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PHOTOS: Inside a Royal Palace Turned Luxury Hotel in Historic Budapest

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/23/2021, 7:00 PM

A onetime royal palace situated near the Danube River in Budapest has been turned into a swanky hotel. The 130-room Matild Palace, the latest outpost in Marriott International's Luxury Collection, occupies one of two matching neo-Baroque buildings commissioned around the turn of the 20th century by Archduchess of Austria Maria Klotild, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.  The prodigiously tit...

A Favorite Hike Through California Redwoods Is Back After More Than a Decade

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/22/2021, 6:00 PM

For the first time in 13 years, hikers can once again hit the spectacular Pfeiffer Falls Trail in California's ridiculously scenic Big Sur area on the state's central coast. The moderate, 0.75-mile path through a majestic redwood forest at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park had been closed since 2008, when the devastating Basin Complex Fire blazed through the area.  Subsequent fires, landslides, an...

This European Country Now Denies Entry to Americans From 10 States

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/18/2021, 3:00 PM

Malta wants its American visitors back—but only some of them. In a telling move, one that shows just how closely the rest of the world is watching the United States' fractured approach to vaccinations and Covid-19 regulations, the Mediterranean island nation of Malta announced it would accept American visitors starting June 17—but only those from a list of 40 approved U.S. states and territorie...

Learn the History of the Black Panthers at a Mini Museum in the Group’s Hometown

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/17/2021, 2:00 PM

A "mini museum" dedicated to chronicling the history of the Black Panther Party is opening in the same California city where the Black Power political organization was headquartered.  Located on the first floor of a Victorian home at the corner of Center Street and Dr. Huey P. Newton Way in West Oakland in the San Francisco Bay Area, the 1,000-square-foot exhibit will begin welcoming guests on ...

These Spine-Tingling Mountaineering Photos Were Just Named the World’s Best

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/17/2021, 5:00 AM

The majesty, adventure, and heart-pounding, knuckle-whitening dangers of mountain climbing have been captured in all their dizzying glory by the winners of an annual photography contest. The images showcase daredevils summiting some of nature's pointiest places around the globe. Organized by the Club Vasco de Camping Elkartea, a mountaineering organization based in San Sebastián, Spain, the CVC...

Christo's Team Will Wrap Paris' Arc de Triomphe This Autumn

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/16/2021, 6:00 PM

Not even death could stop Christo from creating new works of colossal public art. The famed artist passed away in May 2020 with two massive and ambitious projects still left unrealized. His partner Jeanne-Claude passed away in 2009. One of their planned projects—covering Paris' Arc de Triomphe in silvery blue fabric, crisscrossed with red rope—will debut on September 18. The artwork, L'Arc d...

Southwest Airlines' 50th Birthday Sale Is Big—and Won't Last Long

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/16/2021, 10:00 AM

For Southwest Airlines, it's been a week of good news and bad news so far. On Monday, technical issues led to the grounding of flights nationwide. Then, a separate computer network problem on the very next day resulted in the cancellation of 500 flights and delays for thousands more. While the company works through those headaches, Southwest customers have the chance to grab a nice gift for ...

Italy’s Alcatraz: Abandoned Island Prison to Become Tourist Attraction

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/16/2021, 5:00 AM

Italy has plans to convert a deserted island that once housed a brutal prison into a tourist attraction similar to San Francisco Bay's Alcatraz, according to news reports.   A tiny link in the Pontine Islands chain, Santo Stefano floats in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Italy's western coast near Naples. The remote speck of land was used as a place of exile as far back as the days of ancient Rome.  ...

Enter Dozens of Wild, Immersive Artworks at a New Museum North of Milwaukee

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/14/2021, 7:00 PM

A new museum in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is the world's first institution of its kind dedicated entirely to displaying and caring for "art environments."  Curators at the soon-to-open Art Preserve of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center use the term "art environment" to describe the sort of unusual, multifaceted installations created by often self-taught artists whose works take over whole rooms in...

Curacao To Give One Night Free After Every Three Booked—We Think

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/14/2021, 5:00 PM

Last week, headlines trumpeted the news that hotels on Curaçao are giving visitors a big incentive to visit: four nights for the price of three. The deal, the equivalent of 25% off the price of a four-night vacation, has to be booked by June 29 for travel between June 19 and October 30, 2021, and it was announced that the offer would only be available for United States citizens. At least, th...

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