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Editor Picks: Affordable Meals in Brooklyn


Since I've dined (and dined, and dined) at all of the restaurants in my own lovely neighborhood of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, I've set a new task for myself: To explore the rest of New York City's blossoming borough, one fabulous meal at a time, forking over no more than $10 a plate.

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The Gulf Islands National Seashore is Back!


The Gulf Islands—a string of seven scenic barrier isles with white sand beaches, nature trails, and historic fortifications that stretch from the southwest corner of Mississippi to the east end of Florida—have finally reopened after suffering severe damage in 2005 from Hurricane Katrina, and are ready for visitors. About $42 million in all—$23 million for facility and infrastructure repairs (trails, buildings, campground, cleanup, etc.) and $19.1 million for all the roads—was spent on clean-up and repair efforts.

While each island has something to offer, our favorite is quiet Santa Rosa Island. Start your trip on U.S. 98 and take it to the new Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center (850/934-2600) in Gulf Breeze, Florida, where you can peruse books about local natural history. After crossing a three-mile bridge, head west on Fort Pickens Road for seven miles until you reach the 1829 stronghold; after, you can spend the afternoon on the snow-white beach, or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, snorkel off the pier to spot seahorses, pinfish, and the remains of the USS Massachusetts, a 1920s battleship. From there, pick up J. Earle Bowden Way, a winding road along the Gulf of Mexico with views of bottlenose dolphins frolicking in the distance.

Bree Sposato is an editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of National Parks Service

Following in Mozart's Footsteps

"Without travel, a man is but a poor creature!" -W.A. Mozart

Good news for globetrotting music buffs: More than two centuries after the world-renowned composer graced the concert halls of Europe, Salzburg-based European Mozart Ways (founded in 2002) has come out with 18 itineraries connecting cities, regions, and institutions visited by the master during his travels throughout the continent (in all, 200 towns in 10 countries). Planning a trip to Paris? A search for the city on the initiative's easy-to-use website yields a downloadable itinerary containing an overview of the two major trips he took there during the late 18th-century, a list of spots he visited (plus addresses), and detailed maps.

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Fresh Air: SFMOMA Opens Rooftop Garden

Starting May 10, visitors to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will be able to walk through an enclosed glass-and-steel bridge connecting the fifth-floor galleries to a dramatic Rooftop Sculpture Garden. The new space adds 14,400 square feet to the museum, and will house rarely seen sculptures from the Museum's holdings, including works by such luminaries as Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti, and Louise Bourgeois.

Bree Sposato is an editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of SFMOMA


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