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The Lotus Evora is a sports car produced by British car manufacturer Lotus. The car, which was developed under the project name Project Eagle, was launched as the Evora on 22 July 2008 at the British International Motor Show. The Evora S was launched in 2010 with a supercharged equipped 3.5-litre V6. A facelifted and more powerful Evora 400 model is scheduled to be unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
The Lotus Evora is based on the first all-new vehicle platform from Lotus Cars since the introduction of the Lotus Elise in 1995 (the Exige, introduced in 2000, and the 2006 Europa S are both derivatives of the Elise . Evora was planned to be the first vehicle of three to be built on the same platform.
Lotus Evora clay model.
Evora is the first product of a five-year plan started in 2006 to expand the Lotus line-upbeyond its current track-specialized offerings, with the aim of making Evora a somewhat of a more practical road car that would appeal to the mainstream. As such it is a larger car than recent Lotus models Elise and its derivatives (Exige, Europa S, etc.), with an unladen weight of 1,383 kg (3,049 lb).
It is currently the only Lotus model with a 2+2 configuration, although it has been announced that it will also be offered in a two-seater configuration, referred to as the “Plus Zero” option. It is also the only 2+2 mid engined coupé on sale. The interior is larger to allow taller persons to fit, such as Lotus CEO Mike Kimberley, and two 6’5″ (195.6cm) tall people.
The cooled boot behind the engine is large enough to fit a set of golf clubs, although Lotus Design Head Russell Carrdenies that this was intentional. Lotus intends Evora to compete with different market sectors including the Porsche Cayman.
The name “Evora” keeps the Lotus tradition of beginning model names with an “E”. The name is derived from the words evolution, vogue, and aura. Other names considered were Eagle, Exira and Ethos; Exira was rejected as it was considered not good enough and the other two because it would be difficult for Lotus to claim them as a trademark. The name “Evora” sounds similar to Évora, which is the name of a Portuguese city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Portugal.
Sales were expected to start in summer 2009, The sales target is 2000 cars per year, with prices between £45,000 and just over £50,000. and in America from the beginning of 2010.
The Evora received several accolades at its launch from the British motoring press, including: Britain’s Best Driver’s Car 2009 from Autocar and Car of the Year 2009, from Evo
The car was reviewed by Jeremy Clarkson on the television show Top Gear. Overall his review was positive: he was very happy with the performance, handling and comfort. He was extremely impressed with the ride comfort even after driving it into a field saying “Here, the suspension is taking the knocks, not me.” and described the car as “the only car I’ve ever driven, ever, which is a killer attack dog and an old sofa”. However, he considered the rear seats to have not enough legroom, the interior felt tinny and the satellite navigation was sub-optimal.
The Evora is equipped with a mid-mounted, transverse Toyota sourced 3.5-litre 24-valve V6 engine. The Evora S uses the same engine but with a supercharger. Both versions are available with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with “Intelligent Precision Shift” by Aisin.
The Evora has a drag coefficient of Cd=0.337.
The Evora is constructed from a modular lightweight bonded aluminium structure with composite body panels. It features forged aluminium double wishbone suspension with Bilstein high-performance gas dampers and Eibach coaxial coil springs. Steering is by hydraulically assisted power steering.
Evora GTE Road Car
The Evora GTE is a race car developed for the new global motorsport GTE category, which includes the Le Mans 24 Hours.
To coincide with this new model, Lotus has built a limited number of GTE road cars representing the most powerful Lotus road cars ever built. Producing over 444 PS from the race developed Lotus Evora GTE engine, fed through a sequential AMT racing gearbox. Transferring this power to the road, are lightweight, forged alloy rims with centre lock hubs shod with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres.
Evora S and the Carabinieri
Carabinieri’s Lotus Evora S.
In July 2011, Lotus Cars donated two Evora S models with special equipment to the Carabinieri, the Italian gendarmerie. Lotus will take care of the maintenance of the cars and the training for the drivers.
Evora 414E Hybrid
In 2012, Lotus produced a prototype hybrid Evora, called 414E. Developed as a demonstration project for the UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board, the range-extended electric coupe emits 55g/km CO
2 and has an electric only driving range of 30 miles. When combined with the 3-cylinder 1.2-litre (1198 cc) petrol engine acting as a generator (as a similar manner to the Chevrolet Volt), the 414E has a range of 300 miles. The 414E formed the basis of the Infiniti Emerg-e concept car.
Ollie Hancock won the Nurburgring round of the 2010 GT4 European Cup season. A team including Johnny Mowlem,Stefano D’Aste and Gianni Giudici finished on the podium in the 2011 Dubai 24 Hour endurance race.
In 2011 Stefano d’Aste was the first Italian driver after Mario Andretti to win on Zandvort track with an Official Lotus car and the car was the Evora GT4. D’Aste was in first position of the European GT4 serie till the last race but due to a problem occurred to the engine he got a great third place in the serie. The result was great considering that it was the first year that the Official Lotus Evora GT4 took part to a full season competing with cars and brands like Bmw M3, Porsche 911, Aston Martin GT4 Vantage, Camaro; cars that are the evolution of the evolution. The car proved to be very competitive.
During the 2011 Geneva motor show, Lotus announced the Evora enduro GT concept, as a follow up to the Type 124 and GT4 race cars. Lotus is aiming for this car to enter into the GT3 category by Mid-2011, with a 444 bhp Toyota supplied V8.
Lotus entered two Evoras at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans, which were run by the Jetalliance Racing team. Despite overheating issues during practice and qualifying, car no.65 finished 22nd overall, completing 295 laps, whilst car no.64 retired after 126 laps.
In 2012, Jetalliance Racing failed to negotiate a deal to run the cars in Europe; instead, Alex Job Racing chose to run a GTE in the American Le Mans Series.
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has recently unveiled a robot capable of playing the violin and even of achieving vibrato. This innovative robot uses precise control and coordination to achieve human-like dexterity. Its hands and arms have 17 joints, which may enable the robot to carry out domestic and caretaking duties in addition to playing the violin.
Toyota Partner Robots specializes in advancing two types of technologies. One involves developing robots capable of playing musical instruments, by giving the robots artificial moving lips and hands and arms equipped with many joints for improved precision and control. The other involves further development of automobile driving control technologies in order to create new stabilizing technologies for robots.
Toyota is currently promoting the development of human-assisting partner robots in four main fields: domestic duties, nursing and medical care, manufacturing, and short-distance personal transportation. The violin-playing robot demonstrates achievements that can be applied in the fields of domestic duties and nursing and medical care.
Seth Goldstein’s Ro-Bow in action
Wish you hadn’t been so quick to give up violin practice as a kid? You may never get to turn back the clock, but retired engineer Seth Goldstein is showing that there’s still hope of reliving those musical ambitions through technology. He recently showed off Ro-Bow, a kinetic sculpture that uses robotic fingers (specifically, electromagnetic actuators) to play digital music files on a real violin. While the machine won’t have concert performers rethinking their careers, it’s probably better with a bow than you were way back when –
– it can handle a fast Irish jig as well as a slow, sentimental tune like “Amazing Grace.” The Ro-Bow hardware would have to shrink and get a bit of polish to be useful as more than an art project, of course. All the same, it’s proof that you don’t have to run a giant technology company to build a reasonably adept robotic musician.
I think we can all agree, this machine is really just the great-great-great-great-great robo grandfather of this guy right here
Curator: Franchesca Ramsey
If you haven’t talked to your kids about what to do in case of an emergency, 4-year-old Calise’s story is just the motivation you need.
One day while her dad was at work, her pregnant mom had a seizure. Thankfully, she knew exactly what to do.
Calise picked up the phone and called 911.
The fact that a 4-year-old was not only able to call 911, give her address, and remain calm while her mother was having a seizure is nothing short of incredible. Talk about a hero! Are your eyes welling up yet? ‘Cause I’m bawling.
Calise was prepared because she and her mother had practiced what to do in the event of an emergency.
Because she’s epileptic, Calise’s mother began practicing how to call 911 along with her name and full address when Calise was just 2.
Not only did her mother get to the hospital in time, but her new baby brother was delivered safe and healthy. This is just another reminder of how important it is to teach kids what to do in case of an emergency. Even if you don’t have health issues, you can never be too careful or start teaching safety too early.
Check out this great resource for parents and teachers from 911 for Kids to help create an emergency plan for your family. Watch the full video below and share it to encourage your friends and family to talk about 911 safety with their kids!
Inside the world’s most luxurious goodie bags! Oscar nominees to receive gifts worth $165,000… including a $14,500 train ride through the Rockies and a $250 VIBRATO
Nominees and presenters will all receive extravagant gifts
Goodies have shot up in value to $125,000 compared to $85,000 last year
Will get $14,500 train ride through the Rockies and $1,500 Italian getaway
The oddest gifts include $5,000 orgasm booster and a $250 sex toy
By LEDA REYNOLDS
All eyes will be on the main prize at this weekend’s glittering Academy Awards, but even the losers will be winners thanks to the annual goodie bags.
While British movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Keira Knightley, Felicity Jones and Rosamund Pike will be eyeing up an Oscar, there will be nothing like the bags packed with $125,000 (£82,000) worth of treats to help soothe their disappointment if they miss out on a gong.
The swag bag, which is the most extravagant ever, includes a three-night stay at a resort in Tuscany valued at $1,500 (£972) and a luxurious train ride through the Canadian Rockies valued at $14,500 (£9,400).
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and Pop Dental sonic toothbrush, worth $100, are added to the bags
Stars will also be given natural French Mediterranean sea salts worth $1,500, a customised silver necklace inscribed with the latitude and longitude co-ordinates of the Dolby Theatre – the Academy Awards venue – at $150 (£97) and a ‘glamping’ trip valued at $12,500 (£8,000).
In addition, there will also be a gift certificate for a customised candy and dessert buffet worth $800 (£518), a $250 (£162) Haze vaporizer, a Wellness 360 gift pack worth $1,200 (£777), and a year’s worth of all-Audi A4 car rental from Silvercar valued at $20,000 (£13,000).
Among the more unusual gifts is a $250 Afterglow vibrator, according to Variety.
Like last year, stars will also be going home with an orgasm booster, called the Couple’s Love Shot, also known as the O-Shot (Orgasm Shot), worth $5,000 (£3,242).
Oscar nominees will get a gold bike from Martone Cycling ($1,200) – for when a gold statuette isn’t enough
Luxury condoms, valued at $56 (£36) for 12, also complete the racier element of the bags, says USA Today, which have the highest value of goodies yet, beating the previous record set in 2005 when the items totalled $150,000 (£97,290).
Distinctive Assets, which puts together the goodies, says the most highly valued item in this year’s bag is a $20,000 (£12,970) gift certificate to meet Enigma Life founder, Olessia Kantor.
The guru will fly out to meet with each nominee to discuss their 2015 horoscope, analyse dreams and teach them mind control techniques.
And if that was not enough, the nominees will also have the option of indulging in a Reset Yourself lifestyle makeover package worth more than $14,200 (£9,210).
WHAT’S INSIDE THE 2015 BAGS:
Dream analysis and horoscope ($20,000)
Lifestyle makeover ($14,200)
Three-night break in Tuscany ($1,500)
Train ride through Canadian Rockies ($14,500)
French Mediterranean sea salts ($1,500)
Customised silver necklace inscribed with the latitude and longitude co-ordinates of the Dolby Theatre ($150)
Glamping trip ($12,500)
Candy and dessert buffet voucher ($800)
Haze vaporizer ($250)
Afterglow vibrator ($250)
Wellness 360 gift pack ($1,200)
stars will also have a year’s worth of all-Audi A4 car rental from Silvercar valued at $20,000
A year’s car rental ($20,000)
Luxury condoms ($56)
The lucky stars taking home the prized bags will also include Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, Michael Keaton, Marion Cotillard, Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon and Robert Duvall.
Movie heartthrobs Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton, Mark Ruffalo and J.K. Simmons are also among the nominees together with Patricia Arquette, Laura Dern, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, Alejandro Inarritu, Richard Linklater, Bennett Miller, Wes Anderson, Morten Tyldum and Neil Patrick Harris.
This year’s bags, which are handed out to all those going home without a gong, are the most highly-valued ever, containing gifts that trump the previous record of $150,000 in 2005.
Lash Fary, founder of Distinctive Assets, which distributes the gift bags, which aren’t endorsed by the Academy, said the items were chosen very carefully.
He said: ‘There are really two parts to the vetting process. First, I have to think the product is useful, fun, cool or interesting, that has nothing to do with the price tag.
‘Second, the company in question has to be able to afford the promotional fee we charge to be part of one of our events.
‘This year’s gift assortment is truly the best I have ever done in 16 years not because of the value but because it is such a great mix of beauty, gadgets, trips, art and even charity.
‘Halo Natural Pet Food is making a 10,000 meal donation in each nominee’s name to an animal shelter of their choice.
‘Last year, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Barkhad Abdi and June Squibb all chose shelters. Like all gifts, it’s the thought not the price tag that counts.’
2015 Oscar prep is underway as the red carpet is rolled out
One gift includes a three-night stay at a resort in Tuscany valued at $1,500 (£972), perfect for babymoons for Imitation Game co-stars Benedict and Keira who are both expecting
THE COMPLETE OSCAR’S GOODIE BAGS 2015
Dream analysis and horoscope – $20,000 (£13,000)
Lifestyle makeover – $14,200 (£9,200)
Three-night break in Tuscany – $1,500 (£970)
Train ride through Canadian Rockies -$14,500 (£9400)
French Mediterranean sea salts – $1,500 (£970)
Customised silver necklace inscribed with the latitude and longitude co-ordinates of the Dolby Theatre – $150 (£97)
Some posh sea salt is good enough for Hollywood
Glamping trip – $12,500 (£8,100)
Candy and dessert buffet voucher – $800 (£518)
Haze vaporizer – $250 (£160)
Afterglow vibrator – $250 (£160)
Wellness 360 gift pack – $1,200 (£780)
A $4,068 non-invasive liposuction wearable device from Ventura Lipo-Light.
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A year’s car rental – $20,000 (£13,000)
O-Shot – $5,000 (£3,240)
Luxury condoms – $56 (£36)
Dove antiperspirant – $5.49 (£3.50)
Oz Naturals anti-aging skincare cream – $200 (£130)
LG Electronics stereo headset – $149 (£96)
Ibiza Soul flip flops are about to go A list
MAAZ Products luxury hair care set – $197 (£127)
Halo Natural Pet Food donation of 10,000 meals to a shelter or rescue of the celebrity’s choice – $6,270 (£4065)
Ibiza Soul flip flops – $40 (£25)
Slow watch – $270 (£175)
Dosha Pops herbal tea based lollipops – $68 (£44)
Linwood Health Foods nut selection – $9 (£5.80)
Narrative Clip automatic camera and app – $149 (£96)
Polar Loop activity tracker – $109 (£70)
Steamist total sense home spa -$5,060 (£3,240)
Hydroxycut assortment of weight loss products – $45 (£28)
Coral Actives acne treatment – $20 (£13)
DermaWand home radio frequency beauty device – $115 (£74)
Skin products are added to the bags as well
Slimware portion conscious dinnerware -$60 (£38)
Rogue Maple gourmet fine foods – $280 (£181)
Alexis Seletzky celebrity trainer – $900 (£583)
Old Hollywood themed Nostalgia Baskets – $150 (£97)
Pop Dental sonic toothbrush -$100 (£64)
Posh Pretzels – $50 (£32)
Adri and Sara Italian scarf – $203 (£131)
Sashka Co glass beaded bracelet – $36 (£23)
XO Mints – $9 (£5.80)
California Good Clothing T-Shirt – $36 (£23.40)
Coal and Canary wooden wick candles – $17 (£11)
Rejuvel facial repair cream – $149 (£96)
Flickable lip gloss – $36 (£23)
JNL Clothing urban streetwear – $50 (£32)
Crush DLX cassette collectors item – $1,000 (£648)
Max Martin handrafted shoes – $750 (£486)
A5 shaped Memobottle – $23 (£15)
Mezcal El Silencio drink – $75 (£48)
Stickerwallet holder – $12 (£8)
The stars can crunch on Ambrosia apples
Tags clothing and accessories – $60 (£38.90)
Napanywhere pillow – $69 (£45)
Zuzu Kim bow ties – $175 to $300 (£114 to £194)
Backroad Vines wines – $569 (£368)
Naked Undies – $125 to $225 (£80 – £145)
Live Love Pop drink – $4 (£2.50)
Jan Lewis Designs bracelets – $300 (£194)
Live Natural Live Well aromatherapy massage and nutritional consultation – $520 (£337)
Show Me The Movie charades game – $25 (£16)
If inspired by the Oscar-nominated film, the stars an try and paint like the 19th century artist
Ambrosia Apples – $75 (£48)
La Baleine Natural Mediterranean Sea Salts – $1,548 (£1,003)
Gunner Fox Artist prints – $5,000 (£3,240)
An Invisible Thread bestseller – $16 (£10)
Starlettos heel protectors – $54.30 (£35)
Lifestyle Photography family portrait session – $5,000 (£3,240)
Ventura Lipo-Light – $4,068 (£2637)
The Getty book – $50 (£32)
A $69 pillow for frequent travelers from NapAnywhere.
Ron Kennedy Roecker canvas – $300 (£194)
Purely Inspired protein shakes – $25 (£16.21)
Phantom Glass screen protector – $40 (£26)
The Golden Door retreat gift voucher – $1,072 (£694)
Archibald’s Next Big Thing books – $20 (£13)
Marini Ferlazzo stationery – $109 (£71)
Exclusive mezcal is being added to the bags too
EF+Facto hand-crafted furniture – $28,000 (£18,155)
The Kindness Diaries – $25 (£16)
£Big Cat Rescue private tour of the Tampa reserve and merchandise – $280 (£180)
Myntsmile Oral Health toothpaste – $250 (£160)
Hazel Lane California made goods – $350 (£230)
Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee – $9 (£6)
Luxury condoms $56 (£40)
Esther Easter’s Treats cookies – $45 (£30)
Caffeinated Club soda- $672 (£435)
International Star Registry kit – $127 (£82)
Martone Cycling bike – $1,200 (£778)
One of the strangest items on the list is a $5,000 “O-Shot” couples procedure to kickstart sex drives.
Even at star-studded parties, nothing’s more loved than a bowl of macaroni and cheese.
Of course, chef Wolfgang Puck‘s version of the popular comfort food — which will be served at the 2014 Governors Ball — is a little fancier than your regular boxed mac ‘n’ cheese. He tops the creamy noodles with shaved black truffles, but says when it comes to making the dish at home, anything goes.
“You can add chicken, mushrooms, whatever you like to it and jazz it up,” he tells PEOPLE. “If you’re going to have macaroni and cheese at the Oscars, make it special and add something.”
By the numbers, Puck and his team will use 300 quarts of milk, 10 pounds of edible gold dust, 5,000 cage-free eggs, 250 pounds of organic sugar and 2,400 bottles of Sterling Vineyards wine on Oscar night … and that’s just a small percentage of the total grocery haul.
But, by now, Puck is a old pro at this: Along with creating menus some of Hollywood’s biggest events, including the SAG Awards and Gala dinner, this will be his 20th year catering the Governors Ball.
Find Puck’s mac ‘n’ cheese recipe at the end of this story — but first, check out the rest of the food he’ll be dishing out at the official Oscars after-party.
Chicken pie with black truffles and 24-carat gold parsnip soup: The incredible dishes movie stars will be tucking into after the Oscars
• Master chef Wolfgang Puck has devised a menu which features more than 50 dishes for A-listers to feast on
• Dishes include mini gold-wrapped baked potatoes and Japanese-inspired spicy tuna tartare in sesame miso cone
• Celebrity chef is overseeing the annual gala’s menu for the 21st year in a row
By ANUCYIA VICTOR
Their clingy gowns and man-corsets might not offer much room for expansion, but with a menu featuring the best of American produce, celebrities attending this years’ Oscars Governor’s Ball will find it hard not to tuck in.
Nominees including Eddie Redmayne, Bradley Cooper, Julianne Moore and Reese Witherspoon will be dining on mouth-watering dishes such as parsnip soup with white chocolate, pears and 24k gold, and mini gold-wrapped baked potatoes with French farm-raised Osetra caviar and creme fraiche at the Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center, where the Academy hosts its annual post-Oscars celebration on Sunday.
The stars will feast on chef Wolfgang Puck and Matt Bencivenga, chef partner of Wolfgang Puck Catering’s, menu which features more than 50 dishes from hors d’oeuvres to small-plate entrees.
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Guests will tuck into hors d’oeuvres such as spicy tuna tartare in a sesame miso cone (pictured) and mini Wagyu burgers with aged cheddar
Guests will tuck into canapes such as smoked salmon Oscars, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, and mini American Wagyu burgers with aged Cheddar.
The menu will also showcase vintage dishes re-imagined for the big night, including beetroot latkes with pastrami duck and apple mustard; Dover sole with orange miso vinaigrette, and lobster BLT.
‘The artistry and glamour that have truly defined Hollywood for decades will be highlighted at 87th Oscars Governors Ball,’ said Academy governor Jeffrey Kurland in statement.
‘We’ve selected the most stunning imagery from the Academy’s vast collections to set the stage for our guests.
‘The Academy will honor and share these timeless moments of a legacy that is in our blood and truly makes us who we are.’
Appealing to diverse palates will be modern vegetarian dishes featuring local organic produce, such as parsnip soup with white chocolate, pears and 24k gold, and artichokes with asparagus, fava beans, baby beets and citrus vinaigrette.
Wolfgang Puck with his incredible dishes on the Oscars red carpet
The seafood station feature spiny ;obster, jumbo prawns, king crab legs, Kumamoto oysters, farm-raised mussels and littleneck clams with horseradish cocktail sauce, mustard and red wine-ginger mignonette
Desserts include apple millefeuille with cider jelly, peanut butter strawberry lollipop, and milk chocolate panna cotta with raspberry and cherry, as well as Puck’s traditional 24k gold chocolate Oscars.
This is Puck’s 21st consecutive year creating the menu for the Governors Ball.
The Governors Ball will take place in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center immediately following the ceremony.
Smoked salmon pizza with French farm-raised Osetra caviar and dill creme fraiche and mini gold-wrapped baked potato also with French farm-raised Osetra caviar and creme fraiche
THE 87TH OSCARS GOVERNERS BALL MENU: WHAT THE STARS WILL BE EATING
On the trays: Lobster Tempura with Vanilla Bean and Pineapple; Mini Prime Cheeseburgers with Remoulade and Aged Cheddar; Spicy Tuna Tartare in a Sesame Miso Cone; Dungeness Crab Cake with Marinated Tomatoes and Basil Aioli;
Smoked Salmon Pizza with French Farm-Raised Osetra Caviar and Dill Creme Fraiche;Pizza with White Truffles from Alba, Italy; Smoked Salmon Oscars with French Farm-Raised Osetra Caviar
On the bar tables: Marinated Olives with Rosemary, Chili and Orange; Homemade Flatbread and Grissini; Assorted Bruschetta
Tapas: Mini Gold-Wrapped Baked Potato with French Farm-Raised Osetra Caviar and Creme Fraiche; Roasted Pumpkin Squash Ravioli with White Truffles from Alba, Italy; Potato Gnocchi Gratin with Gorgonzola; Chinois Chicken Salad with Candied Cashews, Crispy Wontons and Honey Sesame Dressing;
Caesar Salad with Parmesan Crostini and Creamy Garlic Dressing; Chopped Chino Farms Vegetable Salad with Spiny Lobster and French Farm-Raised Osetra Caviar;Stir Fried Chicken Lettuce Cup with Thai Basil and Pinenuts; Miso Glazed Black Cod with Sticky Rice and Cucumbers; Celery Root-Apple Soup with Black Truffles; Beet and Goat Cheese Napoleon with Toasted Hazelnuts and Citrus Shallot Vinaigrette
Sushi Station: Assorted maki including Spicy Tuna, Lobster and Avocado, California, Smoked Salmon, and Vegetable. Assorted Nigiri – Big Eye Tuna, Yellowtail, Snapper, Salmon, Uni, Unagi and Shrimp; Edamame beans, Marinated Cucumbers, and Seaweed Salad with Sesame Dressing
Seafood Station: Spiny Lobster, Jumbo Prawns, King Crab Legs, Kumamoto Oysters, Farm-Raised Mussels and Littleneck Clams with Horseradish Cocktail Sauce, Mustard and Red Wine-Ginger Mignonette
Buffet: Grilled Snake River Farms Kobe Beef with Bordelaise Sauce and Wasabi Potato Puree; Roasted Organic Smart Chicken Breast; Risotto with Black Truffles from Perigord, France; Spiny Lobster Shanghai Style with Crispy Spinach; Striped Bass En Croute’with Sauce Choron; Stir Fried Chino Farms Organic Vegetables; Assorted Organic Breads
Dessert: Oscar’s Sweet Extravaganza including Meyer Lemon Bars, Valrhona Organic Chocolate Fudge, Hazelnut Marjolaine, McGrath Farm Strawberry Baked Alaska, Fuji Apfelstrudel, and Medjool Date Toffee Cake
Family Nudist Camps & Beaches – Playing At The Shoreline
A FAMILY NUDIST BEACH
All Ages Nudist Resorts & Camps
FEELS LIKE VISITING THE GARDEN OF EDEN, SANS FIG LEAFS
First, the damage report: A weeklong visit to Europe’s premier family naturist resort, including airfare (from Chicago), meals lodging and transfers set me back $2400.00. (see: Travel Facts) The actual cost of the trip? Priceless, or put another way, worth every penny. Will I repeat it? Hopefully, like a pilgrim to Mecca, it will become an annual, rejuvenating event that I’ll look forward to all year (in a life-sustaining way).
No. I didn’t take my family. I am divorced and my children are grown. Fortunately there was a singles contingent (generally younger than I), but I wasn’t traveling for romance. I wanted the full-immersion experience of a 24/7 naturism camp for all-ages, and was content to engage it as
NUDIST CAMP COMMUNAL MEALS
a solo traveler, free to wander and roam where I pleased. I was frankly very disappointed by a visit to a resort here in the states, and thought I’d be more pleased by a visit to where nudism planted its roots. Europe by far has a much better grip on the whole nudism thing (Gerald is preparing a piece on the generally poor condition of American nudist resorts – look for it). Your take-away from this paragraph should be: Family resorts are fine for singles too. And yes, you’ll find other single people there too (the women tend to arrive in pairs or threesomes, as you might find at Hedonism II or similar Caribbean resort [albeit for adults only]).
naturist camp by nudistfriendfinder
This introduction is just a brief overview of my first impressions, which actually rekindled memories of visiting a summer camp in my youth. Activities abounded, though in this case they were enjoyed in the buff. For example, all-ages body painting, archery, nature walks, volleyball, gym and nude yoga classes.
There was an active youth center (watching teens dance nude is a memorable experience). As for lodging there was a campground for tent campers and caravans, bungalows and a hostel-like hotel complete with full dining facilities (enjoyed nude or otherwise).
The Nudist Campground Area
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Mixing Ages & Genders
However, by far the most popular activity seemed to be “milling about.” You could sit on a bench located centrally and within the course of an hour several thousand nudists of all types and ages would promenade by.
Really, you didn’t need to move to the extent of humanity present – they all came to you.
Body Art Festival Spectacular Nudism by priscillahutchingsavo
Shifting to the beach revealed a broad enthusiasm for the usual sorts of frolicking common to seashores, again, all nude of course,
with mothers doting over their children and looking strained by their teenage daughters flirting with the, also of course, naked boys (at that age I couldn’t have managed that scene without profound embarrassment).
I seemed to develop attention deficit disorder – my eyes bounced from the striking teens walking by, the buxom and beautiful mom standing over there with toes in the water, a few older women in fine shape, fully uninhibited, and so on.
Nudist Teens, Like Teens Everywhere
TEENS TAKING A STROLL
Now, not every naked person you see at these resorts is the metaphorical “Eve,” and there are visions you really wish you hadn’t registered (bend your knees, people!).
But what’s striking is the sheer number of exceptional younger women and teens you do see, and under all forms of circumstance (in the coed showers and changing rooms, the food courts, on the beaches, in the youth center, on the nature trails, the rock climbing wall, etc.).
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BUSINESS AS USUAL
Initially I must have walked a hundred miles taking it all in, repeating circuits, continually amazed at every turn until, finally, I acclimated. Only by the third day did I relax (if you’ve ever taken a kid to Disneyland you know how the first days are a blur for them, as they must see everything at once).
Now, a final point in this introduction: I was a bit of a celebrity and drew a disproportionate amount of stares (and this is something you may well have to deal with yourselves) – being circumcised was a novelty, a fact often pointed out by children to their mums and teen girls to each other.
It took me a day or two to figure it out (at first I thought I was being unduly appreciated, especially by teen girls). European men are generally not circumcised. This produced a jarring self-consciousness and challenge that nearly made me wish for a fig leaf – that is, until I got used to it. Then I learned being a celebrity wasn’t so bad.
حسن تصرف !!
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By Beth Buczynski
Cute is only the beginning of what our feline overlords can do…
Cats can transition directly from deep sleep to full alertness.
A cat’s senses continue to record sounds and scents during up to 70 percent of sleep, so the kitty can awaken quickly at the sound of prey (or the can opener).
Cats love with their eyes.
When a cat slowly closes and opens its eyes, it’s a sign of great affection. If you blink at them this way, and they respond in kind, they view you as a friend.
Cats are the only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible.
This is the topic of hot debate among cat-loving Bible readers. Some say it may be because Egyptian worship of cats was considered idolatry. Others say that it’s implied because big cats like lions are mentioned. It gets weirder from there.
Cats have rough sex.
A male cat has fish-hook-like barbs on his penis that pinch the female on retraction. The pinch is required for the female’s body to release an ovum.
This explains why female cats seem to want to kill male cats directly after mating.
Cats lack the ability to taste sweetness.
Research has shown that because they are true carnivores, domestic cats have a mutation rendering their taste receptors unable to bind to sweet molecules. This makes them different than every other mammal examined to date.
A cat’s purr may have the power to heal – both itself and others.
Research has shown that exposure to frequencies between 20-50 Hz (at low dB) encourages bone growth and fracture healing, and wouldn’t you know it? The dominant and fundamental purr frequency for many species of cats is exactly 25 to 50 hertz.
Healthy adult cats can jump up to 6 times their height.
Cats are capable of over 100 different vocalizations, while dogs can produce only about 10.
And almost every single one of them are specifically designed for manipulating humans or other cats or dogs
Cats (almost) always land on their feet.
A cat’s body “reflexively corrects its course so that by the time he arrives on the ground, his feet are in position to hit first.
The height of a cat’s fall determines how well, or how poorly, his legs can absorb the shock of landing.”
A female cat is capable of producing litters of 3-7 kittens every 4 months!
You should never give a cat a saucer of cream.
Cats have survived temperatures up to 133°F.
Others have spent the night outside in temperatures below zero and lived to tell the tale. Although resilient, cats can get heat stroke and hypothermia just like humans. A good rule of thumb is: if you’re uncomfortable, so is your kitty.
A cat’s nose pad is ridged with a unique pattern, just like the fingerprint of a human.
A cat has somewhere in the area of 19 million nerve endings in its nose, as opposed to around five million for humans. The nose may be a cat’s most important organ, as his survival often depends on his sense of smell.
Cats spend almost 1/3 of their life grooming and 2/3 of it sleeping.