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Why the Tokyo Skytree is Totally Worth the $20 Ticket

Where: Tokyo, Japan
August 28, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Listen in, because we have the scoop on Tokyo's newest tourist attraction. Tokyo Skytree may already be two years old but, in the grand scheme of things for Tokyo, it's still the hottest attraction for both locals and tourists to enjoy a birds-eye view of the planet's largest capital.

This addition to the expansive skyline serves a purpose higher than being a popular selfie spot; it's also a broadcast tower and the holder of the title of "World's Tallest Tower." Located on the east side of the Sumida River in a neighborhood that went by the name of Musashi, the Skytree revived the district and is now drawing tourists to discover beyond the usual centers of Harajuku and Ginza.

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Another Week, Another Awesome Addition Planned for Singapore's Airport

Where: Singapore
August 1, 2014 at 12:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

It’s only been like a week since talked about the awesomeness that is Singapore’s Changi Airport, and now just days later there’s already new plans to introduce some even better additions.

Up next for the airport is some kind of billion dollar shopping dome, so that you can spend that extra foreign currency—or just swipe the credit card—before you head out of town. The whole thing is known as Project Jewel, and included in the construction will be five-stories of fancy pants shops as well as an indoor garden. The icing on the cake is the circular waterfall that will cascade down right in the middle of the whole building.

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Took Long Enough, But Italian Designers Now Making Furniture for Italian Airports

Where: Italy
July 17, 2014 at 6:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

A little bit of modern design is heading into airports across Italy in the form of new gate furniture. We’re used to the standard look and feel of the seats that fill the concourse and terminal, but now one firm is taking things to the next level with a simple—yet snazzy—"less is more" approach.

Poltrona Frau, whom you may remember as also having done the plush leather seats in Singapore Airlines Suites Class as well as Ferrari sports cars, are branching into airports. The seat has been dubbed "Flair" and it was launched in Milan last year. The first to score the swank seats is Bologna Airport, thanks to a little help from the architecture firm over at Progetto CMR.

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Finland Will Finish Its Version of 'La Sagrada Familia' Before Spain

Where: Finland
July 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's a must-do on a visit to Barcelona, and tourists can usually immediately identify the most iconic church the city has to offer: La Sagrada Familia. This Gaudi masterpiece stands tall in the metropolis and, despite the fact it's been 131 years since construction commenced, it still remains shrouded in safety tarps and scaffolding.

Now the Spaniards have a little competition thanks to some post-graduate students from Eindhoven University in the Netherlands and their quest to recreate the famous Gaudi structure in ice. This winter, the pair plans to carve an ice castle replica of the cathedral in Juuka, Finland, where the average temperatures hover around -4 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Before and After: Piscine Molitor Is Ready For Swimming Once Again in Paris

Where: Paris, France
May 30, 2014 at 10:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

For those headed to Paris this summer, we have something else that you can add to your must-see list, as the city’s Piscine Molitor is back and better than ever. Over 25 years have passed since the public swimming pool was closed and turned into a canvas for graffiti artists, but now things are ready to welcome swimmers once again.

Head over to The Verge to read even more, as they have a great rundown of the before and after—as well as some great pictures of how things have changed over the decades.

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Check Out the 'Eiffel Tower of the East' Before Russia Swings a Wrecking Ball

April 17, 2014 at 9:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you haven’t yet heard of the Shukhov Tower, now’s a good time to check it out (at least on Wikipedia), as it might not be around much longer. The funky landmark is a radio tower over in Russia, and some have even called it the country’s version of the Eiffel Tower. We wouldn’t go that far, but there are preservationists eager to keep it hanging around for future generations.

The thing rises 525-feet into the Soviet sky, but structurally it's a little shaky and needs to come down sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, the aforementioned preservationists cite the symbolism of the tower as it relates to Russia’s history and past advances in telecommunications.

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Throwback Thursday: Pan Am's Art Deco Airline Terminal is a Sweet Miami Secret

Where: 3500 Pan American Drive [map], Miami, FL, United States
February 20, 2014 at 12:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

Some call it the "Gateway to the Americas," but most just know it as Miami City Hall.

This small, art deco building in the south Miami neighborhood of Coconut Grove houses the offices of city officials and one stately meeting room, complete with wood dais and original Pan Am winged clock. Why a Pan Am winged clock? Well, this meeting room was once a departures area for flights, and the building the airline's very first terminal.

Acting mostly on rumor and the results of a few Google searches, we made the 15-minute drive from downtown Miami. Venturing inside, we were thrilled to discover that the general public is welcome to meander around after a brief security screening and during city business hours, but note that the second floor restaurant has closed.

Visitors expecting a full airport will quickly notice the lack of runways; Pan Am placed this terminal here to utilize the neighboring calm waters of Dinner Key Marina on Biscayne Bay for the operation of their flying boat services, with routes stretching as near as Cuba and as far as Buenos Aires, covering most South American and Caribbean capitals in between.

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Will Chicago Reclaim the Title for 'Tallest Building in the US?'

February 19, 2014 at 1:56 PM | by | Comment (1)

Not to be outdone, it seems like Chicago, or at least someone in Chicago, didn't like the fact they lost the title for "home of the tallest building in the US." If all goes to plan, the honor may head back to Chi-Town from NYC's One World Trade Center. That's if the city's newest addition, the Chicago Spire, actually gets off the ground.

For the past ten years, the project to permanently change the iconic skyline of our third largest city has had its ups and downs. Ground was broken at 400 N Lake Shore Drive in the Summer of 2007 and, once the financial crisis hit in 2008, the project went bankrupt along with the many investors attached to the building. For almost six years, nothing but a giant hole in the ground occupied the site, giving little hope for a reemergence of the project.

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There is a Dream to Update the Abandoned Metro Stations of Paris

Where: Paris, France
February 19, 2014 at 11:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

Things are still every much on the drawing board, but we couldn’t be more in favor with the plans for some of the forgotten metro stations over in Paris. For one reason or another some of these stations haven’t been doing the public transportation thing for quite some time, and now one group is looking to upgrade and update things into a little bit of an urban oasis.

As part of the city’s current race for mayor, one candidate is proposing new ideas to utilize some long forgotten bits and pieces of city real estate. She envisions swimming pools, nightclubs, and art installations, as the city would bring these deserted spots across the city back to life—and better than ever.

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Chicago Renames Its Largest Observation Tower to '360 Chicago'

Where: 875 N. Michigan Avenue [map], Chicago, Illinois , United States, 60611
January 31, 2014 at 10:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've said this before, and we mean it: When visiting a new place, getting a bird's eye view -- preferably at the forefront of the trip -- is high on our priority list. This is especially true of cities, when getting to the top of the canopy can help you a) develop a perspective and orientation you can't get from street level and b) appreciate the beautiful views that in turn help you appreciate the size and stature of modern day cities.

Last time we were in Chicago, we took a helicopter ride, but for those who want to stay on a budget, there are more affordable ways to get a glimpse from above. The Willis (Sears) Tower might have the Windy City's tallest observation deck, but only the one found at the city's 4th tallest building offers panoramic views.

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First Time to Australia: Is the Sydney BridgeClimb Really Worth $250?

January 9, 2014 at 3:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's always sunny in Australia, or at least right now it is, during the Southern Summer. Oz is one of those destinations that can take a little more planning and a little more money to make happen, but it's worth it the moment you set foot on Aussie soil. All this week we'll be sharing our best tips for taking that leap for a first-time trip Down Under.

You’ve landed in Sydney. First things first—grab your bags, get into town, head to the harbor for a look at the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, consider climbing said bridge, suffer sticker shock when you read that the prices for BridgeClimb average $250 AUD.

Decision time.

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Watch the Empire State Building's New LED Lights Dance to Holiday Music

December 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

New York's Empire State Building may have unveiled its new LED light show a few months ago around Halloween, but it's these winter holidays that are showing exactly what spectacle the building's new 16 million LED color combinations are capable of, following the upgrade.

Holiday-theme light shows started on December 20th and will continue to play every night through December 24, with the action starting at 7pm. Each show is 4-5 minutes long and entirely unique, including synchronized holiday music selections simultaneously broadcast on Clear Channel New York’s 106.7 Lite FM.

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