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Story highlights Japan's Shimanami Kaido is a spectacular 60-kilometer road and bridge network The whole route has cycle lanes and offers views of the Seto Inland Sea National Park Cyclists cross the 4,045-meter Kurushima Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge (a-LineTravel)Japan's Shimanami Kaido might be an expressway, but it was designed with the cyclist in mind. A spectacular 60-kilometer road-and-bridge…

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(a-LineTravel)Thousands of passengers traveling home for the Muslim Eid festival have been stranded in Indonesia after five airports were closed because of ash spewing from two erupting volcanoes. Fears over airspace safety let to the closure of four small airports on Java, Indonesia's most populous island, after fresh eruptions from Mt Raung, on the east of the island. National airline…

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Story highlights Bob Greene: House committee OK'd bill to ban in-flight cell phone calls. This is good news He says poll shows most people against voice calls on planes; Congress seems to get this Passengers might be trapped on flight with noisy callers; chaos could easily ensue Greene: Pols knows if that occurs, fliers will blame them; they should ensure…

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Story highlights At 4,500 kilometers, Nepal's Great Himalayan Trail is the longest and highest mountain trail in the world The Grand Italian Trail takes considerable planning and roughly eight months to complete Only 150 people attempt to thru-hike the Continental Divide Trail each year (a-LineTravel)Long distance trails inspire contradictory tales of solitude and camaraderie, deserted river beds and mountain plateaus,…

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a-LineTravel Travel's series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, a-LineTravel retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy.This story is part of a series highlighting superlatives of countries and cities around the world. Click here for pieces on France, the United States, Canada, Taiwan, India, South Korea and Hong Kong…

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Story highlights Unlike the current commuter hub, New York's original Penn Station was a lavish Beaux Arts masterpiece Guaira Falls was once the most powerful cataract in the world The Porcelain Tower of Nanjing was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages (a-LineTravel)Ask a New Zealander what happened on June 10, 1886, and they'll tell you the…

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(a-LineTravel)What do London's Buckingham Palace, New York's Whitney Museum of American Art and the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris all have in common? They're all keepers of honeybees, part of a growing collection of bee-friendly landmarks around the world. In recent years, global hotels have joined the urban bee-keeping trend too, bringing their own honey direct to their tables. That's good…

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Story highlights Tokyo's National Noh Theatre has a subtitling system for each seat that can be changed from Japanese to English Minack Theatre is an open-air stone venue looking out to the Celtic Sea Germany's largest theater, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, was the world's biggest planetarium when it opened in 1926 April 23 is, according to some reports, William Shakespeare's birthday. The…

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In Finland, the tourists can visit the island with well-preserved military fortifications and castles. It is learned that since September 8, islands Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari, which are near the Fortress of Suomenlinna, will be opened to tourists. We note that Master Plan for development of these areas was recently published, according to which the ship will run from Helsinki to…

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