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The Late Night, Free Cultural Event Extravaganza: European Night Of Museums 2013

The Late Night, Free Cultural Event Extravaganza: European Night Of Museums 2013 May 18th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Nuit des Musées, Facebook Budget traveling night owl alert: if you're in Europe right now you don't want to miss out on the ninth annual European Night of Museums this Saturday, May 18. The idea is simple: open up museums way past their general closing hours, cut the entrance fee and make museum going a little more like nightlife instead of a rainy Sunday afternoon activity. ...

Photo Of The Day: The Milky Way In Arches National Park

Photo Of The Day: The Milky Way In Arches National Park Apr 28th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Utah is one of my favorite escapes. There's something about sitting on a slab of redrock and watching a black sky dotted with stars. You're in the middle of nowhere, alone, surrounded by silence, overpowered by the feeling of grandiose canyons. Flickr user djurma captures exactly that in this nighttime photo of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. You can feel that stillness just by...

Photo Of The Day: Moulin Rouge At Night

Photo Of The Day: Moulin Rouge At Night Aug 19th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Today's photo, by Flickr user Rob_Sanderson, is of one of the more (in)famous tourist landmarks in Paris: the Moulin Rouge. I love the long shutter exposure of Rob's shot, which brings out the warm neon's fiery reds, twinkling street lamplights and a whirling blur from of the club's iconic windmill. The image gives off a feeling of wonderful nighttime energy and hijinks to come. Taken any...

Photo of the Day: raining in Tel Aviv

Photo of the Day: raining in Tel Aviv Jan 22nd, 2012 at 7:00PM: The rainy day colors and textures of Flickr user Better Nothing Than Almost's photo caught my eye today. Taken near Tel Aviv, Israel, the blurry drops of water that cling to the window create an impressionist-like effect on the image. I love the hushed color palette, darkening skies and bursts of warm light. It feels eerie yet warm at the same time. Taken any great travel photos of your...

Photo of the day - St. Peter's and a puddle

Photo of the day - St. Peter's and a puddle Nov 17th, 2011 at 6:00PM: When taking travel photos, we spend a lot of time looking for the right background. Whether it's capturing a candid portrait or framing the perfect landscape, it's not always easy to convey a beautiful scene in a photograph. Flickr user John Overmeyer used a humble puddle of rain to elevate this night shot of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Of course, flawless composition, lighting, and luck...

Call at night for the most personalized service - Hotel tip

Call at night for the most personalized service - Hotel tip Aug 8th, 2010 at 11:07AM: If you're a night owl, and have a lot of questions about your upcoming hotel stay, the best time to call the hotel for details is around midnight. Because the hotel is likely to be less busy during these times, you will likely receive more focused service. This may also a great time to ask questions about the surrounding city. [Photo: Flickr | StephenMitchell]...

Photo of the Day (4.18.2010)

Photo of the Day (4.18.2010) Apr 18th, 2010 at 8:30PM: San Francisco is a particularly photogenic city, between the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the city's iconic cable cars. But these "same old" San Francisco shots get old after awhile - that's why I'm loving today's image from Flickr user evilninjam0nky, who captured this unique nighttime street scene. A frenzy of activity catches your eye in the foreground, as a blur of pedestrians and...

Start at night - Road trip tip

Start at night - Road trip tip Jan 13th, 2010 at 4:16AM: With any road trip longer than 12 hours, consider beginning the drive at night. This is especially true if you're traveling with young children. The driver should, of course, sleep several hours before leaving, then begin the trip at the children's bedtime. By driving while the children are asleep, you won't need to take as many potty breaks, and the parents can enjoy a good portion of the ride...

Head to the hills for the meteor shower tonight!

Head to the hills for the meteor shower tonight! Oct 20th, 2009 at 6:00PM: Here's to hoping the Orionid meteor shower puts on a show tonight! Weather permitting, this annual meteor shower will pass through the night sky in the pre-dawn hours tomorrow morning. Those in cities and suburbs will see fewer meteors, but regardless, star gazers should head to the hills (or country) between 1 a.m. and dawn local time Wednesday morning. Peak activity is expected around 6 a.m....

Photo of the day (8/6/09)

Photo of the day (8/6/09) Aug 6th, 2009 at 6:00PM: Like many people, I've been to this exact spot at the Niagra Falls. But I've never considered that a night shot would ever be possible. Who knew it was even open to the public after hours? After a little research, I found out they schedule an illumination of the falls every night. Thanks to All-Star Rob for getting out there at night, hooking up his GorillaPod and capturing this magical scene....

Photo of the Day (7.11.09)

Photo of the Day (7.11.09) Jul 11th, 2009 at 6:00PM: Nothing is more quintessentially San Francisco than the iconic Golden Gate Bridge -- and the fact that it eclipses the moon in this stunning shot by Bay Area resident ohadby makes this photo all the more breathtaking. Add the moon's white glimmer on the water and the sparkle of city lights in the background and he's captured night and this place in all its glory. If you have some great travel...

Photo of the Day (12.28.08)

Photo of the Day (12.28.08) Dec 28th, 2008 at 4:00PM: We've been doing holiday-themed photos all week, but I couldn't resist doing one more. Not when they look as cool as this shot of Rockefeller Center from Flickr user Bernard-SD. The lighting and perspective on this are just awesome. Does this remind anyone else of a vanishing point drawing? I also like the way this photo further emphasizes the height of the building by sandwiching it between two...

Photo of the Day (06.29.08)

Photo of the Day (06.29.08) Jun 29th, 2008 at 1:00PM: Check out this great night shot of the Roman Forum by stevenduke. The Forum is one of the more surreal places you'll visit if you go to Rome, and I think stevenduke's photo really captures that feeling. The Forum is known as the historic heart of this Italian city - a collection of aging marble monuments that once represented the political center of the world's greatest empire. These same columns...

Photo of the Day (05.27.2008)

Photo of the Day (05.27.2008) May 27th, 2008 at 8:06AM: I'm an urban girl at heart. I grew up in the city and that's where I feel most comfortable: surrounded by blaring horns, blazing lights, people as far as the eye can see. Neon signs and the noises of strangers are seared into my psyche in a way that is inescapable. So it goes without saying that I love night photography, particularly when it captures the lights of a busy urban nightscape. This...

Disney plans an adult "Night Kingdom"

Disney plans an adult Feb 22nd, 2008 at 5:40PM: We all know where the mind wanders when a project that includes the words "adult" and "night" is planned. Add the word "Disney" to it and the very meaning of those two words together can go for a toss. Yes, the beans have been spilled: Disney is planning a $520 million, adult theme park called a Night Kingdom where the only 'hand job' on the list entails your hand doing the job of feeding a...

Photo of the Day (7/11/07)

Photo of the Day (7/11/07) Jul 11th, 2007 at 10:35PM: Here is a magical night shot of a little town called Füssen located right outside of Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. While I'm sure it is just as charming with the sunshine - the fog makes for a nice touch. Round of sound to StrudelMonkey for hanging around these parts of the globe to capture such a sight!...

Photo of the Day (4/17/06)

Photo of the Day (4/17/06) Apr 17th, 2006 at 1:32PM: I've mentioned before my love of European cities at night -- and this photograph of the canals of Amsterdam, taken by Fred Hsu, illustrates my point beautifully.  I love how the stillness of the water reflects the lights of the buildings above -- the bridge from which the photo was taken looks like a very romantic place, indeed. If you'd like one of your travel photos to be featured in our...

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