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Hiker Finds Over $300,000 Worth Of Buried Treasure In The Alps

Hiker Finds Over $300,000 Worth Of Buried Treasure In The Alps Sep 27th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Tom Fahy, Flickr It sounds like something out of a movie, but a mountaineer scaling the Alps has come across a valuable stash of jewels including emeralds, sapphires, and rubies, buried in the snow -- a treasure trove estimated to be worth $332,000. The French climber stumbled across a metal box while scaling Mont Blanc, Europe's highest peak, earlier this month. Upon opening it, the hiker...

Get A Free Ride With Your New Car: European Delivery Programs

Get A Free Ride With Your New Car: European Delivery Programs Sep 11th, 2013 at 10:35AM: Like many longtime New Yorkers, I don't own a car and know little about the finer points of purchasing or owning a vehicle. A recent Volvo ad caught my eye in an airline in-flight magazine: If you purchase your car and pick it up in Sweden, they'll pick up the tab on your trip. A new car and free travel? This was something I could get behind! Doing some research, I discovered quite a few of the...

Hidden History Revealed By Receding Glaciers

Hidden History Revealed By Receding Glaciers Sep 9th, 2013 at 2:50PM: Michael Gwyther-Jones, Flickr Well at least global warming is good for something. The rise in Earth's temperature is making snow lines and glaciers recede on mountain ranges all over the world. While this is a worrying trend, it's revealing hidden bits of history to archaeologists. In Norway, the receding Lendbreen glacier at 6,560 feet above the sea level has revealed an ancient wool...

Territorial Disputes Over Tourist Attractions

Territorial Disputes Over Tourist Attractions Jul 29th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Gibnews.net, Wikimedia Commons Spain is being accused of intentionally holding tourists in long lines as they make their way back from day tripping in Gibraltar. The British Overseas Territory claims the traffic jam -- which has so far affected more than 10,000 vehicles -- has been deliberately orchestrated because of a disagreement over a creation of an artificial reef in territorial waters. Of...

Planning Your Own Tour de France Adventure

Planning Your Own Tour de France Adventure Jul 28th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Rob Annis Spending a week following the Tour de France was a dream come true, and perhaps even the trip of a lifetime. But is it the trip of a lifetime if you plan to go again? Want to plan your own trip following the la Grande Boucle? You have plenty of options. The first, and probably easiest, option is to purchase a tour package. I booked mine through Sports Tours International, a British...

British Cyclist Chris Froome Wins 2013 Tour De France

British Cyclist Chris Froome Wins 2013 Tour De France Jul 21st, 2013 at 4:00PM: Courtesy Sky Sports The 100th edition of the Tour de France will come to a dramatic end today when the riders arrive in Paris at last. For the past three weeks the best cyclists in the world have been battling it out on the roads of France for the right to wear the famed maillot jaune – better known as the "yellow jersey" – that designates the current leader of the race. As the peloton...

Hiking in Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Hiking in Triglav National Park, Slovenia Jun 14th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Sean McLachlan We've been talking about Slovenia for the past week here on Gadling. It's got everything you'd expect from a European country: beautiful architecture, medieval churches and castles, world-class museums, a distinct cuisine ... but every European country can boast these things. What really sets Slovenia apart? The countryside. The Julian Alps take up a large part of the country and...

Lake Bled: A Tourist Trap In Slovenia You Really Must See

Lake Bled: A Tourist Trap In Slovenia You Really Must See Jun 12th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Sean McLachlan If you don't already know that Lake Bled is the most popular tourist attraction in Slovenia you'll know it the moment you arrive. There's a casino. There's a Shamrock Irish Pub. There's even one of those tourist buses made up to look like a choo-choo train. It's horrible. But look out across the emerald-green water sparkling in the sunshine and all that disappears. Instead, you...

Touring The World War One Battlefield Of Isonzo

Touring The World War One Battlefield Of Isonzo May 30th, 2013 at 11:00AM: 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 neighbor the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The border was mostly in the Alps and soldiers on both sides carved out ice caves from...

Gorizia: Italy's Overlooked Historic Border City

Gorizia: Italy's Overlooked Historic Border City May 29th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Sean McLachlan Visitors to Italy tend to skip Gorizia. Tucked away at the northeast edge of the country on the border with Slovenia, this small city tends to get bypassed on the way to Trieste or Slovenia. I would have never gone there myself except that I was a guest author at the city's annual history and book fair, the èStoria Festival. Now in its ninth year, the festival is drawing...

Photo Of The Day: Contemplating Lake Como In Italy

Photo Of The Day: Contemplating Lake Como In Italy May 10th, 2013 at 6:00PM: In northern Italy, the Alps meet Lake Como at the comune of Bellagio to form some of the most beautiful vistas in Europe. Not only has the region provided inspiration for the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas, but it is unequivocally gorgeous. Instagram user Jason Rodman absolutely captured the best thing to do at locations such as this, just sitting alone with your thoughts. If you have a great...

Forget Paris, Try Lyon

Forget Paris, Try Lyon Apr 8th, 2013 at 10:00AM: It was nighttime when I first pulled into France's second-largest city, by car, and the lights were on – a wash of royal blue shining up onto orderly rows of stately Renaissance buildings in ochre hues and reflecting in the river that bisects the city. Handsome was the word that came to mind. A masculine gold-and-sapphire answer to Paris's ravishing, soulful beauty. This was the...

Food And Wine Bike Tours Visit Italy's Dolomite Mountain Range

Food And Wine Bike Tours Visit Italy's Dolomite Mountain Range Jan 21st, 2013 at 3:00PM: Food and wine may already be an embedded focus of vacation plans for many travelers. It's not something to put on a to-do list, pencil in on an itinerary or even think all that much about when traveling. But maybe it should be. Travel companies feature and package food and wine bike tours in sizes that fit just about anyone and in 2013, there are plenty of them. Discovering and experiencing...

From Ankle To Arch: Italy's Culinary Diversity

From Ankle To Arch: Italy's Culinary Diversity Jan 21st, 2013 at 12:00PM: Go to your local supermarket to buy pasta and you'll find about a dozen different shapes from which to choose. Travel from the ankle to the arch of the heel in Italy, though, and you'll find 150 different types. And those are just the pasta types that begin with the letter "C." Each of Italy's 20 regions has a distinct cuisine. Pizza crust thickens and thins. Ingredients go in and out of...

Retreating Italian Glacier Reveals Dead From World War I

Retreating Italian Glacier Reveals Dead From World War I Oct 2nd, 2012 at 1:00PM: 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 receding because of an unusually hot summer and the workers were covering it with a giant tarpaulin to keep it from thawing further....

Avalanche Kills Nine On Mont Blanc

Avalanche Kills Nine On Mont Blanc Jul 13th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Tragedy struck one of the most popular and iconic mountains in all of Europe yesterday when an avalanche claimed the lives of nine climbers on Mont Blanc. The massive snow slide is believed to have been accidentally started by another climber who was attempting to scale the 4810-meter (15,781-foot) peak at the time. Search and rescue teams quickly leapt into action and were able to locate two...

Six Of The Most Scenic Train Trips In Europe

Six Of The Most Scenic Train Trips In Europe Apr 11th, 2012 at 10:30AM: Forget flying around Europe. At 30,000 feet it's impossible to truly experience the continent's remarkable landscapes. Rather than being shuttled around in a plane that only allows a birds-eye view, train trips immerse travelers in the terrain. There's a reason why trains are often thought of as the most romantic mode of transportation: riding the rails makes you feel more connected and in...

Museum of European Cultures reopens in Berlin

Museum of European Cultures reopens in Berlin Dec 27th, 2011 at 11:00AM: The Museum of European Cultures has reopened after a two-year renovation. Located in Berlin, this museum focuses on the life of the common people of old Europe. While most museums focus on the famous accomplishments of the elite, this one looks at the everyday lives and traditions of regular people so often forgotten by the history books. Folklore museums can be found all over Europe and make...

10 reasons to travel to Ljubljana

10 reasons to travel to Ljubljana Dec 13th, 2011 at 9:00AM: When I found cheap airfare from Istanbul to Ljubljana, I didn't find many other travelers who'd been there or even say for sure which country it's in. The tiny of country of Slovenia is slightly smaller than New Jersey and its capital city isn't known for much other than being difficult to spell and pronounce (say "lyoob-lyAH-nah"). After spending a few days there last month, I quickly fell...

Enjoy nudist hiking? Rethink that holiday in Switzerland

Enjoy nudist hiking? Rethink that holiday in Switzerland Nov 18th, 2011 at 3:00PM: Last year we reported on a major victory for nudist hiking in Switzerland. A hiker in the conservative Swiss canton of Appenzell got fined for baring all, appealed, and won. Now that victory has turned into defeat. The BBC reports that Switzerland's highest court has ruled that local authorities can fine people for hiking in the buff. Naked hiking isn't illegal per se, but but public indecency...

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