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The New York Times

Bologna, Italy, is a culinary traveler’s delight, but there is plenty worth checking out in the culture and nightlife arenas.

Beluga whale upstages bride on wedding day and sparks hilarious memes

A bride was upstaged on her wedding day when she was photobombed by a very curious beluga whale.<p>The happy couple were tying the knot at an aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut, when the inquisitive animal swam over to see what all the commotion was about.<p>Something old, something new, something borrowed, …

Family Buys Cadaver Bride For Dead Son, But The Bride Is Still Alive

(Image Link)<p>There's a strange funereal practice that was outlawed by Chairman Mao back in 1949 but is starting to make a comeback in China- the …

Disability

Designing for places of worship: An architect's guide - CNN Style

Written by By Jonathan Glancey, for CNN<p>Designed for 35,000 people, the prayer hall of the stridently modern, German-designed, Chinese-built, Djamma El Djazair mosque overlooks the Bay of Algiers.<p>Here, the faithful will be called to prayer from the world's tallest minaret. A project dear to …

Catholicism

10 UK Christmas Traditions That Confuse Americans

With Christmas just around the corner, it can feel like a time to celebrate togetherness and put aside our differences. But what about the …

Brides In Japan Are Turning Their Traditional Kimonos Into Extraordinary Wedding Dresses

It's not uncommon for modern Japanese weddings to combine Shinto wedding traditions with various elements of Western nuptials. Traditionally a …

Where not to travel in 2017 — and where to go instead

The 7 Bluest Waters in the World, and Where to Find Them

There’s nothing like an idyllic beach screensaver to ignite your wanderlust. The water is so blue it’s hard to imagine somewhere <i>that</i> beautiful …

National Parks

Everest Base Camp To Get A Helipad, Hotel, And A Museum. Wait, But Why?

According to a report by ChinaDaily, the Chinese government has big plans to invest a considerable amount of money to build up infrastructure in …

Grand Art Exhibitions You Have to See in 2017

O’Keeffe, Preston, and Cossington Smith at Heide Museum of Modern Art<p>Located in the suburbs of Melbourne, The Heide Museum of Modern Art presents the …

Leonardo da Vinci's Four Armed And Legged 'Vitruvian Man' Gets An Action Figure

Finally, everybody's second favorite da Vinci nude is now available as an action figure. "What's everybody's first favorite nude?" David. "David was …

Artist With Extreme Wanderlust “Travels” by Painting Architecture Found Online

While many people with wanderlust like to visit sites around the world vicariously through online photos, Instagram user horiaki2 takes it a step further. Rather than just <i>look</i> at the photos, the up-and-coming artist prefers to paint them.<p>With a focus on architecture and an eye for meticulous …

Most of Europe set for warmer than normal January-March: The Weather Company

(Reuters) - Above normal temperatures are expected across most of Europe during the first three months of 2017, with the exception of the Iberian peninsula, the Weather Company said on Monday.<p>Buses travel along Westminster Bridge during a foggy day in London, Britain December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Neil …

Weather

The winners of the 2016 Best of GayCities travel awards have been announced

The winners of the 2016 Best of GayCities travel awards have been announced at a ceremony in Las Vegas, and San Francisco was voted Best City of 2016.<p>Orlando won the honorary award, City of the Year, for its compassion and resilience in the wake of the Pulse Nightclub massacre. Innovator of the …

San Francisco

Michael Phelps shared his wedding video and the footage is insanely romantic and glamorous

Have you had an ugly cry today? No? Well, let us fix that for you real quick: Michael Phelps shared his wedding video, <i>Cosmo</i> reports, so break out the …

Why Iran Is One of the Most Exciting Architecture Destinations Right Now

With 21 UNESCO World Heritage sites already within the country’s borders, Iran's architecture scene is drawing the world's eye.<p>For much of the world, the image of Iran is hardened by its politics. Since the Islamic revolution of 1979, the country has been transformed from a pro-Western stronghold …

Japan’s top train station bento boxed lunches for 2016, as picked by travelers

If you’re <b>riding the rails in Japan</b>, here’s how you should be <b>stuffing your face</b>.<p>Japan is a nation whose populace shows an extraordinary enthusiasm for …

Tokyo's Vibrant, Adorable Taxi Signs Are Disappearing

If you raise an arm in the neon-soaked streets of Tokyo, a taxi — or takushi — will begin a series of majestic maneuvers.<p>The vehicle will exit the steady stream of traffic, and glide towards you. Before the car has stopped, the door will begin to open as if by magic. It almost clips your thigh, but …

Skiing and partying in Austria’s Obertauern

A travelling mini-festival brings together young skiers and boarders for booze-fuelled fun – and the odd bit of skiing – in the Alps, US and Japan<p>Half-dazzled by spring sunshine, I’m standing halfway down a ski slope, the snow-choked ridges of western Austria’s Radstädter Tauern forming a …

Tamil Nadu’s gorgeous beaches, temples and tea plantations

Tamil Nadu has sweeping beaches, the world’s greatest collection of ancient temples, pretty tea plantations… and remarkably few British tourists<p>How many people can you get on a motorbike? How many letters in a word? How many dishes in a meal? The answer, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, seems …

Transparency and fairness in air travel

<b>76% of Americans believe the government should protect consumers from unfair and deceptive practices in the marketplace.</b><p>U.S. airlines continue to …

Heading to Disney World for the First Time? Here’s What No One Tells You

This article originally appeared on Travel + Leisure<p>As you’ve likely just learned, it takes a ton of time and hundreds of Google searches to plan a …

Why You Should Visit Umbria In Italy

Move over Rome and Venice, Umbria – the green heart of Italy – is offering tourists an authentic Italian experience without the bustling …

Disney World Offers New Wedding Experience Letting Brides Be Cinderella for a Day

“A dream is a wish your heart makes,” says Cinderella—and for engaged couples with a particular soft spot for the princess' story, that wish just might come true. Disney Weddings has recently announced a newly sanctioned wedding venue at its Florida resort: the East Plaza Garden, which sits at the …

Walt Disney Company

Here's What Weddings Looked Like the Year You Were Born

The 22 Most Beautiful Places in the World

These destinations are just begging to be Instagrammed.<p>There are so many amazing places around the globe to see, we couldn't possibly include them all in just one list. But, these breathtaking destinations are definitely worth bumping to the top of your travel bucket list–whether you're looking to …

Senate rejects plan to regulate airplane seat size

The fight to stop airline seats from shrinking died Thursday on Capitol Hill.<p>The Senate rejected an amendment introduced by Senator Charles Schumer that would have required the Federal Aviation Administration to set a minimum seat size and distance between seat rows on airplanes.<p>The Democrat from …

Aviation

A 4 Day Itinerary Of Things To Do In Bangkok | Nomadic Matt

When people tell me they hate Bangkok, I understand. When I first went to Bangkok in 2006, I despised the city and couldn’t wait to get out.<p>It’s not …

How Airplanes Deal with Sewage

You used to hear about chunks of blue sewage falling off airplanes and crashing through roofs or even hitting someone on the ground. That doesn’t …

Air Travel