February 16, 2019

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5 South American foodie destinations worth sampling

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Though well known as an incredible cultural and adventure destination, South America’s reputation for fine cuisine is much less recognized. This is changing rapidly, though, as this southern continent emerges as one of the trendiest food regions on the planet. Today, Latin America serves up everything from velvet-soft Colombian sea bass to melt-in-your-mouth Argentine beef (paired, of course, with the finest Malbec).All of this has been fostered by an incredible array of exotic, innovative and refined restaurants that have cropped up across the continent. Interested in checking these out, but quite sure where to start? Here’s a rundown of some of hottest Latin foodie destinations and dishes today....
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A giant scrapheap of A380s is on its way

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(CNN) — A whopping great beast of an aircraft, the double-decker Airbus A380 -- the biggest passenger airplane the world has ever known -- is an incredible sight whether on land or in the air.Such gravity-defying proportions combined with the genuinely enjoyable experience of flying in one have won it legions of admirers since its first commercial voyage in 2007.So it was no surprise that there was widespread consternation at the February 14 announcement that Airbus intends to cease production of the A380 in 2019, effectively placing an expiry date on an aircraft that was once seen as the future of aviation.But how quickly are A380s going to vanish from our skies? Is widespread affection for the huge aircraft enough to keep it flying well into its dotage, in the way many classic planes continue flying well beyond their service life?...
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Top 5 honeymoon eperiences in South Malawi

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When it comes to planning your dream honeymoon destination, Malawi may not initially spring to mind. But if you’re one of the lucky ones to have experienced Africa’s most complete destination, or still considering where to head off to for your piece of paradise, then Malawi should sit high on your list when you check out these Top 5 Honeymoon Experiences to be found in South Malawi. (And there are plenty more great honeymoon experiences further North!)Gone are the days where honeymooners flick through a catalogue and pick out a ‘default’ honeymoon destination. Why? Because everyone has done that. You’ll hear stories of how your cousin headed to the white beaches of Maldives, or your great aunt basked in the Hawaiian sun. Although these typical destinations offer exactly what they advertise, heading to Malawi can offer you not only beautiful weather and stunning sandy beaches (yes, Malawi is landlocked but offers some of the most pristine beaches in the southern hemisphere) but also exhilarating scenic, cultural and wildlife experiences that will beat any other....
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check in: Hotel Review: Paramount House Hotel, Sydney

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From 225 Australian dollars (about $170 at current exchange rates).The former headquarters of Paramount Pictures Australia (a subsidiary of the fabled Paramount Pictures Corporation, the Hollywood motion-picture company) was given new life in 2013 when the Paramount Coffee Project and Golden Age Cinema & Bar opened in the 1940 Art Deco building. A co-working space soon followed, and together, these businesses became an au courant local hub. Its reach expanded in April with the 29-room Paramount House Hotel, occupying the attached onetime film-storage warehouse. I arrived at 10 a.m., well before the 3 p.m. check-in time, and navigated a Saturday brunch madhouse at the Coffee Project, all blond wood and polished concrete, to reach the reception desk. My room wasn’t ready, but the hotel emailed me when it was, and I checked in around 1:30. The staff had already deposited my bags into my room....
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Inkerman Beehive Coke Ovens in Tow Law, England

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The remains of seven beehive-shaped coke ovens can be seen in a coalfield in the County Durham village of Tow Law. Overgrown and in various states of dereliction, these domed brick and earthen ovens are rare remnants of a once-thriving industry, providing a fascinating insight into the historic art of coke production that became a major driver of England's Industrial Revolution. Though only a few remain, there were originally more than 20 beehive coke ovens at the Inkerman Colliery in Tow Law, built in 1875. These were among the staggering 14,000 total ovens in the county at the time, producing over four million tons of coke each year to respond to the growing demand and smelt iron ore for steel....
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Papermoon Diner in Baltimore, Maryland

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When restaurateur Un Kim took over a West Baltimore diner in 1994, the 24-7 joint's decor included simple booths and plastic plates. Over the years, Kim has transformed the eatery into a temple of kitsch, amassing a dazzling collection of pop culture paraphernalia.Now, mannequins rule the roost. They lean against the walls, jutting out their flirtatious hips; they glisten in suits made of buttons and scales made of eyes; they twist under the weight of mobs of plastic toys; and they lounge on the lawn like psychedelic gnomes. Meanwhile, plastic limbs search for their owners and carousel horses hang overhead like the ponies of paranoid dreams. Quirky, at times creepy, Papermoon is definitely distinct....
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'Witches' marks' found in cave system

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(CNN) — Hundreds of protective marks designed to ward off evil spirits have been found scratched into the walls of an English cave system.The significance of the signs, which had previously been written off as graffiti, was noted by eagle-eyed visitors to Creswell Crags in the East Midlands, central England."These witches' marks were in plain sight all the time!" John Charlesworth, the tour leader at the time, said in a statement. "Being present at the moment their true significance was revealed will stay with me forever." The marks were identified in October and academics have been studying them since. It is not yet known when these particular marks were made, but other apotropaic marks -- designed to deter harmful or evil influences -- have been found in houses built between around 1550 and 1750. ...
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Dubai airport temporarily halts flights due to 'drone activity'

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Departing flights from Dubai International Airport, one of the world's busiest travel hubs, were temporarily suspended on Friday due to "unauthorized drone activity" near a runway, according the Ali Zaigham, the airport's press relations manager.
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Expedition to find Shackleton's ship loses its own submarine

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(CNN) — The team of the Weddell Sea Expedition aimed to locate the Endurance, the ship famously lost to the ice in 1915, during Ernest Shackleton's attempt to make the first land crossing of the Antarctic. The search was called off this week, however, after marine archaeologists' own underwater vehicle succumbed to the Weddell Sea ice.An international team of marine archaeologists, glaciologists, oceanographers and marine biologists launched the expedition on January 1 to study the Larsen C ice shelf, from which a trillion-ton iceberg broke away in July 2017. While in Antarctica, they hoped to find the wreck of the Endurance, an enticing secondary pursuit alongside their main project.An autonomous underwater vehicle, AUV7, was deployed earlier this month at the wreck site of the Endurance, which sank after the Antarctic ice enclosed and ultimately crushed it. But the vehicle, which the scientists had hoped would locate and photograph the lost ship, slipped under an ice floe and out of contact. ...
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Tom Mix Monument in Florence, Arizona

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Situated midway between Florence and Oracle Junction, Arizona, deep in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, is a remote roadside park containing a monument to cowboy, actor, and Western star Tom Mix.About a 100 yards or so to the south of the marker, on October 12, 1940, Mix wrecked his Cord automobile in the nearby wash while driving at a high speed. The crash cost him his life, though accounts from the time vary as to the exact cause of his death.Mix's fans were heartbroken, and decided to erect a monument to their beloved star. Ever since, this monument has caught the eye of motorists passing by on Arizona State Highway 79....
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Tolstoy Ghosted His Wife Then Up and Died

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At three in the morning on a cold winter’s night—October 28, 1910 to be exact—Countess Sophia Berss woke to thumping of footsteps. Her husband, Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, arguably the nation’s most famous writer, was restlessly pacing in the next room at their home estate, Yasnaya Polyana, about 100 miles south of Moscow. He told her he had taken some medicine, asked her to go back to sleep, and shut the door behind her. When she woke again the next morning, her husband was gone.Accompanied by his physician, Dr. Makovetsky, and dressed in rough peasant garb, Leo Tolstoy had boarded a third-class train carriage and taken off to live out his last days....
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T’s Wellness Guide to London

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In bygone days, most Brits’ concept of self-care extended to punctuating their pints at the pub with the occasional glass of water, or bag of chips. Drawing on global influences that span from Australia to America’s West Coast, a new wave of spas and workout studios in London is sparking a sea change in behaviors. (In the village-y enclaves of Chelsea and Hampstead, for example, heading out to lunch in your active wear is now normal.) The city’s burgeoning health-conscious cafe scene, meanwhile, is slowly shifting perceptions of English food culture from “beige” to “green.” That’s not to say that the word “wellness” won’t still elicit eye rolls in certain quarters — London will, thankfully, never be L.A. — but progressive city dwellers have, over the last five years, been embracing that culture in a totally unprecedented way. So, whether you’re in need of salve for the body or the soul, or simply looking to stock up your larder, here’s our guide to the best health offerings to be had in the British capital....
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Santuario Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Bogotá, Colombia

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Santuario Nuestra Señora del Carmen, also known as The National Shrine of Our Lady of Carmen, is situated amongst a myriad of museums in the historical center of Bogotá. Towering high over La Candelaria neighborhood, the church can easily be recognized by its distinctive red-and-white striped facade – a pattern that also continues within its interiors. Built in the Florentine Gothic Style, the church is known for its Byzantine and Moorish touches, and stands out beautifully within the backdrop of the colonial neighborhood. Designed by architect Giovanni Buscaglione, construction for the church began in 1926 and the building was consecrated 12 years later. Buscaglione, who hailed from the Piedmont region in Italy, was not only an architect, but also a Salesian priest in the Roman Catholic Church. He designed a substantial number of religious and educational buildings in Colombia, including the Colegio de León XIII and the Greater Seminary of Medellín....
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U.S. Airlines to Offer New Gender Options for Non-Binary Passengers

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Air travelers who want to will soon be able to choose a gender option other than “male” or “female” when buying their tickets.The new “undisclosed” or “unspecified” options are meant to make things easier for travelers and airlines as a growing number of local, state and national governments issue identification documents with alternative gender choices, according to Airlines for America, a trade group that represents many major United States carriers.“U.S. airlines value a culture of diversity and inclusion, both in the workplace and for our passengers,” the group said in a statement.The Transportation Security Administration requires that travelers have gender markers associated with their tickets that match the identification documents they present at agency checkpoints. The new standard will make it easier for passengers who are gender nonconforming to travel with documents that more accurately represent their identities....
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The Art of Repairing Broken Ceramics Creates a New Kind of Beauty

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Throughout time and across cultures, ceramics have been both functional and decorative. A few years ago, archaeologists discovered 20,000-year-old pottery fragments in a cave in southern China, evidence of an ancient, nomadic kitchen. Just last year, four canopic jars were found in a newly unearthed ancient Egyptian cemetery—there, and in many other such tombs, they held mummified organs. And in 19th-century America, porcelain dinnerware served as a not-so-subtle status symbol. Porcelain, a high-fired clay with a fine surface texture, was so delicate and valuable that it was often given as a diplomatic gift....
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Wayfarer's Dole

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The Hospital of St. Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty is one of England's oldest charitable institutions. Founded in Winchester sometime between 1132 and 1136, it was created to house a small group of poor men (who eventually became the Brothers of St. Cross) and feed needy travelers who came to its gates. One of its charitable practices, providing the Wayfarer’s Dole, continues today. In this tradition, all visitors who knock on the heavy wooden door of the Porter’s Lodge and ask for the Dole will receive a small cup of beer and a morsel of bread.The custom was started by a monk from Cluny, France, who worked at St. Cross. This monk's holy order would always give bread and wine to travelers, so the hospital adopted the idea and anglicized it by substituting beer for the wine. ...
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Why a Museum Owns a Chocolate Company's Embroidery Collection

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While most Valentine's Day chocolate comes in a red- and white-trimmed heart, your sweetheart may have recently handed you a golden box: a Whitman’s Sampler. With its packaging reminiscent of old-fashioned cross-stitch, Whitman's Samplers seem demonstrably vintage, evoking another era.But when the already venerable Whitman's candy company unveiled the Sampler in 1912, the patterns on its box were meant to remind customers of an even earlier, homier era. As legend has it, Whitman’s president Walter Sharp used a piece of embroidery, or “sampler,” made by his great-aunt as inspiration for his new line of fancy boxed chocolates. Consumers seemed to enjoy the vintage look and crafty appeal of the packaging (one billion Whitman’s Samplers have been sold since 1912) as well as the implicit invitation to “sample” the different chocolates from Whitman’s most popular boxes....
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Deserted Irish island on sale for $1.4 million

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(CNN) — Freshwater lakes, peregrine falcons and a ruined monastery are some of the delights awaiting the buyer of an island off the west coast of Ireland -- as long as they don't mind living in a derelict cottage without running water or electricity. High Island, which rises 206 feet above sea level and slopes down to cliffs that lead to inlets, has gone on sale for 1.25 million euros ($1.4 million). Sitting two miles off the Connemara coast, the 80-acre island is steeped in archeological history, bird-life and spectacular cliff-side views of the Atlantic. But a little more work is needed to make it habitable. Luke Spencer, of Spencer Auctioneers, which is selling the craggy outpost, told CNN that whoever ends up buying the island can "amend the cottage, extend or renovate it, or build a new property but it would be subject to planning permission."...
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Johnnie Brown's Grave in Palm Beach, Florida

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Fairly hidden among the fern fronds of the Pizza Al Fresco courtyard, you'll find the only cemetery in Palm Beach proper. It's technically a pet cemetery, but the spider monkey buried beneath one of the only two headstones was more than just a pet to Jazz Era bon vivant Addison Mizner, whose "Mediterranean Revival" architecture remains the signature style of Palm Beach resorts. Johnnie Brown, "The Human Monkey," was just one of Mizner's exotic and unusual pets. The monkey accompanied Mizner to all of his Gilded Age high society events and was invited as a special guest, along with his monkey companion Deuteronomy, to attend the Scopes Trial, a trial in which a teacher was charged for teaching evolution. Mizner declined the invitation on behalf of the privileged primate....
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5 of the best restaurants in Santiago de Chile

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With its lunar landscape deserts to the north and its dazzling glacial mountain ranges to the south, Chile is a fabulous place to vacation. And if you know where to go, it’s also a great place to dine.Chilean cuisine is as diverse as its geography. Its innovatory chefs come armed with a blend of traditional and contemporary methods as well as unique, local ingredients to create flavours that just don’t exist in other parts of the world. And most of the top can be found in its capital, Santiago.Whether you’re in town for a brief layover or staying put a little longer, here are five of the best, fine dining restaurants in Santiago to try during your visit.1. BoragóBoragó is more than a restaurant, it’s an establishment, a landmark, a symbol. Head Chef Rodolfo Guzman seeks out lesser known, rare, indigenous ingredients from the heights and depths of the country and transforms them into something truly majestic. As well as working directly with the local farms and vineyards, the restaurant even milks its own milk and harvests its own vegetables. Having won numerous awards, Boragó is a bucket list experience to savour....
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The Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu, Nepal

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The Garden of Dreams (Swapna Bagaicha) was the idyllic vision of Kaiser Sumsher Rana, a field marshal in the Royal Nepalese Army who ordered its creation on the grounds of his palatial home in 1920. Though the garden was severely neglected following his death in 1964, the exquisitely manicured landscapes and the surviving fountains, pergolas, and pavilions have since been restored to their former glory.The four-acre Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu was designed by landscape architect Kishore Narshingh to mimic Edwardian-era English gardens. Most notably, the site was characterized by six pavilions, which symbolized the “six seasons” of Nepal: spring, early summer, the summer monsoon season, early autumn, late autumn, and winter. In its heyday, the garden was considered one of the most remarkable feats of landscape design in the country. ...
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5 luxury picks in Ecuador

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Despite its small size, Ecuador packs in more amazing experiences than you would expect from a country about the size of Nevada. Ecuadorians like to boast that you can have breakfast in the Amazon, lunch in the Highlands, and dinner in the Coast. This South American gem also boasts some prime luxury locations that will make your experience even more unforgettable.Napo Wildlife Center The Amazon rainforest is probably not the first place you associate with 5-star accommodations and amenities, but the Napo Wildlife Center offers just that. A plane, boat, and canoe ride will take you to a beautiful black water lagoon nestled in the middle of one of the most biodiverse places on earth, Yasuni National Park. After you take in the natural wonders, you will be in awe of the large suites and cabins, the gourmet food, and world-class service. The rooms are all thatched in the traditional Kichwa style, but inside you will find all the modern creature comforts, from biodegradable boutique toiletries to plush king-sized mattresses and even a Jacuzzi in the suites. Napo Wildlife Center proves that you can find luxury even in the most remote locations....
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The remote island with 1 resident, age 81

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In 1991, Kim Sin-yeol and her husband made the unusual decision to move to a lonely set of islands at the heart of a long-standing territorial dispute between Japan and South Korea.
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Great Blue Hole discoveries revealed

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(CNN) — A team of scientists -- including Virgin billionaire Richard Branson -- has returned from a groundbreaking mission to the bottom of Belize's Great Blue Hole with exciting findings.The Great Blue Hole is the world's largest sinkhole, measuring an incredible 300 meters (984 feet) across and roughly 125 meters (410 feet) deep.The team also included Fabien Cousteau, grandson of underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau -- who put the Blue Hole on the map back in 1971. The group embarked on their odyssey in December 2018, determined to discover the secrets at the bottom of the Blue Hole.Using two submarines, the expedition captured new images and footage inside the Blue Hole and created the first 3D map of its interior....
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Germ killing robot slips into hotel bedsheets

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(CNN) — Ever spent a sleepless night in a hotel room freaking out about all the germs you might be sharing a bed with?Chances are you're going to want to get your sanitized hands on a new invention that promises to expunge all bacteria from between the sheets in a matter of minutes.CleanseBot is a portable robotic hotel room cleaner that's now in production following a crowdsourcing campaign that raised nearly $1.5 million -- clearly there's a lot of germaphobes out there. "My wife and I came up with the idea for CleanseBot when we were on vacation," co-creator Tom Yang tells CNN Travel.Back in 2017, Yang and his wife, Cecilia Hsu arrived in a top hotel, ready to enjoy their vacation and were shocked to discover the bed was messy and the room had been left in, what they call, "unsanitary conditions."...
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What Happens When Sister Cities Break Up?

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For 60 years, the cities of San Francisco, California, and Osaka, Japan, enjoyed a robust cultural partnership. The two port enclaves were “sister cities,” a designation that illustrates one of several post-World War II attempts to embrace ethnic diversity and multiculturalism.Like all sister cities, Osaka and San Francisco’s bond was built around the sharing of ideas and heritage. In the past, this has taken many forms, from student exchanges and remote learning programs to ambassadorial delegations, all of which have been used over the course of the six-decade relationship to foster cultural understanding. But this sororal connection became strained in the fall of 2017, when a statue honoring “comfort women,” who were enslaved in Japanese brothels during World War II, was constructed in San Francisco. After a year of repeated threats, Osaka mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura sent a 10-page letter to San Francisco mayor London Breed in October 2018 in which he wrote, “I am afraid to announce that the City of Osaka must hereby terminate its sister city relationship with the City and County of San Francisco.”...
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La Balade des Gnomes in Heyd, Belgium

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For those looking for a magical place to lay your head for the night, La Balade des Gnomes offers a bed and breakfast experience like no other. The term "theme room" does not accurately convey the imaginative decor and intricate details that transport guests into different, fantastical worlds. An architect with a dream created this unique place to stay in Heyd, Belgium. It's complete with 10 differently themed rooms and a gourmet restaurant. Each room is unique, with themes varying from being on the moon, living under the earth as a troll, living on a sailboat (with a real sand beach!), a forest cabin, and a variety of other regions and fantasy worlds....
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Banta

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There is little as satisfying as the pop! of a bottle of banta bursting open on a hot Delhi day. As the banta wala, or banta seller, pushes the marble top into the glass bottle, the seal breaks with a rush of carbonation, releasing a lemon-scented mist. The now-submerged marble clinks happily against the bottle as the banta wala pours the effervescent soda into a fingerprint-smudged glass tumbler and mixes it with salt, crushed ice, and sometimes fresh lemon, masala (a spice mix), and mint. The bubbles hit your tongue before the first drop of liquid: springy, like fresh air in a cup.With the exception of Japan, the rest of the world has left the Victorian technology of “Codd-neck bottles,” glass soda bottles stopped with a marble, behind. But in India—and particularly its National Capital Region of Delhi—banta won’t quit. The love partly stems from the subcontinent’s broader affection for masala sodas, sweet-salty carbonated beverages flavored with a mix of spices, including cumin, black pepper, ginger, and black salt. While some Western palates may shy away, salty-sweet fizzy drinks are popular across the Middle East and South Asia, often in the form of yogurt beverages such as South Asian namkeen lassi, Turkish ayran, and Persian doogh. Banta is a carbonated version of nimbu paani or shikanji, the salty-sweet lemonade South Asians drink like water during the subcontinent’s scorching summers. The combination isn’t just delicious: It helps replace electrolytes lost through sweat....
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Bell Tower of Caorle in Caorle, Italy

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The town of Caorle, located on the Adriatic coast just north of Venice, was founded as a Roman port and began to grow in the Middle Ages as people settled there seeking refuge from barbarian invasions. The cathedral of Caorle was built in 1038 and is a beautiful example of Romanesque and Byzantine-Ravennate style architecture. But the real gem is its iconic bell tower, which is unlike any in the world.Usually, bell towers have a square or rectangular base and have a parallelepipedal shape, often featuring some sort of cone-shaped tip. But many Byzantine bell towers are actually cylindrical, with flat tops. The Caorle Cathedral bell tower has a mixture of the two different styles. It's not only one of the few remaining cylindrical bell towers in Italy, but uniquely, has a conical top instead of flat....
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When India Kicked Out Coca-Cola, Local Sodas Thrived

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Sweet, fizzy Coca-Cola, notes writer Tom Standage, is practically “capitalism in a bottle.” In societies where capitalism loses favor, the symbolic American drink is often replaced with a palatable local alternative. Yet when the Berlin Wall fell, East Germans ditched their Vita-Cola for Coca-Cola. Poland’s Polo-Cockta and the Czech Kofola both faded away, only to be later revived out of nostalgia. But in India, two underdog sodas that flourished during the country’s stint of economic isolation have remained solidly shelved next to Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Even after India's pivot from socialism to a largely free market, Thums Up and Limca have thrived....
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Midsummer Boulevard Light Pyramid in Milton Keynes, England

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Milton Keynes, located pretty much in the middle of England, is one of the "new towns" built in postwar Britain to house a growing population outside of London. The idea was to build a number of towns from scratch and "MK," founded in 1967, is the largest and perhaps best-known of these. It also hides a curious secret in plain sight.Though it's generally unsuspected by the casual visitor, Milton Keynes, which tends to conjure up images of concrete cow sculptures and myriad parking spaces and roundabouts, was also designed as a temple to the Sun. The urban plan called for the streets to be arranged in a neat grid pattern aligned along north-south and east-west axes. But surprisingly, the grid was actually built at a slight offset. When construction began in the early '70s, the lead architect Derek Walker decided to shift the city plan a few degrees, realizing that doing so would allow the streets to align with the sunrise on the summer solstice....
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Forcing People to Hold Hands Is Not a Great Way to End a War

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In late March 1458, hundreds of English lords and ladies gathered at Westminster Abbey and walked hand in hand through the streets of London, along the western banks of the Thames to St. Paul’s Cathedral. It was a “loveday” procession, a form of reconciliation meant to put the Wars of the Roses to rest.“It was a bit Hollywood,” says John Sadler, author of The Red Rose and the White, a history of the series of English civil wars in the mid-15th century. “There was a lot of pomp about it. Banners flying, drums beating, it was a show.”A ballad composed to commemorate the event described the public display of political affection:...
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Golden Fleece Tavern Site in Dover, Delaware

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Built in the 1730s, Elizabeth Battell's Golden Fleece Tavern hosted all manner of revolutionary activities in the early days of the American union. When Dover became the seat of Delaware’s state government in 1777, the tavern emerged as a frequent meeting place for the Legislative Council. It was also at the Golden Fleece that, in September 1787, a document arrived from Philadelphia containing the basic framework for the government of a new nation, the United States of America.  On December 3, 1787, a group of 30 elected delegates of a ratifying convention met at the Golden Fleece to review the document. Five days later, on December 7, the Constitution of the United States was unanimously approved, making Delaware the first state in the young nation, and the first to ratify the U.S. Constitution....
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Stained-Glass Demons of Strasbourg Cathedral in Strasbourg, France

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Inside the magnificent Gothic cathedral of Strasbourg, the multicolored stained-glass windows portray a macabre menagerie of strange and sinister demonic denizens of Hell, revealing the terrors that haunted the medieval mind in centuries past.Look closely at this religious artwork and you'll spot demons dancing from men's mouths, trying to corrupt and tempt saints, or presiding over the burning of "sinners" in hellfire as they look on and leer. Many of these demonic entities look distinctly like the orcs of The Lord of the Rings; others look much more like whimsical creations of Dr. Zeuss. One of the demons in particular bears a striking resemblance to a beast from Maurice Sendak's fantastical book, Where the Wild Things Are. ...
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8 best hotels on the Las Vegas Strip

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Las Vegas (CNN) — The world comes together on the Las Vegas Strip.In just over four miles, this ribbon of concrete travels from ancient Egypt and medieval England to New York, Paris, the tropics and, eventually, modern-day Venice. The travel is easy and free of jet lag. You experience it all through themed hotels.Over the decades, these hotels have gone from simply grand -- think the Stardust Resort and Casino -- to ginormous (MGM Grand, Caesars Palace, Aria Las Vegas). By the end of 2018, 43 properties had a formal Strip address, according to data from the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority. Together these hotels have 86,833 rooms -- more than half of the 149,158 hotel rooms citywide....
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Old Town Wishing Bell in Warsaw, Poland

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When walking through Warsaw's Old Town, you’ll come across many beautiful buildings and objects all over the place. Each one has its own intriguing history, and this old wishing bell is no exception.This overlooked relic of the past stems from the 17th century. But its age isn’t what’s so enchanting about the bell, as it’s also a key feature in a local fairytale with a tragic ending.According to the love legend, a young bellmaker named Kajetan was in love with Marynia, the daughter of a bellmaker. Both wished to mary, but fate would not have it.Kajetan had a rival, a bell maker's apprentice named Hans. Hans was a selfish man who also wished to mary Marynia and take over her father’s business. When Hans learned of Marynia's love for Kajetan, he became enraged and decided to kill him....
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La Virgen de Quito in Quito, Ecuador

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La Virgen de Quito is a small wooden sculpture of the Virgin Mary, located above the main altar in the Church of San Francisco in Quito. For such a small statue, it has inspired an impressive degree of devotion, and innumerable replicas both big and small.While commonly referred to as La Virgen de Quito, the statue goes by various names. Some call it the Virgen de Legarda (Legarda's Virgin), in reference to the Ecuadorian sculptor and painter Bernardo de Legarda, a preeminent figure in the Quito School of Art.In 1732, Legarda was commissioned to create a sculpture of the Immaculate Conception for the Church of San Francisco in Quito. He presented his finished work in 1734: a 12-inch-tall wooden sculpture of the Virgin Mary, which instantly met with great approval for its beauty. The Franciscans were so inspired by the piece that they placed it in a prominent position above the main altar....
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The romantic side of Greece

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The dull routine of our everyday lives can really creep up on us without us even knowing it and when it does it is quite hard to become unstuck. The perfect solution to break free from a situation that is becoming intolerable is by removing yourself, physically and mentally from it. If you want too add more spice in your life, feel the positivity flowing again and have the energy you once did, a trip to Greece for either a long weekend or a long holiday is ideal to regain that vibe. Why Greece? Very simple answer, it is serene and peaceful. The perfect country to relax and just enjoying the company of your loved one. Being surrounded by heartwarming people, who are experts in making you feel at home, will leave you with a pure and pleasing feeling that might just spark up your energy once again....
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Your own UK luxury holiday home on a stunning, private estate

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Luxury bespoke homes on a private Somerset estate form a new development which offers the perfect lifestyle and getaway among an ancient landscape. Set around an idyllic mineral lake with man-made beaches, you’d be forgiven for thinking this quiet, woodland setting was miles from anywhere. Yet Cookswood is only 90 minutes from London Heathrow and 30 minutes from Bristol airport.Customers can purchase their dream holiday home on the 250-acre estate by first choosing a plot of land, and then one of a range of house designs. Let your imagination run wild by working with Cookswood’s professional design team who can set up the home to meet your own unique tastes, creating your own interior. Add luxurious aspects like a basement, outdoor pool, hot tub or even a bar. You can even incorporate smart-technology to your home with the ability to control features through an app or voice command....
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The 52 Places Traveler: Visiting Puerto Rico, and Finding the Up Beat

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On the first stop of his yearlong journey, the 52 Places Traveler makes it his mission to get off the beaten path and into the island.If this is a Monday night, it’s hard to imagine what Friday looks like. About 300 people are spilling out of a club onto Avenida Eduardo Conde in the Santurce district of San Juan. The space I’m in has limited seating, but the stools are empty anyway because everyone is standing. One window sells fluffy, fist-sized empanadillas and stacks of lightly salted tostones while another one hands over cans of Medalla beer at a furious pace. Everyone is here for bomba and plena, two distinct but closely linked Puerto Rican musical traditions that can trace their roots to the African slaves brought to the island starting in the 17th century....
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A Pop Culture Shock After the Trip of a Lifetime

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I can’t remember what country I was flying over, or even what month it was, just that the “Mamma Mia!” sequel, “Here We Go Again,” was playing on the back of the airplane seat in front of me and I was sobbing like I had never sobbed before.One survey shows that even 41 percent of men will tear up at 10,000 feet. It has to do with the air pressure, dehydration, the stress of being herded like cattle, and the bloody marys we down to get through it all. I’d certainly done my fair share of crying on planes, as The New York Times’s first 52 Places Traveler, charged with the incredible and often body-punishing task of reporting on all those destinations while traveling solo around the world for a year....
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Announcement: Let’s Help Envision Take FLYTE

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As travelers, we constantly meet people from around the world and experience cultures and values different than our own. I think that is why we travelers tend to (generally) be more open-minded. We want to see the differences in the world.Traveling gives us a broader perspective and understanding of life, the world, the people in it, and, often most importantly, ourselves.Three years ago I started FLYTE, the Foundation for Learning and Youth Travel Education, because I wanted to bring the beauty of travel to young people who don’t have the opportunity to travel and realize just how much the world has to offer.Kids who not are only limited by their geography but by their community’s world view....
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London Underground Labyrinths in London, England

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In the 2000s, London’s government asked artist Mark Wallington to make an art installation commemorating the tube’s 150th anniversary. Wallington chose to create a labyrinth for each of the city's 270 underground stations, with each labyrinth embodying a unique geometric design and meaning.These labyrinths are often in plain view, yet they often go unnoticed by the thousands of commuters and tourists who pour through London’s subway system each day. The hidden-in-plain-sight imagery of the designs is a fitting metaphor for the labyrinthine nature of the underground transportation system itself, and for the wider city environment, which can often seem like an urban maze....
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How the 'Sunset Route' Railroad Helped Diversify California

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In February 1883, the Southern Pacific Railroad created a new path for Americans who wanted to head out West. Its transcontinental “Sunset Route” was officially completed, connecting New Orleans directly to California. This innovative transit line, the second transcontinental connection, between the Southeast and the Pacific not only brought new commerce to the wild, wild West, but shifted migratory patterns in a way that changed the relatively new state of California. In particular, Los Angeles’s present-day black population has creole influences that are a direct result of the Sunset Route....
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Where to fly in an A380 before they go away

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(CNN) — Airbus may have broken the hearts of aviation fans worldwide with the announcement that it's ceasing production of its A380 airplane, but that doesn't mean the superjumbo is going to stop flying any time soon. With production planned up until 2021 and more than 200 of the huge aircraft serving schedules that, for the most part, look set to continue potentially for decades, there's still plenty of opportunity to experience what many fliers say is the best seat in the sky. The long-haul airplane -- which features a double-decker cabin, wide-body configuration, spacious interior and a quieter inflight experience -- currently connects major air hubs around the world that have been adapted to accommodate its massive airframe. ...
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Asiago War Memorial in Asiago, Italy

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The Asiago plateau is one of the most iconic locations of World War I, having seen many battles between Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops. After the end of the war, the town of Asiago was selected to house one of the largest memorials of the Great War.The burial monument was built in the 1930s on Leiten Hill on the edge of town. The sprawling square base contains the crypt and an octagonal chapel. Burial niches line the walls of the corridors, holding the remains of over 33,000 fallen Italian soldiers whose bodies were exhumed from 35 nearby war cemeteries in the mid-1930s.More than 18,000 Austro-Hungarian soldiers were also gathered here from surrounding war cemeteries after the Second World War. The names of all identified soldiers are engraved in alphabetical order near the corresponding niches, while the unidentified remains are in two communal tombs. Near the entrance to the crypt, a museum contains many relics, documents, and photographs gathered from the many battlefields of the Asiago plateau....
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Hot Springs Beer

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Hot Springs, Arkansas, is home to a national park unlike any other. In addition to its springs and bathhouses, the area is well-known for its storied history of illegal gambling, hiding fugitives, and protecting underworld figures. Al Capone had his own room in the town's Arlington Hotel, while Bonnie and Clyde bathed in the healing waters to recover from injuries.After authorities shut down gambling in Hot Springs for good, the town became a relic of its former seedy glory. Walking down one side of Central Avenue today, you'll find a modest strip of kitschy tourist attractions and shops. On the opposite side of the same street, you're in a U.S. National Park lined with a row of outdated bathhouses. Some remain in operation; others are abandoned....
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Seven-Color Tea

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Romesh Ram Gour is content. While his signature invention, a seven-layer rainbow of different varieties of tea, has gained fans around the world, he has no use for riches. “What for?” he asked a Guardian journalist who suggested he expand beyond his two-stall operation. “For money? A bigger TV? I’m happy with life as it is.”Gour has every reason to be happy. The owner of two tea shops in the northeast Bangladeshi region of Sylhet, Gour made an amazing discovery: If he poured teas made using different spices, tea leaves, and milk one on top of one another, the varying densities created distinct layers. The resulting seven-color tea, or saata rong cha in Bengali, quickly became a hit. The multicolored brew alternates from bright green to dusky brown and milky red, like striated desert sandstone. While the seven-layer version is classic, Gour has reportedly managed to squeeze up to 10 distinct colors in one glass....
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The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California

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The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was opened on May 15th, 1927 by a group that included mega-stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford along with MGM Chief Louis B. Mayer and developer Sid Grauman. It is the host of the first Academy Awards as well as a frequent location of the anti-Academy Awards—known as the Razzies—and has a storied history in Hollywood.The 12-story hotel was built in a Spanish colonial style with elaborate chandeliers and wrought iron balconies. Hollywood is fundamentally a place marked by a need for glamorous spaces whether shooting locations, premieres, or awards ceremonies and the Hotel Roosevelt was an early attempt to capitalize on stars and glamour. ...
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In Tour of Australia, Chinese Admire Clean Air but Bemoan Lack of Hot Drinking Water

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CANBERRA, Australia — The Chinese tourists found Parliament House, one of Australia’s most enduring national symbols, well . . . underwhelming.“County-level governments in China have fancier buildings. Am I right?” said Jimmy Zhao, a Shanghai-born tour guide, who last month led a group of 55 tourists mostly from China, but also Malaysia and Singapore, on a four-day bus tour of Australia’s East Coast. The group giggled and agreed with Mr. Zhao’s assessment, but they were also impressed that, unlike in China, anyone could walk into the heart of Australia’s government. When Mr. Zhao, 53, pointed out a bathroom used by a former prime minister, one tourist sprinted off to experience the V.I.P. urinal....
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Dubai Fountain: The story behind its dancing waters

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(CNN) — Like a moth to a flame, visitors to Dubai invariably swarm around the colossal fountain at the foot of the Burj Khalifa. It's easy to see why: at more than 900-feet long, firing water 50 stories into the sky, the fountain is impressive, to say the least.And as a feat of engineering, even more so. It has become a focal point in the city, ushering in the New Year, marking holidays and welcoming celebrity guests like K-Pop supergroup BTS with individually choreographed displays. But what's going on underneath the dancing waters?Commissioned by EMAAR Properties, developers of Downtown Dubai, it was Los Angeles-based WET which was charged with making it a reality.WET Design has designed over 250 fountains in 20 countries, and its credentials include the Fountains of Bellagio and installations for Olympic Games and World Fairs. ...
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Steinkind von Leinzell in Tübingen, Germany

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When, in 1720, a priest visited the deathbed of Anna Müller, he was shocked by her last confession. The 94-year-old woman told him that she was still carrying a child and somebody would need to take it out after her death. Sure enough, the autopsy doctors discovered a mysterious so-called "steinkind," or “stone child,” about as big as a pumpkin, weighing 8 pounds.What they had found was a lithopedion, a rare medical phenomenon in which an unborn fetus is calcified in utero after it does not come to life inside its mother’s womb but is never removed. Müller had carried her unborn child for 46 years, about half of her life. ...
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HMS Trincomalee in Hartlepool, England

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HMS Trincomalee holds the distinction of being the oldest British warship in Europe that is still afloat.Trincomalee was built for the Royal Navy as a 46 gun, Leda-class frigate just after the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Unlike most Royal Navy ships of the time, which were built of oak, she was constructed from teak, having been built in Bombay, India in 1817 at a time when the wars against France had vastly depleted the oak trees of England.  She cost £23,000 and even delivery to Portsmouth cost £6000.After a relatively short period of front line service in both Atlantic and Pacific squadrons, she spent many years as a training ship, initially in the hands of the Royal Navy but from 1897 to 1986 she was used as part of a private training facility (known as the TS Foudroyant) for boys wishing to join the Navy. Foudroyant was originally based in Falmouth but later moved to Portsmouth. For many years she was tied up to the much larger, HMS Implacable but unfortunately, that ship was scuttled in 1947 to much public outcry....
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Archaeologists Dismantled a Maya Pyramid in Guatemala and Never Put It Back Together

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When buildings are knocked down, people often don’t let them go without a fight. This week, we’re remembering some particularly contentious demolitions. Previously: a Hollywood funeral for a restaurant named for a hat, a German church knocked down in the name of coal, and a towering pagoda that was eventually rebuilt.The city flourished deep in the forest. In the ancient complex of Tikal, in northern Guatemala, the tops of the limestone temples poked out above the thick canopy, where toucans croak and howler monkeys scramble.Modern-day visitors will see that some restored temples still rise up above the branches of mahoganies and cedars—but at least one has been reduced to its squat foundation. Researchers dubbed it Structure 5D-33, and suspected that its pyramid went up during the sixth or seventh century. On the stony surface where its sides used to reach skyward, there are now little blankets of grass, like patchy area rugs....
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Teatro Solís in Montevideo, Uruguay

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In the early 19th century, the citizens of Montevideo wanted to create a public space to meet and express their social and political ideas. They envisioned a cultural hub unique to South America but rivaling the art and architecture of European city centers. And so the magnificent Teatro Solís was born.The theater was designed by the Italian architect Carlo Zucchi using timber and marble brought over from Europe and stored away while war raged in Uruguay. After years of delay, the theater finally opened in 1856 with a rendition of Verdi’s opera Ernani. Located in Montevideo's Plaza Independencia, the building is a perfect example of neoclassical, Old World architectural splendor. The design—including the elegant façade (which has been completely restored), carved canopy and pillars, and elliptical interior—was heavily influenced by Italian architecture. The similarities can be seen in the Teatro Carlo in Genoa, the Milanese Teatro alla Scala, and most of all the Teatro Metastasio di Prato near Florence. ...
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When Indian Hosts Opened Their Homes to Pakistani Cricket Fans

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“You haven’t been born until you’ve seen Lahore,” says Kanwaljeet Singh. A resident of the city of Mohali in Punjab, India, Singh is quoting a regional saying. Yet Singh has never seen Lahore. While he’s lived all his life less than 150 miles from the Punjabi cultural and literary center, he’s never been able to cross the India-Pakistan border to go there.He’s far from the only one. Since the 1947 Partition of British India into India and Pakistan, Punjab has been bifurcated by a heavily militarized national border—and a daunting visa application. With relations between the two countries in constant turbulence, getting a visa to visit either side “is really damn difficult,” says Kausik Bandyopadhyay, Associate Professor of History at West Bengal State University. There are few exceptions, mainly for religious pilgrims, students, and artists. Even these visas are often limited to a handful of cities, and visitors are required to register with police. There’s another route, though, through which Indian and Pakistani citizens can visit each other’s countries: for a cricket match....
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Pi-Chacán in Tübingen, Germany

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Since 2001, a massive vulva-shaped sculpture has graced the rear entrance of the Institute for Virology and Microbiology at Tübingen University. The sculpture remained largely unknown to many—that is, until an American student got stuck in it.Fernando de la Jara, a Peruvian artist, created Pi-Chacán. The name derives from his native Quechua language and means “making love.” The artist intended to create an ode to life and healing, a theme that fits well the numerous hospitals and biomedical research institutions close to the sculpture.The sculpture was erected in a rather remote area of the university campus. But in 2014, an American student studying abroad in Germany came across the striking anatomical depiction and decided to pose for pictures with it along with some friends. The student climbed into the giant marble vulva and became stuck. Twenty-two firefighters arrived at the scene to help ease him out, head first. Fortunately, the artwork was not damaged during the process....
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Taking a helicopter ride over Gran Canaria

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As you will know from my earlier ‘Climbing a via ferrata in Gran Canaria‘ post, I’ve just come back from an adventurous few days in Gran Canaria where we’ve also had the opportunity to drive the rather sleek and stylish Hyundai i30 Fastback N. The previous post showed the vehicle in Engine Red, but here it is pictured in Performance Blue, a colour specifically formulated for the N.The car has a sporty interior to match, with exclusively-developed N sport seats offering maximum support in all driving situations.  Such is the versatility of this hot hatch that it is a car that you could be taking out on the track at Silverstone or at the Nürburgring one moment, and then doing a quick run to the shops the next. Inside it has a ball-type gear knob and specially-designed steering wheel to improve driver feel, and an electronic instrument panel with a with a 4.2” LCD screen, making it a very comfortable car from which to explore the island....
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Muschats's Cairn in Edinburgh, Scotland

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To the untrained eye, this monument looks like a random pile of rocks. In a way, that is indeed what it is, as it’s a cairn, a landmark constructed with irregular stones. Dig deeper, and you’ll realize these stones are the marker of a sinister and unscrupulous story.In 1720, a surgeon named Nichol Muschat lured his wife into Holyrood Park and killed her. Muschat confessed to the crime and, according to court documents, said he killed the woman because he had simply grown weary of her.Mushcat was hanged in the Grassmarket, a traditional place for executions in Edinburgh, and a cairn was erected in his murdered wife’s memory, though unfortunately, the guidebooks that mention the cairn fail to mention and preserve her name. The initial cairn was constructed in the traditional Scottish fashion closer to where the actual incident took place, southwest of Saint Anthony's Chapel. Over the years, people would add stones to the growing pile of rocks....
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In Alaska, Birch Syrup Is a Sweet Sign of Breakup Season

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In Alaska, “breakup” is the season that quickly sneaks in between winter and summer. Packed, pristine-white snow loosens and turns into brown slush. Mounds of snow melt until parking lots, over just a few days, turn into lakes. It’s not warm spring weather—it’s just warm enough for the ground to unfreeze and the ice to breakup and melt. Depending on whether you live on the coast or interior, more to the south or more to the north, breakup season can last from ten days to several weeks.Alaskans feel strongly about breakup. It’s too warm to ski, but too early to fish. Yet, this inter-season limbo of dreary weather accompanies lengthening days, and signals that something better is coming....
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Blåvand Beach Bunker Mules in Blåvand, Denmark

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An unusual herd of mules guards this gorgeous Danish beach, gazing toward the sea. They're relics of World War II that have been transformed into a unique work of art.When Germany occupied Denmark during World War II, the beaches along the west coast of the Jutland Peninsula were marred by more than 7,000 concrete bunkers and fortifications. For decades after the war, these structures sat like ugly reminders of the international conflict.But in the 1990s, some of the bunkers were reborn as works of art. Danish Artist Elle-Mie Ejdrup Hansen was commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of the war’s end with an art project. The collaborative project included works by 24 international artists and a musical composition by Danish jazz musician Palle Mikkelborg....
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Pops' Root Beer Bread Pudding

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Driving through the tiny town of Arcadia, Oklahoma, just a half-hour north of Oklahoma City, no passenger can miss the sign for Pops. Nestled along Route 66, the roadside restaurant and gas station sells around 700 kinds of soda, arranged by color. Out front, a 66-foot-tall soda bottle statue provides a tip-off regarding what's in store for customers. At night, LEDs illuminate the structure, turning it into a beacon of light that harkens back to the days when this legendary route was dotted with neon.Travelers who find themselves drawn in by the splendid display will discover more than just pop inside. Waitresses bustle around in its diner, complete with an old-fashioned soda fountain. Though patrons are welcome to order a proper meal, the diner's claim to fame is their root beer bread pudding. Pops makes a steaming slice of not-too-sweet, yeasty pudding studded with plump raisins, then douses the creation in house-made root beer and white chocolate sauces. Wash it down with any of their hundreds of sodas (several of which they serve on tap, in bottomless cups) for the ultimate sugar high....
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Inside the Belgian Library That Tore Itself Apart

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In the mid-1960s, there were no Belgians attending Belgium’s oldest university. Founded in 1425, the institution—known in French as the Université catholique de Louvain and in Dutch as the Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven—was no longer viable despite its rich legacy, and its national symbolic value. As in many places in the country, French speakers, known as Walloons, had long enjoyed special status at the institution, controlling its administration despite Leuven’s location in the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders. Fed up, the Flemish students demanded that the university rectify historic inequities and finally prioritize its Dutch-speaking majority....
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In celebration of romance: beautiful pink places around the world

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In celebration of Valentine’s Day and the month of romance, we highlight our favourite pink places and natural phenomena around the world, from taking in the sunsets over the iconic romantic city of Venice to witnessing the glorious cherry blossom season in Japan – and we recommend the most luxurious, romantic and special hotels to stay in while you’re there. These pink wonders are perfect for a luxury honeymoon or holiday, and can’t fail to melt your heart, on this or any other day of the year.Venice, ItalyIt may have almost become a cliché, but Venice is the quintessential city of love for good reason – with its grand historic palaces and piazzas criss-crossed with a network of gondola-filled canals and bridges, it is timelessly beautiful. It has attracted writers and lovers for centuries, from Lord Byron, who called it a ‘fairy city of the heart’ to the Clooneys, who got married here. Follow in their footsteps and glide along the waterways and beneath the bridges in a gondola, dine at world-class restaurants on the waterfront and watch the pink and orange-hued sunsets over the domes and canals, glass of champagne in hand....
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Top 5 adventure activities at Victoria Falls

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Over the years the area around Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe/Zambia border has developed into one of Southern Africa’s leading adventure tourism destinations.  Clearly the main attraction of the area is still a visit to visit the Falls themselves, and for most visitors this will take around half a day if they do this with a guide and visit both the Zimbabwean and Zambian side of the Falls.   The evening cruises on the Zambezi are also immensely popular, and then after that we find a whole host of activates from microlight flights to white water rafting that are sure to provide spectacular memories for those brave enough to take them on.1. Microlight flight over the FallsWhilst the popular ‘Flight Of Angels’  helicopter flights offer wonderful views over the Falls, we tend to think that the microlight option offers a more exciting way of experiencing the spectacular majesty of Victoria Falls from the air....
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Vedder Family Cemetery in Schenectady, New York

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This historic Dutch family cemetery is located in a shopping mall parking lot. A 20-by-30-foot plot, the cemetery contains 13 identifiable headstones—two standing upright and the others laying down flat—dating from 1705 to 1829.The Vedder family were among the pioneering settlers in the Schenectady area. Though their plot was abandoned over the decades and seemed forgotten, it was the final sticking point for local community members opposed to the mall’s construction.After they had already cited concerns about environmental damage and water quality, community members hoped the historic cemetery would impede the Wilmorite Corporation from going through with the development. But, family cemeteries do not fall under the state of New York’s jurisdiction and it couldn’t be officially declared a historic monument, so Wilmorite went ahead with its plans....
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Sailor’s Valentines Were Painstakingly Crafted, But Not By Sailors

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Beaches and shorelines around the world are scattered with all manner of art supplies, from cockle to clam and conch shells. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, seashells like these were intricately arranged into geometric mosaics known as “sailors’ valentines.” They were—and still are—made by gluing hundreds of shells onto cotton batting, and framing the work with octagonal cases of wood and glass. Either as single panels or hinged pairs, they’re usually no larger than 18 inches across, and less than two inches deep. The designs incorporated hearts, flowers, and nautical symbols such as anchors or compass roses. They might also bear a message—“Home Again” or “Forget Me Not”—spelled out in tiny shells. They were given by whalers and merchant seamen to loved ones when the men safely returned home from what could have been months or even years at sea....
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Parque Arvi in Medellín, Colombia

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Parque Arvi is a nature preserve and archaeological site found outside of Medellin in the Aburra Valley. Covering over 16,000 hectares, Parque Arvi is known for its wildflowers, nature tours and over 54 miles of hiking trails.Within the park rests sections of prehistoric ruins including waterworks pathways, platforms, gardens, trenches, and roads. The “pre-hispanic trail”—or the Camino Cienza de Leon—is assumed to be over 1,500 years old. Offering spectacular views of Medellin and the surrounding Aburra Valley, the high terrain running through the western part of Parque Arvi is one the most preserved trails leading to the Laguna de Guarne and Seca Lake region....
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Ashtown Castle in Dublin, Ireland

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In 1978, when the Under Secretary's Lodge in Dublin, Ireland, was set to be demolished, a centuries-old castle was discovered among its would-be ruins. The medieval castle is impressive not so much for its enormity, but instead for its modesty.In the 18th century, a Georgian mansion was constructed to accommodate the now-defunct position of the British Undersecretary of Ireland (equivalent to a regional governor). For reasons unknown, this castle was somehow incorporated into the existing mansion.In 1922, when Ireland attained independence, the undersecretary position disappeared and the residence was rented out to the Vatican. The Irish considered using the property to house the Irish Prime Minister, but eventually decided that the mansion was in too poor of a state to repair....
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The Least Vegas Neighborhood in Vegas

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Azia Skeen discovered Las Vegas’s little-known (to tourists, anyway) Arts District by chance. Her plane home to San Diego was delayed, and at 19, she was too young to gamble in the casinos. With 12 hours to kill, she wandered into the Arts District, an 18-square-block area of low-slung commercial properties and current and former auto-repair shops that’s hidden between the towering Stratosphere and the faded glory of Fremont Street. On Ms. Skeen’s first visit, the neighborhood was in the throes of First Friday, a monthly event that attracts thousands of visitors to venues such as the Arts Factory, home to the studios and small galleries of some two dozen local artists.“We were accepted immediately, and I hadn’t experienced that,” Ms. Skeen, now 22, said. ...
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36 Hours: 36 Hours in Miami and Miami Beach

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There was a time when it wasn’t unusual to hear visitors use South Beach as shorthand for the entire Miami metropolitan area. The confusion was understandable — for those weekend warriors there was little reason to venture beyond the city of Miami Beach’s telegenic, Art Deco-emblazoned, southernmost tip. No more. South Beach’s famously louche night life has fanned out across Biscayne Bay and onto the mainland, along with cutting-edge art galleries, top-notch restaurants and funky but chic boutiques. The growing pains are unavoidable — traffic jams may sprout up anywhere, and some residents of previously off-the-radar neighborhoods aren’t exactly thrilled with the rent hikes that come with being “discovered.” The upside? An already dizzying multiculturalism has only gotten richer: Little Haiti and Little Havana now find themselves competing for attention and influence with Little Venezuela and Little Moscow. As for the actual white, sandy stretches of South Beach, they remain as stunning as ever, and a meeting spot for locals from Greater Miami’s far-flung corners to strut their barely clothed stuff. ...
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Looking for a mate? Head to this old Taiwan temple

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Taipei, Taiwan (CNN) — These days, it's all about swiping right to find a partner. But some Taiwan residents have another method for finding romance besides Tinder -- they call on the god of marriage and love. According to Chinese mythology, the Love God, or Yue Lao, is in possession of a "book of marriages," and can find and bind you to the one you're meant to be with, with a red string. The story goes that during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), a man asked the Love God to show him his future wife. But he didn't believe the Love God and had the girl attacked. But in the future, when he actually met his wife, she had a scar from that same attack. Taking this somewhat gruesome story to heart, many started believing in the Love God -- also referred to as "The Matchmaker" or "The Old Man under the Moon" -- starting in the Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1912), says associate professor Isaac Yue of the University of Hong Kong. ...
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Airbus to Halt Production of A380 Jumbo Jet as Orders Dry Up

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Airbus will cease production of its mammoth A380 passenger jet, an engineering marvel that nevertheless couldn’t keep up with shifts in the way people fly, the European aircraft maker said on Thursday.Citing reduced orders from Emirates Airline, a major customer, and an inability to find other buyers, the company said it would halt deliveries of the jumbo jetliner in 2021.“As a result of this decision we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, despite all our sales efforts with other airlines in recent years,” the company’s chief executive, Tom Enders, said in a statement.“Today’s announcement is painful for us and the A380 communities worldwide,” he added....
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Hidden city ticketing: The hack airlines don't want you to use

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(CNN) — Nobody who sold you that instant oatmeal, jar of multivitamins, bar of soap, perfume-free laundry detergent, latest best-seller, NASCAR tickets or whatever Gwyneth Paltrow sells on her website will come after you to make sure you used your purchases. But the world's biggest airlines might. They require that you fly all the flights you've booked or pay the price. They might take away your frequent flier miles, ban you from the airline or even sue you. "So, if I don't eat all my steak at Peter Luger's, are they going to sue me now?" Delta Air Lines frequent flier Billy Stocklin says. "It's my ticket and seat. I bought it. If I use it or not is none of your business."The airlines beg to differ....
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32 Random Facts About Me

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A few weeks ago I mentioned that this year I wanted to make the website more personal.Back in 2011, I wrote this post featuring some personal facts about my life. It was a window into non-travel me. Well, that was a loooooong time ago. Life changes. People change.So I thought one way to make this website more personal was to resurrect this long forgotten post and share a window into the current non-travel me.So let’s kick off 2011 2019 with some random facts about me and my life:1. I hate flying. I love airports, lounges, and elite status, but the act of flying makes me sick. I don’t like heights and any turbulence makes me think the plane is about to crash. I’m not a good flier. (Ironic considering how often I fly!)...
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Nazca Lines Observation Tower in Nazca, Peru

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For people who don’t want to fly over the Nazca Lines, or who want to see them closer up, the Nazca Lines Observation Tower offers an alternative (and cheaper) view of three of the Nazca geoglyphs.The Nazca Lines Observation Tower (Mirador de Las Lineas de Nazca) sits alongside the Panamericana Sur highway, about 16 miles northwest of Nazca. And while there’s no doubting that a flight over the Nazca Lines offers a far better view of the 19 square miles of geoglyphs, the observation tower does have some benefits.If you don’t like flying, then the 42-foot-tall metal tower offers a far smoother experience than the light aircraft that bank and roll above the Nazca Lines. It’s just four staircases to the top, with only the desert wind occasionally buffeting the tower....
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12 of the world's best heli-ski spots

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(CNN) — Whop, whop, whop. The thump of the rotors fades as the helicopter lifts away. Silence, just for a moment -- a chance to drink in the pristine peaks. Then the rush of excited chatter as skis or snowboard are clicked on and the group turns to listen to the guide.Hearts beat faster, like the noise of the aircraft that brought you here. Now it's time to plunge into paradise ...Heli-skiing is the ultimate challenge for the powder-hungry skier or boarder in the never-ending quest to carve tracks in soft snow. Leaving the lifts and crowds far behind, it takes winter sports to a higher plane.Like all travel luxuries, it doesn't come cheap -- and bad-weather days are an occupational hazard. But if powder is the priority, there's a heli adventure out there for everyone from decent intermediates to movie-making hotshots....
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Beach resorts and vegan food in Hua Hin, Thailand

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Less than 3 hours drive from Bangkok are the golden sands of Hua Hin, a seaside destination that offers the perfect option for a weekend escape from the city. The options are endless with most major hotel and resort operators having properties in Hua Hin. For us though it was important that we would not go hungry as vegan guests so a little research was needed.Having visited once before we knew that we would be returning to Evason Hua Hin. It is quite simply one of the most vegan friendly luxury resorts we’ve ever stayed at, but more about that later.We also decided to check out InterContinental Hua Hin Resort as we had enjoyed many previous positive experiences at their properties in this region. We contacted them in advance and were assured that they could easily cater for vegan guests....
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Mermaid of Warsaw in Warsaw, Poland

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When walking through the streets of Warsaw it's hard to miss the fact that the city is covered with mermaid statues, drawings, carvings, and other forms of decoration. This is no coincidence, as the fish-tailed mythological creature has been seen on the Varsavian coat of arms from as early as the 14th century. The legend of the Warsaw mermaid, or "syrenka" in Polish, is a relatively simple one. She originated from the Baltic Sea, where (according to some versions of the story) she had a twin sister, the famous Little Mermaid of Copenhagen. The syrenka swam up the Vistula River until she was at what is now Warsaw's old town. There, she saw some fishermen catching fish and decided to meddle with their nets and free the catch. ...
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Kashan Rose Water Festival

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Kashan county, in Iran’s central Isfahan province, is a monochromatic landscape of gracefully arched, khaki-colored buildings spread on dusty hills. Each spring, this desert region bursts into bloom, the hills filling with delicate pastel and deep pink roses in seas of green. From May to June, local workers carefully wade through the thorny bushes of the region’s gol Mohammadi, or Mohammadi rose, picking thousands of pounds of the flower to distill into rose water.Visitors from across Iran and the world pour into the otherwise sleepy city of Qamsar to celebrate the fragrant harvest. While some of Qamsar’s rose water manufacturers have switched to industrial methods, many local producers distill the liquid using a centuries-old process, called golab-giri. Distillers pour up to 65 pounds of the petals into copper pots, mix them with water, cover the copper with clay vessels, and boil the mixture for hours over a low, steady flame. The steam floats into thin tubes attached to the pots before condensing and flowing into pitchers. This fragrant distillate yields both rose oil, a highly concentrated liquid prized for its perfume, and rose water, which is less expensive and often used in food or for medicinal purposes. Visitors can find bottles of rose water, fragrant rose sweets, and barrels of the roses themselves available directly through traditional manufacturers in Qamsar itself, or in the nearby city of Kashan’s central bazaar....
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12 baby friendly honeymoon ideas

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Travelling on honeymoon with a baby needn’t be daunting. With a little preparation and a few helpful extras, it can be stress-free, and a wonderfully memorable holiday. There’s nothing quite like seeing your little ones’ face light up as you dip their toes in the swimming pool. Or when you take them for their first paddle in the sea.Some couples may be put off taking an infant abroad, and prefer to have a staycation – this is absolutely fine too. There are some lovely places nearer to home to consider with everything from castles, to luxury spa hotels or private lodges with hot tubs and saunas.However, taking a baby on honeymoon abroad is probably the easiest time to do it! They generally sleep 16 hours a day and only really need fed and changed, leaving plenty of time for the newlyweds to have some quality time together....
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World Championship Hoop Dance Contest in Phoenix, Arizona

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Every winter, the Heard Museum hosts the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest. Accompanied by a group of musicians, dancers use their hoops to create symbols of eagles, baskets, flowers, insects, and much more in beat to the music.The two-day event has a number of participants compete in five age divisions, ranging from those under five to those over 40 years old.  The dancers are judged on their precision, rhythm, speed, showmanship, and creativity.  The event is a blend of athleticism and artistic talent. But it's much more than an entertaining affair. It honors cultural traditions from various the American Indian and Canadian First Nation tribes who use hoop dancing as part of their healing ceremonies. Dancers use up to 50 hoops to create a series of mesmerizing movements....
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'Shukai' in Kyiv, Ukraine

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Scattered across the western side of Kyiv is a collection of miniature bronze sculptures. Keep your eyes peeled, or you’ll walk right past them.Kyiv is a city that loves monuments or memorials to historical events and people who have shaped, struggled, and fought for their country over the centuries. Be it bronze sculptures or busts of the legendary artist/poet Taras Shevchenko, monumental steel structures commemorating war victories, a memorial for the victims of Holodomor, or statues of peeing boys, Kyiv has it all. In contrast to these large prominent and striking statues, however, there is a collection of mini sculptures scattered across the city. A project initiated in the spring of 2018 by Kyiv city guide Yulia Bevzenko in collaboration with local sculptors, Shukai (Шукай), which translates to "look for" or "search" in Ukrainian, is essentially a fun art-based scavenger hunt around the city. ...
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This Assortment of Candy Art Includes a Giant, Illuminated Gummy Bear

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Part of the thrill of making art with gummy bears is wresting them out of the hands of viewers who try to take a nibble. Or so artist Kevin Champeny found when he was finishing his piece, “Gummy Bear Obsession,” in front of several thousand people at the 2018 Adobe MAX show in Los Angeles. “Gummy Bear Obsession” is made of 15,000 sculpted and hand-cast tiny urethane gummy bears, glued to the fiberglass shell of a four-and-a-half foot tall mama bear that is mounted on a base. Light emanates from its center, shining through the individual bears to create one majestic, radiant gummy bear. Champeny laughs as he recalls begging people not to eat the gummies. “The fact that [the gummies] weren’t real, it forced people to challenge their senses, to really challenge what they were seeing,” he says....
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Çiğ Köfte

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“Anything more raw than this would cry when you bit into it,” write Armenian-American food bloggers Robyn and Doug Kalajian. They’re referring to chi kofte, or çiğ köfte in Turkish, a meatball made of ground lamb, beef, or goat mixed with bulgur, onions, spices, and tomato or pepper paste. Closely related to Lebanese kibbeh nayyeh and a more distant relative of steak tartare, this Turkish and Armenian delicacy has, according to some legends, been enjoyed since the time of the prophet Abraham.Residents of the southeastern Turkish city of Urfa, said to be the biblical patriarch’s homeland, claim the dish as their own. According to local legend, a cook during Abraham’s time (in some versions, his wife, in others Abraham himself) had a cut of meat but no firewood to cook it. Making the best of the situation, the cook ground the meat into a smooth paste, combined it with bulgur and spices, and an iconic dish was born....
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Sour Orange Pie

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Before Floridians made key lime pie their internationally-known dessert sweetheart, they baked pies using the juice of another tangy, local citrus. When the Spanish first arrived in the state during the 16th century, they brought assorted species of local flora from Europe. Before long, sour oranges, most often of the Seville variety, dotted the sunshine state's landscape.Today, cooks whip up the tart pie using sour orange juice blended into creamy custard. In Garden & Gun, a local chef describes the traditional treat as having a "brighter, cleaner flavor than key lime pie," which he attributes to the lack of condensed milk in original sour orange pie recipes. Today, bakers often do include sweetened condensed milk in their fillings—akin to key lime pie—along with a buttery crust of crushed crackers and topping of fluffy whipped cream or meringue. And though there's no imitation that can match the true flavor of Seville oranges, bakers in other parts of the country approximate the flavor by using a combination of lemon and orange juice....
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Brutalist Church of Podgorica in Podgorica, Montenegro

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A short walk from the main shopping boulevard of Podgorica reveals an interesting architectural specimen, the Church of the Holy Heart of Jesus, the only Catholic temple in this otherwise largely Orthodox capital city. This surprising sight looms slightly ominously against the backdrop of rocky hills (one of which gives Podgorica its name). In a way, it honors its surrounds—the slick, concrete façade is austere and overwhelmingly stone grey. The church was built in 1969, at the height of Yugoslavia’s "golden age" of prosperity. It is a fine example of brutalist architecture, which was still very much in fashion at the time. However not many religious buildings were constructed in the style, making this Podgorica temple quite unique....
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Sold: A Stuffed Whale Penis for $6,000

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Everyone has a price, so they say—and as it turns out, so does everything. A taxidermied sperm whale penis from the late 19th century? That’ll set you back nearly $6,000, according to the precedent set by yesterday’s second annual “Out of the Ordinary” auction at Sworders in the United Kingdom.Mark Wilkinson, a specialist at Sworders, says he was very excited when this item was consigned to the auction house by a private collector, who had it for about 20 years. “It’s basically the height of myself,” Wilkinson says. At 167 centimeters, it’s nearly five-and-a-half feet long, and nearly one foot wide at its thickest part. Luckily, it’s not so heavy—just 18 pounds—allowing Wilkinson to pose comfortably for a once-in-a-lifetime photo op. “You can see that I’m not struggling with the weight,” he says, relieved....
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When Divorce Was Off the Table, English Couples Dissolved Their Marriages With Beer

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On June 2, 1828, inside the George and Dragon pub in Tonbridge, England, John Savage paid George Skinner one shilling and a pot of beer for his wife, Mary. George ordered his beer, and John left with Mary. The pair held hands as they went to start their new life together.This wasn't an unusual scene. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, English wives were “sold” for a variety of payments. Prices varied—“as low as a bullpup and a quarter of rum” all the way to “forty [British] pounds and a supper,” the North-Eastern Daily Gazette reported in 1887.Half a gallon was the total sale price for a 26-year-old known as Mrs. Wells, purchased by a Mr. Clayton in 1876, as reported by The Sheffield Daily Telegraph. Clayton approached Mr. Wells, professed his love for the man’s wife, and asked if he could marry her. Wells shrugged—for the last two years, his wife had lived with Clayton, and he didn’t care what she did anymore. He told Clayton he could have her “for nowt” (or “nothing”), but Clayton insisted he name his price—he did not want her “so cheaply.” Wells countered with a half-gallon (four pints) of beer, and the three of them went off to the pub. After buying Wells his beer, Clayton also offered to adopt the Wells’s daughter—Mrs. Wells was rather attached to her—and when Mr. Wells accepted, Clayton bought him another pint. Mrs. Wells was so pleased with the arrangement that she purchased an additional half gallon of beer, which the three drank together....
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African black leopard photographed for the first time in over 100 years, scientist says

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Turns out, the mythical African black leopard really does exist.Biologists captured the rare black leopard on camera in Kenya -- the first time it's been photographed in Africa since 1909.
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Millennial Olive of Arroyo Carnicero in Casabermeja, Spain

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Twisting out of the dry Andalusian hillside looking more like a fossil than a living thing, the Millennial Olive of Arroyo Carnicero is estimated to be more than 1,000 years old and is still producing fruit harvested for olive oil.Located in an unassuming and easily missed olive grove in Andalusia, on Spain’s southern border, the Millennial Olive stands out from the surrounding trees for its impressive size, old age, and strange appearance. It looks like three separate trees standing in a row, but is actually a single tree with one root system that was pruned into separate trunks to allow more leaves to be exposed to sunlight. ...
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The Celebrity Tortoise Breakup That Rocked the World

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Why do relationships end? The question plagues experts and laypeople alike. Circumstances change. The spark goes away. An attribute that once intrigued you is suddenly repellant.Literary scholars comb through Gone With the Wind. Music fans analyze Roy Orbison. But animal lovers have their own rich and mysterious text: the story of Bibi and Poldi, the Galápagos tortoises that were together for 90-odd years and then, suddenly, weren't.Bibi and Poldi, who live at the Reptilienzoo Happ in Klagenfurt, on the southern border of Austria, were a perfect match. Poldi is handsome and sociable, with bright eyes and a fondness for neck scratches. Bibi has a regal bearing and a dramatic streak—a human friend once compared her to Greta Garbo. They share hobbies: Both like loitering in sunny spots, as well as in shady spots. They have a mutual love of tomatoes. And they are both Galápagos tortoises....
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Asinerie du Dolmen in La Meignanne, France

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This farm is every donkey lover’s dream. It offers a wonderful chance to greet the adorable animals who call the land home. And, as a bonus, the site features an ancient tomb practically hiding in plain sight.L'asinerie du Dolmen is a unique and interesting stop when traveling through the Pays de la Loire region of France. As it’s a donkey farm, the main attraction is learning about the many different breeds they house. You can go into the enclosure to interact with the friendly big-eared beasts, who will likely follow you around in search of attention.The other attraction at the farm is a bit more unexpected. Situated on the property is a megalithic tomb called a dolmen (hence the name of the farm). The enigmatic burial place is estimated to be from 5000 BC....
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A Visit to the Museum of Broken Relationships

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One of the most unusual museums in Croatia is the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb. The collection traces its origins to a real-life breakup, between that of its co-founders, Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić, in 2006. Unsure what to do with a special wind-up toy they'd acquired as a couple, the two searched for somewhere to store what they considered to be a symbol of their time together. When they realized that no such place existed, the Museum of Broken Relationships was born.Today the museum accepts items from around the world. Since every artifact is crowdsourced, Dražen says they are often surprised by what shows up at their door. Among the collection are typical items—mobile phones, records, clothing—but they've also received dreadlocks, a toaster, a prosthetic, even a parachute rig. Each is accompanied with a description of the object and its meaning....
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Gebr. Stern GmbH's Giant Cuckoo Clock in Wiesbaden, Germany

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You don't have to strain your eyes to check the time on this colossal clock. The clock face, which is surrounded by a charming woodland scene, dominates the front of a store. In the mid-1940s, Sergeant Fred Stern of the New York Police Department approached his uncle, Emil Kronenberger, with an idea: to build the largest cuckoo clock in the world. Kronenberger owned a souvenir shop in Kaiser-Friedrich Square in Wiesbaden, Germany, a tourist region known for its spas and home to a large American military presence following the Second World War. Stern convinced his uncle that such an attraction would be appealing to American patrons, both servicemembers and tourists alike....
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Top 8 Must-See Places to Visit in Udaipur For the Best Photography and Views

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Most people leave India saying that Udaipur was their favorite place – and one they would want to return back to. There are many reasons for this but I think it’s because not only is it STUNNING, has great Rajasthani food, amazing attractions and awesome Udaipur sightseeing around every corner, and quality shopping – it also is clean and very tourist friendly. It makes it a very easy travel experience compared to some other Indian cities. Of all the cities in India, I think the top places to visit in Udaipur dwarf anywhere else in comparison: the palaces, forts, and temples here are EPIC and stunning. Here are my favorite places to visit in Udaipur!The ultimate guide above will get into the best restaurants, hotels, chill-out places, and shopping as well as tips on transportation, budget, and safety while this guide is more for Udaipur sightseeing and epic places to visit in Udaipur as a tourist so you don’t have any FOMO when you leave. As always, I don’t include places to just include them – I only put the ones that are actually cool and worth seeing....
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During the Taiping Rebellion, a Stunning 15th-Century Pagoda Met Its Demise

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When buildings are knocked down, people often don’t let them go without a fight. This week, we’re remembering some particularly contentious demolitions. Previously: a Hollywood funeral for a restaurant named for a hat and a German church knocked down in the name of coal.Long before it was toppled in a military skirmish, the octagonal pagoda was said to have caught travelers' eyes from miles away. It rose nine stories tall, and was crowned by a giant decoration shaped something like a pineapple. In engravings and other artistic interpretations, it seemed to rival nearby mountains, its top nearly level with a smattering of birds and almost piercing the clouds—taller than anything else in sight....
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Brioche con Gelato

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It’s morning in Sicily and, for some diners, that means one thing: brioche con gelato, a typical breakfast item consisting of a brioche bun stuffed with a couple of scoops of gelato. You can eat it like a sandwich, biting through the solid mass, or scoop off bites with a small spoon. A combination of the two methods seems to work best.Classic flavors include pistachio, hazelnut, and stracciatella, but you can also find unusual gelato varieties such as tiramisu or cannoli. Some shops will offer panna, a thick whipped cream, to top off the gelato encased in sweet bread. As you chip away at this behemoth, the gelato melts and soaks into the eggy bread, making each bite better than the last....
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Pettus Randall Miniature Museum of American History in Montevallo, Alabama

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Tucked away in a small building on the campus of the American Village in Montevallo, Alabama, are the remains of one man’s dream of bringing U.S. history on tour through small-town America, to those who could not travel to see the monuments and museums of the nation's capital.In 1964, Pettus Randall, of the Randall Publishing Company, spent a small fortune opening a traveling museum of miniatures, with 35 dioramas depicting landmark historical moments in the history of the United States, from Christopher Columbus to the space race. Unfortunately, in the mid-'60s the concept was going out of fashion, and the miniatures museum was a bust after just a few years of travel. Fortunately, it was safely stored for decades, refurbished, and can now be seen here in its permanent home. ...
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Encinitas Boat Houses in Encinitas, California

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Among the bungalows lining the street in a California beach city are two most unusual houses. The buildings are shaped like boats, making them look like they’ve accidentally washed ashore and crashed within a residential area.The S.S. Encinitas and S.S. Moonlight, collectively dubbed the "boat houses," are located at 726 and 732 3rd Street. Local architect Miles Minor Kellogg paid homage to his sea captain father by creating the Encinitas Boathouses in 1928, using the reclaimed and recycled lumber from a landmark nightclub.From 1888 to 1925, the Moonlight Beach Dance Hall and Bathhouse stood as a North County San Diego landmark. Unfortunately, the local establishment fell victim to the dry years of prohibition and closed its doors. Seizing the opportunity, Kellogg re-purposed the lumber from the nightclub and began constructing the two certainly non-seaworthy boat-shaped homes....

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