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Ringo Starr's Boyhood Home In Restoration 'Limbo'

Ringo Starr's Boyhood Home In Restoration 'Limbo' Oct 2nd, 2013 at 10:00AM: Wikimedia Commons Back in 2010, we reported that the birthplace of Ringo Starr was threatened with demolition. The rowhouse, located at 9 Madryn Street in Liverpool, England, has fallen into disrepair. As you can see from this photo, it hasn't been lived in for some time and is all boarded up. It's not alone. The BBC reports that many of the homes in the neighborhood are abandoned and...

The Day I Jumped In Regent's Canal And Tried To Save My Wet iPhone With Uncooked Rice

The Day I Jumped In Regent's Canal And Tried To Save My Wet iPhone With Uncooked Rice Jul 9th, 2013 at 2:00PM: There are plenty of ways for Americans to make a good impression in London. Scurrying into stores dripping wet, asking for large sacks of rice and zip lock bags isn't one of them. I was enjoying a relaxing walk along Regent's Canal after a visit to the Camden Lock Market in North London when, daydreaming, I tripped over a mooring post. I fell to the ground and my backpack, containing my Nikon...

Fascinating Map Of London By Stephen Walter

Fascinating Map Of London By Stephen Walter Jul 8th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Stephen Walter has a way of creating complex and obsessive art -- specifically, maps. His maps of various areas in England are often enlightening, but he has himself beat with one of his latest creations: a fascinating map of London and its underground. The map was commissioned by the London Transport Museum and while doing his research for the project, Walter uncovered legions of undiscovered...

Commonwealth War Graves Being Restored Ahead Of World War I Centennial

Commonwealth War Graves Being Restored Ahead Of World War I Centennial Jul 7th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Sean McLachlan The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is busy fixing up the cemeteries it manages ahead of next year's World War I centennial, the BBC reports. It's a daunting task – maintaining 1.7 million graves in 153 countries, including far-flung areas such as Baghdad. The grave photographed here is in the Baghdad North Gate War Cemetery and is for Private E. Wadsworth of the...

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...

#OnTheRoad On Instagram: Isles Of Scilly

#OnTheRoad On Instagram: Isles Of Scilly May 25th, 2013 at 9:00AM: rodtuk For the next few days on Instagram, Gadling is off to the Isles of Scilly. The Isles of Scilly sit about 30 miles off the coast of Cornwall, which occupies the far southwest of England. The islands, just five of which are inhabited, are known for their mild Gulf Stream-enabled climate, white sand beaches, palm trees, turquoise waters and historic gardens. Tourism is the local economy's...

Eurovision 2013: All Of Europe Under One Roof

Eurovision 2013: All Of Europe Under One Roof May 18th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Alex Robertson Textor Launched in 1956, Eurovision is a Europe-wide music competition held every May under the auspices of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Participating countries select their representative songs over the course of the preceding winter and spring. Some countries – like Sweden – make their selections via televised heats held over several consecutive weeks. Others...

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...

Victoria & Albert Museum Showcases Treasures From Royal Courts

Victoria & Albert Museum Showcases Treasures From Royal Courts Mar 7th, 2013 at 2:00PM: The Victoria & Albert Museum in London has just opened a new exhibition about the development of trade and official relations between Russia and the United Kingdom. "Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars" brings together more than 150 objects for a look at the interaction between both courts from the accession of Henry VIII in 1509. He and later Tudor...

Live A Day In The Life Of 'Downton Abbey' At These English Castles

Live A Day In The Life Of 'Downton Abbey' At These English Castles Feb 14th, 2013 at 10:00AM: The British TV series "Downton Abbey" has taken America by storm with millions of viewers tuning in each week to watch the lives of the wealthy Crawley family unfold. The glamorous outfits, the decadent dinners, the lavish estate – it's a splendorous life most of us can only dream of. But take a trip to England and you'll see that sprawling country estates like Downton Abbey are very...

The Shard, London's Tallest Skyscraper, Opens To Public Today

The Shard, London's Tallest Skyscraper, Opens To Public Today Feb 1st, 2013 at 3:00PM: Today London officially opens its newest landmark, a 1,016-foot skyscraper that has been under construction since 2009. As you can see above, the irregular pyramid-shaped building is entirely covered in glass, and resembles an icicle or chip of glass – hence the name, The Shard. At 87 stories, the building is the tallest in the European Union. From the 68th to the 72nd floor, the...

Best Places To Live In United Kingdom Named

Best Places To Live In United Kingdom Named Dec 23rd, 2012 at 12:00PM: Thinking of relocating to the United Kingdom? Halifax Bank's annual survey of the best places to live in the UK has just come out, with the district of Hart in Hampshire coming out number one. Various factors were taken into account, including average wage, cost of living, crime, and average lifespan. While this survey is obviously geared towards residents and not visitors, a nice place to...

View From The Shard In London: Pre-Opening Glimpses

View From The Shard In London: Pre-Opening Glimpses Nov 6th, 2012 at 2:30PM: View from the Shard, which comprises three observatory floors at the top of the Shard, London's tallest building, is not yet open for business. The new tourist attraction will open on February 1, 2013. This week, in conjunction with World Travel Market 2012, View from the Shard has been open for advance viewing by travel media. The 72nd floor, the View from the Shard's top observation...

Blood Rain Predicted To Fall In The United Kingdom This Halloween

Blood Rain Predicted To Fall In The United Kingdom This Halloween Oct 23rd, 2012 at 1:00PM: Blood rain just before Halloween? While it may sound like a festive prank, forecasters are really predicting this bizarre weather occurrence. The phenomenon is actually a mix of red dust from the Sahara Desert blowing toward Europe. However, because it's supposed to rain, the dust will most likely mix with the precipitation causing red raindrops, or blood rain. Other predictions include the...

Totnes: South Devon's Alternative Village

Totnes: South Devon's Alternative Village Oct 13th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Totnes, an Elizabethan town in the South West English county of Devon, isn't your average West Country village. Totnes is what is increasingly known as a Transition Town – in fact, it is a model Transition Town. What is a Transition Town, you ask? A Transition Town is a municipality focused on sustainable local economic growth by encouraging the use of local resources and local...

Photo Of The Day: Worcestershire Beacon

Photo Of The Day: Worcestershire Beacon Oct 4th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Kumukulanui, one of our reliable favorites, took this photo of Worcestershire Beacon in England's Malvern Hills earlier this week. It should probably be soundtracked by a chorus of angels. The region, located close to England's border with Wales, has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by England's Countryside Agency. Upload your best images to the Gadling Group Pool on...

Butlin's Bognor Regis And The Summer That Changed Everything

Butlin's Bognor Regis And The Summer That Changed Everything Jul 27th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Ginny tore open the envelope, postmarked from London, a few months before we were to leave. "Butlin's Bognor Regis welcomes you to your place of employment," she read. "Assignment: Retail catering." The name looked regal enough, with "Butlin's Ltd. of London" embossed in gold across the top of the stationery. Elated, she continued: "Listed below is a brief description of the facilities enjoyed...

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,...

Beatles Fans Can Now Sleep In A Real Yellow Submarine Hotel

Beatles Fans Can Now Sleep In A Real Yellow Submarine Hotel Jul 17th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Have you ever listened to the hit Beatles song and dreamed of spending the night in an actual "yellow submarine"? Now you can, with the newest quirky accommodation in Liverpool. Aptly situated in the home of the Fab Four, the floating submarine hotel is painted to resemble the vessel from the cover of the "Yellow Submarine" record. According to the Daily Mail, the hotel floats on a mooring in...

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...

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