Tag: Tourism

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This week, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the US-Canada border will remain closed to “non-essential” travel (basically to all tourists), until the US “gets the Wuhan Coronavirus under control”.  Now. the vast majority of us know that it is impossible for anyone to get any virus “under control”.  We may be able to tamp […]

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Normally I would post something like this over on the ‘What Are You Listening To’ group (come join!).  But I think this is a little special.  I have not researched the history on this epic tourism effort – but you can see that the planning, not to mention vision, was extraordinary.  We hear so much […]

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My husband and I will be making a trip to England in the second half of June. We will be visiting his daughter and her husband, who are in Manchester for one year as her husband pursues a master’s degree at the University of Manchester. We’ve been thinking of what sightseeing we will do. My […]

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Political thoughts are unprovocative, but then they pretty much have to be, if anything political is to be accomplished. You can’t have ideas that hardly anybody has had, you must have ideas that quite a lot of people have had, and agree with. I hardly ever do. Thus it was a gratifying surprise to find […]

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Bogus on the Map – Your Favorite Tourist Frauds

 
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“Nessie Wasn’t Here”

I hate to break this to you, but the Loch Ness Monster, Nessie herself, is not real. Yet, every year since 1933, thousands of people have traveled to Scotland to see the amazing creature that isn’t really there. Someone may have done a study about the percentage of people visiting Loch Ness who actually believe in the monster and those who don’t. I didn’t get around to looking that up. Still, I’m pretty sure that quite a number of people who go to Loch Ness because of the monster, don’t believe in the monster.

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With the coming arrival of Titus to our shores (and hearty thanks to Larry for arranging it all), I thought it appropriate that Ricochet craft a suggested travel guide for Titus.  Culture shock can be a jarring thing, even when one has spent years studying the country one intends to visit, so it is important […]

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In my post about Estonia I said that, so strong is my childhood desire to see that country again, that I once got arrested trying to sneak across the border from the Russian side. What happened was this. After my second year in law school I got myself a summer clerkship with a fancy New […]

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Cuba has been in the news recently. Perhaps coincidentally, work sent me to Havana last month to do my bit for “normalization”. If you are concerned about our political trajectory and are curious about what our future may possibly look like, you will soon be able to visit Cuba and see for yourself. For a […]

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Colossal Wonder of the Ancient World May Be Rebuilt

 

Colossus-of-RhodesThe Colossus of Rhodes was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. But unlike the Great Pyramid of Giza, no one today really knows what it looked like. We do know that the nearly 100-foot-tall statue was built in 280 BC to commemorate the Greek island’s victory over Cyprus, but collapsed in an earthquake just 54 years later.

Many centuries on, artists have imagined how the statue appeared, the most fanciful (and improbable) of which was a massive Helios straddling the entrance to Rhodes’s harbor as warships sailed underneath. (Don’t look up, kids!)

Colossus-of-Rhodes-InteriorNow a group of archeologists, engineers, and salivating directors of the Rhodes Convention and Visitor’s Bureau are trying to rebuild this famous monument in an effort to honor history and make several drachmas in the process.

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Are you a modeler, programmer, or photographer near New York City? I don’t know enough about this project or its managers to recommend it. But let’s just say this is a darn cool idea.  Project OpenHattan is an initiative with a specific goal to create an accurate and complete virtual Manhattan. [….] We want to recreate every building, street, sidewalk and park as an exact top-quality textured 3D model. All of it made specifically to be used […]

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How many of the world’s poorer nations benefit from the spending of affluent foreign tourists? How many economic opportunities surround each major attraction, from food and lodging to mementos and guided tours?  Perhaps this can be a form of charity with potential to “teach a man to fish” for widespread long-term benefits. How might Western powers […]

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In the last couple of years, our Montana town has been filling with Canadians, especially over the weekends. Our roads, already inadequate, stream with cars bearing license plates from Alberta and other Canadian provinces. Costco and Target seem to be two of the main destinations, although I believe our lakes and parks are popular, too. […]

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