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Beyond the tulip fields, Dutch flower market draws tourists

Warehouses are not normally tourist stops, but one exception is the century-old Royal FloraHolland depot outside of Amsterdam where millions of flowers are distributed every day. The same tourists who flock to the flower barges in central Amsterdam get up at dawn and pay 7 euros ($8) to visit the …

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On 400th anniversary, new exhibit looks at key Shakespeare acts

From a dress worn by Vivien Leigh as Lady Macbeth to a “Hamlet” script owned by famous stage actors, a new exhibition explores how William Shakespeare became “the Bard” 400 years after his death. “Shakespeare in Ten Acts” looks at 10 key performances of the playwright’s works, from the first …

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Drone hunt for Loch Ness Monster finds its film double

A high-tech marine drone scouring the depths of Scotland’s Loch Ness for one of nature’s most elusive beasts has found a “monster” – but not the one it was looking for. Rather than the fabled Loch Ness Monster itself, the probe has discovered a 30-foot (9 meter) replica used in …

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Painting found in French attic is $137 million Caravaggio, say experts

A painting found in the attic of a house in southwest France two years ago was attributed to the Italian master Caravaggio by private French experts who hailed its discovery on Tuesday as a great event in the history of art. The work, which depicts Biblical heroine Judith beheading an …

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Hello Kitty restaurant opens in Shanghai

SHANGHAI – – Mainland China’s first official Hello Kitty-themed restaurant has opened its doors to customers in Shanghai, serving a variety of food with the famed kitten character’s designs. Hello Kitty Bistro Bianco comes after the opening of Hong Kong’s official Hello Kitty restaurant last year and the Hello Kitty …

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In Egypt, dye workshop fights to survive

Egypt’s hard-currency crisis and competition from modern factories in Asia and at home threaten one of the last dyeing workshops in Egypt but one of its owners takes comfort in the trade’s ancient resilience. Mohamed Mostafa boasts that the trade dates back 3,000 years, so it can survive anything. “It …

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A pint or a prayer? Monks in Japan put Buddhism on the menu

The hum of conversation and the clinking of spoons and coffee cups fills the wood-panelled cafe in a fashionable Tokyo neighborhood as more than a dozen customers sip drinks and nibble desserts. At first glance, the cafe, that also serves alcohol, looks like any other except for an altar next …

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U.S. girl going blind sees Pope as part of ‘bucket list’

A five-year-old American girl who does not know she is gradually going blind met Pope Francis on Wednesday as part of her parents’ “visual bucket list” to show her people and things while she can still see. Elizabeth “Lizzy” Myers and her parents, from Lexington, Ohio, were given special seats …

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Gucci to unify men’s and women’s collections from 2017

Italian luxury brand Gucci announced on Tuesday it will unify its women’s and men’s collections starting from next year in an effort to simplify the designer’s business. The first show combining womenswear and menswear will be at Gucci’s new Milan headquarters, President and Chief Executive Marco Bizzarri said in a …

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Greece picks own director to head arts festival after Belgian artist quits

Greece on Monday picked a local theater director to curate its most renowned annual summer arts festival after Belgian artist Jan Fabre quit following protests from artists that his plans excluded Greek works. Fabre resigned on April 2, complaining of a “hostile artistic environment” only days after giving a news …

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