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Travel-related questions about either the history of traveling, historic journeys or visiting places of historic significance.

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Early Roman and Etruscan civilization in Northern Italy [closed]

We are planning a trip this summer going to several locations in Northern Italy. Currently thinking of Siena, Firenze, Bologna and Milano. Are there any sights either in the towns or in any places ...
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Is there a way to find out if there are Airbnbs in historic buildings that have been converted to condos?

Occasionally, old historic buildings are converted to condos and the individual units within them sold – like the Eastern Columbia Building in Los Angeles, the Tribune Tower in Chicago, etc. For that ...
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Where in the world can you see WWII U-boats or U-boat pens?

Where in the world can you still see German WWII U-boats or U-boat pens?
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What is this contraption?

Below is a screenshot captured from a Google Street View scene. The scene shows a travellers' camp in Norfolk county in the The United Kingdom. It contains a mixture of the old and the new: a bowtop ...
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Where can I eat medieval food?

Medieval cuisine (roughly 5th to 15th century) in Europe had a plethora of dishes basically unknown to the modern palate: frumenty, pottage, sops, possets, etc. Are there any restaurants where I can ...
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In-Transit Waiting Area in USA Airports?

I'm interested in finding out a little history on how International Transit has worked historically in the US. I know that the current situation is that transit is not permitted and all passengers ...
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Where can one view the time of the day of one's entries and exit to/from the United States?

Neither the I-94 nor the FOIA requesting the entries/exits contain the time of the day: they only contain the dates. Where can I find the time of the day of my entries and exits to/from the United ...
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Why do hotels (apparently) require you to leave and then ask for your room key back at the reception when leaving/returning to the hotel? [duplicate]

I've never once been in an actual hotel, and definitely not as a paying guest, so I base this entirely on 50+ year old movies and TV series, as well as various remarks and books/stories. It appears as ...
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Why do American gas stations' bathrooms apparently use these huge keys?

In one episode of Beavis and Butt-head from the 1990s, they are out back at a gas station. There is a vending machine with a bathroom door on each side of it marked "MEN" and "WOMEN&...
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What is the difference between "Information Regarding Entry and Exit" and "travel history" for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection?

I see: "Travel history": https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/history-results "Information Regarding Entry and Exit": https://www.cbp.gov/site-policy-notices/foia/records What is the ...
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Is there any museum of early modern computing technology in Taiwan?

I'm wondering if anywhere in Taiwan there is a computer museum or technology museum at least partially dedicated to the early development of modern local computing technology. I'm interested in the ...
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Are there any retrocomputing museums in the former Eastern Bloc countries?

Before the COVID thing I was travelling in Eastern Europe and after I had to give up and come home in lockdown I got into retrocomputing channels on YouTube and started doing some coding on disk and ...
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How can I know the date of the first flight with a given flight number?

E.g., the first time Singapore Airlines SQ 23 flew was on Nov 9, 2020.
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Identify location of old paintings - WWII soldier

Does anyone know where the location on this old paintings may be? My great uncle was a doctor in WWII and was given a book half full of paintings by a soldier that he cared for. Unfortunately that’s ...
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Has air travel always been safer than sea travel? [closed]

Closely related: Do ships sink nowadays? The first powered, heavier-than-air airplane flight was in 1903. The first death in an airplane crash occurred in 1908. Therefore for the first five years of ...
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Where is this chained man statue, photographed a century ago?

According to metadata, this image is claimed to be taken between 1880 and 1926 and the location is stated just as "Europe". If the photographer is correctly identified, most of his ...
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Where is the petroglyph of Vågan, Norway?

What I seek There is a Norwegian-language wikipedia article titled Helleristningen i Vågan. What I found Unfortunately, there isn't an English version, the Google Translate-ed version is here. It ...
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Where in Germany was this photo taken?

This photo, in all likelihood, shows a place in Germany in the 1920s. Where could it be?
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Did something happen in 1987 that caused a lot of travel complaints?

A Washington Post article says: 2020 has been a year like no other for travel complaints. Air travelers deluged the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) with grievances, mostly related to refunds ...
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What day is displayed on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's travel history for each departure?

What day is displayed on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's travel history for each departure and arrival? Is it when the flight actually took off, the flight was scheduled to take off, or when ...
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What day is displayed on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's travel history for each arrival?

What day is displayed on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's travel history for each arrival? Is it when the flight actually landed, the flight was scheduled to land, when passing the ...
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What is the abbreviation standard that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's travel history is following for the locations?

What is the abbreviation standard that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's travel history is following for the locations? E.g. I see BOS = Boston; HOU = Houston; LOS = Los Angeles; SEA = Seattle;...
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Identifying a church by a lake and a railway line, claimed to be in the Canton of Lucerne

I'm trying to identify this place: According to metadata of two of the images they are taken in the Canton of Lucerne, and some other photographs from the same author are claimed or positively ...
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Identifying a Romanesque church in France from a 1900s photo

I'm trying to identify this building: For completeness, this is the unrestored uncropped version: According to metadata, the image was taken in 1900-1910 and it is captioned as "facade of a ...
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Is this image, taken about 1900, actually from Nuremberg?

I'm trying to identify the place (and if possible the building, the church and the fountain) in this image: The image is labelled as a street in Nuremberg and taken between 1880 and 1912. However, I ...
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Where is this tower, likely photographed in Belgium about 100 years ago?

This photograph is labelled as "restoration of a Belgian tower" and taken between 1920 and 1930, although both pieces of information might be wrong. However, it must have been taken before ...
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Where can I view Timatic information for a given day in the past?

Where can I access Timatic information for a given day in the past? E.g. see Timatic information when flying from country X to country Y on date yyyy-mm-dd. From what I can see searching for a ...
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How did the US Transit Without a Visa program work before 9/11?

According to a comment by @ZachLipton: I believe the US used to allow transits without visas in certain circumstances (and a similar program called international-to-international) for people who ...
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Simple Questions about Travel History [closed]

Can a visit to Rwanda, Seychelles, and say South Africa be good enough to make a travel History for US and Canada visa applications. I am Nigerian, and I have a job and I am in Civil Union.
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Is it mandatory to have travel History before Applying for Tourist visa to Canada

As the above subject states, how mandatory is it to have travel history before applying to Canada? If i work in an office (Full time), have small business (part time (which is registered with the ...
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What is this statue in Ancient Agora of Athens?

Maybe a God? I think the statue was located at the entrance of the ancient market, but that's an old photograph, so I don't really remember..
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Before the Global Financial Crisis there used to ferries between Okinawa and Taiwan. How long did the trip take?

It seems we can ask historical travel questions here too and a friend just asked me one so I'm posting it. There are no longer any ferries between Taiwan and Japan but there used to be. The last ...
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Tackling questions on travel history for visa applications

I am due applying for a UK visa and I have learnt one of the questions is travel history. I have two questions. 1) How does one report the following travel history, for example? Went to Croatia ...
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Normandy, France: Where to see the WW2 landing craft?

I am visiting Normandy, France, more specifically the town of Bayeux. Where in vicinity (I have a car) is it possible to see landing craft used during operation Overlord on D-Day? Preferably on an ...
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Need help identifying/translating a plaque in Tangier, Morocco

My wife and I were in Tangier a little over a month ago and I had taken a picture of a plaque near the Kasbah Museum. It must have been important or interesting but, silly me, I neglected to make a ...
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How did Malmö and Copenhagen connect before the Öresund Bridge?

I can't find any information on how Malmö and Copenhagen were connected (and who the operator was) before the Öresund Bridge was inaugurated.
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What are some significant places of un-touched natural beauty, traditional culture and history in Thailand? [closed]

My sister, Brother in Law and Partner are heading to Thailand in July this year for 2 weeks. We are flying into Bangkok and flying out of Phuket. What are some of the cultural, natural and historical ...
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Denied US Entry in 2012. Is this on my PERMANENT record?

I have French and Canadian citizenship. Back in 2012, after a J-1 internship visa in NYC (under my French citizenship), I left the USA and went to Montreal before the end of my J-1. I then tried to ...
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UK Travel History [duplicate]

I am applying for a family visit visa for my mum to come to the UK. On the visa form, I need to fill in travel history into the UK in the past 10 years. My mum has been to the UK many times to visit ...
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Genova palaces and Greek Gods [closed]

In via Garibaldi 12, in the main hall, I saw 4 Gods: Zeus, Hermes, Athena and one more, which I didn't recognize. Maybe it could be Hera, since was looking at her husband (checking on him..). Who is ...
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Applying for a Greece Schengen visa too late: possibilities and consequences?

I am applying for a visa to attend a conference in Greece. My nationality is from a country that requires prior consultation, so the visa process takes three weeks. However, I submitted the ...
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What's the history of this train system in Queens, New York? [closed]

Is the train in Queens NY considered part of the New York subway? Is it completely above ground level? It looks like it is running along roof tops. What is the history of its construction? Do they ...
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Airport security pre-1970s? [closed]

I just accidentally discovered a few pictures on the web, that seem to imply that there was some sort of airport security checks on passengers all the way back in the 1960s. It was always my general ...
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Why isn't there a direct train from JFK to Manhattan?

The current public transport system in JFK requires that you take a train ('AirTrain') to Jamaica Station and then switch there for a train to downtown New York City. This makes it quite inconvenient (...
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Why does Paris have two large train stations next to each other? (Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est)

In Paris, there are two large train stations close to each other, but still separate and at a walking distance: "The (train) station of the North" - Gare du Nord, and "The (train) station of the East" ...
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Are there any websites with lists of self-guided themed tours?

I'm planning a tour of the Anglo-Boer battlegrounds (e.g. Magersfontein) and significant sites (e.g. where Winston Churchill was captured) in South Africa. I'm getting all the locations and ...
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Why does the I-75 have almost no tolls? [closed]

I-75 from Miami to Sarasota has almost no tolls, except when entering or leaving Naples. I-95 in comparison has over $10 in tolls, at least. I-95 may pass through larger cities, so that may be a ...
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Bhutan Tourism - Medieval Places to visit in Bhutan [closed]

Can anyone help me with some historic and medieval places to visit in Bhutan. I am planning to go a ride from India to Bhutan with a group of 8 people. Any other travel tips will be helpful. Our ...
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How to find a place in Famagusta?

I'm looking for a former British Base named Base 55 in Famagusta, North Cyprus. What is it today:- UN Base? Public place?
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Did TGVs have restaurant-style dining?

The food on TGVs is just snacks in plastic and some bottled sodas. In contrast you have restaurant-like food in the dining cars of many trains in, for example, Switzerland. Did TGVs ever offer ...
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