We’re excited to announce that we have launched Findery 3.0 for Android! Fully optimized for the best Android experience, the new Findery app is even more beautiful than ever. Please join us and download the latest version and share it with your friends!
+ New look and layout! Everyone wanted easier navigation and discovery of new notes, and we built it, taking advantage of Android’s new improved interactions and consistency across devices.
+ Persistent Create a Note button! Want to leave a note? You’ll find a persistent Create a Note button throughout the app. Tap the orange Create a Note button and get started.
+ New swiping feature! Our new swiping feature makes it easier to sweep your way across the globe.
We look forward to finding your notes on Findery!
Findery is coming soon to a wrist near you. Now available on AppleWatch! If your order is already in, or if you’re borrowing your aunt’s watch–Findery will be there. Apple even honored us by featuring us in their advertising. See that lantern in the middle? We were so proud.
The Apple Watch is made for Findery. As you travel around the world–be it Silicon Valley, Taiwan or Paris, Findery will notify you of when something intriguing or fascinating is near you. What’s your interest: Art & Culture, Architecture, Food & Drink, History, Local Knowledge? It’s waiting for your glance. We’ve always conceived of Findery as personal and mobile, and the Apple Watch is its natural home.
Wherever you find us, we look forward to finding your notes!
Spring might be a little late to the party in our half of the world, but it’s definitely starting to make its presence known! Ah spring, with its bike rides, flowers blooming, picnics, or even sweet tastes of Easter chocolate.
Spring is all about that wonderful feeling you get when you can finally throw the windows wide open and breathe in deeply. It’s about the promise of warm days to come and long lazy afternoons to enjoy.
Many of you are out and about enjoying spring, either at home or while on Spring Break. We’d love to see what spring looks like to you! Tag any spring inspired notes you make with #FindingSpring and we’ll gather all your notes together in one big cheerful notemap that will help us all kick off the season properly!
(And to our friends on he other side of the world, you know we always love your notes… regardless of the season.)
The shearing of Angelica and Apollo, German Angora bunnies, has captured our hearts. Spring has definitely sprung at Findery. Our team is slipping off to New York City, Maui, Las Vegas, Mexico, Pescadero, Beijing and Guam!
Are you packing your bags for a spring break vacation? Exploring a new part of the world? Or, simply enjoying a change in the weather? Wherever April takes you, take a break and enjoy some of our many rabbit holes:
- Rabbits, Bunnies, and Hoppers
- Wine tours in France
- The charming Savannah, Georgia
- Relaxed hippy vibe of Sayulita, Mexico
- Daily life in British Columbia
- Bearleader Chronicle Adventures
- Sketched memories
- Stories of Slavery in Philadelphia
- Explore Sri Lanka
- Charming Cinemas from Around the World
- Digital Nomads in Costa Rica
- Discover Granada, Nicaragua
- Punny Business Names
- Signs of the Times
- World Heritage Sites of Morocco
- Things to do in San Luis Obispo County
- Tips and Photos from Finland
For more travel stories from around the world, be sure to check out Findery on Flipboard!
Check out our latest release for iOS! We are making it easier for you to get out and explore the world and share the places that mean the most to you.
+ Snazzy new prompts to inspire you to leave notes about the places you love, discover new destinations, and follow local experts.
+ ‘Surprise Me!’ search feature. For those times when you are just in the mood to explore. How about beaches in Maui or street art in Chicago? Bam! You’re there.
+ It’s now easier to find and invite your friends on Findery!
+ We’ve added a new swiping feature. You can now swipe in the expanded note view, so you can see more of the notes you enjoy, faster.
+ Improved Photo Picker: it’s faster to load, and if you have photos in your library which are stored in iCloud, they will be automatically downloaded as needed.
So friends, surprise us with your notes on Findery!
Every once and awhile a note gets left on Findery that makes us all feel lucky. Lucky to be a part of Findery, lucky to have travel experiences and a community of adventurers to share them with. A few days ago, Stefanie Payne left one of those notes. She forecasted luck with a note that started like this:
We have all had those moments. Honestly, I don’t think most are THIS amazing, but we have time!
I gave a lot of thought to social sharing, and to sharing in general, that day and it occurred to me that @findery is the very best place for where to share these tiny slivers of awe that occur in life, because Findery is full of “whoa, [call to action], , [suggest alternative possibilities to reality.!?] moments in life.
The Watch is coming! The Apple Watch ad puts Findery front and center at :40.
Apple announced the Watch at their keynote on March 9th. Apple is calling the Apple Watch their most personal product, because it is the first one designed to be worn.
Our goal has always been to make powerful technology more accessible. More relevant. And ultimately, more personal. Apple Watch represents a new chapter in the relationship people have with technology. It’s the most personal product we’ve ever made, because it’s the first one designed to be worn.
We are still celebrating. Working hard… and celebrating!
On a very windy morning, Caterina Fake joined Deidre Bolton for a West Coast edition of Risk and Reward to discuss technology, innovation and (of course) Findery.
With the Golden Gate Bridge backdrop, the interview looks at Findery and the intersection of art with technology. Caterina shares the need for humanity and meaning online. From self-driving cars to home-based 3d printing to urban planning, Caterina also shares how fascinating it is to live in the science fiction novel that we call San Francisco.
If there is one characteristic that describes Italians, it’s their ability to enjoy life. If you are looking for ways to enjoy the sweet life, la dolce vita, take tips from the Italians, or better yet, head to Italy.
One of the best things about Italy is actually the people, and, on your next trip, you should take time to get to know the locals. I have been very fortunate to make friends during my multiple trips to Italy. For example, meeting Lorenzo Bonoldi is reason enough to travel to Italy. Lorenzo is a fine-arts guide in Mantua, a historic city in the Northern Italian region of Lombardy. He likes to call himself a “gossip historian” because he shares scandalous historic gossip to make learning about art history more interesting! Mantua is a great destination, not just for Lorenzo, but also for multiple historic sites like the Palazzo Te (just make sure to go there with Lorenzo!).
Once in the Abruzzo area of Italy I was invited to a dinner party in a home, where Nonni was making pasta in the kitchen. A local band showed up and started playing music in the kitchen. It was a big happy mess with everyone dancing around the table! When Italians have a party at home, the focus is in having a good time and good food, not in the party decorating or goodie bags!
Speaking of Italian food – there actually is such a thing as bad Italian food, as we sadly discovered in several touristy restaurants in Venice. It’s best to trust food recommendations made by locals and eat where they eat! Now our favorite restaurant in Venice is Da Mamo, where I discovered my new favorite pizza: apple gorgonzola! It’s also fun to learn how to make pizza from scratch at home so you can “travel to Italy” on any weeknight. We have taken several cooking classes in Italy and cooking authentic Italian food is one of our family’s favorite ways to teach global lifestyle to our children.
You might be surprised to learn that you will not find Spaghetti Bolognese in Italy, but you will find “tagliatelle al ragù” or “ragù alla bolognese,” meat sauce with tagliatelle. And what could be more living life to the fullest than eating a real Bolognese sauce in Bologna? I recommend stopping at Osteria del’Orsa in Bologna for an authentic tagliatelle al ragù experience.
And when in Rome… drink coffee like the Romans do. In Rome you can even stop at the cafe most favored by the locals, the Sant’Eustachio Il Caffé. Did you know that drinking coffee with milk typically only happens in the mornings in Italy? And even in the mornings, be careful not to order a “latte.” In Italian “latte” means milk and you might end up getting just a glass of hot milk! (Don’t ask me how I know!) In Italy, when you order a “cafe,” you’ll received a tiny cup of espresso, or you can get an “Americano,” an espresso with hot water added, reminiscent of drip coffee. Italians make short visits to cafes to drink a quick espresso shot, and then move on. Don’t even think about asking your cappuccino or cafe latte in a to-go cup!
Traveling by train in Italy and visiting several cities on the same trip is easy. I also highly recommend getting outside the big cities, renting a car and getting lost in the Italian countryside. Just don’t rent a car without GPS or you might not find your way back! Some of our best vacation memories are from our random day trips exploring the Italian countryside, renting vacation homes and truly living like Italians.
There are many agrotourism farms where you can stay to experience more authentic Italian living. In these farms you can go olive picking, truffle hunting, or see how wine is made. In Navelli, Abruzzo, you can even go saffron picking.
Last but not the least, it’s OK to be a tourist in Italy. The locals might give you hard time for not knowing all of their customs, but at the end of the day, tourism is an important industry in Italy and everyone wants you to visit. In fact, even the Italians themselves mainly only travel domestically. So go ahead, take the gondola ride in Venice and snap those touristy photos next to the Leaning Tower of Pisa stay in a luxury hotel, and enjoy your time in Italy. Life is too short to be taken seriously!
Germany is full of beautiful cities, such as Berlin, with its cosmopolitan flair and bustling art scene; Leipzig with its architectural diversity and inspiring revolutionary spirit; and Frankfurt, otherwise known as Mainhattan, for its incredible museums and breathtaking parks.
These are all worthy of discovery and showcase a lot of what the world knows and loves about the country and the culture. But if you want to see Germany in a different way, take the train or rent a car and head to the south to the countryside.
Like its cities, each region is as diverse as the next, varying in traditions, landscape, and even dialects.
Here are three unique ways to take in German culture off the beaten path.
Visit a legendary cuckoo clock maker
The cuckoo clock has a long tradition in the Black forest and the Rombach and Haasclocks has a history going back to 1894. Handmade from beginning to end, and in their fourth generation of clock makers, the design of these timepieces range from antique to contemporary. Walk into the shop and meet the clockmakers to learn the history of these world-celebrated Black Forest Clocks.
Go to the other carnivals
Mention carnival (Karneval, Fasching, and Fastnacht) in Germany and most people will immediately think of Cologne and the Rosenmontag, the largest and most popular masquerade parade in the country.
Though the traditions of carnival have mostly Catholic and Protestant roots, how they are celebrated varies. The most authentic experiences can be had in areas such as Schramberg and Rottweil in the state of Baden-Württemberg, in the eastern part of the Black Forest.
They are not heavily visited by tourists which makes it easy to mingle with and learn from the locals. If you’re lucky, you might even get a cultural lesson or two from local dignitaries, all of whom spend the day among other members of the community in celebration.
Have lunch in a farm in the Black Forest
A visit to Reinertonishof, a family-owned farm house built in 1616, is like a step back in time.
Enjoy a typical Black Forest meal at their restaurant, rides from ponies in the farm, and other outdoor activities like snowshoeing and skiing in the surrounding grounds. The farmer’s wife is usually the one to greet you, and though her English is limited, her smile is contagious and her welcome, warm.
When traveling off the beaten path, English speakers may be harder to come by, but not impossible to find; a car may be required, and it’s often best to recruit local guides to help you navigate through the area. But experiencing some of the unique cultural elements of Germany will only make you love the country and its people even more.