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TODAY Show Video: Test Your Travel Trivia

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Think you’re well traveled? Find out by taking this fun, quick quiz. You may be surprised by the answers to these questions about popular destinations and travel references in pop culture.

#1 What is the most visited tourist attraction in the world?
A. Times Square
B. Disney World
C. The Colosseum
D. Eiffel Tower

Related: See all of the world’s most-visited tourist attractions

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TODAY Show Video: More Easy Getaways From London

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After the Olympics hubbub, it’s high time for an escape. Try these charming country getaways, all within a few hours’ drive of London.

The Pig, Brockenhurst, Hampshire
An hour and 45 minutes from London

Converted from a previously dark manor house, this welcoming inn was named to T+L’s 2012 It List of Best New Hotels. Sitting areas feature wingback chairs, vintage glassware, and working fireplaces, while the 26 guest rooms have claw-foot bathtubs and botanical prints. Just outside your door: the New Forest National Park, where chef James Golding and his staff foraged the ingredients you'll be eating for dinner. Doubles from $196 per night.

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Weather Channel Video: Affordable European Hotels

This morning on the Weather Channel, T+L's Nilou Motamed presented affordable European getaways. From our No. 3 ranking World's Best hotel to the best-kept secret revealed in our July issue, there's still time left to plan a fall getaway across the Atlantic—without breaking the bank. Read on for some inspiration!

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Latin Invasion Hits London Restaurant Scene

London: Ceviche

Mexican: the cuisine London could never get right. While the city mastered Emirati, Ethiopian, Polish, Syrian, Lebanese (and how!)—even Argentine steaks—attempts at Mexican fare have historically been less well-received. But that was then. Three years ago, the arrival of Mestizo—followed by the opening of popular burrito bar Chilango—began transforming London into a Mexican food mecca. Now the big guns from across the pond have arrived. Last month, Serge Becker opened hotspot taquería La Bodega Negra in Soho. Not to be outdone, Derek Sanders, the force behind New York City’s haute Mexican diner/speakeasy La Esquina, will soon open his London outpost right around the corner.

And don’t forget Peru! Star Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez, who gained worldwide recognition for Central restaurant in Lima, will open his first London eatery this June. Meanwhile, Ceviche (pictured), which opened in March in Soho, is receiving buzz for its extensive menu and dedicated Pisco Sour bar.

Photo courtesy of Ceviche

Weather Channel Video: Weekend Getaways From Charleston

This morning on the Weather Channel, T+L's Sarah Spagnolo presented easy weekend getaways from Charleston, South Carolina. We know T+L readers love this destination: It ranked No. 4 on the list of Top Cities in the United States and Canada in the just-announced 2012 World's Best Awards readers' survey. Take a look!

A TRIO OF WEEKEND ESCAPES

1.  Downtown Charleston
Travel + Leisure readers love Charleston. Proof? The city was ranked as the No. 4 Top City in the U.S. and Canada on the 2012 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. With top-notch restaurants, pristine beaches, and plenty of Lowcountry charms, Charleston is an ideal southern escape. WHERE TO STAY The 19th-century Wentworth Mansion offers a perfect downtown location as well as great value. There are drinks in the parlor each afternoon, chocolate at turndown, and a complimentary breakfast that includes some of the best shrimp and grits we’ve ever tasted.  PRICE $329 a night, including breakfast for two. BOOK NOW

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Berkshires Buzz: Tanglewood and Stonover Farm

Berkshires: Stonover Farm

For Tanglewood...
Our favorite summer music festival—held at the country home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra—celebrates its 75th anniversary this season. Highlights include performances by Yo-Yo Ma and Diana Krall, plus a Fourth of July extravaganza with unofficial Tanglewood bard James Taylor. Nothing beats hearing Sweet Baby James sing about the “dreamlike” Berkshires in the actual Berkshires. Through Sept. 2.

Stay at... Stonover Farm (pictured)
A 15-minute walk from Tanglewood’s front gate is what appears to be your archetypal New England farmhouse inn, complete with the requisite duck pond and willow trees. But the suite interiors are more Giorgio Armani than Norman Rockwell, with elegant fabrics and warm neutral tones. On cool evenings, owner Tom Werman—a former L.A. record producer—lights the flagstone fireplaces, cues up some Bill Evans, and pours wine for guests. $$$

Photo by Kevin Sprague

Tips from Housekeeping: How to Make a Bed

How to make a bed
Ana Lissa Sison, director of housekeeping at the Peninsula New York, can make a king-size bed in five minutes flat. Her method:

1. Pillows: Karate-chop down the middle to fluff feathers. Fold in half lengthwise and insert into case. From the outside, pinch a corner of pillow; pull case down. Set aside.

2. Bottom Sheet: Use a flat sheet (more durable than fitted). Tuck in top and bottom. At each corner, lift overhang to form a triangle. Pull and tuck sheet under.

3. Top Sheet: Tuck in bottom, leaving sides hanging. Fold top of sheet back six to eight inches.

4. Duvet, Part I: Fold duvet cover in half, with opening facing headboard. Fold duvet as mirror image, and place at foot of bed.

5. Duvet, Part II: Grab duvet at bottom right; pull into right corner of cover. Repeat on left. Holding cover in place, pull it completely over duvet.

6. Finish: Leave duvet untucked, smoothing out wrinkles and crisping corners. Place pillows on top and align patterns. Add accents to taste.

Illustration by L-DOPA

TODAY Show Video: The T+L 2012 World's Best Awards

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T+L's features director, Nilou Motamed, announces the new crop of Travel + Leisure World's Best Award winners, as voted by readers in our annual survey. From Montana's Triple Creek Ranch to Boracay, a pristine island in the Philippines, these hotels, destinations, and travel companies are the best of the best. For all the winners, click here.

Crowdsourcing: What to Do When You're Near San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf

We asked true travel pros what to do near Fisherman's Wharf. Want to share your expertise? Join our community on Facebook at facebook.com/travelandleisure and at Twitter @TravlandLeisure.


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“Stop by the Musée Mécanique (Pier 45) to play any of 250 vintage arcade machines. So cool!” —Alexandra Tursi, via Facebook

“Climb to the top of Vallejo Street to find Ina Coolbrith Park (Vallejo and Taylor Sts.), a little patch of green that’s another world.” —Chris Wray, via Facebook

“I always order a martini and the bacon-topped deviled eggs at Park Tavern (1652 Stockton St.).” —Nick Horwath, @nh94105

Don Pisto’s (510 Union St.), in North Beach, has Mexican street food and amazing agave margaritas.” —Stefanie Schoen, @thestylesafari

Buena Vista (2765 Hyde St.) has been the place for Irish coffee since 1952.” —Louise M. Batista, via Facebook

“Run by a Brit, the Codmother (2824 Jones St.; 415/606-9349) serves the best fish-and-chips in the city, bar none.” —Heather Thompson Noll, via Facebook

Crowdsourcing: What to Do When You're Near the Ritz London

Ritz London

We asked true travel pros what to do near The Ritz London, Piccadilly's grande dame for over a century. Want to share your expertise? Join our community on Facebook at facebook.com/travelandleisure and at Twitter @TravlandLeisure.

Zara Home’s (129 Regent St.) pretty and affordable bed linens are a must-buy. I’m anxiously hoping they’ll open in the U.S.” —Carolyn Ernst, via Facebook

“You’ll find free choral recitals (and an amazing flea market on Tuesdays) at St. James’s Church (197 Piccadilly).” —Sunshine Flint, via Facebook

The Only Running Footman, near Berkeley Square, is my favorite pub for people-watching—it’s packed with locals after work.” —Georgia Aarons, via Facebook

“I recommend the Wolseley for great cream teas, and the deck chairs in Green Park on a sunny day.” —Zoe Bramley, via Facebook

“Check out Paxton & Whitfield (93 Jermyn St.); they’ve sold crave-worthy cheeses since 1742.” —@tammypeters

Fakhreldine (85 Piccadilly) is the place for high-end Lebanese food and an iconic park view.” —Julie Brennan, via Facebook

Photo courtesy of The Ritz London

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