Daily Daydream: Fraser Island, Australia; Caroline Morse Teel; Smarter Travel

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Take a whale-watching tour, head into a rainforest, snorkel in the ocean, swim in a freshwater lake, or explore the sand cliffs—you’ll never run out of things to do on this island!

Source: Daily Daydream: Fraser Island, Australia

Retreat to rainforest; Cameron Wilson; Traveller

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Cameron Wilson explores Lamington National Park’s forests and birdlife along its extensive network of walking tracks.

Source: Retreat to rainforest

Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat restored in Czech Republic; AP

Photo: Petr David Jozek

Mies van der Rohe masterpiece in Brno, seen as an exemplar of modernist architecture, to reopen after £5.7m restoration…

Source: Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat restored in Czech Republic

Under Sabratha’s spell, near the sea in Libya; Alice Sun-Cua; GMA Network

Photo: Alex Cua & Alice Sun-Cua

The very name sounded exotic enough: Sab-ra-tha, the three syllables rolling in the tongue like some sweet, mysterious fruit.

Source: Under Sabratha’s spell, near the sea in Libya

Zebras, rhinos and close encounters of a Zambian kind; Errol Barnett; CNN

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“Stop the car, stop the car! There’s a bull elephant in the road!” Words Errol Barnett listened to closely as they’re being shouted by a man sitting next to him clutching an AK-47.

Source: Zebras, rhinos and close encounters of a Zambian kind

A trip to Lanna; Pichaya Svasti; Bangkok Post

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To learn about the lives of Queen Jammathewi of the Hariphunchai empire and Princess Dara Rasmi, a royal consort of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), Smile Trip, a cultural group, invites history buffs to a trip to Lamphun and Chiang Mai from Feb 2-5. The trip will be led by culture experts Chulpassorn Phanomwan Na Ayudhya and Charoen Tanmahapran.

Source: A trip to Lanna

A visit to Sri Lanka’s medieval capital, Polonnaruwa; Seth Miller; Wandering Aramean

Source: A visit to Sri Lanka’s medieval capital, Polonnaruwa – Wandering Aramean

All glitter and grit; Steve McKenna; Traveller

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Fortified with the local drop, Steve McKenna tackles the twisting stairways and troubled history of a bona fide beauty.

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New Discoveries at Ancient City of Bosra; Science News

A team of archaeologists has announced new discoveries unearthed at the archaeological site of the ancient city of Bosra, southern Syria.

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The Pergamon Museum; Ino Manalo; Inquirer Lifestyle

A friend from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization once told Ino Manalo that his organization’s famous World Heritage List generally excludes museums. Ino Manalo suppose this may have to do with the fact that museums are very obviously heritage sites. As such, they do not need a Unesco declaration to be accorded recognition and protection.

Source: The Pergamon Museum | Inquirer Lifestyle

Emerald of the Earth’s belt; Wang Ru; China Daily

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Masada, Herod’s desert fortress; Hello Magazine

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The scene of scores of biblical stories, home to monks and hermits, symbol of Jewish resistance, location for film and opera… there are reasons aplenty to visit this remarkable isolated mountain in the Judean Desert near the Dead Sea. The view from its summit gives things a different perspective.

Source: Masada, Herod’s desert fortress

Pilgrimage to Robben Island; Okello Ogwang; The Observer

On Friday December 16, 2011, Okello Ogwang finally got the much longed-for opportunity for a pilgrimage to South Africa’s Robben Island, once apartheid’s infamous fortress of incarceration.

Source: Cover story: Pilgrimage to Robben Island

Protecting Libya’s heritage; Nato

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Libya boasts a rich cultural heritage; Palaeolithic rock paintings, Greek and Roman ruins and ancient desert oases. These historic treasures, including six UNESCO World Heritage sites, have suffered years of neglect and most recently the perils of conflict.

Source: Protecting Libya’s heritage

Evolution World Tour: Wadi Hitan, Egypt; Abigail Tucker; Smithsonian Magazine

Egypt – Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley)

In Egypt’s Western Desert, evidence abounds that before they were the kings of the ocean, whales roamed the earth on four legs.

In 1902, a team of geologists guided their camels into a valley in Egypt’s Western Desert—a desolate, dream-like place. Centuries of strong wind had sculpted sandstone rocks into alien shapes, and at night the moonlight was so bright that the sand glowed like gold. There was no water for miles. A nearby hill was known as “Mountain of Hell” because of the infernal summer heat.

Yet in this parched valley lay the bones of whales.

Some of the skeletons were 50 feet long, with vertebrae as thick as campfire logs. They dated back 37 million years, to an era when a shallow, tropical sea covered this area and all of northern Egypt.


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Daily Daydream: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda; Caroline Morse Teel; Smarter Travel

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The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is either a daydream or a nightmare depending on if you love wild animals (especially gorillas).

Source: Daily Daydream: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Capital Appreciation: Board a Bus for the Best Way to See Brasília; Tim Padgett; Time

Photo: Donald Weber VII / Corbis

Board a Bus for the Best Way to See Brasília

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Tasmania is an attractive alternative to nearby Australia; Jim Winnerman; St Louis Post Dispatch

While planning a trip to Australia, Jim Winnerman was quickly stymied by the nation’s enormous size and the long distances separating major attractions.

Source: Tasmania is an attractive alternative to nearby Australia

1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Take 2; Patricia Schultz; Travel Weekly

As the second edition of her best-selling book makes its way to store shelves online and off, Patricia Schultz recounts her life’s journey from travel enthusiast to author.

Source: 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Take 2

Flying south for winter; Hello Magazine

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We think of butterflies as something ephemeral and delicate. Yet there is one species – the Monarch butterfly – whose yearly migration is the stuff of legend: all the way between the Rocky Mountains in the north and Mexico in the south, a miraculous journey so long that no single butterfly will make the round trip.

Source: Flying south for winter

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