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Bun Snatching At The Bun Festival In Hong Kong

Bun Snatching At The Bun Festival In Hong Kong May 19th, 2013 at 12:00PM: istolethetv, Flickr On May 17, a good chunk of East Asia had a day off to celebrate the Buddha's birthday (Southeast Asia will celebrate it next week). It happens that in Hong Kong the Enlightened One's birthday coincides each year with a Taoist celebration called the Bun Festival. The culmination of the Bun Festival occurs at midnight of the eighth day of the fourth lunar month, when "bun...

Brazil Hosts 3-D Show Over Thames River To Start Countdown To 2016 Rio Olympics

Aug 18th, 2012 at 4:00PM: On Monday night, spectators lined up along the Thames River in London to take in the sights and sounds of Brazil. A projection of eye-popping images splashed across the water to mark the end of the 2012 London Summer Olympics, and begin the countdown to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As part of a $40 million campaign investment put on by Brazil's Ministry of...

Bee Gees Getting Blue Plaque While Monty Python Passed Over

Bee Gees Getting Blue Plaque While Monty Python Passed Over Aug 9th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Any traveler in the UK is familiar with the Blue Plaques. The plaques mark the spot of a famous event or building, or where a famous person has lived, worked, or died. English Heritage has recently announced that due to government budget cuts, half of the shortlist for new plaques will be canceled, with such big names as Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Monty Python's Graham Chapman missing...

Video Of The Day: Cuban Trapeze Artists, To The Sounds Of The Temper Trap

Aug 7th, 2012 at 6:30PM: With the Olympics in full swing, it's easy to focus on the athletes' accomplishments - the scores, the times, the medal counts - instead of celebrating the journey that brought them to London in the first place. Though not specific to the Olympic Games, this music video from Australian rock band The Temper Trap chronicles a journey that is probably familiar to many Olympians, particularly...

Waterfall Skyscraper To Power Rio And The 2016 Olympics

Waterfall Skyscraper To Power Rio And The 2016 Olympics Aug 2nd, 2012 at 5:00PM: While the 2012 Olympic Games haven't even finished yet, planning for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has already begun. And, one designer has dreams of taking solar power to new heights. According to Digital Trends, Zurich-based RAFAA Architecture & Design wants to design an energy-generating waterfall skyscraper (shown above), that will not only power the Olympic Village,...

Olympics-Inspired Man Attempts To Swim Across Atlantic, Only Makes It 300 Yards From Shore

Olympics-Inspired Man Attempts To Swim Across Atlantic, Only Makes It 300 Yards From Shore Aug 2nd, 2012 at 8:00AM: An unnamed British man was so inspired by the Olympics on Tuesday that he decided to attempt to swim across the Atlantic Ocean. He had planned to swim from Biarritz, France, where he was vacationing with friends, to New York City, saying he wanted to bring the "Olympic spirit" to America. He didn't make it far, however, as lifeguards picked him up about 300 yards from shore, well short of the 3594...

The Olympic Parade Of Nations: A Stroll Around The World

The Olympic Parade Of Nations:  A Stroll Around The World Jul 29th, 2012 at 10:00AM: As a sports fanatic and traveler who's always been fascinated by the intersection of nationalism and sport, I never miss the Parade of Nations during the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games. It's a little like a quick stroll around the world in that you get a look at athletes from 204 countries around the globe. You can tell a lot about a country based on how their athletes dress and the...

Olympic Athlete Kicked Out Of Olympics After Racist Tweet

Olympic Athlete Kicked Out Of Olympics After Racist Tweet Jul 28th, 2012 at 4:00PM: July 27 will mark the first day of the Olympic Games, and participating athletes are certainly excited. Many are even taking to social media to express their feelings and, while mostly positive, some are having a bit of trouble watching what they say. This was the case for Greek triple jumper and track and field athlete Voula Papachristou, who tweeted a racist comment in her native language...

Still Want To Go To The Olympics? Have An Extra $100k?

Still Want To Go To The Olympics? Have An Extra $100k? Jul 26th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Travelers hoping to attend the Olympic Games in London probably should have booked their hotels and bought their tickets months ago. After all, the opening ceremonies are tomorrow and events are already starting to ramp up. But if you're the kind of person who puts everything off until the last minute, and you have a spare $100,000 burning a hole in your pocket, there are still some luxury options...

Empire State Building Lights Up With Olympic Flag Colors

Empire State Building Lights Up With Olympic Flag Colors Jul 25th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Here's to the Olympics! New York's famed Empire State Building is honoring nations competing in London by shining its world-famous tower lights in different colors each night to match the country's flags. Each of the tower's four sides will be illuminated in different colors throughout the night for each night through August 12. This marks the second time ESB has split the tower's sides with...

10 Stunning And Iconic Shots Of London

10 Stunning And Iconic Shots Of London Jul 24th, 2012 at 2:30PM: With the 2012 Olympic Games only a few days away, we wanted to celebrate the beauty of London through unique photographs of the city's iconic images and sites. While the Tower Bridge is a must-see attraction during the day, it's even more worthwhile at night when it sparkles against a golden moon backdrop. Moreover, pictures of Big Ben at sunset, the city skyline reflected on the River Thames and...

London: 10 Fun Non-Olympics Things to Do

London: 10 Fun Non-Olympics Things to Do Jul 23rd, 2012 at 1:00PM: London is in a state. At this point in the labored lead-up to the Olympics, many Londoners would probably tell you, if pressed, that they would prefer that their city not be hosting the Olympics in the first place. The tenor of the local press has been largely negative – sluggish immigration processing at Heathrow, security firm screw-ups, anticipated traffic and public transit delays,...

Video Of The Day: Ramadan Iftar Feast, Olympics Edition

Jul 19th, 2012 at 7:00PM: Tomorrow, July 20, thousands of Muslims will wake up around the world and begin a month-long fast for the occasion of Ramadan. From sunrise to sunset, they will abstain from eating, drinking, and smoking, while breaking the fast with lively Ramadan iftar feasts at night. This year is special as it will coincide with the London Olympics, and UK mosques will be welcoming people from all over the...

View Art By Olympians In London During This Year's Games

View Art By Olympians In London During This Year's Games Jul 19th, 2012 at 1:00PM: While we all know Olympians are excellent at sports, there are many that are apparently also skilled artists. Art of the Olympians Museum and Gallery, a gallery based in Fort Myers, Florida, features art created by former Olympic superstars. Luckily for those attending this year's Games, Art of the Olympians will travel to London from July 25 to August 13 for the 2012 Summer Games to present a...

Inside Stanfords: The World's Best Travel Bookstore

Inside Stanfords: The World's Best Travel Bookstore Jul 17th, 2012 at 11:00AM: London is a dangerous city for bibliophiles. The city has a ridiculous wealth of great independent bookstores and if you're a compulsive book buyer like me, you might give your credit cards quite a workout. My first literary stop in London is always Stanfords, the legendary travel bookshop that's been patronized by everyone from Michael Palin and Bill Bryson to Ernest Shackelford and Dr. David...

What To Do In London With Kids: Coram's Fields

What To Do In London With Kids: Coram's Fields Jul 11th, 2012 at 11:00AM: London can be an exhausting place, especially if you're only 2 or 3 feet tall. If you're taking small children to London, chances are you'll drag them to the British Museum, which may or may not push them over the edge, depending on their age and how long you stay. Their reward should be a visit to Coram's Fields, an outstanding playground and urban farm on Guilford Street, just a short walk from...

Potter Fans Want Quidditch To Be An Olympic Sport

Potter Fans Want Quidditch To Be An Olympic Sport Jul 10th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Harry Potter fans from around the globe have descended on Oxford, England, to take part in the first major international quidditch tournament and to promote the sport for possible inclusion in future Olympic Games. Players say that the real world version of the fictional sport, created by author J.K. Rowling, is as physically demanding and competitive as Rugby and less ridiculous than some of the...

10 Things You Didn't Know About The Olympics

10 Things You Didn't Know About The Olympics Jul 8th, 2012 at 10:00AM: The 2012 Olympics are quickly approaching and people from all over the world are making travel plans to go see The Games in person. While most people know the event takes place July 27 to August 12, and that the location for this year is London, there are a lot of facts about the Olympics that people do not know. To help people get to know the quirkier side of the event, My Destination has created...

Can't Find A Hotel For The Olympics? Sleep In A Taxi

Can't Find A Hotel For The Olympics? Sleep In A Taxi Jul 3rd, 2012 at 3:00PM: Worried about where to stay during the 2012 London Olympics? No problem if you can't find a hotel, as taxi driver David Weekes has turned his black cab into a comfortable hotel room. Not only does the "accommodation" come with a foam mattress, duvet, pillow with official Olympic pillow case and bedside lamp, but also a Paddington Bear teddy, solar-powered fridge, a radio and an iPad. For those...

Unique London Transport Option: Panda Cabs

Unique London Transport Option: Panda Cabs Jun 17th, 2012 at 9:00AM: As a cross-promotion with Chengdu, China, London is bringing "panda cabs" into the city. The campaign includes 50 cabs painted with "Go Chengdu," the official English tourism website of the Chinese city. Home of giant pandas, Chengdu showcases their iconic animal on the cabs. While 30 of the taxis are made to look like actual pandas, 20 others are covered in images of the animal. The taxis are...

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