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Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid Finds Her Soulmate

Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid Finds Her Soulmate June 15, 2012 | Around the World, Copenhagen, Culture/History, Denmark, Europe | Read More
Almost a century after she was first left sitting on a rock out to sea on Copenhagen’s Langelinie, Denmark’s best-known icon, the bronze statue of The Little Mermaid, has been presented with her male counterpart. Over the years she’s fallen victim to the whims of both political activists and artists’...

Softened Stance on Travel to Burma Leads to Boom in Tourism

Softened Stance on Travel to Burma Leads to Boom in Tourism March 15, 2012 | Culture/History, Travel News | Read More
If you were thinking about heading to Burma during your next vacation, you aren’t the only one. It turns out that everybody and their mom has decided to hop on flights to the country since Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the democratically elected Burmese government, softened her stance on...

Debt-Ridden Greece to Rent Out Priceless Landmarks for Cash

Debt-Ridden Greece to Rent Out Priceless Landmarks for Cash January 23, 2012 | Culture/History, Travel News | Read More
Just in time for wedding season, Greece is set to start renting out its most prized ancient sites. Yep, we may soon see the Acropolis as a backdrop for upcoming movie star nuptials or in an action scene in the next Arnold Schwarzenegger comeback flick (if we’re lucky). Things are so bad in the...

The Great Wall of China in Serious Danger from Mining

The Great Wall of China in Serious Danger from Mining November 9, 2011 | Culture/History, Travel News | Read More
That great wall that many of us want to visit may not be there by the time we get to visit. Yep, all of the changes that have happened in China in the past couple of decades, including the intense development of business and infrastructure, is threatening the country’s most famous landmark. The...

“Hollywood” Sign Neighborhood is Crappy to Live In – But Are You Surprised?

“Hollywood” Sign Neighborhood is Crappy to Live In – But Are You Surprised? October 3, 2011 | Culture/History, Travel News | Read More
The residents who live around the “Hollywood” sign are mad as hell and they aren’t going to take it anymore. Well, sort of. After many, many years of dealing with tourists from all over the world tramping as close as possible to the famous landmark, locals are trying to come up with...

Why Belgians are the Least “Cool” Nationality (and Why They Shouldn’t Be!)

Why Belgians are the Least “Cool” Nationality (and Why They Shouldn’t Be!) September 12, 2011 | Culture/History, Travel News | Read More
It doesn’t seem like the movie In Bruges did much for Belgium’s cool factor. At least according to a new survey by social networking site Badoo.com. Belgians, followed by Poles and Turks, were designated as the “least cool” nationalities in the world by 30,000 visitors to the...

Buried Pyramids Found in Egypt

Buried Pyramids Found in Egypt June 13, 2011 | Culture/History, Travel News | Read More
When we see things like this, we can’t help but wonder what else we’re missing. Scientists have discovered 17 – yes, 17 – buried pyramids in Egypt via satellite imaging (good to know those satellites aren’t all going towards taking pictures of our backyards). Not only did...

Oops! 9/11 Memorial is Missing Bathrooms

Oops! 9/11 Memorial is Missing Bathrooms June 10, 2011 | Culture/History, Travel News | Read More
It may sound a bit odd (at least, it does to us), but it looks like the 9/11 memorial in lower Manhattan isn’t going to have any toilets, according to Australian News.com. That’s right – the eight-acre plaza, which will be made up of two large reflecting pools and cascading waterfalls...

Researchers Excavate Convent in Search of Mona Lisa’s Body

Researchers Excavate Convent in Search of Mona Lisa’s Body May 17, 2011 | Culture/History, Travel News | Read More
Is this just another case of digging into something that should be left alone? So says the descendants of Lisa Gherardini, who some believe was the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. A dilapidated convent in Florence is the scene of the discovery – or crime, depending on how you look...

Hotels & Art Museums Team Up, Results are Beautiful

Hotels & Art Museums Team Up, Results are Beautiful May 9, 2011 | Culture/History, France, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Travel News, UK | Read More
Hotels and art seem to go hand in hand, and the more creative the results, the bigger interest from the public…naturally. Around this place, we like to pretend we’re cultured too, and so we’re stoked to hear Le Meridien Hotels are offering a new Unlock Art program. Le Meridien has created new...
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