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‘Redefine the skyline’: how Ho Chi Minh City is erasing its heritage

‘Redefine the skyline’: how Ho Chi Minh City is erasing its heritage The next 15 megacities #7: More than a third of the Vietnamese city’s historic buildings have been destroyed over the past 20 years. Can it learn from mistakes made by other fast-growing Asian cities before it is too late? Read the rest of our megacities series here “People don’t realise what they’ve lost,” says Candy Nguyen as she peers through the locked gates of what was until recently the historic Ba Son shipyard. “Many don’t even know what was here before.” Ho Chi Minh City’s oldest and most important maritime heritage site is hidden from the street by high blue hoardings peppered with slogans such as “Never…

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Grand Ole Oprey

Grand Ole Oprey The beginning of the what is now Grand Ole Opry began in 1925 at the National Life and Accident Insurance Company, moving from place to place until it found its “permanent” home at the Ryman Auditorium in 1943.  Country talent… Continue reading → Go to Source Author: Michael Tweet

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See this video of European rulers

See this video of European rulers If you thought contemporary European maps were tough to keep straight, you need to check out this video, created by YouTube user Cottereau. It shows the progression of European rulers every year from 400 BC to the present, condensing over 2,400 years of history to a 20-minute video. It gives you a pretty powerful sense of continuity between the past and present, and a good idea of just how frequently borders have changed on the continent since the Roman Empire ruled the land. You also can’t help but notice the rulers with staying power. Louis XIV, for example, was a fixture in France for 72 years while monarchs of adjacent countries changed every…

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7 only-in-Nevada moments

7 only-in-Nevada moments From the oldest recorded instance of humans in North America to potential technology from another planet, Nevada is home to some awe-inspiring moments in the history of our world. And, of course, we celebrate each and every one of them — maybe even some of the ones we shouldn’t. Either way, the Battle Born State has helped shape that history with these seven only-in-Nevada moments, and you definitely haven’t read about them in any stodgy textbook (otherwise, you’d be celebrating them already). 1. That time when Virginia City residents raged against indoor plumbing… Photo: Virginia City Tourism Commission Henry Comstock discovered one of the largest silver ore deposits in the West in 1859, sparking a silver…

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8 stops on New Mexico’s Route 66

8 stops on New Mexico’s Route 66 Route 66. The Mother Road. The Main Street of America. Winding through eight states and clocking in at nearly 2,500 miles, it’s the epitome of the American highway: vintage neon, classic hotels, diners serving all-American fare, curio shops, and — of course — drive-by scenery that captures the country’s wide range of landscapes, from forest to prairie to desert to coast. Some of the best sights and experiences to be had on this hallowed road — or at least those sections of it that remain — are in New Mexico. In and around cities like Albuquerque, Gallup, and Tucumcari is where you’ll find these eight unforgettable stops (and yes, where you can…

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5 ways to enjoy Virginia Beach

5 ways to enjoy Virginia Beach 5 awesome ways to experience Virginia Beach Outdoors Culinary History Arts & Entertainment Beer You could say the American story as we know it began right here in Virginia Beach, when some of the continent’s first English settlers came ashore at the appropriately named First Landing State Park. The rest is history. Time would turn the dense maritime forest into a coastal city, an artistic hub, a destination for brews and brunch, and a portal to outdoor adventure. With 400 years to grow, Virginia Beach has developed a complexity — and an appealing one, to be sure — other coastal cities simply can’t claim. To be here is to experience something without equal….

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Martin Luther King anniversary: the US Civil Rights Trail

Martin Luther King anniversary: the US Civil Rights Trail Half a century on from the assassination of Martin Luther King, novelist Dolen Perkins-Valdez takes a moving trip on the newly opened trail, from the great man’s birthplace to the site of his death in Memphis If you want to understand America, you must do the US Civil Rights Trail. A deep journey through the conscience of a nation, the sites commemorating the 1950s and 1960s Civil Rights movement reveal a country trying to reconcile its founding principles with its racial inequities. This period marked the most significant division the nation had faced since its civil war. Throughout the trip, I kept asking myself: what would I do for freedom?…

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8 ways to see Virginia Beach’s past

8 ways to see Virginia Beach’s past Beach cities, right? Toes in the sand, salt on your skin, eating nothing but fresh seafood — it’s a pretty awesome recipe…but it’s also pretty generic. You could find that experience in a thousand different places. And then there’s Virginia Beach. Unlike most other coastal destinations, it’s also got history — so when the SPF runs out, the list of things to do definitely doesn’t. Soak up the sun and sand, definitely, but leave time to explore Virginia’s deeper story. Here’s how. Stop #1: First Landing State Park Photo: Virginia State Parks The landing spot of the first European settlers of America in the early 1600s? That’s right here. Where Christopher Newport…

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Ireland’s Alcatraz: Spike Island in Cork

Ireland’s Alcatraz: Spike Island in Cork The former fort and notorious prison in Cork harbour, once known as ‘Hell on Earth’, has become an award-winning attraction We disembarked at the long pier and walked to the star-shaped fort along a steep, twisting path. The smooth slopes rising up to the formidable ramparts and entrance gate, we are told by our guide, form a glacis, a feat of military engineering that leaves attackers exposed and makes defence far easier. On this cold, clear day, with a low afternoon sun casting soft shadows, it was easy to overlook the enormity of this construction in Cork harbour – and the dark reality of Spike Island fort and prison itself. Until we learned…

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9 outdoor experiences in Pinehurst

9 outdoor experiences in Pinehurst Sure, in the “Home of American Golf” you can’t swing a 9 iron without hitting yet another manicured fairway, but this isn’t a list of golf courses — there’s far more to this part of North Carolina than golf. You’ll find tons of other outdoor activities throughout the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area — otherwise known as the Sandhills Region — and they’ll make your trip worthwhile even if you’re not the country club type. Leave your assumptions at the door, and let the golfers go do their thing. No, you can’t caddy for them this time — you’re busy exploring, and here are all the excuses you’ll need. 1. You need some “me…

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