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5 Prisons for Law-Abiding Citizens

5 Prisons for Law-Abiding Citizens Aug 23rd, 2013 at 11:30AM: Flickr, Celine Aussourd In this lull between fun summer TV like "True Blood" and the fall premieres of network television shows, many people have been binge watching the Netflix comedy, "Orange is the New Black." Set at a women's prison in Rockland County, New York, the series has generated new interest in jail. (From the outside, at least.) Here are five notable prison museums around the world...

Video Of The Day: Warsaw, Poland Stands Still In Remembrance

Jul 30th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Each year on August 1, the city of Warsaw, Poland literally stands still to pay tribute to those who fought in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. The biggest rebellion against the Nazis during World War II, the two-month uprising came at a huge cost: more than 200,000 lives and destruction of Poland's capital city. The film above was shot last year with the help of nearly two dozen people. At...

Knocked up abroad: second trimester travel

Knocked up abroad: second trimester travel Apr 27th, 2011 at 11:30AM: Not far along enough for second trimester travel? Read more about pregnancy in a foreign country, Turkish prenatal care, travel in the first trimester,Turkish superstitions, and foreign baby names on Knocked up abroad. A few years ago, before the word staycation foisted itself into the travel lexicon, babymoons were all the rage. A babymoon typically referred to the last getaway for...

Warsaw, Poland: an up-and-coming European museum destination

Warsaw, Poland: an up-and-coming European museum destination Mar 16th, 2011 at 9:30AM: As an EU member with a good exchange rate and low prices, Poland is becoming a popular tourist destination in Eastern Europe. Most of the love goes to Krakow, with its original architecture and "new Prague" charm, but capital city Warsaw has plenty to offer as a European museum destination. While much of the old town was leveled in World War II, the restorations have been painstakingly done and...

Knocked up abroad: getting pregnant in a foreign country

Knocked up abroad: getting pregnant in a foreign country Feb 16th, 2011 at 2:30PM: My first clue that something was different came when I woke up one night on vacation in Kiev at 3am, proceeded to eat 3 slices of toast with caviar spread, went back to bed and woke up a few hours later wondering if they made blueberry muffins in Ukraine (tragicially, they do not). That "time of the month" hadn't happened but flying tends to always mess with your body, so I didn't give it much...

The sushi invasion of Eastern Europe

The sushi invasion of Eastern Europe Dec 15th, 2010 at 9:00AM: Traveling through Eastern Europe recently, what stood out to me the most (aside from ultra low prices and varying success with capitalism) is the extreme popularity of sushi. Particularly in Kiev and Warsaw, sushi restaurants are nearly as prolific as the national cuisine and if you find yourself in a fashionable restaurant, odds are raw fish will be on the menu. My husband and I had differing...

Ten things to know about your destination before you go

Ten things to know about your destination before you go Nov 18th, 2010 at 10:00AM: So you've chosen your vacation destination - booked the tickets, agonized over TripAdvisor to find a hotel, and bought the guidebooks or downloaded the apps. Whether you like to plan your itinerary in advance or play it by ear, there are a few things you should research in advance to make your arrival - and your trip - go smoothly. From airport taxis to local laws to transit passes, what should...

Chicago bound Polish LOT flight diverts because of upgrade refusal fight

Chicago bound Polish LOT flight diverts because of upgrade refusal fight Sep 28th, 2010 at 4:30PM: Most of us have read the tips and tricks on how to get an upgrade, but one Polish man clearly decided that the rules did not apply to him. The man was seated comfortably in business class when he started demanding that the crew upgrade his son from coach to the more comfortable cabin. When the crew refused, a fight broke out, and the pilot diverted the plane back to Warsaw to remove the rowdy...

Ransacked museum reopened in Iraq

Ransacked museum reopened in Iraq Mar 24th, 2009 at 10:30AM: For anyone who wonders about the importance of the arts and historical places to a culture, head to Warsaw, Poland. Warsaw, after WWII looked a bit like Swiss cheese. An massive effort on the part of the country was made to rebuild or restore some of the important buildings' as a way to signal that Polish resolve and strength had survived. When I visited there, restoration was still taking place...

Violence against Jews began in Germany 70 years ago. Seven places to go to remember

Violence against Jews began in Germany 70 years ago. Seven places to go to remember Nov 10th, 2008 at 3:30PM: Kristallnacht, also known as "The Night of Broken Glass" began November 9, 1938 in Germany. On that night, Germans began attacking Jews in full force. Over the course of two days, synagogues were burned, and Jewish businesses, cemeteries, hospitals and schools were ransacked and destroyed. Jewish homes were also trashed and looted and many Jews were killed. The morning after these pogroms, the...

Warsaw: Groundbreaking for Jewish Museum

Warsaw: Groundbreaking for Jewish Museum Jun 28th, 2007 at 2:55PM: Here's another bit of news from Poland: Earlier this week a groundbreaking ceremony was held for a new museum to be built in Warsaw. The Museum of the History of Polish Jews will be a $65 million undertaking that should rise in central Warsaw by late 2009. It will sit next to a monument to the Jews who resisted the Nazis during the 1943 ghetto uprising, and down the street from the rails where...

Holy Week in Poland, Part 1: Warsaw

Holy Week in Poland, Part 1: Warsaw Apr 7th, 2007 at 1:10PM: Last year I found myself traveling through one of the world's most Catholic countries during Holy Week. Having been raised Catholic myself, I was particularly curious to witness how Easter festivities were observed in Poland. Experiencing familiar traditions in unfamiliar places can be eye-opening, rewarding, confusing, entertaining, and usually educational. My week in Poland was a mix of all...

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