Conservation or development?; Kim Hae-yeon; Korea Herald

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McDonald’s banned from building a drive-through near Roman ruins; Lacey Muszynski; Cheapism

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Bulguk Temple and the 2 lives of Kim Daeseong; Dale Quarrington; Korea Times

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[Temple Adventures] Bulguk Temple and the 2 lives of Kim Daeseong…

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Darjeeling Himalayan Railway: Snow-clad Indian Railways’ Ghum station becomes popular among tourists; Devanjana Nag; Financial Express

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For the benefit of tourists, Indian Railways is running several tourist trains including Vistadome train services in the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway network.

Source: Darjeeling Himalayan Railway: Snow-clad Indian Railways’ Ghum station becomes popular among tourists; see pics

Morocco’s Spiritual City Fez Celebrates Its ‘Annual Day’; Elmahdi Echabouch; Morocco World News

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Morocco’s spiritual capital Fez celebrates today, January 4, its annual day proclaimed in January 2011, marking a rich legacy with influence reaching all the corners of the globe.

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Germany is quitting coal. Why the U.S. might not follow; Sara Schonhardt; EE News

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In a coal heartland of Germany stands a monument to the source of its economic might: a giant mine more than a half-mile deep that once produced the largest amount of coal in the world.

Source: Germany is quitting coal. Why the U.S. might not follow

Auction of Key to Nelson Mandela’s Prison Cell Stirs Controversy; Cassie Packard; Hyper Allergic

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This month, Guernsey’s will hold an online auction of memorabilia related to South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.

Source: Auction of Key to Nelson Mandela’s Prison Cell Stirs Controversy

McDonald’s Denied a New Restaurant at This Famous Historic Landmark; Mura Dominko; Eat This Not That

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The ancient Roman ruins will not be adorned with the Golden Arches and the scent of cheap burgers any time soon.

Source: McDonald’s Denied a New Restaurant at This Famous Historic Landmark — Eat This Not That

McDonald’s loses its plan to build a drive-in in the thermal baths of Caracalla; Selena Mattei; Art Majeur

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McDonald’s loses bid to build a drive-through at Roman archaeological site. The fast food business attempted to open a restaurant at the Baths of Caracalla. Italy’s Council of State vetoed McDonald’s bid on December 28. Site is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Source: McDonald’s loses its plan to build a drive-in in the thermal baths of Caracalla

With authorities’ apathy, reconstruction puts the World Heritage site in Kathmandu at risk; Sudarshan Aryal; Online Khabar

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Swayambhu is not the only place where this has happened, but World Heritage areas across the city face a similar problem.

Source: With authorities’ apathy, reconstruction puts the World Heritage site in Kathmandu at risk

The best places to visit in Ecuador, from blissful beaches to towering volcanoes; Gavin Haines; Lonely Planet

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The 10 Best Cities in the World for Art Lovers, According to a New Study; Jessica Poitevein; Travel + Leisure

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Four U.S. cities made the list.

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This ancient city of sultans is a 21st-century wonder; Stephen Phelan; National Geographic

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In Spain, Granada preserves treasures from the past. But trendy hotspots and a new ecopark have this city looking to the future.

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3 must-visit places in Japan’s Three-Star Road; Kristin Mariano; Travel Daily Media

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Three-star Road offers visitors a chance to experience a truly authentic Japan with jaw-dropping scenery, spellbinding castles and delicately manicured gardens.

Source: 3 must-visit places in Japan’s Three-Star Road

10 Ancient Greek Temples You Must See; Nikoleta Kalmouki; Greek Reporter

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Many important ancient Greek temples are located in Greece as well as other countries that were then part of the ancient Greek world.

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Europe’s Most Scenic Train Ride Takes You Places You Didn’t Think a Train Could Go; Alex Sakalis; Daily Beast

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It’s a chilly, December morning as Alex Sakalis slinks into Chur Railway Station in the southeast of Switzerland. Scanning the platforms, he eventually spot it: that trademark red exterior with the curved panoramic windows and the words Bernina Express emblazoned across the side. The other passengers have arrived and there’s a palpable excitement in the air. They are all here for one reason only—to take Europe’s most beautiful train journey. Frequently named Europe’s most scenic train ride, the Bernina Express is a romantic throwback to the golden age of European rail travel, when the journey was the destination.

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Uramanat home to over 700 ancient sites, estimates suggest; Tehran Times

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Preliminary archaeological assessments suggest the UNESCO-registered Uramanat region is composed of over 700 ancient sites, the director of the world Heritage said on Sunday.

Source: Uramanat home to over 700 ancient sites, estimates suggest

22 Places TravelAwaits Writers Want To Visit In 2022; Laura Ray; Travel Awaits

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From Vietnam to Columbia River Gorge, Travel Awaits writers’ travel plans for this year sound nothing short of ah-mazing!

Source: 22 Places TravelAwaits Writers Want To Visit In 2022

Vietnam’s central province Hue wins Asean tourism awards; Vietnam News

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Vietnam’s central province Hue has won three Asean tourism awards, which will be presented at the Asean Tourism Forum (ATF) 2022 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia on January 19.

Source: Vietnam’s central province Hue wins Asean tourism awards

Where to travel 2022: The best destinations to go; Lilit Marcus, Forrest Brown, Julia Buckley, Karla Cripps, Tamara Hardingham-Gill, Marnie Hunter, Barry Neild, Maureen O’Hare & Francesca Street; CNN

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When we look back on how far we’ve come, it makes us more grateful for where we are. Let’s all try to channel a sense of wonder when we’re able to travel more freely in 2022 and beyond. Here are 22 dream destinations to consider.

Source: Where to travel 2022: The best destinations to go

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