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Eiffel Tower Turns 125 Today: Can You ID the Real One?

by Zach Everson. Posted Mar 31st 2014 01:03 PM
Quiz against blue arrows pointing
Today marks the 125th birthday of Paris's Eiffel Tower. Erected for the 1889 World's Fair, Gustave Eiffel's controversial 324-meter structure (the tallest manmade object in the world at the time) was only supposed to last for 20 years. Not only has it endured, but it's inspired dozens of copycats -- and I'm not just talking about the trinkets for sale in finer souvenir stores throughout Paris.

According to Wikipedia (yes, that's just weak research), there are 35 replicas worldwide. Nine photos of Eiffel Towers follow. Can you ID the real one? The answer is at the end of the article.
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Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach; DoubleTree by Hilton Savannah Airport; Waldorf Astoria Beijing: 3 New Hotel Openings

by Zach Everson. Posted Mar 4th 2014 11:28 AM
Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach
Metropolitan by COMO Miami Beach
Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach; the DoubleTree by Hilton Savannah Airport; and the Waldorf Astoria Beijing highlight the world's recent hotel openings.
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World's 7 Least Romantic Spots to Avoid on Valentine's Day

by Anna Brones. Posted Feb 14th 2014 02:00 PM
Paris street scene
Any travel outlet can publish a list of the world's most romantic places for Valentine's Day. (Don't trust us? Google it.) Here, however, are the world's lease seven romantic places.
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I Ate in a North Korean Restaurant

by Sharon Silke Carty. Posted Jun 21st 2013 08:31 AM
Haedanghwa restaurant Beijing

In the lobby of the Haedanghwa restaurant in Beijing is a happy little aquarium filled with chubby orange goldfish. Normally, this decorative feature would be unremarkable. But here, in a restaurant likely run by and funneling funds to the North Korean government, I feel like one of those fish in the tank. Like we're being watched.

It's interesting being a strawberry blonde laowai (foreigner) in China. Even in a metropolitan city like Beijing I get a lot of stares. I'm generally used to that reaction, but it's more intense in this restaurant, where my dining partner (a friend from Washington, D.C., in Beijing on business) and I are literally enemies of the restaurant's backers.
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Atlanta Remains the World's Busiest Airport

by Kim Foley MacKinnon. Posted Mar 16th 2011 10:00 AM
Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport keeps the title of world's busiest airport, with Beijing's Capital International taking second place.
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