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by Patrice Raplee. Yorkshire offers travelers the opportunity to visit remarkable castles with majestic estates that have almost vanished over the years in England. Or, explore the region's scenic cities that offer a wide variety of historical attractions to antique shopping and tearooms. The most intriguing and picturesque medieval city to visit in Yorkshire is York. This culturally rich city was founded by the Romans and has one of the longest and best-preserved town walls in England, at just over two miles. The ancient wall encircles the city and affords visitors excellent views along its walkable ramparts. York's Roman wall is just the beginning of the area's fascinating history that chronicles the Vikings and Normans as well.Read about York's Castles, Vikings, and More
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New in Tel Aviv IsraelThere's lots to do in Tel Aviv - with everything from a train station turned entertainment hotspot to a restaurant in which dinner is served in total darkness and visitors are escorted by blind waiters Read our roundup of what's new in Tel Aviv.
Offbeat but Romantic - New York City on a BudgetNew York City is home to some of the most romantic places in the United States. It is often thought that a romantic night in the Big Apple will cost an arm and a leg. Fortunately, it is entirely possible to embark on romance at some of the eccentric finest dining and entertainment establishments in New York City, on a budget of course! Here's how to make your dream date a reality. Read more about Romance in NYC
Discover Barcelona on a Budget: Top 5 TipsBarcelona is one of the most visited cities in Europe, home to amazing Modernisme architecture, beautiful beaches, magical mountain trails and much, more. But between entry fees, dining on Las Ramblas and touring the sights, those heading to this top Mediterranean destination might find it a little tricky to discover the Catalan capital without leaving a massive dent in their wallets. However, it can be done! If you're looking to explore Barcelona on a budget, there are plenty of ways to enjoy all of Barcelona's gems without breaking the bank. Here are a few tips to get you started. Read these Money Saving Tips to Enjoy Barcelona
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50+ Years The Beatles: It All Began in Hamburg Beatles fans are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of the band's first album "Please Please Me" this year; but it was in Hamburg, the maritime jewel in northern Germany, where the Fab Four began their career as the not so fab five, and recorded their first commercially released record, "My Bonnie," on June 22/23, 1961. Thanks to a well-known night club owner who needed musical acts for his clubs in the infamous St. Pauli red light district, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and drummer Pete Best had come to Hamburg a year earlier. The rest, as they say, is history. Read more about The Beatles Started in Hamburg
Into the Ring: A parade of the most beautiful circus costumes under the big top Like the parade when the circus comes to town, this exhibition will present, for the first time, magnificent costumes and finery from the greatest circus companies in the world. In their braided coats or leotards, decorated with painted motifs, embroidery and sequins -- ringmasters, tragic and comic clowns, horse riders, acrobats, jugglers, animal tamers, trapeze artists and tightrope walkers will embody the magic of circus art in a flurry of color and light. The CNCS invites visitors to discover this universe from the first appearance of the modern circus in the 18th century to the mutations of the contemporary circus. June 15th, 2013 to January 5th, 2014. Read more about New exhibit on gorgeous circus costumes opens in France.
SkyCrest: The fun way to find your luggage I have one of those totally generic but much loved black pieces of luggage which I'm always losing on the luggage carousels. An artist friend painted a giant piece of fruit on her luggage. But I'm not so talented. Ah, but there is a solution. SkyCrest sent me a fun photo montage of NYC scenes to test. Not only do I love memories of my home town, but I can now spot it easily as it careens down the luggage chute. Read our review of SkyCrest Luggage Decals.
Lighthouse Season Opens With a New North Carolina Tower to Climb: Bodie opens North Carolina's prime lighthouse-climbing season begins with the historic Bodie Island Lighthouse opening for regular tours for the first time. The newly restored lighthouse, its magnificent first-order Fresnel lens cleaned down to the shine, becomes the sixth along the state's 320-mile coastline to allow visitors a top-of-the-tower view. Also expected to open for tours this spring: the restored 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse in Edenton. Add this to the other lighthouses that will open. Not only is lighthouse-climbing great exercise, it offers a reward no gym can match -- a spectacular 360-degree view. Read more about Go Lighthouse Climbing in North Carolina
Enjoy a Cocktail Safari along Regent Street in London The Regent Street Cocktail Safari takes you to restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels along Regent Street, London W1. Shoppers will be able to enjoy multiple venues in one evening, tasting the signaturecocktails and small plates each venue has developed. The Regent Street Cocktail Safari has been created as an extension of the internationally renowned Regent Street Food Safari. Read more about London's Safari: Seeking the Regent Street Cocktail
The Year of the English Garden The English garden is enjoying its moment in the sun as the horticultural world prepares to celebrate 100 years of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, as well as a raft of other anniversaries, openings and milestone events taking place in England this year. Read more about Enjoying England's Gardens