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The Cannes Film Festival is in full swing, which means film's biggest stars have descended on the French Riviera along with the crowds jostling to have a look at them. If you're in that mix and hoping for a new Facebook photo with Leo DiCaprio, check out our list of the best places to spot the A (and B) listers this year:
On May 25, Nikki Beach hold its annual Cannes party which always draws a famous crowd. Past attendees have included Woody Allen, Michael Douglas, Penelope Cruz, and Ryan Gosling.
Typical Frankfurt skyline
Don’t complain while in Frankfurt am Main!
Do you have a few days to kill in Frankfurt or perhaps just a few hours? Whether you're stuck with an extra-long layover or find yourself with spare hours between business in town, contrary to popular opinion Frankfurt does actually have interesting things for you to do.
Here are our easiest and cheapest suggestions within spitting distance of the Hauptbahnhof:
Bermuda's Clocktower Mall
The island of Bermuda may be a British protectorate, but trust that it has a culture all its own. You could be obvious and come back from your trip to the island with a pair of Bermuda shorts and a massive rum cake, but you’re better off investing in one of these goodies:
Bermuda’s most famous non-shorts export is Gosling's Rum, which has been on the island – and in the family – for eight generations. If you take a tour of the brand’s distillery/store in downtown Hamilton, you can taste some of the different blends. Our favorite is the Bermuda Gold Liqueur, made from a local fruit called loquats that have a plummy taste. They also sell pre-mixed rum swizzles, the drink of choice for Bermudians. Choose wisely, though: the duty-free limit is one bottle of booze per person. Many Gosling's products are not sold off-island, so be sure to ask if you're having trouble deciding.
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This whole week we're highlighting our time in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, complete with recommendations on what to do. Today, however, the focus is on what not to do, as we spied some big tourist no-nos while in town, ones to avoid while on a trip to Cambodia's capital.
Here's our top 5 tips on what not to do while exploring Phnom Penh:
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Sort out the food in your fridge
When you're about to leave for a big trip but find it hard to gobble down all the perishable food in your fridge and pantry, donate it to a local organization who'll feed it to people who aren't fortunate enough to be off on a big trip.
In big cities, Food Banks will happily accept individual donations while, in small cities, you'll have to give your local soup kitchen a call. In New York City, where residents are constantly impulse-buying yummies at Duane Reade without remembering that they're jetting off on a business trip the next day, the Food Bank of NYC has clearly outlined rules for such donations:
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It's craxy to think that it's already been 9 months since the South Korean hit song "Gangnam Style" began its viral spread and climb from K-pop success to international movement. Just as crazy is the fact that the music video holds the record of being the first YouTube video to be viewed over 1 billion times.
Last week, Psy released the sequel song and video to Gangnam Style, called it simply "Gentleman." To say it was highly anticipated would be a gross understatement, but we're happy to say that Psy hasn't let us down one bit; in fact, it's reignited our love for Seoul.
For the uninitiated, Psy is a South Korean pop star, though he's also been called a rapper. In this song and video, as in Gangnam Style, he pokes fun at the style and assumed swagger of Seoul's Gangnam-gu, a flashy district with high rents, high expectations and a focus on the high-status lifestyle. Psy traipses about the city as he thinks a gentleman would, although he's unable to part with his un-gentlemanly ways until he finds a girl who puts him in check. No amount of money or indulging in what's construed as classy can fix his pranking ways, but love can.
Without further ado, here's 5 real-life locations from the music video, "Gentleman":
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The weather is starting to get a little bit warmer, and sooner than later it’ll be time for the calendar to flip over to May. That means theme park season will officially be underway, so here’s a quick rundown of when some parks across the country are set to fire up their coasters for the very first time:
· Carowinds – Charlotte, North Carolina - April 19
· HersheyPark – Hershey, Pennsylvania - May 3
· Elitch Gardens Theme Park – Denver, Colorado - May 4
· Holiday World & Splashin' Safari – Santa Claus, Indiana - May 4
· Kennywood – West Mifflin, Pennsylvania - May 4
· Six Flags Great America – Chicago, Illinois - May 4
· Cedar Point – Sandusky, Ohio - May 11
· Darien Lake – Corfu, New York - May 11
· Great Escape – Lake George, New York - May 18
· Michigan's Adventure – Muskegon, Michigan - May 22
Hallelujah--Tax Season is over and it's back to throwing all your receipts in a box and not worrying about it until this time next year, right? Right!
If you were lucky enough to score a fat refund from Uncle Sam, you may also be watching The Travel Channel a little more often and daydreaming of white sand beaches or new passport stamps. Well, let us help.
Here's 14 places worth your tax refund cash (and how to spend it once you get there):
· Bali, Indonesia
· A tour of China
· Costa Rica
· the Eastern Caribbean
· Florida's Gulf Coast
· Napa Valley, CA
· Orange County, CA
· Puerto Rico
· Vegas, Baby!
· Washington DC (why not?)
· Yellowstone National Park
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In a Daily Dot article from last year, on the history of the animated nugget that is a GIF, we were shocked to read this:
"'I think the first GIF was a picture of a plane. It was a long time ago,' [CompuServe GIF inventor Steve] Wilhite told the Daily Dot in a rare interview via Facebook."
Okay, well if the first GIF may have been of a plane, then travel inspiration has been part of the GIF history from the very beginning. Doing our own part, here's 14 travel GIFs to brighten up your weekend:
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Just because you're on the move to a new destination or vacation doesn't mean your pet has to stay at home. Flying with a small dog or cat is actually pretty easy if all rules are observed and fees paid, as we recently discovered while flying with our new kitten.
Traveling with a pet means paying attention to many restrictions, such as on destinations, aircraft type, travel class, pet weight and size, breed, and how many other pets are already booked for your desired flight. Always check with the airline for the latest rules before purchasing and traveling. Just remember to have veterinarian paperwork detailing the pet's vaccination record, and have yours and your pet's travel booked in advance.
Now, for the details on pet fees on major US airlines:*
All this week we'll be answering the Who, What, Where, When, Whys and Hows of Hong Kong. Of course the answer to "WHO should go to Hong Kong" is YOU. Whether you've never been or you're a regular through Chek Lap Kok, this no-visa-required peninsula hanging off of China should absolutely your next stop.
WHAT 21 foods you absolutely have to try
WHERE to escape the skyscrapers for a breath of fresh air.
WHEN to visit
HOW to get out on the water
Hong Kong from a distance seems all skyscraper and modernity. In reality, there's a great mass of water slicing through those 'scrapers, and even this areaVictoria Harbourhas a personality all its own.
We like to think of sailing on the Harbour as traversing the water between Scylla and Charybdis. Pardon the Odyssean comparison, but for us, the skyscrapers and mountains of Hong Kong Island become the sea monster Scylla, and the markets and bustle of Kowloon is the whirlpool of Charybdis. It's out on the water between them that you find some silence, some calm, and the perfect position for reflecting on your time in this metropolis.
So here's three ways to get out on the water in Hong Kong:
10. Falling into your favorite pillow.
9. Finally wearing different clothes from the ones with which you've been traveling.
8. Humblebragging over brunch. Example: "Oh, fill me in on what's happening on 'Mad Men.' I was thinking about how I missing the show that day we took a boat to a remote beach."
7. The catharsis that comes from dumping trip photos into a Facebook gallery.
6. No more spending triple digits per night on a hotel room or panicking over tipping porters.