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While tour buses and walking groups all convene around the waterfront, selfie sticks held high to snap a photo with Den Lille Havfrue (“The Little Mermaid”), you could be above it all, alone on the immensely instagrammable spiral staircase-wrapped steeple of the 17th century Vor Frelsers Kirke (Our Saviour's Church), in Copenhagen's Christianshavn district.
Fun fact from the official website of the church:
It has always been regarded as somewhat of a manhood test to climb up and touch the globe on the summit. That the whole spire is built of oak which can shake a little in a strong wind, adds to the sinking feeling as one stands at the top.
This week's Jaunted Field Trip is coming from Rome! Got a question about the Eternal City? Let us know in the comments section below!
Three years ago we told you that everyone was buying this pin-up calendar of priests, which featured black and white photos of seriously good-looking Roman Catholic priests each month (dressed in their religious frocks of course. Get your mind out of the gutter.)
But if you weren't convinced back then that the calendar was a total tourist souvenir, maybe this will convince you. We spied the 2016 Calendario Romano with the exact same pictures as the 2013 edition.
The calendar was also for sale pretty much everywhere souvenirs were being sold. Near the Vatican, away from the vatican, down side streets, along bridges, everywhere. This one cost 8 Euros but really, you shouldn't pay full price for any souvenir in Rome.
Meanwhile, we actually spied some priests on their cellphones in front of a store where priests go to buy robes and shoes and other "gear." When in Rome, right?
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Selfie Sticks are without a doubt the most polarizing travel gear on the market today. People either love them and use them for selfie opps at major landmarks or they hate them and make fun of the folks who carry them, usually by posting a shot of the selfie stick users on social media.
The love-hate also extends to businesses as many music festivals and events, such as the Kentucky Derby, have banned selfie sticks while British Airways sells them out of their Duty Free catalog.
But in Rome, selfie sticks, whether you love them or hate them, are a real problem.
”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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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.