Freed had taken this subversive music from Cleveland to New York City. He read dedications from teenage lovers before playing “Earth Angel,” “Sincerely.” When he played Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally,” he left the studio mic open enough to hear him pounding a stack of telephone books to the backbeat. This was no Martin Block.

Maybe I was in the land of payola, of “back alley enterprise” and pill-head disc jockeying, but what I was was that Alan Freed loved us kids to dance, romance, and fall in love, and the music would send us. It sent me for life. It was rhythm and blues. It was black. It was from New Orleans, Chicago, Philadelphia. It was dirty music (read sexual). One night Alan Freed called it “rock ‘n’ roll.” Hip was born for me. Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis. Bobby Freeman asked, “Do you want dance, squeeze and hug me all through the night?” and you knew she did.

I was captured. So was Paul. We followed WINS radio. Paul bought a guitar. We used my father’s wire recorder, then Paul’s Webcor tape machine. Holding rehearsals in our basements, we were little perfectionists. We put sound on sound (stacking two layers of our singing). With the courage to listen and cringe about how not right it was yet, we are going to record.

We were guitar-based little rockers. Paul had the guitar. We wrote streamlined harmonies whose intervals were thirds, as I learned it from the Andrews Sisters to Don and Phil and floated it over Paul’s chugging hammering-on-guitar technique. It was bluesy, it was rockabilly, it was rock ‘n’ roll. We took “woo-bop-a-loo-chi-ba” from Gene Vincent’s “Be-bop-a-lula.” We stole Buddy Holly’s country flavor (“Oh Boy”), the Everlys’ harmony (“Wake Up Little Susie”). Paul took Elvis’s everything (“Mystery Train”). As Paul drove the rhythm, I brought us into a vocal blend. We were the closest of chums, making out with our girls across the basement floor. We showed each other our versions of masturbation (mine used a hand). “The Girl for Me” was the first song we wrote – innocent, a pathetic “Earth Angel.” In junior high we added Stu Kutcher and Angel and Ida Pellagrini.

All the while, I did a lot of homework, the shy kid’s retreat. My geometry page was a model of perfection. Anything worth doing is worth doing extraordinarily well – why not best in the world?

Excerpted from “What Is It All but Luminous” by Art Garfunkel. Copyright © 2017 by Art Garfunkel. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Industrial designer Raymond Loewy transformed locomotives, automobiles and household appliances into objects of unparalleled beauty. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
On the CBS show “Person to Person” in 1956, Loewy described his design philosophy: “I felt it was my duty to try to do whatever I could to introduce a little bea

Beyond Skiing: The Natural and Cultural Wonders of Chamonix

 

Beyond Skiing: The Natural and Cultural Wonders of Chamonix

Attention, ski enthusiasts! Chamonix is renowned for its fantastic skiing – and for good reason! However, this means that its other wonderful attractions are frequently overlooked. You’ve just stepped off your shuttle from Geneva to Chamonix… now how about something a little different? For something distinctly non-touristy yet incredibly worthwhile, why not wander off the beaten skiing track and try some of these alternative activities?
Natural Highlights

 

Visit the Mer de Glace

At 200m deep, this is France’s largest glacier. It flows 7km down Mont Blanc’s northern side, moving at a rate of up to 1cm an hour or 90m per year. The ‘Sea of Ice’ is stunning to behold, and after the 430 steps that lead into the grotto, you’ll see some of the best crystal specimens in the Mont Blanc massif. It is reachable by the Train du Montenvers, a picturesque cog railway that will bring you to an altitude of 1913m, from where you can access the Grotte de Glace by cable car. The entry price also gains you access to the Glacorium, which examines the birth, life and future of glaciers – so hold on to your ticket!

Take the Cable Car to the Aiguille du Midi

Rising to 3842m at its peak, the Aiguille du Midi is perhaps Chamonix’s most noteworthy geographical feature. If the altitude doesn’t put you off, you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree panoramic views of the French, Italian and Swiss Alps, which will literally take your breath away.

You can take the cable car Téléphérique de l’Aiguille du Midi all year round, and the journey itself is quite spectacular. Either hop out halfway at Plan de l’Aiguille to begin hiking or paragliding, or continue to the top for views in every direction, thanks to the glass floor of the ‘Step into the Void’ attraction.

Be aware that even in summer, it will be only be about -10°C at the summit, while temperatures can plummet as low as -25°C in winter.

Cultural Highlights

Musée des Cristaux

This museum is home to a dazzling display of crystals from the Mont Blanc massif, and there are also rocks and minerals on display here. The Espace Alpinisme section focuses on the art and science of mountaineering. It has interesting interactive displays and mesmerising videos and photos of ascents that must be seen to be believed.

Musée Alpin

This collection focuses on the region’s rich history of Alpine adventure, including highlights such as the first ascent of Mont Blanc by a woman, and the cliff-hanging exploits of Jacques Balmat on his quest for crystals.

How to Get There

There are plenty of budget airlines that fly from the UK to Geneva. To get from Geneva to Chamonix, why not book a quick and easy airport transfer? Shuttle Direct offers both private and group shuttles from Geneva to Chamonix, guaranteeing a convenient and pleasant start to your trip.

4 Important Benefits for Team Building Events

4 Important Benefits for Team Building Events

Team building events can take many forms, from weekend breaks to complex games and challenges. When used properly, they can greatly improve employee morale and productivity. Here are 4 ways to build a corporate event team in Atlanta to benefit your company.
Identify Strengths and Weaknesses

4 Important Benefits for Team Building Events

By participating in different activities, you and your employees will achieve a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. This is not only important in assigning the right employees to the right task, it can not help employees appreciate how various skills are essential to overcome obstacles.

Improve Leadership Skills 4 Important Benefits for Team Building Events

Team building events are a fun and low stress way to help your employees learn to be better leaders as they come up with strategies for problem solving and solutions. This can be an advantage for any employee, as it not only improves leadership, but also encourages them to become more independent thinkers overall.

Encourage Troubleshooting

The best businesses are the ones where employees can find problems and solve them on their own. The less you have to keep an eye on your employees, the more effective each person will be able to do their job. Team building exercises encourage participants to think outside the box and be more confident in their problem-solving skills.

Build Relationships

One of the most important benefits of team building corporate event atlanta is to strengthen relationships among team members. Getting out of the office into a fun new setting and encouraging open communication can help resolve differences and get your entire team working together toward common goals. You will have no pressure from office blocking, and can instead focus your efforts on getting to know each other better as an individual. Sharing this time together will help your company feel and act more like a cohesive unit – both on the show itself and once you get back to work.

Eazi-Apps Completes the Main Extension of Training Academy with the new Professional Development Cours

Eazi-Apps Completes the Main Extension of Training Academy with the new Professional Development Cours
The East Midlands company that specializes in helping entrepreneurs build their own successful mobile app business has made a significant commitment to support professional development for those who want to go solo with a major expansion of the Academy.
Eazi-Apps provides developers the technology applications, training, brands, and marketing materials they need to create their own app development business. Leicester-based companies have made substantial new investments in learning materials and development frameworks with the introduction of new courses.

 

The new course is intended to help Eazi-Apps network partners with ongoing professional development. The speed of change in the app market means that app developers need to be fast, adaptable to change and be able to offer cutting-edge solutions to their clients.

In an expanded Academy offering, Eazi-Apps focuses on delivering new transfer skills that can be exploited by its partners in their own endeavors. Successfully completing the course is a key component of the Eazi-Apps internal certification process for app developers.

The new module includes a strong emphasis on technology-based courses, especially Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) and reputation management. Zakir Daud, CEO of Eazi-Apps said, “We recognize that Eazi-Apps partners who join our growing network usually embed some personal commitment and development are often neglected.Our Academy is the gateway to the continuous professional development of our very it’s important to help them succeed in their own business Our new interactive course has been carefully crafted to produce knowledgeable individuals.The feedback so far for our Academy expansion is remarkable. “

Don’t Let Your Gas Give You Sass

Don’t Let Your Gas Give You Sass

Many people prefer cooking and heating with gas instead of electricity. It’s not a coincidence that most chefs and restaurants prefer gas for cooking, and it’s also probably not a coincidence that gas is often preferred for heating. It’s not only about cost, but also about efficiency and effectiveness. However, that doesn’t mean that your gas service in Marietta is completely without issue. Upkeep and maintenance are still necessary, and, especially in older homes, sometimes repairs might be necessary. Emergencies unfortunately happen, and it’s always a good idea to know that professionals are standing by and ready to help.

Get Help with Gas

 

Luckily, there are also times when you know you’ll need assistance, and you can plan for it in advance. If you’re remodeling your home, you might need lines moved or removed. That’s something you should certainly leave to the professionals, even if you do typically prefer a do-it-yourself approach to home repairs. If you’re expanding rooms or rearranging the kitchen, you might need lines moved to accommodate your oven or dryer. As you’re putting together your remodeling plans, details like that are certainly something to keep in mind. It’s never a bad idea to call for professional advice as you’re mapping out your remodeling plans and putting together your to-do list. The more prepared you are, the more headaches you are likely to avoid.

Naturally, older homes sometimes need a lot of TLC, and that’s also something to keep in mind. If you need gas service in Marietta for an older home, it’s a good idea to plan and map out that process as well. You might be trying to find a way to salvage an outdoor stove or perhaps you’re looking into a gas burning fireplace. Older homes can be wonderful to beautify, but it’s always a good idea to know about the job that you’ll be tackling. Getting professional advice and assistance is always a wise first step.

5 Unique Things to Do on Your Journey to London

5 Unique Things to Do on Your Journey to London

In a city that is traded with great tourists like London, sometimes the best experience the region has to offer does not work.

Take your journey to the next level with this insider tip about the best unique things to do in London and then share your experience with the world!

Check out these 5 cool stops on your next trip to London:

Visit God’s Junkyard
This little treasure boasts the largest collection of vintage and neon signs throughout Europe.

God’s Own Junkyard is the brainchild of artist Chris Bracey. Bracy is famous as “Neon Man” and has been collecting followers like a cult for the last 37 years.

The art featured on Junkyard features new and used neon signs ranging from old film props, retro displays, circus lights and improved vintage neon.

Hike Big Ben 5 Unique Things to Do on Your Journey to London
With 334 steps to get to the top, the opposite of fitness in the body of every person will be very happy to follow this nontraditional exercise with a view.

Once at the top of Elizabeth Tower, where the clock bell, you will have spectacular views of the Westminster Bridge and surrounding areas.

It’s a cheap and fun way to get a beautiful view that most unconscious people are available!

Enjoy the Night Life at Scandal London
Scandal Club London is a cool and sexy way to experience the night life London has to offer.

The club combines the spaciousness of Mayfair London with a light thrill from the Red Light District in Amsterdam.

Features such as entrances with frayed curtains, large VIP areas, and a concave dance floor complete with cabar style dancers bring together a cohesive decadent atmosphere.

Detour to House of Dreams 5 Unique Things to Do on Your Journey to London
Another unconventional art display, the House of Dreams is the home of artist Stephen Wright featuring an extensive home mosaic of recycled goods and rejuvenated items.

Wright is an artist and textile designer with more than 3 decades of experience at the scene and has created his small House of Dreams since the 90s.

The entire first floor of the house, as well as the garden and its exterior, slowly transformed into a gigantic statue with every inch of wall, floor, and ceiling that is covered in art.

The house is only open to the public a few days a year, so plan your trip accordingly. This is not the place you want to miss.

Magic Experience on Platform 9 3/4
The Harry Potter series, which has tens of millions of fans from around the world, is partly played in London. That means if you happen to be one of the millions of fans, here’s your chance to live a little fantasy.

Let your nerd side play by visiting the famous 3/4 Platform 9/4 at King’s Cross station and experience the little wonder that Harry and his friends are doing.

There are many unique things to do in London!
Use insider knowledge about unique things to do in London to make your next trip to the books.

Which stops at the top of your list?

Ready for the Road: The World’s Most Epic Motorcycling Routes

Ready for the Road: The World’s Most Epic Motorcycling Routes

Is there anything quite like seeing the world glide by from behind your motorcycle helmet visor? Nothing but you, your buddies and the open road. The unbelievable rush of roaring along Route 66 at a tidy 75 mph beats a lazy beach holiday any day of the week.
For the ultimate rush of a roadtrip with just your bike, backpack and the road, give one of these epic adventure routes a go.

 

Route 66, USA

The mother of all road trips, this 3,939km route starts in Chicago and cuts through the country all the way to LA. Depending on how much time you have and what interests you the most, you could either drive a section of it or go the whole hog (on your hog!) and see the whole thing. It winds through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, and doing the whole shebang would take 3 to 4 weeks according to seasoned bikers who’ve lived the legend.

With our USA travel insurance, you’ll be covered for as much of the journey as you take. Spend some more time getting to know (and win big in!) Vegas, experiencing Death Valley and admiring the Grand Canyon.

The South Island, New Zealand

This stretch of land is just breath-taking. Expect to see awe-inspiring landscapes, forests, fjords, mountains and beaches along the way. The other-worldliness of the backdrop to much of the Lord of the Rings movies will be amazing to drive along to. Other bonuses of this route include the lightness of the traffic, the smooth tarmac road surfaces, and the incredible scenery really must be mentioned again.

Stop and enjoy the Franz Josef Glacier, revisit civilisation in the city of Nelson, relax on the shores of Lake Mapourika and visit the Aspiring National Park. These are just a few attractions on the 2,100km stretch of road.

The Transalpine Route, France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy

If staying closer to home with the added bonus of bringing you bike without a huge amount of effort, this is the route for you. Starting in Grenoble in France and winding 2,400km all the way through the Alps to end in Venice, Italy, you’ve got a couple of options when it comes to traversing the Alps with more easy routes right up to a couple of more challenging ones. Expect spectacular mountain landscapes, steep gradients and a hell of a lot of tunnels, bridges and viaducts. Don’t forget to bring a load of loose change for the tolls, and don’t miss out on the climb to the Stelvio pass!

Ruta 40, Argentina

At 5,301km this is one of the world’s longest roads. It starts in Cabo Virgenes in Santa Cruz and snakes its way up to Quiaca in Jujuy, with gorgeous views the whole way along the route which runs beside the Andes. This route cuts through or drives by a whopping 20 National Parks! With incredible scenery on offer as well as the chance to ride from the South to the North of this huge country, this route is rightly popular.

Whether you opt for New Zealand, the Alps, Argentina or the USA, travel insurance by Let’s Go Insure gives you the cover you need to make the most of your roadtrip without stress.

Drive carefully and to drive safely, keep to the speed limit. Always have the necessary documentation and safety gear at hand.

Brands and brand promotions

Brands and brand promotions

Let’s make some clear distinctions at the outset that should be “no-brainers.” Branding requires long-term consistent investment and nurturing. Promotions are about short-term and immediate conversions (sales).
Brands are constructed with three main braids of steel for long-term stability and credibility.

 

Strong and consistent “visual brand identity” logos, taglines, and marketing collateral (brochure, website, tradeshow, ads, etc).
Superior customer / client services.
Most importantly, the brand must consistently deliver on its promises or exceed expectations at every point of contact that the brand interacts with the customer.
The distinctions between businesses are trending toward parity. So it is very important that you are attached to your three braids of steel. You can read in the thousands of articles about branding about how brands create emotional attachments and cult followings in some cases. But let’s be realistic, for emphasis on “an emotional connection.” Let’s use the word “trust” instead. If you, as a non-household brand name can build an authentic trust, then you have succeeded with your brand.

Promotions are a completely different train of thought, they are essentially about “right now.” Focusing on sales promotions increasing sales and interest in the short-term brand, creating a culture of promotions for your business has the potential to decrease profit margins and dilute brand equity. You must pursue a balanced approach. We live in a time that is increasingly built around the psychology of saving, so do not get me wrong – promotions should be acknowledged and considered as a marketing tool. The part that some companies miss that I’m emphasizing here is the trap door in systemic promotions.

In my experience, for most companies, especially small to mid-size companies, to think that you can only grow through arrogance brand. Even offering an occasional customer-loyalty discount is a kind of enticement that is in the promotion category. When you approach planning sessions, try not to think of them in a panicky “how do we increase sales tomorrow?” kind of way. Try to think of promotions as part of your overall brand strategy. For example, maybe there are certain kinds of smaller promotions that can get people in the door for the long-term. And try to plan out your next move.

The take away is that you need to be careful about losing your brand in the midst of all your corporate branding promotions. You must not let customers forget what is so good about your company. There must be a balance in focus that examines the value of a promotion strategy. When you plan your promotion of your branding, it can only help to clarify your corporate branding marketing messages.

The Culinary Charm of Chamonix

The Culinary Charm of Chamonix

Renowned for its superb skiing and breath-taking scenery, Chamonix also has some truly divine places to dine. Here are a few of the best restaurants this charming ski resort has on offer all year round.
Le Cap Horn

 

This well-known and highly-regarded restaurant offers up both French and Asian-inspired plates. Dishes include a delicious honey and soy sauce pan-seared duck breast, their sumptuous fisherman’s stew and the lighter-than-air souffle au Grand Marnier.

The restaurant is situated in a beautifully rustic chalet which is decorated with little model sail boats. Make sure you reserve your table in advance at the weekend during summer and winter to avoid disappointment.

Les Vieilles Luges

Reachable only by 20-minute hike or on skis, you will certainly have earned your supper at this delightful 250-year-old farmhouse when you make it there. Sit by a crackling fire and soak up the atmosphere underneath the low wooden beams, all the while enjoying rich dishes including their signature grand-mère’s bœuf bourguignon. Wash it down with some of their very tasty mulled wine.

Crèmerie du Glacier

For all fromage fanatics among you, this cheese-lover’s paradise is a must-visit when in Chamonix. A forest chalet is the setting for Chef Claudy’s world-renowned croûte aux fromages: bread, soaked in a secret recipe white wine sauce, topped with a healthy layer of some of the best cheese in the country and baked until golden and delicious.

Auberge du Bois Prin

It’s well worth the effort heading to Les Moussoux to dine at Auberge du Bois Prin if only for the stunning views of Mont Blanc it boasts. The views, as spectacular as they are, certainly won’t be the most memorable aspect of your time here. Sample modern and traditional French plates from duck foie gras to mousseline, and don’t skip the cheese course, which is simply delectable! For those of you concerned about food miles, you will be delighted to learn that all of the vegetables and herbs used in the menu are grown in the hotel grounds, which you can look over should you choose to dine on the terrace – well worth braving the winter temperatures for!

How to Get There

Is your mouth already watering? Don’t worry – you can be in Chamonix in a jiffy! With several flights taking only 90 minutes leaving daily from the UK to Geneva, part one of your journey is simple. For part two, to get from Geneva to Chamonix you simply need to book a Shuttle Direct transfer online to bring you directly to the resort. Choose from group or private transfers and receive the same professional and friendly service every time. With journey times from Geneva to Chamonix taking approximately one hour, you could be there in time for dinner.