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Hotel Azul, Oaxaca
by Max La Frenais When arriving at Oaxaca's Hotel Azul, its soft blue facade is lit up by overhanging, fluorescent pink bougainvilleas. It exists as a welcome oasis, away from the buzzing, wired-up carnivalesque city. Constructed in 1874 as a large...
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"Insider Brooklyn" Book
Rachel Felder is no stranger to Brooklyn. She's a fourth-generation New Yorker with plenty of family history, stories and memories in the city. Felder (a journalist whose work can be seen in various publications from the New York Times to Rolling...
FOOD-DRINK
Inside the Uniquely Norwegian Home of Jarlsberg Cheese
Year after year, Norway consistently tops “Best of” lists in a wide variety of categories. From healthcare to education, the fjord-laden Nordic nation of just over five million people often scores top honors thanks to rich natural resources and...
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Word of Mouth: Adirondacks
Six hours from Toronto, Boston and New York City, the Adirondacks region is the largest publicly protected area within the 48 states (one just can't compete with how big Alaska is). One of the most unique aspects to this state park is that there are...
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Italy in Your Pocket: Fathom's New Honeymoon Guides
Travel website Fathom, which we love for their anti-tourist spin and overall practical—rather than eye candy—approach, has just debuted a new set of ebooks, dubbed Fathom Honeymoon Guides. The team has put together flexible three-day itineraries...
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Bluesmart's New Smart Suitcase, the Black Edition
Indiegogo success story Bluesmart has updated their debut smart carry-on suitcase (with built-in battery, GPS tracking, Bluetooth-enabled remote locking, etc) with a new Black Edition. The double PU layered polycarbonate case—even more scratch...
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Notes: The Value of Spontaneous Travel
I went to Barcelona last weekend with $116 in my checking account. I knew I'd need five of those dollars to pay for the AirTrain from JFK to the Howard Beach Station, so I had $111 in reality. I do not have a credit card. I am fortunate enough to have...
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Porter & Sail's Travel Concierge Service in Barcelona
With Casa Bonay (a 19th century mansion turned 67-room boutique hotel) as our home base, we recently spent time in Barcelona exploring the recommendations of digital concierge service Porter & Sail. We first looked into the app's potential during...
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City Guide: Paris
There's no doubt Paris—lovingly known as La Ville-Lumière—is one of the most romantic, charming cities in the world. When visiting, there are globally recognized must-see spots for checking off the list; ascending the Eiffel Tower, touring the Louvre...
CULTURE
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Like many major fashion houses, Louis Vuitton is a keen supporter of the arts. Its Fondation Louis Vuitton, in Paris' Neuilly-sur-Seine neighborhood, is an impressive building designed by Frank Gehry that rises like a white spaceship out of the Bois...
HOTELS
Hotel Molitor
Starting the morning with a swim in the beautiful pool (your choice of indoor or outdoor) at Hotel Molitor is the best part of a resort-ish experience that has plenty of really good ones. The abundance of breakfast choices served in the light and elegant...
FOOD_DRINK
Candelaria
If you tire of eating French food in Paris, look no further than Candelaria—but don't forget to look behind it, either. While the façade is a taqueria—with superb food served in a super-tiny seated area, right beside the grill—a secret door on the...
FOOD_DRINK
Le Piano Vache
Thousands of posters and student IDs cover the walls of Le Piano Vache, a pub with an ancient piano that feels like it may have haunted the 5th arrondissement for decades. The charming venue hosts a younger crowd (and not a touristy one) and a relaxed...
FOOD_DRINK
Les Parigots
For a visitor, Les Parigots (right near Republique) feels incredibly French. The restaurant has a long line of classic bistro chairs and tables—all facing the street, of course—and inside is an undeniably warm and comfortably bustling atmosphere. Take...
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Obonjan Opens with Music, Wellness, Art and More This July
Fun fact: if you're based in London, Croatia is only two and half hours away by plane (same amount of time as London to Paris by Eurostar). Now, creating even more reason to visit the Eastern European country is Obonjan: a private island experience...
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Hotel Cosijo, Oaxaca
by Max La Frenais It's hard to imagine that the luxury Hotel Cosijo actually exists in the small town of San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya, which although home to a stunning 16th century convent (with accompanying 16th organ) is most definitely off the...
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Word of Mouth: Tel Aviv Food + Drink
by Ari Samuel If farm-to-table produce, tehina-topped dishes of hummus inspired by generations-old recipes and daily caught seafood excite your stomach then Tel Aviv could be the place for you. Strategically located on the land bridge between Europe...
FOOD_DRINK
Glass
Paris' semi-seedy Pigalle neighborhood is known for being lively—with plenty of new craft cocktail offerings and quality restaurants cropping up between strip clubs and hostess bars—and Glass fits in perfectly, thanks in part to it remaining open until...
FOOD_DRINK
Silencio
Entering Silencio is exactly what any David Lynch fan would imagine: it's dark, cavernous and moody, with lots of hallways leading off to different rooms—each with a spirit of its own. The structure was built back in 1883 and despite its undoubtedly...
CITYGUIDES
Paris
There's no doubt Paris—lovingly known as La Ville-Lumière—is one of the most romantic, charming cities in the world. When visiting, there are globally recognized must-see spots for checking off the list; ascending the Eiffel Tower, touring the Louvre...
TRAVEL
"Old Kyoto"'s Historical Machiya Rental Properties in the Gion Neighborhood
Developed for travelers visiting Kyoto's Yasaka Shrine (which began construction in the year 656), the alluring Gion neighborhood later transformed into an exclusive geisha district with plenty of tea houses, bars and restaurants. Gion today has plenty...
TECH
REX Cultural Recommendation App
When it comes to figuring out how to spend our time—what to watch, where to eat and more—there's no shortage of recommendation tools powered by algorithms that can do basic pattern-matching, but never really get to know you. The best recommendations...
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Rivertown Lodge, Hudson
Opened last October in Hudson, New York, Rivertown Lodge doesn't look like much when you pull up (or walk the 20 minutes from the Amtrak train station). Formerly a 1920s movie theater later converted into a motel in 1958, the new 27-room hotel on Warren...
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Touring Pioneertown, CA's Idyllic Rancho V
With Palm Springs International Airport only a 40 minute drive away, it's easy to place Rancho V on the map by way of that transportation hub. Unless, of course, you've heard of Pioneertown, CA. On Route 62 in the lush desert of the Yucca Valley...
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