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London, Rome, Paris Top TripAdvisor's Most-Reviewed Cities List

London, Rome, Paris Top TripAdvisor's Most-Reviewed Cities List Dec 17th, 2013 at 2:11PM: Alamy The litany of year-end travel-related lists continues. Today, it's TripAdvisor, which unveiled its most reviewed cities. Leading the way: London, Rome and Paris, according to the Telegraph. The top U.S city was New York, which ranked fourth overall -- a stunning blow for American exceptionalism....

Lonely Planet Releases Top 10 Cities for Travelers

Oct 30th, 2013 at 4:30PM: Lonely Planet recently released its Best in Travel 2014, which includes a list of the top 10 cities for traveling. These cities are spread across the globe and include classics as well as cities that are just coming into their own as traveler destinations. The Lonely Planet list includes some obvious choices like Paris, Cape Town, Zurich, Shanghai, Vancouver, Chicago, and Auckland but it also...

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...

Avoiding Scams And Thieves While Traveling Abroad

Avoiding Scams And Thieves While Traveling Abroad Sep 5th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Flickr user Modenadude My wife and I had just left the Musee D'Orsay when a young woman came running up to us clutching a ring. The pretty brunette spoke in halting English, saying she saw it drop to the ground as we walked by. After a quick scan of our fingers, we told her we weren't missing any rings, but she placed the ring in my hand and insisted we take it for friendship. Before my heart...

Gummy Bear Art Car Takes Grand Tour

Gummy Bear Art Car Takes Grand Tour Aug 30th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Courtesy of Alex Leuchte Sometimes an "only in New York" moment has a more global story. On a rainy afternoon this week in Manhattan, my friend visiting from Germany was excited to spot a Mercedes with Munich plates. The car had a distinctive pattern covering its exterior, we debated whether it was metal, fabric or beads, but the actual decoration is much sweeter: gummy bears. The back window...

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...

Video Of The Day: The $20,000 Timelapse Of Europe

Aug 13th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Kickstarter campaigns seem to be all the rage lately -- but it's more rare to see the finished product of whatever campaign passes through the news. Luke Shepard, an American student studying abroad at the American University of Paris, took three months to visit 36 cities in 21 countries. After shooting thousands of photographs, he strung them together in post-production to produce Nightvision....

Has Airline Consolidation Really Been a Boon For Travelers?

Has Airline Consolidation Really Been a Boon For Travelers? Aug 9th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Flickr user HappyRelm During a recent conversation with Charlie Rose, United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek spoke on the benefits of consolidation in the airline industry. Smisek opines the corporations' increased profits means greater investments in the airline's fleets, including new planes and global WiFi. "That costs a lot of money," Smisek said. "And to do that, you've got to make money to be...

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...

Cities With Great Abstract Art Transformed Into Great Abstract Art

Cities With Great Abstract Art Transformed Into Great Abstract Art Aug 5th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Jazzberry Blue is an artist who creates consistently pleasing abstract art. Jazzberry Blue's recently released abstract art pieces based on cities around the world have impressed the art community. Something I find especially cool about the cities chosen so far for this project is that they are all great destinations for viewing abstract art. Coincidence? Maybe. Either way, these beautiful...

Two-Wheeled Tourism: 10 Cities to Visit If You Love Bikes

Two-Wheeled Tourism: 10 Cities to Visit If You Love Bikes Jul 23rd, 2013 at 9:00AM: Anna Brones Why spend your summer vacation on subways and buses when you could be out exploring places on two wheels? Thanks to an explosion in bike-share systems and a general appreciation for bike culture, making cycling a central part of your travels is becoming easier and easier. You don't have to throw down, pack your bicycle and head off on a full cycle tour to get the pleasure of...

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...

8 Hotels Where Famous People Have Died

8 Hotels Where Famous People Have Died Jul 15th, 2013 at 5:15PM: Michael Francis McCarthy, Flickr Thirty-one-year-old heartthrob Cory Monteith of "Glee" was found dead at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, Canada over the weekend. Sadly, this isn't the first time a celebrity spent his or her final hours in a hotel. Here's a look at some other hotels made famous by celebrity deaths. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida Anna Nicole...

David's Discoveries: The Beetle-Loving Calligrapher Of Paris

David's Discoveries: The Beetle-Loving Calligrapher Of Paris Jun 30th, 2013 at 10:00AM: David Downie, AOL For the last 26 years, calligrapher extraordinaire Eric de Tugny has lured the curious into his magical bolt-hole of a stationer's shop in Paris, on the Rue du Pont Louis Philippe. Long down at the heel, part of the crumbling old Jewish district, this short, straight road is on the western edge of the Marais. Most of the traditional businesses have gone elsewhere, though the...

French Given Etiquette Manual To Combat Rudeness

French Given Etiquette Manual To Combat Rudeness Jun 20th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Gary Cycles, Flickr French tourism authorities desperate to overhaul the country's reputation are handing out a manual aimed at teaching locals how to be polite to foreigners. France is the number one tourist destination in the world with nearly 30 million people visiting the capital in the past year; however, many foreigners leave Paris feeling snubbed by the locals. The unhelpful tone and...

Bikers In Paris: Artcrank Poster Show Comes To The City Of Light

Bikers In Paris: Artcrank Poster Show Comes To The City Of Light Jun 14th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Adam Turman/Artcrank Love bicycles? Love good graphic design? Love transportation-inspired art? You'll love Artcrank. The point of Artcrank is simple: get artists that have a love of bicycles to produce unique posters for shows in bike capitals around the world. The result is a fun combination of art and life on two-wheels around the world. The latest showing kicks off this week in Paris...

Europe Hit By Wave Of Air Traffic Controller Strikes

Europe Hit By Wave Of Air Traffic Controller Strikes Jun 11th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Mark Brouwer The French air traffic controller union is on strike and will soon be followed by those of nine other European nations, the BBC reports. The strike is being launched in protest against European Union plans to form regional blocs for air traffic control. It says this will be more efficient than the current national system and will reduce flight distances. The unions say it reduces...

Vienna, Paris And Now Greece: Why Travelers Will Relate To 'Before Midnight'

Vienna, Paris And Now Greece: Why Travelers Will Relate To 'Before Midnight' Jun 4th, 2013 at 11:00AM: If you've ever approached a good-looking stranger on a train, or kicked yourself for not doing so, you probably love Richard Linklater's trilogy of films - "Before Sunrise," "Before Sunset" and "Before Midnight" – about a pair of travelers who met on a train bound for Vienna in 1995, rekindled their romance in Paris in 2004, and then re-emerge as lovers on holiday in Greece in 2013. I saw...

Saddle Up And Bike Under The Stars In These Cities This Summer

Saddle Up And Bike Under The Stars In These Cities This Summer Jun 3rd, 2013 at 12:00PM: Nick Nunns, Flickr Somewhere in Chicago there's a personal tiki bar on wheels. I'm not talking about the rental "cycle pubs" popular in cities and hipster burgs. This is a five-top cocktail table under a thatched roof, hitched to a bicycle. It passed me around midnight on the streets of Chicago's South Loop a few years ago. Everyone at the "bar" took a turn on the bike while the rest of the pack...

WWII-Era Parisian Apartment Found Stopped In Time

WWII-Era Parisian Apartment Found Stopped In Time May 21st, 2013 at 12:00PM: Cyferus, Flickr Love letters from fans bundled with a ribbon. A Giovanni Boldini painting worth more than $2 million. Hairbrushes caked in 70 years' worth of dust. All sitting right where the owner left them during World War II. According to the Daily Mail, a time capsule of an apartment in Paris's 9th arrondissement was discovered three years ago upon the 91-year-old owner's death. She had...

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