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Temples for the Literary Pilgrim

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:16:13 GMT

Zhongshuge Bookstore in China has a mirrored ceiling and optical illusions.From Mexico City to Hangzhou, bookstores that are destinations in and of themselves.

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Pursuits: Ann Patchett’s Guide for Bookstore Pilgrims

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:00:03 GMT

Ann Patchett at her bookstore, Parnassus Books, in Nashville, with one of her shop dogs.If bookstores are a must on your travel itinerary, Ann Patchett has a road map for you.

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Essay: A Bookworm’s Travel Plan

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:00:17 GMT

For the writer, a good bookstore in a faraway place is as basic a need as a decent hotel, a hot shower and enough underwear.

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Update: Weighing a Last-Minute Trip to Cuba

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:26:23 GMT

A scene from Havana, Cuba.President-elect Donald J. Trump threatened again to end the détente with Cuba, casting into doubt the future of easy travel to the country.

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The Getaway: Hotels for Book Lovers

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:30:17 GMT

The Wine Library at the Boutique Hotel & Spa in Zurich, where 33,000 books line the shelves.Hotels, bars and restaurants around the world have made books a centerpiece of their themes and décor.

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Footsteps: David Foster Wallace’s Peaceful Prairie

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:39:28 GMT

A field in Chenoa, in central Illinois.Famously earnest, the writer David Foster Wallace said he liked Midwestern people, and got more work done in the gusty open spaces of Central Illinois.

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What in the World: Who Haunts U.K. Ghost Trains? Railway Enthusiasts

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:03:03 GMT

The phrase “ghost train” might evoke an eerie, fantastical image, but in Britain, it’s a money-saving strategy for railroad companies.The trains, bureaucratic curiosities that run infrequently and visit forgotten stations, are a draw for railroad fans, who try to ride as many as possible.

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Chasing the Deal: A New York Christmas Surprise: Affordable Hotel Rooms

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:00:01 GMT

A view of Manhattan from the rooftop of the Z Hotel NYC in Queens.Prices drop between Dec. 23 and 27 — and a number of hotels offer packages with all sorts of holiday extras (including lots of hot chocolate).

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Room for Books (and Magic)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:01:23 GMT

Livraria Lello in Portugal is a popular destination for book lovers and Harry Potter fans.

Much-Loved Milwaukee Tearoom Prepares for Its Last Pour

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:07:45 GMT

From left, Laurel Andersen, Carmen Delapaz and Mackenzie Driscoll at Watts Tea Shop, which is to close at the end of this year.Loyal customers are flocking to the Watts Tea Shop for a final taste of an “American classic.”

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Itineraries: Hostel Business Wants to Make a Push Back Into New York

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:33:53 GMT

Holly McKendry waiting in the lobby of the Hostelling International hostel on the Upper West Side of New York to go on a tour of Greenwich Village.A 2010 law nearly wiped out the city’s hostels, but owners and executives are hoping to revive and expand the industry.

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Trending: Hotels Go Beyond the Suite — to Cabins, Villas and Treehouses

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:31:49 GMT

The Rosa Alpina cabin in the Dolomites of Italy.There’s nothing standard about these rooms — hotels are offering stays in cabins, huts and villas that are often a scenic hike away.

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The Haggler: FlipKey Fiasco: All the Comforts of Home, Minus the Comforts

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:50:33 GMT

A customer requested a refund from FlipKey, an online rental service owned by TripAdvisor, after arriving at a filthy lakeside vacation rental.

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Princess Cruise Lines to Pay $40 Million Fine for Illegal Dumping

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 06:43:07 GMT

The Caribbean Princess cruise ship departed Port Everglades, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on its maiden voyage in 2004.Federal authorities called the fine the “largest-ever criminal penalty” for intentional vessel pollution.

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Update: Want to Check Out Canada? Hotels and Resorts Are Ready

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:00:16 GMT

A visit to the Tobeatic Wilderness Area includes canoe trips and hiking. Searches for travel to Canada increased dramatically after the American election. Here are trips and packages designed to show off the country.

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Bites: A Restaurant Marks a Newly Creative City in Southern France

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:00:01 GMT

Lobster, samphire and cucumbers at Chardon, where it’s best to order the whole menu and share.Chardon perfectly expresses the new bohemian effervescence of its Provençal hometown.

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Frugal Family: Five Ways to Shop for the Best Vacation Package

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:00:01 GMT

Here are lessons a vacation-package skeptic and budget traveler learned from her first experience with “bulk” travel in Hawaii.

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Art, at High Altitudes

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:02:44 GMT

A white cube housed within a 16th-century barn, the von Bartha S-chanf gallery was sensitively renovated by Ruch & Partners Architects (as were the Tschudi and Monica De Cardenas galleries in neighboring Zuoz). It’s one of several galleries in the Engadin region of the Swiss Alps.In the Upper Engadin, a 35-mile swath of the southeastern Swiss Alps, a crop of galleries have emerged as an après-ski alternative.

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Great Barrier Reef Threatened by Climate Change, Chemicals and Sediment

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:20:15 GMT

A scientist assessing coral mortality on a section of the Great Barrier Reef in an undated photograph. A new report from the Australian government paints a grim picture of the scale of protecting the 1,400-mile-long reef.An Australian government report to Unesco says the risks are well-managed, but it also paints a grim picture of the scale of protecting the area.

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Square Feet: Iceland Recovers, and Reykjavik Becomes a Hive of Development

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:34:49 GMT

A view of construction in Reykjavik from the architectural firm T.ark, which is involved in one of the city’s new developments.Spurred by a boom in tourism, construction projects downtown are aimed at transforming the area into a destination to live, work and play.

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Q AND A: Best Eating in New York? A Food Historian Has Some Advice

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:00:02 GMT

In a photo from 1945, Broadway and 42nd Street in Manhattan in front of the Horn & Hardart Automat.Andrew F. Smith, the editor of “Savoring Gotham,” says the outer boroughs are where the dining discoveries are (and Junior’s cheesecake too).

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Foraging: Five Places to Shop in Tokyo

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:02:08 GMT

The interior of Little Trip to Heaven.With its high concentration of vintage shops, unique specialty stores and small boutiques, Shimokitazawa is seen as a shopping mecca by hip Tokyoites.

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