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Vatican City Issues Special Stamps After Papal Resignation

Vatican City Issues Special Stamps After Papal Resignation Call me old fashioned, but when I'm on the road there's something special about writing a postcard, sticking on some local stamps and sending it to loved ones back home. Receiving mail from overseas is almost as much fun. I especially like rare stamps from smaller or less...

The 10 smallest countries in the world

The 10 smallest countries in the world The world's ten smallest countries in terms of area fall into two general categories: European microstates (Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican) and small island nations of the Indian Ocean, Pacific, and Caribbean (Maldives, Marshall Islands, Nauru,...

Photo of the day - St. Peter's and a puddle

Photo of the day - St. Peter's and a puddle When taking travel photos, we spend a lot of time looking for the right background. Whether it's capturing a candid portrait or framing the perfect landscape, it's not always easy to convey a beautiful scene in a photograph. Flickr user John Overmeyer used a humble...

Schengen and the disappearance of European passport stamps

Schengen and the disappearance of European passport stamps Creative new use for border crossing posts at German/Austrian border. In the late 1980s, an American spending a summer traveling across Europe with a Eurailpass would see his or her passport stamped possibly dozens of times. With a few exceptions, every time a border...

Rome's Vatican Museums host rare Aboriginal art exhibition

Rome's Vatican Museums host rare Aboriginal art exhibition No one can ever accuse the Vatican of acting impulsively. In 1925, over 300 artworks and relics were sent to Rome by Aboriginal Australians, for a papal show. Since that time, the items have been squirreled away, despite being one of the world's finest collections of...

Why Luxembourg matters

Why Luxembourg matters Europe has lots of tiny countries. The rest of the world reminds itself of this fact periodically, almost as a running joke. How Vatican City is the smallest "independent" state, but (come on people), is it really a country? Andorra sounds charming, too, until you go there...

Take a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel

Take a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel Seeing the Vatican's Sistine Chapel is a hassle. It's constantly mobbed, you're not allowed to take pictures (unlike the sneaky photographer on the right) and you have to walk through a maze of rooms to reach it. But the minute you gaze up at the beauty of this Michelangelo...

Little Countries, Big World: Gadling's pint-sized guide to the world's smallest countries

Little Countries, Big World: Gadling's pint-sized guide to the world's smallest countries I'm not sure what it is about small countries that makes me so interested in them. Maybe it's the fact that they seem so manageable, so knowable. I could spend the next five years in, say, China, and still feel like I hadn't seen a fraction of what it has to offer. But in...

Travel Read: 100 Places Every Woman Should Go

Travel Read: 100 Places Every Woman Should Go I never knew there could be a book so thoughtful and inspiring for women as this one. Stephanie Elizondo Griest's second travel book, which lists far more than just 100 Places Every Woman Should Go, is truly an encyclopedia for women travelers. It's the kind of book that...

Sistine Chapel: A Reason to Look Up

Sistine Chapel: A Reason to Look Up I recently saw a good friend of mine who returned from a vacation spent in Rome which she deemed fabulous. Instead of hitting several spots in Italy, she and her friend decided to focus on the Eternal City. When I asked her about the highlight, Vatican City was the winner....

The 5 Smallest Countries in the World

The 5 Smallest Countries in the World Traveling through Europe as a teenager, we made a stopover in Liechtenstein, a small, landlocked principality nestled between Switzerland and Austria. Crossing the border, I remember thinking to myself, "wow, this country has a lot of letters in its name. I'm hungry." And so...

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