Archive for May, 2014

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A popular tourist attraction in Brussels, the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken comprise a vast 6-acre complex of ornate and heated glass houses on the grounds of the royal residence. The royal family opens the greenhouses to the public every year for 3 weeks in April and May.

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When the winter thaws and the days get warmer, many people look forward to hitting the beach, grilling outside and baking away that pasty, cold weather glow. But for those of us within fan culture, summer is the season of the con.

Although cons, short for comic and fan conventions, already take place nearly every weekend across the nation, the warm months are a prime time for nerdery. For me, the uptick of blockbuster superhero and genre flicks in theaters during the summer, along with more free time spent daydreaming or reading –not to mention extra opportunities to strike a hero pose in the sunshine — makes me want to hangout even more with my fellow fans. READ MORE

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Traveling the world is awesome, but it can be intimidating, particularly if you’re a woman traveling solo.

At Go! Girl Guides, we believe that the world is mostly safe and that people are mostly good, but we hear the same thing from women time and time again: “Is it safe to travel alone?”

The answer: YES, so long as you use remain aware, trust your instincts, and use a little common sense. These 7 travel tips will help you take on the world, with or without a travel partner.

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The Vltava is 270 miles long, making it the longest river in the Czech Republic. We recommend taking a river cruise, which usually is an hourly sightseeing tour with lunch, tea or dinner options. Enter to win a $10,000 trip for 2 to Prague.

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Famous for the thousands of bodies buried just below its stone floor, the Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul was founded in the 7th century. The Abbey is currently planning to tap into the city’s famous hot springs for a new eco-friendly heating system.

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Go kayaking and explore Prince William Sound, its fjords and islands, to commune with nature and wildlife like whales and bears. Located on the east side of the Kenai Peninsula, this sound encompasses 3,800 miles of Alaska’s southern coastline.

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Whisk a loved one away for a romantic getaway to Maiden’s Tower, located on a small islet just 220 yards away from the coast of Uskudar in Istanbul. Go the extra step and make a reservation for 2 in the restaurant located on the tower’s 1st floor. After your meal consider having a cup of coffee in the cafe at the top of the tower.

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On this week’s episode, host Anthony Melchiorri is in Atlanta to help the University Inn, near Emory College’s campus, keep their doors open. Despite being ideally situated, the hotel is hounded by bad reviews, outdated rooms and a possible rat problem.

In order to get the University Inn back into shape, Anthony enlists the help of designer Tenecia Harris to revamp the outdated rooms. Will Anthony and his team accomplish all the necessary renovations on time? Or will the University Inn’s problems prove too much to handle? Find out tonight on an all-new episode of Hotel Impossible.

Check out exclusive photos of this season’s renovated hotels.

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Welcome to the genteel stretch of shoreline known as Cape May. Among its attractions is Congress Hall, a beautifully restored, Victorian-era beach resort. This historic seaside inn evokes a time when a rocking chair, a good book and a room with a view were the only things a traveler craved. Plan a getaway here to simply relax.

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For Canadians, the 3rd weekend in May, or the “May Long” (weekend is implied), is the unofficial start to summer.  While technically this is the Victoria Day weekend — named in honor of Queen Victoria’s birthday — most Canadians are feeling victorious for surviving yet another cold northern winter. This is a nation where we break out the shorts at the first thaw; so, we’re pretty pleased to kick off the season with a weekend at the cottage or in our backyards with a barbecue. For tourists, here are 5 classic things to do in Canada this summer:
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