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How to Enjoy Sightseeing in Istanbul Without Being Forced to Buy a Rug

February 12, 2015 at 2:12 PM | by | Comment (1)

”You look like you’re from America. Would you like a cup of tea?”

”It would be an honor if you looked in my shop.”

"Nobody comes to Turkey to buy a rug, yet, so many leave with one.”

It's true. The carpet salesmen in Istanbul are crafty, insidious, and on the prowl to give you an offer you can’t refuse. Oftentimes, it’s literally impossible to refuse with shop owners refusing, sometimes with physical contact, to let you exit their store without purchasing something.

The approach begins innocently enough and within five minutes of standing near attractions like the infamous Blue Mosque, “Did you know the Mosque has six pillars because the Turkish word for 'six' is similar to the world for 'gold.'"

Next thing you know, you’re invited into his shop for a cup of tea and a crash-course in Turkish rugs—hint: It’s all in the double weave. Before you know it, you’re negotiating over a $1,500 rug, and, worse yet, rationalizing purchasing it for $1,100.

Don’t worry. This happens to most tourists in Istanbul (this post on Scam Detector proves it), so here are some tips to prevent a possible scam.

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Paris Cracks Down on Cutesy 'Love Locks' Vandalism

Where: Paris, France
November 28, 2014 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Travelers to Paris this winter (and from now on) will enjoy improved views as a popular form of tourist graffiti has been cleared from bridges over the Seine River.

The "No Love Locks" movement of earlier this year, which protested the practice of attaching a heavy-duty lock to a bridge rail to "secure" a relationship, has been successful. While gaining signatures for the petition, No Love Locks estimated that the Pont de Arts Bridge alone was covered with 93 metric tons of extraneous metal. Aside from their being unsightly, the heavy use of these locks is a problem for the structural integrity of the historic bridges.

Are they art? No. Are they romantic? Maybe for the fleeting minute you attach a lock and then leave the bridge, making its clean-up Paris' problem. "It's vandalism, and it's taken the ambiance away from the bridges."

City officials began a mass removal of the locks in September, replacing them with plastic panels over the bridge architecture to prevent tourists from attaching more. And the difference is definitely noticeable.

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This Costa Rican Restaurant is Touristy, But a Must for AvGeeks

July 22, 2014 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of the major tourist attractions on the Pacific Side of Costa Rica is Manuel Antonio National Park, where the ocean meets the rainforest outside the town of Quepos.

Those who come from the North will drive a coastal road that climbs to a few hundred feet above sea level as it approaches Quepos and Manuel Antonio, winding past a series of scenic bars and restaurants. And there's one that will catch the eye of anyone looking out the window: El Avion.

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Behold the Fully Rebuilt Washington Monument

May 22, 2014 at 6:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

A little over a month ago we hooked you up with a contest to be one of the first people allowed back inside the reopened Washington Monument. We're going to assume that almost all of you - OK, all of you - either didn't register or didn't win. Maybe that's because you weren't planning to visit Washington DC or maybe you're just unlucky or maybe both, but in any case, you probably haven't had a chance to see the rehabilitated version of one of America's most recognizable things.

Let us help. Here's a link to the picture gallery that local blog DCist put up with relevant images. Even neater, there's a 80 second video embedded at the bottom that covers the entire 33 month effort to repair cracks after the last big earthquake.

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Everyone Either Loves or Hates Paris' Love Locks

Where: Paris, France
March 31, 2014 at 10:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

There are many traditions and tidbits over in Paris, and one of the most famous might just be attaching a padlock to a bridge and throwing the key into the river to symbolize everlasting love. Locking your love in a city known for affection and romance is all fine and dandy, but apparently the act might do a little bit of damage to the bridge and environment. Things are safe for now but there’s a group looking to unlock—if you will—this type of thing, as they aim to protect the Seine and the bridges that span it.

No Love Locks was born to save the bridges, as two women desire to protect and to prolong the city’s beauty—free from locks. At first we kind of thought this was a little unnecessary, but as we read their story—and their description of the locks as a creeping fungus—we kind of see their side of things.

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What's Your Pick for 'Germiest' Tourist Trap?

September 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM | by | Comments (2)

When it comes to travel listings we’re all about things like the most beautiful, most stunning, or most wonderful. However, we have to take a moment to recognize some of the more—uh—unique options, and today we’re taking a look at some of the world’s most germy attractions.

The folks over at TripAdvisor have taken a trip around the globe, and they’ve created their top five when it comes to icky and germy tourist traps. Up first is the Blarney Stone over in Ireland where everyone and their brother just has to lean awkwardly and place a kiss on a really old rock. It’s estimated that like 400,000 or more pairs of lips find their way onto the stone each and every year, so be sure to bring along that TSA approved bottle of Purell.

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Even Emma Roberts Can't Resist a Typical Tourist Photo

Where: Paris, France
July 1, 2013 at 3:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

Emma Roberts arrived in Paris on Friday night ahead of yesterday's Versace Atelier Autumn/Winter 2013 fashion show, part of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, and didn't waste any time hitting the streets.

The actress, who is in town with her younger sister Grace Nickels, spent the weekend visiting some of the city's most famous tourist spots and giving our annoying tourist photo pose guide a run for its money.

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Why Tourists (and Hayden Panettiere) Love Copping a Feel of Verona's Juliet Statue

Where: Verona , Italy
June 27, 2013 at 2:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hayden Panettiere took part in a Verona tradition yesterday when she felt up the town's Juliet Statue while on vacation with her boyfriend, Wladimir Klitschko.

The statue can be found at Juliet’s House (as in Romeo and Juliet) where the world's most famous balcony is also located. Though Romeo and Juliet are fictional characters, the city of Verona bought the home from the Dal Capello family more than 100 years ago and, due to the similarity of their names, declared the house to be the residence of the Capuleti family (creating endless tourist dollars in the process).

The Nashville star wasn't just getting frisky with the statue though; legend has it if you touch the statue's right breast you will be showered with good luck.

[Photo: Huffington Post]

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Five Weird Spots to Stop and Stretch Your Legs on a US Road Trip

March 6, 2013 at 11:01 AM | by | Comments (4)

With the warmer weather right around the corner, we’ve started to plan our spring and summer road trips. Sure there are the usual locations that are always a good choice, but we’re looking to also to be entertained on the way there. That’s why we’re recommending a few good distractions, with what we’re calling the five things you just got to drive past:

Corn Palace – Mitchell, South Dakota

It’s exactly what it sounds like, and is clearly a road trip must. It’s one part civic center and one part awesome, as the exterior decorations of corn, grain, and grass are refreshed and renewed each and every year. They’d love for you to stop in and visit, and they don’t even charge you for checking things out. Oh—and don’t worry about finding it—type “Corn Palace” into Google Maps, and it’ll know exactly where you want to head. At least it did for us!

World’s Tallest Thermometer – Baker, California

You’re driving towards the desert, and you just need to know how hot it is outside—problem solved. Just swing by the world’s tallest thermometer and you’ll be all set. It’s right by a Bob's Big Boy restaurant—another road trip must—and is in the town lovingly referred to as the gateway to Death Valley. We’d recommend filling up the tank in Baker before continuing on your journey, and of course be sure to snap a photo of the thermometer as well.

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What You Need to Know for the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting 2012

November 13, 2012 at 5:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

So you want to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Join the club, or rather the crowds as the Rock Center tree spectacle clogs the plaza and Fifth Avenue sidewalks starting November 28, when the official tree lighting ceremony goes down.

The 80-ft tall spruce is from Mount Olive, NJ and weathered the winds of Hurricane Sandy just fine. It was chopped down today and will head into Manhattan to be secured and decorated starting from November 14 (tomorrow!).

If you'll be in Manhattan on November 28 and want to soak up a bit of that Miracle on 34th Street-style, wholesome holiday spirit, here's the details you need to know:

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The Most Popular Places in All of London, According to Foursquare

July 27, 2012 at 1:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

In case you haven't heard it a gazillion times already, the opening ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics are tonight. The athletes and their families have arrived, as have the majority of tourists who purchased the 8 million tickets for the 17 days of events.

This means that while Heathrow and other London airports aren't nearly as crazy as they were earlier this week, the center of the city is swelling with sightseers. So, for locals who'd like to stay as far away from all that as possible, or for visitors who want to know where all the action's at, location-sharing social app Foursquare has tapped their stats to discover the busiest venues around London:

Top 10 - Great Outdoors

Piccadilly Circus
Hyde Park
Oxford Circus X Crossing
Tower Bridge
London Bridge
St James' Park
Sloane Square
Green Park
The Regent's Park
Russell Square

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Like It or Not, London's New Olympic Tower is Almost Ready for Business

May 16, 2012 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

If there’s one city around the globe that doesn’t need any more attention—or tourists—this summer it’s got to be London. The UK is throwing a sick anniversary party for the Queen, Will and Kate are doing their thing, and there’s a little sporting event rolling into town as well. Some added excitement comes from the city’s latest addition to the Olympic landscape, and it’s known as the ArcelorMittal Orbit. However, we're just going to call it the Olympic Tower.

Rising almost 400-feet into the sky, the steel sculpture sits right by the Olympic Stadium, so you can kind of use it to find your way while meandering between venues and events in just a couple of months. Obviously the design is causing mixed reactions, especially as some think this could be London’s version of the Eiffel Tower. We’re not going to jump that far, but we’d definitely take a snapshot.

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