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The eye-catching headline “Urban News Fit For a King” appeared in the April 2007 edition of the National Geographic Traveler. The magazine features a variety of urban cultural events and places in its monthly section titled “City Life.”

The news note in the column “City Shorts” says that “The blockbuster exhibit ‘Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharohs’ is making its final U.S. stop at the Franklin Institute through September 30, before heading to London. After viewing the more than 3,300-year-old artifacts from the tombs of Tut and other royals, go on a geocashing hunt for Egyptian-themed sites in and around town (get details at www.gophila.com/tut). The boy king, who died at 19 and was buried with an ivory-carved game board, might very well have approved.

“Rome—Do as young Romans do:  Head to the working class/university district of San Lorenzo, where affordable cucina casarecchia (‘kitchen cuisine’) restaurants are some of the hottest places in town to eat right now.” The column also features a “makeshift outdoor skating rink located between the Sheep Meadow and the Naumburg Bandshell” in New York City and a note about Chiang Mai, Thailand’s booming second-largest city.


Fans of Cultural Events

Fans of varied cultural events in urban settings will enjoy the wide-ranging “City Life—the best of urban travel” section. Other April 2007 headlines in that section included “Houston:  From Oil to Art” with “Five Insider Picks” for hotels; “Beauty and the Beach” (Miami Fashion Week, April 13-16); “Gourmet Take Away in Moscow”; “A Different view of Phnom Penh”; and “Flying Through Air and Space,” a 20-minute traveler segment about Washington, D.C.

Paris-bound travelers might be interested to learn through that issues’s “Show Me the Monets!” that “the world’s largest collection of works by Claude Monet can be found not at the Louvre or Monet’s house in Giverny but at the lesser know Musee Marmottan Monet (www.marmottan.com) in Paris’s off-the-beaten-track 16th district.”

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