Charlie Leocha

Here is a list and photos of the tallest Ferris wheels in the world. The original Ferris wheel was designed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., as a landmark for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The term Ferris wheel later came to be used generically for all such rides.

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Germany has long been the home of many of the fairy tales we heard when growing up. The Brothers Grimm centered almost all of their tales in Germany. Hansel and Grettle, Puss in Boots, Rapunzle, Sleeping Beauty, the Pied Piper, Cinderella, the Frog Prince and Little Red Riding Hood all took place in Germany. And the castles we love almost all have their roots in Germany.

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We start with an amazing series of photos that show the most photographed spots in tourism hotspots and not-so-hot spots. Next, we link to a story that questions security spending at airports and finish with a story about airport improvements that are currently be funded with a fee that the airports are working to almost double.

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While most American tourists make a whirlwind swing through Heidelberg, the town deserves some time. This city is an integral part of Medieval and modern German history and is considered the home of humanism. Its university is the oldest in Germany and the third founded in Europe.

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Both airlines and the government have been creating more and more misery with long lines and abysmal service and then charging fees for upgrades or to avoid the pain they have created. Have you found yourself in that situation.

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A reprise of a story about visiting Dublin about a year-and-a-half ago. It provides a bit of Ireland on St. Paddy’s Day.

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This brilliant marketing idea (above) is worth a look. It made me think of togetherness, contact and warmth — all initiated with batteries. AA upgrades only the front class of plane, leaves coach in the 80s. An Uber cab drivers provides an edgy inside look at a night behind the wheel of an Uber cab.

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Reports say the air marshal service is closing field offices. At the same time the administration has doubled many security fees and in the latest iteration of the budget from the White House, security fees are slated to go up again. It seems to beg the question. What do these guys do?

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A recent survey on the costs of room service found that a club sandwich costs an average of $16. Mac and Cheese might cost upwards of $20 with a glass of milk coming in about the same? Strangely, even with the exorbitant prices, hotels are losing money on room service. And, New York’s second largest hotel just discontinued room service. Why does it survive?

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This Sunday we ponder the effects of reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone and, I hope, realize the unintended consequences of many of our conservation actions. TSA learns that all trusted travelers are to be trusted. And, a new travel player allows passengers to pay to lock in low fares.

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