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Eiffel Tower in Paris to Be Painted a New Color for 2024 Olympics

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/11/2021, 3:00 PM

Imagine how strange it would be if San Francisco decided to paint the Golden Gate Bridge lavender. Or if the Great Wall of China was redone in red shellac.  A structure just as iconic is getting a new color, and although the makeover won't be as jarring as those scenarios, the change may take some getting used to. The landmark in question? The Eiffel Tower in Paris, which is going gold.  Of c...

Try 10 Classic American Foods in the Places They Were Invented

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/11/2021, 12:00 PM

Where the burger, the brownie, the ice cream cone, and other all-American eats were dreamed up...

Listen to Live Radio from Around the World with This Melodious Website

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/09/2021, 12:00 PM

There's no replacing travel when it comes to expanding your horizons.   But after nearly a year at home, I'm finding small ways to make my world feel larger—it's kind of like being on a strict diet and rediscovering how sweet common fruits can taste. One of those tiny treats: listening to radio from around the globe. A website called Radio Garden makes that easy to do. Go to the site a...

Canada's New Cruise Ship Ban Spoils the 2021 Alaska and New England Seasons, Too

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/05/2021, 5:00 PM

On Thursday, the government of Canada announced a ban on sailing in Canadian waters that stretches for another year—through February 22, 2022. The rule, which forbids ships carrying more than 100 passengers from visiting Canadian ports, has far-reaching consequences that will even stop all cruises from the continental United States to Alaska. The problem arises from U.S. laws called the Jone...

Amsterdam to Move Red-Light District and Restrict Cannabis Cafes

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/04/2021, 2:00 PM

What do you call a red-light district when all the vice is removed? The "No-Longer-Naughty Neighborhood"? "Little Salt Lake City"? Amsterdam might have to come up with a new term soon. The Dutch tourism magnet known for its permissive ethos is moving forward with some long-discussed initiatives that will fundamentally change the character of the city, as well as the type of traveler who comes t...

Iceland To Welcome Tourists Who Recovered from Covid-19 or Got the Vaccine

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/29/2021, 5:00 PM

For months, people in the travel industry have been buzzing about the predicted arrival of "vaccine passports" as a ticket to travel. But Iceland has added a new wrinkle to this concept. That nation's government announced on January 29 that visitors will be allowed to enter without undergoing a test upon arrival as long as they can show proof that they have either been vaccinated for Covid-19 o...

After 40 Years, Pompeii Fully Reopens Its Treasure-Filled Antiquarium

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/27/2021, 6:00 PM

In some ways, the Antiquarium museum at the archeological park of Pompeii has had as troubled a history as the doomed city itself. The facility opened back in 1873 but since then, it had to shutter twice, first because it was bombed during World War II, and again in 1980 because of damage from an earthquake. The museum didn't fully reopen for decades following that catastrophe. But on Januar...

The Most Popular Fast Food and Fashion Chains in Each Country

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/26/2021, 1:00 PM

Our travel may be curtailed right now, but our curiosity about the world is not. Which is why I was pleased to find a collection of maps on the British banking info site BusinessFinancing.co.uk showing what excites people of different nationalities when it comes to global brands. The info comes from a study that used Google's Keyword Planner to find the most-searched consumer brands worldwide i...

Two U.S. Airlines Launch Digital "Passports" for Passengers' Covid Status

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/25/2021, 5:00 PM

Frommer's has been talking for months about the advent of vaccination passports, and it looks like the first iterations in the American air industry are here, by way of United Airlines and American Airlines. Both carriers have unveiled plans for portals—new additions to apps and websites—that are designed to both alert travelers to international health regulations and store the documentation nee...

Southwest Airlines Celebrating Its 50th Birthday with $50 Fares

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/25/2021, 1:00 PM

At my 50th birthday party, a friend noted that this would likely be the last big celebration of my life—until my funeral. Yes, that came from a friend. But not all birthday wishes have to be as bleak. So we'll celebrate Southwest Airlines turning the big 5-0, and pay only passing notice to the millions of dollars U.S. airlines are losing each week—the very situation that's likely persuading ...

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