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Bull Attack Kills Tourist In France

Bull Attack Kills Tourist In France Oct 18th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Wikimedia Commons A bull attack in France has left one German tourist killed and another injured, the BBC reports. A man and wife were on a cycling vacation in the Camargue region of southern France when they were attacked while passing a farm where some bulls were fighting each other. One animal broke out of the enclosure and attacked the woman. When her husband came to her aid, he was gored...

Cave Art May Have Been Painted By Mostly Women, Scientists Say

Cave Art May Have Been Painted By Mostly Women, Scientists Say Oct 15th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Hand stencil in Pech Merle Cave. Courtesy French MInistry of Culture The prehistoric cave art of Europe may have been painted mostly by women, a new study covered by National Geographic suggests. Archaeologist Dr. Dean Snow of Pennsylvania State University came to this conclusion through studying one of the most enigmatic icons of prehistoric European cave art--hand stencils. In many European...

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...

How Did So Much Cocaine Wind Up On This Flight?

Sep 23rd, 2013 at 3:00PM: A couple of passengers departing Caracas, Venezuela for Paris, France checked 31 articles of luggage on the flight, all of which were tagged under false names. Upon investigation, authorities discovered that the bags were filled with 2,866 pounds of pure cocaine. Suspicions were apparently only raised when the passengers who checked the bags didn't actually board the plane. The flight date was...

Business Executive Expenses More Than $1,000 In Travel Costs -- For A Cat

Business Executive Expenses More Than $1,000 In Travel Costs -- For A Cat Sep 11th, 2013 at 3:00PM: toastie97, Flickr Stories of executives abusing travel expense accounts is nothing new, but a British boss has certainly got many people scratching their heads after expensing an outrageously expensive taxi ride for a cat. The executive, who works at a taxpayer funded nuclear power plant in the UK, billed £714 ($1,128) for a taxi journey for the animal, which enjoyed a luxurious ride in a...

France Forever: Exploring Cluny And The Butte de Suin

France Forever: Exploring Cluny And The Butte de Suin Aug 29th, 2013 at 9:00AM: David Downie As I teetered atop the wind-blown, 700-year-old Tour des Fromages in the medieval tangle of Cluny, on Burgundy's southern edge, I could see history writ large: the Romanesque spires and broken columns of Cluny's ruined abbey, once the biggest in Christendom. But my rapturous eyes took in more: the tuck-'n'-roll hills and rocky trails my wife and I explored a few years back. Alison...

Given A Map, A Lot Of People Have No Idea Where They Traveled (Or Where They Live)

Given A Map, A Lot Of People Have No Idea Where They Traveled (Or Where They Live) Aug 23rd, 2013 at 3:30PM: Glyn Lowe Photoworks, Flickr While early explorers may have spent countless weeks plotting their journeys on maps and charting the best course to get to their destination, it seems many modern day travelers don't have a clue about where they're actually going. A new study has found massive numbers of travelers can't find their vacation destination on a world map. When asked where Cyprus was...

Was This The Real Mona Lisa?

Was This The Real Mona Lisa? Aug 14th, 2013 at 10:30AM: Wikimedia Commons Scientists in Florence are examining the bones of a 16th century nun they think served as the model for the Mona Lisa. Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo was the wife of a wealthy merchant and is rumored to have been the model for Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait. She was a famed beauty in her time and lived across the street from the famous artist and inventor. When her husband...

Tour Paris By Zeppelin

Aug 8th, 2013 at 9:45AM: Looking for a way to avoid the tourist crowds in Paris? You might try looking up. Airship Paris is a new company offering tours of the French countryside around Paris by zeppelin. Tickets range from 250 euro for a half-hour "first flight" tour of the castles around Vexin (including the Villette Castle from "The Da Vinci Code" movie), to 650 euro for a royal tour of Versailles with Paris in...

American Tourist Snaps Finger Off Priceless Florentine Statue

American Tourist Snaps Finger Off Priceless Florentine Statue Aug 6th, 2013 at 12:30PM: sailko, Wikimedia An American tourist who says he was "measuring" the finger of a 600-year-old statue of the Virgin Mary ended up accidently snapping off the statue's pinky. Staff at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo in Florence, Italy are outraged. Although the statue is a cast of the original, repairs will be complex and costly. Timothy Verdun, an American expat and art historian who works with...

How Not To Become The Victim Of A $50M Hotel Heist

How Not To Become The Victim Of A $50M Hotel Heist Jul 29th, 2013 at 12:00PM: spencer77, Flickr In a plot that plays out like a Hollywood movie, an armed thief who raided an exclusive hotel along the French Riviera got away with an estimated bounty of $50 million. Amusingly, the stolen jewels were lifted out of the very hotel where Alfred Hitchcock's "To Catch a Thief" starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly was filmed in the 1950s. The haul didn't come from hotel guests, but...

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...

Speedos Are Now Globally Approved?

Speedos Are Now Globally Approved? Jul 18th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Expedia.com That's right. The majority of the world -- including Americans -- believes it's completely acceptable to wear Speedos to the beach. The skimpy swimsuit stat comes from Expedia.com, who surveyed more than 8,000 people across the globe. Here's what the online travel agency has to say: Much to our surprise (and some peoples' disgust), it revealed that wearing a Speedo gets two thumbs up...

Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie: A Cruise Ship Wedding?

Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie: A Cruise Ship Wedding? Jul 18th, 2013 at 3:00PM: easylocum/Flickr It wouldn't be the first time a wedding was performed at sea; cruise line captains do it with some frequency. Accepted internationally as a legal deal, it often beats the price of a fancy wedding on land too. For high-profile celebrities Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, being married at sea offers another advantage too: no paparazzi as far as the eye can see. Originally planning...

Taking A Break From The Tour De France To Explore The French Countryside

Taking A Break From The Tour De France To Explore The French Countryside Jul 16th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Rob Annis After tackling some of the most celebrated roads and climbs of the Tour de France over the previous few days, a few of the group decided to gear down for an afternoon and discover some of the French countryside. Starting from the town of Foix, we would travel south to Ax-les-Thermes, where we would later catch the finishing climb of that day's stage. I'd hoped to make it to the town...

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Tour De France, In 10 Minutes

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Tour De France, In 10 Minutes Jul 12th, 2013 at 8:30AM: The Tour de France Explained in Animation Even cycling amateurs have a thing for the Tour de France; if you like travel and have even an inkling of desire to ride a bike, it's hard not to at least watch a stage or two. The Tour de France is one of those classic events that's as much a sporting event as it is a cultural one, attracting people from far and wide to come and watch in person (or even...

Conquering The Famed Tour De France Climb, Mont Ventoux

Conquering The Famed Tour De France Climb, Mont Ventoux Jul 10th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Rob Annis When thinking of iconic Tour de France climbs, three mountains immediately spring to mind – Alp d'Huez, Col d' Tourmalet and Mont Ventoux. Every year, hundreds of thousands of riders flock to France to test their mettle against those three mountains and the ghosts of Tour riders past. On Bastille Day, July 14, the pro riders will race up Mont Ventoux during stage 15 of the Tour....

Nabbing Free Souvenirs At The Tour De France

Nabbing Free Souvenirs At The Tour De France Jul 9th, 2013 at 9:30AM: Rob Annis So you've promised all your friends and family you'd bring them back souvenirs from your Tour de France trip. Although buying everyone a €20 T-shirt will help solve the lingering effects of the European financial crisis, it's also going to put a bigger dent in your bank statement than those $1,300 plane tickets to France. Before the start of each stage, a massive convoy of...

The Tour De France Takes Over Nice

The Tour De France Takes Over Nice Jul 3rd, 2013 at 11:00AM: By Rob Annis Nice, the resort oasis in the south of France, may be best known for the intense, steel-blue of the Mediterranean Sea, but for a few days this July, yellow was the color of note. We arrived in Nice less than 24 hours before nearly 200 of the world's best bike riders took over 25 kilometers of the city's streets. The Tour de France is more than a sporting event for the French...

Mexican Park Offers Fake Border Crossing Attraction

Mexican Park Offers Fake Border Crossing Attraction Jun 26th, 2013 at 2:00PM: From sewer tours in France to "ghetto tours" in New York, there's no shortage of strange excursions out there. An amusement park in Mexico, however, may have the most unusual outing yet: Parque EcoAlberto is bringing in tourist dollars - and teaching Mexican youth a lesson - by simulating the experience of fleeing across the U.S.-Mexico border. According to PBS, the nighttime-only attraction...

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