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My PostCard – Easily Send Postcards With Your Own Photos

Why purchase a cheesy boring postcard with no personality at a gift shop or travel kiosk when you can easily create your own custom postcard with your own images?

MyPostcard allows you to send real physical postcards from your smartphone or your computer.  For the extremely low price of $1.99 per card you can choose that family shot at the Grand Canyon, pictures from an Anniversary party, photos of your last Disney World trip or a memorable image from your last exotic cruise and send a personal greeting on paper versus a boring digital image.

Imagine the joy on your kid’s grandparents face when they receive an actual postcard featuring your children’s smiling faces! Show your girlfriend that you really miss her on your business trip and that you wish she was with you.  It’s easy for people to scroll through forgettable pictures on Facebook and Instagram but a paper postcard leaves a lasting impresssion and shows that you REALLY care!

How does it work? It’s actually quite simple. First you download the MyPostcard app in the App Store or Google Play Store. You can even use your home computer or tablet.

There are many templates to choose from. Once your favorite photo has been uploaded you can add a personal message (Up to 450 characters) on the back of the card. Type in the recipient’s name and address and you are good to go!

MyPostcard will take care of the rest…They will produce the cards and mail them anywhere in the world for you quickly, affordably and efficiently. The cards are sent out within 24 hours. Pay with a credit card or PayPal.

The postcards are made in the traditional postcard format and measure 4.1 x 5.8 inches. The postcards are digitally printed on 300g thick paper or postcard cardboard. The front side of the postcard receives a high quality gloss lamination.

Who doesn’t enjoy receiving a postcard in the mail and the personal touch of actual pictures will make it a special keepsake! Try MyPostcard on your next family vacation and truly surprise your loved ones!

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Check Out The Amazing LEGO London Flagship Store

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LEGO has officially opened its new UK flagship store in central London’s popular tourist hot-spot, Leicester Square.

The Leicester Square store is the 131st  LEGO Brand Retail store globally and is pushing the boundaries with many unique LEGO firsts. The largest LEGO store in the world boasts exciting new experiences, such as a ‘Mosaic Maker’, which offers LEGO fans of all ages the opportunity to purchase their very own, one of a kind, personalized LEGO mosaic portrait. The machine captures your image and in under ten minutes, printed instructions and the bricks required to complete the LEGO portrait are supplied to the customer. The London store is the first in the world to make this unique experience available.

John Goodwin, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the LEGO Group said:

“We are excited to have finally opened the doors to the world’s largest LEGO store here in London. We want to inspire and develop children through creative play experiences – and this store is all about that. Here, parents and children can explore the many different LEGO products while at the same time getting a truly immersive experience of the LEGO brand.”

Inspiring creativity and developing the builders of tomorrow is a central theme for the store and this is encouraged with unique hands-on interactive brick experiences. These  include ‘Master Builder Playtables’, where children will be free to build whatever they can imagine – inspired by iconic London landmarks and a range of exciting LEGO themes.

There will also be a timetable, when Certified LEGO Master Builders will visit the store sharing tips and tricks to help visitors build LEGO models and help inspire children to think outside the box when building their creations.

Through a partnership with Transport for London LEGO has created a life-sized London Underground tube carriage. The tube is the largest LEGO build in the store, made up of 637,903 bricks and it took 3,399 hours to build. The carriage offers fun photo opportunities and will be a must see for all the family.

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Other highlights within the new London LEGO Store include:

-Build a Minifigure Tower with Talking LEGO Minifigures – includes four different talking LEGO Minifigures including Lester, Royal Guard, Bobby the Policeman and Sherlock Holmes

-LEGO Minifigure Scanner – an interactive experience available from outside the store where people can find out which LEGO Minifigure they are

-Digital window display  – state of the art screens that will show LEGO movies and clips

-Lester’s room housing a model of store mascot Lester for photo opportunities both inside and outside the store

-Brickadilly corner – an interactive information center informing shoppers including in-store event schedules and highlighting retail experiences within the store;

– Digital endless isle – a digital experience allowing shoppers to browse a digital catalog of all LEGO sets available in store. It also calls for assistance by sending a message to the smart watches of store staff

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Black Magic Rose, A New Magic Club Is Opening In Hollywood

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A new magic-themed nightclub called Black Rabbit Rose is officially opening next Tuesday on Hollywood Boulevard. The latest enterprise by the Houston Brothers includes a 40-seat theater, a Thai-Chinese dinner menu, and a cocktail lounge featuring roaming magicians, exotic variety acts, and burlesque dancers. The club was custom built with rooms that might suddenly come to life during performances.

The rooms are filled with tributes to 19th century magicians and tucked into a century-old apartment house. The club secured the services of longtime Magic Castle favorite Rob Zabrecky as entertainment director and occasional performer.

Black Rabbit Rose will be open Tuesday through Saturday with ticketed shows ($25-$40) on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

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1719 N. Hudson Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Tel: 323-461-1464
Open from 6pm to 2am

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Reprinted from Los Angeles Magazine

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The $21,000 First Class Airplane Seat

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If you’ve got the cash, there’s no first class seat like the Emirates first class seat. Featuring a massive, private cabin with retractable doors, personal wet bar, order-anytime menu, and a shower, it’s like your own hotel room in the sky.

YouTube Personality and Filmmaker, Casey Neistat got a free upgrade on his way from Dubai to New York aboard an Emirates A380, and gives you an all-access tour of the best first class seating in the business.

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Bugaboo Boxer Luggage System

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With decades of experience making strollers, Bugaboo knows about mobility. Now they’re applying that know-how to travel. The Bugaboo Boxer Luggage System ($1,030+) is more than just a set of bags. At its core is a versatile folding chassis that lets you push your bags like a stroller or pull them behind you. For longer trips, click the check-in sized Travel Case onto the chassis then slide the carry-on friendly Travel Case on top. For shorter excursions, attach the smaller bag to the chassis and go. An Organizer pouch sits on the back keeping essentials like your wallet, phone, and passport handy, while the Inner Bag of the Cabin Case helps keep you organized and doubles as a daypack once you’re reached your destination.

The Bugaboo Boxer Luggage System will be available on September 26, 2016.

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Gidget Retro Camper

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The Gidget Retro Camper was created by an Australian developer and contains a Queen size bed, a television entertainment set and sink with refrigerators. Some models even include showers with hot water. It’s powered by solar panels.

The rear camper shell can double as an overhang that will provide some shade in the sun, or some shelter in the rain, for whoever ends up cooking out back.  If you’re camping somewhere windy, there’s even an accessory windshield that isn’t featured in the video, but is available to protect whatever you end up cooking up on the stove top.

Best of all, it won’t break the bank. While the average brand new RV costs over $100,000, the Gidget is only $15,000.

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Features include:

– custom slide-out, patent pending, unique world-wide
– designed to be towed behind a 4 cyl car
– fuel efficient design, easy to tow and manoeuver
– fully set up in 30 seconds
– fully insulated
– Queen-size bed
– 1200mm wide skylight to view the stars at night
– 21” TV, DVD player, stereo
– 330 litres of storage space inside cabin
– handcrafted Tasmanian timber kitchen and throughout cabin
– pressurized water system, Dometic sink
– 80 L to 120 L water storage
– 30 L waste tank
– 41 L Waeco ice box or fridge
– large 2 burner gas stove
– fire extinguisher, blanket, smoke detector
– pantry and utensil drawers
– single or dual deep cycle battery
– 240V inverter
– 12V, 240V and USB outlets
– LED lighting inside cabin and kitchen
– custom Smoothie hotrod wheels

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Unassuming Doors That Hide Exciting Mysteries

Club 33

Club 33 is a private club located in the heart of the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland. Officially maintained as a secret feature of the theme park, the entrance of the club is located next to the Blue Bayou Restaurant at “33 Royal Street” with the entrance recognizable by an ornate address plate with the number 33 engraved on it.

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Club 33 members and their guests have exclusive access to the club, which is not open to the public. In addition to beer and wine, Club 33 has a full bar, although patrons must order directly from their server rather than the service bar. Club 33 is the only location within Disneyland to offer alcoholic beverages. Members are entitled to complimentary valet parking at the Grand Californian Hotel and access to the Lilly Belle, the presidential car on the Disneyland Railroad. Club 33 members receive up to six Immediate Fastpasses when they insert their Club 33 membership card into any of the Fastpass kiosks and bypass the stand-by queue. Members are permitted to join the skipper in the wheelhouse of the Mark Twain and the engineers in the engine compartment of the steam trains.

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An individual membership costs $25,000 for an initiation fee and $10,000 a year in dues. For corporations, it’s $40,000 at the start and then $10,000 dues.

Safe House

In the intelligence trade, a safe house is a secret refuge for spies engaging in covert operations.

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Safe House in Milwaukee is a popular spy-themed restaurant that since 1966 has provided crafty concoctions and incredible edibles to hungry agents on R & R.

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Located at 779 N. Front Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin behind International Exports Ltd.

To get in Go to the website, http://www.safe-house.com and click on the Top Secret Clearance Agreement to promise you won’t disclose the location, then contact Control to make a reservation).

National Typewriter Company

Located at 1221 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404 this building houses JJ Abrams’s production company, Bad Robot, is a literal, physical reflection of his sensibility. The big sign on the outside doesn’t say Bad Robot but instead National Typewriter Co., and that’s not because the building used to house such a business. It’s because Abrams likes typewriters and misdirection. Near the doorbell, which is a glowing green light, a smaller sign asks, “Are you ready?”

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Abrams’s personal suite of offices is on the second floor and to get to his bathroom, you have to walk up to a wall of bookshelves beside his desk and tug on a copy of “Louis Tannen’s Catalog of Magic” (named for the same Manhattan magic shop, still around today, where he got his childhood mystery box). Abracadabra: the wall opens. The toilet is revealed.

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The entire building belongs to Bad Robot, which spreads out over three stories of glass walls, floating staircases, common areas and movie-related mementos: posters, masks, dolls, board games. There are editing bays, a state-of-the-art recording studio, a workshop where props are made and a screening room that doubles as a makeshift set on which certain limited effects and scenes can be shot.

Prohibition Bar in Atlanta

Prohibition was designed to look like an old fashioned underground speakeasy. The Atlanta bar is located in Andrews Square Buckhead at 56 East Andrews Drive (inside the basement of Stout.)

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Prohibition was designed to look like an old fashioned underground speakeasy. The Atlanta bar is located in Andrews Square Buckhead at 56 East Andrews Drive (inside the basement of Stout.)

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Now how do you get in? In the back of the lower courtyard is a door to what appears to be a defunct antique shop. Beside the door is a large red phone booth. You simply enter the booth, dial the number on the old fashioned rotary dial phone and a secret door in the back wall of the phone booth opens up allowing you entrance.

How do you get the number? To get the secret access code of the day your best bet is to wine and/or dine at Cellar 56 upstairs (a great tapas restaurant and wine bar that’s operated by Prohibition’s owners), be very kind to your bartender and/or server, and if you’re well-dressed, well-behaved and lucky, someone will give it to you.

The International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts 

The secrets contained within the International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts merit that the 40,000-square-foot warehouse just off the Las Vegas Strip is closed to the general public.

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On the museum’s first floor is the Hall of Masters, a space lined with costumes, props, posters, and photographs arranged by magician. Beginning downstairs with Cardini (linking rings, card tricks, monocle), the hall continues on the second floor with Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (mystery clocks and automatons), Harry Houdini (metamorphosis trunk, iron maiden, water-torture cell, straitjacket), and others.

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David Copperfield, who owns the museum, uses the warehouse to practice new magic tricks and archive his own history as an illusionist. Charred crash-test dummies from early “Tornado of Fire” rehearsals and racks of costumes are on hand, as are props from his favorite movies, including a 10-foot-tall statue of Zeus from Citizen Kane.

The intention of the 80,000-item museum is to educate future generations of magicians and illusionists. Magic scholars and people researching for books and motion pictures can visit Copperfield’s museum by request. (Hugh Jackman did his research for The Prestige at the facility.) He invites all other interested parties to send a note backstage during one of his regularly scheduled performances at MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre.

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Escape The Room Game Is Becoming One of NYC’s Hottest Attractions

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In this life-size puzzle created by Victor Blake, funseekers have one hour to get out of a locked room.

Escape The Room is an interactive game in New York City that challenges players to escape from a locked room by solving a series of puzzles before time runs out.

The game’s Manhattan venue includes three rooms to choose from: a spy thriller room, a Sherlock Holmes-style parlour, and an office. Escape the Room was created by Victor Blake.

Escape the Room, 25 W 31st St., 11th floor, between Broadway and Fifth Ave. Tickets are $28. Reservations at escapetheroomnyc.com.

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The 50 Most-Visited Tourist Attractions In The World

This infographic of the 50 most-visited tourist attractions in the world, compiled by LoveHomeSwap.com, indicates how many people flock to the popular attractions every year. And it shows the peak season for each site.

I’ve been fortunate to see 27 attractions on the list so I will have to add the other 23 to my bucket list.

In third place is Central Park in New York with 37.5 million visitors a year. France’s Eiffel Tower reached 38th place with seven million visitors, while Australia’s Sydney Opera House came 31st, with 8.2 million, and the Great Wall of China made it into 28th place with nine million.

What location made # 1, check out the infographic below.

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America’s Best Sandwiches

Travel and Leisure searched the Nation for the best lobster rolls, BLTs and banh mi. 

Check out their list of the best sandwich shops in America that do the classics right or find unexpected ways to improve them!

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Philippe the Original, Los Angeles: French Dip

This cash-only Chinatown deli hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1908. Philippe’s claims to have invented the French Dip and the specialty of the house takes thinly sliced meat double-dipped in its juice, served on a crusty french roll and finished with beyond-hot mustard. Make friends and eat in at one of the communal tables.

 

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