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Hikers Follow Glow-in-the-Dark Guideposts on This New Stargazing Trail

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/16/2021, 2:15 PM

A scenery-focused hike in the dark sounds counterintuitive, but not when the nighttime amble is at Exmoor National Park, a coastal stretch of unspoiled moors between Devon and Somerset in southwest England. The rugged spot has some of the least light pollution and therefore some of the best stargazing in the United Kingdom—in fact, Exmoor was named Europe's first International Dark Sky Reserve by...

In New York City, 50% Off Shows and Attractions, Plus Deep Winter Discounts on Hotels and Food

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/16/2021, 6:15 AM

Deep winter means deep discounts in New York City. That was true pre-pandemic, but the number of deals has grown exponentially this year thanks to the city's proactive tourist board, NYC & Company. It runs the NYC Winter Outing program, a hub for savings on attractions, Broadway shows, restaurants, and for the first time this year, hotel rooms. The discounts officially run from January 18 to ...

Props and Costumes from TV’s “Dickinson” Join Collection at Emily Dickinson Museum

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/15/2021, 6:00 AM

More than 400 props, costumes, and set pieces from the acclaimed Apple TV+ series Dickinson have joined the collection of the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts. The museum encompasses two preserved residences—the Homestead, where the 19th-century poet was born, wrote, and spent nearly every minute of her life; and, next door, the house known as the Evergreens that belonged to Emily'...

Offices at Helsinki’s Grand Railway Station Have Been Turned Into a Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/12/2021, 6:00 AM

Helsinki's central train station frequently appears on lists of the world's most beautiful railway terminals for its art-nouveau design by Eliel Saarinen (not to be confused with his son and fellow architect Eero Saarinen, whose name you might know better, particularly if you attempt crossword puzzles on a regular basis). The Finnish capital's granite-clad behemoth—known for its clock tower and ar...

Film Great Federico Fellini Gets His Own Museum in Italy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/09/2021, 6:30 PM

The hometown of acclaimed Italian film director Federico Fellini has opened a lavish new museum dedicated to the auteur responsible for making La Dolce Vita (1960), 8 1/2 (1963), and other 20th-century movie masterpieces—and for providing steady employment for circus folk seeking work in dream sequences. Located in the seaside city of Rimini in the country's northeastern Emilia-Romagna region, th...

Giant Star Added to the Top of Barcelona’s Still-Unfinished Sagrada Família

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/08/2021, 6:30 PM

Barcelona's La Sagrada Família received a (literally) dazzling new addition this week: a giant, illuminated star on the top of the still-unfinished basilica's second-tallest tower. Made of glass and steel, the 5.5-ton bauble has 12 points, is 7 meters (23 ft.) wide, and sits at a height of 138 meters (453 ft.), crowning the freshly completed tower of the Virgin Mary. Makes your Christmas tree...

Wasted, Away on a Floating Margaritaville: Buffett's Brand Announces a Cruise Ship

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/08/2021, 6:15 PM

It's got a catchy melody, but if you listen closely to the lyric of "Margaritaville," it's clear that it's actually a song of woe—the tale of a man stuck in a tourist trap, getting soused nightly to forget he's wasting his life. The poor shmoe even cuts his foot open on a pop-top can. This boppy dirge, ironically, has inspired the creation of dozens of tourist dens of its own: restaurants, airport...

New Airline Breeze Airways Expands in New York and Florida with Fares Starting at $39

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/07/2021, 7:00 AM

Succeeding in the travel industry during this pandemic is no small accomplishment. But little Breeze Airways, which debuted in May of this year, seems to be doing just that thanks to its smart strategy, which CEO David Neelan succinctly explained in a press release sent out on Monday: "Breeze’s business model is to add nice, new non-stop flights on routes where only connecting service is offered by...

In London, Big Ben’s Tower Finally Emerging from Scaffolding—with New (Old) Look

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/03/2021, 4:00 PM

The world-famous clock tower at the Houses of Parliament in London has been under scaffolding for three and a half years now. The photogenic landmark, commonly referred to as Big Ben by non-Brits (though technically that's the nickname for the bell inside, not the clock or the tower), has been undergoing extensive repairs to the masonry, metalwork, and timekeeping mechanisms. Except for special oc...

Rally the Realm: Official "Game of Thrones" Studio Tour Enshrines Westeros Sets and Costumes

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/02/2021, 6:00 AM

Next year is shaping up to be a big one for Game of Thrones fans. Prequel series House of the Dragon is set to begin airing on HBO at some point in 2022 (nothing more specific has been announced yet). And on February 4, the first official Game of Thrones Studio Tour will open at Northern Ireland's Linen Mill Studios, where a big chunk of the original fantasy saga's interior scenes were shot duri...

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