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You've just got to see the Library of Parliament, located within the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Ranked as one of the "7 Wonder of Canada," but more famously recognized as the "most beautiful room in Canada," the library is the only remaining piece of the original 1876 Parliament building, surviving the destructive 1916 fire thanks to iron fire doors. Inside are 1 million documents and 11 miles of books and, up until very recently, a "no cameras" zone.
Visitors to the Library fall into one of two groups: members of Parliament and their staff, or members of there public making the official (and free!) Parliament tour. The latter would find themselves disappointed by a major rule: photography was strictly prohibited if the room had anyone in it, either staff or politician. Occasionally a weekend tour would get lucky and find an empty library, but viewing the room with all its lights on, a librarian stationed, and in active use brings out the spirit of the space.
VisitScotland is taking full advantage of the hype surrounding the new Starz series Outlander by launching a map of Outlander locations for fans of the books and the show.
The online guide brings visitors to genuine locations from Diana Gabaldon's first two novels and includes Scotland's must-see historic sites. Some of the highlighted locations include the Holyrood Palace, Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, and Fort William, which plays an important role in the novels.
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With the Starz series Outlander about to debut, there is more interest than ever in the books which inspired the show, not to mention the Scotland locations where both are set.
There are several tour companies throughout Scotland now offering Outlander tours, including Vacation Scotland's Outlandish Adventures, a 7-day exploration of book locations, from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye.
Most voluntourism projects involve hands on work along the lines of digging ditches, playing with children, or feeding animals, but Fronteering.com has a different opportunity for burgeoning journalists that lets them hone their skills while learning a new way of life.
The Journalism Ghana project pairs volunteers with a local newspaper in Ghana where they'll help gather news, write stories, research, and investigate local issues.
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In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.
The Little Thing: Icelandair's dedication to Iceland culture, both in the airport and their aircraft.
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Airlines are known for backing all sorts of arts, from Broadway musicals to flashmobs. Leading the charge towards an officially recognized "Shakespeare Day" is easyJet, who've spent this week going above and beyond in honor of the bard.
First, easyJet put their EasyJet Airbus A319 repainted with Shakespeare's portrait and named "Romeo Alpha Juliet" (even though the tail number is G-EZBI) on their London - Verona route for the April 23rd departure.
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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.
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.
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.
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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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.