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...

An Adele Residency, New Theaters, Record Revenues: Las Vegas is On A Roll

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/01/2021, 4:00 PM

While other urban destinations across the United States—particularly those that once attracted business travelers—are still struggling to bring in visitors, Las Vegas is setting records. Michael Lawton of the Nevada Gaming Board told the Associated Press that the third quarter of 2021 was a record one for the Strip's casinos. They brought in a whopping $2.06 billion in revenue, beating the previou...

Visiting This New Art Museum in Korea’s DMZ Requires a Military Escort

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/01/2021, 8:00 AM

And you thought mask-wearing was a strict entry rule. To visit a new Korean art museum, gallery-goers require a military escort. That's because the museum, dubbed Unimaru after the Korean words for "unification" and "platform," is located in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the 150-mile-long, 2.5-mile-wide strip of land separating North and South Korea along the 38th parallel. The buffer zon...

New Scam Alert: When You File Covid-Related Border Entry Forms, Watch Out

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/29/2021, 11:00 AM

There are precious few outfits dedicated to the protection of the consumer—and goodness knows the United States has a long way to go in customer protection with actual legal bite. So starting back in 2016, we at Frommer's were early cheerleaders of Honest Guide, the Czech-based (but English-speaking) video series that has built a healthy following by exposing and shutting down the rip-off artists ...

This Holiday Season, Cruising May Be the Most Affordable Vacation

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/24/2021, 11:00 AM

Global supply chain woes are increasing the cost of gifts, a return to air travel is causing airfares to balloon from 2020's lows, and rental car rates are rough at the end of December. But this year, there's no inflation when it comes to cruising. Those who book a sailing for the holidays are finding discounted rates that, in 2021, mirror prices for non-holiday weeks. The prices also look to be,...

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