Have you filled out your bracket yet? The field of 68 is officially down to 64 as the real March Madness tips off today. In just a little more than 2 weeks of basketball mayhem, 64 teams will vie to be crowned National Champion. With so much parity among the 4 regions of this year’s tournament, upsets are sure to abound, so let the games begin!
From Bryce Drew’s buzzer-beating game winner for Valparaiso in 1998 to number 1 seed Kansas falling to 9th-seeded Northern Iowa in 2010, anything can happen. Whether you’re from one of the best college basketball towns in the country, like Lexington, KY, or you’re a small-town guy with big-hoops dreams, head to one of college basketball’s greatest venues to be on hand for this year’s best games and biggest upsets. If there’s one thing you can always count on the NCAA men’s tournament for, it’s that it won’t disappoint the fans.
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Relax in the traditional hammam, unwind in the balneotherapy baths or take a leisurely swim in the turquoise pool, pausing to float and gaze at the gently swaying wrought-iron lanterns suspended from the vaulted ceiling.
Photography by Johnathan Ampersand Esper / Aurora Photos
The otherworldly greens and purples of the Aurora Borealis northern lights are rendered even more spectacular when reflected in the waters of the Silfra fissure on the edge of Þingvellir Lake.
Break out the peanuts and cracker jacks, Major League Baseball is back! And in an attempt to bring baseball’s international popularity to new heights, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers will kick off the 2014 MLB season with an opening series in Sydney. These games on March 22 and 23rd will mark the first time the MLB season has started abroad.
For the rest of the league, however, Opening Day (and night) will commence on March 30-31, where the other 28 teams will begin their grueling, 162-game schedule, all with the hopes of being crowned World Series champion in 7 months.
As you get ready to hit the road for your own Opening Day experience, don’t miss our choices for baseball’s greatest stadiums, from Baltimore’s beautiful Oriole Park at Camden Yards to the world-famous Fenway Park in Boston. And while the whole world gets ready for another unbelievable season, check out some of the tasty ballpark treats that will be stocking the shelves across America’s stadiums as you gear up for Opening Day 2014.
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Clouds race over the horizon as you gaze out over the twin peaks of Tagus Algarin and the Sima de las Granjas from the Zahara-El Gastor Reservoir in Andalucia.
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They say those Silverback Gorillas are as tame as kittens. Find out when you bunk at Virunga Lodge, an eco-friendly stay near Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, where many of the endangered primates can be found.
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He’s traveled the world as the TV show host of The Amazing Race. Now Phil Keoghan shares a few helpful tips he’s picked up along the way that travelers should know when planning their own next great travel adventure.
Tip 1: Always bring important documents and information. This should go without saying, but in the craze of packing it’s easy to forget the essentials: your passport, emergency funds, a second form of ID, credit card and a list of emergency medical numbers. Keep this info in a safe place, like a money belt, while you’re traveling.
Tip 2: Pack items for the moments you’ll want to kill time. Pick your choice of one or all of the following: a good book, a good movie, puzzles and/or your favorite tunes.
From Holi celebrations in India to Banksy’s tribute to victims of the war in Syria, take a look back at this week in photos. Now, let’s turn our attention to the serious eye candy awaiting in this week’s travel news roundup.
Fast Company rounded up amazing photos of 10 of the world’s most innovative hotels.
BuzzFeed found 47 stunning photos of people from around the world.
We hate to ruin it for you, actually HuffPost Travel did, with photos of 9 famous landmarks … in reality.
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Finally, Fathom explores the streets of Southeast Asia in this photo tour.
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Two World War II memorials dot the rugged cliffs at Pointe-de Pen Hir, a stunning headland in Brittany, on France’s Crozon peninsula.
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Climb the footpath near the abbey to stand at the top of Sant Jeroni, the area’s highest point, and you can see almost all of Catalonia – or, on a clear day, all the way to Mallorca.