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For $143,000, You Can Visit 8 Countries on 4 Continents on an Insanely Luxurious World Tour

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 17:55
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/four-seasons-private-jet" target="_blank">The Four Seasons Jet world tours</a> have proven popular among high-paying world travelers since being introduced in 2014. On the tour, a custom Four Seasons Boeing 757 takes passengers around the globe, stopping at luxury hotels along the way.</p><p><a href="https://thepointsguy.com/news/four-seasons-round-the-world-trip/" target="_blank">The Points Guy</a> reports that this year's itinerary, “World of Adventures,” is already sold out, but there's no need for the well-heeled to worry. Four Seasons has added a new 24-day, round-the-world itinerary for the fall of 2019. Unsurprisingly, it sounds amazing.</p><p>Over the course of the 24 days, travelers will visit a total of eight countries across four continents, flying from Seattle to Kyoto, Bali, Seychelles, Rwanda, Marrakech, Bogota, the Galapagos Islands, and finally to Miami. Guests can come face-to-face with endangered gorillas in the Virunga Mountains, take a horse-drawn carriage to the market in Marrakech, relax on secluded beaches under rare coco de mer palm trees, <a href="https://www.fourseasons.com/content/dam/fourseasons/images/web/JTT/pdfs/World-of-Adventures-2019.pdf" target="_blank">and more</a>.</p><p>Traveling the world in style of course comes with a hefty price tag. The “World of Adventures” itinerary is <a href="https://www.fourseasons.com/privatejet/journeys/world-of-adventures-2019/" target="_blank">$143,000 per person</a> (That's based on a two-person occupancy. If you are traveling alone, there is an additional $14,300 supplement.)</p><p>While the destinations are the draw, the flights aren’t so bad either. The private jet only seats 52, offering lie-flat seats, personal iPads, noise-canceling headphones, and cashmere blankets.</p><img alt="Four Seasons around the world trip jet "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528906199/four-seasons-jet-WORLDTRIPFS0618.jpg?itok=osxHeR1U"><p>“The success of our Private Jet program speaks to our ability to understand the needs of the modern luxury consumer and craft an end-to-end Four Seasons experience that is unmatched in the market,” J. Allen Smith, president and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, <a href="https://press.fourseasons.com/jet/hotel-news/2018/new-2019-world-of-adventures-tour/" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. “We are delivering an incredibly unique product and the demand from luxury travelers has been nothing short of remarkable, driving a record sell out in 2018, and the addition of another journey to our 2019 lineup.”</p>
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This Raccoon’s Heroic Climb Up the Side of a Skyscraper Will Give You the Courage to Finish Your Week (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 16:41
<p>The eyes of the world were focused on one raccoon.</p><p>On Tuesday, thousands of people from around the world watched as a raccoon clung to the side of a skyscraper in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. By Wednesday morning, the internet breathed a collective sigh of relief as the raccoon was safely captured.</p><p>The adventure started on Tuesday at about 11 a.m. when downtown workers spotted the raccoon on a building ledge, a few stories above street level. But then the raccoon decided to up the ante. He leapt across to a nearby skyscraper, the UBS Tower, and began his nail-biting ascent.</p><p>The world took notice.</p><p>An <a href="https://www.pscp.tv/kare11/1gqxvXkjzdOGB?t=1h41m54s" target="_blank">eight-hour livestream</a> of the raccoon began. Workers abandoned their work; students abandoned their studies. The internet was captivated by the raccoon’s perilous scurry up and down the side of the tower.</p><p>Those inside the building kept the world updated as the raccoon climbed.</p><p>Some compared the raccoon’s daring adventure to “Mission Impossible.” The tricky part about that this operation was that the building’s windows do not open. There was no way of helping the raccoon from inside. If he wanted to get to safety, he had to scale the side of the building up to the roof.</p><p>By Tuesday evening, the raccoon had made it up to the building’s 17th floor. He stopped on a window ledge on the 22nd floor to take a rest. Rome was not built in a day and there is no shame in taking a break while completing an arduous journey.</p><p>But before long, he was back at it. The mayor of St. Paul was even in on the raccoon’s rescue.</p><p>At the top of the building, wildlife control had placed traps with live food. If the raccoon was able to shimmy its way to safety, he would be rewarded with cat food.</p><p>At about 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, he did it.</p><p>The skyscraper’s Twitter account announced that the raccoon had been captured and wildlife control was taking him onwards to safety. The internet rejoiced.</p><p>But what about the raccoon inspired fervor in so many netizens? It could be his pluck or his determination. But most likely it’s his improbable success in the face of harsh adversity. In a divided world, the courage of one small procyon brought the world together.</p><p>Go forth into your week with the same passion and dedication that skyscraper raccoon showed in his moment of glory.</p>
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Expedia Is Breaking Up Package Deals, So You Can Still Save Without Committing All at Once

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 16:00
<p>Starting Wednesday, customers will no longer need to book their flight and hotel together to take advantage of discounted “bundled” rates on Expedia.</p><p>After purchasing a flight, Expedia customers will now see the “Expedia Add-On Advantage.” The new system will allow customers to assemble their own travel packages without having to purchase each individual item at the same time. Customers will be able to add on the hotel deal any time after purchasing their flight until the day the trip begins.</p><p>According to a study by the travel search engine, 46 percent of Americans prefer to book their flight and hotels separately, anyways.</p><p>Booking an entire travel package at the same time “requires more planning and money up front than adding on a hotel at a later date,” Aaron Price, Expedia’s senior vice president of global marketing, <a href="http://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Travel-Agent-Issues/Expedia-throws-a-wrinkle-into-travel-packages" target="_blank">told <em>Travel Weekly</em></a>. “We want to alleviate that pressure so travelers can take their time researching neighborhoods, comparing hotel amenities, reading guest reviews, etc.”</p><p>Purchasing separately also allows travelers to take advantage of different deals that may linger. According to Price, travelers who book with the add-on advantage could save an average of 43 percent after booking. While booking well in advance <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/cheapair-airfare-study-best-time-to-book-flights-2018" target="_blank">may be the best option for airfare</a>, hotel and car rental prices could fluctuate in the weeks and months before a vacation. Having time to compare options with Expedia or with another booking service gives travelers more options.</p><p>It's rarely too early to start planning for your next vacation, though. For the best chance at finding a great deal, consider setting price alerts for the flights you want to take. When it comes to car rentals, may companies allow reservations with no penalty for canceling (meaning you can take a better deal if you see one later). Hotels can also be reserved ahead of time without cancelation fees — just be sure to read the fine print for any penalties or cut-off dates.</p>
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You Could Buy This Surprisingly Cheap California Ghost Town and Never Deal With Other Humans Again

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:13
<p>If you've ever dreamed of owning an entire town (and a historic one, at that), you can now do it for less than the price of a single home in <a href="https://www.paragon-re.com/trend/san-francisco-home-prices-market-trends-news" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>.</p><p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/beer-pint-cost-around-world-2018" target="_blank">California’s</a> historic mining ghost town of <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32549-d107950-Reviews-Cerro_Gordo_Mines-Keeler_California.html" target="_blank">Cerro Gordo</a>, which has been privately owned for decades, is now <a href="http://www.ghosttownforsale.com" target="_blank">on the market</a> for an asking price of $925,000.</p><p>Founded in 1865, the preserved <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/overgrown-ghost-town-china-houtouwan" target="_blank">ghost town</a> and mining operation invites its new owners to live in a remote paradise that still has preserved relics dating back more than 100 years. </p><img alt="A historic mining truck used to transfer silver from Cerro Gordo, California. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528908055/cerro-gordo-tractor-and-views-GHOST0618.jpg?itok=vwPfDWMM"><p>Spanning 314 acres across Owens Valley, the Civil War-era mining town is currently home to 22 structures that range from a historic hotel and saloon to a bunkhouse and chapel.</p><p>Thanks to its location in the Owens Valley, the private enclave also offers spectacular views over the valley and of the Sierra Mountains, where <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/national-parks/national-parks-insider-tips" target="_blank">Mount Whitney</a> sits.</p><img alt="Remnants of a steel church in Cerro Gordo California. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528908055/cerro-gordo-church-GHOST0618.jpg?itok=P4_8LaIx"><p>Founded in 1865, the town became the largest producer of silver and lead in California by 1869. Mule teams would transport silver from Cerro Gordo to Los Angeles, about 275 miles away. The town played an influential role in L.A.'s growth and economic development, according to the <a href="http://cerrogordomines.com" target="_blank">Cerro Gordo Historical Foundation</a>. </p><p>The foundation has worked with supporters and private organizations over the years to preserve the town and its relics, which can still be found in buildings such as the hotel. Visitors will find a large oak and brass bar alongside an expansive seating area, and a museum filled with artifacts from the time period.</p><img alt="The bar in the hotel inside the ghost town of Cerro Gordo, California. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528908055/cerro-gordo-california-hotel-bar-GHOST0618.jpg?itok=a8Q6xwGd"><img alt="Artifacts inside the museum of the historic ghost town of Cerro Gordo, California. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528908055/cerro-gordo-museum-artifacts-GHOST0618.jpg?itok=TMOG56Lt"><p>You'll also find historic mining machinery and tracks dotted throughout the property, and according to local mining rights the person who buys the town will own anything discovered underground. </p><p>Though the Wild West town sits in a remote location, it is just four hours from Las Vegas and Los Angeles, and five hours from Reno should you get lonely or bored. </p>
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This Best-selling Father’s Day Gift Is the Perfect Way to Honor Dad’s Favorite City — and It’s Only $16

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:31
<p>For the traveling dad who has a favorite city or the dad who just wants to toast to his hometown, we’ve found the perfect Father’s Day gift: an elegant glass etched with a city grid. <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.uncommongoods.com/" target="_blank">UncommonGoods</a>’ <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=93xLBvPhAeE&amp;subid=0&amp;offerid=399947.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=319&amp;RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.uncommongoods.com%252Fproduct%252Fcity-map-glass&amp;u1=TLLIFEA1CityMapGlassKDJun18" target="_blank">City Map Glass</a> is a thoughtful and unique gift that he’ll use with warm sentimental value. And at just $16, it’s a steal.</p><p>From New York City, to Nashville, to San Francisco and other major metropolises in between, choose Dad’s favorite locale and have a toast to the town. With over 800 top-rated reviews, clearly we’re not the only ones who think that’s a great idea.</p><p>UncommonGoods user Angie shares in a five-star review, “My brother loves the glass and I can’t wait to get more so he has a set of the cities he’s lived in. He loves to entertain, and is always playing the bartender when he does. This was a unique gift I liked that I knew would get frequent use and appreciation.”</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/perfect-fathers-day-gifts-nordstrom-sale" target="_blank">The Gifts Your Dad Actually Wants for Father's Day Are on Sale at Nordstrom Right Now</a></p><p>Overthinking Gifter believes this is the perfect gift for the hard-to-shop-for, writing in a review, “I wouldn’t have gotten [my brother] regular whiskey glasses as I’m sure he has some, but two of these are a set that he could have out for decoration even if he rarely used them. His girlfriend thinks they’ll be a hit! They’re very well made. The etching is clear and the glass is thick and durable. Looking forward to seeing his reaction.”</p><img alt="City Map Glass "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528731506/city-map-glass-fathers-day-CITYGLASS0618.jpg?itok=CBPz0taf"><p>You can shop the City Map Glass for $16 on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=93xLBvPhAeE&amp;subid=0&amp;offerid=399947.1&amp;type=10&amp;tmpid=319&amp;RD_PARM1=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.uncommongoods.com%252Fproduct%252Fcity-map-glass&amp;u1=TLLIFEA1CityMapGlassKDJun18" target="_blank">uncommongoods.com</a> just in time for Father’s Day.</p>
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Attention, Wine Lovers: This Rosé Mansion Is Hiring a ‘Mansion Ambassador’

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:08
<p>It’s <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-places-travel-june" target="_blank">June</a>, which means the rosé is likely flowing wherever you are. But if you truly love that blush pink sweet wine, it’s time to double down by applying to become a rosé ambassador at New York City’s soon-to-open Rosé Mansion.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.rosewinemansion.com/" target="_blank">Rosé Mansion</a> will open its doors in Midtown Manhattan to bring rosé to the thirsty masses next month. There, guests can “wander the rooms in the mansion while sipping rosé from around the world,” the mansion’s website explains. “Each room will transport you to a different place and time. Along the way you will learn about the history, science, and economics of this magical beverage.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/summer-vacations/summer-jobs-to-get-away" target="_blank">Ditch the 9-to-5 for One of These Off-the-grid Summer Jobs</a></p><p>These "magical" places include rooms representing Ancient Rome and the Finger Lakes, and other areas where visitors are invited to create their own blends. Or, if you're feeling more of a party vibe, you can “swing from a gold chandelier and more before you end your journey in the greatest rosé wine bar on the planet.”</p><p>To help guide people through this incredible experience, the 90-day pop-up event is looking to hire <a href="https://rosewinemansion.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=23" target="_blank">a few mansion ambassadors</a> to chat with guests. </p><p>“We are looking for charismatic, outgoing, creative people who are passionate about education, science, art, culture, history and most importantly LOVE TO TALK! If you fit in so far, keep reading because this might be the place for you,” the mansion’s <a href="https://rosewinemansion.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=23" target="_blank">job posting reads</a>.</p><p>Job duties include leading small groups of wine lovers through the event and representing the Rosé Mansion brand with “integrity and enthusiasm, leaving each guest with a stellar experience.” Ambassadors will also receive weekly training to increase their skills, "all while drinking over 100-plus of the best Rose Varietals.”</p><p>The Mansion's website says it will provide competitive pay for both part-time and full-time employees.</p><p>Of course, you could just visit the Rosé Mansion instead. All you have to do is <a href="https://www.showclix.com/event/rosewinemansion" target="_blank">buy a ticket in advance</a> ($45 general admission, $35 during happy hour) and pick your date and time. All tickets, the site explained, include entrance to the experience, eight wine samples, and souvenirs. Visitors can purchase extra glasses, bottles, or snacks along the way. </p>
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This Luxe Campsite in Maine Has Lobster Boils, Antler Chandeliers, and a Heated Saltwater Pool

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:02
<p>If you’ve ever wanted to test-run a tiny house, <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/perfect-coastal-maine-trip" target="_blank">Maine</a>'s trendy new <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g40694-d1645526-Reviews-Sandy_Pines_Campground-Kennebunkport_Kennebunks_Maine.html" target="_blank">Sandy Pines Campground</a> may be able to help. The Kennebunkport vacation spot recently debuted extensive new additions to their “glamping” portfolio, unveiling 12 “<a href="http://sandypinescamping.com/glamping-at-sandy-pines-campground-in-maine/#carriages" target="_blank">Camp Carriages</a>” and an additional 12 “<a href="http://sandypinescamping.com/glamping-at-sandy-pines-campground-in-maine/#aframes" target="_blank">Hideaway Huts</a>,” fit for a mystical family of elves — or just a group of people in need of a break from the city.</p><img alt="interior of a Camp Carriage and Sandy Pines in Kennebunkport, Maine "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528831326/SandyPines_CAMP%20CARRIAGE%20interior.jpg?itok=_QKOG_KR"><p>Blending luxury and classic campground style, the inspiration for the two new designs came from co-founder Tim Harrington’s research of small homes and camping sites across the world. “There’s a lot of interesting stuff coming out of the Netherlands and around Europe. These are our versions,” he told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>.</p><p>The Camp Carriages, single-room cottages on wheels, are equipped with king beds, minifridges, and air conditioning, bringing to mind old-school trailer-friendly camp style. In the Hideaway Huts, vacationers will stay in a tent-inspired A-frame build with a queen bed.</p><p>Both options include a fire pit and outdoor seating, plus access to the property's forthcoming saltwater pool, perfect for those who want to make their glamping experience group-friendly.</p><p>In addition to the new designs, Sandy Pines has expanded their <a href="https://www.coastalliving.com/travel/atlantic/glamping-tents-kennebunkport-maine" target="_blank">Glamp Tents</a>, the ground’s swankiest option and one of their most popular attractions.</p><p>Harrington’s goal at Sandy Pines is simple: to create a sense of community, even just for the weekend. “My backyard on any given Saturday, the age group is two to 92. That’s our preferred party method, and the campground is like that too,” said Harrington. “People walking their dogs, kids playing…There’s always something going on.”</p><img alt="hideaway hut at Sandy Pines campground in Kennebunkport Maine "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528831815/SandyPines_HIDEAWAY%20HUT%202.jpg?itok=tlFo9EJw"><p>Having spent his summers in Maine, Harrington’s childhood influence is ever-present. Sandy Pines offers movie nights, live music, lawn games, and even child-specific arts and crafts opportunities for family stays. It's still an elevated camping experience, though — guests can indulge in a nightly group dinner of steamed <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/best-lobster-shacks-in-maine" target="_blank">local lobster</a> before retiring to their chic abode.</p><p>If the huts and carriages pique your interest in roughing it for real, Sandy Pines offers <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/best-campsite-in-states" target="_blank">traditional camping</a> as well. “Different neighborhoods within the campsite have different vibes. You can go there with your own tent, or you can arrive with your camper; it’s not just glamping."</p><p><em>To book: <a href="https://reserve6.resnexus.com/resnexus/reservations/lodging/D18FB910-E9F3-441A-8A55-B656F9CC86BE" target="_blank">sandypinescamping.com</a>, pitched tent sites from $35; Hideaway Huts from $75; Camp Carriages from $119.</em></p>
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Where to Stay in Paris: The Best Neighborhoods and Hotels for Every Type of Traveler

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:15
<p>Whether a long-planned holiday or spontaneous weekend trip, your first time or fifteenth, an important question before <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/ile-de-france-paris" target="_blank">traveling to Paris</a> is: where should I stay? Known for its village-like neighborhoods, there are many <em>quartiers</em> with both <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/hotels-in-downtown-paris" target="_blank">boutique hotels and the grand dame addresses</a> that will appeal to all kinds of travelers. The great thing is that almost every neighborhood in Paris is the best neighborhood to stay in Paris.</p><h2>Where to Stay in Paris As a Family: 8eme</h2><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="450" src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d20993.696759272705!2d2.2935704265048615!3d48.873233174477704!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x47e66fc616046975%3A0x50b82c368941ac0!2s8th+arrondissement+of+Paris%2C+75008+Paris%2C+France!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1528912426195" width="600"></iframe></p><p>This airy and regal neighborhood is where many of Paris’s own families reside. And with good reason: it’s convenient to transportation options, including the 1 metro line, which cuts right through the center of the city, as well as child-friendly destinations like <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g187147-d194190-Reviews-Parc_Monceau-Paris_Ile_de_France.html" target="_blank">Parc Monceau</a>. Better yet, the streets and boulevards are wide, making pushing a stroller, or walking three or four abreast, more accommodating.</p><h2>Best Hotels in 8eme</h2><img alt="Photo gallery space at the Royal Monceau hotel, in Paris "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528744634/royal-monceau-photo-gallery-PARISHOTELS0618.jpg?itok=Ykw8SiF-"><h3>Royal Monceau</h3><p>A five-star hotel with plenty of Parisian chic, but also unexpected artsy flair. In addition to Michelin-star dining and a Clarins spa (if you can steal away on your own), the Royal Monceau features an art gallery, bookstore, and private cinema.</p><p><em>37 avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris, 33 01 42 99 88 00, <a href="https://www.leroyalmonceau.com/en/" target="_blank">leroyalmonceau.com</a></em></p><p><strong>To book:</strong> <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/royal-monceau.html" target="_blank">booking.com</a></p><h3>Hotel Waldorf Madeline</h3><p>Sometimes simplicity rules when you’re traveling with a brood. The bright bedspreads and artwork in these simple rooms, as well as the dining room where breakfast is served, add cheery pops of color. Opt for a room with a sitting area so you can spread out.</p><p><em>12 boulevard Malesherbes, 75008 Paris, 33 01 42 65 72 06, <a href="http://hwparis.com" target="_blank">hwparis.com</a></em></p><p><strong>To book:</strong> <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Paris-Hotels-Waldorf-Madeleine-Hotel.h20320.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p><h2>Where to Stay in Paris for the Nightlife: 10eme</h2><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="450" src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d10496.275998043957!2d2.3536197385751336!3d48.875961168625544!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x47e66e0cad24b34d%3A0x50b82c368941ae0!2s10th+arrondissement%2C+75010+Paris%2C+France!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1528912881434" width="600"></iframe></p><p>In recent years, Canal Saint-Martin, which runs through the heart of the 10eme, has become one of the city’s youngest, liveliest areas. Locals love to picnic along the canal, crowd the sidewalks of popular cafes like Café Prune, and venture to chic <em>boites</em> like Gravity Bar. And if the immediate neighborhood options aren’t enough, the tenth borders the Bastille and Marais, two other vibrant neighborhoods filled with bars, cafes, and clubs.</p><h2>Best Hotels in 10eme</h2><h3>Hotel Providence Paris</h3><p>Want a cocktail before you hit the town? The 18 eclectic rooms here all have a custom-made bar, along with other urbane amenities — ranging from record players to claw-foot tubs — to make you feel at home.</p><p><em>90 rue René Boulanger, 75010 Paris, 33 01 46 34 34 04, <a href="http://www.hotelprovidenceparis.com/en/" target="_blank">hotelprovidenceparis.com</a></em></p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Paris-Hotels-Hotel-Providence.h11951008.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p><h3>Grand Amour Hotel</h3><p>The sister hotel of the popular Hotel Amour in the 9eme, Grand Amour goes big on style. A colorful and central terrace buzzes with fashionistas, while all the floors are decorated differently, united by their bold colors and impressive art on display.</p><p><em>18 rue de la Fidélité, 75010 Paris, 33 01 44 16 03 30, <a href="https://grandamour.hotelamourparis.fr/" target="_blank">grandamour.hotelamourparis.fr</a></em></p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Paris-Hotels-Hotel-Grand-Amour.h15701236.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p><img alt="Exterior of Le Citizen, in Paris Canal St Martin "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528744634/le-citizen-hotel-exterior-PARISHOTELS0618.jpg?itok=yGPzg2q0"><h3>Le Citizen</h3><p>All 12 rooms of this eco-friendly hotel overlook the canal, giving you a unique perspective on the electric energy of the neighborhood. Rooms are simple and cozy and the small restaurant that serves breakfast feels like you’re virtually sitting on the canal.</p><p><em>96 quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris, 33 01 83 62 55 50, <a href="http://lecitizenhotel.com/en/" target="_blank">lecitizenhotel.com</a></em></p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Paris-Hotels-Le-Citizen-Hotel.h4113296.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p><h2>Where to Stay in Paris As a First-time Visitor: 6eme </h2><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="450" src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d10501.839539225513!2d2.3261104104299433!3d48.84944029433794!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x47e671d0f038c519%3A0x50b82c368941aa0!2s6th+arrondissement+of+Paris%2C+75006+Paris%2C+France!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1528913624318" width="600"></iframe></p><p>You’ve seen pictures of Paris before; there’s a good chance you’ll stumble into the most classic of them here in the 6eme. The heart of Saint-Germaine, this is where iconic cafes like Les Deux Magots and Flore stand, where cobblestone alleys spill into boutique-lined boulevards, and the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g187147-d189687-Reviews-Luxembourg_Gardens-Paris_Ile_de_France.html" target="_blank">Jardin du Luxembourg</a> crowds with locals and tourists, strolling the gardens and sailing boats in the fountain.</p><h2>Best Hotels in 6eme</h2><img alt="Courtyard at the Relais Christine, in Paris "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528744634/relais-christine-courtyard-entrance-PARISHOTELS0618.jpg?itok=42mbLQ7B"><h3>Relais Christine</h3><p>Newly redesigned, this hotel is cozy and elegant, featuring classic French touches like canopy beds, fine antiques, and Toile de Jouy wallpaper. The 48 rooms feature plush quarters and there are salons for gathering throughout the hotel, indoors and out.</p><p><em>3 rue Christine, 75006 Paris, 33 01 40 51 60 80, <a href="https://relais-christine.com/" target="_blank">relais-christine.com</a></em></p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Paris-Hotels-Relais-Christine.h10369036.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p><h3>L’Hotel</h3><p>The last place that Oscar Wilde resided, this five-star hotel holds a special place in Parisians’ hearts. The 20 rooms smack of glamour, as does the restaurant, bar, and hidden hammam pool.</p><p><em>13 Rue des Beaux Arts, 6eme, 33 1 44 41 99 00, <a href="http://www.l-hotel.com/en-us" target="_blank">l-hotel.com</a></em></p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Paris-Hotels-LHotel.h525529.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p><h3>Hotel Recamier</h3><p>This six-story hotel is a chic and quiet retreat tucked behind the Saint-Sulpice church. The 24 rooms range in size, all united by their very French neutral palette and decorative touches like live orchids and glossy photographs.</p><p><em>3 bis, Place Saint-Sulpice, 6eme, 33 1 43 26 04 89, <a href="http://www.hotelrecamier.com/" target="_blank">hotelrecamier.com</a></em></p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Paris-Hotels-Hotel-Recamier.h2130239.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p><h2>Where to Stay in Paris for Romance: <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/3rd+arrondissement,+75003+Paris,+France/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x47e66e045ead4fc3:0x50b82c368941a70?sa=X&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjkzITquNHbAhUD9YMKHXHiAfAQ8gEIKDAA" target="_blank">3eme</a></h2><p><a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/3rd+arrondissement,+75003+Paris,+France/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x47e66e045ead4fc3:0x50b82c368941a70?sa=X&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjkzITquNHbAhUD9YMKHXHiAfAQ8gEIKDAA" target="_blank">See a map</a></p><p>Nowhere is the city’s legendary romantic aura more on display than in the charming streets, hidden gardens, and historic places of the Marais. At night the streetlights cast a seductive glow, and by day the cul de sacs and hidden corners are wonderful for exploring arm-in-arm.</p><h2>Best Hotels in 3eme</h2><img alt="Room at the Pavillon de la Reine "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528744634/pavillon-de-la-reine-room-PARISHOTELS0618.jpg?itok=Q3ITmXAQ"><h3>Pavillon de la Reine</h3><p>Just behind the picturesque Place des Vosges, this family-owned hotel is as decadent as it is discreet. Some of the 56 rooms boast exposed beams and antique furniture while others have contemporary chandeliers and velvet couches; all are quietly sophisticated.</p><p><em>28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris, 33 01 40 29 19 19, <a href="http://www.pavillon-de-la-reine.com/en/" target="_blank">pavillon-de-la-reine.com</a></em></p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Paris-Hotels-Pavillon-De-La-Reine.h182182.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p><h3>Hotel National des Arts &amp; Métiers</h3><p>This 70-room hotel brings a modern twist to the historic neighborhood. Clean lines and contemporary fixtures (think: terrazzo bathrooms, Nespresso machines, black and white photos) dominate the lobby and rooms, and a rooftop lounge gives a fabulous peek across the Parisian rooftops.</p><p><em>243 Rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris, 33 01 80 97 22 80, <a href="https://www.hotelnational.paris/en/" target="_blank">hotelnational.paris</a></em></p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Paris-Hotels-Hotel-Recamier.h2130239.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a> </p><h2>Where to Stay in Paris to Indulge in Fashion: <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/1st+arrondissement,+75001+Paris,+France/@48.8619982,2.3271667,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x47e66e25d0482b3d:0x50b82c368941a50!8m2!3d48.8640493!4d2.3310526" target="_blank">1e</a></h2><p><a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/1st+arrondissement,+75001+Paris,+France/@48.8619982,2.3271667,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x47e66e25d0482b3d:0x50b82c368941a50!8m2!3d48.8640493!4d2.3310526" target="_blank">See a map</a></p><p>We all know the French like their fashion, and a stroll along rue Saint-Honoré in the first arrondissement will make you a convert, too. Whether you’re indulging in window shopping at Hermés, giving your wallet a workout at Goyard, or simply watching the parade from Le Castiglione’s terrace, this neighborhood is très à la mode.</p><h2>Best Hotels in 1e</h2><h3>Hotel Costes</h3><p>Perhaps no longer the chicest address in town, the Costes still has style cred thanks to the opulent baroque décor, legendary soundtracks, and international celebrities who dine at the courtyard restaurant. Rooms range from singles to spectacular suites.</p><p><em>239-241 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, 33 1 42 44 50 00, <a href="https://hotelcostes.com/" target="_blank">hotelcostes.com</a></em></p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187147-d188741-Reviews-Hotel_Costes-Paris_Ile_de_France.html" target="_blank">tripadvisor.com</a></p><h3>Grand Hotel du Palais Royal</h3><p>In an 18th-century building overlooking the gardens of the Palais Royal, this elegant newcomer is meant to feel like your home away from home. Rooms are clean, contemporary, and exude a sense of calm — and fantasy if you happen to be staying in one of the top-floor suites with a balcony and views of Sacre Coeur.</p><p><em>4 rue de Valois, 75001 Paris, 33 01 42 96 15 35, <a href="http://www.grandhoteldupalaisroyal.com/" target="_blank">grandhoteldupalaisroyal.com</a></em></p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Paris-Hotels-Grand-Hotel-Du-Palais-Royal.h5576207.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p><img alt="Windsor Suite at the Ritz Paris "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528744634/ritz-paris-windor-suite-PARISHOTELS0618.jpg?itok=wM7XyHhe"><h3>The Ritz</h3><p><em>Pourquoi pas?</em> If you’re traveling all this way and are looking for the most fashionable spot in Paris, there aren’t many that will top the Ritz. After a recent four-year renovation, the refined 18th-century décor — gilded sconces, marble bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows — of the 142 rooms and themed suites (like the Coco Chanel) have never looked better.</p><p><em>15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, 33 1 43 16 30 30, <a href="https://www.ritzparis.com/en-GB" target="_blank">ritzparis.com</a></em></p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Paris-Hotels-Ritz-Paris.h21972.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a></p>
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You Can Score a Cheap Flight to Hawaii Right Now

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 07:53
<p>Flights to Hawaii are more reasonable than ever, making that island vacation one step closer to reality.</p><p><em><a href="http://scottscheapflights.com" target="_blank">Scott's Cheap Flights</a></em> spotted round-trip fares from major airports across the U.S. starting at $374. Some of the cheapest flights are available on American Airlines from Atlanta, Denver, Salt Lake City, Houston, Detroit, and Minneapolis.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/videos-showing-inside-kilauea-hawaii-volcano-crater" target="_blank">Video From a Helicopter Shows What the Inside of Kilauea's Crater Looks Like After Eruption</a></p><p>Travelers should check their preferred search engine, like <a href="http://google.com/flights" target="_blank">Google Flights</a>, to see what is available from their home airport on different travel dates.</p><p>From San Francisco, flights are currently starting at <a href="https://www.google.com/flights/?f=0&amp;gl=us#search;f=SFO;t=HNL;d=2018-09-03;r=2018-09-13;a=ONEWORLD" target="_blank">$474 round-trip</a>. For those in the New York City area, a search on Google Flights showed flights from JFK airport to Honolulu starting at <a href="https://www.google.com/flights/#flt=/m/02_286.HNL.2018-09-13*HNL./m/02_286.2018-09-19;c:USD;e:1;sd:1;t:f" target="_blank">$597 on Hawaiian Airlines</a> in late summer and early fall.</p><p>As is always true with a great flight deal, the cheapest seats go fast. If you don't see the deal you want, be sure to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/how-to-save-money-on-flights-with-airfare-alerts" target="_blank">set price alerts</a> — whether on Google or another service like <a href="http://hopper.com" target="_blank">Hopper</a> or <a href="http://kayak.com" target="_blank">Kayak</a> — to be sure you won't miss the next time prices hit rock bottom.</p><p>Increased competition has brought down prices on flights to Hawaii, and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/southwest-hawaii-flights-announcement" target="_blank">Southwest's upcoming routes</a> to the Aloha State could bring them down even more. In other words, if you don't take advantage of this sale but still want to go to Hawaii, just wait.</p><p>There have been some disruptions around the Big Island — <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/hawaii-kilauea-volcano-aftermath-photos-videos" target="_blank">especially at Volcanoes National Park</a> — however the effects of the volcano and ash are limited to that specific area.</p>
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This Private Island Hotel in Venice Has a Rooftop Pool With Perfect Sunset Views

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 06:49
<p>In Venice, the sidewalks almost feel like an afterthought — narrow and winding, leading even skilled navigators in frustrating loops. To travel by water is to see the northern Italian city the way it’s meant to be seen.</p><p>Riding a vaporetto, or public ferry, comes with about as much glamour as a ride on a New York City bus, however, and gondola and water taxi rides don't come cheap. The best way to score an extravagant-feeling boat ride through the lagoon free of charge is to visit the hotels that sit on the smaller surrounding islands.</p><img alt="JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528905632/jw-marriott-private-island-hotel-venice.JPG?itok=kZKH7Sm1"><p>Venice is made up of <a href="https://www.livitaly.com/how-was-venice-built/" target="_blank">118 tiny islands</a> in total, and hotels like the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Venice-Hotels-Belmond-Hotel-Cipriani.h14211.Hotel-Information?chkin=6%2F13%2F2018&amp;chkout=6%2F13%2F2018" target="_blank">Belmond Hotel Cipriani</a>, on Giudecca island, and <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Venice-Hotels-San-Clemente-Palace-Kempinski-Venice.h908171.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">San Clemente Palace Kempinski</a>, on the private island of San Clemente, have long been offering complementary shuttle service to and from Piazza San Marco, the city's most famous square.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/skye-mcalpine-non-tourist-secret-venice-guide" target="_blank">When in Venice, Don’t Think Like a Tourist</a></p><p>But the newest must-visit private island destination in town is the <a href="https://www.marriott.com/hotel-restaurants/vcejw-jw-marriott-venice-resort-and-spa/sagra-rooftop-restaurant/5549864/home-page.mi" target="_blank">JW Marriott Venice Resort &amp; Spa rooftop</a>, complete with a swimming pool overlooking the lagoon, a bar perfect for a sunset aperitivo, and Sagra, a restaurant serving local seafood and pasta dishes for lunch and dinner.</p><p>If you're not staying in one of the hotel's <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Venice-Hotels-JW-Marriott-Venice-Resort-Spa.h8841989.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">garden- or lagoon-view rooms</a> or in one of its <a href="https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-rooms/vcejw-jw-marriott-venice-resort-and-spa/" target="_blank">private pool suites</a>, just head to its pier near Piazza San Marco (in front of the Royal Gardens) before sunset and watch the city's hustle and bustle fade in the distance as you glide away on its complementary boat service to Isola delle Rose.</p><img alt="JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa Sagra rooftop "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528905632/jw-marriott-venice-sagra-poolside-bar.jpg?itok=s2ERwYlt"><p>Then grab an Aperol spritz and some <em>cicchetti</em> (snacks to share) and watch the sun set over the lagoon before sitting down for a leisurely meal under the twinkling lights. Pigeon- and tourist-filled San Marco and its crowded trattorias will feel a world away.</p><img alt="JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa restaurant "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528905632/jw-marriott-venice-sagra-restaurant.JPG?itok=WC-odxud"><p>If you're feeling weary after a long day of travel, you might even want to start with a visit to the <a href="https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/fitness-spa-services/vcejw-jw-marriott-venice-resort-and-spa/" target="_blank">GOCO Spa</a>, open to both hotel guests and daytrippers by appointment.</p><img alt="JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa GOCO spa "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528905632/jw-marriott-venice-goco-spa.jpg?itok=3kfBlYD2"><p>The spa offers lagoon views of its own, plus a steam room, indoor pool, and treatments ranging from body wraps and beauty services to massage therapy.</p><p>For more information, visit <a href="https://www.jwvenice.com/en/" target="_blank">jwvenice.com</a> or look out for a deal on <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/Venice-Hotels-JW-Marriott-Venice-Resort-Spa.h8841989.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">expedia.com</a>. </p>
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This Cruise Ship Will Have a Shower Suspended Over the Sea

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 06:43
<p>A shower at sea should be an experience, and on this cruise ship, it will be.</p><p>Onboard Royal Caribbean’s new <a href="https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2018/06/12/royal-caribbean-announces-features-coming-spectrum-of-the-seas" target="_blank"><em>Spectrum of the Seas</em></a>, select guests will be able to indulge in a shower with “unparalleled water views” — because their bathroom is actually <a href="http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise-Travel/Family-suite-bathroom-Spectrum-of-the-Seas" target="_blank">floating off the side of the ship</a> with nothing underneath it.</p><img alt="Royal Caribbean, Spectrum of the Seas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528901719/Spectrum-of-the-seas-ROYALCARIB0618.jpg?itok=opAdi-sc"><img alt="Royal Caribbean, Spectrum of the Seas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528901719/Spectrum-of-the-seas-deck-ROYALCARIB0618.jpg?itok=WKBuwrT0"><p>Guests who book the 2,809-square-foot <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/family-suite-on-symphony-of-the-seas" target="_blank">Ultimate Family Suite</a> will get a bevy of unique features, but the most eye-popping is the bathroom that juts out over the side of the ship.</p><p>The suite’s bathroom is cantilevered off the side of the boat, allowing guests to shower and bathe while suspended over the high seas. (The mock-up does not show any toilets in the floating bathroom.)</p><p>The two-level, three-bedroom suite can accommodate up to 11 guests, and features a slide for kids (or kids at heart) to get from the upper level down to the bottom. In addition to the floating bathroom, there’s also an en-suite recreation room for nights of karaoke, video games, or movie marathons.</p><p>As always, this ultimate experience doesn't come cheap: Booking the suite for a seven-day sailing <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/cruises/family-suite-on-symphony-of-the-seas" target="_blank">starts at $50,000</a>.</p><img alt="Royal Caribbean, Spectrum of the Seas "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528901719/Spectrum-of-the-seas-suite-ROYALCARIB0618.jpg?itok=1sikA6I8"><p>The <em>Spectrum of the Seas</em> will debut in Spring 2019 with cruises from Shanghai. Royal Caribbean says the new ship — capable of carrying up to 4,246 passengers — will be the largest sailing in Asia.</p><p>The ship is the first in Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Ultra class of ships. Other notable features on the ship include the Sky Pad, a VR bungee jumping experience, on the ship’s aft.</p>
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A Former Factory in Brooklyn Has Been Transformed Into an M.C. Escher Exhibition

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 15:12
<p>M.C. Escher's mind-bending work is on display in a renovated industrial space in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/weekend-getaways/weekend-in-new-york-city" target="_blank">New York</a>’s coolest borough.</p><img alt="Darwing Hands, by M.C. Escher "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528145297/mc-escher-drawing-hands-ESCHER0618.jpg?itok=z3k9Vft4"><p>Travel was a major influence on the trippy, through-the-looking-glass art of Maurits Cornelis Escher. In his twenties, the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/modern-netherlands" target="_blank">Dutch</a> artist made the first of many journeys through Southern Europe. He would later translate the intricately patterned Moorish tiles he saw on the walls of the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/landmarks-monuments/secrets-of-alhambra" target="_blank">Alhambra</a> in Spain into the interlocking birds, reptiles, and human faces that recur in his designs. The spiraling, warren-like hill towns and bell towers of the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/tuscany-food-tour-vespa" target="_blank">Italian countryside</a> became the Mobius strips of arches, bridges, and stairways that would come to adorn many a math major’s dorm room walls in poster form.</p><p>M. C. Escher never found a place in the art world during his lifetime, which spanned the first seven decades of the 20<sup>th</sup> century. So it’s fitting that <i><strong><a href="https://www.eschernyc.com/" target="_blank">Escher: The Exhibition and Experience</a></strong>,</i> the largest presentation of his works to appear in this country, isn’t being hosted by a Manhattan museum but at <strong><a href="http://industrycity.com/" target="_blank">Industry City</a></strong>, an interconnected complex of factories on the outskirts of <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/weekend-getaways/weekend-in-brooklyn" target="_blank">Brooklyn</a>. In addition to more than 200 original works, the just-opened show includes photos booths that attempt to create Escher’s dizzying perspectives and other interactive displays. </p><img alt="Regular Division of the Plane I and Rind, by M.C. Escher "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528145297/mc-escher-regular-devision-rind-ESCHER0618.jpg?itok=-EP8cg6c"><p>Once your brain has been suitably turned inside-out, spend some time exploring the rest of Industry City’s shops and food stalls. <strong><a href="https://www.avocaderia.com/" target="_blank">Avocaderia</a></strong> has a full menu of trendy toasts, <strong><a href="http://www.onegirlcookies.com/industry-city/" target="_blank">One Girl Cookies</a></strong> makes an outstanding whoopee pie, and the IC store by <strong><a href="https://www.wanteddesignnyc.com/" target="_blank">WantedDesign</a></strong> features objects made by some of the artists and designs who rent out work spaces in the floors above.</p>
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How Exploring Hawaii's Underwater Volcano Could Help NASA Learn About Alien Life

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:00
<p>Social media and the internet may make it seem like every corner of this wonderful world has been discovered and explored already, but it’s key to remember that there’s a lot more lurking below the surface. And NASA’s about to find out what’s down there.</p><p>According to the <a href="https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/exploration.html" target="_blank">National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association</a> (NOAA), just five percent of the world’s oceans have been explored, which makes NASA’s new mission, <a href="https://spacescience.arc.nasa.gov/subsea/">SUBSEA</a>, all the more thrilling.</p><p>As <a href="https://mashable.com/2018/06/11/nasa-subsea-volcano-hawaii-alien-life/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&amp;utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&amp;utm_source=feedly&amp;utm_medium=webfeeds#drBc0QLrVsqU" target="_blank"><em>Mashable</em> reported</a>, NASA will soon pay a visit to Hawaii's Lo'ihi volcano, which happens to be located more than 3,000 feet beneath sea level. There, the team will observe the life that thrives in these cold, dark, remote places to hopefully better understand how life on other planets may exist in similar conditions.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/tv-movies/ancient-aliens-locations" target="_blank">Here's the Alien-hunting Destination Checklist You've Been Waiting for</a></p><p>You see, as <em><a href="https://www.sciencealert.com/undersea-volcano-hawaii-lo-ihi-seamount-nasa-enceladus-europa-extraterrestrial-life" target="_blank">ScienceAlert</a></em> explained, most life here on Earth depends on a process called photosynthesis, which, in case you forgot your 8th grade science lesson, is the process where plants create energy from sunlight. But around these <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/supervolcano-japan-lava" target="_blank">deep sea volcanoes</a>, life instead is predicated on “chemosynthesis,” which <em>ScienceAlert</em> explained is “the bacteria harnessing chemical energy, such as the reaction between hydrogen sulfide from the vent, and oxygen from the seawater around them, to <a href="http://noaacontent.nroc.org/lesson05/l5text.htm" target="_blank">produce sugar molecules</a>,” which become their food.</p><p>Once these tiny bacteria exist other animals can feed on them for nutrients, expanding the circle of life.</p><img alt="Oxidation on the surface of the underwater Loihi Volcano "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528736621/oxidated-loihi-volcano-surface-UNDERTHESEA0618.jpg?itok=RpYyq9Aa"><p>NASA, <em>Mashable</em> further explained, is specifically hoping to learn more about how life may sustain itself on Saturn's moon Enceladus and Jupiter's moon Europa, both of which could closely resemble the environment around the Lo’ihi volcano, as both moons are already suspected to have their own heat-emitting vents and oceans beneath their ice shells.</p><p>"It's extremely rich in diversity," Craig Moyer, a volcano microbiologist at Western Washington University, who has also studied Lo'ihi volcano for more than 20 years, told <em>Mashable</em>. On previous trips Moyer explained he’s seen a diverse ecosystem surrounding the volcano. "My fingers are crossed that we’ll see an uptick in the activity once again," he added.</p><p>The mission begins in August and both NASA and its partner NOAA are expected to share photos from their underwater adventures, so stay tuned for a glimpse of potential alien(ish) life right here on Earth.</p>
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Inside One of the World's Most Beautiful Libraries (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 11:00
<p>The <a href="https://www.mvrdv.nl/projects/tianjin-binhai-library" target="_blank">Tianjin Binhai Library</a> in China is a breathtaking work of modern architecture which aims to inspire enjoyment of the arts.</p><p>The unique design of the five-level 33,700 meter square (362,743 square foot) building creates an eye when viewed from the outside. The contours inside create a shell holding a pearl at its center. This shell is made up of terraced layers of bookshelves, stacked on top of each other in curves that reach from the ground floor all the way to the ceiling.</p><p>The iris or pearl at the center is an auditorium, and the steps of the library do double-duty as seats for reading, contemplation and socializing. Inside the building, around the eye, there are also educational facilities, subterranean service spaces, book storage, and a large archive.</p><img alt="Tianjin Library "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1513792412/Tianjin-Library-China-exterior-BTFLLBRRY1217.jpg?itok=NPk5-fM_"><p>On the ground floor of the library space, visitors can enjoy dedicated reading areas for children and the elderly. The next two floors up offer reading rooms, books and lounge areas. The upper floors also offer meeting rooms, offices, and computer and audio rooms. The rooftop features restful patios.</p><p>The Tianjin Library was designed as part of a masterplan to both modernize and unify the various districts of the city, joining the old town with residential areas, commercial spaces and the government quarter. We asked <a href="https://www.mvrdv.nl/projects/tianjin-binhai-library" target="_blank">designers MVRDV</a> to describe the inspiration behind the project.</p><p>“As a practice, MVRDV is always interested in exploring and expanding on existing typologies especially in cultural project. And we like to think of how these spaces can be adapted to future users,” Bastiaan van der Sluis, Public Relations &amp; Business Development, told <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “Gone are the days of musty, carpeted room with outdated technology. Libraries provide a public means of accessing knowledge and can also be places of inspiration. For this project the main challenge was to create a design that was ambitious and rethink the typology for a library so it is no longer a dull and depressing environment. It becomes a social space that also promotes reading and inspiration.”</p><img alt="Tianjin Library "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1513792412/Tianjin-Library-China-interior-3-BTFLLBRRY1217.jpg?itok=l008bEaJ"><p>“The brief was to create a new library that was part of a larger masterplan to transform Tianjin Binhai cultural district into a world-class area between the city and public park nearby,” van der Sluis added. “The initial brief required a library and a sphere screen cinema. The idea is the ball pushes the space away to create the cave-like public atrium. The atrium connects the park in front and the public corridor behind.”</p><p>Whether the sphere auditorium at the heart of Tianjin Bihnal Library is an iris or a pearl is really in the eye of the beholder.</p><p>“This ‘pearl in the oyster’ or ‘pupil in the eye’ is a big sphere of light which is intentionally given an aura of mystery,” van der Sluis said. “Reviews describe it as an ‘ocean of books’ and the ‘most beautiful library of China.’ Comments on social media call the building a ‘sea of knowledge,’ ‘super sci-fi’ or simply as ‘The Eye.’”</p><img alt="Tianjin Library "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1513792412/Tianjin-Library-China-interior-BTFLLBRRY1217.jpg?itok=3ugCWFIO"><p>MVRDV build as their “most rapid fast-track project to date,” with only three years passing between the first sketch and the opening. This speed led to some compromise on their original vision for the project, including giving access to the upper bookshelves from rooms behind the atrium.</p><p>Because of this, the books showing on the upper layers are made of perforated aluminium plates which are printed to look like books. Designers say that plans to open up access to those shelves may still be realized at some future date.</p><p>Keeping this sublime and soothing white space pristine requires cleaners to use ropes and movable scaffolding.</p><p>“Tianjin is a library intended to be a step in the direction for making libraries a more all-in-one space,” Van der Sluis said. “We expect visitors to feel a space for learning, consuming, sharing, creating, and experiencing, whilst at the same time, still retaining their core as spaces for knowledge exchange.”</p>
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Kids Can Sleep With Dinosaurs in This New Jurassic World Suite at Universal Orlando

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 10:17
<p>Ahead of the release of “Jurassic World,” the <a href="https://www.loewshotels.com/royal-pacific-resort" target="_blank">Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando</a> unveiled a new suite that will make kids feel like they’re sleeping in the middle of the action.</p><p>Upon entering the <a href="https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/places-to-stay/loews-royal-pacific-resort/guest-suites.html#kids-suites" target="_blank">Jurassic Suite</a>, guests will find themselves surrounded floor-to-ceiling by all things dinosaur.</p><img alt="Universal Orlando Florida Loews Royal Pacific Resort Jurassic Park Kid's Suite "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528831574/loews-royal-pacific-jurassic-bed-JURPARKKID0618.jpg?itok=5k8c4Wa6"><p>Gigantic dinosaur tracks cover the floor as if one of the giant creatures had just passed through. The two twin beds are designed to mimic the gyrosphere, the ride that takes visitors through Jurassic Park in the movies. The bedding itself is designed to look like the test tubes in which the Jurassic Park dinosaurs were formed. The scene is completed by a dinosaur menagerie on the back wall, featuring images of pterodactyls in flight.</p><p>The kids’ room opens only onto the attached adult room, ensuring that kids can’t disappear to Jurassic adventures without the grown-ups knowing.</p><img alt="Universal Orlando Florida Loews Royal Pacific Resort Jurassic Park Kid's Suite "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528831574/loews-royal-pacific-jurassic-park-suite-JURPARKKID0618.jpg?itok=i8FD5eqf"><p>The 670-square-foot suite can accommodate up to five people with one king bed, two twin beds and an optional rollaway bed. Rates for the room this summer will range <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/loews-royal-pacific-resort-at-universal.html?label=opensearch-plugin;sid=694a0009345a1124e47ddd2d7106432d;dest_id=20023488;dest_type=city;dist=0;hapos=1;hpos=1;room1=A%2CA;sb_price_type=total;srepoch=1528837609;srfid=f2df57c0fb13c80d37d95d851f74b2c7d1a0efd7X1;srpvid=366894740a520200;type=total;ucfs=1&#hotelTmpl" target="_blank">from $489 to $679 per night</a>.</p><img alt="Universal Orlando Florida Loews Royal Pacific Resort Jurassic Park Kid's Suite "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528831574/loews-royal-pacific-jurassic-park-JURPARKKID0618.jpg?itok=IipuX5_X"><p>Those who book the room also get complimentary Universal Express Unlimited passes which will allow them to skip lines at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, including the <a href="https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/things-to-do/rides-attractions/jurassic-park-river-adventure/index.html" target="_blank">Jurassic Park River Adventure</a> attraction. <a href="https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2018/06/11/blue-the-raptor-from-jurassic-world-is-now-at-universal-orlando" target="_blank">Guests will also be able to see Blue</a>, a raptor from the “Jurassic World” movie during his stay at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.</p>
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Ariana Grande Just Got Engaged — and Celebrated by Riding Space Mountain

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 09:02
<p><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/yoga-wellness/celebrity-workout-tips-for-traveling" target="_blank">Ariana Grande</a> has a lot to celebrate these days. Not only does the singer have a new album on the way, but she also recently got engaged to her new boyfriend, <em>SNL</em> actor Pete Davidson, whom she began dating in May (yes, just a few weeks ago). And, like most people who have something to celebrate, Grande and Davidson went to <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/new-disneyland-dining-locations" target="_blank">Disneyland</a> to revel in all their good news.</p><p>On Tuesday, Grande posted several videos to her Instagram stories of her new fiance while the pair giggled their way through one of the park’s famed rides.</p><p>Though it’s unclear what ride they were on during her Instagram story, fans did catch a quick glimpse of the duo as they exited the first row of Space Mountain.</p><p>Though their engagement seems to have come at lightning speed, those closest to the pair say it’s true love.</p><p>“They are a perfect it. They are not rushing to get married. Their friends are really excited and supportive,” a source shared with <em><a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/ariana-grande-and-pete-davidson-are-engaged/" target="_blank">Us Weekly</a></em>. “They are both constantly making each other laugh. Their moms have met. They’ve been very public with their relationship on social media and they are in very in love.”</p><p>But just because Davidson and Grande announced their engagement doesn’t mean fans should expect a wedding any time soon. According to an additional source who spoke to <i>Us Weekly</i>, the couple is “looking forward to a very long engagement together.”</p><p>Furthermore, Grande insured her fans that her new fiance knows that when he marries her he’s also marrying her fans. In a tweet, a fan wrote to Grande, “I hope he knows he is marrying us as well.” She replied, “He’s been briefed.”</p><p>Hey, as long as they keep making time to ride Space Mountain together we think they’ll be OK.</p>
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Gloomy Weather Doesn't Stand a Chance Against This Special Light Therapy Umbrella

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 08:25
<p>The end of June marks the beginning of summer, but that doesn’t mean everyone's all sunshine and smiles. In fact, for many parts of the U.S., June is one of the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/style/kate-middleton-favorite-rain-boots" target="_blank">rainiest</a> and cloudiest months of the year. This "<a href="http://www.laweekly.com/news/what-causes-june-gloom-and-why-its-las-best-weather-event-8279459" target="_blank">June Gloom</a>" can lead to people feeling some detrimental emotional and physical effects. </p><p>But Days Inn by Wyndham has a unique solution for people who are feeling down in the dumps. The affordable hotel chain is now offering a “Days Innbrella” to help travelers combat gloomy weather by not only keeping them dry, but also giving them a spot of light therapy.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/yoga-wellness/how-to-make-hotel-room-healthy" target="_blank">How to Make Your Hotel Room Healthier</a></p><p>The Days Innbrella is much like your typical umbrella. It’s large and blocks out the rain so you can go about your day without getting soaked. But it’s also outfitted with therapy-like LED lights that generate more than 4,000 LUX each, giving you a boost of energy.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/cocktail-umbrella-messages" target="_blank">There's a Secret Message Hiding in Your Cocktail Umbrella</a></p><p>The Days Innbrella will be made available at specific Days Inn locations including Seattle, Portland, Oregon, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.expedia.com/New-York-Hotels-Days-Inn-By-Wyndham-Hotel-New-York-City-Broadway.h129325.Hotel-Information" target="_blank">New York City</a>, Houston, New Orleans, and Miami.</p><p>The brand is also giving away a limited number to travelers on its Twitter handle (@DaysInn) now through June 26. To enter, Twitter users have to publicly retweet the below tweet from Days Inn.</p><p>For more information about the Days Innbrella and where to find one at a Days Inn, visit the <a href="https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/days-inn/hotel-deals/innbrella" target="_blank">Days Inn website</a>. More information on the sweepstakes can be <a href="https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/days-inn/about-us/terms-daysinn-innbrella-2018" target="_blank">found here</a>.</p>
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This Passenger's Video of a Filthy Airplane Bathroom Will Give You Nightmares

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 08:03
<p>It’s an unspoken rule of thumb that <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/how-flight-attendants-keep-bathrooms-fresh" target="_blank">airplane bathrooms</a> are the most unpleasant place to be on your flight.</p><p>But at the very least we expect our lavatories to be clean and sanitary.</p><p>Passenger Ben Perry wasn't so lucky on a Ryanair flight from Comiso Airport in Sicily to London Stansted: According to a video, when he visited his plane bathroom he found grime all over the sink, mirror, and walls.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/what-happens-when-airplane-toilet-flushes" target="_blank">This Is What Happens When You Flush the Airplane Toilet</a></p><p>The toilet itself looked positively unusable.</p><p>Perry posted a video of what he saw on Twitter, but don’t look unless you have a strong stomach.</p><p>“After a 4 hour delay I get on board to then find your toilets/baby changing facilities like this its absolutely disgusting! I mentioned this to a staff [member] after I come out of there and his reply was not our problem!! I see there customer care is not very important!!” Perry wrote on Twitter.</p><p>A <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/ryanair-reviews" target="_blank">Ryanair</a> spokesperson told <em><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/6507486/ryanair-passenger-films-filthy-plane-bathroom/" target="_blank">The Sun</a>: </em>“All Ryanair aircraft are thoroughly cleaned by professionals at the end of each day, in line with industry standards, and cabin crew carry out a cabin tidy and toilet check at the end of every flight.”</p><p>It’s unclear why this bathroom seems to have missed its cleanliness check.</p><p>The spokesperson also corrected Perry’s post, saying that the flight was only delayed by two hours, not four as Perry claimed on Twitter.</p><p>At the very least, this is your casual reminder to always wear shoes, and wash your hands, on flights.</p>
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Why Did the Alligator Cross the Runway? To Delay the Spirit Airlines Flight

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:50
<p>There are a lot of reasons why a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/how-to-know-if-your-flight-will-be-delayed" target="_blank">plane can get delayed</a>. Between bad weather, runway traffic jams, and <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/tsa-keeping-track-of-unruly-passengers" target="_blank">unruly passengers</a>, lots of flights can have trouble keeping schedule.</p><p>Occasionally, even the animal kingdom can interfere with your takeoff or landing. And depending on where you are, this can mean encountering some unusual critters.</p><p>At Orlando International Airport on Monday, a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/spirit-airlines-reviews" target="_blank">Spirit Airlines flight</a> had a near run-in with an alligator who was sauntering its way across the runway toward a pond.</p><p>Passenger Anthony Velardi, who posted a video of the reptile on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/anthonyfvelardi/videos/435691470231502/" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, put it perfectly: “Only in Florida.”</p><p>The plane had just landed at MCO from Washington, D.C., according to Velardi. The flight had to wait about five minutes for the alligator to finish its casual stroll before it could continue to the gate, <a href="https://www.wptv.com/news/state/plane-delayed-at-orlando-international-airport-by-an-alligator" target="_blank">WPTV</a> reported.</p><p>One passenger told <a href="https://www.npr.org/2018/06/12/619109909/plane-stops-for-alligator-crossing-at-orlando-airport" target="_blank">NPR </a> the pilot came on the overhead speaker, announcing, "Believe it or not there is a gator on the runway and we are waiting for it to cross."</p><p>Airport trucks made sure the gator stayed put, but it was clear the creature was unbothered by the giant machines around it.</p><p>Airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell told the Associated Press that sightings of alligators are quite common around the airport.</p>
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Flooding in France Is Causing Major Destruction and Deaths (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:40
<p>Severe weather caused the deaths of at least four people in France over the last two weeks, according to <em>The Local</em>, with more rain expected to come.</p><p>As <em><a href="https://www.thelocal.fr/20180607/flash-floods-in-france-claim-two-more-lives?utm_source=dlvr.it&amp;utm_medium=twitter" target="_blank">The Local</a></em> reported, the body of a 37-year-old man was found in his car in northern France in early June. He is believed to have drowned when his car became encased in <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/paris-flood-louvre-closure" target="_blank">flood water</a>.</p><p>Earlier this month a woman in her 90s also died in the town of Montmorillon when her home flooded. During that same timeframe, the body of another elderly woman was found in a river in the Lot-et-Garonne region of southern France.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/paris-seine-river-flooding" target="_blank">Paris Is Flooding and the Pictures Are Intense (Video)</a></p><p>The rains are expected to last through Wednesday at 6 a.m. local time.</p><p>Beyond claiming several lives, the storms are also causing severe destruction to the area. On Tuesday, flooding caused a Paris commuter train to partially overturn, injuring seven people on board.</p><p>The weather may also affect the wine industry in France for months to come. Already, the <a href="https://weather.com/photos/news/2018-06-01-hail-damages-bordeaux-champagne-wine-region-france" target="_blank">Weather Channel</a> reported, these severe storms have destroyed 8 million bottles worth of grapes that would have been made into champagne. The Weather Channel added that 17,544 acres of vines were impacted in the Bordeaux region while 4,500 acres were affected in Champagne.</p><img alt="June 12, 2018 in Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse shows a flooded street following heavy rains. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528816372/Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse-France-FRFLOOD0618.jpg?itok=H9vdoqeR"><p>The flooding has become so intense that<em> </em>the town of Morlaix, located in northwestern Brittany, is still digging its way out after it was hit with an estimated month’s worth of rain in just 30 minutes last week, <em><a href="https://www.thelocal.fr/20180612/more-heavy-rain-and-flooding-parts-of-northern-and-south-west-france-on-alert?utm_source=dlvr.it&amp;utm_medium=twitter" target="_blank">The Local</a> </em>reported.</p><p>According to <em><a href="https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/French-storms-and-heavy-rain-cause-flood-alerts" target="_blank">The Connexion</a></em>, most communities in northern France are still under threat including Ardennes, Aube, Marne, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, and Vosges.</p><img alt="A man walks in a flooded road in Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse on June 12, 2018 following heavy rains. "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1528816372/Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse-France-roads-FRFLOOD0618.jpg?itok=Kd0_wAAD"><p>Beyond the concerning amounts of rain, forecasters are also warning citizens of strong lightening storms and potential hail to come.</p>
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