Healthiest and happiest.

Residents of Okinawa are some of the world’s healthiest and happiest. Strong social networks and good food may be why. The island unlocked the secret to long life—and knows how to get through tough times. Read more here courtesy of NationalGeographic.com Booking.com Let 12go show you around Okinawa. Click above.

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Walk it back

Some shoot out of the soft rock like reptiles bathing in the sun. Others are mysterious depressions resembling an ancient board game played all over the world. And a few are straight-up puzzling. The mysterious symbols found carved in Qatar’s deserts. Read more here courtesy of CNN.com Fly Qatar to Al Jassasiya. Click above. Booking.com

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Walk with the Pharoahs

Praise the Pharoahs!  At last, the miracle mile is cleared for us mortals. Egyptian authorities have unveiled a renovated ancient promenade in the city of Luxor that dates back 3,000 years. It’s the latest government project undertaken to highlight the country’s archaeological treasures. Read more here courtesy of ABC.net.au KLM fly to Cairo. Click above, Booking.com

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Adios, el Avila

In 1986, at the age of 21, Alejandra Melfo moved to Mérida, Venezuela. There, in the mountain city, she often looked out toward the horizon at the vast Sierra Nevada de Mérida: a large, muscular, towering expanse three miles in the sky and blanketed by snow and the broad sheets of glaciers. As the years went by, Melfo saw the landscape morph. …

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Where is Ultraman when you need him?

It is so nice to see when something actually means something to the people around it, and that they treasure it and preserve it. Especially when it is larger than life. Sendai Daikannon, officially known as the Sendai Tendou Byakue Daikannon, is a large statue of Byakue Kannon bearing a gem in her hand located in Sendai, Japan. It is…

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Watch for low-flying planes

Wanna get high? Dubai has turned breaking world records into something of an art form over the years, and the emirate now has yet another to add to its list. The world’s first and highest 360-degree infinity pool has just opened at the Palm Tower, a hotel and residential building from developer Nakheel that offers showstopping views of the Dubai skyline. Read…

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Spread eagle

April showers bring May flowers.  What do Mayflowers bring?  Pilgrims.  And what do Pilgrims do?  Thirst. Though it claims to be the oldest pub on the River Thames, this riverside pub’s real claim to fame is that patrons have a clear shot at seeing where the Mayflower was moored before its departure for the New World. Because of crowding up…

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An aerial photographer, overexposed

If you’re of a certain age (like we are) you might have a penchant for music from the 80’s.  In our case we’re talking about alternative (or new wave) music. One of our favourite bands from that period was Wire, an artistic, uncompromising, challenging group of gentlemen.  Not easy listening for those who prefer easy listenng. In any case, they…

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El Prado……corrado

If you have been to Madrid and have not visited the Prado Museum, then shame on you / you’re really missing out. Without question, in the top five museums in the world, Prado has the ability to overwhelm you with the depth, breadth and sheer quality of its holdings.  Give yourself at least two full days to explore the wonders.…

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Da, comrade….

… you will sleep here, tonight. All jokes aside, we’re assuming that this fabulous new hotel in Copenhagen, from our affiliate friends Marriott Bonvoy says socialist, it can only mean sociable.  You could be a bit confused when you first see the stark design of the exterior, but the interior is another thing entirely. In any case, we’re glad to…

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Smells like common sense

In most of the world, inhaling radon for pain relief sounds like a bizarre idea. In some places, though, it’s so accepted that it’s prescribed by doctors and covered by health insurance. And I have no idea how to talk about it. Thanks to the team at the Radonstollen in Bad Kreuznach: Watch the video courtesy of Tom Scott. You…

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Run away, run away . . . runway!

This article is not meant to be funny, but it is, in a way.  Monty Python would think so, anyway.  (And, to be sure, no-one was hurt.) ETF Airways, a startup charter airline from Croatia, is preparing a lawsuit against Bremen Airport (BRE) in Germany over the damages caused by a rabbit strike in August, as Simple Flying reported at…

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Bâtons et des pierres

Bâtons et des pierres = sticks and stones. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust (funk to funky) –  we all eventually shuffle off this mortal coil.  Many of us end up in a box in mother earth.  Some of us are scattered to the four winds.  But, no ifs ands or buts, we leave this planet. However, in Paris, they…

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We can Kurgan

As we often write here, as we humans get more clever, we often discover magical places and things that sometimes make us question our own “superiority,” even with our intellectual and technical prowess. A good example is the Royal Kurgan of Kerch.  The Royal Kurgan, also called the Tsarskiy Kurgan, is one of the most impressive tumuli, or burial mounds,…

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