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Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis took a royal culinary tour of London over the weekend.
The usually low key Hollywood couple was spotted hanging out with Princess Beatrice and her long-time boyfriend Dave Clark at some of the city's trendiest restaurants and bars on Saturday.
Our travels have brought us to the small SE Asian kingdom of Cambodia. More specifically, we have landed in the capitol of Phnom Penh, where most of the action happens. Though the historical city of Angkor Wat is much further north, Phnom Penh is the largest city and, naturally, has a story all its own. All week, we will be highlighting our experience in this magical city.
Situated on the banks of the mighty Mekong River, the city was once considered the 'Pearl of Asia' and it sat on one of the major trade routes of the region. Many chapters of the history book have been written since this time, most infamously regarding the Khmer Rouge, which devastated the nation. Currently, Cambodia is a monarchy with a king, so, to start, let's have a wander around the Royal Palace.
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This weekend, Bill Murray returns to the big screen as FDR in Hyde Park on Hudson. The film shines a light on the relationship Roosevelt had with a distant cousin, Daisy, who lived near his Hudson Valley, NY estate, and the historical visit made by the British monarchs George VI and Queen Elizabeth to the estate before the dawn of World War II.
Producers weren't granted approval to film at Springwood, so the film was shot at similar location in the U.K., but Hyde Park is hoping is that all of the references to Hudson Valley attractions in the film, like Beacon and the Wilderstein House, are enough to attract visitors.
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In case you've been living in an alternate universe (one without TMZ) since yesterday, you've heard by now of Prince Harry's nude hijinks in a Las Vegas suite. While bad for him, it's been great for promoting nakationing and Sin City tourism (not necessarily at the same time). Even Virgin Holidays reported seeing a "Prince Harry Effect" of inquiries for Vegas travel jumping 30%.
Well we feel that Vegas doesn't need the help. That "Prince Harry Effect" could absolutely be used by numerous other world destinations, and here's FIVE in particular:
Mexico: Continuous CNN alerts of drug-related murders in Mexico really detract from the blue waters and cultural vibrance of Mexico's safer areas. A little tan-lined butt flash from Prince Harry would give the country the tad bit of positive press it needs to get similarly pasty-fleshed revelers packing those Pacific beaches.
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In a case of "why didn't they have this before," London-Heathrow Airport has painted one of their runways with a gigantic Union Jack flag. What's the occasion? The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, of course, which will be officially celebrated within Britain and by Britons around the world over the long weekend of June 2-5.
If you're flying in for the festivities, keep a look out of the airplane windows on approach to LHR, as the Union Jack (featuring a bust of the Queen at the center) should be visible if you're landing on the northernmost runway, dubbed the "royal runway" for the occasion. Plus it's plain hugemeasuring some 1,770 square feet. Instagram that ish!
Above is a cool time-lapse video of how the airport went about painting the image, in conjunction with outdoor ad agency Curb.
[Video: Heathrow Airport]
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As we publish this, a British Airways Airbus 319 is setting down at Royal Navy Air Base Culdrose in Cornwall, bringing with it the Olympic Flame straight from Greece.
London 2012 Olympics fever is officially in effect. The torch has landed.
So how does an airlineone that bans smoking onboardmanage to fly a live flame for four hours? Like this, apparently, as British Airways posted a photo to their Instagram account of the flame being buckled into its first row seats onboard the special BA2012 flight. The Olympic flame cannot be extinguished, and yet BA is flying with a fire marshall in the next seat and an extra pilot. You know, just in case.
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Listen to The Beatles' "Back in the USSR" today, and pay special attention to those first couple lines:
Flew in from Miami Beach. BOAC. Didn't get to bed last night. On the way the paper bag was on my knee. Man, I had a dreadful flight.
BOAC. British Overseas Airways Corporation. This airline still exists today, believe it or not; with rebranding, you'll recognize them as British Airways. BA wasn't just a favorite airline of the Beatles, as you'll see in these photos sent to us by British Airways.
That is Queen Elizabeth II arriving at London-Heathrow on February 7, 1952, the date of the Proclamation of her accession to the throne, following the death of her father, King George VI. She was in Kenya with her husband, beginning a tour that would stretch from Kenya to Australia and New Zealand, when she became Queen overnight, necessitating this BOAC return flight to London.
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It seems hard to believe but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have already been married a year. Yesterday, the couple quietly enjoyed some downtime on their anniversary after a whirlwind year of worldwide travel.
Instead of heading off on a romantic honeymoon, Kate and Wills spent the first couple of weeks following their wedding in Anglesey, off of northwest Wales, where William was working as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot at the Royal Air Force Valley base.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: this is the year for London. Aside the Olympics, the UK will also host all the pomp and circumstance to accompany the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Sounds fancy, sure, but non-Britons may be like, umm what's that all about? In fact, the Diamond Jubilee marks a monarch's 60th year on the throne. In actuality, the Diamond Jubilee is also a time for Britain to act really British.
UK-obsessed website Anglotopia produced a little FAQ video regarding the Diamond Jubilee, which will be especially helpful to any travelers hitting London in early June and wondering why the city looks like it's celebrating the end of a war or something. There will be more Union Jack-covered outfits than you'd see at a Spice Girls concert and more spotted dick on the table.
Watch the video and ignore the sound quality to be more informed about the Diamond Jubilee than probably anyone else you know. Or, just know this: Britain is in for a summer full of flags, hats, cakes, boats, fire, carriages and RAF jets (no Concordeboo). And the majority it for free!
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What shows the world that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are just normal people? Flying commercial airlines of course. What makes that statement even bolder? Naturally, flying low-cost carrier EasyJet. Prince William decided to whisk his princess bride off to a ski holiday in the Swiss Alps and the airline just happened to have the perfect route.
The trip was meant to be a romantic week vacation after the Prince was away for Valentine's Day on official Royal Air Force duty, but it wasn't a total couples retreat; they traveled with Kate's parents, who paid for the getaway. It does sound as if someone splurged for the "speedy boarding" option; the royals had a police escort to the empty orange bird in Geneva, Switzerland. After the rest of the passengers boarded the aircraft, most were completely surprised to see the royal couple belted and ready for departure to Manchester, UK.
Making it to Australia before the Qantas shutdown occupied the news, Queen Elizabeth II brought her sensible pastel fashion to the 'Down Under' during her, most likely, final tour of Australia. Her Royal Majesty arrived in Canberra with her beau, Prince Phillip, on October 19th and has had a whirlwind tour since, visiting Brisbane, Melbourne, and Perth.
Her chartered British Airways 777 touched down in the Australian capital and after a few minutes of Royal palm waving, Elizabeth Regina II (her birth name), met with Julia Gillard, Australia's first female prime minister. Talk about girl power!
After, no doubt, numerous courtesies and royal galas, QEII flew on to Brisbane to tour the River City. While in "Bris-Vegas," she had a ride on a CityCat, which is public transportation via catamaran. We aren't going to liethat's pretty awesome. This river tour ended at the riverside man-made beach called Southbank.
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There is something of a fun little unspoken rule about going to lunch at Buckingham Palace: never say you're going to lunch at Buckingham Palace. In that it's a bit like Fight Club, except that you can talk about it, just in informal terms. Instead, you're hopping out for a bite at Buck Houseor taking tea at BPor heading over to Liz's place (our personal favorite). You see, the public is welcome to stop by Buckingham Palace during the Summer Opening, the details of which we've already laid out.
For tickets of £18.75 each ($30.80), you are free to walk through the Palace's State Rooms, the tour finishing on the Palace's rear terrace facing the gardens. It's here you'll find the Garden Cafe, and it's here you can stay until they close down in the evening, soaking up the history and majesty of the place while sipping on Earl Grey. Oreven bettertake a peek at the food.