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Plane Took Seven Flights With Dead Stowaway In Wheel Well

Plane Took Seven Flights With Dead Stowaway In Wheel Well Jun 12th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Adrian Pingstone, Wikimedia Commons A plane operated by Russian-based charter airline I-Fly completed seven flights before maintenance workers finally noticed a dead stowaway in the wheel well, the Aviation Herald is reporting. The industry watchdog reports that after an otherwise uneventful flight from Rimini, Italy, to Moscow, Russia, maintenance workers found bloodstains on one of the main...

Airbus Will Introduce Self-Tracking Baggage Line

Airbus Will Introduce Self-Tracking Baggage Line Jun 7th, 2013 at 5:30PM: Design Q, Vimeo.com Airplane manufacturer Airbus has been cooking up another innovation: a "smart bag" that allows travelers to check in and track their luggage from their phone. The tech-infused piece of luggage, Bag2Go, contains sensors and an RFID chip that communicates with airlines systems - including check-in and security - and relays the information to an iPhone app. For packing and...

Photo Of The Day: Guatemalan Ice Cream Truck

Photo Of The Day: Guatemalan Ice Cream Truck Jun 6th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Adam Baker, Flickr I'm traveling in Sicily this week, and was reminded how crummy the aptly named Continental breakfast can be in this part of Europe: a cup of coffee (the only time of day it is socially acceptable to have a cappuccino, incidentally) and a roll or small pastry. While I'm not a person who starts every day with steak, eggs and a short stack, the Italian "breakfast" makes me yearn...

#OnTheRoad: Gadling Instagram In Sicily

#OnTheRoad: Gadling Instagram In Sicily Jun 4th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Meg Nesterov Ciao from Sicily, Europe's largest island and Italy's southernmost land mass. I'm here with my husband and toddler for a last hurrah of sorts before my baby turns 2 and we have to start paying for her airline seat. We started in Catania and will be making our way south to Siracusa and Noto, where we'll rent a farmhouse for a week near the beach (next week we return home from Palermo)....

Costa Concordia, Final Report: The Captain Did It

Costa Concordia, Final Report: The Captain Did It Jun 3rd, 2013 at 3:00PM: Costa Concordia grounded off the coast of Italy in January 2012, where the cruise ship still sits today. Removal of the ship is a well-defined work in progress, now over halfway complete. Placing blame for the grounding, which resulted in the death of 32 people, is also coming into focus. Last week, Italian maritime authorities released a 176-page official report that documents much of what we...

Touring The World War One Battlefield Of Isonzo

Touring The World War One Battlefield Of Isonzo May 30th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Sean McLachlan from public domain image. Original photographer unknown. Like every other nation involved in World War I, Italy suffered terribly. It joined the war in 1915, throwing its lot in with the Allies against the Central Powers. Italy's most immediate threat was its neighbor the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The border was mostly in the Alps and soldiers on both sides carved out ice caves from...

Gorizia: Italy's Overlooked Historic Border City

Gorizia: Italy's Overlooked Historic Border City May 29th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Sean McLachlan Visitors to Italy tend to skip Gorizia. Tucked away at the northeast edge of the country on the border with Slovenia, this small city tends to get bypassed on the way to Trieste or Slovenia. I would have never gone there myself except that I was a guest author at the city's annual history and book fair, the èStoria Festival. Now in its ninth year, the festival is drawing...

Nearly Constant Connectivity Almost Here, Right Now

Nearly Constant Connectivity Almost Here, Right Now May 20th, 2013 at 3:00PM: rayand/Flickr Being connected when traveling is getting easier all the time. As new technology rolls out, travelers worldwide find connecting to Wi-Fi hot spots easier than ever. Pricing is becoming more reasonable too, enabling more to enjoy constant connectivity wherever they may travel. The need is there and technology companies are delivering, as I found out on a recent international trip. ...

Otranto Cathedral: Where You Can See The Remains Of Catholicism's Newest Saints

Otranto Cathedral: Where You Can See The Remains Of Catholicism's Newest Saints May 13th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Pope Francis has beatified a long list of religious figures in the first creation of saints of his papacy, the Guardian reports. Included in this list are the 813 Martyrs of Otranto. These were victims of a massacre in the southern Italian town in 1480 when Ottoman soldiers beheaded them for refusing to convert to Islam. It was common in Medieval and Renaissance Europe to display the remains...

Harvey Milk Likely Honored With Terminal, Not Airport

Harvey Milk Likely Honored With Terminal, Not Airport May 8th, 2013 at 11:30AM: A proposal to rename San Francisco International Airport after Harvey Milk has been scrapped by a California lawmaker, the Associated Press is reporting. Instead, there is a possibility one of the airport's terminals will be named after the politician and gay rights leader who was assassinated in 1978. David Campos, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, told the news outlet that...

Tourists Outraged Over $84 Gelati In Rome

Tourists Outraged Over $84 Gelati In Rome May 7th, 2013 at 3:30PM: Getting scammed by quack taxi drivers or phony tour operators is one thing, but when a group of tourists were charged 64 euros ($84) for a few ice cream cones in Rome - well, that's just sad. The Eternal City has quite the reputation for con artists. Cafes and bars have been known to have special menus for English-speaking customers that double or even triple their prices. But the Antica Roma...

In Praise Of Travel Lists

In Praise Of Travel Lists Apr 30th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Travel lists get a lot of grief. I've overheard many fellow travel writers offer the opinion that lists of various sorts are deeply inferior to any and all narrative travel writing. Others have suggested that lists are slowly crowding out real travel writing entirely. C'mon now. Let's agree for a few provisional minutes that the purpose of travel writing is, very generally, to inspire people...

Where Have All The Italian Pizza Makers Gone?

Where Have All The Italian Pizza Makers Gone? Apr 29th, 2013 at 4:30PM: Italy is in trouble. The economic crisis has had an unforeseen consequence: it seems the country is in need of some pizza makers – 6,000 of them, to be exact. Despite the worst unemployment rate the country has faced in decades, The Telegraph is reporting it seems the majority of Italians are too proud to take on these manual labor jobs. In fact, much of the pizza making in Italy is now...

Cyclists Train Like Locals In Italy, Then Eat Well

Cyclists Train Like Locals In Italy, Then Eat Well Apr 7th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Top cyclists train daily to race, often on varied terrain and through different weather conditions. Cycling enthusiasts who might dream of racing one day, prepare one step at a time. They find the right gear, become friends with others into the sport and possibly join a cycling club or just meet on Saturday mornings for a ride. Have you seen them? Cycling in packs on a weekend morning or...

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...

British Museum Opens Exhibition On Life And Death In Pompeii And Herculaneum

British Museum Opens Exhibition On Life And Death In Pompeii And Herculaneum Mar 28th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Today the British Museum in London opens what is sure to be the hit exhibition of the year. "Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum" examines the daily life of the Roman world, as it was preserved in two cities buried under volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Through fine art and mundane objects, we get to see what life was like for ordinary Romans. Romans like...

Should Easter Be A Long Weekend In The US?

Should Easter Be A Long Weekend In The US? Mar 26th, 2013 at 11:00AM: At the stroke of midnight, fireworks lit up the night sky on the Greek island of Naxos. In a square outside a centuries old church, at least half the island's population gathered to celebrate the occasion. Children ran around and threw firecrackers, senior citizens occupied all the choice benches and everyone was dressed to the nines and holding lit candles. An hour or so after midnight, everyone...

Mussolini's Bunker Discovered In Rome, Will Become A Tourist Attraction

Mussolini's Bunker Discovered In Rome, Will Become A Tourist Attraction Mar 23rd, 2013 at 4:00PM: A bunker intended for the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini has been discovered in Rome, World Crunch reports. The bunker was found in 2011 by workers restoring the Palazzo Venezia, but its existence wasn't revealed until now. The workers found a trap door in the cellar of a 15th-century building that led to nine rooms fortified with concrete walls up to two meters (6.6 feet) thick. ...

Conservatives, Pack Your Bags! Liberal-Free Travel Has Arrived

Conservatives, Pack Your Bags! Liberal-Free Travel Has Arrived Mar 6th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Some people like risks when they travel. Others don't want to take any chances that their entire hard-earned vacation will be ruined by angry, bitter, close-minded companions - you know, liberals. That's the philosophy behind Conservative Tours, a Boston-based company not to be confused with conservation-related tourism. It's led by political pundit Ken Chase, a 2006 Republican candidate for...

Video Of The Day: A Sunny Day In Venice

Mar 4th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Venice is widely thought of as one of the ultimate romantic destinations, especially in Europe. Today's Video of the Day, Around Venezia, captures the charm of the The Floating City's beautiful canals and colorful architecture. Venice's trademark gondolas are included, too, but what I like about this video is how it goes a little deeper than typical videos about Venice to show the beauty in...

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