The 5 Best Lodges in Yosemite; Anne Olivia Bauso;

USA – Yosemite National Park

Every year, millions of visitors trek out to the eastern edge of central California to see the splendor that is Yosemite National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Yosemite is famous for its towering waterfalls, majestic granite cliffs, giant sequoia trees, scenic canyons, and wide-ranging wildlife. The summits El Capitan and Half Dome are among Yosemite’s most popular sites, but there is so much more to discover. (Nearly 750,000 acres, actually.) And exploration methods in Yosemite — hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, driving, river rafting, horseback riding, rock climbing — are nearly as vast as the national park itself.

What better way to end a day packed with outdoor activities than to soak in a saltwater hot tub, snack on fireside s’mores, or simply watch the sunset from your cabin deck? Here are the best places to stay for your great California adventure in America’s third-oldest national park.

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A history of Algeria in seven stops; Garry Shaw; Apollo Magazine

Algeria – Tassili n’Ajjer

In 2009, a team excavating at Algiers’ Place des Martyrs in advance of the construction of a new Metro station uncovered a huge archaeological site beneath the square. This unexpected discovery revealed evidence of many centuries of occupation – from Roman ruins and mosaics through to a 7th-century Byzantine necropolis and the remains of an Ottoman-era mosque, all at the heart of the city.

Since then, the Algerian authorities have changed their designs for the Metro station – making it much smaller, and adding an open-air museum, where visitors will be able to view the site’s remains in situ, as well as a museum building for objects that need to be moved inside. Recently, it was announced that this museum-station would be inaugurated in November, bringing the world’s attention to the archaeological discoveries beneath Place des Martyrs and to the country’s often ignored archaeological treasures as a whole.

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Best In Europe 2017: The Hottest Places To Travel This Year; Anna Brech; Grazia Daily

Cyprus – Paphos

Sometimes, all we really want to do is throw a pair of flip-flops into a tote and hit the open road for a dash of adventure.

And when that urge grabs us, we want to head for a destination that’s off the beaten track and far from the madding crowds.

Step forward, the travel pros at Lonely Planet, who have just compiled a shortlist of Europe’s most “outstanding, underrated and overlooked” hot spots in Europe this year.

The eclectic top 10 edit stretches from the remote and mystical island scenery of Gotland to an ebullient Normandy port and a much-loved Yorkshire city.

Feast your eyes on Europe’s most exciting places to pop on your radar for 2017, below, and get booking that escape pronto…

1. Zagreb, Croatia

Lonely Planet says: “Urban regeneration is making the city over.”

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Auschwitz a grim reminder of man-made horrors; North-West Evening Mail

Poland – Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945)

ON Monday this week, I spent the day at the world’s largest cemetery and mass grave – Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. There can be no greater monument to man’s inhumanity to man than this Unesco World Heritage site, rightly preserved and maintained for future generations.

Walking between the blocks, seeing the piles of shoes and suitcases, shaving brushes, children’s hair tresses and a tangled tower of spectacles; then pausing at the main square with its gallows where prisoners were arbitrarily put to death in front of fellow inmates lined up for roll calls which lasted sometimes a full day, it is of course impossible not to wonder at mankind’s apparently endless capacity to kill and destroy.

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Marriott and Pennyroyal Gibraltar to open Zanzibar’s first Ritz-Carlton in 2021; Hotel Management

Tanzania – Stone Town of Zanzibar

Marriott International has signed an agreement with Pennyroyal Gibraltar to debut The Ritz-Carlton brand in the Zanzibar Archipelago. Slated to open in 2021, the 90-room all-suite and villa Ritz-Carlton, Zanzibar resort is near Zanzibar International Airport and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town.

“The Archipelago has the potential to strengthen its position as a key leisure destination in the Indian Ocean and to effectively compete with the more established islands of Mauritius, Seychelles and Maldives,” Alex Kyriakidis, president and MD, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International said in a statement.

The hotel will be part of the Amber Resort complex, expected to be the largest mixed-use development in Africa. It occupies approximately 4,324 acres of Indian Ocean coastline in the north east of the island.

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Taishan: From where the world looks small; Louise Watt; Shanghai Daily

China – Mount Taishan

TAISHAN, or Mount Tai, is one of China’s most sacred mountains. For centuries, emperors climbed it to pay homage to Heaven and Earth. Philosopher Confucius is said to have stood at the towering top, looked down and pronounced the world a small place indeed.

It is known as the “Eastern Mountain,” or dong yue, of the Five Great Mountains of China — the other four being Mount Hua (Shaanxi Province), Mount Heng (Hunan Province), Mount Song (Henan Province) and Mount Heng (Shanxi Province). In 1987, Taishan was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

While it isn’t China’s tallest mountain standing at 1,545 meters above sea level, the way to the top is still a challenge consisting of more than 6,000 stone steps, with the option of taking a cable car halfway. Walking the whole way can take anywhere from three to seven hours.


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Transylvania fortified church gets EU financing for restoration; Irina Popescu; Romania Insider

Romania – Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania

The fortified church in Saschiz, in the Transylvania region, will receive a non-reimbursable financing of over RON 2 million (some EUR 475,000) for repair and conservation works.

The Saschiz fortified church is one of the seven churches of this kind in Romania included among the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The project is financed through the Regional Operational Program 2014-2020, and has a total value of RON 2.32 million (some EUR 510,000). Johannes Halmen, the representative of the Saschiz Evangelical Parish, and Simion Cretu, general manager of ADR Centru, signed the financing agreement on May 22, in Alba Iulia.

The project is to be completed at the end of 2019. Once the work is done, the visitors will not only have access inside the church, but also in the tower.

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