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The best of ancient Egypt

The best of ancient Egypt

(CNN) — Like the legendary curse of the mummy, ancient Egypt refuses to stay buried in the past. Every so often it comes back to life — in the 1920s with the discovery of King Tut’s tomb; in the 1970s with the global tour of those golden masks; and most recently with a flurry of […]

The hot new island-hopping destination

The hot new island-hopping destination

(CNN) — In May 2018, Abu Dhabi opened a suspension bridge allowing travelers to drive or cycle over the sea. On one side was Abu Dhabi’s mainland — home of its famous mosque and Louvre museum. At the other? Al Hudayriat Island, an island that offers 600 meters (1,970 feet) of quiet beach. Al Hudayriat […]

The longest-range business jet ever

The longest-range business jet ever

(CNN) — You’ve seen the French sauntering around with slender baguettes under their arms or sporting jaunty berets as they pedal bicycles laden with crusty bread. Those cinematic scenes are nice, but when you really get down to business — as my countrymen are inclined to do — it’s obvious that the world’s best bread […]

Best new cruise ships for 2019

Best new cruise ships for 2019

(CNN) — The cruise boom is continuing full steam ahead into 2019, with plenty of new ships — piled high with innovations — lined up to sail the seven seas. Shipbuilding trends are leaning toward sustainability (with industry-first hybrid and LNG-powered ships on the roster) and high-tech gadgetry (from onboard AI-enabled digital assistants to excursion […]

Airlines enforce 7kg limit for carry-on bags

Airlines enforce 7kg limit for carry-on bags

(CNN) — Flying home for the December holidays can be a stressful experience, with passengers carrying gifts for their nearest and dearest as well as their own luggage. Now Australian airlines have announced a renewed push to enforce hand luggage weight limits at the busiest time of the year. Both Virgin Australia and Qantas have […]

Advent traditions around the world

Advent traditions around the world

(CNN) — Wreaths, candles and calendars. These are sure signs of Advent for many Christian groups around the world. The word Advent derives from the Latin adventus, which means an arrival or visit. Advent is the beginning of the spiritual year for these churches, and it’s observed the four Sundays before Christmas Day. In 2018, […]

Elvis Presley traffic lights appear in town where he was stationed with US Army

Traffic lights featuring the King’s likeness have been installed in the German town of Friedberg, just north of Frankfurt, Deutsche Welle reported. A red image of Presley standing at a microphone tells residents and tourists to keep their blue suede shoes parked firmly on the sidewalk, while a green silhouette of the singer showing off […]

The fastest city on the planet?

The fastest city on the planet?

(CNN) — Nairobi’s only been a city since 1954, but it’s been making up for lost time ever since. The capital of Kenya is now a thriving metropolis that continues to grow rapidly in a country that covers 582,650 square kilometers (around twice the size of Nevada). Nairobi is always on the move, always changing. […]

This Alaskan town won't see the sun for 65 days

Utqiagvik, Alaska, formerly known as Barrow, experienced its last sunrise and sunset on Sunday for about two months. The town of about 4,000 people is now beginning its 65-day period of darkness, known as polar night. Polar night is a common term in places that don’t experience sunrise for more than 24 hours, according to […]

Gunpowder and beer: What could go wrong?

Gunpowder and beer: What could go wrong?

(CNN) — Steel projectiles, gunpowder and lots and lots of beer. It sounds like a recipe for disaster. But in fact they’re the components needed to play Colombia’s national sport: tejo. The game originated amongst Colombian indigenous groups around 500 years ago, and was declared the Latin American country’s sport in 2000 under Law 613. […]

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