Friday, June 22, 2012

Scotland the Brave!

Today is the day - Disney-Pixar's "Brave" hits theaters! 

Set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, Disney-Pixar’s “Brave” follows the heroic journey of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to change her fate, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane), unleashing chaos in the kingdom. To view the trailer, click here

The LDPR team gives it two enthusiastic thumbs up after checking out a sneak preview last night. 

No doubt that you will be inspired to visit the beautiful land of Scotland after seeing the film. Check out a variety of Brave-themed itineraries and travel packages from VisitScotland perfect for a family vacation this summer: 

Follow the conversation and let us know what you think on Twitter: #BraveScotland and become a fan on Facebook:


Disney•Pixar's new movie Brave hits theaters in the United States and Canada today! If you fancy to see how it inspired the film makers, have a look here! The VisitScotland Brave webpage has a ton of extras, from videos to itineraries that bring the movie to life.   
Check out VisitScotland on Facebook & Twitter for the latest updates!

Monday, June 18, 2012


LDPR Digital Directory Categories:
  Steadfast Social Site
★   Mobile Mover
  Newbie Network, App and anything in between
★   Surprising Standouts

★  Shufflr
With Shufflr, spend less searching and more time watching videos? Considering all of the video out there, this could be a helpful app. Download for free and put it to the test.

★  SlideShark
SlideShark is a free app for viewing PowerPoint presentations (the way they should appear) on an iPad. Finally! 

SocialCam is a mobile social video application for iPhone and Android. It allows users to capture and share video online and on mobile, as well as via Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. The application launched in March 2011.

Storify is a website that creates and preserves stories or timelines using social media such as Twitter, photos and videos. It was launched in 2010, and has been open to the public since April 2011. Users search multiple social networks from one place, and then drag individual elements into stories. Users can re-order the elements and also add text to help give context to the readers. To download the free iPad app, click here.

TurboScan turns your iPhone into a multipage scanner for documents, receipts, notes, whiteboards, and other text. With TurboScan, you can quickly scan your documents and store or email them as multipage PDF or JPEG files. Not free, but only $1.99 to download.

To view all digital directory updates, click here.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Just Back From...Morocco!

LDPR's Kelly Brewer and Meghna Patel just returned from a visit to the new luxury boutique hotel, Selman Marrakech! 

We were greeted by the hospitality of Selman Marrakech moments after landing in the capital city of Casablanca. Exiting the plane onto the tarmac, we expected to follow the other travelers to the bus waiting to take us to the terminal. Imagine our surprise to see an airport employee at the bottom of the stairs with our names on a sign and a comfortable car behind him. He quickly drove us to the terminal and directed us to a private airport lounge, where he collected our passports. As we decompressed from the flight, he returned and informed us that we had been processed through customs and a car was waiting to take us to the hotel. The new Audi was a comfortable way to travel from Casablanca to Marrakech. This service is standard for all guests of Selman Marrakech - a stylish preview of what everyone will experience! 

It's always exciting to visit a new client for the first time and Selman more than lived up to our expectations. The property, designed by Jacques Garcia, was filled with authentic Moroccan touches, stylish accents and local handiwork. Our rooms were incredibly spacious and after meetings with our client and time spent exploring the Medina, it was great to relax in the alcove on our balconies sipping Moroccan tea. 

A highlight of the trip was the chance to experience the Espace Vitalite Chenot Spa for the first time. The Spa was developed around a method created by Dr. Henri Chenot and is based on "Biontology" - the understanding of each individual's needs according to age, diet, etc. Treatments address aging, fatigue, toxins and overall health. It's a concept unlike anything else in the US. 

An attribute of Selman Marrakech that sets it apart from other hotels are the Arabian thoroughbred horses. Living in beautifully designed stables from Jacques Garcia, the horses spend their mornings and part of the afternoon running in large open paddocks for all the guests to enjoy. Eating lunch at the hotel's Assil Pavilion restaurant overlooking the paddocks and the horses was a perfect way to spend an afternoon!

Selman Marrakech is currently in its soft-opening and will be celebrating its grand opening this fall.To learn more about the property and to view additional images, please visit


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