What to See and Do in Australian Wine Country, Hunter Valley

Get FREE email communications from Fodor’s Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion. Wine tasting might not be at the top of your Australian bucket list, but the Australians do it well. A few hours outside of Sydney in New South Wales lies the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region that’s home to gorgeous wineries, boutique hotels, incredible restaurants, and some only-in-Australia adventures. Do yourself a favor and save a day or two at the end of your Australian adventure to experience a wine country that’s different from anywhere you’ve ever been before. It’s unstuffy, lighthearted wine drinking in a beautiful place with fun-loving people. But it’s not all Bacchanalian feasts of gluttony, either. It’s beautiful here, with lush rolling hills and misty mountains. One of the best ways to experience this bucolic countryside is with a hot air balloon ride that takes you on a journey through the valley, skimming treetops and floating over a patchwork of vineyards. It’s an early morning wakeup call (especially in summer when sunrise is earlier) but it’s worth it to see the rising sun bathe th...

Host with the most: 10 things you might not know about Kevin McCloud’s Grand Designs series

Now in its 19th year, Grand Designs is a phenomenon. Here are 10 things even super fans might not yet know about presenter Kevin McCloud and the series itself. Identical twins Nik and Jon live next door to each other and have decided to build two modern-industrial homes side-by-side for themselves and their families. Identical twins, “adventurous” Nik and “pragmatic” Jon Daughtrey from Sheffield, live identical lives in many ways. …keep identical dogs and now, they’ve decided to build two identical modern-industrial homes – on stilts – next to each other. The site is tucked away behind the two houses Nik and Jon are currently renting. Home to a corn mill 200 years ago and two Fifties buildings until recently, it has a beautifully flat concrete yard. They buy the whole site for £173,000. Their aim to keep to a finite budget of £850 per square metre shocks Kevin, who describes the project as “dead cheap…an incredibly, unrealistically low sum”, which translates to £345,000 for both houses. After long delays, unexpected extensions and additional loans, the cost for both homes reaches £610,000 which, for the urban oasis they conjure from a rundown industrial ...

11 smarter buys that can help curb your plastic bottle use

Far and away the easiest solution, Klean Kanteen makes a single-walled reusable water bottle called the Reflect, which is made without even a speck of plastic. Pretty cool, huh? Alkaline water is a big hit these days, but most of it is presented to us in the form of pesky, ephemerally useful plastic bottles. Flow is not only made using 68% renewable materials, including a plant-based cap. Better yet, it’s cheaper than most other Alkaline water brands. A faucet-mounted filtration system is probably the easiest, most affordable solution for those looking to improve the taste of their water. Mercury, lead, chlorine, and some 60-odd other contaminants are removed using a PŪR water filter. What PŪR doesn’t pull out is fluoride, and it probably won’t rid your water of any heavy sulfur smells either. Still, this is a quick and easy solution to bad-tasting or chlorine-rich water (some municipalities add a great deal of chlorine to tap water), and it doesn’t take up any counter or kitchen space. Arkansas has been dishing up The Mountain Valley since 1871. No, this is neither the cheap nor the best solution. But, whether you’re just renting your apartment an...

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Some of the most exciting houses in the world hardly look like houses at all—at least

Some of the most exciting houses in the world hardly look like houses at all—at least not in the traditional sense. Whether built into the side of a mountain or in an arresting shape, they are boundary-pushing and forward-thinking in their approach. Each serves as an example of extraordinary architecture—they are works of art in their own right—and invites viewers and visitors to marvel at their intricacies. The most exceptional homes, such as these, designed by prominent architects and lesser-known designers alike, have set the precedent for residential design and inspired countless others to follow in their footsteps. Arthur Erickson’s design effortlessly blends the man-made and the natural. His deep appreciation for nature played a crucial role in the development of the North American “West Coast” architecture style. Designed by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag, the Palais Bulles was an exercise in his philosophy of habitology, the concept that architecture could get closer to nature and the human body by banning straight lines and right angles. He created the form organically, deciding on where to place the openings based on his experience with the terrain. The form of the h...

Global Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) Market 2019-2024 | Market Insights, Industry Analysis, Size, & Share

“Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) market report 2019 to 2024” is the definitive study of the global Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) market. The report content includes orientation technology, industry drivers, geographic trends, market statistics, market forecasts, producers, and equipment suppliers of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) industry. Access Global Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) Market Research Report Details at: at https://www.pioneerreports.com/report/376453    As for the global residential Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) industry, the industry concentration rate is highly dispersed. The top 5 manufacturers have 19.97% sales revenue market share in 2016. The Xella Group which has 13.67% market share in 2016, is the leader in the Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) industry. The manufacturers following Xella Group are Aercon AAC, H+H International A/S, which respectively has 4.33% and 2.52% market share globally. Third, as for the Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) market, it will still show rapid growth, and technological trends in the market will stay stable. Although sales of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) products bring a lot of opportunities, the study g...

Two products for work spaces by Lithuanian company Narbutas, awarded with the Red Dot Design Award 2019

TANGO and NOVA Wood were recognized by the jury of experts and received the prestigious 2019 Red Dot Award for Product Design! Manufacturing for quality. Quality made up of many different ingredients; comprised of design, materials, project skills, and production capacity, resulting in a product that really works, capable of lasting over time. In an era where practically any product is available on the market, NARBUTAS is chosen for its quality. That quality was selected by the 40 judges of the 2019 Red Dot Product Design Award, who awarded TANGO lounge and the meeting version of the NOVA Wood table system among the winners over 5,500 other products presented by designers and companies from 55 countries competing in different categories. “TANGO is appealing for the high quality reflected in its design, which is convincing both aesthetically and functionally.” Red Dot Jury The wide variety of the Tango collection, composed of five different types of seating which will be available in the catalogue from May 2019, can fulfil any need and allows for the creation of attractive solutions by mixing pieces together in large spaces and playing with a range of 78 colors. Always perfect, ...

Global CNC Lathe Market Growth 2019-2024 drafted by Market.BIZ shows a detailed analysis of various key

Global CNC Lathe Market Growth 2019-2024 drafted by Market.BIZ shows a detailed analysis of various key market factors such as market size, market trends,  challenges, and key drivers driving the CNC Lathe market. The report shows the most recent situation in the market, projecting the development in the upcoming years. The detailed information regarding CAGR value, working capital, enterprise value is also provided in the report to gain insight into the market space. The report is a rich source for highlighting company profile, their market strategies, challenges, as well as market price and value chain analysis, are also included. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for Canada, US, Japan, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Rest of World. Annual estimations and forecasts are presented for the period 2019 through 2024. Also, a five-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. This report analyzes the worldwide markets for CNC Lathe Retail in US$ by the following Product Segments: Spindle orientation setup?, Vertical CNC Lathes, Horizontal CNC Lathes, Number of spindles?, Sin...

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Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. Look, garden hoses aren’t all that interesting, really. But unless you’d rather spend your weekend hours carrying buckets of water to every square foot of your lawn and to the flowers and shrubs lining the property, and unless you love paying top dollar at the local car wash, life probably dictates that you go ahead and get a garden hose. Since you need a hose anyway, you might as well get a good one. A good garden hose will last for years and will make all your watering, washing, and summer fun projects easier. Also, the frustration of using a shoddy garden hose ranks up there with multiple paper cuts and burned out bulbs on holiday light strands. This is a lesson I learned personally after buying two cheap hoses shortly after my wife and I moved into our first house. I figured one hose was more or less like the next, so why spend extra cash on something that simply needed to move water from the spigot to th...

What does it take to run The Witcher 3 at 1080p60? • Eurogamer.net

A massive critical and sales success, The Witcher 3 is a phenomenal piece of engineering – a technological accomplishment clearly built with the limitations of current-gen console in mind, but scaling beautifully on all manner of PC hardware. In producing our recent Face-Off, we saw that a relatively modest budget PC could match and in some cases exceed both PS4 and Xbox One performance at the same visual quality, but we wanted to go further – pushing those quality presets across a range of PC hardware. On top of that, we wondered what it would take to run the game at 1080p resolution with a firm 60fps. 1920×1080 is by far the most popular PC gaming monitor resolution, and the vast majority of those displays update at 60Hz. Typically, when gameplay matches your display’s resolution and refresh, you get the most visually pleasing experience. Effectively doubling console performance without trading on the visual quality is something of a challenge and while it can be done, a completely locked 60fps may prove too much for the most popular, mainstream £150 graphics cards. The official Witcher 3 system requirements are pretty steep: the minimum is a Core i5 250...

OUTOKUMPU OYJ/ADR (OUTKY) Rating Increased to Hold at Zacks Investment Research

OUTOKUMPU OYJ/ADR (OTCMKTS:OUTKY) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Friday, Zacks.com reports. According to Zacks, “Outokumpu Oyj is engages in the manufacturing of stainless steel. Its business area consists of Stainless Coil EMEA, Stainless Coil Americas, Stainless APAC and High Performance Stainless and Alloy. The company operates primarily in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Americas and Asia-Pacific. Outokumpu Oyj is headquartered in Espoo, Finland. “ Shares of OUTOKUMPU OYJ/ADR stock opened at $1.80 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.50 billion, a PE ratio of 9.47 and a beta of 0.93. OUTOKUMPU OYJ/ADR has a fifty-two week low of $1.75 and a fifty-two week high of $3.76. Outokumpu Oyj produces and sells various stainless steel products in Finland, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, other European countries, Asia and Oceania, and internationally. It offers cold rolled coils, strips, and sheets; precision strips; hot rolled coils, strips, and plates; quarto plates; semi-finished stainless steel long products; stainless steel bars, rebars, wires, and wire rods; welded stainless steel I...