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Frankly, My Dear, Here's a Tour That Will Make You Give a Damn About Atlanta

March 14, 2014 at 3:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Gone With The Wind, Atlanta Movie Tours is launching Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind Tour.

Kicking off April 5th, the 3-hour tour will be based on Mitchell's life and her novel which was made into one of the most beloved movies of all time.

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Does Anybody Care About '1,000 Places to See Before You Die' Anymore?

January 15, 2014 at 10:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Every so often, a traveler needs to have a good rant. Here, Jaunted Editor Cynthia shares a few thoughts on an old guidebook and its dwindling power.

The book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die was first published in 2003. It was a steamroller of a hit, topping best seller lists (especially around graduation time in the spring) and finding its place on the bookshelves of anyone who’d listed “travel” as one of their interests.

I was a bookseller at the time, enjoying steady employment after a year of wandering Europe “on a shoestring," and getting that book into shopping bags was something of my specialty. Indeed I was suited for the job, having racked up postcard moments at nearly 100 of those 1,000 sites.

Ten years later, what has changed? The book is still for sale, now ranked #95,806 on Amazon. My area of expertise remains the sharing of travel information, although you’re getting it for free now. A shift has come, alas, in the way travelers compile bucket lists.

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London's All Set to Show Off 'Sherlock Holmes' Memorabilia Later This Year

January 9, 2014 at 2:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Museum of London has announced they will debut a new Sherlock Holmes exhibition later this year. It will be the first major showing of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia in London since the 1951 Festival of Britain.

The exhibit will not only trace the literary origins of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's infamous detective, but also his relationship with the city itself.

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Pay Homage to a Great American Author at a Santa Fe Cathedral

December 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Although Willa Cather is mostly associated with the state of Nebraska, New Mexico can also claim a connection to this great American writer. The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, located in downtown Santa Fe near the plaza, serves as the backdrop for Cather's 1927 novel Death Comes for the Archbishop.

Though many of the events in the book are fictional, it's inspired by the true story of the French priest who came to the newly-named state of New Mexico to found an archdiocese. Jean-Baptiste Lamy was the real French priest on whom the story is based, and his legacy is still evident in the Land of Enchantment; there's even a town named Lamy after him.

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How to Pack for a Trip to the Chilean Heritage Island of Chiloé

November 8, 2013 at 1:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

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 Chiloé—and it often shows up at unexpected times, even when it’s been sunny all morning—be 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.

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How to Get Last Minute Tickets to the New Yorker Festival

October 3, 2013 at 2:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Down the Rabbit Hole: Discovering Where Fairy Tales Come from in Germany

Where: Kassel, Germany
September 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Catch a Performance of 'Hamlet' in the Real-Life Scandinavian Castle Setting

September 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Awesome New Coffee Table Book Details the Last Days of a Dying Airline

August 20, 2013 at 3:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

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 UK's Orient-Express Train is Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express for a Limited Time

July 30, 2013 at 1:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Find Your Perfect Summer Read at Tel Aviv's Beach Library

July 11, 2013 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you forgot to pack a book in your beach bag, Israel's Metzizim Beach has a solution—a 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.

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Grab a Beer and a Burger with Edgar Allan Poe in Charleston

July 10, 2013 at 9:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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