My New York
: artists, writers, professionals, and New Yorkers of all stripes talk about what they look forward to seeing in the city this fall.
posted by shivohum
on Oct 11, 2008 -
by Governments all over the world, the city of Auroville
is an ongoing experiment 'whose stated purpose is to realize human unity in diversity' through yoga. Unfortunately, it seems the 'rule free' society has attracted some of the least welcome of humanity's outliers, namely child sex tourists
. [more inside]
posted by asok
on May 27, 2008 -
A nice set
of photographic glass-plate transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910. These "Yokohama photographs" were sold to foreign tourists between about 1868 and 1912. I found the Crafts and Trades section
posted by Rumple
on Jun 7, 2007 -
Nothing To See Here
A guide to "some of the world's lesser-signposted places to go - attractions that may not be all that attractive; coastal towns they forgot to close down; high streets that haven't been homogenised; oddities and one-offs."
posted by chrismear
on Mar 11, 2007 -
Terrorists strike tourists in Egypt...again.
At least 30 people have been killed
, 114 injured today when a truck bomb blew up the Hilton hotel in Taba, Egypt, a resort town in the Sinai. A concurrent explosion
occurred nearby in Nuweiba, Egypt, and early casualty reports there are 4 dead, 40 wounded. The apparent target? The many Israeli families who were vacationing in the area, celebrating Simchas Torah. The less-apparent target? The $4 billion/year 7 million people/year Egyptian tourism industry
, a crucial
part of that country's economy. While this is not the first time
that tourists from Israel have been singled out worldwide, it's also part of a decade-long pattern of mass-casualty terrorist attacks
against tourists from multiple countries within Egypt. Keeping in mind that one of the most devastating economic after-effects of 9/11 was the blow it dealt to air travel
and tourism worldwide
, not to mention close calls
and tragic events
at famed tourist destinations
, is tourism-terrorism
going to become the wave of the future?
posted by Asparagirl
on Oct 7, 2004 -
That most peculiar of spectacles the Fiesta de san Fermín
(Running of the Bulls) seems to still exist and will be going ahead tomorrow. The event is held in parallel with Feria del Toro
(the Bullfighting Fair); the run itself seems to be in the interests of transporting the bulls to the fair while getting them good and angry, confused, scared and weakened
in the process. Being that the event is in honor of Saint Fermín
, when the San Fermín
church strikes 8am, the bulls are released and the runners get underway, trying to avoid them on their just under 1km trip
. On arrival at the Plaza del Toro (Bullring) they are herded into corrals and later released so the crowd can watch the matadors kill them in traditional bullfighting fashion [wmv: 380k | 150k | 56k]
. Of course, many people are not really so keen
on this event; and it seems PETA
will be holding one of their typically daft protests
Can't people just throw tomatoes at each other
posted by ed\26h
on Jul 6, 2004 -
The Exorcist Experience:
U.S. soldier pops The Exorcist
into his portable DVD player and discovers that he's right there, where the opening scenes were filmed. Now the Army (and movie director William Friedkin) plan to back an Exorcist
-themed tourist attraction.
Admission will be $2 or $5 with a kabob lunch.
posted by Holden
on Feb 3, 2004 -
I have to travel the highways and byways of America by car and train a great deal, and its much more fun if you actually see
America on the way. Two of my favorite sites for finding offbeat attractions and tasty eats are By The Way Magazine
and Roadside America
posted by anastasiav
on Sep 22, 2003 -
White house open to tours again
to the public on September 16th-only by reservation that is. How do you get a reservation? Submit your full name
, date of birth
, social security number
and a copy of a photo ID
-to your member of Congress for a security "screening". Visit the house paid for by you
posted by omidius
on Sep 8, 2003 -
Visit Madison, Indiana. Why? We're not New York City!
Sure you can be opportunistic about selling gas masks
if you're an internet entrepreneur, but what if you're a small town in Indiana and you want to cash in on fear of terrorism. Why, tout what you don't have, of course.
"A safe place to visit...When you visit Madison you will discover that we have no tall buildings to fear, no nuclear power plants, airports or anything anyone would want to blow up."
posted by m@
on Aug 15, 2003 -
Walk the Great Wall of China,
or rather, take a virtual stroll through the use of a QTVR-esque java applet along a good stretch of the Wall that seems to be in pretty fair shape. For the vast majority of us that will never get there in person, this is an interesting close up.
posted by jonson
on Aug 11, 2003 -