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London's Courtauld Gallery Shows Off German Miniature Bibles

London's Courtauld Gallery Shows Off German Miniature Bibles May 2nd, 2013 at 9:00AM: The Courtauld Gallery in London has opened a new exhibition of two of the smallest Bibles you'll ever see. "Dess Alten Testaments Mittler" and "Dess Neuen Testaments Mittler" are tiny illustrated Bibles produced by two sisters from Augsburg, Germany, in the late 17th century. It was a time of increased private devotion, when people looked for more from religion than the rituals in the church....

Everything You Need To Know About Flying With An Infant Turning 2

Everything You Need To Know About Flying With An Infant Turning 2 Mar 13th, 2013 at 11:00AM: After flying with an infant to over a dozen countries and on nearly 50 flights in her 20 months, I figured I pretty much have baby travel down to a science, as much as you can call it "science" when dealing with a person who is often unpredictable and doesn't respond to reason. While each flight gets more challenging, I'm relishing this travel time before she has opinions on where to go and...

Bryan Adams Opens Photography Exhibition In Düsseldorf

Bryan Adams Opens Photography Exhibition In Düsseldorf Feb 5th, 2013 at 2:00PM: For any child of the '80s, Bryan Adams is that clean-cut Canadian rock star with a steady string of hits. While he's not as big as he once was, he's still making great music and going on tour. What many people don't know about him is that he's also an accomplished photographer. He's been published in magazines such as Esquire and Interview and has done numerous shows at top venues such as the...

VIDEO: Turkish Tannenbaum

Dec 19th, 2012 at 1:00PM: "On Tane Baum in Istanbul" from Manzara Istanbul on Vimeo. Want to feel some holiday warm and fuzzies? Take a few minutes to enjoy this Turkish video from Manzara Istanbul, a vacation apartment rental agency in Turkey's most popular city. The agency is run by a German Turk, who coordinated his entire staff to sing a not-exactly-stellar but very sweet version of the Christmas carol "O...

The Most Useful Useless Phrasebook Phrases

The Most Useful Useless Phrasebook Phrases Jun 1st, 2012 at 9:00AM: I've frequently touted Lonely Planet's Phrasebooks on Gadling (about as often as I've truthfully stated that I receive no kickbacks from them). They've saved my butt countless times, helping me do everything from getting on the right train platform to finding out what obscure ingredient is in a dish. There's another reason I love these indispensible travel companions, however, and that's for...

Kolmanskop: Namibia's Eerie Ghost Town

Kolmanskop: Namibia's Eerie Ghost Town May 17th, 2012 at 4:00PM: There's something compelling about ghost towns. To walk amid the houses that once held families, past playgrounds that once rang with the laughter of children, and through public buildings where locals once gathered – all gone. I've explored ghost towns all over the American Southwest, and while they have creepiness aplenty, the most disturbing ghost town has to be Kolmanskop in...

Video of the day: a goaty guide to pronouncing foreign cheeses

Nov 12th, 2011 at 4:00PM: The holidays are Cheese Season. At no other time of the year are cheese and specialty food shops as thronged by dairy-seeking customers. They're hungry for a fix or searching for a gift, recipe ingredient, or the makings of a cheese plate. Cheese is love, and one of the easiest, most elegant ways to kick off a cocktail party or conclude (or make) a memorable meal. With that in mind, the folks...

Useful foreign phrases, Part 2: how to say, "Can you write this down for me?" in 10 languages

Useful foreign phrases, Part 2: how to say, May 5th, 2011 at 1:00PM: A post written by Chris on Tuesday reminded me of this little language series I started in March. In "Ten things Ugly Americans need to know before visiting a foreign land," Chris recommended brushing up on the local language. He joked about dashing around Venice clutching his concierge's handwritten note, "Do you have 220/110 plug converters for this stupid American who left his at home?" ...

Ode to the expat newspaper

Ode to the expat newspaper May 3rd, 2011 at 3:00PM: One of my favorite things about traveling, in addition to foreign supermarkets, oddball museums, and miniature toiletries, is the local English-language expat newspaper. When I'm home in New York, I tend to get all my news online, either directly from news websites through specific searches or curated from friends' links on social media (one of the best sources for news from US newspapers is...

Italy's South Tyrol: Language disputes

Italy's South Tyrol: Language disputes Apr 27th, 2011 at 7:30AM: In the Italian region of South Tyrol a language dispute has emerged over the exclusive use of German on mountain trail signs. In the Telegraph, Nick Squires provides an overview of what he terms a "language war." South Tyrol's German-language Alpenverein is responsible for replacing all trail signage. Squires claims that around 1500 of these hiking path signs are written exclusively in German....

Useful foreign phrases, Part 1: how to say, "I'm just looking" in 10 languages

Useful foreign phrases, Part 1: how to say, Mar 24th, 2011 at 12:00PM: I've frequently pimped Lonely Planet's Phrasebooks on this site, but I swear I don't get kickbacks from the company. It's just that I'm a big believer in not being a). A Tourist (although, let's face it, if I'm not at home, I am indeed A Tourist) and b). helpless. Even if you're the biggest xenophobe on earth--which would make foreign travel a really weird and pointless pastime you might want...

The Visigoths: Spain's forgotten conquerors

The Visigoths: Spain's forgotten conquerors Dec 31st, 2010 at 2:30PM: When most people think of the fall of the Roman Empire, they think of hordes of howling barbarians swarming over the frontier and laying waste to civilization. That's only partially true. In reality, many tribes were invited, and even those that weren't came with their families not just to conquer, but to settle. This is why historians prefer the term "Migration Period". And although these tribes...

Oktoberfest: Lots of food and more than 8 million gallons of beer

Oktoberfest: Lots of food and more than 8 million gallons of beer Oct 7th, 2010 at 11:24AM: Oktoberfest grew like an indelible beast as Munich crowds headed by subway, bus and foot to the Theresienwiese fairgrounds. It was the last night, after all -- and there was still plenty of beer to consume. Thousands converged, happily dressed in everything from traditional colorful dirndls, lederhosen and vests to ordinary t-shirts and leather jackets. It really makes no difference what you wear...

Meet the "Rotel," the hotel on wheels

Meet the Apr 6th, 2010 at 5:30PM: Why are hotels so stationary? Wouldn't it be great if your hotel could travel along with you wherever you go? Apparently there is such a mobile accommodation, and it's called the Rotel. Website Jalopnik brings us up to speed on this unique hotel on wheels concept, a fleet of vehicles owned by a German company called Rotel Tours. A quick Google Translation of the company's website offers some...

Winter festivals in the Midwest

Winter festivals in the Midwest Dec 28th, 2009 at 11:30AM: What is it about snow that just makes us want to play in it? A fresh, fluffy layer of snow means snow angels and snowmen, building forts and having snowball fights. And for some people, it also means making really, really big snow sculptures like these found on WebUrbanist.com. To see some smaller, but no less impressive, snow sculptures in the Midwest, check out one of the area's many winter...

German tourist arrested for bomb threat at Disney World

German tourist arrested for bomb threat at Disney World Dec 2nd, 2009 at 4:00PM: Seriously folks, who out there doesn't know by now that it's just not okay to make a bomb threat? It's not okay at the airport, and it's not okay at Disney World either. But still, we have yet another story about someone getting arrested for making a false bomb threat. A 37-year old German tourist told security that he had two bombs in his backpack as he was passing through security at Walt...

German pilot dumped, lives in Brazilian airport for two weeks

Oct 31st, 2009 at 9:00AM: Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Breakups are tough, but we always seem to get through them. Whether it's strip clubs or buckets of ice cream, there are plenty of coping mechanisms. The latest is to move into an airport. I don't know how this makes you feel better, but it seems to be working for a German tourist. Heinz Muller, a former pilot,...

Hikers on new trail in Germany may see more "nature" than they want

Hikers on new trail in Germany may see more Sep 24th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Apparently, nudity is big in Germany. The German Nudist Association organizes outings for naturalists to nude beaches and campgrounds and now, there's even a special path for naked hikers. Yeah, I said naked hikers. The 11-mile long trail will run from Dankerode to the Wippertal dam and officially opens in May. The trail will be marked with signs warning hikers that nudists are in the area. "If...

Brits continue to self-congratulate on cleanliness

Brits continue to self-congratulate on cleanliness Apr 19th, 2009 at 10:00AM: Brits are the best-behaved hotel guests, according to a survey by TripAdvisor. More than 3,000 participated in the study, and the results are certain to reinforce stereotypes. Forty-three percent of hotel guests from the UK make their own beds every morning ... which is nothing compared to the 79 percent who put their clothes neatly in the closets. But, tidiness comes with a price. Travelers from...

Top 10 wine spots, none in U.S.

Top 10 wine spots, none in U.S. Apr 12th, 2009 at 4:00PM: I realize that, on the world stage, our homeland isn't exactly the most popular place right now. Part of it stems from eight years of political buffoonery, and a healthy dose comes from traditional "old world" bias against the United States. Like most of us, I've learned to adjust for a touch of this when I read international news coverage. To a certain extent, I understand it ... we're more like...

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