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Inside the genius architectural tricks medieval castles used as defense

Medieval castles today seem largely ornamental and charming, but they were actually very complex weapons in and of themselves, designed to defend against and debilitate all enemies. Builders in the Middle Ages fitted the impressive structures with cunning innovations that greatly distinguished them from passive buildings. Check out this gallery, based on information from Scribol, to see castle features you know, and many you don't, for their clever true purpose.


Tragedy unfolds in Bangkok’s Grand Hyatt Erawan

A luxury stay at Bangkok’s Grand Hyatt Erawan, known for its opulence and proximity to... The post Tragedy unfolds in Bangkok’s Grand Hyatt Erawan appeared first on The Independent News.


20 of America's Best Historic Homes You Definitely Have to Visit

Yes, it's time to plan a trip!


22 Adults-Only Resorts for a Well-Deserved Vacation

These romantic retreats have everything you need—except children.


Airlines are scrambling to fix the unsustainable crisis caused by too many cheap flights

A flood of low-priced, money-losing, economy-class seats has airlines across the industry scrambling to fix this crisis for their bottom lines.


Hongkongers can use QR codes, facial recognition to enter Macau from Friday

Hong Kong residents can use specific QR codes issued by immigration authorities with fingerprint and facial recognition screenings to enter Macau starting on Friday. Director of Immigration Benson Kwok Joon-fung said on Thursday the city’s “contactless e-channel” mobile app could be used at Macau’s immigration checkpoints under a joint QR code clearance service. “The new QR code clearance service between Hong Kong and Macau will further improve...


Tourists who've ruined historic artifacts and attractions

For some reason, certain people traveling abroad seem to think that normal rules of conduct just cease to apply. Like most tourists, they want to go see the ancient marvels and modern manifestations of culture in museums and galleries, and yet they leave a trail of waste in their wake, sometimes including the art and artifacts. Of course, it's not always on purpose, but, as you'll soon see, many times it really is out of sheer stupidity. Through selfies, graffiti, and other foolish antics, these people are oftentimes responsible for stricter tourist regulations, huge restoration bills, and even the irreparable damage of priceless artifacts. Curious to hear the stories? Click through and find out.


Archaeologists closer to exact room where Jesus ate Last Supper

Archaeologists are working to uncover whether the Upper Room in Jerusalem is the official site of Jesus's Last Supper. It is also believed to be where Jesus reappeared after he died.


Mysterious religious relics from around the world

Often regarded as sacred and/or believed to possess extraordinary qualities, over the centuries numerous religious relics have been preserved. These relics are highly valued and revered. Can you imagine a tooth that continues to grow or blood that has remained liquid for 1700 years? As incredible as that might sound, the Holy Right (the right hand of St. Stephen) displayed in Budapest, and Saint Catherine of Siena's head, shown in Siena, Italy, are examples of such oddities. Intrigued? Click through the gallery to learn about fascinating religious relics, from around the world.


Why do these 9 countries not officially exist?

Here are some of the world’s most incredible places that don’t officially exist, that are neither United Nations members nor observers, alongside places that aren't recognised by any UN members or any nations at all...


Cruises are expensive, but they're the best value. My family's cruise cost $3,500 less than a similar trip on land.

I recently saved thousands traveling Europe by sea instead of land. My cost breakdown proves cruises are still the best value for family vacations.


Which countries do the most people want to relocate to?

Ever dreamt of packing your bags and leaving it all behind? You're not alone! Many people consider starting a brand new life in another country, and some countries are consistently more popular than others. The company 1st Move International, which offers services to people seeking to relocate, has analyzed Google search data to gather information about the places people would like to move to the most. Intrigued? Click on the gallery to discover the countries that are the most searched for by those seeking a fresh start abroad!


Castle project offers medieval siege-themed play area

The attraction allows visitors to explore Dover Castle's medieval and Georgian underground tunnels.


What is the secret behind Pandora's box?

Pandora's box is an artifact in Greek mythology that belonged to the first mortal woman on Earth. Or so the story goes. First revealed in a poem written in 700 BCE, Pandora's box is all about jealous gods releasing the evils of humanity and blaming a woman for doing so. Or was a man responsible for liberating all the world's ills? The tale is complex and full of contradictions, as befitting one of the most descriptive myths of human behavior in ancient Greek folklore. But how did this unfortunate beauty come into the possession of such a malevolent vessel, and what exactly happened after it was opened? Click through and lift the lid on the fascinating story that is Pandora's box.


Damanhur: inside the secret underground Temples of Humankind

Did you know that there is an underground complex of temples that were built in secret in Italy? Excavations started in 1978, and it took approximately 15 years to complete. Inside you will find a number of rooms that are astonishing works of art. But who built these, and why? And can you actually visit the temples? Click through the following gallery and find out the answers to these and more questions.


Secrets that airports don’t want you to know

You can't deny it: with their long lines and big crowds, airports are stressful. And usually we rush through them so quickly to catch our flights that we don't even get our bearings. It can get so busy that we often don't notice certain things about the airport. Well, from ridiculously high exchange rates to unadvertised free water, check out this gallery for some secrets that airports don't want you to know!


13 ultra-expensive private jets that will make your jaw drop

Inside the most the world's most lavish private jets, from Donald Trump's gold-plated Boeing 757 to Tyler Perry's flying cinema, boasting everything from 24-carat gold décor to designer interiors, and see their sky-high costs…


The most expensive paintings ever sold at auction

While many of the most valuable paintings in the world are hanging on the walls of famous museums, there are still some masterpieces on the market that are priceless. Almost. On June 27, 2023, Gustav Klimt's 'Dame mit Fächer' (Lady with Fan) was auctioned at Sotheby’s in London. After a 10-minute bidding war, it was sold for £85.3 million (US$108.4 million), making it the most expensive piece of art sold at auction in European history. The final price far exceeded the estimated value of £65 million, or US$80 million. The painting shows an unidentified woman with a fan posing against a highly decorative background. It was completed just before the Austrian artist's death in 1918, and was found still on the easel in his studio after he passed away. The painting was last sold in 1994 for a fraction of its current value, at US$11.6 million. If you're still taken aback by those staggering numbers, you're not alone. Check out this gallery to see the most expensive paintings ever sold at auction.


The World’s 20 Most Beautiful Cities to Visit in Your Lifetime

Some standards and some surprises–all dazzling destinations to tempt you on your next trip.


Group says photos of reclusive tribe on Peru beach show logging concessions are 'dangerously close'

An advocacy group for Indigenous peoples has released photographs of a reclusive tribe's members searching for food on a beach in the Peruvian Amazon, calling it evidence that logging concessions are “dangerously close” to the tribe's territory. Survival International said the photos and video it posted this week show members of the Mashco Piro looking for plantains and cassava near the community of Monte Salvado, on the Las Piedras River in...


After a Night at These Luxurious New International Hotels, You’ll Never Want to Come Home.

Wanderlust is not a deadly sin.


The most mysterious disappearances in history

Throughout the course of human history, there have been several cases of individuals going missing that have captivated and bewildered authorities, loved ones, and the general public. While some of these missing persons have eventually been located, the whereabouts of others continue to be a mystery. Click on the gallery and read about the most mysterious and controversial disappearances in history!


The most haunted places in every U.S. state

The United States is teeming with paranormal activity. Many historical places are said be haunted, but other, more unassuming locations, are also home to otherworldly phenomena. If you are into ghost hunting and want to visit a haunted location, where should you head to first? Hopefully you'll find the answer in this gallery. Here we list the most haunted places in every state. Click on and happy ghost hunting!


These Dog-Friendly Hotels Will Pamper Your Pup in Luxury

Save this for your next road trip.


The Most Popular Book the Year You Were Born

We had forgotten about so many of these.


10 of the Most Unique Museums In the United States

Add these one-of-a-kind destinations to your travel bucket list.


The Wild Baroness Rothschild

Baroness Nica Rothschild ruled over The Stanhope Hotel in New York City, but people didn’t realize she kept disturbing secrets locked up in her rooms.


Gorgeous American winegrowing region tipped as new vineyard hotspot

This southern state has turned into America's next great wine frontier with 300 wineries and 4,000 acres of grapes.


Photos: stunning places to visit in China


Brit tourist missing in Italy found alive and reunited with his family

Kei Hixor, 21, vanished on July 13 in his mother's hometown Cava de Tirreni, near Salerno, while on holiday with his parents and brother but was found today in the countryside of Pontecagnano and Bellizzi


America's 10 most affordable retirement-friendly beach towns

New research has revealed the top ten most affordable beach towns for retirees - and six of them are in the Sunshine State.


Why you should visit Uruguay

Switch off your cell phone, leave civilization behind you, and spend an unforgettable vacation in Uruguay. Its 170,000 sq km holds wonders of nature and surprising hidden gems that will leave you breathless. Discover more about these heavenly corners of tranquility!


13 Ways Experts Find the Most Valuable Items at Thrift Stores

Never miss a hidden gem again.


30 islands ranked by their highest point

The world's islands are not usually considered as featuring some of the highest points on Earth. But, in fact, some of the most impressive mountains and volcanoes, most of them active, are located on islands scattered around the globe, anywhere from Antarctica to Indonesia. And many achieve some truly impressive elevations. But where exactly on the planet can you admire the tallest and most dramatic island high points? Click through this gallery of 30 islands ranked by their highest point to discover the loftiest mountain peak of an island on Earth.


UNC students who shielded the American flag get a warm welcome at RNC

Fraternity brothers from UNC who defied pro-Gaza protestors by banding together to keep the U.S. flag from touching the ground received a loud and warm welcome from RNC attendees.


Reason iconic Aussie landmark is shutting its doors

One of Australia's most iconic tourist destinations will remain closed for 18 months to two years after severe floods destroyed the only road into the area over the summer.


40 Things That Didn't Exist 40 Years Ago

The world really was a different place back then.


The Azores: Europe's hidden paradise

Scattered like emeralds in the mid-Atlantic, the nine islands that make up the Azores archipelago—São Miguel, Santa Maria, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico, Faial, Flores, and Corvo—are rewarding destinations in and of themselves. Celebrated for their stunning natural beauty, these Portuguese islands offer a wealth of outdoor adventure and nature tourism options. The only problem is choosing which island to explore first. Browse the gallery for some visitor highlights and ideas of where to go and what to do.


The unseen side of famous landmarks

The internet is practically overflowing with pictures of iconic landmarks around the world. From ancient buildings to natural wonders, people are able to scroll the web and see the world from almost every angle. Almost, however, is the key word. Sometimes it takes a trip through time or simply walking around to see famous sites from a different perspective. Curious? Click through this gallery to see some pictures that we’ve put together just for you!


Tell us: if you’ve booked a last minute summer holiday, share why and where you are going

As extreme weather may have contributed to the rise in late bookings reported by the holiday firm Jet2 this summer, with many Britons making arrangements for last minute getways, we’d like to know where people are going. If you have booked a last minute holiday this summer or are about to, tell us where you’re headed and why you’ve waited until now to book. Callout


The deadliest passenger plane crashes ever

Even with ever-improving technology, we seem to have constant grim reminders of the catalog of air disasters recorded in the annals of commercial aviation. Sadly, few survive a plane crash, such is the destructive force of an event of this nature. And there have been some truly awful air accidents across the world. Click through and note some of the deadliest passenger plane crashes in history.


Yes, You Can Book a Stay at These Celeb-Approved Hotels

You might get starstruck at these luxury properties.


The five ancient cities that once ruled North America

Well before the Europeans arrived, the indigenous people of North America raised cities that rivaled those an ocean away. From Teotihuacan to Cahokia, these ancient metropolises featured striking pyramids, palaces, temples, and tombs. Some even had ties throughout Central America, while others were believed to have had the equal power and advancements of the Inca and Aztec. Today, archaeologists are slowly discovering more about the splendid past of North America's first megacities. Intrigued? Let's find out more about these ancient metropolises.


Truly Fascinating Places You Won't Believe Are in the United States

From lunar-like landscapes to European-style castles.


The 24 Best Snacks You Can Find at Costco

Run, don't walk, to your nearest warehouse.


What physics says about time travel

The concept of time travel has captivated readers and moviegoers for many decades now. But while people have been fascinated by the idea, no one has managed to make the notion of time travel any more of a reality than before. It seems like a dream that's just a bit too far from reach. But in an age where science continues to push the boundaries of what's possible, do we even know—in theory—what the physics of time travel might involve? Curious? Click on to discover what we know so far about the prospect of journeying through time.


Visiting South Korea, the Land of Morning Calm

With a rich and storied history, delicious cuisine, fantastically modern cities, and equally mesmerizing country landscapes, South Korea should be on everyone's travel bucket list. Whether you're a nature lover looking to wander about the many volcanic islands just off the coast of the mainland, or a foodie looking to engorge yourself on amazing street food and barbecue, there's no shortage of things to do in the fabulous and fascinating Land of the Morning Calm. Read on to learn about some of the can't-miss spots in South Korea, and start planning your trip now.


Bugsy Siegel Couldn't Escape His Sins

The roots of Las Vegas have their stories—and some of those stories trace back to the rowdy streets of New York City, and the legend himself, Bugsy Siegel.


Incredible ancient ruins REBUILT before your eyes

From ancient cities to crumbling fortresses, we’ve re-imagined what six of these incredible UNESCO-listed ruins under threat would look like today.


Free solo: Climbing on the edge of death

There are people out there who choose to climb mountains taller than the Empire State Building, completely alone, and without ropes or any safety equipment! These adrenaline junkies flew under the radar for a long time, but now the art of free solo has made it onto the world stage. Click through this gallery to learn about this extreme sport and those who have mastered it.