UNESCO and local masons have begun restoring sacred tombs in Timbuktu that were destroyed by occupying militants in 2012. (The traditional pinasse boats moored here still ferry travelers and goods to and from Timbuktu on the Niger.)
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The iconic chimes of London's Elizabeth Tower (aka, Big Ben) will be silenced on Wednesday while Margaret Thatcher is laid to rest, according to various reports, including this one from the BBC. Thatcher died at age 87 on April 8. This is the first time the bells have been silenced for a funeral since 1965 in honor of Winston Churchill.
Wednesday's funeral will include a procession that travels from the Palace of Westminster (home of the Parliament) to the Church of St. Clement Danes and then onto St. Paul's Cathedral where the service will be held. Among those expected to be in attendance at the 2,300-seat cathedral, will be the Queen and Prince Philip, Tony and Cherie Blair, Newt Gingrich, and Andrew Lloyd Webber, according to the BBC. The Huffington Post also noted on Twitter that Michele Bachmann will be in attendance.
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Walking through the stone pews of the Colosseum or admiring the statues atop the Trevi Fountain offers a glimpse into European history. These are cultural landmarks to be preserved and treasured. Outstanding architecture such as this is one reason for the bi-annual ‘Florens’ conference on culture and travel in Italy.
Programmed in Florence, the 'Florens' conference aims to promote the philosophy that economic growth is firmly based on the revitalization of culture. Though rather theoretical in nature, the conference explores the difficulties of preserving landscapes and cultural heritage in Italy. Development possiblities in food tourism, theatre, opera, and museum management are discussed.
Speakers and round-table participants include chef Massimo Bottura, television personality and natural history expert Piero Angela, anthropologist Suzanne Fish and Ferruccio Ferragamo of Salvatore Ferragamo. There are about 40 events and 350 speakers in all. Check out this article to read more about preserving Europe’s landmarks.
Maria Pedone is a digital editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.
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Peeling plaster and an unstable foundation are things of the past at the Bolshoi Theater, which recently reopened in Moscow after a painstaking six-year renovation. A major player in the rise of Russia’s dance tradition, the 19th-century, 1,750-seat Bolshoi—which, appropriately, translates as “grand”—is once again fit for a czar. (The word also applies to the project’s price tag—in excess of $600 million.) No expense was spared to recapture its former splendor (embroidered silk from the foyers was rewoven thread by thread) or to enhance the theater with up-to-the-minute stage technology. This month, don’t miss choreographer Yuri Grigorovich’s The Nutcracker (Dec. 27, 29–31). 1 Teatralnaya Ploshchad; 7-495/250-7317.
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Looking for some inspiration for your next summer road trip? Take advantage of the warm weather and head out west to check out the six new national natural landmarks!
Named on June 15 by the National Park Service, the newly dubbed landmarks are part of Obama’s "America’s Great Outdoors" initiative, which aims to conserve the natural beauty of some of the most beautiful areas of the country for future generations. Highlights of the newest batch of national treasures include Golden Fossil Areas, which are internationally-renowned for having unique fossil footprints, and Hanging Lake, a stunningly gorgeous lake that plays home to both a rare wetland ecosystem and hanging gardens. (Both are in Colorado.) However, if these don’t trip your trigger, there are over 500 other national natural landmarks to choose from.
For a complete listing of the new national landmarks, check out the National Park Service’s website.
Kirsten Stamn is an ASME intern at Travel + Leisure.
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