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Custom and TV-Car Icon George Barris Has Died

King of the Kustomizers George Barris passed away this morning at the age of 89. Surely to be remembered as the man who designed the Batmobile for the 1960s <i>Batman</i> TV series, his influence extended well beyond Hollywood.<p>A California native, Barris began customizing cars at 14 alongside his brother …

Classic Cars

The Most Beautiful Public Gardens on the West Coast

Japanese maples are at their most vivid in autumn at the Portland Japanese Garden, set on a hilly 5.5 acres among tall cedars, Douglas firs, and …

The 10 Best Countries In The World For Living Abroad

Ever think of moving abroad? Leaving your whole life behind for an island paradise or a vibrant city halfway around the world might sound like a dream, but for millions of expatriates, life abroad is a reality. Whether it's for a job, a better quality of life, or for love, there are plenty of …

Here's why coffee is such an important part of the culture in Vienna

In Vienna, which is repeatedly ranked the city with the highest quality of life, coffee is a <i>way</i> of life, and a distinct and essential part of local culture.<p>In fact, UNESCO added Viennese coffee house culture to their list of intangible cultural heritage, saying that the coffee houses have a "very …

Coffee

Why Travel Is Good for Your Health

<i>Mish Sukharev/ Flickr</i><p>Americans are forfeiting their vacation days, despite the stress, anxiety and other negative effects of not taking time off from work. In fact, a report by Project: Time Off, shows U.S. employees took about 16 vacation days in 2013, down from about 20 in 2000. Apart from …

First time Rome: a beginner’s guide to the Eternal City

First visit to Rome? You’re in luck. You’ll find it easy to see a lot, no matter how limited your time is. It’s good to plan ahead, but ambling aimlessly is also a joy: at times it can seem like there’s an ancient wonder around every corner. Just don’t stress about trying to see everything: for …

New York City’s 15 Best Hidden Bars and Restaurants

Of all the hidden bars in the city, the Back Room is one of the few that actually served as a speakeasy during Prohibition. (It was run by notorious …

AirBnB: What's It Really Like?

If you think it's about time for the masses to have a viable alternative to expensive and underwhelming hotels, you will love AirBnB. This is an uber-efficient online lodging service that allows anyone to list an apartment, home, or even a single room for travelers to rent. While it seems like a …

Three New Wineries Proving Mendoza is Still Innovative

Sure, Mendoza boasts hundreds of wineries and, yes, it’s one of the world’s best wine destinations. But even the most famous labels can get a little …

A thrillseeker’s guide to Vietnam

Dense jungles, brooding mountains, endless waterways, towering cliffs, hairpin bends: the potential for adrenalin-fuelled adventure is limitless in Vietnam. Whether you prefer to scale the heights of jagged peaks or plumb the depths of coral reefs, Vietnam will deliver something special. Heck, just …

Go wild in Montenegro: top outdoors and adrenaline activities

The nation’s tourism boffins are constantly crowing about Montenegro’s ‘wild beauty’, and quite rightly too. However, you’re not going to see much of it if you spend all of your time lazing about on crowded beaches. Luckily, there are plenty of active pursuits to get you back to nature – and then …

Slovenia: Europe's outdoor adventure playground

The central European country of Slovenia packs an adventure-sports punch much greater than its diminutive size would suggest. The north of the country is dominated by towering mountain ranges that provide plentiful challenges for hikers and skiers. In the west, pure alpine streams strengthen as …

Why the Azores are Europe's secret islands of adventure

For in-the-know travellers, the Azores have long represented a beckoning blip on the radar of possible destinations. Recognition from Unesco and other organisations has helped that blip to pulse more brightly over the years.<p>But most people still know little, if anything, about this far-flung …

Cape Town's top activities

Cape Town's reputation as a rather laid back place, is reflected in its nickname ‘Slaapstad’ which means ‘sleepy town’ in Afrikaans, the local lingo. All very strange as the Mother City and its surrounds are stacked with opportunities to stay awake and get active. Indeed, adventure sports operators …

15 Liberating Ways to Experience Paris: A Walking Tour for the August 25 Anniversary of its Liberation

Few guests checking into the charming Scribe Hotel in Paris realize that during WWII it was the press camp for the Allied invasion forces, that the last person to check out before the Allies walked in was Joachim Hugo Klapper, Gestapo, and the German broadcasting studios there remained intact for …

What every business traveler should know when visiting Israel

Israel's tech industry is booming and most of the huge tech companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, and Intel have big operations there. Plus, investors love it. So do tech companies looking to acquire startups.<p>Israel is also known as a major worldwide tourist destination.<p>But a typical business …

The Mailbox Incident and Political Anger

Last week, the Postal Service began delivering mail in a cluster mailbox at the curb behind our homes, and the individual, bucolic-looking mailboxes in front will soon disappear. Everyone on the street knew this was coming; the cluster was installed six weeks ago. Since each mailbox is locked, we …

A weekend in Hyères: the original French Riviera

A weekend in the south of France may conjure up thoughts of Cannes or St-Tropez, but if you’re looking to escape the hordes, Hyères is a unique hideaway.<p>Located between Marseille and Nice, Hyères is considered the original French Riviera, with the aristocracy regularly retreating to its winter …

France

French former policeman turns to animation to warn tourists of crime

Former Paris police officer Christophe Gadenne knows all the tricks of the thieving trade. Five years of hearing distraught tourists describe how pickpockets and scammers have ruined their holidays in the French capital made him determined to do something above and beyond the call of official …

Sociology

23 Photos Proving Santorini is Actually Heaven on Earth

Warning: viewing this slideshow may cause immediate trip booking upon completion.<p>It's no surprise Santorini has dotted our World’s Best Award lists …

Should the Jews Have a Pope?

Should the Jews have a pope? For most of the last 2,000 years, the answer has been “no.” Rabbinic authority has been decentralized, with each …

Key West Grows Up With New, More Refined, Arrivals

Key West has transcended its fun-and-sun clichés, emerging as a cultural destination firing on all cylinders. The Studios of Key West, an artists’ …

The Resurrection of America's Slums

After falling in the 1990s, the number of poor people living in high-poverty areas has been growing fast.<p>Half a century after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty, the number of Americans living in slums is rising at an extraordinary pace.<p>The number of people living in high-poverty …

Gold Cup 2015: Quarter-Finals Fixtures, Final Group Tables and More

Pre-tournament favourites Mexico had to settle for second place in Group C of the 2015 Gold Cup after they drew 4-4 with Trinidad and Tobago in Charlotte on Wednesday.<p>El Tri were cruising at 2-0 up in the second half, but three quick-fire Trinidad goals sparked an action-packed end to the match, …

Soccer

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10 Mediterranean islands you've never heard of | CNN Travel

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30 iconic American hotel bars everyone should have a drink at

All the major hospitality groups are filling their portfolios with new projects inside buzzy and beloved hotels. Hoteliers, too, are answering the bar-hopping public's call: multiple cocktail concepts within a single hotel are becoming the standard at big city hotels, especially those that stand on …

Andy Warhol

Best books for summer 2015: what to read

We asked novelists and historians to tell us which new book and which classic they’re packing this year. From Ishiguro to Napoleon, here are their selections:<p><b>Alan Johnson</b> <br>A new Kazuo Ishiguro novel is always worth waiting for, which is just as well because The Buried Giant (Faber) is his first in a …

Books

9 reasons why you should book your next trip to Switzerland

It was both a great place to be an expat and a good home base for traveling.<p>And although it can be overlooked because of its small size, Switzerland is a great place to visit.<p>From breathtaking scenery to an amazing public transportation system, here's why I think everyone should consider traveling …