Travel review site TripAdvisor has taken a survey of all the photos uploaded on its site over the past 13 years and declared that the Eiffel Tower is the most photographed and shared landmark or site in the world, Yahoo reports.
More than 5,420 photos of the Paris tower have been uploaded or shared on the site. The Colosseum in Rome is the second-most photographed spot.
Luxury brand Louis Vuitton has launched a new series of high-end travel books. The books examine different locations through the eyes of various artists: Congolese artist Chéri Samba shows Paris; American Daniel Arsham goes to Easter Island; French artist Jean-Philippe Delhomme goes to New York; and Japanese illustrator Natsko Seki takes on London, Women’s Wear Daily reports.
Each book is available at Louis Vuitton stores worldwide and at LouisVuitton.com for $59 at current exchange. New destinations will be rolled out each year. On deck for 2014: Venice by manga artist Jiro Taniguch and Vietnam by Italian comic books author Lorenzo Mattotti.
A non-profit newspaper in Gothenburg, Sweden, has opened a new series of “hotel rooms” in effort to raise awareness around the city’s homeless population, Forbes.com reports. The Fatkum Hotels are actually sleeping bags in parks or dirty mattresses near the city’s rivers. Each room, which rents for about $15 a night, has been prepared by members of the city’s homeless population to give people a realistic idea of what it’s like to be homeless. All money raised benefits job-creation efforts for the homeless population.
"Most people enjoy Fatkum Hotels as a virtual experience and share it with their friends on Facebook or Twitter," says Fatkum editor-in-chief Aaron Israelson, who adds that about 1,000 have been booked so far.
Miami and Miami Beach will host the World Outgames in 2017, the president of the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association announced on Thursday in Antwerp, Belgium, the site of the 2014 games. This will be the first time the international sporting event will be held in the United States.
“We are extremely honored that GLISA chose Miami Beach-Miami for the 2017 World Outgames; this is a major leap forward for our community,” said Bruce Townsend, co-chair of the Miami-Beach-Miami Sports Cultural League, which made the bid for the games. “This experience has been unbelievable for our team and we are grateful to represent Miami Beach and Miami for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
The World Outgames got its start in 2006, when the Federation for Gay Games determined that Montreal wasn’t prepared to host the official Gay Games, as planned, and moved the event to Chicago. Montreal organizers instead planned their own event, which became the World Outgames.
Visitors to Fire Island, the popular gay destination just off the coast of New York’s Long Island, will be seeing less—and possibly wearing more—on the beach this summer, Newsday reports. Officials for the Fire Island National Seashore announced that they will start enforcing long-standing—and often ignored—laws banning nude sunbathing.
The decision, they say, is based on increased popularity of Fire Island’s Lighthouse Beach, which attracts as many as 4,000 sunbathers on summer days. "We’ve been struggling to make it work because Fire Island has a history of [nude sunbathing] and people have been coming there for years," said Fire Island chief ranger Lena Koschmann. "The more we talked about it and researched it, the more we realized that that use wasn’t compatible with an areal like Lighthouse Beach."
The primarily gay communities Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines are significantly east of Lighthouse Beach, but Koschmann said that the ban will be enforced across the island, including the traditionally nude stretch between Cherry Grove and the Pines.
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Senator Pushes for Cruise Passenger “Bill of Rights”: After so many recent high-seas calamities, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York is proposing that the cruise ship industry voluntarily adopt a “bill of rights” for passengers, travel blog Skift reports. Shumer’s proposal, which invokes the February fire and...
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