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Meow! It's Japan's New Covid-Fighting Kitty Cat Mascot

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/18/2020, 8:00 PM

Japan is putting the cat in catastrophe with its new pandemic mascot, a coronavirus-combatting kitty named Koronon.  On most days, the mascot can be spotted in busy parts of Tokyo such as Shinjuku and Ikebukuro, passing out free masks to pedestrians and spreading good cheer instead of pathogens.  The pink costumed critter wears a mask and plastic shield over her Hello Kitty–ish face, and a b...

Open a New Window: See Video Views from Homes Around the World

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/18/2020, 10:00 AM

It may not be the most dramatic part of a trip, but there is one moment when it really hits me that I’ve left my normal life behind. After the whirlwind of flying or driving to my destination, I get settled in my hotel or vacation home, take a breath, and look out the window. And with that glance, I feel it: My reality has shifted. That intake of breath, that realization, that first look, ha...

Princess Diana Hotel Package Obsessively Retraces Her Stay in Chicago

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/16/2020, 8:00 PM

Just in time for the release of The Crown's fourth season on Netflix, the Drake hotel in Chicago has put together a royal package that takes our still-burning cultural obsession with Princess Diana to verging-on-pathological extremes.  The hotel's "Crowning a Lady" offer commemorates the three-day period in June 1996 when the Princess of Wales stayed in the Presidential Suite at the Magnificent...

Lego's Epic Colosseum Set Is Company’s Largest Ever

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/13/2020, 9:00 PM

The biggest Lego set ever created goes on sale on Black Friday. The Danish toy company's plastic-brick replica of Rome's Colosseum contains an anxiety-sparking 9,036 pieces. Can you imagine how many there'd be if the ancient amphitheater hadn't lost sections over the centuries due to earthquakes and stone pilferers? Lego's Colosseum surpasses the previous record holder for size, the currentl...

Royal Caribbean Calls for Volunteers for Test Sailings

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/13/2020, 2:00 PM

As Frommer's reported a few weeks ago, the Centers for Disease Control has stipulated some changes for the giant cruise lines. If they want to start regular U.S. sailings again, they must comply with the CDC mandate to conduct non-revenue voyages in order to test their new anti-coronavirus protocols and systems. Royal Caribbean is the first line to open a waiting list for volunteers. The new pr...

Move Over, Monkey Christ: The Potato Head of Palencia Is Spain’s Newest Botched Restoration

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/12/2020, 8:00 PM

The restoration of another artwork in Spain has gone hilariously awry.  As you'll see in the before-and-after photo above, the sculpture of a smiling woman on the facade of a bank in the northern city of Palencia has been given a thorough make-under, leaving a misshapen monstrosity that's been nicknamed the Potato Head of Palencia.   According to the Associated Press, it's not clear when—or ...

Iconic Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore in Paris Fights for Survival

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/12/2020, 10:00 AM

The bookstore beloved by the Lost Generation is now in danger of being lost itself. Shakespeare and Company was founded in Paris by Sylvia Beach just after World War I. Specializing in literature in English, the shop and lending library became a gathering place for American literary superstars living in Paris between the two world wars. Poets such as T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound as well as nove...

New Museum Honors Recipients of the U.S. Military’s Medal of Honor

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/11/2020, 11:00 AM

Since it was established in 1861, only 3,525 U.S. service members have received the Medal of Honor, the military's highest decoration for valor.  A new museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee, honors their heroism by telling their stories and promoting the six core values the medal represents: patriotism, citizenship, courage, integrity, sacrifice, and commitment.  The Charles H. Coolidge National ...

Ski Free If You Fly Alaska Airlines to the Slopes

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/10/2020, 10:00 AM

Airlines and ski resorts have something in common: They're desperate to take customers to high altitudes this winter. Like all the major carriers, Alaska Airlines is doing everything it can to convince passengers to spend some money during the pandemic. As part of that effort, the airline has forged a deal with a short list of smaller ski mountains. If you fly Alaska to one of the chosen resort...

Curious About Delaware? New Driving Trail Shows Off Joe Biden’s Home State

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/09/2020, 9:00 PM

As the home state of Joe Biden, Delaware was talked about more than usual during the 2020 election season. But many of us still don't know much about the second-smallest U.S. state except that the President-elect lives in Wilmington.  Fortunately for road trippers interested in learning more, the Delaware Tourism Office has recently launched a new driving route called the Delaware Discoveries T...

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