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'Phantom Menace' Set Getting Buried By Tunisian Desert

'Phantom Menace' Set Getting Buried By Tunisian Desert Andy Carvin Darth Vader's childhood home will soon be covered by a giant sand dune, the BBC reports. The collection of buildings in the Tunisian desert was used to portray Mos Espa, a spaceport on Tatooine that was home to Anakin Skywalker, later Darth Vader, in "The...

'Star Wars' Fans Rally To Save Iconic Set In Tunisia

'Star Wars' Fans Rally To Save Iconic Set In Tunisia Every single "Star Wars" movie, save "The Empire Strikes Back," uses the desert landscape and dusty villages of Tunisia as backdrops for the planet of Tatooine, the place where Luke Skywalker grew up. Specifically, Luke lived until the age of 19 at the Lars Homestead,...

Bombalouni: A Tunisian Treat

Bombalouni: A Tunisian Treat Sidi Bou Saïd knows how cute it is. The little town perches on a hill, its buildings a remarkably uniform white with blue trim. Its architecture, characterized by Ottoman and Andalusian buildings, is postcard-primed, and the town's cute architecture is arguably...

Gallery: More travel sketches from BBC's Tim Baynes

Gallery: More travel sketches from BBC's Tim Baynes We wrote yesterday about Tim Baynes' delightful travel sketches from around the world on BBC and liked them so much we came back for more. You can (and should!) get lost for hours looking at his drawings on Flickr with fun anecdotes and scribbles bringing depth and humor...

Africa's new middle class benefits travel

Africa's new middle class benefits travel Africa's middle class is growing. The African Development Bank says one in three Africans are now middle class. While the bank's definition isn't comparable to the Western definition--the African middle class makes $2-$20 a day--the lifestyle is similar. Middle-class...

Travel industry battered by world crises says CNN

Travel industry battered by world crises says CNN A recent report from CNN says that the spate of world crises that have occurred in the first three months of the year has hit the travel industry especially hard. Natural disasters and political unrest have left many travelers rethinking their plans or cancelling trips...

Tourists returning to Tunisia

Tourists returning to Tunisia If they haven't already begun doing so, tourists will soon be returning to Tunisia. Travelmole reports today on renewed interest in traveling to Tunisia following the uprisings that first rocked the north African country in December. The key fact behind this...

Marseille's Noailles quarter: a taste of Africa, in Provence

Marseille's Noailles quarter: a taste of Africa, in Provence The Provencal port city of Marseille has historically been associated with bouillabaisse, and, to a lesser extent, whores, thieves, and the usual debauchery that goes with being a sea port. Things started to turn around about a decade ago, and today it's a safe, vibrant,...

Travel Q&A with author & cook Tamara Reynolds

Travel Q&A with author & cook Tamara Reynolds Tamara Reynolds is a the co-founder (with Zora O'Neill) of The Sunday Night Dinner, an Astoria, Queens-based supper club. The Sunday Night Dinner, which continues to thrive, was well ahead of what has become a supper club trend. Out of the Sunday Night Dinner came a fabulous...

Gadlinks for Wednesday 12.9.2009

Gadlinks for Wednesday 12.9.2009 While some of you were catching some sick rides on the slopes, these pro surfers were riding mountain-sized waves on the North Shore of Oahu at the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational yesterday. Either way, I hope you all had a great start to the week. We're in the thick of...

Photo of the Day (11.14.09)

Photo of the Day (11.14.09) Nothing makes a more beautiful photo than rolling sand dunes at sunset. Having recently experienced the tranquil oasis of Huacachina in Peru, I now fully appreciate the dry, natural beauty of the world's deserts. This particular photo was taken in Tunisia but expert...

Lonely Planet's Blue List

Lonely Planet's Blue List Here at gadling, we're all about finding new travel ideas. And equally, we're about pointing you to places where those ideas are most abundant. Well, where abundance is concerned, I have just closed the covers on a cornucopia of ideas that, frankly, has me feeling a little...

The Doctor is Out

The Doctor is Out Thailand used to be a destination for exotic travel, perhaps even for sex travel. Now, it is a well-established member of the ever-increasing ranks of surgery destinations. Yes, travel is not just for the well or even the well-heeled, now it's for the wellness-seeking. too....

Inside Africa Vol. 1 & 2

Inside Africa Vol. 1 & 2 TASCHEN books are some of my favorite to collect. If I had hundreds of dollars to blow I could easily do so on their website, but for now I'll have to place some of these titles on my Christmas wish list or refrain from doing so much running to and fro' to buy a few more....

Photo of the Day (6/13/2006)

Photo of the Day (6/13/2006) Don't confuse this photo called "Sun setting over the great lake" with the other great lake that you know. The one in Utah. This shot comes from laurenz and is a lovely shot of Tozeur, Tunisia. I was almost tempted to hark back to the Apocalypse photo, since this has such a...

Tunisian Star Wars Locations

Tunisian Star Wars Locations I’ve always loved articles that detail the shooting locations of popular movies.  Actually traveling to visit the places is equally as exciting.  It was therefore with great pleasure that I ran across a short article in the LA Times about film locations in...

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