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Places around the world you are forbidden to visit

It's hard to imagine that there are a lot of places around the world that people are prohibited from visiting. Unless you're a researcher, scientist, or military officer, some of these places are strictly forbidden for the general public, which adds another layer of mystery to them. There are historical sites that are so fragile they can be easily damaged by humans, and also some seriously dangerous places many of us would be terrified to visit. From an island infested with snakes to a vault holding special secrets, check out these extremely fascinating and forbidden places. Click on!


European cuisine: worst to best countries for foodies

There’s so many reasons we love to travel. In addition to seeing new sights and giving us a break from work, holidays give us the exciting chance to try new food. Cuisine is the gateway into a country’s culture and history. Spanish paella has ancient roots, and teaches us about the country’s Muslim history. Meanwhile, modern pizza was invented in Naples, and reflects the region's rich Neapolitan culture. European food has changed constantly since the fall of Rome, and countries have influenced each other in many ways. For example, croissants aren’t French, they came from Austria, according to historical reports. What’s more, fish and chips isn’t even a British dish! It’s believed the dish was carried over by Jewish immigrants from Spain and Portugal. With that said, Europe is defined by its different dishes and gastronomic cultures. Spain is heavily influenced by its gorgeous marisco, while the UK is perhaps best known as a melting pot of the world’s finest food. After all, it’s said that chicken tikka masala wasn’t born out of India, but Great Britain. Come explore the food of Europe—there’s gorgeous Dutch desserts, perfect French pastries, strong German sausage, and great Greek grub. There’s no better way to explore Europe than to first understand what they eat. Without further ado, here are Europe’s finest cuisines. Dig in!


American stars with German heritage

Did you know that citizens of the United States who are of German ancestry form the largest ethnic ancestry group in America, accounting for 17% of the US population? Numbering among these are quite a few American actors and actresses who can claim German heritage. But who are Tinseltown's most famous Teutonic personalities? Click through and discover the American celebrities of German descent, some of whom might surprise you.


26 incredible things you probably didn't know about the Himalayas

Find out more about the epic region that's home to most of the world's highest mountains.


The most beautiful and iconic libraries in the United States

Some of the world’s most important collections of books, manuscripts, and other sources of information are housed in libraries found across the United States. Many of these libraries are in themselves buildings of great historical significance. Designed by esteemed architects, they stand as important cultural landmarks. But how many do you know? Browse this gallery and read through our list of favorite public, private, and academic libraries.


Videos show roads transformed into rivers in Spanish holiday hotspots

As countries on the eastern Mediterranean experienced an early heatwave , Spain's Costa Blanca region and the island of Majorca were both inundated by Storm Tamara.


The notorious female pirates of the Seven Seas

Historically, women weren't allowed to remain on ships once they had set sail. Old-fashioned sailor superstitions purported that women on merchant and military vessels were bad luck. But this didn't stop several women from disguising their identities to join crews, and in some cases captains ignored the rule altogether. From the Caribbean to China, there are actual accounts of female pirates dating back thousands of years, showing us that pirating wasn’t just for men. Curious? Click on to discover the women who once prowled the Seven Seas.


White beaches, dolphins, seahorses: I sailed away from Britain, but now I love its coasts more than ever

I’m staring at a seahorse. At the little spines on its head. A spiky crown. Like a unicorn under water. Such sightings are always precious, but this one feels unique because I’ve convinced myself that he’s giving birth. I watch them daily, these bony little fish, tails curling twigs, fanning delicately, performing their sunrise greetings (my heart!). This little fella angles this way and that while bubbles, or perhaps thousands of tiny seahorse...


Tipping culture in America: A closer look

Many Americans have articulated frustration with the nation’s tipping culture. A recent survey from Bankrate... The post Tipping culture in America: A closer look appeared first on The Independent Singapore News - Latest Breaking News


Views sought on plans to speed up planning process

Getting permission to hold events on public land or install play equipment could be made simpler.


Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to miss the Trooping of the Colour

In a statement, the RAF said after the tragic accident of Squadron Leader Long, the BBMG planes would 'regretfully' not be participating in the flypast for the Trooping of the Colour.


Sushi, steak, Peking duck, Shanghainese: where a travel entrepreneur eats in Hong Kong

A co-founder of A2A Safaris shares his favourite Hong Kong restaurants, from a sushi spot to a place with 'perfect' Peking duck Investment banker turned travel entrepreneur Victor Dizon is a co-founder of A2A Safaris, specialising in luxury African safaris. He spoke to Andrew Sun. I grew up in the Philippines. My mother loved to cook and my parents...


Explore these once beloved tourist attractions left to rot

From war-ravaged hotels and rusting fairgrounds to long-forgotten pleasure gardens and marooned piers, these former star attractions are now run-down relics.


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It looks like AI but it's not: these amazing geological landmarks are 100% real

Earth is blessed with some truly amazing natural wonders. Staggering in their beauty, many of these geological landmarks are also puzzling in their nature, such as mysterious sinkholes appearing from nowhere, boulders that move on their own, and rivers running with "blood." Puzzled and baffled? Click through and be amazed by the planet's oddest places.


Beautiful Cities in Greece That Deserve More Love

Don't overlook these hidden gems!


Map Reveals States With America's Rudest Plane Passengers

A new survey suggests some states, including Iowa, Illinois, and Virginia, are worse than others for poor travelng etiquette.


No river, no airport, no farms: Largest countries without essential features

Most of the world is used to the idea of having airports, beaches, farms, and an army. But Earth is as vast and diverse as humans are resourceful. That means that people inhabit all corners of the world, including places that have no rivers, no forests, and no mountains. Browse the gallery and check out examples of the largest countries that don't have a feature or infrastructure that many take for granted.


A journey into local legends around the world

Ethereal figures, reminiscent of age-old legends, subtly emerge from the tapestry of cultures, beckoning the curious and the brave to uncover the enduring power of folklore. These tales are the whispers of generations, capturing the essence of the mysterious and the magical, and in this gallery, they are celebrated as the treasures of our shared human heritage. Click through the gallery to uncover the stories of old!


‘Jurassic Park 4' Set to Shoot in Thailand, Malta and U.K.

Universal Pictures' "Jurassic Park 4" movie is set to make use of locations in Thailand as well as studios in Malta and the U.K. The Gareth Edwards-directed picture, produced by Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley, is expected to star Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Bailey, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Mahershala Ali, Rupert Friend, Luna Blaise and David […]


Retired cop, 59, goes missing while on hike on Greek Island

A 59-year-old American tourist has been missing since Tuesday after going on a solo hike in the Greek island of Amorgos, just days after celebrity doctor Michael Mosley was found dead in Greece


British kayaker dead and two rescued in French river

The man, in his 50s, was on a kayaking group trip on the river Durance near Briancon, in the southeast of France, on Tuesday afternoon.


DeSantis tourism board approves $17 billion development deal with Disney that could pave the way for a 5th theme park

The development deal is a détente between Disney and Florida's Ron DeSantis, who have battled for control of the district where Disney is located.


Magical Airbnb retreats that are straight out of a fairy-tale

These are the most enchanting properties to rent on Airbnb. From lavish castles and turreted villas to hobbit homes, thatched cottages and secluded treehouses - discover the best finds on Airbnb that could help turn your daydreams into reality...


30 of the smallest cities in the world

The word "city" tends to conjure up images of a big, bustling industrial hub of a place, but some cities are teeny tiny places, punching above their weight when it comes to status. The lines regarding what constitutes a city can often be blurred—some nations attribute city status according to size and population density, others according to historical importance, still others according to the presence or otherwise of notable buildings. The indistinct definitions can make it difficult to cohesively rank the size of cities, and some places around the world are referred to as either a town, village, or city, depending on who you ask! But while some might quibble over detail, these 30 small-but-mighty settlements are all proud to declare themselves cities despite their less-than-large stature. Curious? Click through the following gallery to discover some of the smallest cities in the world.


Maya Jama and Stormzy laugh off getting slapped with a parking ticket on £300k Rolls Royce as they enjoy a breakfast date

The couple laughed off getting a parking ticket on his £300,000 Rolls Royce while getting breakfast in London on Wednesday.


Things America does better than Europe

America: the land of the free and the home of the brave. While Europe has a lot of great things going for it, there are other areas where America takes the cake. It's not until traveling or living in Europe that Americans begin to realize how many everyday cultural and societal norms that are part of their lives are completely different abroad... Some for the worse, others for the better. Curious? Click on to learn the things America does better than Europe.


Emergency crews in Spanish tourist hotspot rush to rescue people

Emergency crews in a popular tourist region in Spain have been forced to launch an rescue operation to save several people trapped in their cars following heavy flooding.


Here's How Tiana's Bayou Adventure Will Bring The Magic Of NOLA To The Magic Kingdom Beginning June 28

The new Walt Disney World attraction celebrates the spirit of New Orleans and pays tribute to one of our favorite restaurants, which is the real-life inspiration for Princess Tiana.


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

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Praise be: Travel agents are back

Millennials and Gen Z are taking big trips — but they don't want to plan them. It's sparking a travel-agent boom.


Harry Maguire spotted unwinding at luxury five-star Turkey spa hotel

The Manchester United centre-back, capped 63 times by his country, was knocking back drinks by the poolside at the Maxx Royal Belek resort yesterday.


“Friends” Experience Announces Second Permanent U.S. Location in a Spot That Will Make Total Sense to Fans

The first flagship opened in New York City and features iconic settings from the sitcom, including Central Perk and Monica’s apartment


These are history's multilingual US presidents

The President of the United States is used to talking tough. But how many presidents in US history were able to do so in another language besides English? Not many people realize that there are 21 former White House incumbents who could converse in at least one foreign language. Some, in fact, were multilinguists. And did you know that there was one American president who didn't speak English as his first language. Intrigued? Click through and discover the presidents who could communicate in foreign tongues.


Families who can't afford Disney's extortionate prices are flocking to this chain of resorts which have huge water parks and adventure playgrounds

A new chain of resorts are growing in popularity as Disney's prices become borderline unaffordable.


Where is the U.S. Open in 2024? Location, distance, course details for Pinehurst Resort

The U.S. Open is taking North Carolina. Here's a look at Pinehurst and how the course might play for the world's best golfers.


Saved! These iconic landmarks were nearly lost forever

From grand cathedrals to political buildings, these world-famous landmarks were very nearly lost forever, surviving the ravages of war, natural disasters and human indifference.


The Best Solo Travel Destinations in the United States for an Unforgettable Adventure

Whether you're looking for nonstop activity or total relaxation. While traveling with friends and family can be a lot of fun, going somewhere alone has its perks. You get to choose everything — the destination, the hotel, the itinerary, the restaurants, how much money you spend and beyond. Only one opinion matters...yours. It's also a great way to push yourself out of your comfort zone, meet new people (if you so choose), unplug, rejuvenate and bask in moments of reflection — or even just escape reality for a few days. Whether you're planning your first adventure on your own or are a solo travel veteran, choosing a destination can be overwhelming, especially if you still have a lot of places to check off your bucket list. The good news is, you don't have to go far for the adventure or relaxation you crave, because there are plenty of options across the U.S. Weighing variables such as walkability, safety, self care opportunities, number of historic sites and museums and access to nature, we've come up with a list of the best places in the U.S. for solo travelers — ranging from mountain and beach destinations to small towns and large cities. Time to book your ticket for one, plan your itinerary (or don't, remember, it's your trip!) and answer to no one except yourself for a few days.


Inside Europe's 30 most mysterious places

From rock formations crafted by the Devil himself to haunted houses that will send chills down your spine, join us as we explore the stories of Europe's most mysterious places...


The most astounding archaeological discoveries in history

Imagine if the Roman city of Pompeii had not been found, or if Howard Carter had not come across King Tut's tomb. Thankfully, archaeologists have discovered these treasures and many other historic sites, impressive monuments, and valuable artifacts. Take a look through the gallery and explore some of the most significant archaeological discoveries in history.


Mansion built in 1834 with 17 rooms is free - but with one catch

A 19th century brownstone mansion with 17 rooms and eight fireplaces is free. The historic mansion was used in the Underground Railroad, but there is a catch if you want it to be yours.


Happy Days star Henry Winkler thanks Irish firefighters after blaze at his hotel

Happy Days star Henry Winkler thanks Irish firefighters after blaze at his hotel - No injuries were reported at the five-star hotel, and guests were allowed to return to the building not long after the incident.


Up to 10,000 people descend on this ravishing Greek island each day in peak season - but plan carefully and you'll soon discover Santorini is far more than just a honeypot colonised by tourists and influencers

After spending a few days in Santorini, Mark Palmer is happy to disown his perceptions about the island. The beaches surprised him, as did its growing reputation for wine.


BA passengers on nine-hour 'flight to nowhere' over 'technical issue'

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner was headed to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas on Monday but began to experience problems when it reached North America.


Can I fly to Majorca? Latest travel advice for Spanish holidaymakers

Is it safe to fly to Majorca? What is the latest travel advice and what can you do if your flight is cancelled? Here is everything you need to know about the latest advice to the area.


13 Easy Ways To Save for Your Next Big Vacation

The travel bug is biting Americans this year, as 44% reported that they are planning to travel more than last year, according to a study by AAA ConsumerPulse. While travel is fun, those vacations...


Islanders remember King's past visits to Jersey

King Charles has visited Jersey five times, ranging with royal visits to excavation projects.


The world's most powerful passports for 2024

The results of the Henley Passport Index 2024 have been published, listing this year's most powerful passports. The annual index is created by London-based global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & Partners, using exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association. There are an incredible 34 country passports occupying the top 10 places listed in this gallery. So, where is your passport placed, and how many visa-free or visa-on-arrival destinations does it afford? Click on and travel through the index to find out!


Horse riders warned of low-flying RAF helicopters

Chinooks from RAF Odiham, Hampshire, are operating from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray over the next two weeks.


Remote town exacts ultimate revenge after crocodile killed their dogs

The 3.63m long saltwater crocodile wreaked havoc after turning up in the Baines River near Bulla, in the Northern Territory, earlier this year following floods.