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Posts by Ann Shields

London Hotel Value for T+L Readers
The Athenaeum Hotel—small, warm, stylish—puts you at the very heart of London: a walk through Green Park across the street takes you to Buckingham Palace;... Read More
Richard Linklater's Boyhood: A Texas Valentine
In Richard Linklater’s new Boyhood—a masterful film documenting twelve years of a boy’s life—little happens but everything seems monumental and emotionall... Read More
Daily Transporter: Seattle Smarts
Seattle, the second-most literate U.S. city in 2014, is also very literary: its Queen Anne neighborhood hosts 21 ‘Little Free Libraries’—boxes built by ne... Read More
Daily Transporter: Scotland the Red
While less than 2% of the world’s population has red hair, 13% of Scotland’s citizens are redheads, with the highest density of gingers clustered in and a... Read More
Daily Transporter: Holy Beer
Tasting the world’s top-rated beer, Westvleteren XII Ale, requires a commitment. First you call to receive instructions about which morning to arrive at t... Read More
Daily Transporter: 3,000-Year-Old Giants
One happy park ranger will commemorate today’s 150th anniversary of Yosemite by plunging a shovel into the road running through the park’s Mariposa Grove.... Read More
Daily Transporter: Shredding Munich
Think landlocked Munich is too far from a coast to boast a surf culture? Nein, dude. Since the 1970s, surfers have been riding a treacherous and icy river... Read More
Daily Transporter: One Cruise to Rule Them All
If you book a Royal Caribbean cruise in early December, don’t be surprised to see capes, pointed ears, and furry feet on some of your fellow passengers. T... Read More
Daily Transporter: Shrinking Boston
An exhibit at the Boston Public Library compares the modern city with the Boston of a century ago. One surprising revelation: even with a steady influx of... Read More
Daily Transporter: Government Goats Hit Bozeman
Four hundred and nine goats arrived by train to Bozeman, Montana, last week for a summer job. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is using the always-hungr... Read More
Daily Transporter: Sleep in a Castle Tower
In 1951, the government of Portugal fashioned a hotel within the stone towers and turrets of the 13th-century castle at Obldos, creating the first in a ne... Read More
Daily Transporter: Affordable Montreal
The Montreal Jazz Festival runs June 26-July 6. Even with all the big acts—this year, to name a few: Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, and Rufus Wainwright—m... Read More
Daily Transporter: Secret Prohibition Tunnels
  When Germans settled in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, they—being Germans—began brewing beer. Tunnels dug beneath OTR were intended as ... Read More
Daily Transporter: Cruise Protests in Venice
In March, a ban forbidding the largest cruise ships from entering Venice, was lifted leading to renewed protests by concerned citizens and scientists who ... Read More
Daily Transporter: The World Cup Wired
Need to know where your FIFA World Cup seats are in relation to the nearest caipirinha vendor? Take a virtual tour of the twelve stadiums hosting this mon... Read More
Daily Transporter: Wrestling Grizzlies
Before you visit British Columbia’s Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, be forewarned that no one can set foot on the 109,000-acre park: you hire an off... Read More
Daily Transporter: Terminal Wellness
Don’t sweat a long layover: more airports are setting up walking paths through terminals—with pavement mile-markers, water bottle-refilling stations, and ... Read More
Daily Transporter: Who Drinks the Most Wine?
For the first time, Americans bought more wine last year than the French, but that was mostly because there are more of us: the average French person stil... Read More
Daily Transporter: Remembering D-Day on France's Normandy Coast
Seventy years ago this morning, the U.S. Army Rangers landing at Pointe du Hoc thought of nothing but the German guns and concrete bunkers above them. Tod... Read More
Daily Transporter: Baltimore's Hon Fest
Hon Fest, Baltimore’s self-mocking festival of beehive hairdos, leopard-skin prints, and attitude, runs June 14-15. A contestant once won the coveted Best... Read More