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Under London


Thanks to a variety of construction projects going on in London, archaeologists have been turning up lots of interesting things from the city's long history.

The CrossRail project, which will put a 73-mile high-speed rail line under the city, has turned up mass graves believed to be of victims from the 14th century Black Death.




Another dig going on at Queen Victoria Street, in preparation for a new building, has been uncovering artifacts from the heart of what was Roman London. So far they have cataloged more than 10,000 objects, ranging from good luck charms to writing tablets. Many organic objects like leather and wood, which don't usually survive being buried for long, have been remarkably well preserved by wet, oxygen-poor soil. Archaeologists are calling this the "Pompeii of the North" because of the quality of the finds. Photos of some of the most interesting objects are here.

Work on a construction project near the Tower of London, once the area of a cemetery on a road leading out of Roman London, has turned up a statue of a Roman eagle, said to be the finest ever found in Britain.







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You never know what you might find on a train…


Almost 40 years ago, an Italian factory worker on his daily commute home found two paintings on the train he riding in. He thought they looked quite nice, and so he took them home and hung them on the wall in his kitchen. Turns out, they had been stolen from a collector's home in London. One was by Paul Gauguin, the other by Pierre Bonnard, and they're valued at over $10 million.




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Travel Thought for the Week of April 7, 2014


“Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything.”

-- Charles Kuralt, Travels with Alice, 1989




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Tourist steals a brick from Rome's Colosseum


As if Italy didn't have enough to do, trying to protect ancient sites from weather, time and other natural calamities, there's this: Canadian tourist tries to take home a unique souvenir.


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Lufthansa on strike


One of the unions that works with Lufthansa in Germany is striking April 2nd through 4th, causing Lufthansa to cancel thousands of flights. Keep in mind that this could also affect you if you are flying on a codeshare flight ticketed by one of Lufthansa's partners (like United Airlines), but actually operated by Lufthansa.

The strike also affects flights operated by Germanwings, though other Lufthansa-owned airlines Eurowings, Air Dolomiti, Swiss, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines are not affected.

More info here: http://www.lufthansa.com/de/en/Travel-information


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