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England's 27 most beautiful villages

New Book Explores Difficult Question: Are Jews Better Off Outside Israel?

(RNS) Jews exclaim “Next Year in Jerusalem!” at the conclusion of the Passover seder, an acknowledgment that Israel is their spiritual home. But since the Babylonians invaded Jerusalem in 586 B.C., most Jews have lived outside of Israel.<p>Today, Diaspora Jews, as they are called, account for 8 …

14 travel apps to download before your next adventure

Planning your next trip and want to be sure you find the best sightseeing, the best roadside restaurants and the best accommodation? Guess what. …

Top 10 day trips in Malta

Malta may only measure a compact 27km by 14km, but the tiny island nation is crammed with splendid sights, from 5000-year-old temples to spine-tinglingly beautiful lagoons and rock formations.<p>Malta’s size makes it a breeze to get around, so it’s possible to base yourself in one place and visit all …

What Happened On Easter Island — A New (Even Scarier) Scenario

We all know the story, or think we do.<p>Let me tell it the old way, then the new way. See which worries you most.<p>First version: Easter Island is a small 63-square-mile patch of land — more than a thousand miles from the next inhabited spot in the Pacific Ocean. In A.D. 1200 (or thereabouts), a small …

King Arthur's round table may have been found by archaeologists in Scotland

Archaeologists searching for King Arthur's round table have found a "circular feature" beneath the historic King's Knot in Stirling.<p>The King's Knot, a geometrical earthwork in the former royal gardens below Stirling Castle, has been shrouded in mystery for hundreds of years.<p>Though the Knot as it …

Dig this: How we plan to get to heart of one of Ireland's most mysterious sites

Tlachtga from the air Source: Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photography<p><i>HAVE YOU EVER wondered about how archaeologists discover the story</i> …

'Vampire' burial in Poland keeps alive the myth that will not die

No top teeth and with a stake through the leg, the skeleton exhumed in Kamien Pomorski<p><b>STORY HIGHLIGHTS</b><p>Exhumed skeleton in Poland revealed unusal bural practices<br>• Some believe medieval burial was connected to fear of vampires<br>• Vampire folklore strong in the Eastern European country<p><i>25 years since</i> …

The Bodies in the Bogs: An Eerie Gift From the Iron Age

There are cold cases and there are cold cases, but it’s hard to beat the one that came to light on May 6, 1950, in Silkeborg, Denmark. The local …

Did the Vikings Get a Bum Rap?

A Yale historian wants us to rethink the terrible tales about the Norse.<p>The Vikings gave no quarter when they stormed the city of Nantes, in what is now western France, in June 843—not even to the monks barricaded in the city's cathedral. "The heathens mowed down the entire multitude of priest, …

Ancient Stone Circles in Mideast Baffle Archaeologists

Huge stone circles in the Middle East have been imaged from above, revealing details of structures that have been shrouded in mystery for decades.<p>Archaeologists in Jordan have taken high-resolution aerial images of 11 ancient "Big Circles," all but one of which are around 400 meters (1,312 feet) in …

Archaeology

Highest Stone Age Campsite Reveals Grit of First Americans

South America's early migrants reached a remote oasis more than 14,000 feet high.<p>Paleo-Indian hunters ventured high into the Andes Mountains as early as 12,800 years ago, as much as two thousand years sooner than previously thought.<p>The finding, reported Thursday in the journal <i>Science</i>, suggests that …

Expert guide to Florence

Essential Information<p><b>British embassy in Rome</b>: 00 39 06 4220 0001; gov.uk<br>Tourist office and information: the main tourist information office is at Via Cavour 1r (00 39 055 290 832, firenzeturismo.it). Open Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm. There are also branches at the train station and the airport<p><b>Emergency</b> …

The 10 best places to visit in England - and where to stay

Our experts offer a guide to 10 of the best places and cities to visit in England for family holidays and couples, and the best hotels to stay when there, in locations including Yorkshire, Cornwall, Lake District, Bath, Cotswolds, London, Devon, Norfolk, Suffolk and Brighton.<p><b>1. Yorkshire</b><p>Visitors …

How Thousands Of Nazis Were 'Rewarded' With Life In The U.S.

In the early '70s, New York Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman received a confidential tip that American immigration authorities knew of dozens of former Nazis — some implicated in serious war crimes — who were living in the U.S.<p>Holtzman looked into it and discovered that it was true, and that the formerly …

Meet Nördlingen, The Little Town In A Crater

Well this place is a <i>hole</i> bunch of fun.<p>The town of Nördlingen -- a stop on Germany's Romantic Road -- sits entirely within a crater, made when a half-mile-wide meteorite smacked into Earth about 15 million years ago.<p>The town's founders likely weren't aware they were settling in such a phenomenon -- …

Amnesty International Accuses Israel of War Crimes in Gaza

Amnesty International has accused the Israeli military of war crimes in Gaza during a war earlier this year against Hamas.<p>In a new report, Amnesty …

17 Recipes to Help You Celebrate Taco Tuesday All Week Long

It's Taco Tuesday! You know what that means…(tacos).<p>Whether <b>you eat tacos every Tuesday</b> or just as often as you can (we're of the latter mindset), you can probably agree: There's nothing in the world like a good taco. Here are 17 great ones.

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How to pack light: tips from a master packer

Packing small is essential for any globetrotter committed to embracing the chaos of travel. With a small pack, you can chase down your Japanese train as it unapologetically departs on time. You can squeeze in to (or on top of) the only bus to the next village in India.<p>Or, as we learned, when your …

Meet the People’s Choice Travelers of the Year

Numbers add up—just ask the “<b>Inion Eleven</b>.” Backed by a bounty of votes, this fearless family of global nomads takes the top spot in our People’s Choice contest.<p>Over weeks of frenzied voting, ballots piled up for each of <i>Traveler</i> magazine’s latest class of <b>Travelers of the Year</b>. In the end, the Inion …

Explorers

Fieldwork Map<p>Get to know the people and projects we’ve funded around the world.<p>Empowering Explorers<p>Every year we give out hundreds of grants to bold people with transformative ideas. These grant recipients are–and have always been–the heart and soul of what we do.<p>We honor the most outstanding …

Habitats

Italian alpine guides fear hotel-led tours will put tourists at risk

They are the professional descendants of the rugged locals who once eased British gentlefolk and German aristocrats up the Dolomites in the latter half of the 19th century – and the alpine guides of Trentino in north-eastern Italy are fiercely proud of both their history and their present.<p>A century …