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Climate Change May Fuel Future Travel Options

Climate Change May Fuel Future Travel Options Apr 2nd, 2013 at 5:00PM: Climate change is a topic that many of us think is something that will affect future generations, perhaps hundreds of years from now. But what if we look at it from a different viewpoint? What if we could travel back in time 17 million years to when the Grand Canyon was just forming? Would we have believed that the national monument, now nearly a mile deep in places, would some day be a major...

Photo Of The Day: A 121-Year-Old Dutch Beauty

Photo Of The Day: A 121-Year-Old Dutch Beauty Mar 22nd, 2013 at 6:00PM: Despite the Netherlands not quite being world renowned for their castles, Castle De Haar is a classic example of one, even complete with a moat. This shot by Dutch native Bert Kaufmann is exactly the kind that you would hope to capture yourself, where it's easy to imagine strolls along the pond and enjoying a nice coffee from inside. Take your own great travel photos and upload them to the...

Netherlands' Divorce Hotel Offers Whirlwind Breakups

Netherlands' Divorce Hotel Offers Whirlwind Breakups Mar 6th, 2013 at 4:00PM: When it comes to marriage, tying the knot has always been so much faster than untying it. A quickie wedding in Las Vegas can be over in minutes, but a divorce usually takes months or even years to finalize. The Netherlands is hoping to change all that with the opening of the Divorce Hotel. It's a place where you check in as a legally wedded couple and check out as exes – all in the...

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013 Jan 21st, 2013 at 9:00AM: Have you ever landed in a place to find out you arrived just after the town's can't-miss event of the year? Well, hopefully that won't happen again this year. Gadling bloggers racked their brains to make sure our readers don't overlook the best parties to be had throughout the world in 2013. Below are more than 60 music festivals, cultural events, pilgrimages and celebrations you should...

What's The Difference Between Holland And The Netherlands? This Video Tells You

Dec 22nd, 2012 at 11:00AM: Remember that fast-talking fellow with all of the nifty geography lessons? The guy who sorted out the difference among Great Britain, England and the UK for us in one dandy film? Well he's back, and he's here to explain the proper use between The Netherlands and Holland. I won't ruin the surprise for you, but the geographic difference was quite enlightening. His name is CGP Grey, by the...

A Dead Duck In Amsterdam

A Dead Duck In Amsterdam Dec 10th, 2012 at 12:00PM: There are parties and then there are parties in which one of the guests is standing in the corner caressing a dead mallard duck. Then again, this is Amsterdam and it's sometimes hard to tell if one is hallucinating from taking too much ... um, jetlag, or if, in this anything-goes city, people really do never leave home without their taxidermied animal. I was visiting a friend in Amsterdam and...

The World's Most Recommended Country To Visit

The World's Most Recommended Country To Visit Sep 18th, 2012 at 3:00PM: The world's most recommended country to visit is Canada, says a study measuring public perceptions of countries around the world. The ranking is a component of the best overall country reputation that also considers employment, living conditions, investment potential and more. Beating out Australia, Sweden and Switzerland for the second year in a row for the number one spot, Canada is one of 50...

Photo Of The Day: Turkish Tulips

Photo Of The Day: Turkish Tulips Apr 19th, 2012 at 6:00PM: April showers bring May flowers, as the saying goes. We're getting plenty of rain this month in Turkey, but we've had flowers. April is the big month for tulips in Istanbul, and you can see them planted all over town as 11.5 million were planted for this year's season. I took today's photo at Emirgan Park, one of the prime viewing spots of the Istanbul Tulip Festival. There are over 100...

Got Milk? This Swiss Soft Drink Does

Got Milk? This Swiss Soft Drink Does Apr 11th, 2012 at 1:00PM: It looks like soda. It tastes like soda. But the Swiss soft drink pictured above has a peculiar key ingredient: milk whey. First introduced in the 1950s, Rivella beat out both Coke and Pepsi in sales in its home country, and a spokeswoman once said the Swiss people are "almost as familiar with it as breast milk." Still, the drink remains practically unknown throughout the rest of the world....

Edam Is Much More Than Cheese In Holland

Edam Is Much More Than Cheese In Holland Apr 3rd, 2012 at 12:30PM: Edam is a city in the Dutch province of Noord-Holland that is famous as the original source of the cheese with the same name. Recently, we spent a day in Edam walking cobblestone streets, sampling fresh cheeses made daily and enjoying a city that looks today much like it did decades ago. "Edam is a city with a rich history. It began in the 12th century, when farmers and fishermen settled along...

A town with no roads: Giethoorn, Netherlands

A town with no roads: Giethoorn, Netherlands Mar 17th, 2012 at 3:00PM: I recently came across a story, complete with entrancing photos, on SlightlyWarped.com. "The Town with No Roads" captured my attention with its title and then I read on. The series, worth reading, from Slightly Warped is called "Curiosities" -- and this curiosity is worth the intrigue. Giethoorn, Netherlands, is reminiscent of a fairytale. Tall trees and bushy shrubs are so well-placed alongside a...

10 things you probably didn't know about Holland

10 things you probably didn't know about Holland Mar 7th, 2012 at 6:00PM: While Holland is well known for its bright flowers, the canals of Amsterdam, and wooden shoes, there are still many surprises to discover about this region. To help expand your knowledge, here are some things you probably didn't know about Holland. 1. Rotterdam is the only Dutch city with a true skyline. In fact, it is so impressive the area is known as "Manhattan on the Meuse." In terms of...

Video: Skating the canals of Amsterdam

Feb 13th, 2012 at 4:30PM: The cold snap that has brought much of Europe to a stand-still this winter has invigorated the Dutch. For the first time in more than a decade, the canals in Amsterdam have frozen solid, creating a network of rinks between the city's iconic, gabled canal houses. The above video captures the beauty of central Amsterdam as well as the warm, festive spirit of its residents. Watch as...

VIDEO: Visit a guinea pig village in Holland

Feb 10th, 2012 at 6:00PM: If you prefer cute and cuddly animals to the Big Five on safari, you may want to consider a trip to the Netherlands. VICE's Cute Show takes a look this week at a guinea pig village in Holland, where the hairy rodents go to "retire" when their owners can no longer look after them. You can adopt a guinea pig or just visit them (I'm partial to the scrappy and long-haired Droopy). The guinea...

Opinion: Dutch khat ban smacks of racism

Opinion: Dutch khat ban smacks of racism Jan 16th, 2012 at 10:00AM: The Dutch government recently announced that it will ban the use of khat, a narcotic leaf widely chewed in the Horn of Africa and Yemen. I've written about khat before. I've spent four months in Ethiopia, especially Harar, a city in the eastern part of the country where chewing khat (pronounced "chat" in the local languages) is part of many people's daily lives. It's a mild drug that makes...

New budget travel magazine debuts: Off Track Planet moves into print

New budget travel magazine debuts: Off Track Planet moves into print Jan 4th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Off Track Planet, a Brooklyn-based online budget travel publication, takes its f-bomb dropping idiom into print today with the debut of an eponymous magazine. Off Track Planet, for the uninitiated, is geared toward the 18-30 set and is particularly focused on undergraduates. Accordingly, the publication directs its attention to several subjects of primary interest to college kids; among...

Amsterdam's Schipol Airport gallery opens winter exhibition (about winter!)

Amsterdam's Schipol Airport gallery opens winter exhibition (about winter!) Dec 21st, 2011 at 11:00AM: I love airport art galleries. They offer the delayed passenger something far more satisfying than eating fattening toxins in the food court. The gallery at Schipol Airport, Amsterdam, is one of the best because it's run by the world-famous Rijksmuseum. The gallery has just opened Dutch Winters, a collection of winter scenes by Dutch artists. Interestingly, the curators didn't go for the usual...

Airplane accommodations: The Netherlands' Airplane Suite

Airplane accommodations: The Netherlands' Airplane Suite Dec 16th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Whether you're an aviation enthusiast or simply a lover of quirky lodgings, these airplane-style accommodations are sure to fly high in your book. We're featuring a series of them. Up first: an Airplane Suite in the Netherlands. Fly "first class" with this luxe suite, which offers a Jacuzzi, infrared sauna, mini bar, three flat screen TVs, mini kitchen and more. The suite is actually an...

Biblical bridge allows pedestrians to "walk through water" like Moses

Nov 30th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Parting the sea is no longer a feat held just for saints and those with higher powers. Thanks to a new and innovative creation by RO & AD Architects, anyone can walk through water, just like Moses did when he parted the Red Sea. The Moses Bridge is located in the Netherlands and gives people access to Fort de Roover, an old Dutch Fortress from the 17th century. What makes this bridge unique...

Amsterdam day trip: Van Brederode castle

Amsterdam day trip: Van Brederode castle Nov 28th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Amsterdam has plenty of day trip opportunities. Smaller cities such as Delft are a short train ride away and the pretty countryside has many historic attractions. Ruïne van Brederode is a castle in the town of Santpoort Zuid, about 25 minutes away by train from Centraal Station. From the Santpoort Zuid station, signs lead through quiet, tree-lined streets to the castle. The...

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