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WATCH: Americana Rules! Inside The Best Little Carnie Museum In Louisiana Yahoo is streaming the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, a three-day music festival live from New Orleans. This year’s lineup includes artists like Florence & The Machine, deadmau5, Jane’s Addiction, and more. It starts on Friday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m.
Something else is original flavored Slim Jims. The latter, an alt-country singer-songwriter-musician who’s made headlines recently for both divorcing Mandy Moore and recording covers of Taylor Swift’s album 1989 in its entirety, has been speaking straight to my soul since 2001. I discovered mid-Saturday afternoon, by way of his Instagram posts, that Ryan was in New York to perform at Neil Fest—a two-night celebration of Neil Young’s career at the Bowery Ballroom, also featuring Norah Jones, Jakob Dylan, Kim Gordon, and a bunch more. Obviously, I needed to go—but of the few friends I asked to accompany me, none could.
According to Cajun legend, deep in the Louisiana Swamp is the Rougarou — a large, werewolf-like half-man, half-beast creature who preys on people who venture too far into its terrain. Photo (modified) by Angie Garrett/Flickr. Design by Lauren DeLuca for Yahoo Travel. Regarding this legendary beast, History.com says, “The Cajun legend of the Rougarou can take on multiple forms.
Yahoo is streaming the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, a three-day music festival live from New Orleans. This year’s lineup includes artists like Florence & The Machine, deadmau5, Jane’s Addiction, and more. It starts on Friday, October 30 at 4pm ET/1pm PT and you can watch all weekend long at yahoo.com/voodoo Tucked away in the Lower Ninth Ward, just blocks from where the levee broke, is a unique museum, even for New Orleans. Located in a building in the back of 1317 Tupelo Street is the House of Dance & Feathers — a rough-and-tumble museum dedicated to the Mardi Gras Indian tribes.
Ever since I was a child, I’ve had both an obsessive fascination and fear of saltwater crocodiles. Since coming back from the brink of extinction in the mid-20th century, anyone venturing into the Australia’s northern territory can see one … just look on the river banks — or the beaches (crocodiles have been known to surf the waves around Darwin, not kidding).
Australia is at the top of American’s Bucket List Dreams… as it should be. It’s not hard to see why Uluru is one of the great natural wonders of Australia.
When I first heard about the Arctic Winter Games, my head immediately filled with snowboarding, skiing, dog mushing, and possibly ice fishing. Occurring every two years (next in 2016), the Arctic Winter Games are the Olympics for athletes in the places that inhabit the Arctic Circle, including Canada, Russia, Alaska, Norway, and Greenland. Within the games are the Arctic Sports, a series of competitions that derive from Inuit culture and survival techniques that the Inuit needed to have when hunting or camping out on the ice for weeks on end.
Most people don’t associate the Arctic with couture… and many people would cringe if told a jacket was made from polar bear (a threatened species), seal, or arctic fox. In Greenland, the majority of the populace are either full or partially Inuit, a people who have lived self-sufficiently on the island for tens of thousands of years — it’s only relatively recently that they have incorporated outside trade into the culture. Yes, that means they wear things like polar bear fur and skin (which is banned in most countries) and Greenlandic sealskin (which is exempt from the EU ban because it is considered ethically correct — the animals live in freedom until the day they are shot). Plus, the animals are shot for meat, with the skin being secondary.
As I’ve already written, Iceland is a conundrum. It’s probably the only country on earth where people think it’s totally cool to leave their babies in their strollers outside of a cafe while they eat and drink inside, child-free.
The magical Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Iceland is more than worth a little travel detour. The Blue Lagoon was created in 1976 in the middle of a lava field. This promise of fresh water - along with Iceland’s strict hygiene code and the chance to relax before hopping on my flight to Greenland - got me out of the airport and into a bathing suit during a snowstorm.
Iceland is a land where magic happens. According to one study, up to 72 percent of people in Iceland believe in elves, trolls, and the huldufolk, or “hidden people” — who apparently look just like us but live in a different dimension inside rocks, which open up (for them, not us) like a Harry Potter tent. This is really what people will tell you in Iceland.
Last week, something truly terrible happened. The ancient, 13th century B.C. Assyrian city of Nimrud, a cornerstone of human history, was systematically destroyed by the thugs of ISIS.
You’ve seen women in burqas, niqabs, and abayas on the news — but how many do you actually know? And what is it like to wear one all the time?
In the Middle Eastern country of Oman, in the ancient northern town of Nizwa, history comes to life every Friday as an ancient, fascinating form of banking takes place. Standing in the shadow of the Nizwa Fort, hundreds of cattle traders and buyers surround a circular area.
I’ve taken to wearing a wedding ring when I travel. It is a fake gold band on the ring finger of my left hand that most people assume marks me as married. I do this for several reasons. Most of all because, as the editor in chief of Yahoo Travel I travel a lot, often to countries where if you, as a woman, are not married you are either a virgin or a whore – and I am way too old to be a virgin. ...
After quitting her job, Paula Froelich decided to travel the world. She journeyed from Guatemala to Egypt, and shares the 9 important life lessons she learned along the way.
Maya Angelou, the late great novelist, poet, singer, dancer, actor and all-around Renaissance woman was one of America’s first female solo explorers and adventurers. Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis and was scarred by a traumatizing early childhood. St. Louis is one of the settings for her memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. You can check out Angelou’s “star” on the city’s Hollywood-style St. Louis Walk of Fame on Delmar Boulevard — alongside plaques for other notable resident and authors T.S. Eliot and Tennessee Williams.
There are plenty of options for keeping that loneliness at bay on the road—some incredibly practical and others practically absurd. Dining alone? For others, that giant bed only reinforces a gaping feeling of loneliness. The Panda Inn, in southwest China’s Sichuan province, wants to keep your loneliness at bay … in an incredibly creative way.
Savoring the summit with my newfound soul mate Susan (left). PS: We’re not that fat, just wearing six layers of clothes. (Photo: Susan Paley Abramson)