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A Facebook Page for Sharing Window Views from Around the World

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/22/2020, 10:00 AM

"If you want the people to understand you, invite them to your life and let them see the world from your window!" So wrote Turkish novelist and playwright Mehmet Murat ildan. And while I have no idea how many members of the Facebook group View From My Window know his work, they seem to have taken the sentiment to heart. The group—open to all for viewing, though posting is by invitation only—ask...

A Reason to Cry in Your Beer: Germany’s Oktoberfest Canceled for 2020

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/21/2020, 8:00 AM

This year's edition of Munich's Oktoberfest—the huge beer and folk festival that's synonymous with the Bavarian region and, in some minds, Germany as a whole—has been canceled.  The event was scheduled to take place, as usual, on Munich's Theresienwiese fairground from September 19 to October 4, but organizers and government leaders have decided not to roll out the barrel due to the global heal...

Face Masks on Flights? They're Now Required in Some Places

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/20/2020, 12:00 AM

Many American cities now require citizens to wear face masks in public at all times, but Canada has become the first country to require them on airlines. As of Monday, all passengers on flights within, to, or from Canada must wear some type of covering for the nose and mouth. No covering, no flight. Passengers will be checked for masks at airport security checkpoints. For travel on Canada...

Too Soon? Jacksonville, Florida, Already Reopening Beaches

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/17/2020, 8:00 PM

Jacksonville, Florida, is among the first locations in the United States to loosen social distancing restrictions—the city's beaches reopened to the public Friday at 5pm.  According to an announcement on Jacksonville's government website, only "essential activities" will be allowed, such as "walking, biking, hiking, fishing, running, swimming, taking care of pets, and surfing."  Few of those...

Samantha Brown Just Made Some Terrific New Study Guides

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/17/2020, 6:00 AM

Travel television star and all-around lovely person Samantha Brown is schooling her kids at home right now, like so many of us. So she gets it. She knows that 23 minutes off-duty time can be an incredible gift when you're not only your kids' parent, but also the teacher, the companion, the cook, the cleaner, and the candlestick maker. Or whatever the contemporary equivalent is. To help out, ...

Emirates Airlines' Boarding Procedure Now Includes a Coronavirus Test

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/16/2020, 2:00 PM

Though testing is not widespread in the United Arab Emirates yet, the country's flagship airline rolled out testing for passengers at its Dubai hub yesterday. Before boarding a flight to Tunisia, each traveler was administered a finger-prick blood test by the Dubai Health Authority. The results were available 10 minutes later. The airline did not announce whether any passengers were denied b...

How to Celebrate Massachusetts Patriots' Day Events Online

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/16/2020, 8:00 AM

Each year on the third Monday of April, Massachusetts commemorates the start of the American Revolutionary War with Patriots' Day. The statewide celebration includes a parade in Boston as well as reenactments of Paul Revere's Midnight Ride (his Boston statue is pictured above) and the battles in Lexington and Concord that kicked off the war with the British in 1775. The holiday culminates in th...

Delta Air Lines Changes Boarding Procedure

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/15/2020, 10:00 AM

To accommodate social distancing recommendations, Delta Air Lines has temporarily adjusted its method of boarding passengers onto planes.  As of April 10, the carrier has been filling the back of aircraft first, working toward the front. That way, customers on their way to seats toward the rear of the cabin won't need to pass already-seated flyers, exchanging clouds of germs along the way. I...

Faroe Islands Launch Wild Idea: Control a Live Guide Like a Video Game

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/15/2020, 12:00 AM

The Faroe Islands has come up with a new way to let people explore this isolated and starkly beautiful destination that has been gaining popularity as an alternative to Iceland. Each day, a local straps on a camera and stands in a new spot somewhere in the 18-island chain. Over the course of each one-hour session, viewers at home are given the ability to tell the guide where to go and what to d...

Team Claims to Have Set a New "Cannonball Run" Record

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/13/2020, 10:30 PM

Earning a title that will surely go down in the annals of idiocy, a team of drivers has apparently set a new record for the so-called "Cannonball Run." The feat, based on the 1970s Burt Reynolds comedy in which lunkheads speed across the continental United States to claim the best time, supposedly took place on April 4, at the height of stay-at-home orders for most of the country. The team c...

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