Today is World Tourism Day, which has us dreaming of a getaway to somewhere like Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher (pictured here). What travel destinations are on your bucket list?
They’re a bit quirky. They’re an unconventional way to move mass quantities of people from one airport terminal to another. Yet Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) still relies on these “people movers” to shuttle passengers around some parts of the property.
And speaking of people moving, I’d like to take a minute to introduce myself. I’m Jake, one of the editors of both AOL Travel and Gadling — and starting today, I’ll be curating Gadling’s Photo of the Day and Video of the Day posts. Our editorial staff is based in Dulles Airport’s backyard, just a few miles from where this photo was taken.
Tomorrow evening in New York City, you can witness a twice-a-year phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge, when the sunset perfectly aligns with the city’s grid and makes the streets glow. Manhattan already has one of the most photogenic skylines in the world, as demonstrated by this postcard-perfect shot by Flickr user James Adamson. His shot of the Empire State Building (still lit in holiday colors) in early January, when the winter evening light shows a different kind of beauty than the summer sunset, a little colder but just as magical.
The peaks of the Dinaric Alps form the lip of a bowl, at the bottom of which Sarajevo sits like a social science experiment. Three of the four Abrahamic religions and numerous ethnic groups grind against each other and have for centuries, the strain of external and internal conflict sometimes violently exploding upon the hapless Sarajevans. The best view of this crucible of culture (and war) is from the green-shaded hillsides that surround the city, which can be reached after only a half-hour walk from the center – a remarkable thing for any capital. While the city is great to look at, the hillsides when viewed from the city are just as pleasing to the eye, their stacked dwellings and wild valleys evoking a certain bygone mountain charm. In the foreground, though, the snow white headstones of war cemeteries carpet barren expanses, a reminder that the city is always a catalyst away from another violent reaction.
This Photo of the Day, titled “Toronto Skyline,” comes from Gadling Flickr pool member Joe Newman who hosts Cosmic Smudge, a blog that combines his passions of traveling, adventure, writing and photography.
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