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A Shell Cemetery

By Linda Tancs

At first glance it might look like abandoned granite sidewalk slabs on a beach, but Thailand’s Shell Cemetery is actually thousands of shells stuck together to form a solid mass. At least 20 million years old, the cemetery came into being after limestone deposits in the water covered and fossilized gastropods, creating these prehistoric blocks. The site, reportedly one of only a handful in the world, is located just miles east of Ao Nang, a resort town in southern Thailand’s Krabi Province.

The Heart of Skiing in Austria

By Linda Tancs

Some say that Lech is the heart of skiing in Austria. That’s a fair statement, as is the fact that it attracts blue bloods galore. The ritzy resort in the Arlberg region no doubt earns its chops as the cradle of Alpine skiing thanks to 190 miles of ski runs and over 124 miles of high Alpine powder runs, an area teeming with enough snow to guarantee a season from November to April. The free local and ski buses provide convenient transport, along with 88 cable cars and lifts. The most popular ski track is the White Ring (Der Weisse Ring), where the legends have trained, but you’ll find tracks for all ages and performance levels. Off the pistes why not visit Skyspace Lech, a futuristic-looking dome built into the landscape that provides an interesting convergence of light, sky and earth.

World’s Largest Wine Cellar

By Linda Tancs

When you think of wine, what springs to mind? Maybe some montepulciano from Italy—or a little French Beaujolais? How about Cava from Spain? Those are, after all, three of the major wine-producing regions of the world. Yet not one of them boasts the world’s largest wine cellar. For that you’ll need to jet over to Mileștii Mici in Moldova. Boasting over 2 million bottles, Guinness World Records crowned it the largest wine cellar in the world. Literally a city of wine, the underground locale is accessible via car or bike, where street after street is named after a grape. Don’t miss the tasting room.

Inside the Scoop

By Linda Tancs

You’ll get the scoop inside the scoop at the pop-up Museum of Ice Cream in New York City. You can sample scoops of their signature flavors (including seven new varieties like malted chocolate and spicy mango) while you encounter interactive exhibits on the subject of ice cream. The fun includes a three-story slide and perhaps the largest Sprinkle Pool ever, featuring one hundred million sprinkles comprising antimicrobial, biodegradable material—the perfect pool for dipping. Located at 558 Broadway in Soho, the event will run until March 1. Reservations must be booked online; get your tickets before they sell out.

An Upgrade for White Sands

By Linda Tancs

New Mexico’s sea of glistening white sands known as White Sands National Monument got an upgrade in December, when it was officially designated the nation’s newest national park. Now known as White Sands National Park, it’s the 62nd such park in the country. In the spirit of the season, go sledding. Unlike snow, the sand is not slippery; you can buy a sled in the gift shop.

A Big Little World in NYC

By Linda Tancs

Located in New York City’s Times Square, Gulliver’s Gate is a big little world. As its name implies, it’s a miniature world capturing over 25 cities from five continents. The intricate craftsmanship features a functioning airport and naval locks as well as hundreds of bridges, cars, buildings and windows covering an expansive 50,000 square feet. In addition, the general admissions price includes a souvenir key that unlocks interactive experiences within several models. Your self-guided tour may take a couple of hours. Enjoy the trip!

Parisian Flair in Macao

By Linda Tancs

Dubbed “Las Vegas of Asia,” you’ll find the same international flair in Macao, China, as you would on The Strip. That includes the Parisian Macao, a hotel complex featuring a half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower. Watch it be illuminated every 15 minutes during the Grand Illumination Show, a blaze of color from base to tip. And you can’t beat the skyline views from the deck on level 37.

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