Mega Yacht Private Chef Cooks Up a Feast

Take a behind the scenes look at how one chef whips up gourmet meals for exacting mega yacht owners and their guests.

Houston Piano Company

Steve McCurdy recently went on a tour of the Houston Piano Company and made this video so we could go along.  Visit their website:

Ever wondered how player pianos work? This video does not explain the full installation process, but does show a few steps of installing a player system. Enjoy this video of work being done by our team on a piano player system install at Houston Piano Company, and the final product.

From Watergate to Weinergate, the DC Tour Company Offers Scandal Tours

From Watergate to Weinergate, the DC Tour Company offers Scandal Tours where they tell the stories that others might not want told... but that are very popular!  Watch this news clip about them.

Green Beaver Company

The Green Beaver Company in Canada makes healthy beauty products.  Go on a behind-the-scenes tour of their company.  Visit their website here:

Banana Bay Tour Company in Florida

Banana Bay Tour Company provides tours along the cost of Florida (Fort Myers) including dolphin tours and home tours.

Oakmont Bakery

Come get a quick behind the scenes tour at all the holiday magic going on at the Oakmont Bakery.

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How to Pan For Gold by the Eagle Mining Company in Julian, CA

The mine at the Eagle Mining Company in Julian, California has eleven levels (floors), with a vertical shaft which is over 400 feet deep. The tour takes about one hour, and goes deep into the mine. The inside of the mine has been kept as it was in it's 1870's appearance. Many of the original tools and equipment are on site. Quartz veins can be viewed in the walls of the tunnels, where gold was mined from. This is a very well informed staff, who give an informative and educational experience to be remembered always.  The small town of Julian is located about 50 miles northeast of San Diego, California.

A Trip to Buckingham Palace in London

Some tourists visited Buckingham Palace in London and made a video of the visit. It is a working palace and stands quite majestically overseeing a beautiful park and fountain. Visitors would just crowded outside the palace gates, and if you are there at the right time, you might see the change of guards too which is a spectacle by itself.

Cheddar Caves in Gorge, Britain

Cheddar is a quaint little town near Bath in England where Cheddar cheese originated. As you enter the town (depending on the direction), you will drive through a valley with high cliffs on both sides - your car will look very intimidated by the huge steep mountains on both sides. It appears that this is the place where Cheddar Cheese first begin. Within the cave are some skeletons (Gough's cave) supposedly to be some ancestral beings of the British. The little town itself is beautiful and there are a lot of curio shops around.

Majestic Versailles Sun King Palace

The Sun King Palace in Versailles, France, is simply beautiful. Its car park is a bit dusty, otherwise a very pleasant place. Now this large magnificent palace is no longer inhabited by the royal descendants but tourists abound. When visiting the place, what is amazing is the collection of art and actual paintings on the roofs all over the palace. There are also several beautiful lampstands.

Chimelong International Circus, Guangzhou

Visit the Chimelong International Circus in Guangzhou.  Guangzhou  is the capital and largest city of the Guangdong province, People's Republic of China.

It is quite convenient to see the Chimelong International Circus. You take the metro train to Chang Long station and from there, a free bus service takes you to the circus. This is one place where animals and humans perform together to make a living, and these performers love their animals. The place is huge and seats about 7,000 people. The ticket is expensive too but it is worth every cent. You may not believe what elephants can do - they are heavy animals and what they do is amazing!

Paradise: Paradiso, Switzerland

Many of us wonder what is Paradise. Lugano, Switzerland is a place they called paradise. We all have imaginations of what paradise is. But Lugano is one place that the people called Paradise.

In Italian, paradiso means paradise, and they named this place here 'Paradiso' which is the municipality of Lugano. Steven Chu explored the beautiful lake besides the road and the houses on the hills beyond, and could understand why they called this place paradise.

Opposite the lake is a beautiful fountain, and it is a quaint little town with a cathedral of Gothic architecture. It is a relaxing exploration, and you can even hire a row boat.

Windsor Castle, England: The Oldest and Largest Inhabited Fort

Beautiful Windsor Castle is one that's still inhabited by the Royal Family of Britain - Queen Elizabeth's home. The easiest way to get to Windsor Castle is by train - you take the train from London City. The castle is huge and beautiful, and thousands of tourists flock to this place to visit it every day. Real soldiers do their routine change over of guards. We are not allowed to take photographs inside the buildings but the outside grounds are OK. Guides are there to explain to visitors on a daily basis, and the manicured gardens are a feast to the eye. The entry price was not cheap, but the visit is worthwhile.

Florence, Italy

Florence is a very beautiful city, with art from the renaissance era drawn on the walls of buildings all over the city. Due to the narrow streets and parking problems, all the cars there are very small and many streets were formerly meant for horse carriages. The cathedrals are particularly beautiful and you can see the saints (12 Disciples of Jesus) being exposed in various art forms. Recommended to visit if you are in Italy.

Paris, France

See the amazing landmarks and hear the sounds of beautiful Paris with tourists who took many photos and videos while on foot and while in a vehicle. It is a large city and it is not possible to see the whole city taking the rail alone. There are many buildings with gothic architecture all around the city, and a number of them are beautifully designed. The fountains are beautiful, and often tells a story of their past history. It is recommended that you hire a car to explore the various parts of Paris, or go on one of those coach tours.

You may not believe it, but Eiffel Tower is an amazingly well and beautifully designed steel structure with lifts that brings you up to have a view overlooking Paris. The base is actually quite large, and if you have time, you get to view it from different angles. Parking is difficult in this area unless you know where to go. It is just amazing how many visitors come to Paris just to have a look at the Eiffel Tower.

Notre Dame Cathedral is beautiful for its intricate Gothic design. It is aesthetically built and decorated with intricate lamp-stands, lighting and exhibits. The building seems to be built to the nearest centimeter in terms of the plaster, intricately molded into shapes and figures. It is definitely worth a visit when in Paris.

Paris is a vibrant city at night, particularly along the areas where the major cabaret shows are performed. The city looks a bit different at night when it is dark, possibly even the people. We explored the 'dark side' of Paris by taking a night walk with our Cosmos tour group and enjoyed a cabaret show.

Road Biking Tours with InGamba

Cycling unites people who might otherwise have nothing in common. And so begins this journey with a small group of passionate road bike riders in a unique tour with InGamba. This is an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life and a bond you create with all your senses.

Cycling utopia with miles of quiet twisty roads, challenging mountain passes, long flowing downhills and open roads. Guaranteed to have the ultimate five star support with a tour that understands perfection. It takes the powerful experience of road cycling in some of the most beautiful places on the planet and steps it up a notch with high-end bikes, homemade power bars, custom made beer and the best high-quality wine and food imaginable. If you are ready to really live life, then this is the adventure for you.

A Busy Day in Tokyo

Tokyo is a fascinating place, as it is basically 23 different cities in one. Go on a whirlwind tour of this massive metropolis in this fun video, which takes you from the world's biggest fish market, to the old Imperial Palace, to an anime wonderland, and finally to the busiest intersection on the face of the Earth.

Take a Tour of Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland Park with Imagineer Kim Irvine

Earlier this year, one quarter of Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park reopened with a new look and new spaces. From the delicious decor in the Candy Palace to the new display in the Disney Gallery, the magic truly is in the details. Discover these details in the video tour below with Imagineer Kim Irvine, then stop by Main Street, U.S.A., to see them for yourself! Read more on the Disney Parks Blog:

At Home with the Ultimate Space Nerd

It's hard to imagine a more enthusiastic fan of space exploration than JPL's Marc Rayman. The Dawn mission's Director and Chief Engineer takes us on a tour of his home that is filled with space books, files, artwork and keepsakes. You'll learn why he was investigated by the FBI and what Mongolian space food looks like. You'll also meet an iguana named Event Horizon!

Louisiana Swamp Tour with the Pondering Cyclist

The Pondering Cyclist and friends visited Houma, Louisiana over Thanksgiving.  They decided to go on one of the local Swamp Tours and made a quick video. Though they didn't see MANY alligators it was beautiful and a great time!

Departing Space Station Commander Provides Tour of Orbital Laboratory

In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory and downlinked the video on Nov. 18, just hours before she, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency departed in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft for a landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan. The tour includes scenes of each of the station's modules and research facilities with a running narrative by Williams of the work that has taken place and which is ongoing aboard the orbital outpost.

Windham Weaponry Facilities Tour

Explore Maine's Windham Weaponry facilities. The Military Arms Channel conducted an extensive test of two of their rifles and learned that the rifles were well made and you couldn't beat the price. The only thing left to do was to go to the place where they were made and see what goes into the building of a Windham Weaponry AR15.

Virtual Tour of Volendam, Netherlands

Go on a virtual tour of Volendam, Netherlands in this video series. Hear the famous bells and watch mass during October, the month of the Rosary.

The bells of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in the small fishing village of Volendam toll to call the congregation to prayer. In this case it was evening Mass. The bells can be heard from a good distance away.

Contrary to popular belief, the Catholic Church is alive and well in the Netherlands. In the St. Vincent de Paul Church in Volendam Mass is celebrated on a regular basis. Mass in Dutch is a real treat for those of us who are immigrants to other countries. It reminds us of our youth.

The bells of the St. Vincent de Paul Church (Vincentiuskerk) in Volendam call the faithful to services. These bells are heard all over the older section of town including the famous Volendam Harbour.

Sunday Mass in the St. Vincent de Paul Church in Volendam. This beautifully decorated Church is not only a place of prayer and worship but also a destination for its beautiful interior. Well worth a visit.

The bells of the St. Vincent de Paul (St. Vincentiuskerk) in Volendam toll to call the faithful to church.

The month of October is the month of the Rosary. In the Volendam St. Vincent de Paul Church the Rosary is recited as part of the evening Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. This is followed by the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Benediction. Great to see this practise in Holland and in Dutch.

Virtual Tour of Lisbon, Portugal

A generous tourist posted this 6-part video tour of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal lies by the Tagus River on the West coast of Portugal. A very busy, yet intimate city of small streets, shopping districts, monuments and ancient street cars. Staying in the Baixa district, many of the sights are easily accessible on foot. For the sights that are a little farther away, the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus is an economical option. I was on the yellow bus line but there are a number of bus lines that will get you to all the sights. Tickets can be bought from the driver. My short stay apartment (definitely recommended to anyone visiting Lisbon) was very close to the St. Justa Elevator from where you can see beautiful views of Lisbon.

Portugal, like many large cities, has it's share of street performers or buskers. Here, I caught the climax of one such performance, a man on a unicycle juggling knives.

Lisbon has many parks and squares throughout the city. Some with ornate fountains, other with trees, plants and benches, still others with beautiful statues. The placas in the Baixa district are teaming with people looking for a place to sit and relax or one of the many restaurants for a meal.

Skateboarding is fun all over the world. Here are some would be champion skateboarders practising in one of the squares in Lisbon. They need a little work, but who knows, maybe there is a future champion among them. I hope they'll see themselves in this clip.

When first spotted in the placa do comercio, these well dressed young men and women looked much like a Harry Potter convension, particularly since several were sporting black, round glasses. Hoever, when they moved to the shopping street they laid down a blanket, pulled out instruments and began to give a performance. Don't know where they are from or why they are performing ina street in Lisbon in October but they did provide some great music.

A great way to get around to all the sights in Lisbon is to use one of the hop-on hop-off tour buses. These busses go to all the sights, provide commentary (with earphones you can keep) in multiple languages and the greatest part is, you can get off the bus, visit as long as you like and simply catch the next bus to the next sight. Tickets are good for 24 or 48 hours and are very economical. There a numerous lines also depending on what you want to visit.

The Huckelberries Go to Washington, DC

The Huckelberries went on a tour of Washington, DC and took video footage over 4 days.  They compiled the footage into a 6 minute tour to share.  Thanks Huckelberries!  Enjoy the trip!

FDNY Tour of Engine 9 Ladder 6 "Dragon Fighters" Quarters & The Repair Shop

The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) gives us an inside look at the "Dragon Fighters" Quarters and Engine 9 Ladder 6.

Also go on a tour of the repair shops and see their new 100 foot tower ladder closeup.

The Best Beachside Restaurant on the Planet

Escape to sandy beaches, crystal waters, and simply stunning cuisine at Uruguay's Parador La Huella.  Bon Appetit recently visited what they call the best beachside restaurant on the planet, which is in in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay.

Dutchman Tree Farms

Dutchman Tree Farms gives you a behind-the-scenes look at their Christmas tree farm in Michigan.

Jen's Thanksgiving

Jen recorded a tour of her house on Thanksgiving last year.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving on the Napa Valley Wine Train

Thanksgiving on the Napa Valley Wine Train is a traditional Thanksgiving feast in a non-traditional (yet extremely memorable) atmosphere. They have all of the customary Thanksgiving fixings, and of course, a perfectly cooked turkey.  The Wine Train Thanksgiving is three full hours devoted to eating, relaxing, chatting and being pampered. It is so enjoyable, that many guests have returned year after year.

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Historic Wilmington Foundation House Tour

The Historic Wilmington Foundation will have their 18th Annual Post Thanksgiving Tour at the Alexander Sprunt House in Wilmington, North Carolina on Sunday, November 25, 2012.  Architectural Historian Ed Turberg will present a house talk and tour.

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Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center

This Thanksgiving holiday many will explore foodways of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia during “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia,” a three-day event November 22-24 at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center.

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Historic Richmond Town Thanksgiving Kitchen Tours

On Staten Island in New York, Thanksgiving Kitchen Tours in the Historic Richmond Town take place November 24th and 25th from 1-5 pm.  Tour the kitchens on the site and discover recipes and the sources of Thanksgiving meals we enjoy today.

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Making its debut in 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has secured its spot as one of the most extravagant celebrations in the entire country.  Originally named the Macy’s Christmas Day Parade, and now commonly referred to as the Macy’s Day Parade, this vibrant, colorful gathering lures in 44 million television viewers and 3 million live viewers every year.  The parade New York showcases annually has always aired in Manhattan, with the exception of 1942 to 1944 when the parade was temporarily suspended during World War II.  First televised in 1939, the three hour event  takes place at 9am on Thanksgiving Day and has always unveiled a visit from Santa.

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New York Post-Thanksgiving Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour

Big Onion Walking Tours in New York is hosting their annual post-Thanksgiving multi-ethnic eating tour in the Lower East Side on November 23 at 11 am and 2 pm.

The tour combines the history of the diverse Lower East Side with a series of small food sampling, or “noshing” stops from local shops and markets.

The main focus of the tour is the history of the multi-ethnic Lower East Side emphasizing the neighborhoods of the Jewish East Side, Little Italy and Chinatown.

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Thanksgiving Dinner at Ghost Tour at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio

Want to celebrate Thanksgiving with family, friends and ghosts?

Join the Sisters Grimm for a special Dinner at Ghost Tour at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, the most haunted hotel in Texas.

Walk through the streets of old San Antonio as they recount the many stories of the past and bring history alive.  Meet native tour guides whose ancestry originates with the early founders of San Antonio. Dressed in period dress, they will
light your way with their lanterns through the strange
 and unusual tales of centuries past, legendary stories and ghostly experiences.

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The Webb-Deane Steven Museum

The Webb-Deane Steven Museum in Wethersfield, CT has Colonial Thanksgiving tours throughout November. Connecticut was the first colony in 18th century to make Thanksgiving a holiday. The Silas Deane House was built in 1770 for a diplomat for France during the war. It was declared a national historic landmark.  This special holiday tour runs until November 25.

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Ocala Ghost Walks & Historical Tours Thanksgiving Tour

Downtown Ocala burned on Thanksgiving Day in 1883.  So, Ocala Ghost Walks & Historical Tours offers their 4th annual Thanksgiving Night Ghost Tour Thursday November 22, 2012 at 7 PM.

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The Mayflower

Go on a virtual tour of the Mayflower and learn more about this historic ship.  While you're on the Scholastic site, find fun Thanksgiving printables.  Visit and explore here:

Inside the Helicopter Pilot Factory

Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Fla. is one of the Navy's two primary pilot training bases, and every Navy helicopter pilot goes through Advanced Helicopter Training here. Whiting Field also trains helo pilots for the Coast Guard, Marines, and a slew of foreign governments. PM visited the base to see how the Navy uses simulators and TH-57 Rangers to train the best helicopter pilots in the world.

Popular Mechanics Tours the MythBusters Workshop

For Mythbusters Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, DIY isn't just for their Discovery Channel TV show—it's a way of life. Jamie and Adam guest edited Popular Mechanics, and gave PM exclusive tours of their workshops. In this feature, the Mythbusters show us around, explaining the history of the show and demonstrating how they develop—and test—their favorite ideas.

The Science of Rock 'n' Roll Exhibit

In case you can't get to Kansas City anytime soon, check out this news clip about the world premiere of The Science of Rock 'n' Roll exhibit, which officially opened Saturday night at Union Station.

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The Button Queen in London

Maree Pigdon, award winning sewing teacher and fashion designer visits Martyn at The Button Queen in London interviews him about his antique buttons.

Widmers Cheese Factory Tour

Widmers Cheese in Wisconsin offers factory tours.  Listen to and watch the story of Widmers Cheese in the video below. Visit their website for factory tour information:

Los Angeles Metro Art Tours

Metro offers regularly scheduled as well as special request group tours of the artwork in the Metro Rail system. Tours are led by trained Metro Docent Council volunteers.

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About the Tours
Metros Docent Council is a group of volunteers committed to increasing awareness of the broad range of art in the Metro Rail system through public tours that provide insights into the artworks, the artists who created them, the processes it took to make them, and the communities they enhance. While docent programs are commonly found at museums around the world, Metro is the first transit agency to benefit from such a program.

Scheduled Tours
Free tours are offered the first Saturday and Sunday of every month. The tours are roundtrip and last approximately 2 hours. No reservations are required!

First Saturday - Meet promptly at 10 am at the street level entrance to the Hollywood/Highland Metro Rail Station on Hollywood Blvd. near the corner with Highland Ave. If driving to Hollywood/Highland station, park at the Visitors Center at the Hollywood/Highland shopping center complex to obtain partial parking validation.

First Sunday - Meet promptly at 10 am at the information booth inside the entrance to historic Union Station at 900 Alameda St. in Downtown Los Angeles. There is pay parking at Union Station and metered street parking, and pay lots in the immediate area.

Special Request Tours
Free art tours for groups of 15 or more are available by special arrangement. More information is available by calling 213.922.2738 or by clicking Art Tours.

General Information:
The tours are approximately 90% walking; there are elevators and escalators in all the stations.

The Docents distribute date-stamped badges that allow you to ride the entire Metro Rail system for free on the day of the tour. Docents carry voice amplifiers and wear bright orange vests for easy identification.

Children at or above a 5th grade level may participate on the scheduled and private group tours.

There are no public restrooms available in the stations but there are restrooms available to the public at Union Station and the Hollywood/Highland shopping complex.

Art Guide
A pocket size brochure depicting all artworks on the Metro transit system is available by calling 213.922.4ART or clicking Art Guide. The brochure was updated in July 2007 and is a perfect compliment for self guided tours of the artworks. It features a system map, artist information and brief description of the artworks.

Santa Catalina Island's Rugged Outback Hummer Tours

Experience Santa Catalina Island's rugged "outback" in our new all-terrain, 12 passenger eco friendly H1 Hummer, converted to run on biofuel refined from recycled vegetable oil collected from local island restaurants. This is the only scheduled off-road tour that travels into beautiful Cape Canyon and the steep, rugged Sheep Chute where Catalina's bison can frequently be seen.

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This tour ventures through scenic Middle Ranch Canyon and explores Cape Canyon in the heart of Catalina's interior. You'll see the Middle Ranch habitats of the American Bald Eagle and Catalina Island Fox. Then it's down the rocky, rugged Sheep Chute to scenic Little Harbor on the windward side of the island for spectacular views. We'll take you on truly unique "roads" no other tour company has schedule tours. You'll travel to the Airport-in-the-Sky, 1600 feet above sea level where you will have the opportunity to purchase lunch at the Airport's DC-3 Cafe or admire the Conservancy Nature Center's educational displays.

Federal Reserve Bank of New York Tours

Tours to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York will resume on November 19, 2012.

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Tour guide chats about the gold in the vaults at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York:

Students planning a trip to the Federal Reserve Bank in New York prepared an overview:

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The American Association of Young Numismatists (AAYN) is an association dedicated to educating and impassioning young people about the hobby of coin collecting. They hope that their videos will help spark your interest in numismatics.  They show shredded currency from the Federal Reserve in the video below:

Cornell University Library

To celebrate Cornell's history, this video tour showcases Uris Library, Cornell's oldest library built in 1891. These tours highlight the Dean Room, the Kinkeldey Room and the Andrew Dickson White Library.  Cornell is located in Ithica, New York.  Visit their website:

Military Vehicle Technology Foundation Tank Collection

Todd Lappin explores a massive collection of historical military vehicles tanks collected by an eccentric Silicon Valley multimillionaire. The recently-departed Jacques Littlefield amassed one of the world's largest and most significant collections of this type, and his collection is now overseen by the nonprofit Military Vehicle Technology Foundation.

M*A*S*H Site in Malibu Creek Park

A fan hiked to the site that M*A*S*H was filmed, at Malibu Creek State Park. He said, "It's a fantastic park, and is the most beautiful place I have ever been.  Watch the video:

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Hank Aaron Home and Museum

The Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum was moved from its original location 7 miles North to the Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.  Now, it can be visited while visiting the Stadium and through the virtual tour video.  The Smokies Radio Network took a tour of the Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum.  Visit their website:

7 Days of Kauai in 13 Minutes

7 Days of Kauai in a 13 minute high definition virtual tour!

Kauai Virtual Tour

Natasha Bishop went to Kauai and made a fantastic video tour of her trip.  Let's go along for a 20 minute vacation to Kauai, one of the Hawaiian islands.

Queen's Bath in Princeville, Kauai

Let's visit the Queen's Bath in Princeville, Kauai today!  For more information, visit:

Tide Pools in Orange County, California

Now is a great time to see the sea animals in the tidepools with the negative tides. And, the sunsets have been amazing on the California Riviera. For 1/2 day tour information, visit

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National World War II Memorial

Through the efforts of the Honor Flight Network, dozens of veterans get their first look at the National World War II Memorial.  Learn more about the National World War II Memorial:

Veterans Virtually Travel to the World War II Memorial

The World War II memorial wasn't built until 2004 and, sadly, most World War II veterans won't live long enough to see it. In an effort to get veterans to Washington, D.C., Honor Flight has flown thousands of veterans to see their memorial. But some veterans who apply to go on these free flights are too sick to travel.

Now, using new technology, there's a way aging and even terminally ill veterans across the country can still experience an Honor Flight without leaving their home, hospital bed or assisted living center.

In a partnership with the Veterans United Network, Virtual Photo Walks and Central Missouri Honor Flight, volunteers are using Google+ Hangouts to provide virtual tours of not only the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C., but Pearl Harbor, the beaches of Normandy, France, the site of the D-Day Invasion, and even battleships like the USS Alabama. Future plans call for virtual tours to Mount Suribachi, the site of the flag raising during the battle for Iwo Jima.

How Does it Work?

Volunteers bring laptops to aging veterans who experience a virtual tour in real time by joining a Google+ Hangout, which is a 10-person video chat room. The veterans can talk with fellow veterans, see their memorials and ask questions about them in real time, all from a laptop. Additional volunteers with video cameras attached to live streaming rigs serve as the arms and legs for the veteran, responding to their requests to move in closer or linger at a certain location near their memorial. The service is free and open to any veteran of any conflict who is not able to fly.

If you know of a veteran who isn't able to travel who would enjoy a virtual tour of their memorials, please visit to print an application. If you know of a veteran who IS able to travel and would enjoy a free experience to Washington, D.C., please visit Don't wait. We are losing our World War II veterans at a rate of about a thousand a day nationwide. For more information on "Virtual Photo Walks" for non-veterans, please visit

American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

Transcending conflicts, service branches and generations, the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial will express America's lasting gratitude to the men and women whose lives were forever changed in service to our country. Once completed, visitors will be able to tour the memorial in Washington, DC.   Here are videos of the memorial in the making:

Hundreds of disabled veterans and federal officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony in Washington, D.C., for the first permanent memorial dedicated to America's disabled veterans Nov. 10, 2010. More information on the AMERICAN VETERANS DISABLED FOR LIFE MEMORIAL can be found at

Oasis of the Seas

Anyone wish they were on a cruise today? How about a virtual break with a quick trip to Royal Caribbean International's Oasis of the Seas ship. It's said to be the largest cruise ship on the planet. It looks like a whole city!

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New York City at Night

This video takes you into the streets of Manhattan (New York City) via the Lincoln Tunnel, the world's busiest tunnel, and then back into New Jersey across the George Washington Bridge, the world's busiest bridge. Along the way, you'll see 42nd Street, the Port Authority, Columbus Circle, Broadway, the Ed Sullivan Theater, and Times Square.

The Pentagon

The Pentagon is headquarters of the United States Department of Defense and one of the world's largest office buildings.

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Miami and South Beach Tour at Night

Go on a streets of Downtown Miami and in the South Beach district of Miami Beach. Along the way, you'll see the Rickenbacker Causeway, Brickell Financial District, American Airlines Arena, Art Deco District, and the MacArthur Causeway.

Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin, Texas

Take a tour of the beautiful Botanical Gardens, located in the heart of downtown Austin, TX, near Zilker Park.

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Plimoth Plantation

As we get ready for Thanksgiving, let's visit the Plimoth Plantation.  This 17th-Century English Village is a re-creation of the small farming and maritime community built by the Pilgrims along the shore of Plymouth Harbor.

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Witness the day to day life of the indigenous people who are part of the Wampanoag Nation and see their resourceful solutions to everyday challenges.

Tour the Wampanoag Homesite:

Happy Thanksgiving from the Plimouth Plantation!

Sutter Gold Mine

Sutter Gold Mining Inc. aims to mine gold in Amador County, California.  They have been working to obtain the necessarily permits and approvals to re-open this historic mine.

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KCRA 3's Rich Ibarra reported from the Sutter Gold Mine in Amador County where tours have come to an end as the mine will resume operation for the first time in 20 years.  They anticipate 106 new jobs as they re-open the mine.  Watch the news report from July 2011:

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While the mine was still offering tours, the Warner family went on a tour of Sutter Gold Mine and compiled this video from their adventure:

For Roseanne Chamberlain's 60th Birthday in October 2010, she went on a Sutter Gold Mine Tour.

Leinster House in Ireland

Leinster House is the name of the building housing the Oireachtas, the national parliament of Ireland.

Leinster House was originally the ducal palace of the Dukes of Leinster. Since 1922, it is a complex of buildings, of which the former ducal palace is the core, which house Oireachtas √Čireann, its members and staff.

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NYSee Christmas Lights Tour

NYSee Tours has weathered the storms and as they City continues to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, they are moving forward to bring the magic back through their unique tours.

Unparalleled and unmatched by any other city in the world, the Christmas holidays in New York City are a magical time. From the Tree in Rockefeller Center to the Christmas windows of Macy’s, Bergdorff’s and Saks 5th Avenue, the city is alive with Christmas spirit and energy.

This year, for the first time ever, NYSee Tours is proud to offer their own unique version of a New York holiday tour: The NYSee Christmas Lights Tour, running from Thanksgiving to New Years day every day from 7-11pm.  Until November 15th, they're offering 15% off of the Christmas Lights Tour.

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