Sarah Monnier

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Act Like You Know: Benjamin Britten

British composer Benjamin Britten was born 100 years ago this Friday, Nov. 22. Before you ask "Benja-who?" consider this: Did you see Wes Anderson's film <i>Moonrise Kingdom</i> last summer, or Pedro Almodovar's <i>Talk to Her</i> back a decade or so ago? (Well, maybe you have to be an art-house denizen for those. …

The Hidden Way to Cheaply Fly Around the World

For your next big trip, what if you could take advantage of a single airline ticket to check several destinations off your travel wish list for a fraction of the time and expense of seeing them one at a time?<p>I recently talked with Jenny McIver, a Round-the-World (RTW) travel pro to get the lowdown …

Oh Crazy Town of Bethlehem

Lots of tourists go to Palestine, but I'd estimate that 90 percent of them do it as a strategic strike from Jerusalem to Manger Square in Bethlehem (about six miles away) to see the Church of the Nativity. They then return directly to Israel without spending a single shekel in restaurants or …

Foreigners Share What They Find Most Surprising About America

Foreigners, as well as others who happen to know people who are new to the U.S., have been using this Quora thread to share what they think makes America unique. Their answers to the question "What facts about the United States do foreigners not believe until they come to America?" were pretty …

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10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Atlanta

The ATL. A-town. Hotlanta. Whatever you want to call it, Atlanta is known for many different things: its diverse musical heritage (John Mayer got his big break in Atlanta, as did Ludacris and Usher); its Southern hospitality; its sports teams (the Braves, Falcons and Hawks, to name a few) and …

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Italy urges Berlin to do more for Europe, not just Germany | DW | 11.11.2013

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta told reporters at home it was in Berlin's interest to ensure that economies across the continent pulled out of …

Top AP Photographer Slams White House for ‘Propaganda’ Photography Practices

Top editors at the Associated Press slammed the White House — or, more specifically, the Obama Administration — last week for restricting …

In brief: Australia’s tiny lethal jellyfish migrate

Every Friday, we help you navigate the week’s most important and interesting travel news stories.<p>Every Friday, we help you navigate the week’s most important and interesting travel news stories.<p><b>Upgrade!</b><i>Amazing things that should happen more often</i><p>A scuba diving tour group off the coast of Thailand …

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19 Reasons Why We're Pumped For Winter

As the true suckiness of daylight savings sets in, and our winter time blues slowly amps up, we wanted to take a second to remind ourselves that winter isn't all that bad.<p>Snow is beautiful when it falls, it's totally normal to drink hot chocolate on a regular basis and visiting family (can be) …

24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

Mouthwatering Montréal: a food-lover's neighbourhood guide

What is it that makes Montréal such a fascinating city for travellers? At first glance, it doesn’t have the iconic attractions that sum up a city in the traveller’s mind - to love this city, you need to explore its diverse neighbourhoods.<p>The Downtown area is filled with upmarket shopping malls and …

10 Surprising Things About Being An American In Italy

Italy is one of the most beautiful, historical, delicious countries in the world. From ancient ruins in Rome to couture boutiques in Milan to cobblestone streets in Florence, everyone will find something in Italy to fall in love with.<p>But culture shock is a thing, and it definitely happens in Italy. …

Why was Marin Alsop's London concert half empty?

I have been attending concerts at the Southbank, recitals and orchestral, since 1969. I can attest to the fact the audience composition has changed …

Clash of Texas political titans looms

A Texas tussle could be on the 2016 horizon.<p>Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry are both angling to run for president. And the prospect of a clash between the two Texas-sized egos who represent different eras of the GOP – and who aren’t openly rivals but haven’t betrayed warm fuzzies for one another, …

German exports soar to hit new trade surplus record | DW | 08.11.2013

In September of this year, Germany exported goods worth 94.7 billion euros ($126 billion), while imports only amounted to 74.3 billion …

S&P downgrades France's credit rating, angering Paris | DW | 08.11.2013

S&P on Friday downgraded France's credit rating to "AA", a notch below the previous "AA+", dealing a blow to President Francois Hollande's embattled …

This Might Be the Most Beautiful Castle in the World

I'm never one to turn down a castle visit. From England's Windsor Castle to Namhansanseong in South Korea, if a travel destination has a royal residence -- currently inhabited or long abandoned -- I'll add it to my to-tour list.<p>But after spending time in Scotland earlier this fall, I think I've …

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South Africa’s ‘Mother of the Nation’ a tarnished icon

Cheered by adoring fans, the Mother of the Nation walked the red carpet at the premiere of the new Mandela biopic, hugging the movie stars, chatting with cabinet ministers and confessing her excitement at the champagne reception.<p>These are glamorous times for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former …

Billy Graham's final sermon: 'I've wept' for America

At 95 and in frail health, the evangelist attended a birthday celebration Thursday night.<p>ASHEVILLE, N.C. — At 95 and in frail health, Billy Graham often resists family entreaties to make excursions from his mountaintop home. But the nation's most famous evangelist attended a birthday celebration …

Florida panel rejects bill to repeal 'stand your ground'

A committee of Florida lawmakers rejected a proposal to repeal the ''stand your ground'' self-defense law Thursday, following an hours-long hearing.<p>The Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Subcommittee held a five-hour hearing starting at 3 p.m. to vote on a bill repealing the law …

British doctor believes family's missing masterpieces among Nazi art trove

A British doctor who is the heir of a renowned Jewish art dealer believes a $1billion trove of looted Nazi paintings includes masterpieces that belong to his family, The Telegraph can disclose<p>Michael Hulton, a 67-year-old anaesthetist based in San Francisco, is the great-nephew of Alfred …

Modernist art haul, 'looted by Nazis', recovered by German police

About 1,500 modernist masterpieces – thought to have been looted by the Nazis – have been confiscated from the flat of an 80-year-old man from Munich, in what is being described as the biggest artistic find of the postwar era.<p>The artworks, which could be worth as much as €1bn (£860m), are said to …