Upside down sandwich

Small towns and cities everywhere are always looking for ways to bring in tourists and the cash that they often have.  You’ll find lots of odd attractions, created just for you, and your wallet. But here’s an odd one for you… an old, stale sandwich locked away in a Washington state museum is drawing fresh attention to an aviation daredevil…

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Harvey, get serious!

For those of you who are vaguely aware of Harvey Nichols (Harvey Nick’s) in London, you might recall them as being targeted toward a more upper-crust audience.  Perhaps a bit dry. But, if you haven’t had a look lately, you’re in for a treat, especially if you’re the playful type, no matter what your age. And the store has also…

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Falling in Louvre again

It’s just around the corner, but soon we will see the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi.  A spectacular – and complex design –  makes this one of the most stunning designs in the world. Located on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It runs under an agreement between the UAE and France, signed in March 2007, that allows…

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Aire o’ Mexico

Mexico City is an exciting, sprawling, tangled, vibrant, diverse, crazy, inspiring and unforgettable place.  If you’ve been, you know.  Maybe you’ve even been able to cover a lot of ground there.  With almost 10,000,000 inhabitants, there is a lot going on.  You’ve got to be tough, but, boy, is it worth it. If you haven’t been, or if you might…

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Duty now for the future

It’s October, 2021 and we’re still writing about Covid-19.  We won’t weigh in on how some of our fellow humans are approaching the pandemic, but there is no shortage of information to prove that it’s still here and it’s still a threat. But, as humans, we must press on.  And, organisations are trying to help us fashion something that resembles…

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A slight Nordic edge

Many of us have learned, over the years, that Christopher Columbus (real name Cristoforo Colombo) discovered North America in 1492 –  way before McDonald’s was founded. But,  we now know that half a millennium before Columbus crossed the Atlantic, the Vikings reached the “New World”, as the remains of timber buildings at L’Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of…

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Mooooove

Very simply . . . Corsican cows won’t give up beach home to tourists, post lockdown.  Can you blame them? Or, is this a portend of things to come?  Have the non-human species finally had enough, and are collectively fighting back?  Between Covid, murder hornets and mother earth, herself, providing us with one disaster after another, should we, perhaps, start…

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Dominican-do!

Like other locales hard-hit by the events of the past 18 months, the Dominican Republic is focusing on rebuilding and recovering. But that doesn’t mean travel has to slow down. In fact, destinations in the Caribbean are very attractive all year round due to their warm weather and turquoise blue beaches. Click here to learn more about why now is…

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There’ll be blue skies

We love aircraft here at Matouring.  All kinds of aircraft, especially those that have been lovingly maintained or restored.  And we’re not alone.  You can too.  Visit the Royal International Air Show at Fairford, UK in the south Cotswolds (July 15-17, 2022), which next year will be celebrating the United States Air Force’s 75th anniversary in spectacular style and also,the…

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Some builders would do anything

More than 1,600 years ago, close to the southeastern coast of the Korean Peninsula, laborers were hard at work building a palace for a fledgling kingdom. They finished the foundation layer of the massive western rampart and then paused before beginning the next construction phase, a stone wall. The foundation, made from packed shells and earth, was complete from an…

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Don’t fence me in

If you live in a housing complex with dozens of units, take heart. An apartment building in St. Petersburg, Russia, (population five million) houses 18,000 people. We’re all for efficiency, but we have to wonder about the logistics of managing a place like this.  Parking?  Elevators? As some people have noted, how would the wifi not melt-down? “Hi, neighbour!” KLM…

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Yangshuo, Dr. No?

Just look at that. Landscapes don’t get more dramatic than the towering rock formations of Guilin, southern China’s most astonishing natural phenomena. And in the shadows of those giant alien mountains you’ll find something much smaller but almost as dazzling – a hotel. And not just any old hotel: a true design marvel loaded with fascinating history. Read more here…

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The future of Play-viation

Our affiliate friends easyJet is launching an initiative to inspire younger generations to get thinking about sustainable air travel by designing a zero-emission passenger plane The airline is partnering with world-leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus, zero-emission technology start-up Wright Electric, and world-renowned designer Frank Stephenson, known for his recent innovative work on designs for electric flying taxis, to launch the Aircraft…

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Aqaba job

“I last found myself here, inadvertently, in March 2020. My planned journey from the Saudi tourism hub of Al Ula to the Yemeni island of Socotra collapsed when the flight to Cairo was cancelled as frontiers slammed shut. Rather than taking that as an early sign of an impending travel shutdown and seeking the fastest route home, I stubbornly caught…

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Doorway to the beyond

No, not just a door- an 11th century door. And not just a 11th century door but one with ironwork that represents Ragnarok– the Norse Doomsday. In a Christian Church? Well there’s a cross at the top so that makes it alright. Savvy? And you can visit.  England is always an eye-opening place.  Read more courtesy of Poliofilio LiveJournal.com Stay…

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Chiribiquete

When people think of Colombia, it is usually of marvelous places such as Bogota, or Cartegena or Medellín – all genuinely wonderful destinations that you must put on your list. But, there is a relatively unknown part of Columbia that goes beyond into an almost magical realm:  Chiribiquete. Chiribiquete National Natural Park is the largest national park in Colombia and…

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Don’t worry, you can’t miss it

Location, location, location.  It’s all about the location and your neighbours.  It can make all the difference in the world. For example, this quaint home in the coastal village of Plougrescant in Brittany, France, dates all the way back to 1861 and was sandwiched – in an incroyable manner- betwixt two huge rocks to help protect it from the area’s…

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Stylin’

If you’re a history afficianado, you’ll probably know lots about your chosen area of focus.  Some of us focus on cities, whereas others focus on historic individuals or campaigns. No matter your preference, history is fascinating, especially as you learn more and put the pieces together.  History makes us who we are. The video, below, discusses an unusual feature of…

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Boris & Chief Kamanawanalea

This is a different kind of cold war. Russian Fort Elizabeth is a National Historic Landmark and is administered as the Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park just southeast of present-day Waimea on the island of Kauaʻi in Hawaiʻi. It is located at the site of the former Fort Elizabety, the last remaining Russian fort on the Hawaiian islands, built…

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SOM thing to behold

New York is, of course, a marvel.  Like so many other super-cities around the world, you never really run out of things to do, even if you live there.  And, as always, there is constant change. But, what is equally as interesting is the “hidden” places that can fascinate.  One such “hidden” place is actually contained in one of New…

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