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Negrelli and Lesseps: Suez Canal TRAVEL

Negrelli and Lesseps: Suez Canal

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Alois Negrelli drew up the first acceptable plan to build the Suez Canal. It was clear from its very beginning: the Suez Canal is one of the most important achievements in the history of travel and transport. Opened in 1869 the story goes back to 246 BC.

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A Brief History of Time Zones TRAVEL

A Brief History of Time Zones

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Before the 19th Century many cities around the world kept their own time by using some type of instrument to observe the sun’s zenith at noon.

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They said ... TRAVEL

They said ...

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"The consumption of oysters should be urgently advised against!" Baedeker, Twain, Wilde and Vogue's Book of Etiquette. This is our growing collection of remarkable hospitality related quotes.

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Men in Black—The Bohemian’s Guide to a Viennese Coffee House TRAVEL

Men in Black—The Bohemian’s Guide to a Viennese Coffee House

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Once you enter a Kaffeehaus, you are on stage. Everybody is watching you. There is nothing else to do. Having been inspected by the crowd, you are either accepted and from then on ignored, or you are ignored from the start, which means that you have already been accepted.

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1932: Flying from Europe to Asia TRAVEL

1932: Flying from Europe to Asia

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While a steamship from Europe to Indonesia would have never come near Bangkok, the 1932 KLM schedule from Amsterdam to Batavia in a Fokker F-12 or F-18 was very different.

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