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School Spring Break in London with Kids

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 06.21.2015 | Travel
Helen I. Hwang

Spring break in America is one week but here in my kids' school in Scotland, they're off for 18 whole days. In the middle of the school year! After getting over the initial culture shock, I realized the only way to survive the long interruption in the school year is to figure out an escape.

Armistice Day and WWI's Global Effects

Christopher McKnight Nichols | Posted 01.11.2015 | Home
Christopher McKnight Nichols

What rapidly came to be called the "Great War" was widely understood not just as a "world" war but also as an "epochal" moment in world history. It was the first "total war" in which entire nations and peoples could be organized toward the waging of war.

800,000 Red Poppies Pour Like Blood From The Tower Of London

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts

In honor of the 100th anniversary of World War I, the historic Tower of London has been transformed by a massive art installation. Titled "Blood S...

Has Syria's Famous Brocade Survived?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.09.2013 | Home
Magda Abu-Fadil

It dawned on me that period piece attire worn in popular Arabic TV serials resembles the elaborate and beautiful brocade designs I used to see in the ...

PHOTOS: World's Coolest Bridges

Cheapflights | Posted 01.08.2013 | Travel
Cheapflights

it's the romance, legend and spectacle of the bridge that earn it a place on Cheapflights.com's list of the top 10 most impressive bridges around the world.

Henry VIII And 'Tudor Tourism'

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 12.26.2012 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

Henry VIII has always fascinated the American public and never more so than following the Showtime miniseries, The Tudors, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. While it was airing, I attended a book signing with noted author and historian, Alison Weir, introduced myself and asked if she would consider joining a Smithsonian tour if we created one around Tudor history. To my great surprise, she was not only interested, but helped plan the entire tour and used her connections to offer very exclusive access at every famous site.

Royal Boot Camp: 16 Days and Counting

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 06.13.2011 | Style
Lisa Mirza Grotts

If you're going to London for the Royal Wedding or just staying home to watch the coverage of the on television, here are some factoids that will help you enjoy it all to the fullest.

'The Tower, The Zoo, And The Tortoise': This Summer's Surprise Beach Read?

USA Today | Craig Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Can a quirky novel about a hapless Beefeater guard at the Tower of London and his 181-year-old pet tortoise, Mrs. Cook, be August's hot beach read?...