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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,"...

Cave Art May Have Been Painted By Mostly Women, Scientists Say

Cave Art May Have Been Painted By Mostly Women, Scientists Say Hand stencil in Pech Merle Cave. Courtesy French MInistry of Culture The prehistoric cave art of Europe may have been painted mostly by women, a new study covered by National Geographic suggests. Archaeologist Dr. Dean Snow of Pennsylvania State University came to this...

A Kaleidolapse Of Barcelona

Barcelona KALEIDOLAPSE from myLapse on Vimeo. This video of Barcelona came from the folks at MyLapse recently. And as much as I like seeing any video of Barcelona, this one is special. Because it's a kaleidolapse. Don't know what a kaleidolapse is? It's simple: it's a...

Spanish Cave Paintings Discovered to be Some of the Oldest in Europe

Spanish Cave Paintings Discovered to be Some of the Oldest in Europe Image courtesy GipuzkoaKultura Cave paintings at the Altxerri cave system in the Basque region of northern Spain are about 39,000 years old, making them some of the oldest in Europe, Popular Archaeology reports. A team of French and Spanish scientists analyzed the...

Homeless Tour Guides Offer Visitors New Perspective In Barcelona

Homeless Tour Guides Offer Visitors New Perspective In Barcelona kygp, Flickr Students, the elderly, history buffs and tour operators -- these are the kinds of people who typically guide visitors on sightseeing expeditions around their city. But Barcelona is proving tour guides really do come from all walks of life, thanks to a new...

World's Worst Artist Set To Make A Fortune

World's Worst Artist Set To Make A Fortune Wikimedia Commons Cecilia Gimenez became a laughing stock last year when her bungled attempt to restore a 19th century painting went viral, but now it looks like she'll be laughing all the way to the bank. The 82-year-old tried to fix the flaking fresco titled Ecce Homo...

What Happens When You Give Birth In-Flight?

What Happens When You Give Birth In-Flight? Christian Haugen, Flickr Last week a Royal Air Maroc flight traveling from Casablanca, Morocco to Bologna, Italy was forced to divert to Barcelona when a woman aboard the flight began to give birth. And as it turns out, when a baby decides to come into the world, it could...

Can We Please Keep Phones Away From Drivers?

Investigators in Spain are saying the driver of the train that derailed last Wednesday, killing 79 people, was using his cell phone at the time of the accident. It has also become clear that the train was going 94 mph on a sharp bend of track where the speed limit was only...

What Impact Will The Train Crash In Spain Have On The Rail Travel Industry?

What Impact Will The Train Crash In Spain Have On The Rail Travel Industry? CNN and other news networks have been airing dramatic clips of the train crash in Spain that killed 80 people on Wednesday over and over again this week. And if it weren't for the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal, the coverage might be even more intense. We'll learn more...

Train Crash Kills Dozens In Spain

Train Crash Kills Dozens In Spain A train carrying more than 200 hundred passengers crashed outside of the northern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela Wednesday evening. Reuters reports that at least 77 people are dead and 131 have been injured. The government said it was working on the...

Tiny Spanish Village Hopes to Profit From Antiquities Thief

Tiny Spanish Village Hopes to Profit From Antiquities Thief Should a town have the right to display looted antiquities stolen by one of its residents? According to an intriguing piece by Suzanne Daley in The New York Times this morning, the mayor of tiny Aranda de Moncayo, Spain, population 200, thinks they should. A 60-year-old...

Two-Wheeled Tourism: 10 Cities to Visit If You Love Bikes

Two-Wheeled Tourism: 10 Cities to Visit If You Love Bikes Anna Brones Why spend your summer vacation on subways and buses when you could be out exploring places on two wheels? Thanks to an explosion in bike-share systems and a general appreciation for bike culture, making cycling a central part of your travels is becoming...

Eating And Drinking In Valencia: Fartons, Paella And Orange-Flavored Cava

Eating And Drinking In Valencia: Fartons, Paella And Orange-Flavored Cava Sean McLachlan A holiday in Spain is all about the food. Oh, and there's the art, the nightlife, the beaches, the countryside, the beautiful people, but really it's all about the food. It's one of the great world cuisines, and as you eat your way around the country you find...

Valencia: Spain's Third City Offers Culture And Cuisine

Valencia: Spain's Third City Offers Culture And Cuisine Sean McLachlan There's a well-worn tourist trail in Spain: Madrid for the art, Barcelona for the nightlife and the Costa del Sol for the beaches. All of these are great, but there are plenty of other spots that often slip under the radar. Valencia, for example, gets plenty...

Madrid Offers Up Great Summer Art Season

Madrid Offers Up Great Summer Art Season Dalí, El gran masturbador, 1929 © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, VEGAP, Madrid, 2013 Madrid is one of the best destinations in the world for art, and this summer its many museums and galleries are putting on an impressive array...

Video Of The Day: Barcelona Time-Lapse

"MIDNIGHT BARCELONA" from Pau García Laita on Vimeo. What better way to see Barcelona at night than through the lens of time-lapse footage? This beautiful footage from the city was put together by Pau Garcia Laita. The lights of Barcelona against the night sky look...

Better Know A Holiday: St. John's Day (And Eve)

Better Know A Holiday: St. John's Day (And Eve) f_jensen_at_sdr.vinge, Flickr AKA: Fete Nationale du Quebec (Canada), Kupala Day (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland), Festa Junina (Brazil), Foguera de San Xuan (Brazil), Jaanilaupaev (Estonia), Saint Jonas' Festival (Lithuania), Jani (Latvia), Dia de Sao Joao (Portugal),...

Mapping An Unexplored Cave

Mapping An Unexplored Cave © Dr Michel Royon, Wikimedia Commons Want to be an explorer? Want to see places nobody has ever seen? You have three options: become an astronaut, become a deep-sea diver or become a caver. The first isn't going to happen for a man my age and the second is expensive,...

Learn Spanish With Lonely Planet's Fluent Road

Learn Spanish With Lonely Planet's Fluent Road Courtesy of FluentRoad.com Traveling to Spain or Latin America this summer and want to say more than "Donde esta el bano?" (though, that's an important one to know)? Lonely Planet has just launched a new online foreign language program, Fluent Road, partnering with Spanish...

Photo Of The Day: Alhambra's Palacio De Carlos V

Photo Of The Day: Alhambra's Palacio De Carlos V Mike Rowe, Flickr Capturing a stunning combination of architecture and weather, Flickr user Mike Rowe took this black and white photo at the palace of Charles V, contained within the Alhambra in Grenada, Spain. Commissioned as a royal residence close to the Alhambra...

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