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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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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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
Oxford Circus X Crossing
St James' Park
The Regent's Park
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.
There’s a new tourist trap set to debut in Tokyo before too long, as the city’s Sky Tree has recently been completed. It’s a couple months late, but we kind of consider that to be expected as this sucker is the world’s tallest communication tower. There’s all kinds of criteria about tallest this and tallest that, so we’re not going to argue semantics—it’s a pretty big building and the Tokyo Sky Tree is a neat addition to the city’s skyline.
The final bits and pieces were put into place at the end of February, and now the thing rises to like 634 meters—that’s like 2,080 feet—towards the sky. If you’re looking to build something similar in your backyard you can expect to need close to a billion dollars to do so, as the construction costs for this build were just around $800 million bucks.