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Iconic Airports: Where Are They Now?

Iconic Airports: Where Are They Now? Oct 14th, 2013 at 3:30PM: Original LAX plan, courtesy LA World Airports Flight Path Learning Center Yesterday, I went out to JFK Airport with no flight to catch and no visitors to greet. It was the annual Open House New York event, where private buildings and homes all over the city open to the public for a few hours, and it was a last chance to see the iconic TWA Flight Center before it is turned into a hotel. (You can...

Forget Tickets, Get On Public Transportation With A Ring

Forget Tickets, Get On Public Transportation With A Ring Aug 29th, 2013 at 12:30PM: Sesame Ring While public transportation can be a godsend while traveling, losing your public transportation pass or ticket is not. We've all misplaced our bus or metro pass at least a few times in life, and no matter where you are in the world the feeling is always the same. That changes now. Thanks to some very intelligent engineering students at MIT, there's a new device that may forever...

Mini Museum, Big Audience?

Mini Museum, Big Audience? Aug 16th, 2013 at 11:30AM: Flickr user ColorblindRain Size matters when it comes to art attractions, but the new Micro Museum in Boston wants to prove bigger isn't always better. While it could take days to see everything the Louvre has to offer, visitors at the Mµseum can take in all the art in a matter of seconds. It pays to be short: the three-wall gallery, located at 72 1/2 Union Square, is less than 5-feet...

5 U.S. Beaches You Can Get to Without a Car

5 U.S. Beaches You Can Get to Without a Car Aug 15th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Flickr, Tom Gill Summer may be winding down, but there are still a few weekends left to spend at the beach. Rather than sit in traffic or rent an expensive car, you can ride public transportation to many beaches in the U.S. Seasonal routes are especially likely to be popular, so go early and pack light. Boston - CapeFLYER train to Cape Cod Reintroduced this summer, the CapeFLYER train goes...

Ethnic Element Of Boston Bombing Complicated By Geography Skills

Ethnic Element Of Boston Bombing Complicated By Geography Skills Apr 21st, 2013 at 12:00PM: Killed and captured, Boston marathon suspects Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are understandably a trending topic across social media platforms. That's no surprise. Perhaps now some reasons behind the bombing will surface and we can begin to categorize the event, learn from it, vow to never forget and move along, albeit with a bit less of a secure feeling. Also no surprise is that most...

Hotel News We Noted: April 19, 2013

Hotel News We Noted: April 19, 2013 Apr 19th, 2013 at 2:00PM: As we bring you this week's "Hotel News We Noted" column, we must first take a moment to share our thoughts with the people in and affected by this week's events in Boston and in West, Texas. If you're joining us for the first time, "Hotel News We Noted" is a weekly column bringing readers the best, oddest and most interesting news of note from the hotel world each week. We welcome reader tips...

A Blogger On Lockdown At The Marriott Long Wharf In Boston

A Blogger On Lockdown At The Marriott Long Wharf In Boston Apr 19th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Last night, I posted a photo from Boston this week that I took on Tuesday near the Common and close to the site of the Marathon bombings. The city was starting to feel normal again, and the signs of what happened on Monday were of the positive variety: restaurants offering free meals for first responders, guerrilla fundraisers for the victims and families, and everyone showing their Boston...

Photo Of The Day: Boston Running Shoes

Photo Of The Day: Boston Running Shoes Apr 18th, 2013 at 7:00PM: Hello from Boston, my hometown and location for the week. I arrived Tuesday, just about 24 hours after the horrific Marathon bombings, and found the city somber but also kinder and gentler than usual (hardly any cars honking). My first stop was Boston Common, for a walk through the park and gardens. Though the streets were lined with news trucks, and there were more than a few police officers...

American Airlines Flights Snarled By System Outage And Airport Shutdowns

American Airlines Flights Snarled By System Outage And Airport Shutdowns Apr 16th, 2013 at 4:00PM: It's a bad day to be flying with massive closures and flight delays across the country due to a series of technical problems and security breaches. First up, American Airlines announced that all of its flights would be grounded until at least 5 p.m. CT. An FAA spokesperson said the system-wide outage is the result of computer problems. The airline, which has been besieged by complaints via...

Fees Waived, Heightened Security At Boston Airport After Bombings

Fees Waived, Heightened Security At Boston Airport After Bombings Apr 16th, 2013 at 3:00PM: The world was shocked and saddened to hear about the Boston Marathon bombings yesterday, but what does it mean for people flying in and out of Boston's Logan International Airport? Two things: flexible rebooking schedules and increased screenings. USA Today is reporting several carriers have instituted flexible rebooking policies for those scheduled to pass through Boston. American, Delta,...

Samurai! The Art Of The Japanese Warrior Comes To Boston

Samurai! The Art Of The Japanese Warrior Comes To Boston Apr 12th, 2013 at 5:00PM: The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is showcasing a large collection of samurai armor and art from one of the world's leading private collections. "Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection" opens this Sunday, April 14, and features more than 140 objects, such as this horse and rider. Visitors will learn about the complex typology of these elegant suits and how they...

Photo Of The Day: Sunset After Nemo

Photo Of The Day: Sunset After Nemo Feb 12th, 2013 at 6:30PM: Last week, Winter Storm Nemo battered the Eastern seaboard of the United States with torrential snow and sleet, not to mention a bitter cold freeze that lasts to this day. In the calm after the storm, Flickr user Peter Rood captured this image of a stunning sunset over Boston, one of the cities hit worst by the storm. Where Mother Nature wreaks havoc, she can also bring extraordinary...

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta Feb 8th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Much ado about pork products is made on Gadling, with good reason. Even if you're sick to death of pork-centric eateries, and lardo this and sausage that, it's hard to deny the allure of the other white meat (I can't tell you how many vegetarians and vegans I know who still have a jones for bacon). For those of you wanting to attend the ultimate porkapalooza, get your tickets for Cochon 555, a...

City Nicknames We'd Rather Not Hear

City Nicknames We'd Rather Not Hear Jan 15th, 2013 at 2:00PM: As a native Californian, few things get on my nerves more than hearing the abbreviation, "Cali." I don't know why it irritates me so much, but I suspect it's the knowing, insider-y tone that usually accompanies it. "Yeah, man, I just got back from a trip to Cali. It was hella cool." Aaargh. Also right up there is "Frisco." Let me just tell you that Californians do not, ever, under any...

Celebrating Italian Style In Boston's North End

Celebrating Italian Style In Boston's North End Sep 10th, 2012 at 12:00PM: In Italy, feast days tied to saints are the glue that binds communities together. Bands practice all year long so they sound just right when they lead processions through city streets. People get dressed up and buy cannoli and other treats for their neighbors. Young people use the social occasions to hook up, and, everyone, everyone eats and drinks well. Boston's North End still clings to the...

6 Boston Bars That Transport You To Other Places

6 Boston Bars That Transport You To Other Places Sep 7th, 2012 at 2:00PM: There are myriad bars you can go to if you just want a decent atmosphere and drinks. On a recent trip to Boston, however, I learned there are many bars that are more than they appear on the outside. On your next trip to the city, make sure to check out some of these bars and restaurants that transport you to other places. The Hawthorne 500A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston The Hotel...

Video Tour Of Historic New England Graveyards

Video Tour Of Historic New England Graveyards Sep 3rd, 2012 at 3:00PM: Cemeteries can be inspiring. I know a lot of people who will go to great lengths to avoid visiting hospitals, nursing homes, cemeteries and anyplace else that reminds them that one day they're going to die. I won't admit to being a fan of hospitals and nursing homes, but I like visiting old cemeteries. They give us a glimpse into history and remind us of our own mortality. If you're caught up...

Gastronomy And Great Spas: Four Hotel And Resort Spas With Luxurious Culinary Tie-Ins

Gastronomy And Great Spas: Four Hotel And Resort Spas With Luxurious Culinary Tie-Ins Aug 30th, 2012 at 5:00PM: Spas have long been mixing natural and food-quality ingredients into their treatment offerings, but spa cuisine menus have often been relegated to the true destination spa resorts - the Miravals and Canyon Ranches of the travel world. While these spots are lovely, travelers often don't have time to get away for a week of relaxation. Today, however, more and more hotels are offering healthy cuisine...

Boston's Galleria Umberto: America's Best Cheap Slice Place?

Boston's Galleria Umberto: America's Best Cheap Slice Place? Aug 25th, 2012 at 12:00PM: The Galleria Umberto Rosticceria pizzeria in Boston's North End is named after a stunning, ornate 19th century shopping arcade in Naples. But the interior of one of the country's best cheap slice places is as Spartan as they come. In fact, the place resembles a cafeteria or, if you're there at lunchtime, when the lines stretch out the door and around the block, a soup kitchen. Boston's North...

Boston Hotel Evacuated After Suspected Drug Lab Discovery

Aug 1st, 2012 at 1:00PM: When I think of places to hold my next meth lab, the Holiday Inn doesn't exactly spring to the front of my mind, but apparently it did for one Peabody hotel guest. Police uncovered a suspected drug lab at a Boston area Holiday Inn in Peabody. The suspected lab was discovered when a security guard noticed smoke coming out from under the door. "The security officers reported they saw a large...

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