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The famous stilt neighborhoods of Chiloe
One of the most beautiful things about Chile is the way the climate can vacillate from one extreme to a different extreme with just a change of region. While the Atacama Desert is predictably arid and Patagonia often buffeted by whipping winds, the island of Chiloé is known for gray skies and rainfall that wouldn’t be out of place in London. (After all, half the island is a rainforest.)
Since rain is a common occurrence in Chiloéand it often shows up at unexpected times, even when it’s been sunny all morningbe sure to keep a lightweight raincoat and hat around. If you’re planning to spend a lot of time outdoors, rain boots are also a good bet.
The New Yorker Festival is known for selling out quickly but there is still a chance to get tickets to this weekend's hottest events.
Some of the most anticipated panels, including An Evening with Funny or Die, Buried Alive with Aziz Ansari, Without a Script featuring Christopher Guest, and a conversation with Ethan Hawke, are sold out. But, a number of tickets for each event will be available tomorrow, October 4, from noon to 4 p.m. at SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd St, NYC. There will also be a few tickets available at the door for most events on a first come, first served basis.
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Don Henley discovered that we've all been poisoned by fairy tales, but does he know who is to blame for it? We do...the Germans!
It was two academics from Deutschland, Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, collectively known as the "Brothers Grimm," who are responsible for sending us all down the rabbit hole on a foolish mission to fulfill our unrealistic expectations of life.
The two brothers began aggregating and modifying folk tales from different mythologies in the early 1800s. In total, they published over 200 stories in a series of books, including the now well-known classic tales of Cinderella, The Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Snow White. You may recognize a few of those titles!
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Although castles sometimes fall victim to the "if you've seen one you've seen them all" mentality, here's one that certainly stands out from the crowd, one you've probably heard about even if you've never been to Denmark: Kronborg Castle, aka Elsinore, aka Hamlet's Caste.
Kronborg served as the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet, and today you can see a performance of the play within the castle walls. Not many North American travelers know about this unique novelty, but it's actually not a new endeavor: The play was put on inside Kronborg for the first time in 1816 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
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Just when you think you've amassed enough coffeetable books to do away with the actual table, along comes another title to entice.
It was only earlier this year we shared our discovery of 800 Views of Airports with you, but while that tome focused on bustling tarmacs and busy-bee ground crews, a new photography monograph explores the opposite vibeקthat of an airline with no flying planes, no paying passengers, and little hope.
Wired has an inside look at the book by photographer Nick Ballon, who spent months with unfettered access to the mothballed offices and remaining staff of L.A.B. Lloyd Aereo Boliviano at Jorge Wilstermann Airport in Cochabamba. He titled the photo book, "Ezekiel 36:36," the name of L.A.B.'s last operating plane, which touched down for the final time in 2007.
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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios Orlando may be working on building a full-scale Hogwarts Express train, but little do they know one already exists.
Over in the UK, the famously opulent Orient-Express "Northern Belle" train attempts to recreate the Hogwarts Express experience on special kid-friendly departures that include more than just a choo-choo ride; the train actually transports its passengers to and from Hogwarts or, well, the Harry Potter Studio Tour experience outside London, where the movies were filmed.
Curious to see what exactly goes down in the Studio Tour? What a coincidence! We recently visited it ourselves.
If you forgot to pack a book in your beach bag, Israel's Metzizim Beach has a solutiona brand new beachfront lending library with titles available in Hebrew, Arabic, English, Russian, and French.
The portable library, which kind of looks like an old-school ice cream cart, is located on one of Tel Aviv's most busy and popular beaches. Currently, there are 523 books ready to be borrowed, but the number of course changes as tourists leave books or swap them out.
If books aren't your thing and you'd rather check email and read on your Kindle while sunbathing, tech capital Tel Aviv has that covered too. Simply connect to the city's free wifi network (which works on the beach, we've tried it!) and you can download whatever you'd like to read in whatever language you want to read it in. Another plus: thanks to Israel's nice warm weather, this library could work pretty much all year round.
While there might not be any sand in sight in downtown Charleston proper, the barrier islands that sit off the coast provide the laid-back beach culture of South Carolina’s oldest and second-largest city. Our sister site, Hotel Chatter, gave us the scoop on where to spread out your blanket, and we’re all familiar with the infamous Rainbow Row and the beach-bod friendly seafood that keeps Charleston on the tourism radar for so many in the southeast.
We knew that the city’s history was also a big draw, but one thing we discovered on our visit that we were not aware of is that Edgar Allan Poe spent just over a year in the area on Sullivan’s Island during his time with the U.S. Army in the late 1820s. Today, the three square-mile Sullivan’s Island is dotted with beautiful beachfront properties – a place where golf carts on the road are common – and has a surprisingly good string of bars and restaurants, one of which, Poe's Tavern, provides a peek into the writer's short, troubled, highly-artistic life.
They also serve one hell of a burger.
There's a new British TV channel called Drama and, unsurprisingly, it's about all things drama. As part of the promotion for the new network, Drama asked thousands of Brits what was the most memorable dramatic movie moment, and the winner was the Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) lake scene from the BBC's Pride and Prejudice.
To celebrate that win, there's now a giant Colin Firth sculpture floating in the Serpentine, the lake inside London's Hyde Park.
The 12-foot sculpture will continue bobbing in the Serpentine a little longer before it goes on tour throughout other bodies of water in the UK. Its final home will be Lyme Park in Cheshire, a location chosen because nearby Lyme Hall played the role of the Pemberley house in the BBC version of the classic tale.
Put down your Kindle and stow your iPad, because Qantas wants you to actually turn the pages of a real book on your next flight. The Aussie airline's newest in-flight entertainment option will allow you to curl up at your seat with a series of published novels.
The initiative, called "Stories for Every Journey", offers frequent flyers the opportunity to settle into engrossing tales specially written for the airline and tailored around all flight durations. Not only are reads perfectly suited for a 2-hour flight or a 23-hour multi-leg journey, but they'll look good in any seatback pocket with original cover art designed by Paul Belford.
Over in fair Verona, one of the most famous literary tourist sites is about to make it rain. Sadly the cash flow is only going their way as Verona is considering charging a few Euros to view the balcony and courtyard of "Romeo and Juliet," even if it isn't the real thing (because it's fictional).
Verona played home to the star-crossed lovers of Shakespeare's play, and it's said that certain families in the city's history were the inspiration for Shakespeare's play.
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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.
Millions of travel blogs exist online. Actually the number is more likely in the billions, a staggering amount considering civilization has only had the ability to create weblogs since the early 1990s. Prior to this, travelers sent a steady stream of letters home, or *gasp* wrote entire books of their journeys. These handwritten journals or published, typed tomes often sit forgotten in an attic, in the stacks of suburban libraries, or rotting under heaps of trash sifted away from the jewelry and other hockable bits of estates.
Recently we got our hands on one such book, saved from the last fate as it turned up in an auction, forgotten in the bottom of a box.