November 11, 2019

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Wellington Monument in London, England
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Following his victory against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, no man in Britain was more respected or more lauded than Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. Titles and lands were bestowed upon the hero, and monuments were erected in his honor and in recognition of the men who fought with him.Shortly after Waterloo, a patriotic, upper-class society known as Ladies of England commissioned a statue of Wellington on behalf of the nation’s women. They turned to the acclaimed sculptor Richard Westmacott, who cast the statue out of 33 tonnes of bronze from enemy cannons captured in the Battles of Salamanca (1812), Vitoria (1813), Toulouse (1814) and Waterloo.
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Is it Time to Break Up with Airbnb?
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There is no denying that Airbnb has changed how we travel. It got people out of the hotel/hostel quandary, gave locals a way to monetize their extra rooms and earn more income, and got tourists into different parts of cities, spreading the benefits of tourism around to a wider part of the community.It wasn’t the first company to do this, but it made this kind of travel widespread and socially acceptable. The idea of “renting someone’s home” is now seen, not as weird or unsafe, but as a perfectly normal way to see a destination.I’ve been an Airbnb user since its early days (it began in 2008) and have had some wonderful experiences using the service: the Swiss couple who made and shared dinner with me, the folks in Paris who left me wine as a welcome gift, the retirees in Tours who put a candle in my breakfast croissant for my birthday, the couple in NZ who gave me veggies from their garden, and countless other wonderful experiences where I got to meet locals and learn aspects of life that I might not have otherwise. (I’ve also hosted some really fabulous people too. The site works both ways!)
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China's steam passenger night train
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(CNN) — A train speeds across the checkerboard tracks of Chicago's bustling Tower 18 junction, sparks flying from wheels that you can almost hear screeching.Across the Atlantic in Aisgill, deep in England's beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park, a steam locomotive weaves its way through a snowy nighttime landscape barely visible through the sooty darkness.And in China, a local passenger train is captured bathed in orange light on the Tiefa Mine Railway.Railways in the midnight hour are the recipe for some stunning shots in new book by father-son photography team Robin Coombes and Taliesin Coombes: "Railways at Night: From Dusk til Dawn.""Every railway, wherever it is in the world has its own unique atmosphere, be it a commuter line in Chicago with snow falling, a rural narrow-gauge railway in Romania in autumn glory or a high-speed line in France in high summer sun," Robin Coombes tells CNN Travel.
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Luxury travel news this week
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Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red bell icon in the bottom right hand corner of the page and click ‘subscribe’ (works on desktop only – for other ways to subscribe, please click here). This will also alert you to any other posts on the blog. Should you wish, you can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the icon again and selecting ‘unsubscribe’.The most ridiculous travel requests rich people make including a sea view room at an inland hotelLuxury travel specialists have revealed some of the strangest and most outlandish requests from celebrities and VIP customers. From a hamster babysitter to a hand-delivered new iPhone in Venice, money is no object to some of these clients. The bonkers requests, as told to Conde Nast Traveller, reveal how the 1 per cent truly live – and some of the insane feats “travel fixers” have to pull off to please their clients… [read more]
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Win a Trip to Thailand for Two! (And I’ll Meet You There!)
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A few years ago, I found this charity website called Omaze. They are an awesome online fundraising platform that connects incredible charities, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and people who want to make a difference.I can’t fully remember how I found them but I do remember the campaign was to have wine with Jennifer Lawrence and support a voting right’s organization.So I donated in hopes of winning (I did not).Then I got hooked on donating money to charities in hopes of meeting my favorite celebs. (I did not win that George Clooney one either!) Though I lost, I was happy to know my donation supported worthy organizations.Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to meet the folks from Omaze and we decided to partner together to raise money for a charity near and dear to my heart: FLYTE.
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Is Costa Rica Safe to Visit?
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Tropical jungles bursting with wildlife, mountainous landscapes extending into the horizon, picture-perfect beaches on both sides of the country, and a never-ending supply of fun activities no matter your budget.Costa Rica is a nature-lover’s paradise — and it’s one of my favorite countries in the world too. It was the first country I ever traveled to and it was the country that sparked my wanderlust.The beaches feel like paradise, there’s great surfing, diving, and plenty of places to get away from the hordes of retired Americans that live here. No matter what your interest, there are tons of things to see and do in Costa Rica without breaking the bank.But is Costa Rica safe to visit?
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Siamese Twins Exhibit in Mount Airy, North Carolina
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Curated by the Surry Arts Council, this is the official exhibit of the world-famous conjoined twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. The twins actually moved to Mount Airy in 1845 in search of more fruitful farmlands and better education opportunities for their children. Many of their descendants still call the region home. The exhibit explores their early lives in Mekong, Siam, up to their latter years in North Carolina. Pictures, articles, personal belongings, and informative binders from their descendants' annual reunions help bring Chang and Eng's life to light. Their graves are just seven minutes away from the Surry Arts Council.
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Carpinteria Valley Museum in Carpinteria, California
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Located just a couple of blocks from Linden Road, the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History is a little-known secret, even in a city that’s barely 10 square miles.The museum is surprisingly detailed inside and examines several periods of life in the Carpinteria Valley. Visitors are taken through the initial beginnings with the native Chumash Indians, then through the age of Spanish explorers who, when they saw the Chumash "tomols" (canoes), christened the area La Carpinteria (the Carpentry Shop). Lastly, the age of Mexican settlers and American pioneers is examined. Exhibits feature Chumash artifacts and recreations of a Victorian kitchen, saddle-strewn ranch, schoolroom, blacksmith shop, and an Adobe home. Each scene features a life-sized cutout of settlers performing their daily tasks. All of the scenes feature artifacts true to the period.
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Aquis Querquennis in Bande, Spain
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The short pillars, ruined walls, arches, and moat that form the foundations of this former Roman military camp can sometimes be found half submerged in the reservoir, depending on the amount of rain upriver and the status of the dam. The sprawling and venerable fortification, known locally as “the city,” featured two granaries, a basilica and temple, an infirmary, and barracks large enough to house two centuria battalions and their commanders. It’s thought that a total of up to 600 soldiers could have been stationed here at any given time.The construction of the barracks dates back to the reign of Vespasian, around the year 75, when it was likely used as a base from which to defend newly built roads connecting other, larger roads in this remote province. The modern road through this area is small even today—following it south brings you through a mountain pass and over the border with Portugal.
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Man runs marathon in every country on Earth
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(CNN) — If you've ever wondered who runs the world, it turns out it's a man called Nick Butter. Butter, 30, has become the first person to complete a marathon in all 196 countries recognized by the United Nations, finishing his challenge in Greece on Sunday.Butter has so far raised over £65,000 ($83,000) for charity Prostate Cancer UK as a result of his record-breaking odyssey, which began on January 6, 2018.Butter, a former banker who hails from Dorset in the south of England, ran his first marathon at the age of 11.Later, he competed at a high level while keeping up and office job, but eventually decided to become a full-time runner.The idea for his 196-country challenge came when Butter met a man at a race in the Sahara desert who had been diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer.
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A Cozy, Minimalist Retreat Perched Among the Treetops
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WHEN AVNER AND Maskit Ronen decided in 2014 to build a treehouse at the eastern edge of their 34-acre property in Willow, N.Y. — a hippie-ish hamlet in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains — they solicited suggestions from their four children, then aged 2 to 11. After growing up in Israel and moving to New York from Tel Aviv two decades ago, the parents envisioned something all-American for their family, a handcrafted hide-out where they could whittle twigs and learn birdcalls.The children had other ideas. Beguiled by the fantasy of a cozy, self-sufficient home in the trees — perhaps best embodied by the jury-rigged Falcon’s Nest in Johann David Wyss’s “The Swiss Family Robinson” (1812), with its banyan-tree stairwell and turtle-shell sinks — they requested an open-air bathtub, a ladder leading to a lofted bed and a zip-line that would careen across the property’s pond.
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Dog-friendly getaways with The Epicurean Club
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The traditional British pub is making a comeback as an alternative luxury getaway. Pubs have had a tough time in recent decades with as many as one quarter of those in England and Wales having closed since 2001. Those pubs that have not just survived this downturn but have, in fact, flourished are a select group that have focussed on being the best of the best. The consistent formula that appears to have won through is a great pub offering excellent food and drink, combined with high quality accommodation. Of course, people also often seek unique experiences when they travel nowadays so, include that into the mix also, and you have a pub fit for The Epicurean Club.The Epicurean Club offers access to a collection that recognises all the qualities necessary to be among Britain’s finest boutique inns and pubs. Full of charm and character, this carefully handpicked group represents many of the best British pub getaways, covering everywhere from Mayfair to the moors of North Yorkshire, and a whole host of other destinations inbetween. We went to see what all the fuss was about, staying at two of The Epicurean Club’s pubs in the North of England: The Durham Ox just to the north of York and The Battlesteads Hotel, close to Hexham.
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Fall foliage 2019: This map shows where you can expect to see peak fall colors
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Cullasaja Falls near Highlands, North Carolina, is even lovelier when autumn colors peak. (Photo courtesy of REI Adventures)(CNN) — Fall is in full swing.Pumpkin spice is everywhere you turn, despite the fact that parts of the USA are currently feeling some historic heat, and leaves are starting to turn.As the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter, turn your gaze towards the trees to see that beautiful collage of red, purple, orange and yellow. Curious when fall foliage will appear in all its glory in your area? Say no more. The website SmokyMountains.com has you covered with this interactive map.The predictive map pulls historical data and seasonal forecast predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to predict the precise moment peak fall will occur county-by-county across the US. It's a good tool, especially if you plan to travel.
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A national museum where veterans, not war, come first
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Columbus, Ohio (CNN) — Military museums across the United States and around the world often offer visitors glimpses of world wars, commemorating the men and women who sacrificed their lives for their country.The National Veterans Memorial and Museum has a broader goal: to represent veterans -- not just war. War stories are present, of course, but they aren't primary. Instead, there's attention given to the decision to serve, training and boot camp, the sacred oath, deployment and personnel roles, separation from friends and family, survival, sacrifice and homecoming.Columbus, Ohio's capital and largest city, is where the National Veterans Memorial and Museum resides. The $82 million project opened in October 2018 after six years of planning and construction.
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The strange worlds built under Soviet cities
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(CNN) — Traveling along one of the metro networks built across the Soviet Union between the 1930s and 1980s feels a bit like entering a series of historic underground monuments. Filled with decadent chandeliers, marble columns, mosaics and grand statues, the lavish stations are as far removed from the standard commuter experience as it gets.But unlike the underground transport systems of cities such as London or New York, the network of the former USSR was essentially used as a Soviet propaganda venture.Soviet Union dictator Joseph Stalin wanted the stations to be "palaces of the people" and subsequently brought in some of the best designers and architects around to bring his vision to life.
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System Source Computer Museum in Cockeysville, Maryland
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Housed in the System Source office, this museum contains a vast collection of computing equipment from the ancient and modern world. They are all organized through an array of thoughtful exhibits that also include interactive examples. Visitors to the museum learn about the early days of computing and automation. Exhibits include a replica of an Apple I, information on how heavy the aluminum cover of a Cray supercomputer is, and several computing instruments from the past such as Napier's Bones and an Antikythera mechanism. The displays are crafted so that all visitors can garner a better understanding of the advancements of computing technology. 
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Red Canyon in Israel
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The Eilat Mountains begin just a few minutes outside the busy seaside resort town of Eilat. It's hard to imagine a more striking contrast between the concrete hotel blocks and the dramatic desert landscape just behind it. The most striking feature of the Eilat Mountains is the variety of rock formations and colors.The colors change radically from black to white, yellow, red, and purple, creating a festival of colors. This color pallet is spread over craggy rock formations, some of which are very special.The best way to enjoy this landscape is by hiking the Red Canyon. The highlight of this relaxed three-mile (five-kilometer) hike is the section that passes through the gorge, where you'll squeeze between nearly 100-foot-tall (30 meters) walls made of reddish-colored Nubian Sandstone.
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The Best Tour Companies in Ireland
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Ireland. It’s a scenic country full of rolling green hills, photogenic cliffs, impressive castles, cozy Irish pub, friendly locals, and a lot of Irish charm.I’ve loved every part of my experiences in Ireland.My first trip was a quick 24-hour visit to Dublin, but, I loved it so much I’ve gone back about four times since. Ireland has a special magic to it that makes every visitor fall in love. (Ok, not everyone, but most people love it here!)While the cities are incredible and have a lot to offer, Ireland is best seen by car so you can get off-road and visit the small little villages, castles, and parks that dot the country.However, if you’re like me, and not a fan of driving (especially driving on the left!), the next best thing to driving or just city hopping on buses is going on a tour in Ireland. Given the country’s small size, you can see a lot of it in a little time and a tour can be a good way to pack it all in without the hassle of organizing all the details yourself.
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Transcontinental Air Mail Route Beacon in Dubois, Idaho
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Originally, planes navigated transcontinental flights through large, concrete ground markers. However, they were impossible to see at night. This forced most planes to remain grounded during the evening hours, making cross-country mail deliveries particularly lengthy.To solve this problem, the United States Postal Service developed a series of beacon towers that stretched from New York to San Francisco. These towers were seen as the solution to a pilot's inability to navigate the night skies.Today, many of these beacons and towers are shuttered, or no longer standing. However, in the small city of Dubois one such tower and beacon still remains. The tower is not far from Idaho Falls and still has its original power shack. Next to the tower is more than 4,000 feet of runway, where visitors can take pictures and view the tower. Advocates are working on transforming the power shack into an interpretive center. The tower has also been deemed a historic landmark. 
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My Lai: Ghosts in another Vietnam wall
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Son My, Vietnam (CNN) — Two walls have brought me to tears. They are on opposite sides of the world, 8,600 miles apart. Both are filled with names of people I never knew but who have helped shaped the person I have become.The first of those walls is the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington, DC, where 140 black granite panels are etched with more than 58,000 names of US soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen killed or missing in Southeast Asia between 1956 and 1975.When I first visited it in the early 1990s, standing at its deepest point gouged in the DC earth, I cried for the youth and the promise lost, and at the realization that but for the randomness of birth dates (I was too young to go to Vietnam) my name could have been on that wall.
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A Nile Journey Into the Past
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Huddled on a chaise on the upper deck of the Orient, the dahabiya that I had chosen for a cruise down the Nile, I sipped hibiscus tea to ward off the chill. Late in February, it was just 52 degrees in Aswan, where I had boarded the sailboat, but the scenery slipping past was everything the guidebooks had promised: tall sandbanks, curved palms and the mutable, gray-green river, the spine of Egypt and the throughline in its history.I’d been obsessed with Egypt since childhood, but it took a cadre of female adventurers to get me there. Reading “Women Travelers on the Nile,” a 2016 anthology edited by Deborah Manley, I’d found kindred spirits in the women who chronicled their expeditions to Egypt in the 19th century, and spurred on by them, I’d planned my trip.
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Deer-like animal photographed for first time in 30 years
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Scientists had thought the silver-backed chevrotain, which had been among a list of 25 "most wanted" lost species compiled by Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), had fallen victim to habitat loss and intensive hunting.
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How a Cooking Show in Canada's Far North Celebrates Inuit Cuisine
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Like the territory itself, food in Nunavut is equally beautiful and bountiful. Within the landlocked center of Canada’s northernmost region, tuktu (caribou) is added to stir-fry or eaten raw in rich, buttery, deep-burgundy chunks. The stomach can be smoked for an extra-decadent snack. Near Iqaluit, seals are hunted on Frobisher Bay and hauled back to shore, where their gamey meat might be added to a hearty stew. Arctic char are wind-dried and smoked for a delicious, flaky appetizer. Maktaaq, or narwhal and beluga, is sliced up and passed around from a piece of cardboard on the kitchen floor. (Soy sauce and sriracha are favored dips to pair with the raw blubber.) If there’s extra meat from a hunt, someone will offer it up in a community Facebook page.
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Is Georgia Safe to Visit?
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In recent years, there have been a handful of countries that have emerged as exciting up-and-coming travel destinations. These are destinations that are affordable, interesting, unique, and most importantly, free from the hordes of tourists that have clogged the cultural arteries of cities like Barcelona, Reykjavik, and Venice.One of those countries is Georgia.Formerly part of the Soviet Union, Georgia has become a popular destination in region for both backpackers and digital nomads alike. Tourist numbers are climbing fast, with nearly nine million foreigners visiting Georgia in 2018. While the majority of them come from neighboring countries, it’s also a destination that is quickly becoming popular with western tourists, too.
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Koukokuji Buddhist Temple in Tokyo, Japan
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Located in a quiet corner of Shinjuku in Tokyo, this cozy temple includes a columbarium filled with colorful, digitized Buddhas and two of the world’s oldest ginkgo trees.The outside of the octagonal Ruriden columbarium mimics a traditional Buddhist burial building with heavy wooden doors and curving eaves, which belies its digital innards. It’s home to 2,046 small altars, each with a drawer holding the ashes of the deceased atop which seems to float a crystal Buddha.People can use a smart card, which grants access to the building and lights up the deceased’s corresponding statue, to visit their lost loved ones. Clutches of flowers are left, but there are no incense sticks or memorial plaques here.
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5 of the most famous landmarks to see in Bath, UK
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Bath is a popular place to visit throughout the year. The atmospheric Christmas Market has become one of the most famous of its kind in the UK. It draws visitors from far and wide during the festive season. Meanwhile, the typically pleasant weather during the summer months also makes this city an appealing destination for those who want to admire the beautiful Georgian architecture in the sunshine.The city is positioned in the valley of the River Avon. It is a short drive from the M4 motorway. It also has excellent train links to London and Bristol from Bath Spa Train Station, so visitors certainly don’t have to arrive by car.There are lots of lovely places to eat and drink in Bath. These include casual dining destinations as well as Michelin Star restaurants. The Pump Room Restaurant is one of the most renowned places to dine and Jane Austen mentions it in her novels.
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The City That Cycles With the Young, the Old, the Busy and the Dead
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COPENHAGEN — By the standards operative on most of planet Earth, this is not an especially wonderful day for a bicycle ride. The temperature reads 42 degrees Fahrenheit, and a vengeful breeze forces damp chill to the bone. Sullen gray clouds occupy the sky, dispensing an apathetic drizzle.Natalie Gulsrudscoffs at these details. It is nearing 4 p.m., darkness already bringing finality to this bleak November afternoon. She has to go to the child care center to pick up her 5-year-old son — “5 and a half,” he quickly corrects, later. She has to stop for groceries, and then head home for dinner.Like tens of thousands of other people in Denmark’s elegant yet frequently dank capital, she pedals her way through her daily rounds, relying on the world’s most advanced and widely used network of bicycle lanes. She does not own a car. She does not want a car.
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To Defy the United States, Fidel Castro Built the World's Greatest Ice Cream Parlor
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In the 1960s, Fidel Castro faced many challenges by becoming an ideological enemy of the United States. One was being seen as the tip of the Soviet spear, a menace to democracy just 90 miles off the coast of Florida. Another was that America maintained the Guantanamo Bay military base, which was capable of sheltering 50 warships, on the southeastern tip of Cuba. But arguably the most vexing issue for Castro, especially on a sweltering summer day in Havana, was the United States cutting off Cuba’s dairy supply.That was a problem, because Casto was obsessed with ice cream. When he was still a young revolutionary in the jungle, a wealthy supporter, Celia Sánchez, sent him an ice-cream cake via mule for his birthday. When the rebellion succeeded, he established himself at the Havana Libre Hotel, where he habitually enjoyed the cafeteria’s milkshakes. In “A Personal Portrait of Fidel,” novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez described Castro polishing off 18 scoops after Sunday lunch. His affection for ice cream was such that the CIA attempted to poison his milkshake. “That was the closest the CIA got to assassinating Fidel,” a retired state security general told Reuters in 2007.
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World's best boutique hotel for 2019 revealed
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(CNN) — Its name literally means treasure, so it seems fitting that Bali's Awarta Nusa Dua Luxury Villas & Spa has been recognized as a gem of a boutique hotel.Comprised of 14 villas, the luxurious resort is renowned for its first class service, which includes a Chrysler limousine airport pickup, as well as stunning grounds that include a courtyard fillwed with bonsai and frangipani trees.Awarta was named the best boutique hotel in the world for the second year running at a ceremony in London earlier this week.Naomi Siawarta, director and owner of the resort, was on hand to collect the coveted prize at the ninth edition of the Boutique Hotel Awards in Merchant Taylors' Hall.Describing winning twice as a "dream come true," Siawarta said the team at Awarta were continually challenging themselves to "keep the experience alive and spark surprises where they are least expected."
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Innocent Railway Path in Edinburgh, Scotland
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Next to Holyrood Park, near the foot of Arthur's Seat lies a pathway that runs partially underground. It was once Edinburgh's first railway line, where horse-drawn trams started bringing coal to Edinburgh from the mines further south. It started operating in 1831 as the Edinburgh & Dalkieth Railway Line, designed by Scottish civil engineer James Jardine.A plaque at the entrance ascribes the name ”Innocent Railway” came from the horse-drawn trams being safer and more sophisticated than steam engines. Some sources attribute the name to the fact that there were no casualties while building the railway. 
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Awkwafina on Traveling to Asia and Staycationing in New York City
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Awkwafina has traveled around the world to act in movies, including “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Farewell” and the upcoming “Paradise Hills,” but her hometown, New York City, remains a favorite destination. Whether in New York or elsewhere, the Queens-born actress and rapper — whose mother is Korean and whose father is Chinese-American — has become an expert at finding hotel deals and staycationing. Four years ago, a colleague suggested that Awkwafina, whose birth name is Nora Lum, try HotelTonight. The actress quickly got hooked on the app for travelers looking for last-minute hotel deals.Awkwafina spoke about the partnership with HotelTonight, staycationing and why she no longer lets her father plan her trips.
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Zaha Hadid-designed hotel nears completion in Dubai
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(CNN) — Dubai's hotels are among the most luxurious and extravagant in the world. But there's one that's about to set itself apart from all others in the Emirate.The soon-to-be-opened ME by Melia, will be the first and only in the global city to be designed by the late, world-famous architect, Zaha Hadid.More than three years after her passing, Hadid is set to make her mark on the city as a boutique hotel within The Opus prepares to throw open its doors.The Opus was first proposed back in 2007 as a commercial and retail development. Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) say the building is designed as two separate towers that merge into a singular whole taking the form of a cube. The two towers are linked by a four-storey atrium at ground level and by an asymmetric three-storey bridge that is 71 meters above the ground. The hollowed-out core allows those in the center of the building to have views of the outside world.
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On Hawaii, the Fight for Taro’s Revival
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The root vegetable was a staple food for centuries until contact with the West. Its return signals a reclamation of not just land but a culture — and a way of life.FROM ABOVE, THE blue is forever. There’s not a continent for more than 2,000 miles, only these tiny knuckles of green: the Hawaiian Islands, one of the most remote yet most visited archipelagos on earth. An island is defined by the sea that surrounds it; tourists tend to gaze outward, at the waves, toward what separates them from the world they’ve left behind. But on Kauai, at the northwestern end of the chain, it’s the mountains that command the eye, streaked with waterfalls and so furrowed that in satellite photos they look like fossils. Here, on the north shore, the flanks of tall Mamalahoa are steaming, night rains turning to mist in the morning sun. Thousands of feet down lies the river plain of Waipa and its flooded fields filled with leaves like broad, crinkled hearts, each larger than a human face. Among the thick, blushing stalks, a snail.
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The hiking trails where no one else has been
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(CNN) — Finding a way to experience a country away from other groups of tourists is a challenge in 2019. It doesn't take long for once underexplored areas to become popular as the word gets out.A surge in interest in long distance trails has seen long-established hikes such as Spain's Camino de Santiago and even parts of the vast Appalachian Trail in the United States become congested. But new, multiday hiking routes are opening up dramatic and largely unspoiled landscapes for walkers hoping to escape the crowds and challenge themselves in wild terrain.In Egypt, two long distance routes, the Sinai Trail and the Red Sea Mountain Trail, are among this new crop of pathways offering different adventures in a country already on the tourism map.
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Luxury hotel group enters private jet wars
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(CNN) — For many years, the luxury travel sector has been undergoing a bit of an arms race. Four Seasons announced its Private Jet experience in 2015. There's a new $50,000-per-night private penthouse suite at the Park Hyatt New York and a fleet of custom-built yachts coming from Ritz Carlton -- the first voyage is in 2020. It appears the sky and the sea are no longer the limit for wealthy travelers for whom, to quote Jessie J, it's not about the money money money.Now Aman has entered the space and is ready for takeoff. The luxury portfolio with 34 resorts, hotels and private residences just announced its new Aman Private Jet.Aman has managed to maintain a bit of mystery along with loyal, repeat guests, dedicated to the brand for its attention to detail, singular design aesthetic and most importantly, its privacy.
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Cow Springs Trading Post in Tonalea, Arizona
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Located on the Navajo Nation in Arizona, about halfway between Kayenta and Tuba City, Cow Springs Trading Post sees few outsiders. Most tourists who come through, passing between Monument Valley and Flagstaff, would barely give it a second glance out their car window. Its defining feature is a peeling brown and white Standard Oil sign that probably dates back to the 1960s, but the trading post below is now nothing more than a few crumbling stone walls covered in graffiti.There were once several trading posts in the area, which served as stores where reservation residents could trade things like wool, crafts, and agricultural products for dry goods and tools, and also acted as banks, courthouses, and meeting places. The Navajo Nation’s isolation in the northeastern corner of Arizona left its people open to abuse by the European traders who operated the trading posts. Usury, price-fixing, and withholding of government-issued checks were all standard practices during their heyday. Because few retailers have set up shop on the reservation, the tribe is still forced to rely on these trading posts for some basic goods.
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Kachalka in Kyiv, Ukraine
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If cramming into an indoor gym using conventional weightlifting machines isn't your thing, perhaps try working out at Kachalka, whose machines are made from recycled tank chains and various other rusted scrap metal. In the early '70s, the Polish gymnast Kasimir Jagelsky and mathematics professor Yuri Kuk decided to create a collective, open-air gym from recycled metal. The scraps, salvaged from old factories and landfills, were ingeniously repurposed to create rowing machines, leg presses, dozens of bench presses, and more. The name Kachalka is derived from the Ukrainian word kachat, which means "to pump." Today, the gym remains popular with locals and visitors alike, and is open and free year-round. Enthusiasts maintain the gym, and continue to construct new equipment from whatever they can find.
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Curia Arcanum in Austin, Texas
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Austin’s semi-official tag line is “Keep Austin Weird” and there are few places that exemplify this spirit more than this Victorian-style oddity shop.Inside, curious wanderers can find everything from unique artwork to a taxidermied specimen of the mythical wolpertinger. The shop also plays host to a small library of mystical books and other oddities spanning the world over. Curia Arcanum shares their property with another curiosity shop, The Glass Coffin: Vampire Parlour, making this location a two-for-one obscure visit.
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Man Charged in Sexual Assault of Woman on a Flight, Officials Say
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A 32-year-old man was accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger during a flight, prompting it to be diverted to allow for his removal, federal prosecutors said on Friday. The man, James Clayton Cholewinski-Boyd, a retired speedskater, was in an aisle seat on Tuesday on an American Airlines flight that was headed to Salt Lake City from Charlotte, N.C.He was seated next to the woman, and her daughter was in the window seat, according to a federal criminal complaint. Shortly after takeoff, Mr. Cholewinski-Boyd, who is listed in some court records as James Clayton Cholewinski-Boy, began touching the woman’s arm, despite her repeated attempts to push his hands away. Then he grabbed her crotch, the complaint said.
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How Elephant Poop Becomes Fancy Paper in Sri Lanka
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Grown-up elephants can eat more than 300 pounds of food—mostly grass, twigs, foliage, and tree bark—in a single day. In the same period, they may defecate 16 to 18 times, producing over 200 pounds of dung. In Randeniya, a small village in the lower wetlands of Sri Lanka, elephant poop is a renewable resource. The sun-dried, deep-brown dung piles up like haystacks in a painting by Claude Monet. Visitors could be forgiven for thinking that the poop is useless. But at Eco Maximus, a manufacturer in Randeniya, it takes on a second life. More than 20 years ago, a man named Thusita Ranasinghe saw some dung and had an idea. “He thought he could make paper from it,” says the company's brand designer, Susantha Karunarathne, with a smile. At his office inside the company factory, Karunarathne wears a green t-shirt which says #elephantdungpaper and shows off some of his recent journal designs.
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U.S. Route 1 Mile 0 Sign in Key West, Florida
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Located on an otherwise unassuming street corner, this Mile 0 marker garners perhaps just as much love from tourists, bikers, travelers, and highway enthusiasts as its Route 66 counterpart.U.S. Route 1 stretches from Key West, Florida, more than 2,000 miles to Fort Kent, Maine, not far from the United States-Canada border. The highway connects several major cities along the eastern seaboard such as Boston, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Maine. It's also commonly referred to as the Overseas Highway in Florida, as it stretches out across the Florida Keys.Not far from the famous marker is the End of the Road Gift Shop, a small souvenir store dedicated to the green and white sign. Inside, visitors can buy cups and other souvenirs featuring the mile marker sign. Not far from the marker is the Southernmost Point Buoy, which indicates the southernmost point of the United States. The buoy also states that from that point it's just a mere 90 miles to Cuba. 
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Travel, Vacations, and the Issue of Time
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When I was growing up, my family didn’t “travel.” Like most modern, middle-class American families, if we went anywhere, it was because we were on vacation — short leisure trips with a fixed start and end, tied to the calendar of the working year, centered more often than not around visiting relatives: to Philadelphia to see my cousins or long road trips to see my grandmother in Florida.Long car rides, nights at big chain hotels, and visits to theme parks were par for the course.When I was about eleven (and too young to really enjoy it), we went to Bermuda for a couple of days. And, when I was sixteen, we did take a cruise.But that was the craziest we ever got.We “traveled” like middle-class Americans were supposed to. There were no backpacking trips, camping excursions, or jaunts to exotic destinations for us. My friends and their families followed the same routine. They vacationed the way society told them to.
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Bat Bar in Lost Canyon Cave in Ridgedale, Missouri
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In the Missouri Ozarks, the Bat Bar gives new meaning to the term "watering hole." It's next to a waterfall within a mountaintop cave. The good thing is it's never all that crowded, unless you count the bats. Visitors park at the Big Cedar Lodge welcome center and take the free shuttle up to the Top of the Rock. From there, they can take two- or four-person golf carts through a 2.5-mile woodland path over streams and bridges, stopping at both a butterfly garden and a scenic overlook called Eagle Pass. The trail culminates with the entrance to the Lost Canyon Cave, wherein lies the one-of-a-kind bar. 
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Vouleftikon (People's Assembly) in Nafplio, Greece
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When the Ottoman Empire invaded the Kingdom of Morea in the Seventh Ottoman-Venetian War, many Venetians were forced to flee the area quickly. Legend has it that when two Venetian brothers went to Nafplio in 1730 to retrieve gold their father left behind, a sinister Agha murdered them and stole the gold. The Agha later felt guilty and decided to use his blood money to gain redemption by funding the construction of a new mosque.Later that year, construction began on a mosque in the town square. It was built in the traditional Ottoman architecture of the time, using large blocks of gray stone. The main building was square and capped with a large dome, while on the west side there was an arcade that was capped with a smaller dome. A large terrace on the second floor showcased a view over a large portion of the city and port.
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Introducing The Nomadic Network!
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How often have you told friends or family about a dream trip of yours, only to have them scoff and remind you to be “more realistic”?How often do you wish you had a group of people who understood you? Or a place you could go to get your 10,000 questions answered before your next trip?How often have you painstakingly researched a complete itinerary only meet some stranger at a hostel whose story had the power to make you change your plans entirely?We all need a supportive community — and as much as I love the Internet (and I do love the Internet), the best connections are made offline and in real life.When I first started planning my trip around the world in 2005, I didn’t know anyone who had done something similar. Heck, I only knew one person who ever even studied abroad. Travel wasn’t a big thing to the people in my world.
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Where to Eat Hawaii’s Most Sacred Ingredient
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Of all the culinary staples to be found at a luau, poi — a nutrient-rich paste made from mashed taro root — is the most divisive. As purple as a fading bruise, with the texture of baby food, the sweet and sometimes sourstarch, once a pillar of the Native Hawaiian diet, offends the average American palate — which is exactly what prompted chef Lee Anne Wong to get creative with it. At Koko Head Cafe, her popular all-day brunch restaurant in Honolulu, she ferments poi into yogurt, sours it into hollandaise sauce, and bakes the koena, or the outer scrapings off the taro’s corm, the plant’s fuzzy underground stem, into dense but flaky biscuits.Wong, who competed in the first season of “Top Chef,” is one of a handful of local chefs reinterpreting taro (known in Hawaii as kalo) for modern diners. By doing so she hopes to invigorate a Native Hawaiian culinary tradition, which for centuriesrelied heavily on the crop for both physical and spiritual sustenance (the vegetable features in the origin stories of Polynesian deities like Kane, the god of sunshine and fresh water). She also sees the plant as an exciting gateway to flavor. “Once you understand how to work with poi it becomes this incredible ingredient that’s really diverse and flexible,” she says, noting that the poitypically served at luaus geared toward tourists is factory produced. Compared to hand-pounded poi, “it’s the difference between having Whole Foods sushi and actually sitting down for an omakase from a real sushi chef,” she says. For this she pays a hefty price: between $12 and $16 a pound for pa‘i‘ai, the hand-pounded slab of pre-processed taro corm that becomes poi when mixed with water. “When you taste the stuff that’s been hand-processed and made with love, get that,” she says. “I think the mana” — a Polynesian concept that loosely translates to power — “is actually in the food.”
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Memorial to the Women of World War II in London, England
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Until fairly recently, the United Kingdom had no national memorial to honor the nearly seven million service and civilian women who made a vital contribution during World War II. That changed in 2005, when a fitting tribute to those women was unveiled near the Cenotaph, the nation’s primary war memorial.On July 9, 2005, five military helicopters—an Apache, Sea King, Lynx, Chinook, and Merlin—flew above Central London. Later, two Tornado F3 jets thundered overhead. All were flown by female pilots.The fly-past was made in honor of the event taking place below them: The unveiling of the Memorial to the Women of World War II by Queen Elizabeth II. The creation of the memorial had been championed by Baroness Boothroyd, who raised some of the £1 million funding on a celebrity episode of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, when she chose the memorial fund as her selected charity.
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Traps containing remains of 14 mammoths discovered in Mexican city
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(CNN) — Archeologists in Mexico have uncovered traps containing the remains of at least 14 mammoths.The traps date from about 15,000 years ago and were found in the city of Tultepec, Estado de Mexico, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) said in a statement published Wednesday.Tultepec is already home to a Mammoth Museum, which houses an almost complete mammoth skeleton discovered in 2016. The latest discovery will greatly enlarge its collection."It represents a watershed, a touchstone for how we previously imagined groups of hunter-gatherers interacted with these enormous herbivores," said Pedro Francisco Sánchez Nava, national archeology coordinator at the INAH.During 10 months of excavations of the site, which was due to become a landfill, 824 bones have so far been found in traps 5.5 feet deep and 82 feet long.
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Kusama Arrives. It Is Worth Your Time to Wait in Line?
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The Eiffel Tower or the Great Mosque of Mecca; the new iPhone or the latest Harry Potter book; Di Fara Pizza or that bakery that made Cronuts happen a few years back. For some experiences you just have to wait — and the exhibitions of Yayoi Kusama, the 90-year-old Japanese mastermind of obsessively dotted paintings, hallucinatory pumpkins and sometimes blandly decorative installations, have become the art world’s equivalent of Star Wars premieres.Ignored for decades in New York and Tokyo, driven to madness, even plagiarized by less talented men, Ms. Kusama is enjoying a late and not unmerited surge in public visibility. (She even warrants her own balloon in this month’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, alongside Pikachu, SpongeBob and the Elf on the Shelf.) She has become a brand — a process she has enjoyed and fully participated in — and drawn tens of thousands of fans worldwide to her “Infinity Mirrored Rooms,” which produce an infinite regress of colored reflections.
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A Minefield of Purple Urchins Devastated Kelp Forests in California
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In 2013, California’s bull kelp forests began a vanishing act. First, the starfish blinked out, their tissue decaying in lesions until their arms fell off their bodies like petals. Next, the purple urchins multiplied in vast hordes like a glitch in the system, munching steadily on bull kelp until it had all but disappeared. All this time, the water kept warming, with temperatures hovering around 2.5 degrees Celsius above normal. Once the kelp was gone, the red abalone starved, leaving behind an underwater graveyard of upturned shells. But millions of urchins stuck around, carpeting the seafloor like violet-colored burrs.
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Where to see the Berlin Wall
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(CNN) — In the dead of night on August 13, 1961, the East German Army began placing more than 48 kilometers of barbed wire through the center of Berlin, splitting the city into two stark halves. On one side, the Soviet-backed East functioned under a socialist state while the West was controlled by Allied forces, a little urban island of democracy inside East Germany. Eventually, soldiers replaced the barbed wire with a hulking concrete barrier that became the Berlin Wall. For 28 years, the wall stood as a heavy and imposing reminder of the physical and ideological Cold War divisions of a city and a nation. The wall finally was demolished in 1989 as Cold War tensions improved across the globe. The most effusive celebration of the city's reunification took place on November 9, 1989, shortly after the East German government announced that all citizens in its capital would be able to move freely across the city.
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Your next vacation should look like this
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(CNN) — Picture the scene. A beach heaving with bodies. Sunbeds racked up alongside the pool. High tower blocks of rooms, one packed on top of another. Tourists clustered round the buffet. All in a complex gated off from the local community.A classic example of the kind of travel that devastates the environment and gives nothing back to local communities? Hell for those of us who like to think of ourselves as responsible travelers?Think again. According to experts in sustainable tourism, the all-inclusive package holiday could be the sustainable vacation of the future. "In the past, package holidays -- particularly all-inclusive -- have been regarded as the least sustainable way to travel," says Justin Francis, CEO of Responsible Travel.
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Some Ships Keep Sailing Even After They're Wrecked
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For the past century, someone standing on the Canadian side of the upper Niagara River and looking out toward Gull Island—a little heap of rocks with a couple of scraggly trees and a few feathered residents—has been likely to spy a mangled mass of iron, partly submerged in the rapids. With a portion sticking up in the air, “it almost looked like was trying to fight its way upriver,” says Jim Hill, senior manager of heritage at the Niagara Parks Commission.It’s a 20th-century shipwreck, sitting about 650 feet from the Canadian shore, and 1,800 feet from the brink of the famous Horseshoe Falls.
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Celebrate the holidays in these 5 cozy US festival towns
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The winter holidays are coming! For some, the holidays come with Christmas cheer, family gatherings and cozy cuddles. For others, the winter months can be isolating and lonely. Our cure? Travel. What better way to change things up than by going somewhere new? You don’t have to stay at home and watch a Hallmark movie. Why not get out of town and experience the magic and cheer for yourself? This winter season, we’re bringing to you some of our favorite American towns to celebrate the holidays in. Between the mulled wine, Christmas carolers, winter markets and outdoor ice theaters, you’ll create memories that’ll last long after the snow melts away. The best part? These towns are all over the U.S. so you won’t have to fly across the country to get a taste of the special winter festivities.
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The tourists nobody wants
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(CNN) — Rowdy groups of bachelor parties. Backpackers asking locals to pay their way. The hordes that pour daily off cruise ships, choking up city centers.It wasn't so long ago that tourists were (relatively) feted in the destinations they visited, with locals relishing the chance to earn money through a tourism economy.But today, with traveler numbers becoming out of control, and tourists dwarfing local populations in popular cities from Amsterdam to Venice, things have changed. Today, the challenge is to be a "good" tourist. And as we try to travel to places without making a negative impact, destinations are becoming emboldened to speak openly about which kinds of travelers are welcome -- and which are not.
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Salón de Cabildos (City Hall) in Mexico City, Mexico
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Local government has been meeting in this space since 1532. Though most of the original building was lost in a fire at the end of the 17th century, the seat of Mexico City’s government can still be found in the Antiguo Palacio del Ayuntamiento. Inside, the Salón de Cabildos, or city hall, retains a unique 19th-century style.The city council of Mexico City traditionally met in this hall. At the height of their power, viceroys of New Spain ruled from California, Utah, and Texas to Nicaragua and Guatemala; and from the Philippines in Oceania to Cuba. In the Salón you’ll find a gallery of portraits that includes all 62 Spanish viceroys along with other figures from Mexican history. A painting by Miguel Covarrubias shows the capital’s Zócalo, or central square (which can also be seen from the window).
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5 LGBTQ Travel Tips for Asia
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In this guest post, Charlotte Hockin offers some insight into gay travel in Asia. She and her girlfriend, Natalie, have been traveling around the continent for the past two years. Here’s what they’ve learned from traveling as a lesbian couple in Asia.Asia is a vibrant, diverse, and exciting continent to visit. However, for LGBT travelers, it can sometimes seem like a daunting prospect. There are countries that criminalize homosexuality, deeply pious states and regions, and places that have negative social opinions of the LGBT community. It doesn’t exactly sound like all fun and rainbows, does it?When my girlfriend and I set off on our Asian adventures two years ago, we had no idea what to expect but admittedly were rattled. Not only were we backpacking for the first time but we were traveling as a couple. Neither of us were really into social media at that point, so it almost felt like we were alone. The only lesbian couple to ever travel! Sounds silly, I know, but that’s how it felt.
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Louis Vuitton to Go, a New Kyoto Hotel and More
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Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s men’s wear, is nothing if not intellectually nimble. He trained as an architect and has worked as a D.J., artist, musician and Kanye West whisperer. When it comes to fashion, his references are equally wide-ranging, and he’s proved as likely to send trench coats and pleated pants down the runway as mesh tees and floral harnesses. With his latest capsule collection, he’s baked versatility into individual pieces. Included in the 14-item line, called Louis Vuitton 2054 (the year the brand will turn 200), is a shirt that turns into a pillow, a weekend bag that morphs into a sleeping bag and a coat that doubles as a backpack. It was, according to Abloh, an exercise in rethinking the nature of apparel and what the future of fashion will be. He arrived at his answer — technical and transformable — after looking at collapsible camping equipment. “I was very much inspired by the materials and folding ingenuity that exists in that world of products,” Abloh said, in comments emailed by the brand. Indeed, folding is an integral component in experiencing these multifunctional items: The shirt, papery nylon with removable arms and plexiglass zipper pulls, can be tucked into its own back pocket, and the sleeping bag rolls out of the side compartment of an oversize lambskin duffel.
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Daughter and Dad, Chasing Salmon in Upstate New York
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My dad and I were on the rocky bank of Sandy Creek when I saw the first salmon close enough to catch. Like a phantom, it glided against the current, its rhythm just a beat slower than the water around it. Two decades of fishing experience vanished the moment its body — three feet long, at least — swam in front of me.I was as anxious and clumsy as a child. I was also not in Alaska, the assumed home of this prized fish; I was an hour north of Syracuse, N.Y.Every fisherman or woman has a catch they dream of landing. King salmon, with its signature pink streak and hooked jaw, is almost certainly on any angler’s list. Its very mention brings fantasies of deep woods and roaring streams, dammed by hordes of slick green backs begging to be hooked.
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Leading the way for luxury vegan travel in the Maldives
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As the interest in plant based food shows no sign of slowing down, we are finding more and more luxury hotels and resorts embracing this demand. It wasn’t so long ago that you would often struggle to find a veggie option let alone a vegan option on the menu so it’s exciting to see things are changing. These luxury resorts are leading the way for luxury vegan travel in the Maldives by offering not just vegan options but vegetarian restaurants, vegan menus and even the very first 100% plant based restaurant in the Maldives. Read on to find out more about how we were literally spoilt for choice with the huge selection of creative plant based cuisine during our last trip to this tropical paradise.
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Five Places to Visit in Montreal With Sugar Sammy
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A superstar in Quebec with a growing global following — he recently sold out a four-month residency in Paris — the comedian Sugar Sammy relishes returning to Montreal after touring. “I love living here because it’s a big city, but not so big that you feel lost,” said the 43-year-old Montreal native who was born Samir Khuillar. “You can have a real life. And you can still find quiet, human moments.” Fluent — and funny — in English, French, Hindi and Punjabi, the performer has been conquering audiences around the world by riffing on politics.The son of Indian immigrants, he credits his border-crossing schtick to his upbringing here. “It’s the reason my comedy’s so international,” he said. “Everyone I knew growing up spoke at least three languages.” Sugar Sammy will tour France, Britain and Belgium this winter. Here, he shares five treasured Montreal spots.
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Warung Selasa in Queens, New York
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If there’s a wait for a table at Warung Selasa, kill time by perusing several aisles of hard-to-find Indonesian groceries. You won’t have to go far when your table is ready. It’s just in the back of the store. Three days a week, this becomes one of the smallest restaurants in New York City.Indonesian emigre Dewi Tjahjadi opened the Indo Java mini-mart in 2008 to create a meeting place for the Elmhurst neighborhood’s Indonesian community. After developing a loyal customer base and becoming a hub for the community, she began cooking lunch one day a week in 2016, serving two customers at a time on a single folding table in the back of the store. There was no menu: She would tell you the one dish she was serving for lunch that day and ask if that was okay. 
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Ghost Town Disc Golf in Central City, Colorado
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A handful of buildings and mining relics are all that remains today of the once-thriving mining town of Russell Gulch, Colorado. Today this town, located nearly two miles above sea level, is home to a very small population—and a disc golf course.In the spring of 1859, William Greeneberry Russell, a prospector from Georgia, discovered gold near Idaho Springs in Colorado. By autumn of that year, nearly a thousand prospectors had arrived to seek their fortunes, calling the place Russell Gulch in his honor.The town sprang up quickly, as people continued to arrive in droves. In roughly a year, Russell Gulch's population grew to about 2,600 residents—the U.S. Census for 1860 shows 600 residing in the town and about 2,000 camped around the gulch. At its height, the town boasted a school, an Independent Order of Odd Fellows lodge, and numerous mills. One mill was owned by George Pullman, who sent the earnings back to his famous Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago.
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Quy Nhon: Vietnam's hottest new luxury getaway
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Quy Nhon, Vietnam (CNN) — After a couple of days at Anantara Quy Nhon, you may start to feel things. Relaxed but alive. Empowered and at peace. Energized and edified.Just over an hour by plane from Hanoi, Quy Nhon has remained largely undiscovered by international travelers, most opting to follow a worn path to Vietnam destinations such as Hue, Hoi An and Sapa -- often with a final stop in Ho Chi Minh City. The coastal city's relative tranquility adds to its allure, and the five-star Anantara, which opened in December 2018, makes it absolutely worthy of a visit. Reasons for Quy Nhon's under-the-radar status aren't easily articulated given its general appeal: It's a culturally rich destination in its own right. It boasts miles of coastline, fresh cuisine reliant on its seaside location and a handful of accommodations priced for all tastes and budgets.
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For the Best Travel Deals, Get Into the Black Friday Spirit!
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Black Friday, the kickoff to the holiday shopping season, is best known for doorbuster deals and irresistible sales on gifts. Deals on hotels, airfare, tours and cruises may have little to do with gift-giving and more with tempting shoppers to indulge in their own wanderlust, but increasingly, travel bargains are part of the promotions around Thanksgiving, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Travel Tuesday and what is often called Cyber Week.“Entire airline carriers and cruise lines will have broad sales,” said Julie Ramhold, a consumer analyst at DealNews.com, which compiles consumer deals. “The sales tend to be more generous at this time of year.”Often, however, it’s unclear how many airline seats, hotel rooms and cruise cabins are actually on sale. Since deals can be fleeting, book as soon as you can. Additionally, the rules of budget travel apply: Many deals are in the off-season or require prepayment and are nonrefundable.
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The future Rockefeller Christmas tree was cut down, and it's on its way to Manhattan
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(CNN) — The Christmas tree that will light up Rockefeller Center this holiday met its end -- in the spirit of the season, of course. A tree-cutting crew arrived at Carol Schultz's home in village of Florida, New York, early Thursday morning to saw into her winning 77-foot Norway spruce. The sacrificial tree is already headed to its Manhattan pedestal. A small crowd of local schoolchildren and beaming neighbors cheered as workers sawed into the base of the tree, held upright by a crane, and gasped as it lowered at an angle onto the bed of a truck, where it'll rest during the journey to 30 Rock. Like any proud mom, Schultz recorded the process of her beloved tree's shining moment. She'll still miss the behemoth in her yard.
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'Peace corridor' opens to connect India and Pakistan
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(CNN) — After more than 70 years, Indian Sikhs will now be able to visit one of the religion's holiest sites by crossing the international border with Pakistan without a visa. The Kartarpur Corridor is a 4.1 kilometer (2.5 mile) overlandpassage that links the Dera Baba Nana shrine in northwest India's Gurdaspur with the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan.The Sikh temple -- known as a Gurdwara -- of Darbar Sahib is believed to be where the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, lived and died at the start of the 16th century. November 9 is a historic moment for many Indian Sikhs as it will be the first time since partition -- when British India was divided into the two states of India and Pakistan -- that pilgrims have been able to travel between the two temples.
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Los Cancajos Salt Factory in Breña Baja, Spain
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Besides bananas, wine, and sugar cane, salt is one of the primary products made on the island of La Palma. All the salt is extracted from the sea, though the methods of doing so differ. On the south of the island lie the salars, large fields filled with seawater left to evaporate, leaving behind salt and other minerals. While this method is pretty and well suited for tourists to admire, it is not the most efficient way of harvesting salt, as most of the work is done manually. The salt factory in Los Cancajos has a much better modus operandi, as most of the work is automated. When you visit the factory, you'll find a couple of old stone buildings. At the seaside, there's a small tower-like structure. This building once had its own windmill that pumped water from the sea and sent it down a channel. But now, the windmill is gone, having been replaced by a pipe. Near the road, a second tower pumps the water even farther up into basins much like those of the southern salars, where the salt is left to evaporate.
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Snow crab sells for record-breaking $46,000 in Japan
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Tokyo (CNN) — A "five shining star" snow crab was auctioned off in Tottori, Japan for a whopping 5 million yen ($46,000) on November 7. It's the highest-ever price paid for a snow crab, according to the Tottori prefecture's fishery promotion division, which was in charge of the auction. The coveted crustacean was a male, weighing 1.2 kg (2.7 pounds) and measuring 14.6 cm (5.74 inches) wide.The bid smashes the previous Guinness world record holding snow crab sale of 2 million yen ($18,000), which was set last year -- also in Tottori. This week's winning bidder was Tetsuji Hamashita, president of fishery wholesaler Hanashita Shoten. The 5 million yen snow crab will end up on a few lucky diners' plates at an upscale restaurant in Tokyo's posh Ginza neighborhood.
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The Oddly Autocratic Roots of Pad Thai
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As World War II approached, Thailand was in a precarious position. For years, the country’s leaders had clutched their independence closely, worried about the French and English, who had colonized neighboring Cambodia, Laos, and Burma. Now, Japan was expanding imperially into East Asia, having invaded China in 1937.In response, Plaek Phibunsongkhram’s government took action. As part of a national campaign called “Noodle is Your Lunch,” the Public Welfare Department gave Thais free noodle carts and distributed recipes for a new national dish: pad Thai.At the time, the dish was little known, and no one called it “pad Thai.” In rice-centric Thailand, then known as Siam, the dish seemed more Chinese—similar noodle dishes likely arrived in Thailand centuries earlier with Chinese traders. But Thailand’s prime minister, who first rose to power as part of a military coup against the longtime monarchy, had spoken. As part of his strident nationalism, he wanted all Thais to eat pad Thai.
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Robot Building in Bangkok, Thailand
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In the late-1970s, the Thai architect Sumet Jumsai was approached by the Bank of Asia. The bank was looking for a design for its new headquarters in Bangkok, something that would reflect the computerization of banking. For a long while, Sumet struggled to come up with a suitable design. But then his son walked into his study carrying a toy robot, and inspiration struck.Banking and fun don’t generally mix. In Thailand, however, fun has been elevated to a way of life, a revered ethos known as sanuk. Perhaps for this reason the Bank of Asia was so delighted by Sumet’s proposal, and eagerly began construction of the Robot Building.
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What Are a Dozen Bottles of Bordeaux Doing in Space?
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In what may be the farthest-reaching drink order of all time, a dozen bottles of Bordeaux were blasted aboard a rocket from Wallops Island, Virginia on Saturday, bound for the International Space Station. By Monday, they’d reached their destination, without a corkscrew.A strong-willed crew of international astronauts will leave them unopened for an entire year as part of a study conducted by Space Cargo Unlimited, a Luxembourg-based research startup. As company co-founder, CEO, and proud Bordeaux native Nicolas Gaume said in a statement, it's a “once-in-a-lifetime adventure."The space-bound vino will be examined after twelve months against a control batch remaining on Earth to gauge how microgravity and space radiation affect the aging process. “Systems such as wine are at the center of chemo-physical research because of the involvement of thousands of components,” explains company spokeswoman Maryse Camelan. The mission is the first of six that Space Cargo Unlimited has scheduled over the next five years. Plants, yeast, and bacteria will leave the big, blue marble behind to begin studying the future of agriculture.
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Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in Paris, France
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The Église Notre Dame de Lorette, with its gilded ceiling and profusion of paintings and frescoes, is one of the most ornate churches in Paris. Constructed in the neoclassical style of architecture, the austere façade of the church stands in sharp contrast to the ornamental excesses of its interior.During the 19th century, as the area to the north of the Grands Boulevards was undergoing rapid expansion, the city government decided to hold an architectural competition for a new church. It would be constructed at the site of a chapel destroyed in 1796 in the 9th arrondissement.The French architect Louis-Hippolyte Lebas won the competition and began building the church in 1823, completing construction in 1836. A protected historical monument since 1984, the church has mostly remained off the tourist map, but is no less a jewel in the city’s cornucopia of architectural treasures.
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Charles Moulin's Hut in Province of Isernia, Italy
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Just a few hundred meters away from the peak of Monte Marrone, where a great battle was fought between the German Army and the Italian Liberation Corps in 1944, an unmarked path leads to a simple stone hut built between two boulders.This hut, with its extraordinary view over the valley of the High Volturno below, was once the retreat of the French hermit painter Charles Moulin. Its simple drystone technique makes it almost unnoticeable to the passing visitor. The door is unlocked and, upon entering, a few objects and simple pieces of furniture have been left, illustrating the simplicity of the artist's solitary life in the mountains.
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The Glittery Legacy of Lead at a Historic Native American Site
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Most of the time, in most of the world, archaeology is the study of various shades of brown. There’s dirt brown, soil brown, and often clay brown. “Sometimes there’s gray!” says Jeremy Wilson, an archaeologist at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). “And we have a system to categorize those browns.” But Wilson is unusually lucky for an archaeologist: He studies dirt that sparkles.By archaeological standards, Kincaid Mounds, the site of a prehistoric Mississippian city occupied from 1050 to 1400, is downright glitzy. Located at the southern tip of present-day Illinois, the mounds are riddled with galena, a lead sulfide mineral that resembles supersized chunks of glitter. Wilson says that archaeologists working in the Midwest will often stumble across galena chunks as big as dice, which stud the dirt like brutalist leaf litter, as well as a distinctive spangle that coats the inside of prehistoric homes. A thousand years ago, the Mississippians took advantage of this natural bounty and created an ancient glitter factory, smashing the galena blocks into a fine, glimmering dust that still lingers over the mounds. Wilson and Broxton Bird, a paleoclimatologist at IUPUI, examined the surprising legacy of Mississippian galena in a study published October 15 in Geology. “Clay isn’t supposed to shimmer, but it does here,” Wilson says.
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The Whack-a-Mole Survival of Galapagos Land Iguanas
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The Galápagos Islands are often considered the cradle of evolutionary theory, where Charles Darwin developed an inkling of how creatures relate, persist, and change over time. But since the 19th century, a human presence there has reshuffled the archipelago’s faunal cards, introducing invasive species and pushing native ones to extinction.Perhaps no species has been subject to this existential rigmarole more than the three types of Galápagos land iguana—terrestrial cousins of the famous local marine iguanas. In January 2019, scientists repatriated 2,150 of these three-foot-long lizards to Santiago Island from the overpopulated North Seymour Island, in an effort to re-establish the animals in their native habitat—a place they haven’t been seen since the days of Darwin.
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Waddamana Power Station in Waddamana, Australia
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Waddamana Hydro-Electric power station was Tasmania’s first hydroelectric power plant, operating 1916 through to 1995. In fact, there were two stations in Waddamana: A (decommissioned in 1965) and B (built between 1939 and 1949).Waddamana A is now a museum and holds a well-preserved collection of antiquated technology. The museum is filled with original equipment and other displays, including the control room switchboard, general offices restored to as they were in 1950, tool rooms, and stores. Keep an eye out for the massive hand-made spanners that workers had to strike with 10-kilogram hammers to shift the bolts!
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Indonesia Wants ‘Halal Tourism.’ But Some Want to Wrestle Pigs.
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MUARA, Indonesia — Indonesia,the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country,seem an unlikely place for a party dedicated to all things pig. But last month on the shores of Sumatra’s Lake Toba, more than 1,000 people gathered for pig races, pig selfies and contests devoted to calling pigs and drawing pigs. They also came to eat a local delicacy, barbecued pork. The festival was more than just a celebration of pigs. It was also a way for the area’s large Christian community to push back at government-sanctioned efforts to promote a conservative version of Islam throughout the country and in their home province.In recent months that trend toward religious conservatism has included a proposed national law that would outlaw premarital sex and the election of a vice president who once issued a fatwa against the wearing of Santa Claus hats. And it has prompted the government to promote “halal tourism,” vacations composed of activities and foods permissible under Islamic law.
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The Founding Fathers' Favorite Mastodon Is Coming Home for a Visit
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Eleanor Harvey knew that she wanted to bring the mastodon back to America, where it had lived, roamed, and died by the close of the Pleistocene. She just wasn’t sure it was possible. How do you cart a half-ton, long-dead elephant cousin from Germany across the Atlantic and into a gallery? How do you even get it through the doors?Harvey, a senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, D.C., is mounting an exhibition opening in spring 2020 about Alexander von Humboldt, the 19th-century naturalist whose fascination with climate, taxonomy, and other fields of study profoundly influenced scores of researchers. Harvey had compiled a list of paintings, sculptures, maps, and other artifacts that testify to Humboldt’s legacy. But she also wanted the bones.
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Tennessee Williams Museum in Key West, Florida
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Visiting the Ernest Hemingway House and its dozens of sometimes-six-toed felines is something almost every visitor to this Florida outpost does; however, barely a block away is a museum dedicated to another literary legend. Upon entering this museum, you’re welcomed by a near life-size cut out of the smiling playwright Tennessee Williams. Inside, the walls are lined with posters from the many movies created from his plays.The museum was the brainchild of local businessman and community activist Dennis Beaver. To honor Williams's 100th birthday in 2011, an event was held to celebrate the writer that included a poetry and art contest. After seeing the enthusiasm surrounding the event, Beaver decided to establish an exhibit of Williams memorabilia he had been collecting inside a community center. The exhibit was later expanded to hold all the artifacts and opened as a museum in 2013.
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Chef Vola's in Atlantic City, New Jersey
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There's an "air of secrecy" surrounding certain establishments, then there's Chef Vola's. This unmarked, cash-only feasting hall has no advertised phone number, email, or website, equated by one New York Times food critic to "a game of hide and seek." The space comes by it naturally: It was likely once a speakeasy.Before it became a restaurant in 1921, the building that now houses Chef Vola's was a rooming house owned by brothers Joe and Pina Vola. Joe took to cooking nightly dinners for their tenants while selling liquor in the basement, the restaurant's current owner told the Press of Atlantic City. With infamous mayor Enoch "Nucky" Johnson—the true-life figure of Boardwalk Empire fame—living a block away, it's likely he paid a visit or two in his time. Ironically, the restaurant today is B.Y.O.B.
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The Latest in Translation Devices
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Forget phrase books or even Google Translate. New translation devices are getting closer to replicating the fantasy of the Babel fish, which in the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” sits in one’s ear and instantly translates any foreign language into the user’s own.The WT2 Plus Ear to Ear AI Translator Earbuds from Timekettle are already available, while the over-the-ear “Ambassador” from Wavery Labs is scheduled for release this year. Both brands are wireless, and come with two earpieces that must be synced to a single smartphone connected to Wi-Fi or cellular data.These devices “bring us a bit closer to being able to travel to places in the world where people speak different languages and communicate smoothly with those who are living there,” said Graham Neubig, an assistant professor at the Language Technologies Institute of Carnegie Mellon University and an expert in machine learning and natural language processing.
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The Black Hole of Calcutta in Kolkata, India
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Some historians consider the Black Hole of Calcutta to be a catalyst for Great Britain’s eventual conquest of the Indian subcontinent. One ruler’s overzealous attempt to end the foreign presence in India inadvertently contributed to Great Britain dominating the country for almost 200 years.In 1613, the Mughal emperor and the East India Company signed a treaty to secure a trade deal. Although the East India Company was a commercial organization, it came to have a quasi-governmental role in the region, minting money, forging diplomatic relationships, building fortresses and commanding private armies, in addition to building factories and trading posts.
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Top 10 luxury hotel destinations in Argentina
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Argentina. The name evokes a chilling spirit of mystery and romance. Argentina is not only the home of the gaucho cowboys, Eva Perón, and the birthplace of Che Guevara, it is also a land known for its luxuries and taste in the finer things. From elegant tango dancing to world-renowned beef, Argentina is constantly raising the bar for Latin America, and their thriving luxury hotel business is no different.1. Alevar Palace Hotel, Buenos AiresWith rooms starting at under $400 USD, Alevar is one of the premier spots to stay in Buenos Aires, which is the capital and the largest city in Argentina. The hotel contains ten magnificent halls with a capacity from 10 to 800 people for seminars, business meetings, company launches, or important social events.
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These Girl Scouts Save Wild Bees, One Homemade 'Hotel' at a Time
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This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.In September, millions of youth activists around the world took to the streets to fight for their right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and not have to suffer the wrath of the climate crisis. But that’s not the only way kids are taking climate action into their own hands.In Colorado, the task of saving bees from the consequences of climate change has fallen to the girls who sell us the best cookies: Over the summer, at a Girl Scout day camp in Denver, Girl Scout troops fashioned tiny homes for wild bees called “bee hotels,” to fight the depopulation of bees across the country.
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Hitler’s Secret Antarctic Expedition for Whales
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As a corporal in World War I, Adolf Hitler watched a British naval blockade strangle German supply lines, forcing his country into submission, defeat, and shame. As Führer in the years leading up to World War II, he planned to sidestep the mistakes of his predecessors. This time, Germany would have whales.Hitler’s “Four Year Plan” in 1936 aimed to circumvent Nazi dependence on foreign supply lines altogether. He handed the tall order to Herman Göring, a high-ranking, flamboyant Nazi official with a reputation for partying. The goal was autarky, or complete military and economic self-sufficiency, by 1940. A sort of “hunkering down” for protracted, all-out war, the plan set specific targets for amassing stores of weapons, commodities, and, of course, food. “The final solution lies in extending … the sources of raw materials and foodstuffs,” Hitler wrote in a confidential memo, in which he also banned the distillation of potatoes into alcohol.
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Exploring Kyoto's Sagano Bamboo Forest
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Kyoto, Japan (CNN) — In Japan's Sagano Bamboo Forest, on the outskirts of Kyoto, towering green stalks of the famously versatile plant sway in the wind, creaking eerily they collide and twist, leaves rustling. The sun filters through the densely packed grove, projecting thin slashes of light onto the dozens of camera-clutching tourists shuffling down the wide trail that cuts through the middle of the forest as they awkwardly angle their shots, attempting to crop human forms out of their frames. Long gone are the days when you'd get this place to yourself when visiting Japan.If you've ever clicked on a rundown of "places to see before you die" or a list of the most beautiful forests in the world, chances are you've seen a photo of Sagano.
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The Hanoi restaurant where empowerment is on the menu
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Hanoi, Vietnam (CNN) — With nearly 7.5 million visitors in the first three months of 2019 alone, Hanoi is one of the top tourism destinations in Southeast Asia. Hospitality plays an important role -- and one business is helping recruit undiscovered talent to help elevate the industry and Vietnam.To many, Hanoi's first recognized social enterprise is simply called KOTO.It stands for "Know One, Teach One" and was established in 1999 by Jimmy Pham, a Vietnamese-Australian man who was then working as a tour guide.KOTO runs a two-year vocational program for underprivileged and at-risk youth in Vietnam -- from ages 16 to 22 -- to help them pursue careers in hospitality so they can go on to work in restaurants, hotels, bars, cafes and in catering.
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Holmdel Teleport in Holmdel, New Jersey
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Adjacent to the leafy Veterans Memorial Park, which honors veterans from Holmdel, sits an incongruous fenced-in area housing a giant satellite antenna. Established in 1982, the Holmdel Teleport is a 10,000 square-foot facility that serves the transmission needs of television, radio, cable users, government agencies, and internet service providers. The teleport also has access to several spacecraft orbiting the Earth. The facility is owned by the Maritime Telecommunications Network.Not far from the Holmdel Teleport is the Veterans Memorial Park of Holmdel Township. It's the site of the former Nike Battery NY-54, which operated as part of the United States's atomic-missile defense system. A sign at the site reminds visitors of this history.
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Conanicut Island Lighthouse in Jamestown, Rhode Island
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At the northernmost point of Jamestown, Rhode Island, is a quaint house, seemingly unremarkable from where it stands tucked behind shady trees at the end of a small dirt road. To a passerby, it'd be just another New England summer cottage. But don't be so quick to judge the Conanicut Island Lighthouse. Built in the 1880s to help guide a local ferry, the lighthouse was generally disliked by locals, as it did little to prevent many of the collisions that occurred in the bustling area.The lighthouse was generally unremarkable, and there is little record to its history, save for the addition of a barn in 1900 that still stands today. The lighthouse's lantern was removed in 1934 and sold to Mahlon G. Dunn, a local, for the price of $2,785 at auction.
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Creek Square in Boston, Massachusetts
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There are many entrances to the Blackstone Block, but the most rewarding for the historically minded walker is Scott Alley, at 22 North Street. Scott Alley is a narrow, enclosed alley tucked ingloriously between a Dunkin’ Donuts and a hair salon. As you reach the end of the alley and emerge into daylight, you will step into Creek Square. Immediately on your left is an interesting 19th-century building at 1 Creek Square.  Creek Square got its name from Mill Creek, which was dug between the Town Cove and the Mill Pond, beginning in 1643. As you face east, the creek would have been in front of you, running along where Blackstone Street is now located.  The land directly in front of you (Creek Square) would have been marsh land. 
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Lawrence and Martha Joseph Residence and Apartments in Culver City, California
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Hidden in downtown Culver City, surrounded by high-rise apartments and restaurants aplenty, are the "Hobbit Houses," officially titled the Lawrence and Martha Joseph Residence and Apartments.In 1946, former Walt Disney Studios artist Lawrence Joseph purchased a single-family home. Over the course of 20 years, he added two more buildings and covered it all in fairy-tale elements. Major construction was completed in 1970, but Joseph tinkered with the cottages until his death in 1991. His wife Martha has maintained the property and kept her husband’s designs alive. The cottages are now a historical landmark and cannot be dramatically updated and renovated like much of the surrounding area has been in recent years.  
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Brooklyn Ruins in Fayetteville, West Virginia
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Brooklyn is one of the easier abandoned towns to get to in the New River area. A short drive down a gravel road located off the Cunard River Access Area will take you right to it.Not much remains of what was once the small mining town of Brooklyn. You'll start to see signs of the town at the parking area for the Brooklyn Trail. An old building foundation sits near the lot, and the remains of the coal tipple that once carried coal from the mine opening above down to the New River are located above the handicap camping area. About half a mile onto the Brooklyn Trail, the remains of an old company store lie on the trail’s right-hand side. Soon after, the trail opens up to a clearing. Scattered throughout the woods are the foundations and remains of Brooklyn’s houses. What may seem at first glance to be piles of river rocks once made up walls and chimneys. 
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Mitla Cafe in San Bernardino, California
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Yes, Glen Bell stole Cafe Mitla's taco recipe in building his Taco Bell fast-food empire, and no, they did not receive credit for it. To end the story there, however, is an injustice to the cafe's role as both a catalyst for nearly a century of Mexican-American social change and a longstanding meeting point for a marginalized community. The Mexican comfort-food spot that Lucia Rodriguez opened in San Bernardino in 1937 quickly blossomed into an important meeting point for Mexican families of the day. Cesar Chavez was a regular when in town, and Lucia's husband made patrons out of a powerful group of local businessmen who would go on to form the Mexican Chamber of Commerce. Church and civic leaders met here in the 1940s to sue the city in gaining access to a public pool; the ruling in favor of the Mexican-Americans’ plea served as the precedent for the case that desegregated California public schools in 1946.  
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Liverpool's Crosby Beach Is a Mile of World War II Blitz Rubble
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Emma Marsh didn’t discover Crosby Beach for herself, even though it is right outside of her native Liverpool, until she left town. She was studying archaeology at the University of Durham in 2018 when she got a call from her family urging her to investigate what they stumbled across while walking the dog. They had encountered a long stretch of beach covered in historical, pulverized bricks, mortar, marble, tilework, and more, from granular to gargantuan in scale, covering every grain of sand in a pavement of red, white, and beige architectural bric-a-brac.The rubble wasn’t exactly a secret; it had been discovered countless times before by locals and visitors, but Crosby Beach has never been officially recognized for what it is—archaeologically valuable wreckage from World War II. Marsh is trying to change that.
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Galerie Zeinart in Nouakchott, Mauritania
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Galerie Zeinart is a place where local artists can showcase their work to a large audience. The place itself is relatively small, an L-shaped room of no more than 500 square feet in total, but the quality of the art on display is impressive. At regular intervals, the place is packed with artwork by artists from all over Mauritania. Notable examples include Mamadou Anne, with his signature animals surfacing from semi-abstract works, making a powerful statement about the impact of contemporary life on the planet; Désirée Trotha, the creator of photographic chronicles of Nouakchott; or Nancy Abeiderrahmane, who captures glimpses of desert life and its subtle colors on canvas.  Interestingly, the artists whose work is on display are usually present at Zeinart, eager to talk to visitors.
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Crosby Blitz Beach in Crosby, England
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Five miles north of Liverpool, what remains of the city before World War II is strewn across two miles of coastline. From pebble-sized remnants of bricks eroded by the adjacent Irish Sea, to large keystones of major civic buildings, the expanse of Crosby Beach is a stark reminder of the conflict that consumed the world in the middle of the 20th century.Liverpool was one of the most heavily hit British cities by the German Luftwaffe, the Nazi air force. The blitz came in waves, with barrages beginning in 1940 and continuing throughout the war. In total, the Liverpool Blitz killed nearly 4,000 people, and rendered over 70,000 homeless. The German bombing was indiscriminate—banks, churches, single family homes—no structure was spared from the aerial onslaught.
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36 Hours in Barolo, Italy
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As far as Italian wine regions go, it’s hard to beat Barolo. Crowds are thinner than in Chianti, the food better than in Friuli, the landscape lusher than in Umbria or Sicily. In the heart of Italy’s northwestern Piedmont region — a gastronomic paradise famous for its rich pastas and white truffles that are in season right now — this noble wine region encompasses the town of Barolo and 10 nearby municipalities. In addition to producing the most venerated of Italian wines — the robust, age-worthy Barolo — the region is also a delight to visit, especially in autumn after a trip to the annual truffle festival in the nearby city of Alba. Along winding roads that climb steep hillsides blanketed with neat rows of nebbiolo vines, there’s always an ancient castle up ahead, or a world-famous wine estate, or a storybook hamlet with swoon-worthy views. Just bring an appetite.
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House Hunting in … Finland
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This four-bedroom, waterfront villa is on the Kallahdenniemi peninsula, a pastoral strip of land jutting into the Gulf of Finland in East Helsinki. The sloping, 0.8-acre property faces the water, with about 200 feet of private beach and a boat dock. Designed by Woldemar Baeckman, a well-known Finnish architect, and built in 1964 for a wealthy factory owner, the two-story, 5,344-square-foot house was constructed with concrete and rock, with a flat roof and minimalist lines, and embodies the modern movement that swept Helsinki in the mid-20th century.An eat-in kitchen, dining area and master suite are all upstairs, with polished wood floors. The master suite faces the water, with a door opening to a covered balcony that runs along the second floor.

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