If you tend to spend your vacations reading, then this is the spot for you.
The Literary Man hotel in Óbidos, Portugal is home to about 50,000 books and counting, a manager told The Huffington Post. Some titles are available for purchase, and others are reserved for reading only in the historic hotel’s massive lounge, which is pretty much the book lover’s equivalent of a Caribbean island:The Literary Man is nestled just outside the walls of the historic ce
- I find it ironic that people least explore their "own backyards:" New Yorkers who haven't been to the Statue of Liberty, Bostonians who've never made it to the MFA: that kind of thing. This goes doubly for college students (and their visiting parents) who, unless involved with the arts, rarely step into worthwhile museums right on campus.Yet some of these museums are World Class, sharing equal status with much larger and well-known institutions. One, the Colby College Museum of Art, claims the
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Celebrating 'Baby's Day Out' at Suiitengu Shrine.
Having a baby is both wonderful and a little scary at the same time. Expectant couples from all over Japan back up those OBGYN appointments with a visit to Tokyo's Suitengu Shrine.This shrine is all about babies. The grounds are so full of moms and moms-to-be that estrogen levels feel practically measurable.Photo by Gail Nakada
Suitengu is famous with expectant couples and happy parents throughout Japan.
One of the enshrined
- You travel on a budget, but you’ve abandoned grimy, noisy hostels for the cheapest of Airbnb stays. Or maybe you’ve always assumed hostels are dark, sad places packed with sweaty backpackers, and skip them altogether.
From tree houses to former universities to veritable nightclubs, hostels come in all sorts of vibes and venues. Great ones will enhance your travel experience in addition to saving you money. And though guests tend to be on the youthf
- Yuge news: Donald Trump is currently being added to Disney World’s Hall of Presidents.
The animatronic stage show features realistic figures of every U.S. president, some of whom move and talk as they explain the country’s origins. The classic Orlando attraction was designed to serve as a “grand cavalcade of history” by Walt Disney himself.
The Hall of Presidents is closed as of Tuesday for the installation of a Trump figure, according to a Disney
- How should Americans travel abroad in the age of Donald Trump? No matter how you voted in the last election, the answer is the same: carefully.But also, definitely.As the president-elect prepares to take office Jan. 20, travelers have expressed worries about how they'll be perceived internationally after a lengthy campaign that tested the limits of civility."A potentially controversial president means you have to prepare," says Colby Martin, an intelligence director for Pinkerton. "Americans tr
- Here is a recipe for the perfect summer-holiday house: take one part gorgeous yet under-the-radar location, add one part charming view and gently mix together while adding secluded en suite accommodation and relaxed living spaces. Stir in a few private nooks for siestas, and finally, add a refreshing swimming pool alongside a spacious outdoor living and dining area. With the recipe complete, you can sit back with family and friends and enjoy Ca’n Busquera, a renovated traditional ston
- Archeologists believe that an ancient Buddha statue discovered by villagers in China’s Jiangxi Province is about 600 years old, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, state news agency Xinhua reported last week.
The top of the statue was spotted last month when villagers noticed a Buddha’s head sticking out of the Hongmen Reservoir. According to Xinhua, water levels in the reservoir had fallen due to a recent construction project, revealing a sculpture.
After an underwater expeditio
- We are super excited to announce the introduction of ourTravelistas column, where we ask advice from a savvy group of tastemakers and designers, picking their brilliant brains for ideas on where to go, what to do and what to bring. We are delighted to present an article on Libby Fitzgerald, entrepreneur, designer, philanthropist and mother of three, who as you will read below, has had a life enriched by travel. Feeling a need for a chic beach shoe that could be worn in the water, on deck and al
- The world is your oyster. We think of this every year about this time...There's something about the beginning of a new calendar year that forces you to take stock of the past and look forward to the future. (Never mind that it will take us at least two months to simply remember that it is now 2017.)
Despite the nastiest political campaign either of us can remember, 2016 was a good year for us. We were fortunate to be able to spend a good amount of time visiting with family and friends on three c
- Hey, Americans abroad. Yes, fellow expats, I'm talking to you. Remember all that ruckus before the election about how the 8 million of us living overseas could swing the presidential election?Well, at the moment, it's tough to say if or how we did. But the point still holds: collectively, we are the 51st state -- the 13th largest by population. And if the profile of the typical American civilian expat provides a clue, then chances are lots of us are not happy about Donald Trump's impending inaug
- At the southern tip of India, the State of Kerala is generally not on the top of the list for first-timers to this vast country, but it is growing in popularity for good reason. Palm trees, tea plantations, backwater excursions, mountain hikes - this tropical region of India, settled (or conquered) by Syrian Christians, King Solomon's Jews, Portuguese Catholics, Dutch Protestants, and of course the British, has been more diverse in population than any other area of the country.The following rec
- PEOPLE IN ICELAND have lived off fishing for many centuries, and in the past decade aluminum production has carved out almost an equal stake in the economy. But both have recently been outpaced by tourism.
Two million tourists are expected to have poured into the island nation in 2016 – more than four times the country’s population – says Guðrún Þóra Gunnarsdóttir, director of the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre.
That’s the result of dizz
- If you love music, delicious food, outdoor activities and fashion, Littlegig is the local festival you don’t want to miss. Following a successful first run last year, Littlegig is back on 28 January 2017 at the Wiesenhof farm in Cape Town’s Simonsberg mountains. Globally, festivals have always been a season favourite, whether you get muddy at Glastonbury or soak up the rays at Primavera in Barcelona. Littlegig is a dynamic production where
- The Via Fanfulla da Lodi lies in Pigneto, a once impoverished neighborhood on the Southeast outskirts of Rome which has now become gentrified. Street art and graffiti don't just adorn the walls. They cry out, representing less a form of desecration than a need to speak. There's an urgency to these inscriptions which can include the face of a transvestite or that of the famed Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini whose portrait with it's "mo sto bene" tee shirt adorns the terrace of the Caf&eacut
- The final blog in the current series on sunsets focusses on two (former British) commonwealths, Australia and Canada, again both the setting orb itself and whatever else it bathes in its gilding rays.Australia Windjana Gorge
Kimberley, near Cockburn Escarpment
Darwin, Cullen Bay
Kakadu National Park, Kambolgie
Gunlom FallsNear Litchfield
Cape York, Seisia
New Brunswick, St. Croix River at St. Stephen
PeticodiacNova Scotia, Halifax Point Pleasant Par
- A band of entitled surf bullies in Southern California have been placed on notice that their exclusive territorial attitude will be challenged on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Lunada Bay Boys have a long history of harassing out-of-town surfers who head for the waves from “their” beach in Palos Verdes Estates, a wealthy Los Angeles suburb 16 miles south of Santa Monica.
They have been the target of police crackdowns and two lawsuits by area residents who say the mostly
- For more mental health day ideas, pay a visit to offMetro.com.
Jump-start your plans for a healthier new year with a visit to Kripalu, a yoga retreat in the Berkshire Mountains. If you've made a wellness resolution, you've come to the right place. The low-pressure daily schedule of yoga, workshops, outdoor activities and time for reflection offers guests the chance to do as much or as little as they choose. The emphasis here is on inner beauty, so all sizes and shapes are welcome. Many visitors
- They're called 'Alpine Coasters,' and simply put...they're awesome!
I recently paid a visit to a favorite area of mine, in east Tennessee. Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are two neighboring cities filled with dozens of tourist attractions. Together, they provide some of the most unique roadside attractions in the world. Of all there is to offer, my favorites are the mountain coasters.
Above is the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, the first one to come to Tennessee. Even though there's now three more
- Naturally incredibly striking, Tasmania - an island state off the south coast of Australia and with a population of only half a million people - often gets forgotten on many an Australian itinerary. I'm here to tell you why it should be on EVERY itinerary!Myself and my husband visited Tasmania as part of a holiday we took to Australia whilst living in New Zealand, during Australia's winter. When we first started researching places to visit in Australia Tasmania quickly came out as a firm favouri
- Ten years ago Greenwich, Connecticut, had perhaps five good restaurants--two of them long gone--but since then this Gold Coast town, for which the term "affluent" almost seems a snub to the enormous wealth in the area, has seen the opening of a remarkable number of restaurants of every stripe.Most, however, are still copycats of a kind you'll find in any NYC bedroom community.So the arrival of The National has brought a finer degree of sophistication and good taste to the upscale but casual segm
- A view from the Wild Goose Island Overlook puts visitors into an instant dream state. Photo credit: Jonathan IrishGlacier National Park in Montana is steadfastly considered to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. John Muir once said that it holds "...the best care-killing scenery on the continent." The late Robin Williams called it God's backyard. In 1890, naturalist and historian George Bird Grinnell described it as the "Crown of the Continent"--a two-tiered idea acknowledging the tri
- If your idea of a great vacation involves adventure, adrenaline, and taking a break from the ordinary, then the Caribbean islands are calling your name. While the region’s pristine white sand beaches and turquoise waters tend to call to mind images of lounging on the beach with a colorful cocktail in hand, the islands are also a playground for adventure sports enthusiasts. We’ve teamed up with global cruise line Royal Caribbean to highlight eight unforgettable adventure spo
- It's a ten-hour drive from Jaipur to Udaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Most first-time visitors fly from one to the other, if they go to Udaipur at all. But add another day or two to your itinerary and you'll benefit from a deeper dive into the smaller villages, where locals are happy to engage, and invite you into their generations-old family compounds where you'll gain a better understanding of the non-touristy side of this vast and diverse country.Things to Do From Jaipur to Udaipur
- Anna Weylandt (24) is a furniture buyer at Weylandts, where she works alongside her father, Chris Weylandt, who is the founder and owner of Weylandts. Here, Anna opens up to us about her personal style, her favourite designs and what it’s like to work with her dad every day.
Chris and Anna Weylandt
You were exposed to creativity and design from a young age. How has your background influenced your career choice?
I was always a creative child. Although I always knew I wanted t
Marsi van de Heuvel’s art has always instilled a sense of wonder, the only difference now being a gigantic shift in proportions. For her current solo show at Cape Town’s Smith Studio art gallery, her subject matter exchanges the galactic for the botanical. Instead of drawing meticulous spacey tableaux, Marsi has used fineliner pens to depict things closer to home. In her new body of work, we see detailed drawings of delicate flowers and open fields that “e
- Spanish explorers first showed up on the beaches of the Mexican fishing village of Cihuatlan in 1522, records show. They scoped the place out, figured it didn't amount to much, tagged ejo (meaning "of little importance") on its name and then sailed away, presumably to look for more important spots.
After that, things remained quiet around Cihuatlan-ejo - or Zihuatanejo as it ended up on the Spanish maps - for a hundred or so years.Until the pirates moved in.
The brigands, mostly Englishmen, fou
- Instagram is a fantastic resource for travelers. It provides travel inspiration, can introduce you to new destinations and allows you get to know people as they travel the world. I've made some great friends through the Instagram travel community and they've inspired me to see new places and help others do the same. Over the years I've come to really enjoy these 10 travel Instagram accounts as they take us on their adventures around the world.
For this list let's set aside the full-time professi
- The U.S. government will no longer automatically extend residency to Cuban migrants arriving in the country without visas, President Barack Obama announced in a surprise decision Thursday.
The “wet foot, dry foot” policy was “designed for a different era,” the president said in a statement.
“By taking this step, we are treating Cuban migrants the same way we treat migrants from other countries,” he said. “The Cuban government has agreed to accept the ret
- Scuba divers, look out: You may encounter a few more humans below the surface soon.
Museo Atlántico, Europe’s first underwater museum, opened this week off the coast of Lanzarote, Canary Islands. The museum’s submerged sculptures will serve as an artificial reef for fish and other sea life, giving a break to heavily trafficked natural reefs and helping replenish an ecosystem that’s been worked over by erosion.
About $9 for snorkelers and $13 for divers (no
- Paris? Been there. London? Done that. No offense to those storied standbys, but 2017 is a time to break out of your travel bubble and try someplace you’ve never thought to visit before.
Travel teaches us invaluable lessons we can’t learn in school. It expands our worldview. It pushes us to be better, stronger, more empathetic human beings. And these 17 places, in no particular order, are where that magic is going to happen this year. Some of them can be exp
- "So how's your day going?" asked the post office lady as I bought some colorful Cook Islands postage stamps (I'm very analog and love sending post cards on my travels rather than posting to Facebook).Funny thing was, the way she asked I had a feeling that she would have lent an earwere I interested in sharing the details of my day, which by the way had gone splendidly. I was in the Cook Islands, after all.
When you ask a Cook Islander what the one reaction visitors have when visiting here, they
- The "Pink City" of Jaipur, one push-pin point on the "Golden Triangle" (along with Delhi and Agra), has so much to recommend it, it's worth more than one cursory day trip.
Here, you find some of the most stunningly restored mirror ceramic-work in the world, a 300 year old"astrological" playground that will blow you away, a former Government Palace now a world-class hotel, and custom clothing and linens better those made in Hong Kong or Vietnam.Ride an elephant to a hilltop fort, learn the basic
- Canada is famous for having a long winter and Canadians have shown extreme creativity in devising activities to help them pass the long, dark winter months. We've come up with some interesting ideas, some of which are of slightly insane (like ice swimming) and have questionable entertainment value (I'm looking at you curling).
Despite this creativity, like all people we Canadians tend get into ruts stick to activities we're comfortable doing. Sometimes we get so stuck in our ways it's hard for u
- "All roads lead to Rome" is a famous saying and if you look it up it derives from the Milliarium Aureum a particular stone set up by Caesar Augustus in the vicinity of Temple of Saturn in the ancient Forum as point from which all highways would lead. For instance if you are in Rome today you can travel on the Via Aurelia Vecchia whose guardrails are old stone walls going back to the Empire. Ostensibly that road would have its provenance at the same point as every other road leading out of the ol
- Having been in the furniture business since he left school, Craig McAlister, supplier for leading designer furniture producer SHF, is practiced at making things with his hands. Whereas aluminium and timber were his earlier materials of choice, he picked up the age-old skill of weaving in the early 2000s, determined to take an ancient tradition and propel it into the future in the form of beautiful, modern home pieces.
A stately man and the manager of outdoor furniture company Macalli, Craig adop
- For more articles on gourmet eats on the East Coast, visit offMetro.com.
New Haven, just over 90 minutes from NYC via Metro-North, is gifted with a vibrant food scene. Though the area is best known for its pizza parlors, New Haven is also home to culinary pioneers like the Northeast's first sustainable sushi restaurant. Here's our guide to enjoying a gourmet retreat in New Haven.
Thin-crusted, slightly charred New Haven pizza is also known as "apizza" (pronounced ah-beetz) and can be o
- Searching for cheap airfare is a daunting task, but one airline is giving travelers some irresistible motivation.
Qatar Airways is in the middle of its Travel Festival sale, offering half off the price of international flights from the U.S. (see: $472 for a flight from Atlanta to Kuala Lumpur) until Jan. 16. But they’ve upped the ante by sprinkling in flights to several world-class destinations for a mere $0 on their website.
Yes, you read that right: Qatar Airways is offering free a
- Taj Mahal: the iconic image of India.Most visitors to this country of over a billion inhabitants fly in to Delhi, drive three hours to Agra to see this World Wonder, and then leave. But there are plenty of reasons first timers to India should stay a few days - a couple of nights in Delhi and one in Agra, in order to delve a bit deeper into a culture that may perplex, may cause angst, but is, at its heart warm, colorful and eager to please.Over 1.3 billion people live in India, with population c
- For Condé Nast Traveler, by CNT Editors.Condé Nast Traveler readers voted in this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards and let us know their favorite resorts in The Florida Keys, which include everything from private island hideaways to fully equipped cottage colonies stretching from Islamorada all the way down to Key West.
1. The Moorings Village, Islamorada
The Moorings Village, an 18-acre resort halfway between Miami and Key West, is home to 18 West Indies-style cottages an
- For Condé Nast Traveler, by Krisanne Fordham.Talk about #travelgoals. From your own personal submarine to on-demand fireworks, we’ve rounded up the world’s most over-the-top hotel experiences.
1. A private pool at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Hawaii
What’s better than a beachfront infinity pool in Maui with a swim-up bar and underwater speakers? Having that pool all to yourself. For an entire evening, the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea offers exclusive use of its
The start of a new year is often filled with many promises to the self, which usually focus on growth, health and a better year than the one that came before. We’d like to push forward the food-centric promises – except, instead of diets and cleanses, encourage you to opt for an attitude towards eating that’s about enjoying, experimenting, sharing, celebrating and savouring. To set the tone, we’ve selected some of our favourite local foodies who
The start of a new year is often filled with many promises to the self that usually focus on growth, health and a better year than the one that came before. We’d like to highlight the food-centric promises – except, instead of diets and cleanses, we’d encourage you to opt for an attitude towards eating that’s about enjoying, experimenting, sharing, celebrating and savouring. To set the tone, we’ve selected some of our favour
- Taylor Swift is requesting her $25 million Beverly Hills estate be turned into a local historical landmark, a local paper reported this week.The 1934 estate was originally inhabited by legendary Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn, who commissioned architect Douglas Honnold to build the mansion. It boasts six bedrooms, five baths, a library, a card room, a theatre, a guest suite, an elevator and servants’ quarters above the garage.
And if that wasn’t enough luxury, property photos
- It’s customary to hear of good wine taking years to produce; what’s far less commonplace is for this sort of stretch of time to go into crafting the bottles that hold it too. But so it was and continues to be at private Franschhoek farm Normandie Est. 1693: every measure of passion, pinch of craftsmanship and drop of detail that is poured into making the wine within is also devoted to making the slim vessels that contain it.
‘We’ve taken our commitment to creating world-c
- Writers searching for some inspiration may want to head to Mark Twain’s home in Hartford, Connecticut, this year.
The Mark Twain House & Museum is opening the author’s personal library to scribes searching for some peace, quiet and the ghost of literature’s past. On four nights throughout 2017, writers can sign up to work in Twain’s personal library for three hours of uninterrupted creative bliss.
Spots are limited and a three-hour session costs $50. But t
- The baby monkey may have been fake, but the emotions that its “death” provoked were heartbreakingly real.
A troop of langur monkeys in India mistook a lookalike robotic camera for one of its own, and began mourning for it after believing it had died.
Astonishing footage filmed for the BBC’s “Spy in the Wild” series sees the animals crowding around what they believe is a dead buddy.
They later embrace each other as they grieve.“We felt this calm and
- Who knew that watching a road being surfaced could be so enjoyable?
Aerial footage of trucks laying bitumen in rural Western Australia is going viral, with more than 14 million views on Facebook so far.
One truck hypnotically sprays the three-mile strip of dirt road with the black viscous mixture, then others cover it in gravel. The Shire of Moora authority posted the drone-filmed clip online in December to showcase the road’s upgrade.
“We had a lot of views by Christ
- Former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato (R-N.Y.), was kicked off a JetBlue flight on Monday, apparently after criticizing the captain’s actions during hours of delays.
As he was escorted off the plane by deputies, D’Amato tried to rally fellow passengers. Part of the incident at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was caught on video.
“We can still speak in this country,” D’Amato, who served in the Senate from 1981 to 1999, said in t
- For just over a quarter of a century, International Living has ranked, rated, and named the best retirement destinations in the world. Each year we've refined and improved the process, bringing new categories and considerations into play, gathering new data, and asking more and better questions of a greater number of expats.
The World's Best Places to Retire in 2017We've added countries to the shortlist as they moved into the limelight, Malaysia in 2000...Colombia in 2007...and let others drop a
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