Giethoorn is a small Dutch village that was built in the 13th century; it’s also one of the most popular destinations in the world for Chinese tourists, drawing hundreds of thousands of them each year despite having a population under 3000. Why do the tourists come? Because Giethoorn is car-free. Founded by convicts and later populated by Mennonites, it doesn’t even have roads. (The reason this is so appealing to Chinese tourists will be apparent to anyone who’s ever witnessed firsthand the smog-clouded horror of a heavily-trafficked, crosswalk-less Chinese city.) … CAR-FREE CITIES MIGHT BE CLOSER THAN YOU THINK (OR MAYBE NOT)
Many of us have been to the Lincoln Memorial, but did you know Lincoln had a summer home here in D.C. too?
It’s true. This 175-year-old building just off North Capitol Street next to the Soldier’s Home was lovingly restored and opened to the public in 2008. The 10,000-square-foot, 34-room home is more spacious than one might expect in a “cottage.” But the double front doors with rounded tops that meet to form a point at the top and the gingerbread trim make you think fairies and gnomes might have once lived here. … LINCOLN’S COTTAGE SHOWS HOW THE PRESIDENT SPENT SUMMERS