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Fly Business Class to Paris for $701

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OpenSkies, the all business-class airline that flies to Paris, is celebrating the first anniversary of its Washington, D.C. route with a sale.  Fly to Paris and back in a cushy business seat for just $701, each way, based on roundtrip purchase. Book before May 20 for travel between May 16 and July 9.

OpenSkies flights carry just 84 passengers at a time, in comfortable seating (with not just personal entertainment systems and lots of legroom, but electrical outlets as well), and gourmet in-flight dining complete with wine and Champagne.  This kind of civilized treatment makes it hard to return to economy.

Book before Friday midnight by visiting FlyOpenSkies.com, or call (866) 581-3596.

Ann Shields is Online Senior Editor at Travel + Leisure.

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US Casino Mogul Says Wynn Now 'Chinese Company'

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Breibart | American casino mogul Steve Wynn said Tuesday that his US-based gaming firm has become a "Chinese company" as it held its first annual meeting in Macau, now the world's biggest gaming hub.

Wynn Resorts Ltd. was splitting its headquarters between Las Vegas and Macau, the billionaire executive said, with the company's revenue increasingly tied to soaring growth in the former Portuguese colony.

Macau posted $23.5 billion in gaming revenues last year, outpacing the Las Vegas strip by at least four-fold. Much of the eye-popping figure is tied to high-roller gamblers from mainland China flooding into the southern territory—the only place in China that allows casino gambling.

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Borrowing Berkeley Hotel’s Vintage Accessories

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Playing dress-up just got more sophisticated at London’s Berkeley Hotel. There, along with cocktails from the Blue Bar, you can have a steamer trunk filled with baubles and accessories—all curated by Carmen Haid of vintage e-boutique atelier-mayer.com—delivered to your suite to borrow (gratis!) for a night on the town. Fall in love with that Pierre Cardin clutch? Any piece can be purchased for your permanent collection. the-berkeley.co.uk; doubles from $597.

Illustration by Ryan Hashka

New York Reveals Plan To Become America’s Next Top Digital City

TechCrunch |  Through new official partnerships with Facebook, Twitter, and NY-based startups Foursquare and Tumblr, New York City aims to become America’s next, top digital city.

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the city’s first, chief digital officer, Rachel Sterne, presented their Road Map for the Digital City, today.

Before formulating the plan, Sterne led a comprehensive 90-day review of the city’s current use of web, social media and mobile technology, and surveyed thousands of public and private sector organizations, and residential users in New York to understand what was missing, and what’s working well so far.

In light of her findings, and according to a public statement from her office, New York City has committed to:

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Travel Uniform: Jimmy Choo's Tamara Mellon

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“I overpack,” says Jimmy Choo chief creative officer Tamara Mellon, OBE. “Always!” For a woman with an estimated collection of 1,000 pairs of shoes, that can sometimes mean checking four to eight suitcases. The English-born, New York–based executive’s main route is JFK to Heathrow, but since Jimmy Choo is a go-to label for A-list actresses, flying to Los Angeles for glitzy Hollywood parties also counts as a business trip. She takes a surprisingly streamlined approach when it comes to her travel look, however. “My rule,” Mellon says, “is to keep it simple.” She starts with J Brand stretch jeans ($158) and a cotton T by Alexander Wang top ($76), and adds a blazer ($525)—such as this wool-blend style, also by Alexander Wang. She accessorizes with leather biker boots ($1,195) and oversize sunglasses ($295)—“you never feel good when you get off a plane, so it’s great to hide behind a big pair of shades”—both by Jimmy Choo. Her mock-croc tote ($1,795) and wheelie ($3,595) are from the brand’s recently launched 24/7 bag collection. After all, you’re going to need the right luggage if you pack 30 pairs of shoes “just in case.”

WHAT'S IN HER BAG?

Fit for the Road: “I’m sure to bring Tracy Anderson’s Mat Workout DVD ($30), so I can exercise in my hotel room.”

Magazine: “I always pick up the British edition of fashion weekly Grazia at the airport. It’s my guilty pleasure.”

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A Royal Honeymoon in the Seychelles

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BBC Travel
|  After months of secrecy, the news of where Prince William and Kate would spend their honeymoon finally leaked this week. Sources say the royal newlyweds are currently in the Seychelles for a 10-day trip.

Back in February, we named "Renting a private island in the Seychelles" as one of our "Five best getaways for a royal honeymoon". It appears we were prescient, since that's exactly what the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did. Vladi Private Islands has said that it rented the secluded North Island to the royal family. Photo: Martin Harvey / Alamy.

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La Maison Mère: In (American) Food We Trust

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It’s no secret that the French are enamored with New York. Not the whole state, however, just the city. Astounding Parisians not only by its sheer size, energy, and unapologetic excesses but also by its boundless food choices, Manhattan is like a culinary amusement park. For the French, whose food scene has long been dominated by traditional, bistro fare, the diversity in NYC is understandably appealing.  But what seems to seduce French appetites most is not the ethnic variety so accessible in NY but rather straight up, all-American comfort food—bagels and cream cheese, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, cupcakes and “real” NY cheesecake.

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Guess Where? Beach Nap

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Don't you wish you were here? Before you can start planning your trip to this colorful paradise, though, you'll have to guess where it is.

Log in and leave your guesses below and check back here on Monday for the answer.

UPDATE 5/16/11: We only had one guess this time, but T+L community member MyFareFoodie had it right. This relaxing scene is on the beach in Phuket, Thailand.

Lyndsey Matthews is an online editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of Travel + Leisure's Photography Contest

TODAY Show: Easy Weekend Getaways

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No matter what your plans are for this summer, there's an easy (and affordable!) weekend getaway that will work for you. Here, a few of our favorites: a foodie getaway in Charleston, a culture-packed weekend in downtown Chicago, and a wellness retreat in southern Utah. For more ideas, visit TravelandLeisure.com/weekend-getaways. Start packing now!

Carnival Debuts First Shipboard Pub

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Somewhere between Venice and Dubrovnik, the brand new 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic ran out of ThirstyFrog Red draught beer.

This was significant not only because there was a whole lot of drinking going on from the very first night of the maiden cruise of Carnival’s latest “Fun Ship”—the 23rd vessel in the fleet—but also because Carnival clearly has a hit on its hands.

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Vacationist Hotel Deals: Memorial Day in Mexico

201105-b-navidadjpgLess than a week after Cinco de Mayo, we’re still thinking about Mexican beach escapes and margaritas. Happily for us, so is Vacationist! On sale now: three deals south of the border. Spa goers will prefer Villa del Palmar Flamingos in Rivieria Nayarit, with hydro-treatments at the 17,000 square-foot spa; beach lovers will opt for Grand Bay Hotel Isla Navidad Resort, on a private island off Manzanillo; and for those of you just looking for a rocking good time? There’s always Cabo San Lucas, and a stay at Marquis for more than 44 percent off the standard rack rate.

For deals on the Italian coast or in the Caribbean, click here now.

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The Latest Language-Teaching Travel Apps

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Thanks to the rise of social networking, smartphones, and faster Internet speeds, it’s never been easier to immerse yourself in a new language without even leaving home.

The best-known method is Rosetta Stone, the interactive, total-immersion-style program that uses intuitive flash-card-like video games to teach students in the same way a child might learn a language. In other words: no boring grammar lectures or lessons. The service’s Totale Version 4 program ($249; rosettastone.com) offers interactive, voice-recognition-enabled lessons in any of 24 languages on CD, online, or via an app for iPhone, as well as through live online sessions with a native speaker. For the more scholarly minded, Livemocha’s Active classes ($99–$399 per year; livemocha.com) for French, Italian, Spanish, and German deliver a mix of text-based grammar and usage lessons and repeat-after-me-style exercises that use voice recognition to test pronunciation. Learners also interact with teachers and native speakers online, both in live video sessions and via e-mail and recorded voice messages.

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It List: Best New Hotels 2011

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Today, Travel + Leisure unveils its sixth annual list of "It" hotels. Editors scoured the globe for the best new properties—from the Trump SoHo in New York City to Liz Lambert's stylish new Hotel Havana on San Antonio's Riverwalk—some of which are less than $300/night.

For the full list, read the online article: It List: Best New Hotels 2011.


Sarah Spagnolo is the digital projects editor at Travel + Leisure.

Seeking Nominees: T+L 2011 Global Vision Awards


Do you know a travel company that's changing the world? We want to hear about it.

Travel + Leisure's annual Global Vision Awards recognize the outstanding efforts of individuals and organizations that are working to preserve the world's natural and man-made treasures.

Last year’s winners included everything from the enormous CityCenter complex in Las Vegas, a pioneer in green-building techniques, to Kenya’s Micato Safaris, which is helping to fund the education of thousands of children in Nairobi.

If you know of an organization that we should consider for the 2011 awards, please drop us an email at tlglobalvision@aexp.com or encourage it to fill out this year's application, available here (Travel) and here (Non-Travel).

The winners will appear in our November issue.


Amy Farley is the news editor at Travel + Leisure.

Perfect Men’s Spring Outfit

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These sporty pieces will have you ready for a weekend getaway.

A Dapper Look: Cotton polo shirt, $80, by Lacoste. Lightweight corduroy blazer, $695, Gant by Michael Bastian. Linen shirt, $195, and cotton pants, $125, Façonnable. Seersucker belt, $80, Ernest Alexander. Leather-and-suede saddle shoes with Nike Air technology, $198, Cole Haan. Gingham bow tie, $60, Ernest Alexander. Canvas tote with calfskin details, $450, Ralph Lauren.

Photo by Teru Onishi

Last-Chance Spring Skiing

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I know most people in the U.S. are head over heels for spring right now, breaking out the shorts, the bikes, even thinking about the bathing suit. But I can’t quite let go of ski season. It was a record one this year and, of course, I wish I had gotten out on my board just a few more times. If, like me, you are holding on to the dream of just one more outing into the white stuff, there are a few places where you can make it come true.

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Shopping Moscow's Market

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Rinok. Just saying the word brings a sense of calm to my disjointed Russian life in Moscow. All at once, the sprawl of doorways open as if they are choreographed. I pass stalls where ducks and coffee and wild honey are being sold. You can get your keys copied, or a box of chocolates, maybe a fuzzy pair of house slippers. When they are in season, truckloads of watermelons are sold by the hour.

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Q&A: Writer Paul Theroux

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In The Tao of Travel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; $25), out this month, the peripatetic writer compiles wisdom from an array of literature and life on the road. Here, he shares a few tidbits with T+L.

Q: Other than writing, how do you document your adventures?

A: I collect knick-knacks people have used, like snuff boxes and voodoo figures. There’s a Polynesian word, mana, meaning the spiritual power of an object—those things appeal to me.

Q: What have you learned from other writers?

A: As Flaubert said, when you’re traveling, you realize how small you are. Dollars are helpful, but a smile is more valuable.

Q: Is there a 21st-century Grand Tour?

A: In the 19th century, it was London, Paris, Rome, and Greece. Today it’s a global buffet: a safari in Africa, the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, and the Carnival, in Brazil.

Photo by Steve McCurry

Guess Where? Hallway

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This hallway may remind of the set from a Harry Potter movie, but it's not in Europe. Can you figure out where this is?

Log in and leave your guesses below and be sure to check back on Monday for the correct answer.

UPDATE 5/09/11: We finally stumped you guys! While there were some great guesses, nobody figured out that these gothic arches are at New Jersey's Princeton University. Look for our next edition of Guess Where? this Friday.

Lyndsey Matthews is an online editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of Travel + Leisure's Photography Contest

Winner! Family Getaways Photo Contest

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Congratulations to the winner of our family getaways photo contest, James Mandeville! Members of our online community picked his photo "Those Summers on the Lake" from the 609 images that were submitted to the contest. For his photo, taken in Pond Eddy, NY, he won an AOC: Breeze Tablet and publication in Travel + Leisure. Congrats, James!

Budapest’s Chic New Hot Spots

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Hungary’s capital has always had a few things going for it: classical music; Art Nouveau architecture; a wine scene just out of town. Design and luxury, not so much—until this year. Opening in June, the 67-room Rácz Hotel & Thermal Spa (raczhotel.com; doubles from $336), near the city’s main shopping street, has dramatic chandeliers and views of the Royal Palace, but the real draw is the 16th-century, unesco-designated hammam spa with domed ceilings. Up next this summer: the 102-room Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace (buddhabarhotelbudapest.com), the second hotel project by the renowned Parisian hospitality group, with an Asian themed bar and a restaurant with—yes!—an enormous Buddha as its centerpiece. Further evidence of Budapest’s new Golden Era of Design? WAMP (wamp.hu), a burgeoning monthly fair showcasing everything from fashion to dishware by local young artists.

Photo courtesy of Rácz Hotel & Thermal Spa

Jeweler Kendra Scott Opens Flagship Store in Austin

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, Texas has always favored and encouraged local entrepreneurs; it’s how they “Keep Austin Weird.” Although Kendra Scott is a Wisconsin native, she began her jewelry line as a mini-collection in Austin in 2002 with only $500, an extra bedroom and a newborn baby. Today, her collections are in more than 800 stores worldwide including big name retailers such as Nordstrom, Henri Bendel, and Lord & Taylor. Due to Austin’s large part in the success of Kendra’s company, she only felt it was appropriate to anchor her flagship store in this flourishing city.

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Cinco de Mayo Savings at One&Only Palmilla

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It's Cinco de Mayo today and you know what that means. Yes, that's right, 2-for-1 margaritas at Benny's Downtown Tap Room. No! Think bigger. It's the anniversary of the 1862 Battle of Puebla, when a ragtag Mexican army unexpectedly whipped the better-trained French, guaranteeing the country's independence. Strange to say, the anniversary is more popular in the United States than in Mexico (and not at all popular in France). So for anyone looking for a reason to celebrate, check this deal out.

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Vacationist Hotel Deals: Memorial Day Escapes in San Diego, Acapulco, London

201105-b-estanciajpgStill without plans for the upcoming long weekend, now just 23 days away? Head to Vacationist for 11 hotel deals with availability May 27-30th. West coasters will love half-off rates at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, near San Diego’s beaches and Sea World. Further afield, Acapulco’s iconic pink palace Las Brisas, a World’s Best Hotel for Value, has oceanfront, bungalow-style casitas available for the holiday weekend, as does the Landmark London, a World’s Best Business Hotel in London's Marylebone neighborhood, where rates are as spectacular as the property’s Gothic Revival interiors.

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Just Back: Pebble Beach Food & Wine

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I just returned from an amazing weekend at the fourth-annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine, a four-day festival in one of the most beautiful settings—Monterey, California. I was there on business, but it’s times like these that I realize how fortunate I am to do what I do.

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From my arrival at the Monterey airport—complete with an unbelievable aerial view of the Inn at Spanish Bay and Peninsula—I knew I was in for a good time. What’s not to love about great food and drink, and golf at the wildly scenic Pebble Beach Golf Links? (Here I am (on the left) with Cody Plott, president and chief operating officer of Pebble Beach.)

But as I discovered, too much natural beauty can be a distraction. I hate to admit it… it wasn't one of my better performances. When you play this legendary course without a cloud in the sky, it’s not about the golf, it’s all about the setting. And there was an interruption at every hole—whales, Cypress trees, fabulous homes. My golf game wasn’t top of mind. Can you blame me?

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African Bazaar at Donna Karan’s Urban Zen

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Get your tribal on at Urban Zen during its colorful African Bazaar. Carved wooden bowls, beaded bracelets, gorgeous cotton sarongs, woven beach baskets crafted by Samburu nomads. And warriors performing ritual dances!

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TODAY Show: America's Best Affordable Hotels

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T+L Features Director Nilou Motamed shares the best affordable hotel deals right now. Find luxury for less from Charleston to Las Vegas. Watch now—and read the full article here.

Contest Watch: Win 1 Million Air Miles, a Bulgari Watch + More!

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This month's contest watch is all about accessories: camera, watch, lei, whatever. With two photo contests, a Bulgari watch-giveaway, and a dream trip to Hawaii, there's something for everyone's taste.

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Beloved Cuban Rhumba Troupe Caps Off Tour in New York

During the 2010-11 season, cultural exchange between the United States and Cuba has demonstrated marked achievements. Last fall, musicians from Jazz at Lincoln Center and the dancers of American Ballet Theatre performed in front of packed Cuban audiences and offered master classes to gifted, young Cuban performers (the New York Philharmonic is planning a visit). On our shores, the electrifying  musicians and dancers Los Muñequitos de Matanzas are winding up a month-long, 16-city American tour that began in Seattle in early April and concludes in New York City (May 5-7) and Purchase, New York (May 8).

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Travel Editor Gets A Refund—And A Comeuppance

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Sometimes an airline does things right. Not often, true, but every once in a great while. Those of you who read this blog regularly know that I rarely have anything good to say about the airline industry. New regulations announced this month by the Department of Transportation are just the latest evidence that the airlines aren't able to offer good customer service on their own, and have to rely on the government to step in and force them to be good corporate citizens. But here's a quick little story that shows maybe, just maybe, things are improving and that at least one airline is doing things better.

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