University uses 3D technology to recreate what houses in Pompeii looked like

By combining traditional archaeology with 3D technology, researchers have reconstructed a house in Pompeii before the volcanic eruption. One of the Italy’s most popular attractions, Pompeii was preserved under ash from a volcanic eruption in 79AD and rediscovered in the 18th century.  Pompeii was home to about 13,000 people when the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, with a force equivalent to 40 atomic bombs, buried the town under ash, pumice, pebbles and dust. Now, for the first time ever, people can take a tour of what a typical house in the ancient city looked like before the eruption. Read more:* Skara Brae, Scotland: The mystery of the UK’s own Pompeii* Ask an expert: Three days in Rome* Italy travel tips and advice: Twenty things that will surprise Using 3D…

Kiwi Jennifer Andrewes lives the dream in French village In early 2014 we took our family, including our two school-age boys and a toddler, to live in France for three months. Having fallen in love with the experience, we recently returned to the Pyrenees for a second time. One of the first things most people ask us when we tell them our plans is: Where are you going in France? When we tell them we are going to a small town called Quillan, about 40km south of Carcassonne, the next question is Why? So why Quillan? On the one hand it's a thoroughly-researched choice. On the other hand, there's something entirely random. And then, there's the chance that fate has a hand. Read more:* France en famille​* Return to the Pyrenees: Why I moved...

Curiosity, reconciliation draw veterans to ex-battlefields PITTSBURGH (AP) - They were soldiers once, and young. Carl King of Mt. Pleasant Borough was 18 when he joined the Army in 1943, during the height of World War II, and ended up following Patton across Europe. Donald McIlrath of Penn Hills was 18 when he joined the Army in 1951 and left for Korea. Bill Bigelow of Hempfield was 19 when he joined the Navy and shipped out for Vietnam in 1967. Decades later, each man trekked back to the war zone where he served. Something persistent - in each case, slightly different - drew them halfway around the world to sites where they grew up in an instant, forever changed. King, who returned to Germany last fall, and McIlrath, who flew into Seoul in 1998, said curiosity drew them back to the nations where...

Ephesus: How I Blundered at the Wonder of Wonders Some 2 million visitors a year, many from cruise ships, pack the lanes of Ephesus. I took a whole bunch of pictures at the old Greco-Roman city of Ephesus. Actually, I didn't know much about this spot on the Turkish coast before our cruise ship stopped at the port of Kusadasi, from which it's a half-hour bus ride to the ruins. Ephesus turned out to be a real eye-popper. Think of a travel poster showing the columned lanes, temples, shrines and theaters of an ancient Roman city. Then make the city 10 times bigger, super-size its baths, library and amphitheater, and you've got Ephesus. Historians say it was the Roman empire's second largest city, topped only by Rome itself. Rich Ephesians lived in opulent hillside...

Hotel stays: 10 things you should really know about hotels This is a topic made for nervous nellies. Stay away from the coffee maker in your room because who knows what's gone in apart from H2O. Truly? Bedspreads, blankets and duvets are rarely cleaned. Big reveal? It costs around $30 to dry clean a duvet, want that added to your hotel bill? Hotel light switches and TV remotes are flagged as germ factories, worse than a toilet seat in a third-world slum the advice mongers will tell you, almost as bad as airline tray tables but really, are you advising that I swab every touchable surface with an antibacterial wipe? Germophobes – you can stay home in your bio-hazard suit, the rest of us have a life. Here are 10 things about hotels you do...

8 Secrets You Should Know About Newport, Rhode Island Newport, Rhode Island is one of those destinations that’s oozing with historical significance. You can’t walk down a street without seeing a pub from the 1600’s, a fort from the 18th century, or a mansion from the Gilded Age. That, along with the stunning shoreline, is one of the reasons people have been visiting the coastal town for years. Heck, John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier even got married in the quaint town in 1953. So, as a bit of a history nut, it only made sense that I would add Newport to my list of places to visit. Fortunately, I made that wish come true recently and was in awe of the charming downtown, grandeur of Breakers Mansion and beauty of the famous Cliff Walk. But, it...

World famous in NZ: Treewalk in Rotorua's Redwoods forest Ken Morley talks about Rotorua's Redwoods Treewalk, which opened in December. Stroll high among giants in Rotorua's Redwoods forest on this short, eco-tourism walk. Where/what is it?You'll find the Treewalk in Rotorua's Redwoods forest, just minutes from the city centre. As you make your way into the main carpark, the walkway becomes visible immediately, meaning you don't have to venture too far into the woods.  The Redwoods/Whakarewarewa is a 100-year-old forest that stretches 5600 hectares. Despite being a popular spot for mountain biking, walking and even horse-riding, the sheer vastness means you might not even see another soul.  The walkway, which opened in 2015, was the dream of Alex Schmid following a visit in 2009. The German engineer's vision was to provide a unique...

Travel Troubleshooter: American un-cancels flight Q: I recently was scheduled to fly from Washington to Chicago on American Airlines. The night before my Friday flight, I went online to check in and noticed that my flight had been canceled. During the next five hours, I tried repeatedly to get hold of customer service, and finally was told that the flight had been canceled because of bad weather, and so I would need to pay for the extra night’s stay at a hotel and any other expenses. American rebooked me one day later on a Saturday flight. Imagine my surprise Friday afternoon when I started receiving notices from Google calendar that the original flight was delayed (it was still on my calendar). I called American and was told that the flight had been...