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“Disasters of War” Returns to Vietnam in Time for 35th Anniversary of War’s End

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  Roughly drawn and often composed with a cartoonist’s eye for flair, the almost primitive nature of the sketches showcased in Francisco Goya’s early 1880s collection of images inspired by Spain’s Peninsular War titled “The Disasters of War” somehow leapfrogged over technical criticism and landed in the hearts and minds of an entire nation. When first published between 1810 and ... Read More »

Van Gogh Cereal Painting is Large in Size, High in Refined Sugar

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  We’ve seen the cardboard Munchs and the inflatable scream dolls, so a reproduction of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” rendered in cereal doesn’t really seem all that surprising. Credit where credit is due, artist and art teacher Doyle Geddes certainly does a marvelous job of creating the illusion of the Dutch painter’s brush strokes and oily globs of color out ... Read More »

Where “The Hangover 2″ Should Hang Out: Our International Picks

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  To absolutely no one’s surprise, recent reports have it that “The Hangover”—the raunchy, dizzy Las-Vegas-based gross-out flick that quickly became the most profitable comedy in box-office history—is going to be giving birth to a sequel, set to debut late this year. Already, rumors have it that the second round of mystery and debauchery will take place in Thailand—a logical ... Read More »

See the Sistine Chapel … Without Ever Leaving Home

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  Being travel guides, we always advocate putting your heels to the pavement and seeking out art, music and film locations yourself. Flipping through a coffee-table book of Caravaggios naturally pales in comparison to seeing his Contarelli Chapel murals up close and in person. But even we have to admit that one can’t see every worthwhile piece of art or ... Read More »

A Bar Worthy of New York’s Favorite Landmark: The Empire Room Opens

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  It was no great surprise when we found that the Empire State Building comes in seventh on a new scientific net-based list of the most photographed landmarks in the world (New York City is, by the same reckoning, the most photographed city on earth) . As you can see from a quick glance at our “Film + Travel North ... Read More »

Australia’s Unexpected Record-Breaking Painting Is Charmingly Antipodean

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  Australians are a cheery lot, only apt to lose their senses of humor when we from the Northern Hemisphere point our their congenital case of good vibes. But looking at the newest painting to hold the title of Australia’s most expensive native artwork, it’s hard not to point out the it’s tongue-and-cheek attitude and what that says about the ... Read More »

Liverpool Celebrates Its Musical Heritage With Lennon Festival

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  Almost every major city in the world has its own musical heritage worth investigating. As you can see from our “Music + Travel Worldwide: Touring the Globe Through Sounds and Scenes”, Moscow has its underground clubs, rife with punk acts influenced by over a century of chanson protest music, Los Angeles has its own Californiacated version of country and ... Read More »

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