Where to Eat, Sleep, and Surf in Munich, According to Eyewear Designer Garrett Leight

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 15:15
<p>Garrett Leight comes by the whole cool-kid thing naturally. The son of Larry Leight, the creator of pioneering eyewear label Oliver Peoples, Garrett shares his old man’s sense of style — an effortless blend of classic glamour and modern flair. But the thirty-five-year-old Angeleno is also blazing his own sartorial trail, having launched his eponymous eyewear brand, <a href="" target="_blank">Garrett Leight California Optical</a>, in 2011.</p><p>Garrett is most inspired by his native California, specifically Los Angeles’s Venice Beach, where the company is based, but it hasn’t stopped him from sourcing inspiration elsewhere — including Munich, Germany, where Garrett and his design director Elena Doukas travel for work every year. On the heels of their most recent trip to the Bavarian capital, we caught up with Garrett and Elena to get their top city picks — from where to shop to the best place to surf (really).</p><h2>Eat</h2><img alt=" Garrett Leight and Elena Doukas' Guide to Munich "src=""><p>“For a traditional Bavarian meal, we’ll go to <a href="" target="_blank">Augustiner-Keller</a>, a large dining hall that serves giant portions of schnitzel and other classics. They also have plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, which can be challenging to find in the city. We love to sit downstairs, where they have old beer barrels as tables, but if the weather’s good, we recommend sitting outside. Once you’ve had your fill of Bavarian food, head to <a href="" target="_blank">Brenner Grill</a>, a restaurant and bar on the fashion-forward Maximilianstraße Avenue. It’s a steakhouse, but they also have great antipasti selections and seasonally-driven, veggie-centric dishes. Another favorite is <a href="" target="_blank">Kismet</a>, a small Turkish restaurant that has great food and a lively bar. There’s usually a DJ on the weekends and it’s kind of removed for the hustle and bustle of the main square, so it’s more of a locals’ spot.”</p><h2>Shop</h2><img alt=" Garrett Leight and Elena Doukas' Guide to Munich "src=""><p>“<a href="" target="_blank">MyTheresa</a> is a Munich institution, with a killer shoe salon and a bright, open design that makes you want to shop for hours. They stock everything from Dries Van Noten to Prada, and the dressing rooms are prime for selfie-taking, with pink walls and rose-gold mirrors. We'll also visit two outposts of the optical shop<a href="" target="_blank"> Leidmann</a>— one in Maximilianstraße, another in a residential neighborhood called Hohenzollernstraße. They carry the full Garrett Leight California Optical collection, and it’s always interesting to see how they bring the California sensibility to Munich. This one is a bit strange, but we never visit the city without dropping in at the Aesop flagship in Luitpoldblock. Yes, there are Aesops all over the world, but this is one of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen. It’s like they’ve taken an 80's-era office building and suffused it with a romantic, muted, Versace-esque theme, with marble counters, a rosy color palette, copper piping, and vintage furnishings.”</p><h2>Do</h2><img alt=" Garrett Leight and Elena Doukas' Guide to Munich "src=""><p>“The <a href="" target="_blank">Viktualienmarkt </a>is a famous outdoor market with an endless array of delicacy food shops selling grab-and-go bites and edible souvenirs. From there, you're a 20-minute walk from <a href="" target="_blank">The Brandhorst Museum</a>, which has an incredible American modern art collection. We especially love the Andy Warhols and the works by the late Los Angeles conceptualist artist Mike Kelley. You can easily see everything in under two hours, which makes it great for when you're short on time. Across the street is <a href="" target="_blank">Buchhandlung L. Werner</a>, a bookstore that stocks books on fashion photography, architecture, fine art, you name it. To get outdoors, we love walking through the<a href="" target="_blank"> Englische Garten</a> and watching wetsuit-wearing surfers ride the waves of the Eisbach river."</p><h2>Stay</h2><img alt=" Garrett Leight and Elena Doukas' Guide to Munich "src=""><p>“<a href="" target="_blank">Cortiina</a> is a cool, full-service boutique hotel located off Munich's tourist track. It has a nice residential feel — in the early days, we even showed our collection there. The rooms are large and contemporary, but still feature traditional Bavarian design accents. They have a great cocktail bar and the room service is excellent.”</p>
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Here's Your First Look Inside the New Statue of Liberty Museum

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 14:36
<p>On Thursday, May 16, Liberty Island is opening the <a href="" target="_blank">Statue of Liberty Museum</a>, a $100-million project that first broke ground two years ago.</p><p>Since September 11, 2001, only about 20 percent of the island's 4.3 million visitors have been able to see the old museum —formerly located in the Statue's pedestal — due to increased security and a new ticketing system. The new museum, which is free to anyone who purchases a ferry ticket to Liberty and Ellis Islands, will reach the other 80%, making the Statue's history and legacy more accessible to New York City tourists and residents.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Commercial Tour Groups Will Be Banned From Parts of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island — Here's What to Know Before You Visit</a></p><p>Rising up from the pedestrian mall at the top of the island, the museum's structure was built to pay respect to <a href="" target="_blank">Lady Liberty </a>herself, its height not exceeding that of the fort her pedestal sits on. Even the granite staircase that leads up to the museum's roof was built with the same granite used to build the Statue's pedestal. Climbing the steps, visitors reach a roof terrace that provides unparelled views of the Statue, lower Manhattan, and New York Harbor, culminating in a sense of awe and appreciation for Lady Liberty and her promise.</p><p>The 26,000-square-foot space is broken up into three parts: an Immersive Theater, an Engagement Gallery, and an Inspiration Gallery. Guests can begin their visit by stepping into the Theater and watching a 10-minute video that tells the story of the Statue — from how she was built to how she became a symbol of liberty and freedom — as narrated by Diane Sawyer. The video features never-before-seen illustrations of the Statue as well as first-time drone footage of the Statue's exterior.</p><p>In the next gallery, visitors can dive even deeper into the Statue's history, starting with an immersive look at French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi's sketches of the Lady Liberty and ending with artifacts that depict her prominence in pop culture.</p><img alt="Statue of Liberty Museum "src=""><p>The museum's shining feature, the Statue's original torch, is on full display in the Inspiration Gallery, with incredible views of Lady Liberty through the floor-to-ceiling glass walls. The torch, held high for 102 years was replaced in 1986. Up until November, the torch had been on display in the museum's former location in the Statue's pedestal.</p><img alt="Statue of Liberty Museum "src=""><p>Museum-goers will also be able to touch a full-scale model of the Statue's face before continuing on to an interactive exhibit where they can share what liberty means to them.</p><p>The museum has also teamed up with Apple to create a Statue of Liberty app for those who are unable to visit. With augmented reality experiences and a "Through Her Eyes" feature that allows users to see New York City through the Statue's eyes from 1886 to present day, the app offers an additional look at the Statue of Liberty's place in history and time. The app is available on iOS starting today.</p><p><em>To see the museum for yourself, you will need to buy a ferry ticket to Liberty and Ellis Islands from <a href="" target="_blank">Statue Cruises</a>. Tickets start at $18.50 for adults. </em></p>
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This Is the One Place Americans Say They Would Travel If Time and Money Were No Factor (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 14:01
<p>Almost any destination can make for a good vacation, but according to a new survey by <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">VRBO</a>, we’re all dreaming of one very specific location for our next getaway.</p><p>The <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">vacation home rental service</a> polled 1,067 adult American travelers to find out which place they’d like to go if time and money weren’t a factor. And as the results showed, we’re all dreaming of a trip down under.</p><p>“When we asked Americans where they’d go if all constraints were removed, the results hinted at why some destinations might remain a dream and how those dreams evolve as we grow older,” reps for VRBO wrote in the survey’s findings. “Among all survey respondents, <a href="" target="_blank">Australia</a> was the top international dream destination.”</p><p>With the survey, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">VRBO</a> hoped to better understand travel preferences and see how age has changes the way people feel about travel. For example, just look at Australia. While it’s everyone’s dream destination, it was only the 18th most-visited destination by American travelers in 2018, according to Expedia data.</p><img alt="Era Beach, Australia "src=""><p>“The disparity between dream and reality signals that barriers of time and money are the deciding factors for whether Americans will take that dream vacation,” VBRO explained.</p><p>This finding held true for every age group except millennials, who are the group most likely to go into debt for travel (37percent) compared to Generation Xers (27 percent) and baby boomers (15 percent).</p><p>Beyond their willingness to go into debt, Millennials also varied slightly on their dream destination. While the overall number one international spot went to Australia, VRBO noted that for millennial travelers ages 18 to 34, the top dream destination was <a href="" target="_blank">Italy</a>.</p><p>But, according to the results, all age demographics agreed on at least one thing while traveling: the importance of Wi-Fi.</p><p>Internet/Wi-Fi access is the single most important amenity for American travelers, outranking traditional must-haves like TV and air-conditioning, according to the results.</p><p>“While traveling, Americans would rather sweat through the night than miss a tweet. Wi-Fi is so important that 75 percent of travelers said they’ll seek lodging with Internet/Wi-Fi access, while only 59 percent said they expect an accommodation to have a TV,” VRBO wrote. “For millennial respondents, the gap was much wider than for any other age group: 72 percent said they want online access, and 41 percent said having a TV was important.”</p><p>And we can even narrow down this dream trip more. Not only does everyone want to go to Australia and have Wi-Fi, but they want to do it with their family and friends.</p><p>In the survey, all three age groups saw an increase in travelers who said they’ll travel with a group of four or more this year compared with last year. And 52 percent of respondents said a <a href="" target="_blank">family vacation</a> is their reason for travel this year.</p><p>Additionally, all respondents rated relaxation as their primary reason for travel, indicating “a healthy desire to disconnect from the stress of our daily lives and reconnect with family and friends while away.”</p><p>Long story short, if you want to make someone happy, send them to Australia for a spa getaway with family. Just make sure they have Wi-Fi wherever they go.</p>
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This Is the Trick to Getting 5 Extra Hours at Disney World Without the Crowds This Summer

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 11:01
<p>Walt Disney World is introducing <a href="" target="_blank">Extra Extra Magic Hours</a>, a spin-off of its <a href="" target="_blank">Extra Magic Hours program</a> that will provide guests of select resort hotels special access to <em>Star Wars</em>: Galaxy’s Edge.</p><p>All Walt Disney World resort hotels, as well as select additional hotels, will offer guests three early morning hours inside the <a href="" target="_blank">new Star Wars land</a> before the park opens to the general public each morning, from September 1 through November 2.</p><p>And the extra hours aren't just for Star Wars land: Three Walt Disney World theme parks will start accepting crowds daily in the early morning hours to accommodate increased attendance when guests head to Orlando in hopes of <a href="" target="_blank">piloting the Millennium Falcon</a> themselves.</p><p>If you’re an early riser and are staying at one of the nearly 40 included hotels, you can get much more out of your park tickets without spending a single extra dollar. Not only can guests with hotel reservations get up to five more hours inside Disney theme parks each day, but can take their pick of which to visit each morning, an unprecedented change giving guests more flexibility and access during their vacations.</p><p>And, given that <a href="" target="_blank">no Fastpasses</a> will be provided for <a href="" target="_blank">Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run</a> when it debuts with Galaxy’s Edge at the end of August, Extra Extra Magic Hours are the only way to enter the land with a limited crowd, giving hotel guests the only true advantage for getting on the attraction more quickly.</p><p>With Star Wars Land’s imminent debut, and <a href="" target="_blank">Toy Story Land</a> and Avatar-themed lands still proving to be extremely popular, staying at a hotel that offers Extra Extra Magic Hours will help you <a href="" target="_blank">save more money</a> and get even more out of your Walt Disney World vacation this fall.</p><h2>Extra Extra Magic Hours Are Only for a Limited Time</h2><p>From September 1 through November 2, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will offer Extra Extra Magic Hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. daily, providing easy access to <em>Star Wars</em>: Galaxy’s Edge as well as Toy Story Land and additional park attractions.</p><p>From August 29 through November 2, both <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Animal Kingdom</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Magic Kingdom</a> will open their magic-filled gates at 7 a.m. each day, allowing guests to line up for popular rides like Flight of Passage at <a href="" target="_blank">Pandora — The World of Avatar</a> or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train even earlier than before.</p><p>Guests can get a total of five extra hours in the park with Extra Magic Hours on select dates this fall. Magic Kingdom will offer traditional Extra Magic Hours at nighttime as well, making it feasible to hit Galaxy’s Edge at 6 a.m. and stay up ‘til midnight enjoying <a href="" target="_blank">Big Thunder Mountain Railroad</a> and other classic Disney favorites.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">EPCOT</a> will continue to offer standard Extra Magic Hours, without the additional hours.</p><p>Only select attractions and experiences are available during these additional park hours. For a full list of attractions open during Extra Magic Hours and Extra Extra Magic Hours, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Disney World website</a>.</p><h2>Hotels With Extra Magic Hours</h2><p>Hotels on property that are owned and operated <a href="" target="_blank">by Walt Disney World</a> itself are privy to a set of perks that include Extra Extra Magic Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, <a href="" target="_blank">Disney’s Hollywood Studios</a> and Magic Kingdom parks. There are over <a href="" target="_blank">20 different hotel brands</a>, each with varying themes (Animated Disney films! New Orleans! National Parks!) that vary across three different price points: Value, Moderate and Deluxe. All Disney World hotels, regardless of price point, offer the same access to Extra Magic Hours as well as a selection of perks, like transportation and free shuttle rides to and from Orlando International Airport.</p><p>Guests of Walt Disney World Swan Hotel and <a href="" target="_blank">Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel</a> — both of which are walking distance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios — will also be able to enter extremely early come September, along with Shades of Green Resort guests. <a href="" target="_blank">Four Seasons Resort Orlando</a> at Walt Disney World Resort will have permission for its guests to attend Extra Extra Magic Hours, while Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando, which recently added Disney park perks to its reservations, are also included in the addition.</p><p>The seven <a href="" target="_blank">Disney Springs Resort Area hotels</a> will also have extra extra magic hour perks. Guests staying at B Resort &amp; Spa, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando, Holiday Inn Orlando - Disney Springs Area, Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista, Best Western Lake Buena Vista, Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista and Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace will be allowed into Hollywood Studios as early as 6am this fall.</p><p>All hotel reservations at the above properties include this new Extra Magic Hours offering as well as extended Fastpass windows — 60-day booking, as opposed to 30 for standard ticket holders — and additional perks.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Valid Disney tickets</a> and hotel ID are required for Extra Extra Magic Hours, and Park Hopper tickets are needed to visit multiple Walt Disney World theme parks in one day.</p>
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These Wildly Popular Wide-leg Pants Have 5,500 Near-perfect Reviews

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:30
<p>We’ve heard of <a href="" target="_blank">viral swimsuits</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">status suitcases</a>, but <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Everlane’s Wide Leg Crop Pant</a> might be the first pair of trousers to truly reach cult standing. Direct-to-consumer brand Everlane has fostered a loyal following around its everyday basics with a contemporary leaning, so it’s only fitting that its best-selling trousers nail the A-frame, ankle-grazing silhouette that seems to be everywhere right now.</p><p>With 5,500 near-perfect reviews, it’s clear that excitement over these universally flattering pants cannot be contained.</p><p>So why the hype? For one, the high-rise waist happens to look great on a wide range of body types. The navel-height rise creates an hourglass shape, while it supports and “holds in” your midsection. The pant’s just-above-the-ankle crop elongates your legs and makes you look tall, even in flats.</p><p>Superfans of the Wide Leg Crop Pant will also attest to just how incredibly comfortable the style is. “Some of the <a href="" target="_blank">most comfortable pants I've owned</a>,” writes one reviewer. “They're heavy enough to feel sturdy but light enough to be worn in the summer.”</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">The Best Travel Pants for Women Who Hate Flying in Jeans</a></p><p>The offbeat, retro-inspired style of what reviewers are calling their “new favorite pants” means they can be worn just as easily to the office as to your out-of-town weekend. In fact, tons of people are buying enough of them in multiple colors to wear every day of the week.</p><p><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">The Wide Leg Crop Pants</a> come in six gorgeous, neutral shades — Bone, Black, Surplus, Ochre, Navy, and Celadon — and are available in sizes 00 to 16. The soft stretch, three percent elastane fabric make it advisable to size down for best fit.</p><p>You can shop the beloved pants for <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">$68 at Everlane</a>.</p><img alt="Wide Leg Crop Pants "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $68</p>
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This Italian Island Will Refund Your Hotel If It Rains Too Much

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:16
<p>You never have to worry about the weather ruining your vacation, as long as you go to this island off the coast of Italy.</p><p>The Italian island of Elba, off the coast of Tuscany, is an idyllic place to spend a vacation with its <a href="" target="_blank">beautiful beaches</a>, gorgeous architecture, and delicious food. Plus, the island is the perfect combination for people looking to relax and people looking for fascinating places to sightsee.</p><p>Famously, the island was home to Napoleon Bonaparte when he was exiled from France between 1814 and 1815, in case any <a href="" target="_blank">history buffs</a> out there are planning an historical getaway.</p><p>Of course, all paradise locations are also susceptible to inclement weather. According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Lonely Planet</a></em>, the island has launched an initiative to combat weather-related vacation disasters with its<em> "</em>Elba No Rain"<em> </em>promotion.</p><p>Anyone who takes a vacation on Elba can get a refund for their hotel stay if there’s too much rain while they’re there. According to <em>Lonely Planet</em>, the initiative measures “too much rain” as more than 2 hours of a downpour during the day, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. local time.</p><p>However, it’s important to note that not all hotels have adopted this temporary refund policy. A full list of hotels who are participating in the "Elba No Rain" program can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">initiative’s website</a> (which is in Italian).</p><p>If you want a guarantee that the weather on your vacation will be beautiful or your money back, it’s best to check out which places on the list are the best to book. The initiative only lasts through May 31, so grabbing a hotel room quickly is key.</p><p>Elba’s climate can be a bit unpredictable, according to <em>Lonely Planet</em>, so it’s very possible that you can get your hotel stay for free. Or, you’ll just have a lovely, rain-free vacation. The weather forecast holds so many possibilities.</p><p>While some rain can certainly lead to a <a href="" target="_blank">disappointing vacation</a>, a little water never hurt anybody, and there can be lots of great things to do while you’re waiting for the sun to come out again.</p><p>More information can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">"Elba No Rain" website</a>.</p>
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eBags Snuck So Many Anti-theft Features Into This Cross-body Bag — and You Can Get One for More Than Half Off

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:15
<p>While you’re anxiously Googling the <a href="">best carry-on suitcases</a> or the <a href="">best carry-on backpacks</a> you’ll need to get you to your summer getaways, you can’t forget about the bags that you’ll need once you actually <em>arrive </em>at your destination and hit the ground running.</p><p>After all my years of traveling growing up — my mom's been a flight attendant for 36 years — I’ve learned a thing or two about <a href="">which bags you need for every type of trip</a>. There’s nothing more annoying than going on a long trip, whether it’s domestic or abroad, and not being prepared with a big enough bag to hold the essentials or a small enough bag that allows you to explore without feeling weighed down. While some may prefer backpacks as their go-to day-to-day travel bags, my choice is a <a href="">cross-body bag</a> — it’s the perfect in-between bag that holds just enough and can be worn across your body or over your shoulder.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="">This $26 Travel Backpack Is Lightweight, Water-resistant, and Pickpocket-proof</a></p><p>That’s why when I found <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">eBags’ anti-theft medium cross-body bag</a> within the brand’s in-house collection, I instantly knew it would be a good option to have on hand. When I’m traveling, I don’t like to carry too flashy of a bag because bad things can happen even on trips of a lifetime — like your bag unexpectedly disappearing from the back of your chair during anotherwise perfect al fresco meal.</p><p>While it’s not the most stylish of cross-body bags, it holds plenty. (Check out all of those exterior and interior pockets, card slots, and pen loops!) Plus, the main compartment is expandable with an extra 1.5 inches for even more capacity when you need it.</p><p>If you’re worried about pickpocketing, it will keep your most valuable items safe too, thanks to <a href="">the bag’s anti-theft protection</a> with a slash-proof strap, locking zippers, and lined pockets to protect your credit cards and passport against RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) scanners. There’s even a hidden cell phone pocket that you can easily tuck your phone into while on the go instead of keeping it in a jacket or pant pocket.</p><p>Based on the bag’s 300 reviews, about 92 percent of people who have tried eBags’ medium cross-body bag would recommend it to others — many reviewers love the bag because it’s super lightweight, the strap is surprisingly comfortable (it can adjust from 13 to 25 inches), and the bag’s interior is extra roomy, allowing you to stash a mini iPad or a Kindle. If you’re like me and enjoy carrying neutral-colored travel bags, it comes in four minimalist shades of black, dark grey, dark navy, and midnight blue and one bolder shade of eggplant.</p><p>Starting now until July 31, <em>Travel + Leisure</em> readers can receive 25 percent off all eBags styles with the code TRAVELLEISURE25. Shop the brand’s medium cross-body below, and be sure to check out <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">eBag’s full collection of travel bags</a> so that you can be prepared for any getaway, any time.</p><h2>eBags Anti-Theft Medium Crossbody</h2><img alt="eBags Cross-body Bag "src=""><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, $35 with code TRAVELLEISURE25 (originally $85)</p>
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Cannes’ Famous Hotels Have Undergone More Than $1 Billion in Renovations

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 09:55
<p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Cannes Film Festival</a> is, undoubtedly, one of the most glamorous events of the year.</p><p>About 40,000 people will visit the city on the French coast to watch some of the year’s best films, spot celebrities, and bask in the glamour of the <a href="" target="_blank">French Riviera</a>. And guests at this year’s festival (which begins Tuesday) may be treated to an even more glamorous experience than years past.</p><img alt="La Plage de Martinez "src=""><p>Historic hotels in Cannes have invested about $1 billion in renovations for five-star accommodations this year.</p><p>"We went to sleep a bit," Michel Chevillon, head of the Cannes hoteliers union, <a href="" target="_blank">told Associated Foreign Press</a>. "Bookings didn't fall but there was a drop in customer satisfaction levels. And then the big international chains arrived. So to keep our share of the market, we had to get it just right.”</p><img alt="Hotel Martinez, Cannes "src=""><img alt="La Plage de Martinez "src=""><p>Last year, the historic waterfront Martinez Hotel re-opened after <a href="" target="_blank">a $168 million (€150 million) renovation, which shut down the hotel for four months</a>. Today, it’s the biggest hotel in town, with 409 rooms. The old hotel was previously decorated in dark tones. Today, it’s all white and pastels alongside its art deco architecture to bring more of the sunshine from the seaside city in. Nightly rates for the hotel’s suites in the summer months can reach up to $38,00 (€34,000). During the festival, nightly rates soar to an undisclosed amount.</p><p>Other glamorous seaside hotels have also undergone substantial renovations in recent history, including the <a href="" target="_blank">Radisson Blu</a>, the Marriott and the Majestic. Chevillon said that, with the smaller independent hotels included, the town of 70,000 has invested about $1 billion in hotel renovations over the past decade.</p><img alt="Hotel Martinez, Cannes "src=""><p>Hoteliers have cited the influence of competition from home-sharing sites like Airbnb as motivation to invest in renovations.</p>
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America’s Newest National Park Offering Camping Reservations up to Six Months in Advance

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 09:23
<p>If you’re planning a summer road trip or camping trip, be sure to add this location to your list of stops.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">America’s newest national park</a>, Indiana Dunes National Park, is officially taking camping reservations for people who are looking for an ideal summer campsite, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Fox 59</a>.</p><p>Indiana Dunes National Park is formerly the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, renamed and designated a national park back in February, making it the country’s <a href="" target="_blank">61st national park</a>, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Michigan Live</a></em>. The park is made up of 15 miles of shore on Lake Michigan in Indiana and boasts 15,000 acres of beaches, woods, natural features, and 50 miles of trails.</p><p>In short, it’s sure to become one of the <a href="" target="_blank">best national park campsites in the U.S</a>.</p><p>According to Fox 59, the park has created a new system for reserving campsites. Out of the 66 sites available, 34 are bookable up to six months in advance and 32 are first-come-first-served.</p><p>In past years, the entire park was first-come-first-served, Fox 59 reported.</p><p>Campsites run for $25 per night between April and October, so now is the perfect time to plan your getaway.</p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">park’s page on the National Park Services website</a>. An <a href="" target="_blank">online reservation portal</a> for the park will go live on Wednesday, May 15, at 10 a.m. EST (9 a.m. CST), according to Fox 59.</p>
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Manchester's New Private Terminal Has No Lines and Chauffeurs to Drive Passengers to Their Gate

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 08:53
<p>If you’ve ever missed a flight because you got caught in security or arrived at the airport to find a long bag-drop line you didn’t plan for, you’re not alone. Long lines are synonymous with travel, and even travelers who fly first class and have <a href="" target="_blank">TSA PreCheck</a> can’t avoid every line. Alleviating this common frustration is the mission behind Manchester Airport’s new private terminal, <a href="" target="_blank">PremiAir</a>.</p><p>Starting September, the private terminal will offer commercial travelers a streamlined airport experience regardless of their flight booking class. Without lines, travelers can sail through the private terminal’s security check before being dropped at their departure gate — via chauffeured car – within the hour. Those departing with only hand luggage can utilize the service for £50 ($65).</p><img alt="Manchester Airport private terminal "src=""><p>Passengers with bags to check or those who are also looking for the ultimate private airport lounge experience — with local cuisine, free drinks, bespoke lounges, and pre-flight entertainment — can book the terminal’s Premium departure service for £100 ($130). PremiAir’s personal luggage processing service will ensure travelers start off on the right foot before providing them with complimentary high-speed WiFi, drinks, and food made to order.</p><p>Those looking for a superior arrival experience can book a similar service for their arrival. For £125 ($162), arrivals into Manchester are greeted with a private transfer from the plane to the terminal, dedicated passport control, and access to the lounge while any luggage is collected. For a full “round-trip” experience, travelers can expect to pay £175 ($226).</p><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Sun</a></em>, the terminal will be open Sept. 1, but travelers can stay up to date on PremiAir’s services and status by signing up for updates on the site.</p>
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You Can Get an All-expenses Paid Vacation to Jamaica to Bartend at This Caribbean Bar in the Ocean

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 08:39
<p>Now’s the time to apply to the dream job you might have never thought of.</p><p>Not a lot of people dream of leaving their home and their job to go tend bar, but this job opening might give you second thoughts about that.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">According to<em> Metro</em></a>, an establishment off the coast of <a href="" target="_blank">Jamaica</a> called Floyd’s Pelican Bar is looking for a new, temporary bartender to serve up ice cold drinks that are perfect for sipping surrounded by water.</p><p>The bar is run by Floyd Forbes, who works day-in and day-out in this gorgeous location, but even working in such an idyllic place can take its toll on someone. In order to give Forbes a vacation, <a href="" target="_blank">Virgin Holidays</a> is hoping to find someone to fill in for him while he’s relaxing.</p><p>Forbes’ bar isn’t your typical beachside watering hole, either. The bar itself is located one mile off the coast of Negril, Jamaica, so it’s only accessible by a 20-minute boat ride, according to <em>Metro</em>. It’s well worth the trouble, though, since both guests and workers are surrounded by crystal clear water when they pull up a chair at this island cabana.</p><p>The bar, built in 2001, is nailed up on stilts so it can be high and dry in the ocean, according to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Atlas Obscura</a></em>. At first glance, it looks a bit like a run down shack — that is, until you take in the beautiful scenery around it.</p><p>The perfect substitute bartender, according to <em>Metro</em>, would be comfortable commuting by boat or paddle board, eager to entertain and talk to guests while serving drinks with a smile, have good taste in music in order to create crowd-pleasing, chill playlists at the bar, a capable multitasker, a welcoming face to passing boats, and is comfortable feeding the pelicans once in a while.</p><p>There are no requirements for applying for the job, just your name and email address. There have been temporary dream job (or odd job) postings like this in the past, including a sweepstakes to <a href="" target="_blank">run an inn off the coast of San Francisco</a> and a call for a <a href="">lifeguard at a nudist retreat</a>. But this one feels extra special.</p><p>The chosen applicant will receive free economy, round-trip Virgin Atlantic flights to Jamaica and seven nights accommodation in a four-star hotel, and £1,000 (about $1,290 USD) spending money. It’s unclear whether you’ll get to keep your tips.</p><p>Anyone interested in taking a break and living for a week like Isaac from <em>The Love Boat</em>, visit the <a href=";utm_source=commission%20junction&amp;utm_medium=affiliates&amp;utm_campaign=Skimlinks&amp;utm_content=7748750&amp;CJEVENT=281be150765e11e983f000840a240611" target="_blank">Virgin Holidays website</a> to throw your hat in the ring.</p>
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The Moon Is Getting Smaller and Wrinklier — Here's Why

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 08:09
<p>The physical effects of aging on a human body are universal: our skin gets wrinklier, we get smaller. Apparently, the moon is aging the same way.</p><p>According to images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the moon is shrinking, which is causing its crust to wrinkle up. The shrinking is also causing moonquakes, which are similar to their earthly equivalents — earthquakes.</p><p>Whereas the Earth’s quakes are caused by the shifting of tectonic plates, the moon’s quakes are caused by the body’s cooling. As the inside of the moon cools down, its surface shrivels up. Think of a grape shriveling into a raisin. However, unlike a grape, the moon’s surface is brittle and when these wrinkles form, the surface can break, “resulting in so-called thrust faults, where one section of crust is pushed up over an adjacent section,” <a href="" target="_blank">according to AFP</a>.</p><p>According to NASA’s images, this process has caused the moon to shrink about 50 meters, or about 164 feet, in diameter from what it was back in 1972.</p><p>Researchers believe this process is still active on the moon, meaning it is still changing and still experiencing quakes.</p><p>“For me, these findings emphasize that we need to go back to the moon,” Nicholas Schmerr, assistant professor of geology at the University of Maryland an an author of the study, said in a statement. “We learned a lot from the Apollo missions, but they really only scratched the surface. With a larger network of modern seismometers, we could make huge strides in our understanding of the moon's geology. This provides some very promising low-hanging fruit for science on a future mission to the moon.”</p><p>We may not have to wait long. NASA announced earlier this year that it hopes to <a href="" target="_blank">send astronauts back to the moon in 2024</a>.</p>
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The Most Popular Beach Hotels on Travelocity Are All on Sale — but You'll Have to Act Fast

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 17:01
<p>If you’ve been thinking about <a href="" target="_blank">planning a summer vacation</a>, now may be the perfect time to pull the trigger. As in right now, like today, at this very second. That’s because Travelocity is hosting a massive <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">one-day sale</a> all beach-loving travelers should get in on.</p><p>For today only, Travelocity is knocking 17 percent off, which could equal up to $100 off a night, at some of its most popular beach destinations around the United States, Caribbean, and Mexico.</p><p>You can use the code twice to redeem two reservations at participating hotels. Ready to book? Just check out these six hot properties for a little vacation inspiration, then head over to <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank">Travelocity</a> and use the promo code <strong>SAVEBIG17</strong> for 17 percent off your dream vacation. </p><h2>Dominican Republic: Casa De Campo Resort and Villas</h2><p>At the Casa De Campo Resort in La Romana, less than an hour from Punta Cana, every room comes with a view. The art deco-inspired resort is ideal for an easy getaway as a couple or for families. It even offers childcare for a small extra fee.</p><p><strong>To book:</strong> <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, save 17% with code SAVEBIG17</p><h2>Miami: Carillon Miami Wellness Resort</h2><img alt="Carillon Miami Wellness Resort "src=""><p>The Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is an active oasis. Inside, guests can indulge in a number of recreational amenities, including doing a few laps in the hotel’s four outdoor swimming pools, and even take one of the hotel’s many fitness classes. Then, sit back and relax at the massive spa which features massages, body treatments, and facials.</p><p><strong>To book:</strong> <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, save 17% with code SAVEBIG17</p><h2>Los Angeles: Oceana</h2><p>Located across the street from the famed Santa Monica beach, Oceana is an ocean lover's paradise. Wake up, step outside, and enjoy the Santa Monica Pier, a number of world-class restaurants to your left and right, and plenty of shopping at the 3rd Street Promenade. Then, go back, put on your plush Oceana robe, and drift asleep to the sound of the sea.</p><p><strong>To book:</strong> <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, save 17% with code SAVEBIG17</p><h2>San Diego: Kona Kai Resort and Spa</h2><img alt="Hotel El Convento, Puerto Rico "src=""><p>If you want to be as close to the water as possible look no further than Kona Kai Resort and Spa in San Diego. Located on the harbor, the hotel is big enough to fit your entire family. It comes with two pools, one for families and one just for adults, along with plenty of lawn games to fill the day. And, best of all, it’s just a 10-minute drive to downtown San Diego, meaning delicious food and vintage shopping is right around the corner.</p><p><strong>To book:</strong> <a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, save 17% with code SAVEBIG17</p><h2>Cancun: Nizuc Resort and Spa</h2><p>You want a beach? The Nizuc Resort and Spa has got one — a private one, to be exact. The luxury resort also comes equipped with a full-service spa and six delicious restaurants. The family-friendly resort also comes with a kids' club and optional babysitting services.</p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, save 17% with code SAVEBIG17</p><h2>Puerto Rico: Hotel el Convento</h2><img alt="Kona Kai Resort & Spa "src=""><p>Located in San Juan Antiguo, the Hotel el Convento is not only minutes from the sand, but it’s also conveniently located near both the San Juan Gate and San Juan Cathedral. The luxury hotel is home to two restaurants, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. And each of the rooms come perfectly decorated with old-world San Juan charm.</p><p><strong>To book: </strong><a data-ecommerce="true" href="" target="_blank"></a>, save 17% with code SAVEBIG17</p>
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Japan Is Testing a Train That Will Be the Fastest in the World

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 16:17
<p>Getting around <a href="" target="_blank">Japan</a> has always been a breeze thanks to the country's bullet train system. But soon, you may be able to get around even faster thanks to a new train that could reach speeds up to 249 miles per hour.</p><p>The East Japan Railway Company began testing <a href="" target="_blank">the ALFA-X</a>, which could soon become the fasted bullet train in the world, last week.</p><p>As <a href="" target="_blank">Japan Station</a>, a Japanese transportation guide explained, the ALFA-X is a version of the country’s Shinkansen train, which debuted for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. That train is still operational around the country and includes stops in <a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Kyoto</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Osaka</a>. It can travel at speeds up to 199 miles per hour.</p><p>“The ALFA-X train is simply a prototype for use in test runs for the development of a possible future train,” Sanshiro Iwamoto, a researcher at the railway company, told <em><a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a></em>. “The projected speed should be 249 mph per hour maximum, but, again, speed will only be determined during testing.”</p><p>Testing, <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a> explained, will likely last for at least three more years. The goal for the train is to have it fully operational for commercial use by 2030. At that time, CNN noted, it will likely cruise around 224 miles per hour rather than pushing its limits of 249. But, even at its cruising speed, it will still be the fastest train in the world just ahead of <a href="" target="_blank">China's Fuxing Hao train</a>, which currently reaches speeds of 217 mph.</p><p>Part of the reason Japan’s new train can go so fast is thanks to its design, <em>USA Today</em> reported. The train comes with a 72-foot sleek nose, which is built to combat wind resistance. Behind it, the train carries 10 cars.</p><p>Japan is also testing another high-speed train model, the Shinkansen N700S. That train is expected to reach speeds of 190 miles per hour and will also be commercially available just in time for the <a href="" target="_blank">Tokyo 2020 Olympics</a>.</p>
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The Ultimate Guide to 'Game of Thrones' Filming Locations Around the World

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 15:50
<p>HBO's <em>Game of Thrones </em>is lauded for its lush world-building, and the visually stunning way production designers (and, you know, wig experts) have brought George R.R. Martin's rich, complicated world to life. <em>Game of Thrones </em>is, after all, a study in mind-blowing landscapes: frigid wastelands and forests beyond the Wall, the amply-treed Kingsroad, turquoise waters across the Narrow Sea, and the sunny, medieval King’s Landing, to name a few.</p><p>While many of <em>GOT</em>’s recurring sets (like the Iron Throne) are filmed at Paint Hall studios in <a href="" target="_blank">Belfast</a>, the show shoots largely on-location, primarily in <a href="" target="_blank">Northern Ireland</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Iceland</a> for scenes in the North, and <a href="" target="_blank">Croatia</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Spain</a> for the South. Cast members who have scenes beyond the Wall have been known to film in freezing temperatures, often on lands buried in feet of snow.</p><p>With such an impressive roster of medieval cities and stunning islands on their shoot list, it should come as no surprise that a <em>GOT</em> location tour around <a href="" target="_blank">Europe</a> would make for an ideal vacation. For all you travel junkies out there, we’ve compiled the ultimate <em>Game of Thrones</em> travel guide to help inspire your next trip. (This may seem obvious, but there are light spoilers ahead.)</p><p>Onward!</p><p>*Editor's Note: This post is dark and full of terrors … AKA it’s full of spoilers. So, if you’re not caught up on <em>Game of Thrones</em>, proceed with caution.</p><h2>Daenarys and Khal Drogo’s Wedding</h2><img alt="Daenarys and Khal Drogos Wedding, Azure Window, Malta "src=""><p>Way back in season one of <em>Game of Thrones</em>, fans saw a pre-dragon Daenarys marry the “blood of her blood” and “moon of her life” Khal Drogo. The wedding scene was filmed at the stunning Azure Window in <a href="" target="_blank">Malta</a>. It was a major tourist attraction both before and after the filming. Sadly, in 2017, <a href="" target="_blank">the window collapsed in a storm</a>.</p><h2>The Iron Islands</h2><img alt="The Iron Islands, Ballintoy Harbor, Northern Ireland "src=""><p>The Iron Islands, home of the Greyjoys, is actually set at the Ballintoy Harbour in <a href="" target="_blank">Northern Ireland</a>. Though it’s a place Theon likely never wants to see again, you may want to visit to get a true taste of Ireland life.</p><h2>The Scaffold of King's Landing</h2><img alt="The Scaffold of Kings Landing, Fort Manoel, Malta "src=""><p>Perhaps the saddest location in all of <em>Game of Thrones</em>, Fort Manoel in <a href="" target="_blank">Malta</a> was used as the location where Ned Stark met his end on King Joffrey’s orders. Built in the 18th century, the fort remains on UNESCO’s tentitive world heritage list. But really, it should make the list from its <i>GoT</i> appearance alone.</p><h2>Beyond the Wall</h2><img alt="Beyond the Wall, Hverfjall Volcano, Iceland "src=""><p>The scenes beyond the Wall have been filmed at various locations around <a href="" target="_blank">Iceland</a>, most notably the Myrdalsjokull glacier, the Hverfjall volcano, and the Vatnajökull glacier.</p><h2>The Mountain Beyond the Wall</h2><img alt="The Mountain Beyond the Wall, Kirkjufell, Iceland "src=""><p>One specific location beyond the wall happened in Season 7 Episode 6. It was then that Daenerys and her dragons save (almost) everyone from certain death at the hands of the Night King. In real life, that location is actually <a href=",-23.3769823,12z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x48d57bab8dd70f87:0x9b45ba57731db7b!2sKirkjufell!3b1!8m2!3d64.9416667!4d-23.3069444!3m4!1s0x0:0x263186a28a338d0!8m2!3d64.9261608!4d-23.3114433" target="_blank">Kirkjufell</a> a famous mountain and waterfall in <a href="" target="_blank">Iceland</a>.</p><h2>Winterfell</h2><img alt="Winterfell, Doune Castle, Scotland "src=""><p>The pilot episode of <em>Game of Thrones </em>featuring the Stark family home of Winterfell was shot at <a href="" target="_blank">Doune Castle</a> in <a href="" target="_blank">Scotland</a>. However, later episiodes featuring Winterfell were filmed at Castle Ward in <a href="" target="_blank">Northern Ireland</a>.</p><h2>King's Landing</h2><img alt="Dubrovnik, Croatia, Kings Landing "src=""><p>Though most of King’s Landing doesn’t really exist in real life (it’s shot in a studio), some exterior shots include locations like <a href="" target="_blank">Dubrovnik</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Split</a>, both in <a href="" target="_blank">Croatia</a>.</p><h2>The Forests of Winterfell</h2><img alt="The Forests of Winterfell, Tollymore Forest Park, Northern Ireland "src=""><p>Remember when the Stark boys found a litter of direwolf puppies in the forests of Winterfell? Filming of the scene took place in Tollymore Forest Park, in <a href="" target="_blank">Northern Ireland</a>. The forest was the first named state forest in Northern Island and remains open to visitors, campers, and hikers alike.</p><h2>The Dothraki Sea</h2><img alt="The Dothraki Sea, Glens of Antrim, Northern Ireland "src=""><p>The Dothraki Sea — otherwise known as the Great Grass Sea — is actually the Glens of Antrim in <a href="" target="_blank">Northern Ireland</a>. Which, funny enough, means the Dothraki technically live nextdoor to the Starks.</p><h2>The Kingsroad</h2><img alt="The Kingsroad, Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland "src=""><p><a href="" target="_blank">Northern Ireland</a> is home to some of the world’s most picturesque natural beauty, so it makes sense that the <a href="" target="_blank">Dark Hedges</a> were used to film the grandest road in the land, otherwise known as the Kingsroad.</p><h2>Dragonstone Beach</h2><img alt="Dragonstone Beach, Itzurun Beach, Zumaia, Spain "src=""><p>In the show, Dragonstone Beach is home to several pivotal scenes. It happens to be where the Burning of the Seven took place, as well as the place where Dany goes home to roost in season seven. The interior of Dragonstone is filmed on a sound stage in Belfast, however, the beach, cave, and footbridge are all real and filmed at Itzurun Beach in <a href="" target="_blank">Zumaia</a> and Muriola Beach near Barrika. Both beaches can be visited in one go on a trip to the <a href="" target="_blank">northern coast of Spain</a>.</p><h2>Jon &amp; Ygritte's Cave</h2><img alt="Jon and Ygrittes Cave, Grjotagja, Iceland "src=""><p>In perhaps the sexiest scene in <em>Game of Thrones </em>history, Jon Snow proves he doesn’t, in fact, know nothing, while spending an intimate evening with his Wildling love interest Ygritte. In the show, the pair spend the night north of the Wall, but in real life, the filming location actually sits inside a lava cave Grjótagjá, <a href="" target="_blank">Iceland</a>.</p><h2>Qarth</h2><img alt="Qarth, Lokrum Island "src=""><p>Lokrum, an island in the Adriatic Sea, was used for filming scenes in the "Greatest City that Ever Was or Will Be," otherwise known as Qarth. The Benedictine Monastery on the island stood in as Xaro Xhaon Daxos’ mansion, which can be seen in season two’s fifth episode.</p><h2>Melisandre's Birthing Cave</h2><img alt="Melisandres Birthing Cave, Cushendun Cave, Antrim, Northern Ireland "src=""><p>One of <em>Game of Throne</em>’s creepiest scenes features Lady Melisandre giving birth to a “shadow” that later kills Renly Baratheon. The scene was filmed at the Caves at Cushendum in County Antrim, <a href="" target="_blank">Northern Ireland</a>.</p><h2>The House of the Undying</h2><img alt="The House of the Undying, Minceta Tower, Croatia "src=""><p>When Daenarys’ dragons are stolen during her stay in the city of Qarth, she’s led to the House of the Undying, which was filmed inside the walls of Minceta Tower in <a href="" target="_blank">Croatia</a>.</p><h2>Astapor</h2><img alt="Astapor, Essauira, Morocco "src=""><p>Daenarys certainly travels the furthest in the show throughout the seven kingdoms and in season three, she heads to the Slaver’s Bay city of Astapor. There, Daenarys meets the army of the Unsullied, who become her loyal allies. Principal photography was shot in the Moroccan port city of <a href="" target="_blank">Essaouira</a>.</p><h2>Yunki (and Pentos)</h2><img alt="Yunkai and Pentos, Ait Benhaddou, Morocco "src=""><p>Another Slaver’s Bay filming location also overlaps with the location of Pentos. Both locations are actually the fortified city of Aït-Ben-Haddou in <a href="" target="_blank">Morocco</a> in real life.</p><h2>Braavos</h2><img alt="Braavos, Sibenik, Croatia "src=""><p>Everyone’s favorite Faceless Man-in-training, Arya Stark, arrives in the Free City of Braavos in the fifth season. No, she didn’t actually go to a mythical land to train for years on end. Instead, filming actually took place in Sibenik, a gorgeous and historical city in <a href="" target="_blank">Croatia</a>.</p><h2>The Water Palaces of Dorne</h2><img alt="The Water Palaces of Dorne, Alcazar de Sevilla, Spain "src=""><p>The fan favorite House of Martell calls the Water Palaces of Dorne home, which was actually filmed at the Alcázar de Sevilla in <a href="" target="_blank">Spain</a>.</p><h2>The Great Pit of Daznak</h2><img alt="The Great Pit of Daznak, Osuna, Bull Ring, Sevilla, Spain "src=""><p>Daznak’s Pit, the largest fighting pit in the Slaver’s Bay city of Meereen, seen in the ninth episode of season five, is the location where Sir Jorah enters combat to fight for the Queen’s honor. In real life, the Osuna Bull Ring in <a href="" target="_blank">Sevilla</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Spain</a>, stood in as the Great Pit.</p><h2>The Long Bridge of Volantis</h2><img alt="The Long Bridge of Volantis, Cordoba, Spain "src=""><p>The Long Bridge in the Free City of Volantis — which is depicted in the series’ fifth season — used the Roman Bridge in <a href="">Cordoba</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Spain</a> for principal photography.</p><h2>Highgarden</h2><img alt="Highgarden, Almodovar del Rio, Spain "src=""><p>In the fourth episode of season seven, fans finally got a look at Highgarden, the home of the House Tyrell. Sadly, it was seized by Jaime Lannister. But, the filming location, the Castillo de Almodóvar del Río in the <a href="" target="_blank">Andalusian</a> province of Córdoba, remains free of the Lanister grip. The location is<a href="" target="_blank"> open to the public</a><i> </i>so go explore the towers and walls, and make sure to pick up some <em>Game of Thrones</em> swag before the final episode this summer.</p>
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This Pizza Has 41 Types of Cheese From 41 Countries Around the World

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 11:16
<p>There’s no use denying it: Cheese. Is. Life.</p><p>Cheese is amazing in pretty much any form, but perhaps one of the best is pizza. Cheese, sauce, and bread go together so naturally, it’s easy to see why delicious four-cheese and five-cheese varieties exist.</p><p>You can’t go wrong with more cheese.</p><img alt="SpareRoom UK Eurovision 41-Cheese Pizza "src=""><p>According to <em><a href="" target="_blank">Metro</a></em>, apartment listing company <a href="" target="_blank">SpareRoom</a> is bringing the world the cheesy pizza we've only dreamed about — boasting 41 incredible kinds of cheese from around the world — to celebrate the <a href="" target="_blank">67th Eurovision Song Contest</a>. For those who don't know Eurovision, <em><a href="" target="_blank">The Wrap</a> </em>describes it as "a cross between <em>The X Factor</em> and the Miss Universe pageant that offers [Americans] a glimpse of what it’s like to be in a culture that doesn’t have jazz and blues as the foundation of its pop music."</p><p>While it’s not as many as the record-breaking <a href="" target="_blank">111-cheese pizza from Vadoli Pizzeria</a> in Berlin, Michigan, this specialty pizza includes at least one cheese from each of the 41 different countries participating in Eurovision. And be sure to expect ones from some of the <a href="" target="_blank">best destinations for cheese lovers</a>, like French Camembert, Italian Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Irish Cashel Bleu cheese, <em>Metro</em> reported.</p><p>“Eurovision parties are popular in flatshares all over the UK and pizza is the ultimate sharing food. So what better excuse to celebrate cheesiness in all its forms,” a spokesperson for SpareRoom told <em><a href="" target="_blank">Pretty52</a></em>.</p><p>Unfortunately, you can only get the pizza if you’re in London, so the rest of the world will have to make do with a <a href="" target="_blank">homemade recipe for the pizza</a> from SpareRoom. If you are lucky enough to be in the U.K. later this month, consider putting this <a href="" target="_blank">cheesy concoction on your bucket list</a></p><p>The Eurovision Song Contest broadcasts on May 18, so anyone viewing the competition can feel free to order themselves a pizza. While the limited edition “Quarantuno Formaggi” is sponsored by SpareRoom, the actual pizza can be ordered from London pizzeria Baz and Fred’s in Flat Iron Square between 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on that day.</p><img alt="SpareRoom UK Eurovision 41-Cheese Pizza "src=""><p>The best part is that the cheesy pizza is completely free until supplies run out, according to <em>Metro</em>. You can order it in person or online using the <a href="" target="_blank">Deliveroo</a> website and app.</p><p>Here’s the full list of cheeses you’ll find on the “Quarantuno Formaggi,” according to Pretty52.</p><p>1. Albania - Kaçkavall style cheese<br />2. Armenia - Chechil Cheese Braid<br />3. Australia - Extra Mature Cheddar<br />4. Austria - Austrian Smoked Cheese<br />5. Azerbaijan - Kajmak Travnik<br />6. Belarus - Quark<br />7. Belgium - Pie d'Angloys<br />8. Croatia - Paski sir<br />9. Cyprus - Halloumi<br />10. Czech Republic - Korbaciky unsmoked<br />11. Denmark - Castello Danish Blue<br />12. Estonia - Andre style cheese<br />13. Finland - Leipäjuusto style cheese<br />14. France - Camembert<br />15. Georgia - Jaunpils Sulguni<br />16. Germany - Beechwood German Smoked<br />17. Greece - Epiros Greek Feta<br />18. Hungary - Randolder style cheese<br />19. Iceland - Skyr yoghurt<br />20. Ireland - Cashel Blue style cheese<br />21. Israel - Tal Haemek style cheese<br />22. Italy - Parmigiano Reggiano<br />23. Latvia - Talsu Ritulis Green<br />24. Lithuania - Luksiu Suris<br />25. North Macedonia - Kashkavel style cheese<br />26. Malta - Gbjena style cheese<br />27. Moldova - Rossiyskiy<br />28. Montenegro - Pljevaljski style cheese<br />29. Netherlands - Gouda<br />30. Norway - Jarlsberg<br />31. Poland - Mlekpol Krolewski Z Kolna<br />32. Portugal - Queijo Azeitao Quinta Do Anjo Dop Simões<br />33. Romania - Branza Burduf<br />34. Russia - Salt Smoked 'braid' Kosichka style cheese<br />35. Serbia - Bryndza<br />36. San Marino - Auricchio Mild Provolone<br />37. Slovenia - Trnic style cheese<br />38. Spain - Manchego<br />39. Sweden - Åseda Gräddost<br />40. Switzerland - Emmental<br />41. United Kingdom - Wensleydale</p>
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You Can Watch Movies on a Boat at This New Cinema in Prague

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 11:00
<p>With summer just around the corner, outdoor movies are on the verge of popping up at parks, <a href="" target="_blank">beaches</a>, and rooftops in cities around the world.</p><p>But there's one movie theater in <a href="" target="_blank">Prague</a> that, while not actually outdoors, has upped the ante by virtue of being on a boat — and it's open all year round.</p><p>Anchored in the Vltava river, Kinolod first opened in Prague 7's Holešovice quarter in February 2019, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Lonely Planet </em>reports</a>. For just Kč130 ($5.67), cinephiles can watch a film on this refurbished, <a href="" target="_blank">1925 transshipment vessel</a>, to be enjoyed with a beer from the onboard bar.</p><img alt="Kinolod Cinema Boat in Prague "src=""><img alt="Kinolod Cinema Boat in Prague "src=""><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Prague Is a Real-life Fairy Tale, and These Photos Prove It</a></p><p>If the idea of going to a movie theater in a country where you do not speak the language sounds intimidating, rest easy. Kinolod plays Czech movies, but you can watch some of them with English subtitles, or opt to watch an international film. Before you purchase your ticket, head to the <a href="" target="_blank">cinema's website</a> to see which Czech films are subtitled and which U.S. films are dubbed.</p><img alt="Kinolod Cinema Boat in Prague "src=""><p>Adding to its cool factor, Kinolod is more than just an 80-seat movie theater: it also doubles as a concert venue. After special film viewings, the theater moves the screen to unveil a stage, where music inspired by the movie is performed.</p><img alt="Kinolod Cinema Boat in Prague "src=""><p>For those who get seasick, you can still partake in the fun. According to <em>Lonely Planet</em>, Kinolod plans to eventually play outdoor movies next to the boat, on the left bank of the Vltava.</p><p>Want to make a whole day out of your trip to Holešvoice? Before or after your movie, be sure to <a href="">shop the boutiques on Veverkova Street</a>, check out one — or more — of the district's many <a href=";find_loc=Hole%C5%A1ovice%2C+Prague" target="_blank">art galleries</a>, and head to <a href="" target="_blank">Letna Park</a> for stunning views of the city.</p>
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The California Hotel Doris Day Owned Is the 'Pet-friendliest' in America

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:51
<p>Doris Day, one of the most prolific actresses of Hollywood’s golden era, has died, her foundation announced Monday. She was 97.</p><p>Day, <a href="" target="_blank">CNN</a> reported, ranked number one in the box office each year from 1960 to 1964. She began her career as a big-band vocalist during World War II then made the leap to the big screen. Over the next two decades, she went on to make nearly 40 movies.</p><p>But, being an actress wasn’t her only gig. Day was also a hotelier as co-owner of the Cyprus Inn in <a href="" target="_blank">Carmel-by-the-Sea</a>, California.</p><img alt="Cypress Inn Carmel, California "src=""><p>“For more than 20 years, Cypress Inn has been jointly owned by legendary singer, actress and animal activist Doris Day and her business partner Dennis LeVett,” the inn explained on its <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>. “Doris’s deep devotion to animals helped put Cypress Inn on the map as the ‘pet friendliest’ inn in the ‘pet friendliest’ town in America!”</p><p>According to<em> </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Monterey County Weekly</em></a><em>,</em> becoming a pet-friendly hotel was Day’s one condition for purchasing the hotel. Though really, that’s no surprise coming from a woman who wrote in her memoir, "All my life, I have never felt lonely with a dog I loved at my side, no matter how many times I've been alone.”</p><p>“We literally treat them like regular guests,” General Manager Peter Radler told<em> Monterey County Weekly</em> in 2018. “We just like the true, honest companionship of your pet.”</p><p>The 44-room hotel has been through several renovations and is beloved by locals and out of towners alike for its exemplary service and charm. Each room in the inn comes tastefully decorated in “rich Mediterranean colors and textures” right down to its plush linens and robes. The staff takes guest comfort seriously and even supplies complimentary cream sherry and fresh fruits and nuts in each room. Of course, every room is pet-friendly.</p><p>For guests there are the usual amenities, however, the hotel takes Day’s request to be welcoming to all creatures even further by offering an outdoor dog-sized shower for rinsing off your best bud after a play session at the beach, as well as treats and customized blankets and bowls for in-room use.</p><p>“It has tweaks but it’s such a special place, it really is,” Radler added. Undoubtedly, Day’s legacy will live on through the hotel as it continues to welcome guests of all shapes and sizes. </p>
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This Historic Sausalito Mansion Is Attracting Silicon Valley Titans with Its Cutting-edge Wellness Program — ‘Smart Beds’ and AI Personal Trainers Included

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:41
<p>Sometimes, even Silicon Valley types need to unplug. And when they do, they make <a href="" target="_blank">Casa Madrona</a> their home base.</p><p>The 64-room hotel has been serving <a href="" target="_blank">San Franciscans for more than a century</a>. But after a multi-million-dollar renovation and the arrival of a futuristic new wellness program, the historic Sausalito mansion has become the go-to escape for the digerati. </p><p>Combining cutting-edge technology and a level of personalization that you’d only find at a world-class hotel, the <a href="" target="_blank">wellness program</a> offers solutions for everything from sleep and exercise to nutrition.</p><img alt="Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa "src=""><p>Recognizing the centrality of a good night’s sleep to overall health, the hotel has introduced Eight Sleep Smart Beds in nine new dedicated wellness guest rooms. The beds use custom biometrics, sleep coaching, and temperature regulation to determine how well you slept and improve your Zzz’s the next night — so you’ll never have to worry about jet lag again. Even if you’re a good sleeper, the beds can be programmed — via your iPhone, of course — to perform comforting functions like preheating your sheets and turning off the lights from the moment your head hits your pillow.</p><p>But that’s not the only virtual assistant available. Guests staying in the wellness rooms will also have access to Vi, an AI personal trainer (think Siri meets Richard Simmons). Vi lives in a pair of wireless headphones and measures your heart rate in real-time to create custom cardio routines based on your biometrics, performance, and goals. In addition, there are Muse 2 headbands that sensor brain activity, heart rate, breath, and body movements to guide you through an immersive meditation experience. They hook up through Bluetooth to connect to the Muse app on your in-room iPad.</p><p>With all these sleek gadgets, we wouldn’t blame you for staying in your suite the whole time. But when you’re ready to venture out, you’ll find a slew of other high-tech amenities throughout the hotel. In the wellness courtyard, there’s a 62-inch television featuring a selection of virtual on-demand workouts, not to mention the Peloton spin bikes in the state-of-the-art gym. Craving a group workout? A sprawling conference and event space can be turned into a fitness and yoga studio.</p><p>Health means more than just being physically fit — it’s also important to be mentally strong, too. Give your brain a break by blissing out in one of the three new treatment rooms at the serene 3,000-square-foot spa. Favorite therapies include the mindfulness massage and the marine layer body wrap that uses a seaweed serum with Japanese ume plum extract to revitalize the skin.</p><img alt="Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa "src=""><p>After the deep detox, it’s important to hydrate and refuel. Luckily, the on-staff chefs and nutritionists thought of that too and can arrange a personalized plant-based meal plan courtesy of Bay Area caterer, Urban Remedy. Or, feel free to raid the mini bar, which is stocked with organic protein bars as well as Moon Juice adaptogens and tinctures.</p>
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This New Plant Subscription Service Will Keep Your Home Forever in Bloom

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:35
<p>Why should interiors have all the fun of switching seasons?</p><p>A new subscription will make your home’s entryway a welcoming place, no matter the season.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Knock! Knock!</a> sends out two arrangements of flowers specially selected for your house. Users answer questions about their region, the level of sun their front door receives, the style of their home and the type of planters they use. The team will then select a plant arrangement that will “survive and thrive” in the outdoors, no matter the season.</p><p>After answering the questions, users have to go out and buy two planters that will house their future arrangements. The night before delivery (there will be warning), they should go home and fill up these planters with some soil.</p><p>Upkeep is fairly straightforward, according to the company. The blooms arrive in a tray that is easy to transfer to the planters. And, a la Chia pet, just add water and watch it thrive. They only need to be fed about four weeks after delivery.</p><p>Each new seasonal planter will reflect the weather. Autumn plants may feature deep scarlet pansies, <a href="" target="_blank">spring</a> could come with Fairway Yellow Coleus and Bellis Bellissima Rose blossoms. <a href="" target="_blank">Summer</a> planters will enliven any entryway with Petunias, Calibrachoa and Verbenas while a winter arrangement may feature sturdy holiday favorites like pine and birch twigs.</p><p>The plants are available for $75 for one seasonal arrangement or $65 if you sign up for a subscription. </p>
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