Northern lights, crater lakes, lava fields: Head to Iceland for a surreal vacation

‘It’s the elemental childhood fantasy, isn’t it, to see space in some way,” says photographer Robert Ormerod. “I think I wanted to be an astronaut, and then that enthusiasm got replaced by other things. But there are those people who never lose it, and I’m interested in what they do with that passion. Such a small fraction of the population will ever go to space – how do those people live their dream?” It’s a question that in recent years has led Ormerod all over the world in pursuit of…

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Head to Cambodia now. Its temple complex is a UNESCO world heritage site

The UN cultural organization added an ancient temple site in Cambodia to its world heritage list, the government said on Sunday, bringing the number of heritage sites in the Southeast Asian country to three. Sambor Prei Kuk, or “temple in the richness of the forest” in the Khmer language, located 206 km (128 miles) north of the capital Phnom Penh, is home to numerous temples, ten of which are octagonal. “Some of these elements, including lintels, pediments and colonnades, are true masterpieces,” UNESCO said on its website. UNESCO said the…

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After hesitation, Carson accepts Trump’s offer to head U.S. housing department

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a rival-turned-supporter of Donald Trump, overcame his stated qualms about a lack of government experience on Monday to accept the president-elect’s nomination to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Democrats criticized the Republican president-elect’s latest pick for his incoming administration, calling Carson unqualified to take over $48-billion agency that oversees public housing. Carson, a popular writer and speaker in conservative circles, has been a close adviser to Trump since he dropped out of the 2016 Republican presidential primary contest and he is a vice…

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Celebrate Presidents Day Like the Head of State at These 5 Hotels

With Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day falling on back to back days this February, the upcoming holiday weekend is shaping up to be a busy one for travel. For those planning a holiday getaway, here are five U.S. hotels where you’re guaranteed to feel like the leader of the free world. Hilton Chicago Where: Chicago, Illinois This historic hotel in downtown Chicago dates back to the 1920s and has hosted a dozen presidents over the years. President Harry Truman (1945-1953) was the first president to experience Hilton Chicago’s 5,000-square-foot Conrad…

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