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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...

Brooklyn Bridge: Musical Instrument?

Brooklyn Bridge: Musical Instrument? Aug 27th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Human Harp If you have ever crossed the Brooklyn Bridge you know that it's a stunning piece of architecture. But if artist Di Mainstone has her way, it will be more than just that. It will be a musical instrument. Mainstone's Human Harp project, documented beautifully by the Creators Project, aims to transform bridges around the world into instruments, allowing people to interact with...

Valencia: Spain's Third City Offers Culture And Cuisine

Valencia: Spain's Third City Offers Culture And Cuisine Jul 18th, 2013 at 5:30PM: Sean McLachlan There's a well-worn tourist trail in Spain: Madrid for the art, Barcelona for the nightlife and the Costa del Sol for the beaches. All of these are great, but there are plenty of other spots that often slip under the radar. Valencia, for example, gets plenty of tourists from Europe yet seems to not get so many Americans. I hardly saw any in the past three days....

Bruges: 7 Reasons The 'Venice Of Belgium' Is Worth Visiting

Bruges: 7 Reasons The 'Venice Of Belgium' Is Worth Visiting Jun 27th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Anna Brones The only memory I had of the Belgian city Bruges was thanks to the black comedy film "In Bruges," where the city is more or less equated to some form of purgatory. The only image I had retained was a grey, misty and dismal city with not much going for it. Not the case. An easy day trip from Brussels, Bruges is worth your time, and not just if your obsessed with waffles. If...

Explore The World's Tallest Building In Google Street View

Explore The World's Tallest Building In Google Street View Jun 25th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Nicolas Lannuzel At 2722 feet in height, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world and quite an impressive feat of modern engineering. Since its opening in 2010, the glass and metal spire has become an iconic structure, even managing to stand out in a city that is known for its over-the-top architecture. Most of us will probably never get an opportunity to see it in person,...

Venice: Grand Vistas And Little Details

Venice: Grand Vistas And Little Details Jun 21st, 2013 at 12:00PM: Sean McLachlan On my first day in Venice I walked the streets without a camera in order to savor the beauties of this unparalleled city. I was leaving the next afternoon so that morning I got up at dawn in order to catch Venice at its abandoned best. It's a different city, more peaceful. You can linger on a bridge or take a shot from the middle of a street without getting trampled. You can...

Strolling Through Venice Without A Camera

Strolling Through Venice Without A Camera Jun 16th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Wikimedia Commons I've wanted to visit Venice all my life. Who wouldn't? It has the reputation of being the most beautiful city in the world, and with my love of architecture my first glimpse of it was going to be a lifelong memory. After a rainy week in Slovenia, I arrived in Venice on a gloriously cloudless afternoon. I had less than 24 hours in the city before family obligations would take...

Like Castles? Go To Slovenia

Like Castles? Go To Slovenia Jun 10th, 2013 at 10:00AM: The little nation of Slovenia is situated on a crossroads. On the southeastern edge of the Alps and on the way to the rest of the Balkans and to central Europe, it's seen more than its fair share of invading armies. No wonder, then, that this country that's slightly smaller than New Jersey has some 700 castles. Many are in ruins thanks to those invading armies, while others were dismantled...

Photo Of The Day: Alhambra's Palacio De Carlos V

Photo Of The Day: Alhambra's Palacio De Carlos V Jun 9th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Mike Rowe, Flickr Capturing a stunning combination of architecture and weather, Flickr user Mike Rowe took this black and white photo at the palace of Charles V, contained within the Alhambra in Grenada, Spain. Commissioned as a royal residence close to the Alhambra palace, the 16th-century building is a square, two-level structure done in the Renaissance style. It's also home to two museums:...

Ljubljana: Why Slovenia's Cool Capital Needs To Be On Your Bucket List

Ljubljana: Why Slovenia's Cool Capital Needs To Be On Your Bucket List Jun 7th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Sean McLachlan Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, has been trumpeted by travel writers for a good 10 years now, yet this artsy little city of 270,000 still doesn't get overrun with tourists. Perhaps it's because it's surrounded by better-known countries like Italy and Croatia; perhaps people confuse it with Slovakia; perhaps people still have old Communist imagery in their heads. Whatever it is,...

Photo Of The Day: A Gorgeous Moscow Metro Station

Photo Of The Day: A Gorgeous Moscow Metro Station May 24th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Mariusz Kluzniak, Flickr One of the most beautiful subway systems in the world is the Moscow Metro. The system was originally built under direct orders from Stalin to create gorgeous stations that the people of Moscow would admire for its depictions of a "radiant future." Mariusz Kluzniak took this fantastic panorama of the absolutely beautiful Novoslobodskaya Station. The station's architect,...

Photo Of The Day: Sunset At Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto

Photo Of The Day: Sunset At Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto Apr 30th, 2013 at 6:30PM: It's difficult to describe the magic of Kyoto, Japan, but today's Photo of the Day comes awfully close. Taken at sunset from the Kiyomizu-dera temple, the image showcases the traditional architecture of the temple, the bright reds and oranges of the fall foliage, the city below and the mountains in the distance. Capturing the shot wasn't a simple endeavor, but Flickr user Chung Hu...

A Cast-Iron Church In Istanbul

A Cast-Iron Church In Istanbul Apr 22nd, 2013 at 10:00AM: This church on the shoreline of Istanbul looks ornate yet pretty normal – that is until you go up and take a closer look. The Bulgarian St. Stephen Church isn't made of stone but rather of cast iron. It's a rare survival of a 19th-century craze in prefab cast-iron churches. Also known as the Bulgarian Iron Church, its parts were cast in Vienna in 1871 and shipped down the Danube in a...

5 Overlooked Castles Close To London

5 Overlooked Castles Close To London Apr 16th, 2013 at 9:00AM: England is famous for its castles. Giant fortresses such as Bamburgh Castle and Lincoln Castle attract thousands of visitors a year, but people tend to overlook the many smaller, lesser-known castles close to London. These are often as interesting as their more famous cousins and make for enjoyable day trips from London. Here are five of the best. Hadleigh Castle Near the town of Hadleigh...

Photo Of The Day: Parc Güell In Barcelona

Photo Of The Day: Parc Güell In Barcelona Apr 9th, 2013 at 6:30PM: Parc Güell is one of artist Antoni Gaudí's masterpieces: a 17-hectare garden complex with whimsical architectural elements overlooking the city of Barcelona. One of the park's many highlights is the preponderance of Gaudí's famous tiled mosaics, one of which is captured in all of its multicolored glory in today's Photo of the Day from Flickr user Gus NYC....

Photo Gallery: The Colonials Of Asuncion, Paraguay

Apr 7th, 2013 at 2:00PM: I've always had a deep love for decrepit colonial or colonial-style buildings; in fact, I appreciate decrepitude in many things, such as classic cars, port cities, barns and houses (but not men). Even after a week in Paraguay, I'm still constantly reaching for my camera to capture shots of Asuncion's seemingly endless restored and crumbling historic buildings (many of which are also gothic in...

Teufelsberg: A Photo Tour Inside Berlin's Secret Abandoned Spy Station

Teufelsberg: A Photo Tour Inside Berlin's Secret Abandoned Spy Station Mar 31st, 2013 at 11:00AM: Berlin is a city that harbors its share of ghosts. As Germany's premier city marches ever further into the future, shiny new government buildings and designer lofts rising on vacant lots across the capital, vestiges of Berlin's infamous role in two World Wars and a Cold War can still be found if you know where to look. A prime example of this 20th-century legacy is Teufelsberg, an...

Photo Of The Day: The Old And The New In Seoul, South Korea

Photo Of The Day: The Old And The New In Seoul, South Korea Mar 26th, 2013 at 6:30PM: As we've seen in Jonathan Kramer's "The Kimchi-ite" series, South Korea is a country that embraces both its past and its future. That notion is captured perfectly in this Photo of the Day from Flickr user and photographer Ohad Ben-Yoseph, which depicts a colorful old temple set against a sparkling new skyscraper in perfect juxtaposition. Ben-Yoseph's Flickr photo stream is filled with...

Photo Of The Day: Colonial Architecture In Burma

Photo Of The Day: Colonial Architecture In Burma Mar 10th, 2013 at 6:00PM: When we think of Southeast Asian architecture we often think of old temples and ancient statues, but the influence of colonial times on this area of the world has had just as much of an influence on the local infrastructure and design. Flickr member R A L F captured this beautiful building facade in Yangon, Burma (Myanmar). The city, also known as Rangoon, has the largest number of colonial...

Castle Drogo, England, Opens To Public

Castle Drogo, England, Opens To Public Mar 10th, 2013 at 12:00PM: The last castle to be built in England is opening to the pubic, BBC reports. Castle Drogo is more of a stately home than a castle, since it was built long after artillery made castles obsolete. It was started in 1910 by Julius Drewe, founder of the Home and Colonial Stores, near Exeter in Devon. World War I and the Depression slowed down construction and it wasn't completed until 1930. The...

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