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Netflix's New Original Series, Marco Polo

Marco Polo

What inspired screenwriter John Fusco (of Hidalgo fame) to create Marco Polo, a new Netflix series based on the life of the 13th-century Venetian explorer? An epic journey of his own—guided by nomads through Central Asia on horse and camel. After that 2007 trek (and later trips to remote corners of China), Fusco resolved to turn the story of the world’s first globe-trotter into a TV drama.

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Fragrance Obsession: La Parfumerie Moderne

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This fall, I’ve been crushing on a new fragrance line: Philippe Neirinck’s La Parfumerie Moderne, which evokes the glamorous, Art Deco days of travel. (The streamlined labels are even a nod to vintage luggage tags and hotel logos.) The collection of three perfumes, all unisex, includes Désarmant—a lilac scent with heart notes of cinnamon, ylang ylang, and rose, as well as base notes of osmanthus and vanilla, among others.

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Nyakio Kamoche Grieco's Kenyan-Inspired Beauty Brand

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Nyakio Kamoche Grieco reflects on the Kenyan origins of her cult-favorite beauty brand.

While working at a talent agency in L.A., first-generation Kenyan-American Nyakio Kamoche Grieco was exposed to beauty brands from all over the globe. Noticeably missing, she realized, were the rich ingredients of her parents’ homeland. “I felt like the sophistication of Africa was underrepresented,” she says. In 2013, she founded her namesake skin-care line, using kola nut, marula oil, and other elements from the continent to create products that work for all skin types. She spoke to T+L about her inspirations.

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The Caribbean's Quintessential Cocktail

Caribbean cocktail

In the West Indies, there are as many combinations of rum + fruit juice + spice as there are islands to sip them on. Here, four standout renditions.


Barbados

So entrenched is the recipe for Bajan rum punch that it’s known by a timeless rhyme: “One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak.” The combination of lime juice, simple syrup, Mount Gay rum, and chipped ice is pretty much inescapable.

Where to Sip It: John Moore Bar (246/422-2258), a rum shack on the beach in St. James Parish.

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JetBlue’s New Hue: Adds Bag Fees, Cuts Leg Room

The rumors are true: JetBlue—long hailed as the airline holdout for ancillary fees—is adding a highly controversial checked bag fee and taking back some of your legroom.

Only six months after the famously egalitarian carrier debuted its new premium Mint class, JetBlue is taking another step toward becoming more of a traditional airline by introducing, in mid-2015, a tiered airfare structure that will bundle checked bags and other, yet-to-be-named benefits into ticket prices.

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Harvard Museums Unveil Renzo Piano Renovation

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Forget about the Old Boys’ Club, musty libraries, and leather club chairs. Harvard just unveiled a highly anticipated renovation of its art museums sure to bring a breath of fresh air to the stately old campus. On Sunday, the university’s three art museums will reopen to the public, united under one roof for the first time.

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New Cookbooks from Sean Brock, Massimo Bottura, and More Chefs

Sean Brock cookbook

Four new cookbooks bring the world to your table.

Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef (Phaidon) is the credo of Massimo Bottura, who celebrates 20 years at the helm of Osteria Francescana, in Modena, Italy, with this beautifully produced book of recipes, stories, and photographs.

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United and OTG Bring Star Chefs and High Tech to Newark Liberty

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For the 20 million travelers who fly through Newark Liberty Airport’s Terminal C each year, a $120 million redesign should vastly improve their experience at the United Airlines hub. Partnering with OTG, United announced the finalized plans this morning, with some changes already underway.

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Old-School Spirits Enjoy a Youthful Revival

Hibiki 17-year Whiskey

Around the world, once-obscure, old-fashioned spirits are enjoying a youthful revival.

Japanese Whisky: Bartenders everywhere are embracing this lighter, sweeter alternative to scotch, be it single malt (Suntory Yamazaki 12-year) or blend (Hibiki 17-year). At Tokyo’s Bar High Five, it’s poured over an ice “diamond” hand-carved from a huge block.

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Tomas Maier's New Collection

Thomas Maier collection

“This line is about the casual side of life: traveling, the weekend, lounging at home,” Tomas Maier says of his first full namesake collection, composed of comfortable pieces ideal for long flights. For women, that means unfussy items such as dark denim shirtdresses, buttery leather skirts, and pantsuits that aren’t overly structured or formal; for men, there are relaxed blazers, slouchy trousers, and reimagined parkas and peacoats. Swimwear and accessories, including bold wooden jewelry, pointy flats, and roomy totes, make an understated impact. For Maier, versatility—neutral colors; clean shapes—is a priority. “I’m interested in separates that pair together in various ways. They can be a little dressy or very casual, but always make you look and feel good when you travel.”

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Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Strategies Twitter Chat on Tuesday, November 18

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The busiest day of the year to travel is upon us: Thanksgiving. Get travel strategy tips on Tuesday, November 18th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join along to ask the experts for advice!

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An Insider's Guide to Aspen

Part rich man’s playground, part ski bum’s paradise, the Rocky Mountain enclave has multiple layers. We asked a few stylish regulars to name the best insider spots.

William Golde

William E. Golde III

Bartender
Belly Up Aspen is a tiny, incredible concert venue that hosts all different types of shows. It is, without question, the place to hear music in town.”

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Los Cabos Film Fest Brings the Stars

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Los Cabos has long been popular with American and Canadian travelers. In addition to its hotels and resorts, golf courses, water and adventure sports, and eco-tourism, the destination at the tip of the Baja California peninsula is also a magnet for Hollywood—its producers, directors, and actors, many of whom have houses in the destination. The recent Los Cabos International Film Festival, in its third edition, took advantage of its geography (Los Cabos is less than a two-hour flight from Los Angeles) to showcase the best in feature-length, as well as independent movies and documentary film from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and world cinema.

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The Moment: Rathausplatz, Vienna

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9:19 p.m.: I remember a cauldron filled with molten beeswax, and my mother handing me a piece of string. I was seven or eight. It was Christmas, at a holiday market in Zurich. I dipped the string into the wax and pulled it out a few dozen times, and there was something amazing, even magical, about how the string turned into a candle, and about the smell of the wax, and the wintry crowds and the lights and the sounds. Today, 30-odd years later, the Mitteleuropa-style Christmas market is thriving, in Zurich, Prague, and Munich, in Frankfurt and Vienna—celebrations of the season and places where families can still make memories of their own.

Luke Barr is the former features director of Travel + Leisure.

Photo by Monika Hoefler


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The New Oregon (Beer) Trail

Edwins

The state with nearly 200 breweries is the ideal place for a suds-fueled adventure. Here, our favorite stops in Beer Land, U.S.A.

Portland

The city’s best Belgian-style brewery, the Commons has gone from the founder’s garage to greatness in just over three years. Start with the grassy Urban Farmhouse saison and work up to limited-release sours and other novelties.

Craft beer’s communal ethos is on display at Ex Novo Brewing Co., where all profits go to charity and an eclectic crowd comes for beers such as the piney Eliot IPA.

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Get Glowing Skin at NYC's BeautyRx Peel Bar

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When it comes to beauty, the word “peel” has acquired a lot of negative connotations over the years. So naturally, when I was invited to test out BeautyRx’s new Peel Bar at the Butterfly Studio Salon, in NYC’s Flatiron District, I was somewhat hesitant, never having undergone a glycolic facial peel at the derm’s office. The result, I’m happy to report, deserves only positive associations.

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Trip Doctor Challenge: What Should I Do When My Flight Is Canceled for Weather?



Looking for quick solutions to your travel concerns? Our resident expert Amy Farley has the facts with Travel + Leisure’s Trip Doctor Challenge. 

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3 Travel Subscription Boxes to Try Now

Try the World subscription box

Even if you can’t travel all the time, the world can come to you—thanks to new subscription services that package items from places near and far into tidy, curated boxes. Try the World assembles locally made food items: chestnut spread in the Paris box, say, or dried seaweed in the Tokyo edition. Hazel Lane is a cheerleader for American crafts, such as art prints from Brooklyn or dip-dye napkins from Austin, Texas. And the collections by A Box From—so far, Seoul and Tehran, Iran—include what founder Elin Aram calls “silly small stuff.” Because nothing says Korean kitsch like a hamburger-shaped notepad.

Brooke PorterBrooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.

Photo by David Alexander Arnold


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Actor Alessandro Nivola Talks Budapest, Sardinia, and The Elephant Man

Alessandro Nivola

The Boston-born actor, appearing next month in the Broadway revival of The Elephant Man and the film A Most Violent Year, chats with T+L about his Italian roots, fireworks, and his secret New York watering hole.

Q: What hotel would you move into, if you could?

A: Su Gologone, near Oliena, in Sardinia, is in the mountains, away from the hoi polloi—definitely the true Sardinia. My sculptor grandfather came from Orani, a nearby town. Whenever my grandmother invited visitors to see the Nivola Museum, a gallery of his work, she’d always put them up at Su Gologone.

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Rosie Schaap on Dublin's Coziest Watering Hole

Rosie Schaap

Whenever I’m in Dublin—and I try to get there once a year—my first stop is always Grogan’s Castle Lounge. It was my local in 1991 when I was a student at Trinity College, and I still can’t help thinking of it that way. Later I’ll hit the Stag’s Head for a pint and brief communion with its taxidermied namesake. And I’ll drop into Kehoe’sto make sure the snugs are still in place and for a bit of banter with the barmen.

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Twitter Chat Recap: #ThisIsFall

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Missed out on T+L's most recent Twitter Chat about fall culture and travel? We've got the day's best tweets right here:

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Visit Now: The Givenchy Spa at the Hotel Sahrai

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Though Marrakesh continues to be a destination of interest, lately, we’ve been hearing more and more buzz about Fez—the central Moroccan city with an incredibly well-preservedmedieval medina. One of the main reasons to go: the Hotel Sahrai, which opened this summer, and is located between the medina and the French-built ville nouvelle.

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Boston's Museum of Fine Arts Celebrates Travel in New Exhibition

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What’s got us here at T+L eager for a Boston visit? The city's Museum of Fine Arts and its new exhibition on travel memoriabilia.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles assembles a collection of models and drawings from the mid-twentieth century—when commercial aviation, improved technology, and highways rapidly changed how Americans experienced transportation.

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Gary Shteyngart Dishes on Sydney

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I arrive in Sydney with three very important items on my agenda: Eat some of the best breakfasts in the world, swim like a saltwater fiend in the city’s gorgeous outdoor pools, and hug a wombat. That furry, bewhiskered marsupial—third fiddle to the koala and the kangaroo—has been on my to-hug list since I was a kid rifling through the W volume of the encyclopedia.

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4 New Wine Regions to Watch

Wine regions

T+L’s resident expert Bruce Schoenfeld identifies four emerging destinations—and the best bottles in each.

Michigan

Riesling zealots are transforming the once-indistinct wines of the Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas into some of America’s crispest whites.

T+L Pick: Left Foot Charley 2013 The Missing Spire Riesling is semisweet with enough spine to pair with Thai and Vietnamese dishes.

Where to Sip: The waterfront Boathouse Restaurant, in Traverse City, has a wide selection of wines from the state.

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Editor's Note From Nathan Lump

Nathan Lump

One of the hallmarks of a traveler, I always say, is curiosity. Curiosity about the world beyond your doorstep, about cultures different from your own, about how societies and the planet are changing. Travel opens our eyes and gives us greater insight into the world; I know it has made me a wiser, more understanding, and, yes, an even more curious person.

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Belmond to Launch First Train in Ireland

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All aboard! Belmond just announced it is launching its first train in Ireland, the Belmond Grand Hiberian, in summer 2016. Named for Ireland’s classical Latin name of Hibernia, it’ll have 20 luxury sleeper cabins (including four interconnecting suites for families), two restaurant cars, and an observation bar car.

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5 Great New York Bartenders

NYC Bartenders

They'll take Manhattan... and make you a damn fine one, too. Amid New York City's ever-expanding cocktail renaissance, these five impresarios are (vigorously) shaking things up. (Pictured left to right)

Dave Arnold, Booker & Dax

For the cocktail magician and author of Liquid Intelligence, curiosity is the prime ingredient. His arsenal at this annex to the East Village’s Momofuku Ssäm Bar includes a centrifuge, liquid nitrogen, and a 1,500-degree red-hot poker (for caramelizing the sugar in his French Colombian)—but his flash is always in service of flavor.

Signature Drink:
The preposterously green (and nitro-muddled) Thai basil daiquiri.

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Uruguay's New Art Hotel, Bahia Vik

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On the southeastern coast of Uruguay, cultural connoisseurs are rubbing elbows with the beach-and-polo set, thanks to a string of art-centric hotels by international collectors Alex and Carrie Vik. Their latest: Bahia Vik, 37 rooms hidden among the windswept dunes of boho-chic José Ignacio. The couple, who filled their nearby Playa and Estancia properties with works by big-name South American artists, has commissioned pieces from the likes of Juan Burgos and Marcelo Daglio. “One of our goals has been to create hotels that celebrate the rich culture of their locale,” Carrie says. Case in point: the mixed-media sculpture by Montevideo-born Javier Abdala, which faces a horizon-stretching view of the South Atlantic.

Shane Mitchell is T+L's lifestyle correspondent.

Photo by Yadid Levy


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Double Your Points with New Starwood-Emirates Partnership

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This week, Starwood Preferred Guest and Emirates Skywards announced a new "joint points" partnership called Your World Rewards. The partnership provides reciprocal benefits to elites of both loyalty programs when they fly with Emirates or stay at participating Starwood properties. Registration for the new partnership begins on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

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