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Artist covers Paris Panthéon with hundreds of selfies

The Panthéon in Paris, a secular temple dedicated to the "great men of the republic", is playing host to the faces of thousands of unknown men, women and children.<p>The pictures on both the inside and outside of the vast monument in the heart of the French capital are a stark contrast to the sober …

Hotel Edgar Paris

Hotel Edgar transformed a dark and dilapidated clothing workshop overlooking a small tree-lined square into a surprising and charming place, coveted …

Love Locks Weigh Paris Bridge Down

The bridge closed briefly after part of it crumbled under the weight of thousands of padlocks hooked there to symbolize endless love.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. Happy couples have attached one too many love locks to a popular bridge in Paris. The bridge closed …

5 Scary Monster Myths From Around The World

Bigfoot. Yeti. Nessie. The world is full of monsters.<p>No matter where in the world you look, monster myths are a staple of human culture. Name a jungle dense enough, a desert remote enough, a mountain range frighteningly impassable, and it's likely populated with ape men who walk on two feet, a lost …

In Meteora—"rocks in the air"—sandstone spires rise from the plain of Thessaly. Seeing the area as a religious retreat, monasteries sprung up here, beginning in 1336. http://on.natgeo.com/1hYxsmO

This Is What Your Flight Used To Look Like (And It's Actually Crazy)

Air travel has come a long way since the 1950s, this we know. We're deep into our bizarre affection for SkyMall, personal TV screens and in-flight WiFi (not to mention WiFi in general).<p>But in the 50s, flying was something different. It was something magical and marvelous. Air travel exploded into …

FACE IT: Attention Must Be Paid to Sicily

When the great majority of travelers plan trips to Italy, they think Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany, George Clooney -- whoops, Lake Como. Sicily? Well, not as much, and this fascinating, enchanting region feels the lack of respect.<p>"We do a very bad job of advertising ourselves," says tour guide …

What Are the Best National Parks Without Waiting Lines?

<i>A:</i><p>Everyone has heard of the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite—and for good reason. These national parks are American treasures. But their red ravines, spewing geysers, and endless valleys attract countless visitors, especially come summer. If you want a dose of natural beauty sans crazy …

Why Private Tours Are No Longer Only for the Rich

I had one night only in Medellin, Colombia. It was Christmas and I was determined to see Medellin’s famous holiday lights.<p>An online search led me to …

This May Just Be the Best Travel Video of 2014

We have been pretty bullish on drone videos for travel lately, and this video below will show you why.<p>Shot by Philip Bloom, an accomplished British …

The 10 Hottest Travel Destinations Of The Future

We recently published a list of the 50 hottest up-and-coming travel destinations from Love Home Swap.<p>To create this list, Love Home Swap compared growth figures for each country by looking at the annual growth per year figures for travel and tourism's direct contribution to the country's GDP …

Only two weeks left to enter the 2014 Traveler Photo Contest! Submit your best shots TODAY for a chance to win the trip of a lifetime: http://on.natgeo.com/1vnzX4G Pictured here, a rainy night in Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy. http://on.natgeo.com/1vnzZcB Photograph by Karen Messerman/ 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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Hot Celebrity Dads

Here are some of the sexiest fathers past and present.<p>Celebrity dads are blessed with an extra special sexy factor. Not only do we get to admire their chiseled cheekbones and sultry gazes, we also see them being all nurturing and sweet with their genetically superior offspring, which melts our …

Lost Your Keys Again? 8 Tips For Finding Misplaced Objects

Illustrated by Ly Ngo.<p>Samuel Johnson wrote, “It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery, and as much …

Turkish Teen Bride Divorces And Blazes Trail to Politics

Berivan Kilic spent most of her life behind closed doors. Raised in southeastern Turkey during the height of a violent conflict, her parents pulled her from school when she was 11 to shield her from the gunshots and arson that were ravaging villages near their home. At 15 she married, like many …

More protests in Portugal against public sector pay cuts

Thousands of people marched in Porto and other Portuguese cities on Saturday to protest against planned public sector pay cuts of up to 10 per cent.<p>Late last week the government said it was renouncing the last installment of international bailout money following a court decision blocking further …

England Is Suffering a World Cup Cocaine Shortage

We spoke to some dealers who aren't happy at all.<p><i>Photo by Giorgi Nieberidze</i><p>If there's one thing English people love more than cocaine, it's football. However, fans up and down the country might have a tough time getting a buzz on during the World Cup, due to an unprecedented coke drought. …

HIV-Positive Couple Had 3 Kids All Free Of Disease. One Of The Main Reasons? Dad's Role

Hubert and Jeanne Mwangaza have both been HIV-positive since they married and started a family together years ago. Now, they have three children, and all of them are HIV-free.<p>Is it a medical miracle? Hardly.<p>Hubert and Jeanne's commitment to one another has made a profound impact on the health of …

Ukrainian diplomat uses swear word for Putin, delighting protesters and angering Moscow

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainians have called Vladimir Putin many bad names, among them a Nazi, a dictator and just plain evil. But nothing has caused a firestorm quite like a Ukrainian diplomat’s use of a schoolyard epithet to describe the Russian president during an unscripted moment Saturday …

Syrian government retakes border town in Assad coastal heartland

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces retook Kasab on Sunday, ousting rebels from the village on the Turkish border in the coastal heartland of President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite minority sect, activists and state media said.<p>Smoke rises due to what activists claimed was shelling by forces …

Lessons in Corporate Social Responsibility from TOMS (Shoes)

For several years, one of the darlings of the corporate philanthropy fan club has been TOMS. And for good reasons.<p>TOMS is the handiwork of Blake …

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Severn Trent says below-inflation price rises keeping bad debts under control

Severn Trent said below-inflation prices rises were helping the water company keep its bad debts under control despite serving some of the most impoverished households in the UK.<p>The Coventry-based company said its average combined bills were the lowest in England and Wales at £335 a year at a time …

Climate takes back seat as fledgling B.C. LNG industry courts China

The causeway extends 11 kilometres into the Yellow Sea, a horizon-bending energy bridge to China situated not far up the coast from Shanghai. Seven or eight times a month, a giant ship filled with liquefied natural gas docks here, and gas from Qatar, Yemen, Nigeria or Russia flows into the mainland.<p>…

Many Americans Will Be Giving Thanks For Lower Prices

When Americans drive to their Thanksgiving gatherings this week, they will have one more blessing to count: lower costs.<p>Gasoline is cheaper than last year. Turkey prices are down, too. And retailers are joining in, offering big discounts on TVs and other goods.<p>For people who watch every penny, this …

Some Swiss firms pay CEOs 200 times more than workers, and voters are cool with it

Swiss voters yesterday rejected a proposal to cap the pay of top executives to no more than 12 times that of the lowest-paid workers. And they did so resoundingly: around two-thirds of voters opposed the measure in a referendum, with a relatively high turnout of more than 50% of the electorate.<p>That …

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Analyst Predicts Bitcoin Will Go Over $1000 This Week: 'This Is A Classic Bubble'

As Bitcoin’s value continues its ridiculous climb, into the $600s and $700s on popular exchanges, a price forecasting analyst states the obvious, “This is a classic speculative bubble.” Based on its current momentum, he predicts that it may go as high as $1,700 within the week.<p><i>Disclosure: I own</i> …

Are Bitcoins The New Gold?

For more than four years, gold and Bitcoin prices moved in the same direction north — though Bitcoins followed a rather erratic pattern. But in the last twelve months, the two investment vehicles parted paths. Gold moved south, with SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE:GLD) losing close to 25 percent of its …