- claudinezap at Compass2 days ago
They're the ancient ruins of an indigenous people. Or it's a tourist trap that's fake, fake, fake. The Manitou Cliff Dwellings have certainly stirred up debate on the Web. The truth lies somewhere in between, but we'll get to that in a moment.
The roadside attraction near Colorado Springs, Colo., was built to resemble ancient ruins of the Anasazi people. Thousands visit the 100-year-old tourist destination each year.
The story of how the replica Indian village got there is a good one.
In the late 1880s, Virginia McClurg, founder of the Colorado Cliff Dwellers Association, worried that some demolished cliff houses near Mesa Verde would be looted by vandals, since they the site was not designated as a historic preserve, notes Atlas Obscura. Before the 1906 Antiquities Act, the federal government did not get involved in protecting such sites.
- Michael Clemmer at Compass2 days ago
Muslims are called to prayer five times each day and no matter where, they turn toward Mecca, kneel and pray. In cities throughout the world the Adhan (call to worship) can be heard coming from loudspeakers at local mosques. Few mosques anywhere, however, are more beautiful than the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
With gold-tipped minarets and bold architecture that is a fusion of Arab, Persian, Mughal and Moorish, it is ranked as one of the world’s 25 top attractions.
Photograph by P. VanSchalkwyk
- Christy Karras at Compass2 days ago
London’s black cabs are some of the city’s most beloved icons, and for good reason. Drivers are required to pass a test showing they know the locations of not just streets but also hospitals, parks, theaters and other landmarks throughout the city — studying for it typically takes three years. Anyone who’s had to whip out a smart phone to help guide a confused taxi driver can appreciate what’s known as “The Knowledge.”
Motorized cabs first came on the scene in 1897, but they were far from the city’s first. London had horse-drawn black cabs for hire as early as the 1600s. They were called “hackney carriages” (still the official name for hired cars). As one black-cab website puts it: “The name comes from hacquenée, the French term for a general-purpose horse. It literally means ‘ambling nag.’”
- Michael Clemmer at Compass3 days ago
Photographer Jeremy Villasis writes that as he was leaving his hotel in Mandalay, Burma, he saw these boys laughing mightily at something. That something turned out to be another boy coming to join them. Foolishly, the boy made the mortifying mistake of arriving clean and wearing a traditional Burmese longyi (sort of a male skirt). Boys will be boys and soon the “Filthy Five” mobbed their dandy friend, applying some dirt and attempting to pull off his longyi.
Jeremy doesn’t say if the lad suddenly went into full “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” mode and got the last laugh… maybe in his dreams.
- Greg Keraghosian at Compass3 days ago
Party-friendly, local places dominated the top 10 travel searches on Yahoo in 2013. The most-searched travel destination this year was Las Vegas, with Myrtle Beach, S.C., at No. 2 and New Orleans at No. 3.
The rankings are based on hotel searches, which goes a long way toward explaining Vegas and its array of recognizable hotels. And we presume the hotels have to be real, so any searches for the Crystal Palace from “Breaking Bad” might not have counted for Albuquerque, N.M. (Although the site is a real motel called the Crossroads.) Speaking of TV shows, maybe Kenny Powers gave Myrtle a boost this year?
- Rosemary McClure at Compass3 days ago
What destinations will offer the best travel deals in 2014? Where will you be able to get more for your money? We analyzed current travel trends, taking into consideration major events that will affect air and hotel rates next year – such as the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia — and put together a list of eight places that promise to give visitors more bang for their buck in 2014.
This emerging Central American destination is a budget hotspot that offers visitors a natural high with 18 volcanoes, rain and cloud forests, and world-class surfing. Called "the next Costa Rica," Nicaragua has many of the attributes visitors find in its southern neighbor but without the crowds, high prices and commercialism. Beset by a long revolution in the 1960s and '70s, Nicaragua has put that portion of its history behind it and is now considered the safest country in Central America.
- Kelly O'Mara at Compass3 days ago
The short-lived ban on alcohol ended Dec. 5, 1933, when the repeal of Prohibition was ratified.
The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, which had made the manufacture, sale or transportation of alcoholic beverages illegal. Prohibition took effect in 1920, after years of pressure by the temperance movement. But, it was widely considered a failure, with many people continuing to drink and most of the alcohol simply moving underground. Criminal empires flourished under Prohibition and by 1930 the law had lost most of its appeal. After the repeal, many states kept local laws, however, and Mississippi became the last dry state in 1966
Today, few places would consider banning alcohol completely, but many states and towns ban the sale of alcohol on certain days or at certain times. Eighteen states, such as Utah, have a monopoly over the selling of certain alcoholic beverages, typically stronger liquors. These laws can often be confusing for travelers when they go from wet counties to dry counties.
- Michael Clemmer at Compass4 days ago
In 1957 Fiat introduced the Cinquecento, a car that became so popular that it became known as the “People’s Car” to the Italians. Later referred to as the 500, it helped illustrate the insanity of Roman automobile traffic. People loved their little 2-cylinder Fiats, “suicide doors” included. The cars didn’t change from year to year. A 1972 (seen here with anti-theft device) looked pretty much like the original ’57.
In 2014, Fiat, now owned by Chrysler Corporation, will bring back the Cinquecento, which was discontinued in 1975. Called the 1957 Nuova Cinquecento, and with design touches by Gucci, they hope to rekindle the intense love Italians had for the original.
- Christy Karras at Compass4 days ago
Through much of the 20th century, the term “Pan Am” (a nickname for Pan American World Airways) was synonymous with high-class international air travel from the United States. That legacy came to an end on Dec. 4, 1991, when a host of factors forced the once-lauded airline to shut down operations.
Pan Am was founded in 1927 to fly mail routes to the Caribbean and almost immediately became America’s de facto international airline. With a flagship terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City and routes to destinations around the world, Pan Am flew high through the 1960s and ‘70s. Its pilots were America’s most trusted, its flight attendants the most admired and its food the most palatable. Among its pioneering innovations: It was the first airline to use Boeing 747 planes, and it was using computers (which took up an entire floor of its Manhattan headquarters) by the 1960s.
- Greg Keraghosian at Compass4 days ago
Kobe Bryant might be days away from making his injury comeback for the Lakers, but he’s already made a strong return to the viral-video world. In a Turkish Airlines commercial released Tuesday, Bryant co-stars with soccer superstar Lionel Messi for Round 2 of their epic traveling rivalry.
This time, their "Selfie Shootout" involves a very 2013 travel meme: selfies and photobombing. We’ll let you tell us who won, but the two stars play “can you top this” as they fly around the world and take pictures of themselves in awe-inspiring locations.
Is the winner Bryant, who manages to get face-licked by a lion and photobomb Messi in Sultan Ahmet Square? Or is it FC Barcelona's Messi, who accomplishes the rare feat of getting photobombed by a photo of himself? The best takeaway from all this might be that you shouldn’t challenge these guys at anything.