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Frank Lloyd Wright Sites Are Sharing Weekly Virtual Visits

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/23/2020, 5:00 PM

We wouldn't mind being quarantined in a Frank Lloyd Wright house. For one thing, the famed architect was all about bringing the outdoors in, which sounds like a promising treatment for claustrophobia.  For another, we figure his designs would look cool on Zoom—no virtual background needed.  Of course, Wright's buildings are currently not open even to visitors, much less pandemic squatters...

Venice's Gondoliers Deliver Food to Isolated Locals Now

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/23/2020, 3:00 PM

It can be difficult, as a visitor, to step off the tourist treadmill in Venice. Until recently, it was a city besieged by tourism, with 60,000 outsiders a day filling streets and waterways that are home to just 50,000 permanent residents. In normal times, Row Venice, which is run by a group of passionate vogatrice (oarswomen), gives upright rowing lessons to tourists. Since 2008, the teachers, ...

Vegas Mayor Wants Casinos to Reopen—No Matter What

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/23/2020, 10:00 AM

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman has kicked up her crusade to reopen the city's casinos, restaurants, shops, and other nonessential businesses in spite of the global pandemic.  The mayor has given several media interviews this week, including a 25-minute CNN appearance that can only be described as cuckoo bananas.  Speaking with anchor Anderson Cooper, Goodman called for an immediate end to N...

Unbelievably, American Airlines Takes This Moment to Hike Bag Fees

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/23/2020, 12:00 AM

You run an airline.  Your business is facing the most dramatic economic crisis in your lifetime. Just to stay alive, you've had to suspend international capacity by a devastating 60% this summer. In desperation, you parked dozens of your disused airplanes in Alabama, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, and your staff has been furloughed. You have no idea how long you can hold on. What do you do nex...

Air Canada Suspends USA Flights Until May 22

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/22/2020, 2:00 PM

Today Air Canada announced it will suspend all flights to and from the United States until May 22. The change came on the heels of the Canadian government's 30-day extension of its ban on nonessential border crossings, which effectively eliminated the airline's passenger base for the short term. The temporary Air Canada embargo goes into effect on Sunday, April 26.  Until then, the carrie...

WATCH: The Year's First Baby Bison Appear in South Dakota

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/22/2020, 1:00 PM

A bison would make a good mascot for social distancing. Though the woolly animals may look invitingly pettable, getting too close can have disastrous consequences for humans—as the National Park Service made clear last summer with its "Wildlife Petting Chart" illustrating the best parts of a buffalo to touch (there aren't any).   Q8 #ParkChat We also use social media to promote wildlife safety...

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...

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