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I Should Have Worn Two Sports Bras to Zumba Class and Other Lessons Learned

My friend Sheryl invited me to join her in a Zumba class. This was my very first Zumba class, so I didn't know what to expect. I'm kidding -- I knew …

The Busy Girl's Guide To Meditating

Research shows that taking the time to find some inner calm can do a whole lot of good. Whatever your schedule, here's how to take a few moments to yourself from Gabrielle Bernstein, author of the New York Times bestselling book Miracles Now.<p>"When women say to me, 'I don't have time to meditate' I …

10 Dazzling Photos That Are Proof Prague Is Europe's Prettiest City

(Photo: Getty Images)<p>Prague isn't typically at the top of travelers' bucket lists, but just because it isn't Europe's biggest metropolis doesn't mean that this stunning city should be ignored. Seriously, the place is downright dazzling. Oh, and the beer is delicious (and historically cheaper than …

Spring Cleaning Your Life: 4 Things to Focus On

When it comes to matters of money, it’s easy to let your financial issues collect dust. You’re likely skip out on cleaning what you can’t see. Are …

Travels on the Run: Florence

From Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, topped by Filippo Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome, I pound cobbled streets through the Piazza della Signoria and its replica of David.<p>Along the arched colonnade of the Uffizi, a line of Renaissance-era glitterati stare down from stone perches—Michelangelo …

Doing Amsterdam the Dutch way

From a cycle tour leader to a bartender at a brown cafe, the people behind classic Amsterdam experiences share the lesser-known places that they love, far from the tourist crowds.<p>From a cycle tour leader to a bartender at a brown cafe, the people behind classic Amsterdam experiences share the …

European Travel

The Secrets Men Keep

MC's male dating blogger, Rich Santos, reveals what men really think about sex, dating, relationships, and you.<p><i>MC</i>'s male dating blogger, Rich Santos, reveals what men really think about sex, dating, relationships, and you. Plus, get more great dating advice!

Robo-Gloves, Meat Hooks Help Ease Human-Machine Teamwork

Robots and humans, for decades kept separate from each other on factory floors, are inching toward integration.<p>After years of walling off robots to …

Reader Q&A: Where to celebrate Christmas and New Year

BBC Travel reader Sarah Morrison wants to spend the winter holidays in Europe. In the lead up to the festive season, our Facebook fans share their destination ideas.<p>Last week, we asked our Facebook community to help BBC Travel reader Sarah Morrison in her search for the best “European destinations …

European Travel

Best and Worst Hairstyles of 2013

The most memorable hits and misses from the year past.<p>Celebrity beauty looks made headlines this year. Super short cuts topped the news, but that wasn't the only trend creating a buzz. Punk looks turned haute, peroxide blonde became the color of the moment, and braids reached an unprecedented level …

National Geographic Travel

Latest Google Street View Project Floats Viewers Through Virtual Venice

The Google Street View team went amphibious for its latest mission: a 360-degree capture of the canals, streets and piazzas of Venice — the city many …

Box Office

Tom Cruise Deposition Suggests Katie Holmes Divorced Him in Part to Protect Suri from Scientology

As part of Tom Cruise’s $50 million lawsuit against<i>Life & Style</i> and <i>In Touch</i> magazines, the actor taped a video deposition in September in which he submitted to questions about his relationship with his daughter Suri from attorney Elizabeth McNamara, who represents the defendants. (McNamara has also …

Gwyneth Paltrow on Her Critics: 'Who Gives a S–––?'

Gwyneth Paltrow has reached the point where she could not care less what her detractors think of her – a defiance she punctuates with expletives …

Shia LaBeouf’s penis stars in a new NSFW clip from Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac

Lars Von Trier’s five-hour comedy porn, <i>Nymphomaniac</i>, has already promised to deliver that which has always been glaringly absent from Hollywood fare: the dongs going in. We’ve been seeing <i>Nymphomaniac</i> in bits and pieces in advance of its Christmas Day release in Denmark and Norway, but the clip …

Where to Go Next in Europe

Everyone knows the great capitals of Europe – London, Rome, Paris, Berlin: steeped in history, rich in architecture, cuisine, and so much more. …

European Travel

Travel Trivia: The Sistine Chapel

Consecrated to the Virgin Mary in 1483, the Vatican’s <b>Sistine Chapel</b> was created by Renaissance men: Sixtus IV and Julius II, popes who commissioned its artworks in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, and the artists Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, and, most famously, Michelangelo, who …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

What She Said<p>Paper towels are not coffee filters.<p>By Beca Grimm4 days agoView More<p>What To Wear Today<p>It's a damn good month to not be naked and here's …

Anthony Hopkins's letter to Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston

The full text of Anthony Hopkins's fan letter to Bryan Cranston, calling his performance in Breaking Bad 'the best acting I have seen - ever'<p>Dear Mister Cranston,<p>I've just finished a marathon of watching 'BREAKING BAD' – from episode one of the First Season – to the last eight episodes of the Sixth …

Natalie's Next Moves

Though she hasn't been seen on-screen in two years, Natalie Portman has been busy wrapping four movies, including this month's Thor: The Dark World, prepping for her directorial debut, and planning a relocation to Paris. The actress we always knew would go places takes her major year ahead in …

Breastfeeding won't seem normal until we see more pictures of it

You would have had to have been living in a cave not to have noticed the increased interest in celebrity mums in the media over the last decade. From judgmental and vicious attacks on Nadya Doud-Suleman (more commonly referred to as the "Octomom"), to hyperbolic revelry at the Duchess of Cambridge …

Mark Darcy Is Dead! British Bridget Jones Fans: It Had to Happen

In ‘Mad About the Boy,’ the third ‘Bridget Jones’ installment, author Helen Fielding kills off her hapless heroine’s soulmate. But British fans tell …

Scenes From A Life Without Sex: An Exclusive Excerpt from Sophie Fontanel's Buzzy New Memoir

Longtime ELLE France editor Sophie Fontanel decided to give up sex—for nine years. Here, an excerpt from her forthright memoir, which quickly became a cultural sensation.<p><i>For a long while, and I really don't wish to say when it was or how many years it lasted, I chose to live in what was perhaps the</i> …

Colosseum Renovations Set To Begin, Rome Attraction Covered In Scaffolding (PHOTOS)

The Colosseum in Rome is sporting a scaffolded look this fall while awaiting renovations to its exterior. Work recently began on a three-year project that will clean the site, rebuild the exterior arches and reportedly open 25 percent more of the Colosseum's tunnels and cages to tourists.<p>Tod's, …

Verdi’s Italy

2013 marks the bicentennial of the legendary Italian opera composer’s birth, making it a perfect time to explore the remote countryside that saw his beginnings as a musician and a man.<p>“I have been, I am and always will be a villager from the Roncole.”<p>This statement, made by legendary Italian …

Italy

[NEW FEATURE!] Must-Follow Mondays: This Week, Humor Blogs

Mondays are so.... darn Mondayish. So here at BlogHer, we decided to perk up that longest of weekdays with some Must-Follow magic. Each week, we'll …

Bestsellers

Wild and Wonderful: Estes Park

You don’t have to dig too deeply into a top news story these days to figure out the impact it might have on the traveling public. The Arab Spring and mall shootings in Nairobi are two obvious examples.<p>Last weekend, I would witness the effect two recent front-page events are having on travel: The …