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Big Ben is actually the name of the bell in the clock which is located in the 'Elizabeth Tower' at the north end of the 'Palace of Westminster' which is also known as the 'Houses of Parliament'.
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The Perfect Souvenir By Nell McShane Wulfhart Vacations make memories… memories that are meant to last a lifetime. But sometimes memories fade over the years. That’s where souvenirs come in. They help bring us back to that life-changing trip, that incredible meal with friends and family, that moment of romance. As visual cues, souvenirs help us relive the memories and hold tight to their meaning. Here, five travelers share stories of their most meaningful souvenirs. Steve Vickers, founder of RoutesNorth.com, a travel guide to Sweden, treasures a tiny painted Dalahäst (a traditional wooden horse) that he bought on his first-ever trip to Stockholm. “I spent a long time back home wishing I could visit Dalarna, the rural part of Sweden it was made in,“ he says. "That dream came true and six years later I’m still in Sweden, running an online travel guide to the country. The little red horse sits on my desk as a reminder of where it all began." For travel writer Zach Everson, the souvenir he holds onto is both kitschy and a token of his wife’s affection from before they were married. “In Rome in 2005, I really coveted a Vatican ashtray (it’s an official item, sold at a licensed souvenir store),” he says. “I’m not Catholic and don’t smoke, but it seemed like the perfect mix of high brow and low brow, emblematic of my time in Europe.” He still had another month left of travel, though, and was sure it would break in his luggage. “I refrained from buying it, but whined about missing my chance regularly thereafter,” he says. “Six months later, my new girlfriend—now wife—returns from a trip to Italy with the Vatican ashtray as a gift for me, and a Vatican shot glass to boot. Both have been on my desk ever since.” With certain items, it’s less about the item itself and more about the person behind it. When travel writer Lauren Matison visited a traditional Samburu homestead in Kenya, she purchased a beautiful beaded bracelet directly from the elderly woman who made it. “I got to learn a bit about her nomadic pastoral way of life,” she explains. “I am grateful for this one mighty piece of jewelry that takes me back to Africa, to a world that makes the most of the little things in life.” A special souvenir helped Sarah Netter, a New Orleans-based freelance writer, mark a pivotal moment—her decision to adopt. She was traveling with her mother in Hawaii when she found a small wood Tiki carving. “ was meant to bring fertility if you put it in your entry way,” she says. “My son was born four months later.” She adds, “I have it saved for when I’m ready to adopt another baby and then I will put it back in my entry way!” It’s not always the souvenirs that you buy that are the most significant, says Katie Dillon, who writes about luxury and family travel. “My family took a day trip from Mexico City to Teotihuacan and my daughter picked up an interesting Y-shaped stick to play with while my husband climbed the Pyramid of the Sun (she was too little). We assumed that she had left it in the hotel but laughed when we realized that she had in fact put it in her backpack and brought it all the way home. It is probably her favorite souvenir, and proudly displayed in her bookshelf.“ What will your next souvenir be? Take #OneMoreDay of vacation with MasterCard and bring back new mementos and memories.
View the photo The Perfect Souvenir By Nell McShane Wulfhart Vacations make memories… memories that are meant to last a lifetime. But sometimes memories fade over the years. That’s where souvenirs come in. They help bring us back to that life-changing trip, that incredible meal with friends and family, that moment of romance. As visual cues, souvenirs help us relive the memories and hold tight to their meaning. Here, five travelers share stories ...
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Freelance writer focusing on travel, food, and A&E
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- FreelanceWriter. Editor. Consultant., 2004 - presentI'm a freelance writer, focusing on travel, food, and A&E. I've contributed to Condé Nast Traveler, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, Air Canada's enRoute, Gawker Media's Gridskipper and Deadspin, USA Today, BlackBook, and Curbed. Accepted into the Society of American Travel Writers in 2012. Clips at zacheverson.com/writing.
- MapQuestSenior editor, 2013 - 2015Launched editorial content on MapQuest (45 million monthly users), establishing a new voice and vision. Write/assign, edit, produce, and promote original content, features, and curated accounts of trending stories, focusing on areas where pop culture overlaps with travel (previously did likewise for Aol Travel and Gadling): beats include travel guides to locations from movies and TV shows, celebrity interviews, 50-state roundups, TV and sporting recaps from a travel angle, animal travel, power rankings, and insight on visiting troubled destinations. Produce, direct, write, shoot, host, and edit videos (my “Disney Cruise Line’s Very Merrytime Cruises” was viewed more than 160,000 times in its first week). Interpret data and metrics, using findings to inform content. Develop and execute strategy for MapQuest’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, increasing engagement on both. Promote content via social media, article subjects and their publicists, other Aol brands, and agreements with other media outlets. Work with in-house team and manage 30 freelancers. Collaborated with designers and developers on new article templates and hub pages.
- Eater.comLouisville editor, 2012 - 2013Wrote 20 posts a week (more than 900 total) for the city’s go-to source of dining and nightlife news. Drew 100,000 page views and 42,000 unique visits in just its second full month; visits and page views increased for seven consecutive months. Attracted readers by original reporting that was at the forefront of the news cycle, interpreting traffic metrics to inform content, monitoring online trends to develop local angles on national stories, and following search engine optimization best practices. Published articles, maps, videos, slideshows, and curated content. Managed the site’s Facebook Fan Page and Twitter accounts, growing both from inception to more than 1,4000 fans and 1,800 followers. Compiled a weekly newsletter that reaches 2,000 subscribers. Assigned and coordinated freelancers, managed a budget. Oversaw an intern. Promoted the site by recapping its top stories weekly on 89.3 WFPL (public radio) and monthly in Louisville Magazine. Won Society of Professional Journalists Louisville chapter’s award for best independent blog of 2012.
- Louisville.comDirector of content and editorial strategy, 2010 - 2013Created and implemented the editorial strategy for this hyperlocal, community-driven, entertainment news website that provides original digital content about a metropolitan area with 741,096 people. Compared to 2009, visits increased 131 percent in 2012 (665,000 to 1.54 million). By the time I left, it ranked first in the market among both independent and locally owned websites, eighth out of all media websites. Won Society of Professional Journalists Louisville chapter’s award for best website of 2012.
- BlackBookLouisville city guide editor, 2011 - 2013BlackBook’s City Guide iPhone and Android apps and website identify the hippest restaurants, bars, clubs, shops, and hotels. The guide contains the latest venue details and breaks the cities down by theme, style, and interest. As city editor for Louisville, I reviewed 100 area bars, restaurants, hotels, and shops, highlighting the best ones as editor’s picks to be featured on the apps and website. Download the free app at the iTunes store or view the listings at BlackBook’s website.
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Freelance writer: Condé Nast Traveler, Fox News, WSJ, enRoute, Eater, USA Today, Curbed, Gridskipper. Aol Travel/MapQuest alum. Boston born. Kentucky Colonel.
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- Wake Forest UniversityEnglish, 1994 - 1998Bachelor of Arts in English, journalism minor, cum laude
- Reading Memorial High School1990 - 1994
My daughter, who has celiac disease and needs a gluten-free pizza, calls it "the best pizza in the world." The regular-crust pie is great too--big fan of the hamburger topping. We usually get it delivered (always fast, never a problem), but the staff is so gracious we like to eat in as well.
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I reserved a small car online, but when we showed up, all they had for the amount we'd already paid online was a gas-guzzling Impala. Disinterested employee said if I wanted an Accord, which was one of the cars shown as available at our price point online, we'd have to pay more. That disinterested employee admitted she wasn’t honoring our resevation beacause she thought she could get more for the car from another customer.
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