Don’t you hate it when this happens? An American man accidentally snapped a finger off a 600-year-old statue of the Virgin Mary at a museum in Florence. Oh yeah, and he’s a surgeon. [Daily Mail] (Amy Farley)
A new skyscraper in Spain's resort town Benidorm is almost finished, except they forgot to build an elevator…Jamie Condliffe from Gimodo shares the bizarre story. (Peter Schlesinger)
"Bucharest not Budapest" is the Romanian capital's new tourism campaign, highlighting that the city, dubbed the Paris of the East, should not be compared to similarly-named Hungarian capital. Feargus O'Sullivan from The Atlantic Cities reports. (P.S.)
There are three locations for this dog and cat resort—two in Chicago and one in Dallas/Ft. Worth—each near airports. Accommodations include large dog suites, as well as a gated community of bungalows for cats (select bungalows have window perches and fish aquariums). Dogs can exercise in the indoor grass area and splash in a bone-shaped pool. For cats, there’s an Adventure Jungle for climbing custom-made cat trees. Dog suites from $49/night; Cat bungalows from $27/night.
Christian Boyens, general manager of the Ritz Paris—currently undergoing renovations—reveals his short list for where to eat in the City of Light.
First Arr.-Verjus($$$$): French farm food, great setting. Kinugawa($$$): Japanese bento boxes for lunch.
Second Arr.-Chez Georges(pictured; 1 Rue du Mail;$$$): well-preserved classic, market-fresh specials. Le Mesturet($$): real Parisian bistro, good price-to-quality ratio. Le Petit Vendôme($$): hole-in-the-wall for lunch; get the escalope de veau with mushrooms.
Third Arr.-Derrière($$$): young, eclectic scene, great patio, table tennis, rotisserie ham. Chez Janou($$$): French bistro, get the duck and the chocolate mousse; fish soup only so-so.
A new survey on what men worry about while on vacation reveals that, when it comes to traveling, we all (surprise!) just want to look good on the beach. Genevieve Shaw Brown from ABC reports. (Peter Schlesinger)
The ever-helpful website Nerd Wallet shows which banks are the best and worst when it comes to travel fees. (P.S.)
New York's JFK terminal has been deemed 'endangered' and in need of restoration by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, via Circa. (Adrien Glover)
This short and sweet blog post highlights a neighborhood in Mendoza, Argentina with streets named entirely after wines—who wouldn't want to live at 54 Malbec Lane? (P.S.)
Three cheers for the Clinton Foundation, which is pledging to boost tourism in Northern Haiti by raising awareness for the country's turn-of-the-century monuments, historic sites, and culture. Travel Weekly reports. (Nikki Ekstein)
More evidence is fueling the theory that Amelia Earhart's missing plane has been found in the South Pacific, as we first noted a few weeks ago. Gadling reports. (N.E.)
This week, Amazon launched a fun new tool called "Around the World in 80 Books," poised to help you find the required reading for your upcoming vacation. The picks are great, from Peter Godwin's When A Crocodile Eats the Sun (for imminent safari-goers) to Kurt Vonnegut's Galapagos (for the South America-bound). (Nikki Ekstein)
This Buzzfeed list of the 16 ways to make flying easier has a few ingenious solutions. Who'd have thought to bring golf balls on board to create your own little spa treatment? (Peter Schlesinger)
A Connecticut bill is claiming that the Wright brothers were not the "first in flight," 110 years after their historic plane took off in Kitty Hawk, NC. Whether or not German-born Gustave Whitehead is truly the grandfather of aviation, there's no doubt about his level of wanderlust. Via Circa. (Adrien Glover)
Volcano House reopened in 2013 following a $7 million renovation that preserved the character of the original 1941 design. The rooms have beautiful views: some overlook Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, while others face native Hawaiian rainforest of ohia lehua and koa trees. This 323,400-acrenationalpark is also great for wildlife spotting; more than 90 percent of the plants and animals here are found nowhere else on earth. Cabins from $55/night.