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And the Winner of Sound of Music Live Is...

And the Winner of Sound of Music Live Is... Jasper180969 via Flickr Last night's live production of The Sound of Music on NBC got more flak than Maria did for being an unsolvable problem nun. The acting was bad, the costumes St. Pauli-esque and the mountains... gasp! They were fake! No. It's all wrong. Those...

Read Lou Reed's European Travel Diary

Read Lou Reed's European Travel Diary LouReed.com Rock icon Lou Reed died yesterday. The former frontman for the Velvet Underground was 71. He'd undergone a liver transplant earlier this year. Upon news of Reed's death, The New Yorker unlocked access to "Diary by Lou Reed: The Aches and Pains of Touring,"...

Vienna, Paris And Now Greece: Why Travelers Will Relate To 'Before Midnight'

Vienna, Paris And Now Greece: Why Travelers Will Relate To 'Before Midnight' If you've ever approached a good-looking stranger on a train, or kicked yourself for not doing so, you probably love Richard Linklater's trilogy of films - "Before Sunrise," "Before Sunset" and "Before Midnight" – about a pair of travelers who met on a train bound for...

Touring The World War One Battlefield Of Isonzo

Touring The World War One Battlefield Of Isonzo Sean McLachlan from public domain image. Original photographer unknown. Like every other nation involved in World War I, Italy suffered terribly. It joined the war in 1915, throwing its lot in with the Allies against the Central Powers. Italy's most immediate threat was its...

Adventures By Disney Announces New Options For Europe And Beyond

Adventures By Disney Announces New Options For Europe And Beyond Adventures by Disney Adventures by Disney has announced that it is expanding its catalog of travel itineraries for 2014 with new options to Europe and several tours specifically created for the teen traveler. These new additions to the line-up will expand on the company's...

A Tiny Cruise Line With A Big Impact

A Tiny Cruise Line With A Big Impact Like them or hate them, travelers have heard of cruise lines that travel around the world on city-like ships, ply the rivers of Europe or sail from convenient home ports around North America. Some have ships designed to be destinations in and of themselves, while others have...

Half The World Pedaled, Half To Go

Half The World Pedaled, Half To Go Later this week, Vancouver firefighter and cancer survivor Rudy Pospisil will unpack his Giant Seek bicycle on the coast of Portugal, clip in and head for the Middle East. The road ahead stretches 9,000 miles, the distance between him and his goal of circumnavigating the...

The Cabinet Of Curiosities: Collecting The Wonders Of The World

The Cabinet Of Curiosities: Collecting The Wonders Of The World Before there was the museum, there was the cabinet of curiosities. Starting in the 16th century as Europe expanded its horizons during the Age of Exploration, the rich and powerful began to collect curios and display them. Their collections were eclectic – everything...

5 Destinations For Excellent Coffee Culture

5 Destinations For Excellent Coffee Culture Cafes are often a travelers hub, not just because you can kill your jetlag with a cup of espresso, but because they are inevitably the place where you go to sit and do some people watching and, while you're at it, take a moment to get immersed in the local coffee...

Survey Ranks 'World's Most Unfriendliest' Countries

Survey Ranks 'World's Most Unfriendliest' Countries Have you ever been to a country that just seems to give tourists the cold shoulder? Now, there are some figures behind those unwelcome feelings; the World Economic Forum has put together a report that ranks countries based on how friendly they are to tourists. The...

Happy 100th: 15 Places To Celebrate Centennials In 2013

Happy 100th: 15 Places To Celebrate Centennials In 2013 A new year isn't just the time to look ahead, it's also the time to look back and commemorate. 2013 marks plenty of centennials, from the birth of civil rights activists to metro lines. Here is your chance to not only explore new destinations, but also learn a little bit...

My Own Personal Krampus

My Own Personal Krampus I have a photo, printed from film, old school ... my husband and I are standing in a snowstorm in the Austrian alps. The flash from the camera reflects off giant fluffy flakes. The sky behind us is black – it's early evening, but an alpine evening, so it is dark. We...

Discovery Adventures Announces New Tours For 2013

Discovery Adventures Announces New Tours For 2013 The calendar may still say 2012, and I know we all have a busy holiday season to navigate yet, but it is never too early to start planning our trips for the new year ahead. To help us out with that process, Discovery Adventures has announced a host of new tours and...

Space Jumper Sets Multiple Records In Historic Free Fall

Space Jumper Sets Multiple Records In Historic Free Fall Space jumper Felix Baumgartner fell into the history books Sunday, jumping to Earth from the stratosphere and making him the first man to break the speed of sound in free fall. Starting at over 128,000 feet in a helium-filled balloon, 43-year-old Baumgartner's record...

Video: Call Me Maybe, Says Austria, In Style

In a parody of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" YouTube video, the Austrian Tourism Board is front and center with their rendition. The video was actually filmed in New York City as part of the Austria Dirndl Temptation campaign. Have no clue what that means?...

Retreating Italian Glacier Reveals Dead From World War I

Retreating Italian Glacier Reveals Dead From World War I Two soldiers' bodies from World War I have been discovered on an Italian mountain, the Telegraph reports. Workers on the Presena glacier in the Trentino-Alto Adige region of the Dolomites in Italy found the bodies at an altitude of 9,850 feet. The glacier has been...

Austria Opens Its First Yodel Hiking Trail

Austria Opens Its First Yodel Hiking Trail When people think of Austria, one thing that often comes to mind is the musical style of yodeling that was developed in the Alps. The country is proud of their melodious heritage, and is helping active travelers experience it outside of the theater with their first ever...

Supersonic Free Fall From Edge Of Space One Step Closer

Supersonic Free Fall From Edge Of Space One Step Closer The exact date for Felix Baumgartner's supersonic free fall from the edge of space is not yet scheduled. But this week, the Austrian daredevil jumped from 18 miles above the planet, coming one step closer to setting the record for the world's highest skydive. ...

Chinese Architects Pose As Tourists In Attempt To Steal Plans For Austrian City

Chinese Architects Pose As Tourists In Attempt To Steal Plans For Austrian City It's not uncommon for different cultures to influence each other and even borrow ideas. However, China is taking this to the next level by literally transforming the industrial city of Huizhou into a replica of Hallstatt in Austria. According to the Daily Mail, the plan,...

The World's 10 Scariest Haunted Castles

The World's 10 Scariest Haunted Castles From a Czech forest castle reported to house the gates of hell to a gargantuan castle right here in the United States, the world's most haunted castles boast histories rich with frightening details. Specters haunt the halls of these old castles and travelers visit to...

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