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Shroud Of Turin One Of 40 Fakes, Historian Says

Shroud Of Turin One Of 40 Fakes, Historian Says Jun 13th, 2012 at 12:00PM: The Shroud of Turin has been causing controversy for centuries now. The linen cloth, measuring 14 feet by 4 feet, has what appear to be bloodstains on it. Also, the image of a wounded man can be seen, an image that becomes clearer when looked at as a photographic negative. Now historian Antonio Lombatti of the Università Popolare in Parma, Italy, says the Shroud of Turin is a fake, and...

Medieval Frescoes By Giotto Threatened By Construction Project

Medieval Frescoes By Giotto Threatened By Construction Project May 25th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Priceless frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, Italy, may be damaged by a nearby construction project, experts say. The frescoes were painted by Giotto di Bondone around 1305 and are considered a high point in medieval art. They depict the life of Jesus and the Last Judgement and were painted for the private chapel of a rich banker. The figures' lifelike style and naturalistic poses...

Torture Museums Look At The Dark Side Of History

Torture Museums Look At The Dark Side Of History May 13th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Ah, the Good Old Days, when everyone lived in a perpetual Renaissance Festival quaffing ale and shouting "Huzzah!" It must have been wonderful. Not! People died young, the cities were filled with rats and open sewers, and God help you if you ever got arrested. You'd be taken to a torture chamber in order to "confess" while being subjected to various imaginative torture devices, like the...

Airplane Lavatory 'Laviator' Self-Portraits Get Artsy

Airplane Lavatory 'Laviator' Self-Portraits Get Artsy Apr 11th, 2012 at 5:30PM: Three years ago, Gadling's Heather Poole snapped a self-portrait in an airplane lavatory, started a Flickr group and the "laviator" trend was born. Over a hundred official members later, California-based artist Nina Katchadourian has taken the laviator to a new level by creating Flemish Renaissance-style self-portraits on a 14-hour flight. Katchadourian started with a basic paper toilet seat...

New trail for medieval church paintings in England

New trail for medieval church paintings in England Feb 13th, 2012 at 2:00PM: The church of St Mary the Virgin in the little village of Lakenheath, Suffolk, England, contains a treasure trove of medieval church paintings. They were discovered 130 years ago when Victorian workmen were cleaning off centuries of grime and lime wash from the walls. What they found was a series of detailed paintings of religious subjects painted from c.1220-c.1610. The church was repainted...

National Gallery in London opens Da Vinci exhibition today

National Gallery in London opens Da Vinci exhibition today Nov 9th, 2011 at 2:00PM: London's National Gallery is hosting an exhibition of the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci. The show, titled Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan, focuses on the paintings of the famous genius rather than his many other projects. It brings together nine of the only 15 or 16 paintings known to be his. The gallery boasts that it's the most complete collection of his paintings ever shown. ...

The oldest printing press in the world

The oldest printing press in the world Nov 9th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Antwerp has been an important port and center of commerce for centuries. Because of this it has a long history of printing and the elegant mansion/workshop of one of its early printing companies has been turned into a museum The Museum Plantin-Moretus houses a huge collection, including the oldest printing press in the world. Actually there are two of them, both from about 1600 and complete...

Hotel employee uses marching band to quit job

Oct 17th, 2011 at 1:30PM: While it may not be as epic as former JetBlue Flight Attendant Steven Slater's "SlipQuit" meltdown back in August 2010, this (now, obviously, former) employee of the Providence Renaissance Hotel also went out in style. After three years of employment at the hotel, he made it loud and clear that he was quitting by enrolling a group of his friends to form a marching band. Watch the video to see...

Madrid day trip: Romanesque churches and a Gothic cathedral in Segovia

Madrid day trip: Romanesque churches and a Gothic cathedral in Segovia Jul 20th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Segovia is an easy day trip from Madrid and has plenty of medieval and Renaissance buildings to capture the imagination. Yesterday I talked about the Alcázar, the city's castle, and today I'm looking at Segovia's many churches. Most of the churches are Romanesque in style, like Iglesia de la Veracruz, which was actually built outside the city walls in 1208. The signage says this church...

The best views of Oxford, England

The best views of Oxford, England May 4th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Oxford is the most beautiful city in England. Its famous "dreaming spires" have inspired generations of writers, poets, and scholars. The problem is, there are only two easily accessible spots to get appreciate Oxford's skyline at its best. This photo shows the Radcliffe Camera, part of Oxford University's Bodleian Library and where I work when I'm not feeding hyenas in Harar, Ethiopia. I...

Madrid daytrip: a Renaissance castle and Spanish Civil War bunker

Madrid daytrip: a Renaissance castle and Spanish Civil War bunker Feb 18th, 2011 at 1:30PM: Madrid has a lot to offer--tasty tapas, wonderful wine, and amazing art. There's so much to do in the center of town it's easy to spend your entire vacation there without ever seeing the outskirts. Yet several daytrips offer a different look at Spain. One possibility just opened up last year. Near the Metro stop Alameda de Osuna on the outskirts of town, the city government has recently...

Five steps to free Mexico and Caribbean travel from Marriott and Renaissance

Five steps to free Mexico and Caribbean travel from Marriott and Renaissance Nov 29th, 2010 at 1:30PM: Need a little sunshine in your life this holiday season but can't get out on the road? Hey, I get it: we all shell out enough cash this time of year. There are gifts for the kids, unavoidable family travel and those Christmas dinners that get expensive pretty quickly. These costs can sneak up on you, depriving you of a little mental health time out on a beach somewhere. Well, a travel contest...

Marriott Renaissance New York Times Square: Manhattan's hidden hotel treasure

Marriott Renaissance New York Times Square: Manhattan's hidden hotel treasure Nov 3rd, 2010 at 2:00PM: There's a lot to love about Times Square. The bright lights of Broadway, the scrolling marquees, endless restaurants and bars, TKTS booth and on any given occasion, a live street performance. Times Square is the epicenter of New York - the convergence of everything - the mecca of Manhattan. Tourists come in droves, book Times Square hotels and spend the majority of their time walking Broadway...

Saints' relics in Rome

Saints' relics in Rome Sep 23rd, 2010 at 11:30AM: Everywhere you go in Rome, there are body parts on display. The churches are full of them, and people travel hundreds or even thousands of miles to see them. They're the mortal remains of saints and apostles and are venerated as holy relics. Relics were big business in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Every church wanted some because it meant pilgrims would come visit, and pilgrims meant...

The tombs of Rome--where art meets death

The tombs of Rome--where art meets death Sep 15th, 2010 at 10:30AM: If you're going to your eternal rest in the Eternal City, you should go in style. Sure, you can't take it with you, but you can show off what you had, and with all the competition in this place you have to do something special to make an impression. Rome is filled with grandiose monuments to the dead. First there are the giant tombs and temples of the Roman emperors. They were worshiped as...

Atlanta loses three hotels to weak market, two to become dorms

Atlanta loses three hotels to weak market, two to become dorms Aug 6th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Three hotels have succumbed to weakness in the Atlanta market. Among the recent casualties is the 502-room Marriott Renaissance. Rates have been pushed lower by an abundance of capacity that has caused even top brands to get stuck charging less than $100 a night. When there's far more supply than demand, of course, this is what happens. Joining the Renaissance in the graveyard will be the...

Renaissance Hotels let the kids pamper mom with a pancake playdate

Renaissance Hotels let the kids pamper mom with a pancake playdate Apr 14th, 2010 at 1:30PM: Renaissance Hotels wins my prize for the most creative Mothers Day promotion this year (and yes - we get emailed a lot of them!). On Sunday May 9th, participating Renaissance properties will open up their kitchens just for kids - and the hotel chef will guide your little ones through the art of making the perfect pancake. Prices for this pancake brunch start at just $25, and kids can make mom...

Take a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel

Take a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel Apr 3rd, 2010 at 3:30PM: Seeing the Vatican's Sistine Chapel is a hassle. It's constantly mobbed, you're not allowed to take pictures (unlike the sneaky photographer on the right) and you have to walk through a maze of rooms to reach it. But the minute you gaze up at the beauty of this Michelangelo masterpiece, all the pains of getting there evaporate. Now there's a totally new way to view this stunning masterwork without...

Renaissance hotels offers the sweetest of suites for Valentine's day

Renaissance hotels offers the sweetest of suites for Valentine's day Jan 27th, 2010 at 11:30AM: Around Valentine's day, we tend to get a huge amount of emails promoting the various romantic hotel deals on offer around the country. The vast majority are pretty boring, and involve little more than some Champagne in the room. Thankfully, every now and then someone sends something that is just too awesome to ignore. Take for example the Renaissance New York Hotel 57 where you can book...

Some hotel futures at risk

Some hotel futures at risk Jul 26th, 2009 at 12:00PM: The number of hotels defaulting on their loans surged 125 percent in May and June this year. Travel is down (no shit), which has an obvious effect on the top line. When there's no money coming in, it's hard to send cash out to meet some pretty hefty obligations. So, if none comes in, none can go out ... and defaults start to rise. Some high-profile properties have defaulted already, including...

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