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A Partial Solar Eclipse Is Happening This Week — Here's Where to See It

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 08:21
<p>If you missed last month’s <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/super-blue-moon-photos" target="_blank">Super Blue Blood Moon</a>, you’re in for another astronomical treat: A partial solar eclipse will <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/northern-lights-rainbow-photo" target="_blank">grace the skies</a> this week.</p><p>As NASA describes, a <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/partial-solar-eclipse" target="_blank">partial solar eclipse</a> occurs when the sun, moon, and Earth don’t line up perfectly, meaning the moon only covers a portion of the sun with its shadow. </p><p>The illusion can create mesmerizing crescent shapes or make it appear as though there's a chunk missing from the sun.</p><p>The eclipse will happen on Feb. 15 and will be visible across South America and Antarctica, according to <em><a href="http://earthsky.org/?p=271387" target="_blank">T</a><a href="https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2018-february-15" target="_blank">ime and Date</a></em>, giving viewers in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, southern Brazil, and southern Paraguay the chance to witness the sight.</p><p>It will <a href="https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2018-february-15" target="_blank">start in the afternoon</a>, and the maximum eclipse (when the axis of the moon’s shadow cone passes closest to Earth’s center) will arrive about two hours later, with the total event lasting for around four hours.</p><p>Depending on where you’re looking, the amount the sun blocks the moon will vary, increasing the more south you are. The moon is expected to cover up to 40 percent of the sun in locations like Ushuaia, Argentina, according to <em><a href="https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/02/skywatching-guide-february-solar-eclipse-meteors-moon-space-science/" target="_blank">National Geographic</a></em>.</p><p>Even though the eclipse is partial, you’ll still want to use protective measures because it is dangerous to look directly into the sun.</p><p><a href="https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety" target="_blank">NASA recommends</a> opting for either <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Eclipse-Solar-Viewing-Glasses-Protection/dp/B073HDZ5YS" target="_blank">eclipse glasses</a> or using a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/fun-things-to-do-waiting-eclipse" target="_blank">pinhole projection</a> to view the image safely.</p>
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Inside the NYC Hotel That Hosts Hundreds of Canine Guests During the Westminster Dog Show

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 07:57
<p>Ahead of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, New York City’s Hotel Pennsylvania transforms into a menagerie of canine species. Toy, hound, and working dogs parade down the halls, preparing to compete for the title of best in show.</p><p>About 600 dogs are currently checked into the hotel for the competition, directly across the street at Madison Square Garden.</p><p>The Hotel Pennsylvania has been hosting Westminster competitors since the 1990s and, in that time, they have perfected the art of canine hospitality: In addition to a convenient location, canine guests can expect a stay with activities and services catered specially for them.</p><p>During the course of the competition, the hotel hosts fashion shows, parties, fairs — all for dogs and their owners. Guests also have access to <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/new-york-city" target="_blank">New York City</a>’s largest indoor “doggie spa” inside the hotel.</p><p>There’s even a dedicated canine concierge at the hotel, Jerry Grymek. Grymek revealed some of the more unusual and outrageous services he has provided for competitors. <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/12/nyregion/new-york-today-westminster-kennel-club-dog-show.html" target="_blank">He told the <em>New York Times</em></a> that he has booked an opera singer to come to a room and serenade an <a href="http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/spinone-italiano/" target="_blank">Italian Spinone</a> to calm him before the show. He has hired acupuncturists and psychics. He makes food runs for pizza, chicken sandwiches, “six McDonald’s cheeseburgers; hold the onions,” he told the <em>NYT</em>.</p><p>Rooms at the hotel for the dog show <a href="https://www.hotelpenn.com/pet-friendly/westminster-dog-show/" target="_blank">start at $179 per night</a>.</p>
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Here Are All the Airlines That Have Never Had a Fatal Plane Crash

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 07:36
<p>Many people suffer from a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/getting-over-fear-of-flying" target="_blank">fear of flying</a>. Dramatic T.V. shows and movies will lead you to believe that extreme turbulence and plane crashes are not only common, but nearly impossible to survive.</p><p>In truth, the likelihood of being in a plane crash is extremely low — <a href="https://www.theodysseyonline.com/21-things-more-likely-than-dying-in-plane-crash" target="_blank">one to one million</a>, in fact. And, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/ben-sherwood/the-three-myths-about-pla_b_158362.html" target="_blank">95.7 percent of the passengers </a>involved in plane accidents make it out alive. These statistics should help give you peace of mind before you get on a plane.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/pilot-airplane-safety-trick-emergency-evacuation" target="_blank">Why You Should Start Every Flight With This Pilot's 3-second Safety Trick</a></p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-warnings/survive-plane-crash-flight-attendant" target="_blank">How to Survive a Plane Crash, According to a Former Flight Attendant</a></p><p>However, a little extra reassurance never hurts for anyone out there who is still feeling timid. If you do feel a little queasy next time you need to book a flight, there are 42 airlines that <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-truths/airlines-never-had-a-crash-accident/" target="_blank">have never suffered a fatal accident in their history</a>, according to <a href="http://www.planecrashinfo.com/accidents.htm" target="_blank">Plane Crash Info</a>.</p><p>Air Berlin<br />Air Europa<br />AirTran Airways<br />Allegiant Airways<br />Cape Air<br />Chautauqua Airlines<br />CommutAir<br />DragonAir<br />Easyjet<br />Emirates<br />Era Alaska<br />Expressjet Airlines<br />Frontier Airlines<br />GoJet Airlines<br />Hainan Group<br />Hawaiian Airlines<br />Horizon Air<br />Jazz air<br />Jet airways<br />JetBlue<br />Jetstar<br />Lion Airlines<br />Mesa Airlines<br />Olympic Airways<br />Oman Airways<br />Pinnacle Airlines<br />Qatar Airways<br />Republic Airlines<br />Ryanair<br />Shenzhen Airlines<br />Shuttle America<br />Southwest Airlines<br />Spirit Airlines<br />Swiss<br />Trans State Airlines<br />Transaero Airlines<br />Ukraine International Airlines<br />Vietnam Airlines<br />Virgin Atlantic<br />Virgin America<br />Virgin Australia<br />Vueling<br />Westjet</p>
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Gusty Winds and Freezing Temperatures Are Wreaking Havoc at the Olympics

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 07:17
<p>For some athletes, the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are well underway. For others, however, Mother Nature has different plans.</p><p>All the athletes competing in this year’s winter games have arrived in South Korea, and each and every one of them has faced the brutal cold that the country is now experiencing. <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/12/sport/weather-delays-olympics-intl/index.html" target="_blank">According to <em>CNN</em></a>, temperatures in the city are hovering around 12 degrees Fahrenheit. With the wind chill, it feels more like -14˚F. And that cold, windy weather means that some Olympic events have had to be canceled or postponed to ensure athletes' safety.</p><p>As CNN reported, several competitions, including the women's giant slalom, have been pushed back because the weather could become dangerous. As reporter Christina Macfarlane noted, the weather could become “a real problem for the organizers because this is forecast to last for at least the next four days.”</p><p>Now, the women's giant slalom is slated to take place on Thursday, along with the men's downhill race, which was delayed on Sunday, according to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team.</p><p>On Monday, one event did go off, the women’s slopestyle competition. Though the wind greatly affected the competition there too. Reporter Mark Staniforth tweeted, “At the snowboard slopestyle, where six of the first seven have crashed, and one didn't even attempt a jump. Strong winds playing havoc.”</p><p>Cheryl Maas of the Netherlands put it bluntly, when <a href="https://www.si.com/olympics/2018/02/12/pyeongchang-snowboarding-slopestyle-wind-conditions" target="_blank">she told <em>Sports Illustrated</em>,</a> “It's a s---show,” about the event. Czech Republic’s Sarka Panocochova additionally told the <a href="https://www.denverpost.com/2018/02/11/jamie-anderson-wins-olympic-snowboard-slopestyle-pyeongchang/" target="_blank"><em>Denver Post</em></a> the weather was, “So terrible. They shouldn’t have run it.”</p><p>However, despite athletes not performing their best, The International Ski Federation said in a statement that it would “never stage a competition” if it were deemed unsafe for athletes.</p><p>On Sunday, Australian snowboarder Tess Coady revealed that the weather got the best of her during a practice run, writing on Instagram,"Well Olympics came to a screeching [halt] today for me... got picked up in the wind on the bottom jump in practice and my acl was not a big fan! Thanks for all the lovin everyone...brb.”</p><p>Though other athletes competing in different outdoor events seem okay with the brisk weather. American snowboarder Chloe Kim told reporters the conditions were “amazing” while Australian snowboarder Emily Arthur said, “This is the best pipe I've ever ridden.”</p>
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Disney World and Disneyland Are Raising Prices Once Again (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 17:58
<p>The Happiest Place on Earth just got a little more expensive.</p><p>Walt <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/walt-disney-world-orlando-guide" target="_blank">Disney World</a> in Orlando, Florida, and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disneyland-new-hotel-2021" target="_blank">Disneyland</a> in Anaheim, California, are raising ticket prices by several dollars starting Sunday. The new prices still reflect the amusement parks' ticketing policies that reflect popular visiting hours, with value-priced tickets, regular tickets and peak-priced tickets.</p><p>At Disney World, prices for "value" days increased to $109 for adults and $103 for children — a $2 uptick — and prices for tickets during regular days increased to $119 for adults and $113 for children — a $4 increase, according to the Associated Press. Peak season tickets increased by $5, up to $129 for adults and $123 for children.</p><p>At Disneyland, "peak" single-day tickets increased by $11 to $135, regular-priced days increased $7 to $117, and value-day ticket prices did not increase from $97. </p><p>The price increases — which also impacted other Disney properties like <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/drinking-around-the-world-epcot" target="_blank">Epcot</a>, annual pass prices and parking prices — come amid an effort to spread out park attendance to lessen crowds and shorten wait times for lines. </p><p>“We know how important making memories at Disney theme parks is to families and we will continue to evolve our pricing in a way that gives families a range of options to meet their budget and helps better spread attendance throughout the year so they can make the most of every visit,” Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger <a href="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-disney-ticket-price-increase-20180211-story.html" target="_blank">told the <em>Orlando Sentinel</em></a> in a statement. </p><p>Disney has a number of different ticket options at their parks, including annual passes, two-to-five day passes and state-specific passes that benefit state residents in California and Florida. </p><p>The price increases were expected as the company <a href="http://fortune.com/2017/02/11/disney-us-parks-increases-prices/" target="_blank">typically announces</a> them each February. While some of the ticket price increases this year are minimal, depending on your party and your ticket package, it could cost a lot more, as <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disney-ticket-price-increase" target="_blank"><em>Travel + Leisure</em></a> explored last year when Disney raised its prices. Still, there are <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/how-to-save-money-disney-world" target="_blank">a number of ways you can save money</a> on your Disney trips, including planning your vacation around the amusement parks' value days.</p>
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Russian Passenger Jet Crashes Outside Moscow, Killing all 71 People On Board

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 16:26
<p>A Russian passenger jet crashed Sunday 50 miles outside of Moscow, with none of the 71 people onboard surviving, <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-airplane-crash/plane-crashes-near-moscow-killing-71-people-agencies-idUSKBN1FV0LB" target="_blank">according to Reuters</a>. </p><p>The cause of Saratov Airlines Flight 703 crash is still unknown, but the plane went missing just minutes after taking off from the Domodedovo Aiport, <a href="http://time.com/5143492/russia-plane-crash/" target="_blank">the Associated Press reported</a>.</p><p>Flight 703 was en route to Orsk, a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/russia" target="_blank">Russian</a> city near the border of Kazakhstan. All possible causes of the fatal crash are being looked into by Russia’s Investigative Committee.</p><p>Witnesses reported hearing a huge explosion and seeing an airplane in flames falling towards the ground, while Russian news agencies said wreckage has been spotted in a field near <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/moscow" target="_blank">Moscow</a>, the <em><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/passenger-plane-with-71-aboard-crashes-near-moscow-russian-news-agencies-say/2018/02/11/486fa89c-0f28-11e8-9065-e55346f6de81_story.html?utm_term=.afc2828976ae" target="_blank">Washington Post</a> </em>reported.</p><p>Unnamed investigators told Russian website gazeta.ru that the pilot asked for emergency landing clearance after reporting some type of malfunction, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43024235" target="_blank">according to the BBC</a>.</p><p>Tass, Russia’s state news agency, said the plane, which was manufactured in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/kiev-ukraine-spirit-hope" target="_blank">Ukraine</a> and Russia, had been flying since 2010, but stopped for two years because of a parts shortage in Russia, according to the Associated Press.</p><p>Russia has had numerous high-profile plane crashes in previous years. The <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-airplane/all-92-on-syria-bound-russian-military-jet-killed-in-crash-including-60-from-red-army-choir-idUSKBN14E02Y" target="_blank">most recent crash</a> happened in December 2016 when a Russian Defense Ministry plane headed to Syria fatally crashed in the Black Sea, killing all 92 people on the plane. </p><p>Nine months before that, a FlyDubai Boeing 737-88 aircraft crashed in Southern Russia, killing all 65 people on board, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/19/passenger-jet-crashes-on-landing-in-russian-city-of-rostov-on-don" target="_blank">reported <em>The Guardia</em>n</a>, saying the crash was a result of bad weather and pilot error.</p>
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This Hidden Cabin in Norway Looks Like It Was Buried in an Avalanche

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 13:30
<p>Norwegian architecture studio <a href="http://vardehaugen.no/" target="_blank">Vardehaugen</a> created the unique Vindheim Cabin, a hidden modern cabin that is meant to be discovered by hikers.</p><img alt="Cabin Vindheim Norway Snow Retreat Design "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515519933/architecture-cabin-vindheim-norway-SNOWCABIN0118.jpg?itok=82pu3Gop"><p>The cabin is located near Lillehammer, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-trends/happiest-country-world-norway-polls" target="_blank">Norway</a>, and is designed with sloped roofs that make it look like it is buried in the snow. The region is known for its heavy snowfall, so the architects wanted to design a roof that is not only modern, but could be functional as a hill for skiing and sleddiing.</p><p>The cabin is only 55 square meters (about 592 square feet), <a href="https://www.wallpaper.com/architecture/vindheim-cabin-by-vardehaugen-is-a-hidden-wonder" target="_blank"><em>Wallpaper</em> reported</a>, and uses solar power and a wood oven to keep guests charged up and toasty warm. If you’re worried about the snowed-in look of the cabin feeling claustrophobic, it also has plenty of large windows and skylights to let in the sun (and the beautiful view).</p><img alt="Cabin Vindheim Norway Snow Retreat Design "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515519933/fireplace-cabin-vindheim-norway-SNOWCABIN0118.jpg?itok=uloJ4J-5"><p>The outside of the cabin is made with a black-stained pine, which stands out against the pure white snow around it. The inside is less severe, with a light stained poplar that looks much more modern and inviting.</p><img alt="Cabin Vindheim Norway Snow Retreat Design "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1515519933/living-space-cabin-vindheim-norway-SNOWCABIN0118.jpg?itok=zFpwcB01"><p>According to <a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/the-vindheim-cabin-snowbound-in-norway-9828c1b2" target="_blank">Dwell</a>, architect Håkon Matre Aasarød built the structure for a Norwegian couple interested in design as well as skiing and hiking, so unfortunately the cabin is not available for travelers to book, but it sounds like an amazing winter getaway.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/norway-when-to-see-northern-lights" target="_blank">Everything You Need to Know to See the Northern Lights in Norway</a></p><p>“They enjoy the cabin and spend time there every weekend. The only issue is that they’ve had problems with sheep climbing up the roof,” <a href="https://www.dwell.com/article/the-vindheim-cabin-snowbound-in-norway-9828c1b2" target="_blank">Aasarød told <em>Dwell</em></a>. “However, I’m sure the sheep enjoy it.”</p>
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These Are the Royal Traditions to Expect at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 13:01
<p>In just a few short months Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle at <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/prince-harry-meghan-markle-wedding-date-location" target="_blank">St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle</a>, which was originally built in the early 13th century — a traditional location, to say the least.</p><p>While the couple will get to make a few decisions about their big day, like which dress the bride wears, who walks her down the aisle, and what's on the menu at their reception, little else will be left up to them. In fact, most of their wedding is already predetermined thanks to royal tradition.</p><h2>The Outfits</h2><p>As <em><a href="https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/royal-wedding-traditions-prince-harry-meghan-markle-engaged-a3702436.html" target="_blank">The Standard</a> </em>explained, while Meghan will be able to pick her dress, Harry will have to wear his military uniform, a tradition that dates back to Prince Albert’s wedding. </p><p>The one traditional item we can likely expect to see Meghan rocking on her wedding day is a tiara. According to <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-9-royal-wedding-traditions-we-can-expect-to-see_us_5a2822ebe4b073bb87c980db"><i>HuffPost</i></a>, Kate Middleton proudly wore a Cartier Halo tiara from the Queen’s personal collection for her big day. It’s likely Her Majesty will <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/meghan-markle-cant-wear-tiara" target="_blank">loan one to Meghan as well</a>.</p><h2>The Reception Arrival</h2><p>The royal wedding is nothing if not a grand expression of pomp and circumstance, and that means arriving by royal carriage. Like Princess Diana and Prince Charles, Kate Middleton and Prince William, and the Queen and Prince Phillip before them, Meghan and Harry will likely leave the church in a horse-drawn carriage after the ceremony. It will almost certainly be a State Landau, a 1902 gilded open carriage, to be specific. And we can’t wait.</p><h2>The Wedding Party</h2><p>While it’s not royal tradition to have <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/prince-harry-william-best-man" target="_blank">a best man or maid of honor</a>, you will likely see both Prince George and Princess Charlotte play a part. Not only is it royal tradition to have flower children and ring bearers, but we also highly doubt the royal family would deny the world these two adorable kids during the biggest royal event of the year.</p><h2>The Seating Chart</h2><p>If it follows tradition, the wedding will also be very split down the middle. For example, the royals will sit on the right side of the church, something they always do at weddings, while Meghan’s family and friends will sit on the left.</p><h2>The Food</h2><p>The couple will also have two cakes for the reception, and this tradition simply comes down to opulence. They have two cakes because they are royal and they can. Oh, and one <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/culture/g13948284/royal-family-marriage-traditions/?slide=7" target="_blank">has to be a fruit cake</a>. Because that’s what royals like.</p><h2>The Portrait</h2><p>After each royal wedding, the <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/culture/g13948284/royal-family-marriage-traditions/?slide=3" target="_blank">entire Windsor family</a> comes together for one amazing portrait. And Harry and Meghan’s wedding may have one more exciting addition in theirs: William and Kate’s new baby. Their wedding will take place mere weeks after <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/william-kate-third-child-due-date" target="_blank">Middleton is expected to give birth</a> so perhaps they will bring along the tot for one photo before handing him or her off to a nanny so they can cut a rug at the reception.</p><h2>The Bouquet</h2><p>Meghan's wedding bouquet will undoubtedly be beautiful, but it also comes with a special significance. Not only will it include Myrtle, <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-9-royal-wedding-traditions-we-can-expect-to-see_us_5a2822ebe4b073bb87c980db" target="_blank">a flower that symbolizes good luck</a> in love and has been in every royal bouquet since Queen Victoria, but she will also leave it at the <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/culture/g13948284/royal-family-marriage-traditions/?slide=8" target="_blank">tomb of the unknown soldier</a> as a sign of respect.</p>
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What Americans Find Most Surprising About Europe

Travel and Leisure - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 12:31
<p>To many people, it may come as no surprise that Europe is different than America. The culture is different. The streets are different. The times that people eat are different.</p><p>Travelers, however, sometimes forget about those differences while hunting for the closest Starbucks, expecting ice in their glass of water, or begrudgingly paying to use the bathroom.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-places-travel-europe-february" target="_blank">The Best Places to Travel in Europe in February</a></p><p>One redditor recently asked Americans what their “biggest WTF moment” was while in Europe.</p><p>The commenters delivered.</p><p>One traveler saw a man throw a trident into the sea in Greece and pull out a live octopus.</p><p>Americans were aghast at how seriously soccer — or football — is taken across the ocean. When attending a soccer game in Italy, one traveler was shocked that which team you’re rooting for determines where you sit in the stadium. Oh, and also, “people were setting things on fire.”</p><p>Others observed that beer is half the price of water in certain parts of the continent.</p><p>But there were plenty of lovely takeaways, as well, like <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/7ui180/americans_who_visited_europe_what_was_your/dtkmul7/" target="_blank">one redditor who commented</a> on the sanctity of Sundays in Europe, when practically every establishment shuts down. While in Germany, “the fields were just full of people doing stereotypical free time activities: afternoon strolls, kites and model airplanes, fishing, etc.”</p><p>Other Americans were shocked by the preservation of historic buildings in Europe. <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/7ui180/americans_who_visited_europe_what_was_your/dtkmul7/" target="_blank">One commenter was dazzled</a> by a castle in Dover, England.</p><p>“The newest section was built like 300-400 years before my country was founded. Turned a corner and the next part was 200 years older than that. Ten minutes later walk up to a Roman light house built 2000 years ago. Daaaammmnnn.”</p>
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This Midwestern Region Has Its Own Pizza Style — and You’re Going to Want to Try It

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 16:31
<p>As regional pizza styles go, the U.S. is spoiled for delightfully inauthentic options.</p><p>There’s the classic <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/hotels-in-new-york" target="_blank">New York City</a> dollar slice, a giant, thin triangle perfect for folding in half and stuffing your face after a late night on the town. <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/chicago" target="_blank">Chicago</a> has its deep dish pizza, its cornmeal-dusted crust so thick it resembles a literal pie that demands a fork and knife. The California cuisine heyday of the '80s and '90s brought its own artisanal pizza to the table, and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/trip-ideas-detroit" target="_blank">Detroit</a> style has swung into the spotlight recently with heavy-hitter pizzerias like <a href="http://via313.com/" target="_blank">Via 313</a> in Austin and Brooklyn’s <a href="https://www.emmysquaredbk.com/" target="_blank">Emmy Squared</a>.</p><p>But we know of one significant pizza preparation that you may have never heard of, from a region that you may have never heard of, either: Illinois’ Quad Cities. And thanks to one hometown-hero restaurateur, now is the time to eat it.</p><p>“Roots is the first and only place in Chicago for Quad Cities pizza,” Greg Mohr, co-founder of Chicago’s <a href="https://www.thefifty50group.com/" target="_blank">Fifty/50 Restaurant Group</a>, told Travel + Leisure. The native of Rock Island (one of the five cities that make up the metropolitan area on the Illinois-Iowa border) started <a href="http://rootspizza.com/" target="_blank">Roots Pizza</a> seven years ago for a very simple reason: “Until I moved to Chicago, I had no idea there was even a ‘style’ to our pizza — but I couldn’t find it anywhere. And I really missed it.”</p><p>Trips to the Quad Cities with his business partner, Scott Weiner, helped convince Mohr to bring his hometown pizza to the big city.</p><p>“Scott really enjoyed it,” said Mohr. “That’s when I realized it's not just a nostalgic thing for me, something I only like because I grew up on it.”</p><p>The pair worked with Mohr’s favorite Quad Cities pizzaiolos to buy the original recipe — developed at legendary <a href="http://www.harrispizza.com/" target="_blank">Harris Pizza</a> half a century ago — and brought their staff down to train with the experts.</p><img alt="Vegetable Quad Cities-style pizza from Roots in Chicago "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/veggie-pizza-quadcities0218.jpg?itok=IPzJwTIy"><p>So what exactly is Quad Cities pizza? Perhaps the most important aspect, according to Mohr, is the dough. “It’s a heavy malt crust,” he said, “which caramelizes as you cook it to bring out this sweet, nutty taste.” At Roots, each pizza is hand-tossed for optimal crispy goodness.</p><p>The sauce on a Quad Cities pizza is deep red with some added heat — always smooth, never chunky — and the toppings are added under the distinctly heavy final layer of cheese. Instead of triangle wedges, these pies are cut into strips with giant scissors. “It’s what I always saw growing up,” said Mohr. “Sometimes people come in to work for us and say, ‘Are you sure? With <em>scissors</em>?’ But it just works.”</p><p>At Roots, the menu focuses on Quad Cities classics: pepperoni, crumbled house-made sausage, and the ubiquitous taco pizza with lettuce, tomato, and taco-seasoned tortilla chips. “It’s weird and delicious,” he said. “We didn’t want to dilute anything or change based on Chicago tastes.”</p><p>They are, however, inviting their pals in the industry to join in on the fun — commissioning big Chicago names like <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/stephanie-izard-duck-duck-goat-taiwanese-takeout" target="_blank">Stephanie Izard</a> and <a href="http://lilliesq.com/" target="_blank">Charlie McKenna</a> for their Chef’s Series of pizza specials. Mohr and Weiner have invited more than 30 chefs — “from mom-and-pop shops to Michelin-starred restaurants” — to put their own stamp on the Quad Cities style, keeping bestsellers on the permanent menu.</p><p>With <a href="http://rootspizza.com/" target="_blank">two Roots locations</a> already spreading the Quad Cities gospel, and more locations on the horizon, this hyper-regional pizza style may finally be getting its big break.</p>
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Two Strange Symbols That Might Appear on Your Customs Receipt — and What They Mean

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 14:31
<p>Travelers entering the United States from abroad may notice big black X or O printed on their receipt from the automated passport control kiosk (or APC). No, it is not someone's first Tic-Tac-Toe move.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/mobile-passport-control-app-immigration-customs" target="_blank">A New App Lets You Skip Immigration Lines (No Global Entry Required)</a></p><p>According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, there are a number of reasons travelers may receive either of these markings on their receipt. The letters might be flagging for fingerprint recognition issues, duties that need to be paid, additional document checks, random inspections, or questions about their customs declarations forms. (Ask yourself: Did you check "yes" to hanging out with livestock during your vacation?)</p><p>“International travelers using the Automated Passport Control kiosks should not be alarmed if a symbol appears on their receipt,” Stephanie Malin, a public affairs officer for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, told <i>Travel + Leisure.</i></p><p><b>Related: </b><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/how-to-get-global-entry-tsa-precheck">Everything You Need to Know About Global Entry and TSA Pre-check</a></p><p>Not unlike seeing an <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/boarding-pass-ssss-code" target="_blank">SSSS printed on your boarding pass</a>, these codes on your APC receipt can often (though not always) indicate you're going to experience a lengthier or more involved process for entering the country, regardless of whether you’re a Global Entry-approved U.S. citizen, green card holder, or foreign tourist.</p><p>“There are [also] referral codes that appear on each receipt,” Malin noted, adding that those are for “internal agency use only, and allow CBP officers to easily identify where the traveler should be routed based on the referral.”</p>
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How Airline Employees, Their Friends, and Family Book Standby Seats

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 13:00
<p>Not all travelers flying on standby are ticketed passengers trying to catch an earlier flight, or hoping to get a seat after a cancellation of missed connection.</p><p>Many are actually airline employees, both current and former, or buddy pass-holders (friends and family of airline employees with discount vouchers). In the industry, they are known as non-revenue, or "non-rev" passengers. </p><p>Standby seats are rarely given out according to when a passenger is added to the standby list. Ticketed, paying travelers will always get priority. Non-rev passengers are prioritized by status or relationship to the company. For instance, active Delta employees using vacation passes trump active employees without them, though any active Delta employee will be prioritized over a retiree. Delta employees (either active or retired) are more likely to get seated than active Delta Connection employees, and passengers holding buddy passes, as well as Delta Connection retirees, are at the bottom of the pile.</p><p>Unlike paying passengers, airline employees and their friends, relatives, and buddy pass travelers don't have to show up at the check-in desk to get added to the standby list.</p><p>In the case of Delta Air Lines employees and their traveler partners, for example, there is an application called Delta Travelnet that makes the process for booking non-rev traveler a little easier. And because these travelers are not guaranteed a seat, there is a bit of strategy involved in planning non-rev travel — and that's finding flights that have the space to accommodate extra standby travelers. </p><h2>Using Delta Travelnet</h2><p>Travelers using Delta's Travelnet application will log into apps.delta.com, and select the Travelnet link. The default search option is to show “All Direct Flights.” For more options, change the search parameters to “All Flights." This will show flights with connections as well as direct flights. Connecting flights are, generally speaking, better bets than direct flights from major hubs.</p><p>Delta Travelnet’s search results page provides flight numbers, origins, destinations, and aircraft types. Just like searching for a conventional ticket, these details matter.</p><p>But when flying non-rev, the availability of seats for each flight has a much more direct impact on the likelihood of getting to travel. Travelnet’s search results break down the number of seats available (labeled “Av”), the number of tickets available for sale (labeled “Au”), as well as the total seat capacity (labeled “Cap”) in each cabin. (Capacity numbers are not displayed on mobile devices.)</p><p>All airlines plan for no-shows by overselling flights. To find out how many no-shows Delta expects, subtract the number of authorized seats by the number of available seats. The flights most likely to have room for standbys are the flights with the most available seats.</p><p>In addition to determining the number of available seats, travelers also need to consider how many other non-rev passengers are planning on taking this flight. Click on the list icon in the search results to show the non-rev passengers already on the standby list for that flight. (On a mobile device, this appears as the “Listed” tab.) No-show rates are even higher for standbys than paid passengers, but a shorter list is better than a longer one.</p><p>On the day of the flight, non-rev travelers check in just like regular, paying passengers — only instead of a boarding pass, they get added to the gate agent’s standby list. </p>
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This Magical Hot and Cold Lagoon Is Better Than a Spa — and It's Totally Natural

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 12:01
<p>On the westernmost point of São Miguel, the largest <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/azores-islands-vacation" target="_blank">island in the Azores</a>, lies a sulfurous hot spring that’s been used by swimmers and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/wellness-vacations-2018" target="_blank">wellness tourists</a> since the Portuguese first populated the archipelago in the 15th century. </p><p>This isn’t actually that unusual. As a volcanic island chain still bubbling and gurgling with geothermal activity, the Azores — and especially São Miguel — have always been known for <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/spa-vacations/best-hot-spring-resort-azores" target="_blank">hot springs and mineral water spas</a>. What makes the hot springs at Ponta da Ferraria unique isn’t the temperature or the alleged healing powers of the water. It’s where the water comes from: the <em>termas</em> of Ferraria are in the ocean. </p><p>At Ferraria, the contours of São Miguel’s rocky western shore form a well-known <em>piscina</em>, or natural swimming pool, sheltered by basalt crags and fed by a set of hydrothermal vents. </p><p>It's claimed that the area’s highly unusual combination of saltwater and sulfurous spring water helps with any number of conditions, especially inflammatory concerns like arthritis. But visitors must pay careful attention to the day’s tide tables; when the water is at its highest, the hot spring flow has little impact on the ocean’s natural temperature (and the shape of the rock barrier can occasionally lead to dangerously rough waves). Some warn that, at the lowest tide, the water can be uncomfortably hot. </p><img alt="Portugal, Azores, Sao Miguel, Ponta da Ferraria, Pico das Camarinhas "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1517957789/Portugal-Azores-Sao-Miguel-OCEANHOTSPRNG0218.jpg?itok=HrKbXJwf"><p>Time it right, though, and the pool will be calm and warm, the cold water of the Atlantic mixing with the natural heat of the shoreline’s volcanic fissure to create perhaps the most remarkable thermal pool in all of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/azores-islands-vacation" target="_blank">the Azores</a>.</p><p>The warm water is also diverted to feed the private pools at the nearby <a href="http://termasdaferraria.com/en/" target="_blank">Termas da Ferraria</a> spa, which offers a lineup of relaxation treatments and a seafood-focused restaurant overlooking the ocean. </p>
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Germany’s Most Underrated City Is the Place to Go in 2018

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 11:01
<p>For its central location, Frankfurt is known as the “Gateway to Europe" — and travelers often only pass through, using it as a transit point to other major destination cities. More recently, however, Frankfurt has been going by a different moniker, which refers to the city’s emerging position as an exciting new destination on the Old Continent.</p><p>Frankfurt has become “Mainhattan.”</p><p>Spread along both banks of the Main River (hence its formal name, Frankfurt am Main), the city has always held a special place in German history. Not only did it give the country its most famous writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, <a href="http://www.goethehaus-frankfurt.de/goethe-house" target="_blank">whose house</a> is tucked away on a small downtown street, but it was also the site of important elections, and the coronations of kings and emperors of the Roman Empire. And the history is still a major tourism draw, even though many sites had to be rebuilt after the World War II.</p><p>But exploring Frankfurt through a historical lens only paints one part of the picture. To get a full view of what Frankfurt is now — and will become in the next few years — you need only toward its skyline. Locals liken it to Manhattan (thus, the “Mainhattan” portmanteau).</p><p>There's a fascinating mix of architecture, with modern glass high-rises looming over traditional red-brick churches. You’ll also notice an abundance of tower cranes stretching their necks ever higher, signifying the city’s continued metamorphosis.</p><p>Some say this growth triggered Brexit.</p><p>When Brits voted to break from the European Union, Frankfurt — home to the European Central Bank headquarters since 1998 — was immediately <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2017-brexit-bankers/" target="_blank">flagged as a potential relocation choice</a> for many large financial institutions and companies that intend to leave London.</p><p>Despite having only 700,000 residents (compared to London's 8.6 million), it’s still becoming an international city in its own right. Already, more than half of its inhabitants have non-German backgrounds and more than 100 different languages are spoken on a daily basis. So for all the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/seattle-changing-arts-culture" target="_blank">varied ways a rapid influx of wealth can transform a city</a>, it’s also contributing to the development of a diverse art, music, and food scene that’s only getting more alluring for travelers.</p><p>Frankfurt’s neighborhoods each have distinct character and charm. Sachsenhausen, with its cobblestone streets and museums, is for those who like to experience a city’s historic and cultural heritage. Ostend and Nordend, with their many cafes and boutiques, are perfect for a daytime walk, while Westend — the old bourgeois district — is where the beautiful botanical garden, Palmergarten, is located.</p><p>On your next trip to Europe, don't just pass through Frankfurt's airport. Instead, take time to discover Germany’s fifth largest city.</p><h2>What to Do in Frankfurt</h2><p>Frankfurt has a number of exciting seasonal events worth noting on your calendar, such as Oktoberfest (in September), the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/christmas-travel/festive-german-christmas-markets" target="_blank">annual Christmas market</a> (in December), and the Frankfurt Book Fair (in October), among <a href="https://www.frankfurt-tourismus.de/en/Information-Planning/Brochures2/Frankfurt-Events" target="_blank">others</a>. There is something interesting happening in Frankfurt at any given time of the year.</p><p>Of course, there are permanent attractions to keep you entertained, too. Art aficionados should head to Sachsenhausen, the neighborhood south of the river, where the city’s so-called Museum Mile is located. It’s home to the German Film Museum, the Communication Museum, and Staedel Museum, among many others. If you’re planning on visiting more than one, purchase the <a href="http://www.museumsufer-frankfurt.de/portal/en/MuseumEmbankmentTicket/Start/0/0/0/0/2351.aspx" target="_blank">MuseumSufer ticket</a>, which includes access to 34 museums for two consecutive days.</p><h3>Staedel Museum</h3><p>This 200-year-old institution houses one of the world’s most impressive and important collections, documenting 700 years of art history alongside <a href="http://www.staedelmuseum.de/en/exhibitions" target="_blank">visiting exhibitions</a>. Visitors may recognize popular works of art such as Edgar Degas’ “Orchestra Musicians,” Claude Monet’s “The Luncheon,” and Rembrandt’s “The Blinding of Samson.” Other artists you’ll find in <a href="http://staedelmuseum.de" target="_blank">the museum</a>’s permanent collection include Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, and Picasso.</p><img alt="Dialog Museum Frankfurt "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1510084956/dialog-museum-2-FRANKFURT1117.jpg?itok=Ko45FBXR"><h3>DialogMuseum</h3><p>This museum redefines the common perception of a museum which, by definition, is a place where you go to see artifacts: see<i> </i>being the key word. The concept behind <a href="http://dialogmuseum.de" target="_blank">DialogMuseum</a>, on the other hand, is unusual but impactful. Guests join a one-hour guided tour that moves through four rooms where, in absolute darkness, you will get to experience daily life without any visual components, the way blind or visually impaired people do. (All guides, as a matter of fact, will be visually impaired.) You will be surprised at the range of emotions you can feel in just 60 minutes — utter hopelessness being a major one — but it’s an incredible experience. Make sure to reserve your tour spot in advance.</p><h3>Fotografie Forum Frankfurt</h3><p>This independent center not only offers exhibitions of world-class photographers, artists, and photojournalists, but it also organizes regular workshops, classes, and lectures promoting the visual medium. <a href="http://fffrankfurt.com" target="_blank">The space</a> is located in downtown Frankfurt on Braubachstrasse, in the city’s art gallery district, where you could easily spend an entire afternoon browsing.</p><img alt="The Fountain of Justice Frankfurt "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1510244995/the-fountain-of-justice-frankfurt-FRANKFURT1117.jpg?itok=GV07QgZK"><h3>Römerberg</h3><p>Frankfurt suffered such extensive damage<b> </b>during World War II that much of its Altstadt (old town) had to be rebuilt. The restoration project, which started in the 1950s, was just completed in 2017. Fifteen historic houses were reconstructed and 20 new ones were built in the traditional style. Visitors can now enjoy the timber-framed buildings so popular in Germany, as well as the lively square in the heart of Römerberg. Some of the most notable buildings there are the Old St. Nicholas Church and the Haus Römer, which together with the Goldener Schwan (Golden Swan) building belonged to the Römer merchant family in the 15th century.</p><h2>Where to Eat in Frankfurt</h2><p>Whether it’s typical German food you’re craving or something more international, Frankfurt’s dining scene has it all. Just remember to always make a reservation, as the hottest tables tend to get booked up well in advance. Most restaurants, even small ones, have at least a few menus in English. But if they don’t, the friendly staff will surely translate for you.</p><img alt="Vevay Frankfurt "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1510084956/vevay-2-FRANKFURT1117.jpg?itok=zDIlaGMX"><h3>Vevay</h3><p>German cuisine may be best known for its sausages, but that doesn’t mean vegans and vegetarians are doomed. This casual <a href="http://vevay.net" target="_blank">two-story restaurant</a>, located in the city center, offers delicious meat-free options that even carnivores will love. The quinoa and wild rice plate with grilled vegetables and creamy spirulina dressing, for example, is perfect for refueling at lunch. Just be mindful that the place is cash-only, so make sure to have some Euros on you.</p><img alt="Freitagsküche Frankfurt "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1510084956/freitagskuche-2-FRANKFURT1117.jpg?itok=Tkgm8vue"><h3>Freitagsküche</h3><p>Founded by Frankfurt-native and contemporary artist Michael Riedel, and his friend Thomas Friemel, <a href="http://freitagskueche.de" target="_blank">this cozy restaurant</a> is a city staple. If you come here during the week, you might rub elbows with bankers from nearby financial institutions who fill up the small dining room for lunch, but on Friday nights, this restaurant transforms into a hangout for the art crowd. Order the guest chef’s menu, which is always prepared with fresh farmers’ market finds from that day.</p><img alt="Gang & Gäbe Frankfurt "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1510084956/gangundgabe-FRANKFURT1117.jpg?itok=p_rK3hB1"><h3>Gang &amp; Gäbe</h3><p>The menu at <a href="http://dasgangundgaebe.de" target="_blank">Gang &amp; Gäbe</a> is inspired by the city’s international composition, so expect to find a combination of regional classics (Frankfurt’s famous green sauce, beef and potatoes, and <i>kaese spaetzle</i>, the German version of mac and cheese) and modern mash-ups, like baked duck breast with plum sauce and sautéed Swiss chard. There’s also an extensive cocktail menu with six different types of mojito. But if you’d rather drink as the locals do, opt for the Hugo, a St. Germain and prosecco-based cocktail that originated in Tyrol.</p><h3>Matilda’s Kitchen</h3><p>Located in the upscale Westend neighborhood, <a href="http://matildaskitchen.de" target="_blank">this small café</a> is a favorite neighborhood brunch spot for locals. It has two cozy dining spaces with four to five tables each and — unlike most restaurants in the city where brunch is an all-you-can-eat buffet — you can order à la carte. It’s also just a few blocks away from the Palmengarten botanical garden.</p><h2>Where to Shop in Frankfurt</h2><p>While the pedestrian-only Zeil Strasse is where you will find a variety of big department stores like Peek&amp;Cloppenburg, Galeria Kaufhof, and Karstadt, and brands like Zara, Mango, and C&amp;A (which is similar to H&amp;M price-wise but with a more conservative design aesthetic), travelers searching for more upscale options should head to the nearby Goethestrasse. Here are the Chanel, Gucci, and Salvatore Ferragamo boutiques. The entire area between Kurt-Schumacher Strasse and Taunusanlange Park and the Opera is also a shopper’s paradise with smaller, independent boutiques featuring European labels.</p><img alt="MyZeil Shopping Center in Zeil Frankfurt, Germany "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1510244995/shopping-center-frankfurt-FRANKFURT1117.jpg?itok=CRnDCArh"><h3>Hayashi</h3><p>Right across the street from the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, there is a slew of salons, restaurants, and stores, one being <a href="http://hayashi-shop.com" target="_blank">Hayashi</a>. The owner, Kerstin Görling, has an eye for elegant, timeless pieces as well as some pretty bold statement items. The brands you’ll find there include Isabel Marant, Marni, MSGM, and Joseph.</p><h3>Frida</h3><p>This <a href="http://frida-frankfurt.de" target="_blank">high fashion s</a>tore has been around for 13 years, and though the womenswear and menswear spaces are separate, they have one thing in common: an edgy, avant-garde aesthetic. Expect a lot of leather, candles, and fragrances from lesser-known Japanese and German designers.</p><h2>Where to Stay in Frankfurt</h2><p>It might not be a surprise that Europe’s economic hub has no shortage of luxury accommodation options, especially downtown where the international banks are located. But there are a number of more affordable boutique hotels in the surrounding neighborhoods, too, like Ostend, which lies on the bank of the Main river and offers great views of the city.</p><img alt="Moxy Frankfurt East "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1510084956/moxy-1-FRANKFURT1117.jpg?itok=75G4uNng"><h3>Moxy Frankfurt East</h3><p>Moxy is Marriott’s new design-driven <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/new-lifestyle-hotel-brands" target="_blank">chain of affordable, hip hotels</a> aimed at younger travelers (read: millennials). The latest <a href="http://moxy-hotels.marriott.com/en/hotels/frankfurt-east" target="_blank">property</a> is located in Ostend, just a few blocks away from the new headquarters of the European Central Bank and about a half-hour walk from the city center. Guest rooms have a modern, industrial vibe and the bar doubles as the hotel’s check-in point. It's also a great place to hang out, have breakfast, and (of course) enjoy cocktails. The walls are lined with funky art that references Frankfurt’s local culture, like a mural featuring Goethe lounging on a bench.</p><h3>Roomers Frankfurt</h3><p>One of the most impressive features of this luxury boutique hotel is the design. From a gleaming glass façade to the dimly lit bar and dramatic chandeliers, everything in <a href="http://roomers-frankfurt.com" target="_blank">Roomers</a> is visually delightful. If you stay here, make sure to save some time to soak in the glass bead-filled relaxation tubs at the spa, and to enjoy the beautiful view of the city from the Sky Lounge.</p>
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Snow and Freezing Rain in Paris Forces the Eiffel Tower to Close

Travel and Leisure - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 07:57
<p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/landmarks-monuments/eiffel-tower-night-photos" target="_blank">The Eiffel Tower</a> was forced to close Friday and Saturday as snow and freezing rain hit Paris.</p><p>The company that manages the famous structure said the Eiffel Tower would be closed to “ensure the security of visitors,” <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/eiffel-tower-closed-as-snow-freezing-rain-pummel-france/2018/02/09/b5844cbc-0d75-11e8-998c-96deb18cca19_story.html?utm_term=.787a2c486db6" target="_blank">the Associated Press reported</a>. The weather was also trapping drivers on the road, leading <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/tls-guide-to-secret-paris" target="_blank">Paris</a> officials to ask people to stay off the roads. </p><p>Workers have been working on de-icing the Eiffel Tower by carefully using hand shovels. The ice has to be manually removed because ice can damage the metal and elevators, AP noted.</p><p>Fortunately, tourists in the city didn’t let the snow keep them from having a good time. Some opted to snowboard and enjoy the wintry weather, especially the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/pictures-of-paris-in-winter-snow">white layer of snow covering the city</a>, according to the AP.</p>
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Book a Flight to Scandinavia and Get a Free Road Trip This Summer

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 17:59
<p>Travelers who book a round-trip flight from the U.S. to Oslo, Stockholm or Copenhagen on <a href="https://www.flysas.com/en/us/" target="_blank">Scandinavian Airlines</a> this summer can get a free five-day car rental from Avis to drive through the Norwegian fjords, explore Sweden’s pristine beaches or wander through castles in Denmark.</p><p>Scandinavia is an unexpected but incredibly amazing destination for road warriors. Those who visit near the summer solstice will be able to experience 24 hours of sunlight in the northern parts of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/northern-lights-arctic-bath-sauna-hotel" target="_blank">Sweden</a> and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/nature-travel/norway-when-to-see-northern-lights" target="_blank">Norway</a> — meaning you never have to stop driving (but don't drive tired).</p><p>And the national parks rival those of more crowded destinations like Iceland. In Sweden, roadtrippers should check out <a href="https://visitskane.com/outdoors-adventure/s%C3%B6der%C3%A5sen-national-park" target="_blank">Skånes Grand Canyon</a>, filled with precipitous cliffs and luscious forests. There’s also Koster Island, Sweden’s first national marine park, and Grebbestad, where adventurers can join an oyster safari.</p><img alt="Landscape of Lofoten And Vesteral Islands Norway "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1518194630/Lofoten-Vesteral-Islands-Norway-SCANDAROAD0218.jpg?itok=Bo2_1Yiv"><p>In Norway, one of the most famous drives is up from Oslo to fjord territory. Norway’s <a href="https://www.nasjonaleturistveger.no/en/routes" target="_blank">18 national tourist routes</a> wind throughout the country and feature some of the country’s most scenic views: past waterfalls, along the ocean and bridges across dramatic cliffs.</p><p>And those visiting Denmark can find <a href="https://www.visitdenmark.com/denmark/nature/denmarks-best-beaches" target="_blank">popular beaches throughout the country</a>. There are over 4,500 miles of coastline in Denmark and, with a population of 5.7 million people, the beaches rarely reach the crowds we know in the United States.</p><p>In order to get the free rental car, travelers must book from February 15 through March 15, 2018 on travel from May 18 through August 16. All car rentals should be booked by March 31.</p><p>For more information, <a href="https://www.flysas.com/en/us/" target="_blank">contact Scandinavian Airlines</a>.</p>
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Parisian Rats Are Being Sent to the Guillotine — Really

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 17:23
<p>It’s among Parisians’ favorite facts that rats outnumber people in the city.</p><p>Last month, as the Seine flooded, hundreds of rats emerged from Paris’s waterways and onto the streets, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/paris-flood-louvre-closure" target="_blank">documented in many disconcerting videos</a>.</p><p>In efforts to eliminate the infestation, Parisians have tried a number of unconventional approaches, <a href="https://www.thelocal.fr/20171220/french-government-brings-in-cats-to-fight-the-rats" target="_blank">including bringing cats into top government buildings</a>. But the newest method is taken from the pages of Parisian history: The Paris suburb of Aubervilliers has installed guillotines in the sewers to kill rats.</p><p>After using infrared cameras to detect the rats’ paths through the sewers, the city installed a series of heat sensors that detect rats as they crawl through. A series of blades fall from above, crush the rat’s spinal cord and cause “death in a split second,” one of the developers <a href="http://www.leparisien.fr/seine-saint-denis-93/a-aubervilliers-on-guillotine-les-rats-01-02-2018-7536189.php" target="_blank">told <em>Le Parisien</em></a>. Much like the famous guillotine of the French Revolution, the killing machine is thought to be painless so that “the rat hardly suffers.”</p><p>During the first month of testing, the historical reincarnation has killed 45 rats, according to a local housing group in Aubervilliers.</p><p>The mechanical guillotine is in testing through the end of March. If deemed successful, it could roll out to sewers across the city.</p>
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The One Thing You Absolutely Need to Do to Move Abroad, According to Expats

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 16:38
<p>Upending your life to move to another country is no easy task. You need to fill out copious amounts of paperwork — including visa applications, passport renewals, and health insurance forms — do your research, and, likely, get over a massive culture shock once you get there. But don’t let that to-do list dissuade you. Fortunately, there are plenty of people who have taken the plunge and weathered the transition — with no regrets.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/things-to-consider-moving-abroad" target="_blank">6 Things to Consider When Moving Abroad</a></p><p><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/expats/comments/7vwgck/whats_the_1_tip_you_would_give_to_someone_who/?st=jdeyhyii&amp;sh=e87bc698" target="_blank">One Redditor recently asked expats</a> from around the world what critical piece of advice they would give to someone who wants to move abroad. They offered plenty of tips gained from their own experiences and the mistakes they made along the way.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/how-to-prepare-to-move-abroad" target="_blank">9 Steps to Get You Ready to Move Abroad</a></p><p>Many of the Redditors emphasized being flexible. No matter what your expectations are going into this journey, things are definitely not going to go exactly as planned. One Redditor, who moved to Germany, said, "You're going to have to change how you do basic, normal things, and you’ll have to become okay with that. Staying flexible and not getting stuck in a 'this is how it's supposed to work' mindset will save you an infinite amount of stress and pain."</p><p>She gave an example of a time when it took much longer than she expected to get her stove repaired. "I was complaining to a fellow expat that our German electrician was taking for-fucking-ever to come out and fix our stove . . . My friend reminded me that Germans work fewer hours per week than even a lot of other Europeans, then said, 'Spoiler: that’s why they’re so happy.'"</p><p>Other expats touched on financial advice. Before you go, get yourself straightened out financially as much as you can. Decide how you will continue to pay any outstanding loans, save money in case you need to go to plan B (like going home), and budget realistically. One expat said, "I met too many people who had to borrow money just to move abroad and then had to borrow some to make it through to their first paycheck. Some wanted to leave but couldn't afford a flight." Another suggested keeping a credit card open in your home country, so you have an ongoing credit history to rely on if you move back. He said, "When I returned after my time abroad I had no credit file and basically had to start all over again."</p><p>The last piece of advice is to de-clutter your life. Don’t bring all your worldly possessions with you to your new home and tie up any loose ends, if you can. One Redditor said, "Simplify your life. Get rid of possessions, clear up any legal or financial complexities, get rid of pets, if possible." Another expat disagreed with the idea of rehoming pets, saying, "While it’s harder to move with cats or dogs than without, they still provide a great deal of comfort. And they're your family — you wouldn't 'get rid of your kids' just because you were moving."</p><p>Ready to start packing yet? Find out which countries are <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/best-worst-countries-for-expats" target="_blank">the best and worst places for expats</a>.</p>
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Get 32% off Stays at This Family-friendly Beach Hotel in Panama

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 16:36
<p><em>T+L launched Operation Vacation to inspire workers to use their days off and get away, offering exclusive travel discounts as incentive. For the latest deals on hotels, airfare, cruises, and trip packages, visit <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation" target="_blank"><strong>travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation</strong></a></em></p><p>Panama: 32 percent off the <a href="http://www.thebuenaventurahotel.com" target="_blank">Buenaventura Golf &amp; Beach Hotel</a>, a family-friendly beach property with a broad choice of restaurants and bars, multiple swimming pools, and even an on-site zoo.</p><p>The Travel + Leisure package includes:</p><p>*One or more nights in a Deluxe Pool room</p><p>*Upgrade to the next room category upon check-in</p><p>*Welcome amenity upon arrival</p><p>*Children aged 11 and under stay free</p><p>*Daily buffet breakfast</p><p>*Complimentary Wi-Fi</p><p>*Early and late check-out</p><p>*Complimentary non-motorized water sport.</p><p>Original Price: From $249 per night</p><p><strong>T + L Price:</strong> From $169 per night; book by April 30 for travel through December 20, 2018.</p><p>Booking details: For reservations, call (507) 908-3318 or email <a href="mailto:Reservations@buenaventuraresort.com">Reservations@buenaventuraresort.com</a> and quote promo code WHO2018.</p><p>Availability: Blackout dates may apply.</p>
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Bill Murray's New 'Bill-bottoms' Are Making Golf Fashion Cool Again

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 16:32
<p>Anyone who has long bemoaned the disappearance of disco fashion — with its platform shoes, statement earrings, and of course, bell-bottoms — might soon be appeased, thanks to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/sporting-events/bill-murray-extra-world-series-ticket" target="_blank">Bill Murray</a>.</p><p>The comedian, of “<a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/tags/bill-murray-caddyshack-bar-chicago" target="_blank">Caddyshack</a>” and “Ghostbusters” fame, is aiming to bring back the trend of bell-bottomed pants with his newly minted “Bill-Bottoms.”</p><img alt="Bill Murray in Bill-bottoms. "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1518193812/swing-BILLBOTTOMS0218.jpg?itok=8fDX5dKQ"><p>Murray debuted the spectacularly colorful throw-back at PGA Tour’s annual celebrity pro-am Wednesday, and his <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/golf-vacations" target="_blank">golf</a> attire company — <a href="https://www.williammurraygolf.com/" target="_blank">yes, he has one of those</a> — is currently crowdfunding for the style through <a href="https://www.betabrand.com/mens/pants/mens-billbottoms-bellbottom-golf-pants" target="_blank">Betabrand</a>.</p><p>William Murray Golf sells everything from polos to hats to divot sets, but the Bill-Bottoms are more eccentric than many of the other items available, engendering the idea of a crowd-funding campaign.</p><p>“William Murray Golf wants to sell as much golf stuff as they can, but for ideas [like bell-bottoms] that are a little more out there, more experimental, the cost to perform that experiment is profound,” Chris Lindland, founder and CEO of Betabran <a href="http://www.adweek.com/brand-marketing/can-bill-murray-bring-bell-bottoms-back-into-fashion-hes-about-to-try/" target="_blank">told <em>Adweek</em>.</a> “By performing this test on Betabrand, where the crowdfunding mechanism will give them confidence, they can make more.”</p><img alt="Bill Murray in Bill-bottoms. "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1518193812/murray-looking-BILLBOTTOMS0218.jpg?itok=I3xMy1AV"><p>Murray himself is no stranger to taking <a href="http://ftw.usatoday.com/2018/02/golf-pebble-beach-pro-am-bill-murray-william-murray-golf-fashion-clothes-attire-best-photos" target="_blank">fashion risks on the golf course</a>. Whether sporting mutton chops or board shorts, Murray doesn't just stick to the usual golf attire.</p><p>His wild style and comedic antics on the course have drawn some criticism. Former Vice President Dan Quayle reprimanded Murray after the comedian told the politician to “Hurry up!” on the course. <em>Golfworld</em> penned an impassioned defense of Murray and his presence at the pro-am, calling his authenticity an asset.</p><img alt="Bill Murray in Bill-bottoms. "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1518193812/high-five-BILLBOTTOMS0218.jpg?itok=m6PGQQbl"><p>“The reason Bill Murray is <em>Bill Murray</em> is, well, there’s only one Bill Murray. His actions were extensions of his own unique character,” <a href="https://www.golfdigest.com/story/in-defense-of-bill-murray" target="_blank">Joel Beall wrote for <em>Golfworld</em>.</a> “It gave his theater-on-the-grass authenticity, but also made it hard to replicate.”</p>
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