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Napoleonic Wars Refought In Spain

Napoleonic Wars Refought In Spain The second of May is a date that every Spaniard knows. In 1808 on that date, the Spanish people rose up against Napoleon and started a long struggle to kick his troops out of the country. They'd been occupied the year before when Spain's weak king had foolishly allowed...

Solar Airplane Completes First Leg Of Cross-Country Flight

Solar Airplane Completes First Leg Of Cross-Country Flight Solar Impulse, the solar airplane that was set to fly across the United States, has taken off and completed the first leg of the journey from California to Arizona. Averaging an altitude of just 10,000 feet and a speed of 40.6 miles per hour, the flight took most of a day to...

Hong Kong Harbor Invaded By Giant Rubber Duck

Hong Kong Harbor Invaded By Giant Rubber Duck Hong Kong's famous skyline was joined by a 54-foot rubber duck on Thursday. The duck, a traveling public exhibit by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floated into Victoria Harbour with the help of a tugboat. The project has seen giant ducks float into harbors around the...

Cutbacks Have Smithsonian Down, But Not Out

Cutbacks Have Smithsonian Down, But Not Out Government cutbacks have affected travel in a number of ways. Passport applications and renewals are taking longer, as is the process for requesting a visa. Traveling abroad, less security at U.S. facilities means less protection for Americans. National parks have closed...

The Kimchi-ite: The End Of Cherry Blossom Season On Yeouido

The Kimchi-ite: The End Of Cherry Blossom Season On Yeouido Cherry blossoms mark the true beginning of spring, along with the arrival of glorious sunshine, refreshing breezes and all around spectacular picnic weather. Within Seoul, the most talked about place to see the blossoms is on Yeouido, a large island on the Han River...

Fiddles, Bagpipes And Empty Beaches On Cape Breton's Cabot And Ceilidh Trails

Fiddles, Bagpipes And Empty Beaches On Cape Breton's Cabot And Ceilidh Trails After driving for miles on a dirt road through the pitch darkness and seeing no signs of life anywhere, I was certain we were lost. It was a perfect early August evening in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and we were looking for the Thursday night square dance in Glencoe Mills, a...

Celebrating May Day: Images Of Workers Around The World

Celebrating May Day: Images Of Workers Around The World Today is May Day, when the world celebrates the struggles and sacrifices of the common worker. Like this cheese seller in Tupiza, Bolivia, photographed by Gadling's resident cheese expert Laurel Miller. After some hard hours making her product, this woman comes to the...

Civil War Nevada: Commemorating The Fight For The Far West

Civil War Nevada: Commemorating The Fight For The Far West When we think of the Civil War, Nevada isn't the first state that generally comes to mind, yet the conflict between North and South had as much of an impact there as it did in Pennsylvania or Virginia. At the start of the war Nevada was a territory and its sentiments...

Better Know A Holiday: Showa Day

Better Know A Holiday: Showa Day Formerly: The Emperor's Birthday, Greenery Day When? April 29 Public holiday in: Japan Part of: Japan's Golden Week, a series of four public holidays in the span of a week that sees offices closed, trains and planes packed and a mass exodus from the major cities...

Polo Anyone? A Quick Guide To The World-Class Sport

Polo Anyone? A Quick Guide To The World-Class Sport The Miami Beach Polo World Cup is an annual event that draws players and spectators from around the world. Each year, more than 10,000 fans and competitors come from South America, Russia, Switzerland, Malaysia and other countries to be in and be seen at the world-class...

Festival Of Colors: New York City

Festival Of Colors: New York City It's the weekend of one of New York City's Holi Festival of Colors and spring is just beginning to appear in the cloudless and bright blue sky. This particular event is being held outdoors in an elusive location in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. The address was only released a...

National Park Week Begins Tomorrow!

National Park Week Begins Tomorrow! The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation will kick off their annual spring celebration of the parks tomorrow, as National Park Week officially gets under way. The event will run from April 20-28 and will feature a number of special activities throughout the...

Memorial Day Travel Ideas: Consider The Source, No Cheating

Memorial Day Travel Ideas: Consider The Source, No Cheating Memorial Day weekend begins Friday, May 24, and marks the start of the summer travel season. One of the most popular times of the year to travel, finding a destination that fulfills our three-day weekend dreams can take some work. Considering a visit to the Upper East Coast?...

Photo Of The Day: The Cherry Blossoms Are Here

Photo Of The Day: The Cherry Blossoms Are Here Each spring, Washington, D.C., transforms from a city of grey to a city of pink during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual springtime celebration of the capital's most famous flower. This year's "Peak Bloom Date" fell on April 9; today's Photo of the Day,...

International Budget Guide 2013: Oaxaca, Mexico

International Budget Guide 2013: Oaxaca, Mexico If you are seeking an authentic and affordable taste of Mexico, look no further than Oaxaca. The southwestern Mexican city has come a long way since the political protests of 2006, where non-violent activists clashed with corrupt government officials and militia in...

Better Know A Holiday: Songkran

Better Know A Holiday: Songkran AKA: Thai New Year, Water Festival, Pi Mai (Laos), Chaul Chnam Thmey (Cambodia), Thingyan (Myanmar), Water-Splashing Festival (Chinese Dai minority) When? April 13 to 15 officially, though celebrations may last longer Public holiday in: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia,...

Fire-Breathing Bridge, A Determined New Jersey Effort, In Vietnam

Fire-breathing dragons are nothing new. We saw one of those briefly over Disney World not long ago, celebrating the opening of new Fantasyland, Disney's largest expansion in 41 years. Interesting bridges are more of a permanent attraction, and we took a look at the...

The Jersey Shore Is Back, Sort Of

The Jersey Shore Is Back, Sort Of If you've written off the Jersey Shore as a summer getaway, please think again. Though Sandy did grievous harm to Jersey's 127-mile coastline, most of the damage was done to the northern coast; the southern Shore was relatively unscathed. To the north, the beaches are...

Photo Of The Day: Festival Of Colors NYC

Photo Of The Day: Festival Of Colors NYC The Festival of Colors celebration in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn last week was a vibrant Holi celebration. In Hindu tradition, all of the festivalgoers were asked to toss their multicolored powder into the air before the sun completely set and in doing...

Impact Of Sequester Cuts On Travel: Festivals Not So Festive

Impact Of Sequester Cuts On Travel: Festivals Not So Festive Recent sequester cuts have had a big impact on travel in a number of ways. Cutbacks have resulted in everything from grounding the Navy's Blue Angels at dozens of air shows around the country to turning Houston's George Bush Intercontinental into a third world-like...

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