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citizenM Times Square, Portland's Residence Inn by Marriott and Iconic Santorini: 3 Hotel Openings

by Zach Everson. Posted Apr 14th 2014 04:40 PM
citizenM, Residence Inn, Iconic Santorini
citizenM Times Square, Portland's Residence Inn by Marriott in Downtown/Pearl District and Iconic Santorini highlight the world's recent hotel openings.
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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
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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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Points of Interest: Top Toilets and a Deadly Looking Waterslide

by Zach Everson. Posted Nov 20th 2013 10:13 AM
West Palm Beach, Florida, USA. 15th Oct, 2013. Sloan's Ice Cream shop in West Palm Beach has been selected as having one of Amer
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A competition for the world's top toilet, a deadly looking waterslide and the Vatican catacombs are today's points of interest:
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The Way of Kindness

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Sep 25th 2013 02:30 PM
India Buddhist Festival
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In his preface to a collection of stories called "The Kindness of Strangers," His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote, "Kindness and compassion are among the principal values that make our lives meaningful... At any given moment there must be hundreds of millions of acts of kindness taking place around the world."
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The Way of Kindness: As Natural as Daylight

by Pam Mandel. Posted Sep 25th 2013 02:30 PM
Sunset over whitewashed village on volcanic rim of caldera.
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We were going to sleep on the sidewalk, if we were going to sleep at all. It was that or the freeway median, and that seemed an even worse choice. I did not want to sleep on the sidewalk or the freeway median, but there were no hotels, there were no campgrounds, there was ... nothing. The town was little more than a crossroads, a few streets lined with white stucco houses. We had been dropped there hours -- or was it days; it felt like days -- before and could not catch a lift out.

And now, the sun was going down. Sunset ends a hitchhiker's day. Drivers want to see the goods. They want to see the battered cardboard sign -- ours said PATRAS -- and the backpacks with the unraveling seams. Drivers want to see your face. Once you've turned into a cut-out shadow, the day is over. There would be no rides and, to the dismay of my increasingly noisy stomach, no dinner.
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