What we’re reading: Amazing elevators, Hong Kong tea house tips, smaller cruise ships in Venice, Irish quiz


12 elevators you need to see to believe

A normal elevator ride involves you pushing a button to get to your desired floor and not much else. However, there are 12 elevators around the world that will give you a bit of a thrill.

The Gateway Arch, St. Louis, Missouri

The ascent to the top of America’s tallest monument begins in a futuristic, white pod elevator at the base. The mod design feels like something straight out of The Jetsons, but the crowning stroke of genius by Finnish architect Eero Saarinen was the addition of glass doors, which reveal the mechanical complexity of the structure’s interior as the cars chug up to the observation deck of the 630-foot high wonder. The ride is over in just four minutes, at which point visitors can make their way out to marvel at how tiny the mighty Mississippi River and all of those cars below appear.

On Friday we eat dim sum: 7 tips for Hong Kong tea houses

One of the highlights of visiting Hong Kong is eating at an authentic Chinese tea house where you can order dim sum. However, there are certain tips you should follow to enjoy your visit.

No reservations
Don’t even think about asking your concierge to make a reservation; it won’t work. This is truly a ‘first come, first served’ establishment. Just rock up and hope for the best, since this place will always be busy from 8am straight through to about mid-afternoon.

Celebrity to deploy smaller ship in Venice

Celebrity Cruises will be deploying smaller ships to Venice due to new rules that ban ships over 96,000 gross tons from parts of the lagoon.

In unveiling its 2015 European deployment, Celebrity said that its older Millennium-class Constellation will move from northern Europe to sail Mediterranean cruises from Venice.

The newer Celebrity Silhouette will leave Venice and do the Constellation’s current itineraries in the Baltic, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom.

15 things you didn’t know about Ireland

Literature buffs, golf nuts, and Guinness fans all have good reason to book an Ireland vacation — and they do, by the millions every year. But how well do you know this iconic spot? Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the Emerald Isle! Happy St. Paddy’s!

Think you know a wee bit about this popular spot? Find out just how much with this quiz. If you score 10 to 15 right, you’ll be right at home in the Land of Saints and Scholars. Get between 5 and 9 right, and you’ve earned yourself a pint of Guinness. Score any lower, and you might need to hole up in one of Ireland’s historic hotels and start studying. Sláinte!

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