Chiprovtsi Carpets – Now Part of the World Cultural Heritage

The new news from Bulgaria and the village of Chiprovtsi specifically is that the carpets which are woven on vertical hand-looms have been accepted in UNESCO’s world cultural heritage listing.   To be more precise, the carpets originating in Chiprovtsi have been “Inscribed in 2014 (9.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”

This is an important development as the move recognizes the uniqueness of these carpets and their value as historical and cultural element – part of the world’s history and heritage.

My family and I have been going to Chiprotsi for many years – and of course are proud owners of several of the carpets.  For those of you who have not seen them, here is a brief photo gallery

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Here are also some links inside this blog as well as on the UNESCO Web site

Enjoy!

Fall Colors of Austin, Texas

The Fall Colors of Austin — This week the weather in Austin was very nice – a great opportunity for going out with the mountain bikes and enjoying both the exercise and the colors of the Fall.   Admittedly, Austin is no New England – the colors of tree leafs changing in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, New York are spectacular, but the local ones in the Austin Hill Country are interesting enough for us to enjoy..!

Well, all I can say is judge for yourself – here is my latest gallery of snaps from one of the trails in Austin, Texas, Thanksgiving, 2014

 

Organizing Photo Albums

Why photo album…?

An old saying states “…a picture is worth a thousand words…” – this statement is true (in my opinion) and while mostly it is being used in cases when we try to convey a complex idea via a pictogram or a drawing, the same adage can be applied to the notion of describing a place via photographs.

So to that effect, I decided to allocate a portion of this blog to photo albums of places I have visited and explored.

Hopefully here you will find a plethora of cool and interesting images from around the world.

Here is a sampling of the galleries I have about China…

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ENJOY!

IHG Rewards – fails on a survey

Not sure if any of you out there have had my experience with survey taking at IHG (Intercontinental Hotels Group) – but I just had a frustrating experience.

I am sitting in the Admirals Club on my way from a very long trip in Asia and saw the email from IHG Rewards.  The email asked me to take a 15-minute survey and provide feedback on loyalty programs….So I decided to help and answer the survey.

Being tired after the long flight – the experience that followed me taking the survey, caused me to write the email below back to IHG…

What a dissapointment…!  And when you think about it – a survey is such a simple and effective tool…Except in this case it certainly will backfire on IHG – at least in my case…

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Dear IHG

 

In the future please FIX your survey process — So you wanted me to take a survey…. Fine!  And I did …!  But then you told me at the end of the survey – after I took the time to provide you with the information that “Sorry our quota has been filled..”

 

REALLY???!!!   You did not know that at the point I entered the Survey Web Page??!!!???

 

This is really a very bad practice!

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Turned out – my attempt to reply back to IHG Rewards did not happen easily – the “Reply” action did not reach an email address.  I need to figure out how to email them.  In the mean time – my rant is on my blog…and will be on Social media…

I hope someone in IHG actually reads my rant…and decides that better treatment of your members is a good idea…!

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