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The front gate and main point of entry for prisoners of Auschwitz
What to Know Before Going
Auschwitz needs no introduction, but there are a few big picture items to understand that will help put things in context from the get-go. Commonly referred to as a single unit, Auschwitz is composed of three different camps: Auschwitz, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Auschwitz III. The first two were the largest and main camps, and also the two you will tour.
Auschwitz is the German name for the city in which these camps exist. The Polish name is Oswiecim. People only think about the camps, but it is actually a living, breathing town of 40,000 people. We recommend penciling in a meal or even an overnight in the town of Oswiecim itself. It is here that you can gain perspective on what it was like to live in the town during World War II when the camps were at the height of their operations.
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We’ve decided to make it our life’s work to unearth pockets of hip in cities that are not necessarily known to be hip. Bath is a prime example of this. Before we went, we knew it had Roman ruins, quaint houses and medieval churches. What we did not expect to find was plenty of stylin’ boutique hotels, a modern thermal spa and, of all things, one of the top-ten fashion museums on the planet, as gauged by CNN.
The Bath Fashion Museum displays both regular collections and special rotating exhibitions pulled the museum's archives and other sources. Below is a run-down of what you'll find until January 2016.
Georgians – Dress for Polite Society, appropriate since much of Bath was built during this 18th-century time period, is a collection of clothes that run the gamut from very, very full-hipped frocks to modern interpretations of the Georgian era by names like Vivienne Westwood (in the form of a bodacious purple gown) and Alexander McQueen.
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When we think of the country South Africa, the name Nelson Mandela is without doubt one of the first things to come to mind. We all know the Cliffs Notes: He spent 27 years as a political prisoner, and four years after his 1990 release he became the country's president, subsequently ending nearly 50 years of apartheid in South Africa.
While Cape Town remains the shining star of South Africa's tourism industry, Johannesburg is ground-zero for all things historical when it comes to Mandela and his battle against the apartheid government. It's where you'll find the Apartheid Museum, a must-visit for international tourists looking for perspective on the racism that plagued South Africa from the 1950s until Mandela's rise to power.
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This day trip is the bomb. Literally.
The city of Los Alamos is located less than an hour from Santa Fe, but most people pay it no attention. A town of a little over 10,000, it has a large population of government workers, mostly in connection with the defense-related Los Alamos National Laboratory. The town offers very little in terms of national tourism, especially when compared with all there is to see and do in nearby in-state destinations like Santa Fe and Taos.
But history buffs might remember Los Alamos in a different light, one that could entice them to pencil in a day trip when they find themselves in Santa Fe. The aforementioned Los Alamos National Laboratory was the site for the development of the world’s first atomic bomb, better known as the “Manhattan Project.” Today, the history of the Manhattan Project is preserved at the Bradbury Science Museum.
These Italian Ferradini heels were worn by Elton John in the early 70s
Men sporting high heels out on the town may not be a regular sighting today, but a new exhibit upcoming at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto wants to show the public that there was a time where men too stood a few inches taller.
Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels opens May 8th, and attempts "to challenge preconceived notions about who wears heels and why." The 1970s saw many fashionable men reintroducing heels into their wardrobes, and the museum says that men have been wearing high heels for the past 400 years, everyone "from privileged rulers to hyper-sexualized rock stars." Intended to be provocative, the exhibition takes you through the history of men in heels from the early 1600s to today and goes into the specific use and meaning of heeled footwear worn by men.
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Last year, we called the Museu Tam outside Sao Paulo, Brazil the "greatest aviation museum you've never heard of," but what what institution can lay claim to the sister title of the "greatest aviation museum you have heard of?" For that, we go not to the Smithsonian, but to the desert outside Tucson, Arizona, home to Pima Air & Space Museum.
Before you protest to say that you actually haven't heard of it, wait a sec.
Pima has become the final resting place of many a historic airliner, including a NASA "Super Guppy" and the DC-6 which served as Air Force One to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Pima's massive museum and even more ginormous outdoor exhibition area (over 80 acres!) is a jolly neighbor to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base's 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), which you'll most likely recognize as the haunting landscape of 2,600 acres full up with retired military aircraft.
The AMARG makes occasional cameos in movies, TV shows, and on curiosity websites, but spends most of its time as a mecca for #AvGeeks from around the world.
Amongst the current attempts to make commercial space travel a reality and on the heels of NASA unveiling its vintage-style space travel posters, the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC opened its own tribute to human travel in space in the form of its new exhibit “Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity.” (Also known as EVA which comprises of work done outside the spaceship.)
The timing of the exhibit, which opened last week on January 8th and will run through June 8th, corresponds to the 50th anniversary of the first ventures made by astronauts outside a spacecraft.
Art, artifacts, and photography are used to show how technology, specifically spacesuits, made it possible for humans to exit the ship and explore space as an environment. Visitors will learn how the spacesuit is essentially a “wearable spacecraft,” allowing humans to brave the hazardous elements of space.
This weekend, Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb hits theaters and, in honor of its release, we have a look at three museums where your kids can spend the night in 2015.
La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles, CA
The Overnight Adventures program at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County now includes the La Brea Tar Pits. Camp Goo at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits gives children the chance to get down and dirty in the tar pits with special flashlight tours, a scavenger hunt, and sticky crafts. All overnight adventures also include light snacks, a museum patch, and entry into the museum the following day. Check out the full schedule of upcoming camps at nhm.org.
Only in Germany will you encounter a museum dedicated to sausage, particularly the famed currywurst. Just steps away from Checkpoint Charlie—you know that famous site that separated East and West Berlin and was often photographed with tanks during the Cold War—is the Deutsches Currywurst Museum.
At the museum, visitors can learn the history about the snack, listen to some famous currywurst tunes, watch a film dedicated to the best of the wurst, play ketchup-bottle whack-a-mole, and even sit on a most phallic of sausage couches—ohne Darm, if you catch our drift. Well, to our surprise, there was a lot to learn about this essential Berliner snack. Here are just some of the basics:
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So here’s the perfect gift for the frequent flyer in your life, and that’s especially the case if he or she is loyal to the friendly folks over at Delta.
The airline is cleaning out their closets this holiday season, and as a result they’ve noticed that they have a few too many up in the air goodies—specifically in-flight beverage carts. Delta is now offering up these galley carts to the public at a good deal, and they’ll be on sale this Friday, December 12, for just $75 per cart.
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The Opera House, Harbour Bridge, the ferry to Manly…every tourist to Sydney, Australia knows where to go, but Sydney happens to be home to the largest natural harbour in the world. It’s in and amongst those large sites you’ll find the smaller secrets, and we’re sharing a few of our favorites all this week.
As with every museum, there's a building with glassed-in exhibits, explanation plaques, and priceless artifacts; it's outside, at the docks, where the Maritime Museum really shines. You see, there's a submarine docked there. And a destroyer. And a patrol boat or two. And a humongous tall ship that's a full replica of the Endeavor which Captain Cook sailed around Australia and New Zealand in the late 1700s. You're welcome to board them all and have a look around, because the Australian National Maritime Museum is home to some of the best preserved examples of nautical history still in the water, still welcoming the public.
When you think of Belgium, what food comes to mind? Chances are your top three replies are chocolate, beer, and waffles. Add a fourth, however; Belgium is the originator of what we now call the "French Fry."
Bruges/Brugge, a historic town a train ride away from Brussels, is probably most recognized as the location of a Colin Farrell film. But tucked away in one of Brugge’s oldest buildings is an homage to the French fry, one of Belgium's proudest artifacts.
Fry stands in France and Belgium are like hot dog stands in New York City, as in all over the place. The Friet Museum (Vlamingstraat 33) covers the controversial history of this Belgian—not French—delicacy.
So, what did we learn after visiting?