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Secret Europe: The 10 least-visited European countries

Leave the massive crowds of tourists behind in France or Italy, and make your next trip to one of the least-visited European countries.<p>To compile this list of least-visited European countries, I used data from the annual UNTWO Tourism report, which tracks international tourist arrivals. Note that …

European Travel

RIP, minimalism. Retro logos are back!

The pendulum is swinging away from clean, modern aesthetics toward curvy, retro designs.<p><i>This post originally appeared on Logo Lounge.</i><p>Any time we look at trends, we tend to see a pendulum swinging. For instance, it’s not uncommon to see an evolution from a flat logo to something dimensional or vice …

Graphic Design

Retailers have trained consumers to do one thing — and it's destroying Macy's, Nordstrom, and Banana Republic

Last month, many companies, from Gap Inc. to Macy's to Nordstrom reported dismal earnings.<p>One reason is that they've trained consumers to shop on sale.<p>Macy's has blamed many reasons for its nosediving sales, from unseasonal weather to a drop in tourist traffic. Both may be true, but a walk around …

Macy's

Inside the world's 8 best advertising campaigns of 2015

But what makes these successful campaigns different from the ones we avoid? The Gunn Report just produced its list of the most successful advertising campaigns of 2015, along with insights into each of the top 8's strategy, media execution and effectiveness.<p>The report identifies the most awarded …

Festivals

Japan Blue Jeans Explains Why Japanese Denim Has to Be Handmade

The “Kojima way” to denim production.<p>Some of the best jeans in the world are crafted in Kojima, a seaside district of Kurashiki, Okayama province. …

17 Photos The World Needs To See To Understand How Beautiful Mumbai Really Is

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Remembering Sept. 11 in Pictures

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The destruction of Palmyra's Temple of Bel: before and after – in pictures

Satellite images confirmed the Isis destruction of the most important historical site in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra

Samsung's new challenge: Sharing the smartwatch market with Apple

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2016 Hyundai Tucson SE 2.0L FWD

Enhancing the value case at a slightly slower pace.<p>Hyundai is just so geeked to tell you about all the gilded features you can get on the 2016 Tucson. It’s practically like an Audi, they might say, what with its LED taillights, LED running lights, LED map lights, and even non-LED-lit things such as …

The Best Photos From Your Shot: Drama, Drama Underwater

Every day here at National Geographic, our photo editors look through somewhere between 4,000 and 8,000 images that are uploaded to our photo community, Your Shot. Of those images, 12 are selected to shine in what we call the Daily Dozen. And from those photos, only one is chosen. And by chosen, I …

10 Street Style Looks That'll Make You Want to Wear Gingham

When it comes to clothes, one of our favorite things about summer is the new palette of prints—especially gingham. The picnic-friendly checks make us …

Articles about 9 neutral bedrooms on Dwell.com - Dwell

One ground-shaking day in January this year will go down in history.<p>Handrails for stairs may be subject to specific, in-depth code requirements, but that doesn’t mean that they’re short on style,...<p>Jenny Wu, a partner at Oyler Wu Collaborative, documents the process from design through fabrication …

Architecture

Opening Day at the Paris Air Show

Apple and Microsoft’s visions for the future are delightfully different

One wants the device at the center of your life, the other wants to make the device irrelevant<p>Microsoft’s evolution over the past few years has brought it closer to Apple than ever before. Just like its old nemesis, the Windows company now sells its own phones and tablets, gives away OS updates for …

Volvo unveils luxury car interior concept for chauffeur-driven executives

Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has unveiled a vehicle interior with extra legroom for a chauffeur-driven passenger, similar to a business-class seat …

Personalization

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from India

What did Indian gardens look like before the invaders arrived? The Mughals imposed their 16th century Persian constraints–they were all for walls and …

What Type of Desk Does the President of the United States Use?

And why was it upcycled from an abandoned ship's timbers?<p>As each new American President moves into the White House, they have their choice of what …

Japanese house hides a balcony and terrace behind tiered walls

A tall white wall wraps around the base of this house in Tsukuba City, Japan, screening it from the street and creating the illusion of a …

Archaeology

10 Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Mumbai - Part 2

<b>By Sarita Santoshini</b><p>We recommended 10 of our offbeat properties a few weeks ago (Read: <b>10 Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Mumbai</b> ) and overwhelmed by …

Take A Rare Peek Inside The Massive Data Centers That Power Google

But not Google. The search giant has shared with the world photos that lift the veil off its massive and beautiful data centers around the world, in places both domestic, including Iowa, Oregon, Georgia, South Carolina, and Oklahoma, and abroad, in Finland and Belgium.<p>Google says when you're on its …

Iowa

The Ultimate Shrine -- The Mercedes Benz Museum

If you are a car lover, you have to rev up your engine at the ultra-swish Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, that cost a whopping 150 million Euro. Spread over 16,500 square metres, with over 1500 exhibits and 160 vehicles over nine levels, this spaceship style building has 1800 triangular glass …

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander SE S-AWC Long-Term Verdict

This Mitsubishi was not nearly as polarizing as our former long-term 2011 Outlander Sport, but the 2014 Outlander had to deal with much of the sentiment left over from the junior’s lackluster time in the MT garage. While the 2014 model didn’t wow most of the staff, it did make some headway …

2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II First Drive [w/video]

Your Reputation Precedes You<p>Rolls-Royce Director of Global Communications Richard Carter tells me that his storied employer is "a company that does not chase volume." In a perfect world, mused Carter, the carmaker would sell "one less" of its ultra-luxury vehicles than the fast-expanding world …

Hands-on with the Apple Watch, sort of

The Apple Watch is real and thank heavens it’s not called the iWatch. But it is entering a very crowded market, and during my very short time with it in demo mode, it seemed to have the same issue as watches from LG and Samsung. Too thick.<p>The watch comes in two sizes. I tried out the larger one. …

The Most Memorable VMA's Fashion Moments Of All Time

A look back at the most unforgettable red carpet looks over the years.<p>Calling Video Music Award style irreverent would be a bit of an understatement. In its over three decade history, the MTV carpet has seen mini bustier bridal dresses, ladies who match, bikini tops and meat dresses—with a Tom Ford …

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