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Heathrow Or Frankfurt: Two Of The World's Worst Airports?

Heathrow Or Frankfurt: Two Of The World's Worst Airports? Jun 30th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Air travel can be a tribulation anywhere but traveling through the world's mega-airports is never high on my list of fun things to do. Last week, I spent some time at Heathrow (in London) and at Frankfurt International airport - two of the world's dozen busiest, and some would say best-avoided, airports. These temples of transit require travelers to demonstrate the patience of Job, the endurance...

Las Vegas Is Getting A Sports Stadium

Las Vegas Is Getting A Sports Stadium Jun 19th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Pedestrian mall rendering courtesy MGM Resorts International. Las Vegas has long been talking about building an arena to host sporting events and big-name concerts, and now that idea seems one step closer to reality. On Tuesday, MGM Resorts International and entertainment company AEG announced the two entities will join forces to build a 20,000-set indoor venue just off the Las Vegas Strip. The...

First Public Commercial Flight Simulators To Open In London

First Public Commercial Flight Simulators To Open In London Jun 13th, 2013 at 3:30PM: Courtesy Emirates Airlines The first public commercial flight simulators, including two Airbus 380s and two Boeing 777s, are the centerpiece of a new aviation-themed attraction by Dubai-based Emirates Airlines that will open in London this July. The simulators will utilize full landscape visuals to allow visitors to test what it feels like to take off and land commercial jets. The technology is...

Bumpier Rides Ahead: Singapore Airlines Flight Hits Terrifying Turbulence

Bumpier Rides Ahead: Singapore Airlines Flight Hits Terrifying Turbulence Jun 4th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Earlier this year we heard that climate change may be creating more turbulent flights as weather patterns shift. We may be seeing the results of that shift already. Flight crew members and passengers on board a Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore to London saw only clear, blue skies when suddenly the plane plunged 65 feet, causing cups of coffee to splatter on the roof and leaving a...

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...

Iconic London Skate Park May Be Turned Into Chain Of Shops

May 19th, 2013 at 4:00PM: A famous skate park on the South Bank of London may be turned into yet another stretch of retail sameness. Underneath the Southbank Centre, which is home to several performing arts centers, is a covered area that looks like a cross between a cellar and an overly graffittied parking lot. It's been a meeting ground for skateboarders for 40 years. Every day you can see them doing tricks on the...

In Fine Style: The Art Of Tudor And Stuart Fashion Opens At The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

In Fine Style: The Art Of Tudor And Stuart Fashion Opens At The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace May 15th, 2013 at 1:00PM: The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace, London, is putting on a fashion show, although the fashions are more than 400 years out of date. "In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion" examines the luxurious clothing and jewelry worn by British monarchs and members of their court. It focuses on the two dynasties of the 16th and 17th centuries with everything from ornamental armor for a...

The Day I Was Mistaken For A Terrorist

The Day I Was Mistaken For A Terrorist May 7th, 2013 at 12:00PM: For some reason, people sometimes mistake me for a terrorist. Once I got interrogated by an air marshal for merely looking out a window, and the following year in London I totally freaked out several people on a bus. The second incident was, I suppose, partially my fault. I boarded a city bus with a large suitcase, which I put on the luggage rack. Since the rack was right next to the door, I...

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....

The Cabinet Of Curiosities: Collecting The Wonders Of The World

The Cabinet Of Curiosities: Collecting The Wonders Of The World Apr 26th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Before there was the museum, there was the cabinet of curiosities. Starting in the 16th century as Europe expanded its horizons during the Age of Exploration, the rich and powerful began to collect curios and display them. Their collections were eclectic – everything from strange weapons from distant islands to beautiful coral formations. The objects were all put together in no particular...

Man Found Dead In London Suburbs Was Plane Stowaway

Man Found Dead In London Suburbs Was Plane Stowaway Apr 25th, 2013 at 4:30PM: Coroners have confirmed the body of a man found dead in the suburbs of London was almost certainly a stowaway hiding inside the landing gear of a British Airways flight from Angola. The Guardian is reporting José Matada was either dead or nearly dead due to hypothermia and lack of oxygen when he fell out of a plane as it opened its undercarriage for descent into London Heathrow Airport...

The Best Cities For Street Art Around The World

The Best Cities For Street Art Around The World Apr 24th, 2013 at 11:00AM: I've always loved a good art gallery but I know not everyone feels the same way. I get it. Looking at still life oil-on-canvases isn't for everyone. But the good news is that some of the coolest art in the world isn't locked away in stuffy art galleries or museums – there are plenty of creative paintings and murals on the sides of buildings, along fences and across public walls. ...

World's Biggest Book Fair Coming To London

World's Biggest Book Fair Coming To London Apr 23rd, 2013 at 4:00PM: Love books? You'll want to be in London this June when seven book fairs will all take place over a nine-day period. Billed as the world's largest book fair in a press release by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, it runs June 8-16 and features not only rare books and first editions but also maps, photographs and ephemera. London has several annual and monthly fairs, but...

Olympic Bid Holds Tournament On 7 Continents Over 7 Days

Olympic Bid Holds Tournament On 7 Continents Over 7 Days Apr 17th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Traveling to seven continents in seven days is grueling enough. Throw in a daily match against a former professional squash player and that makes for some pretty exhausting travel. Two former pro squash players, Peter Nicol and Tim Garner, are in the midst of a week-long, 40,000-mile world tour in an effort to get squash into the 2020 summer Olympics. Their whirlwind competition ends in New...

Eurostar Revamps Services In A Bid To Lure Fliers

Eurostar Revamps Services In A Bid To Lure Fliers Apr 16th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Long-distance train travel is making a comeback with Eurostar announcing plans to expand its services. The high-speed train, which primarily serves London, Brussels and Paris, has its sights set on new destinations across the European continent. Eurostar says its entire system is undergoing an overhaul – from the booking process, to the routes, to the trains themselves. The company's...

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...

Museum Exhibits Coming To A Movie Theater Near You

Museum Exhibits Coming To A Movie Theater Near You Apr 11th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Few people can fly half way around the world just to see an art exhibition, and now, thanks to a new documentary series they don't have to. One company is set to bring culture to the masses by broadcasting major art exhibitions at movie theaters around the globe. Much like a real trip to a museum, the documentaries walk you through a current or recent exhibit, pausing at important works...

A Look Inside The David Bowie Exhibition At London's Victoria & Albert Museum

A Look Inside The David Bowie Exhibition At London's Victoria & Albert Museum Apr 10th, 2013 at 3:30PM: David Bowie is a pop star. David Bowie is a designer. David Bowie is an actor. David Bowie is a painter. David Bowie is a lot of things, which is why it's appropriate that his retrospective at London's Victoria & Albert Museum is titled "David Bowie Is." The museum gained unprecedented access to the David Bowie archive to select five decades of mementos like this striped bodysuit...

Lon-Done? Try Hertford

Lon-Done? Try Hertford Apr 10th, 2013 at 10:00AM: London is one of the most popular destinations in Europe, offering loads of nightlife, dining and cultural options. It offers plenty of day trips too, the favorites being to Stonehenge and Oxford. If you want to see England without the tourists, there are plenty of smaller towns an easy day trip from London. One of them is Hertford, where I used to live. If the name sounds familiar, that's...

Roger Ebert, Travel Writer

Roger Ebert, Travel Writer Apr 10th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Last week, the world lost one of the all-time great film critics, when Roger Ebert passed away at age 70. He was mostly known for his love of movies and long career reviewing them at the Chicago Sun-Times, as well as his witty and wide-reaching Twitter feed. Roger was first and foremost a journalist, and he applied his curiosity and ease of language to many things, including travel. If you...

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