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9 Far Out Examples of Space Age Architecture

“Alexa, play ‘Future Nostalgia’ by Dua Lipa.”

In 1949, a coffee shop by the name of Googie’s presided over the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights Boulevard in Los Angeles. Designed by architect John Lautner, the building featured unique elements, such as a roof that angled upward. The coffee shop would become so emblematic of a certain style of mid-century architecture known for its bold and futurist aesthetic that the whole movement would be named after the shop. Although Googie’s was demolished in the late ’80s to make way for a shopping center, there are still examples of this uniquely Space Age style scattered throughout the U.S.

There Are 7 New Reasons to Visit Paris Right Now

Despite Covid-19, cultural life in Paris has never been richer, with a gleaming new contemporary arts center, a lavish restoration of an 18th-century gem, and a bunch of exciting reopenings.

9 Fantastic Bookstores Dedicated to a Single Genre

Explore your favorite genre--or discover a new one--at one of these specialized bookstores.

Are you a reader who knows exactly what you’re looking for in a book? Maybe you’re always on the lookout for your next whirlwind romance, twisty mystery, or mouthwatering recipe. Luckily, there are specialty bookshops ready to cater to your very specific literary whims.

The Best Travel Deals for Essential Workers and First Responders

From tropical escapes to cozy cabins in the woods, here’s how COVID-19 heroes can save on some well-deserved R&R.

To say that essential workers need a vacation right now is the understatement of the year–if not the century. And a lot of travel brands want to do what they can to help essential workers get some much-needed R&R. From international brands like Disney and Hilton to locally owned boutique hotels, the travel industry has responded with special deals and discounts. Most are available only to first responders and healthcare professionals, but a handful are also open to educators and other essential personnel. Here’s a roundup of our favorite deals. Please review all COVID-19 travel restrictions before booking.

Support New York’s Chinatown by Visiting These 20 Spots

Still reeling from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, this guide will show you how to visit (and support) New York's family-owned shops and eateries in Chinatown.

Chinatown is one of New York City’s oldest immigrant communities and chock-full of vibrant, one-of-a-kind businesses, both old and new. As you wander its streets, you will discover memorable meals, unique sweets, cultural treasures, and much more. Sprinkled among the legacy shops run by multigenerational families are popular new spots from creative young entrepreneurs. In the last century, Chinatown was centered on Mott, Pell, and Doyers Streets. Those narrow streets still hold a lot of history, but the community has spread out around them into a sprawling two-square-mile area, which continues to grow and is now one of the largest communities of Chinese people in the U.S. The history of Chinese immigrants in New York and other cities has not been easy. Years of persecution, punitive immigration laws, and restrictions allowed them to work only in laundries, restaurants, and garment factories. But today, Chinatown is a living link to the past and one of the last Manhattan neighborhoods that haven’t been gentrified, where 94% of the businesses are still considered “mom-and-pop.” Despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are beginning to thrive again, thanks in large part to the determined families who often work together 10-12 hours a day, seven days a week. They have made Chinatown a bustling community of restaurants, bakeries, tropical fruit vendors, shops, Buddhist temples, tailors, food markets, herb stores, and butchers. At night, the neighborhood streets are festively lit up with gayly colored lanterns. Many streets feature outdoor tables full of locals and tourists, enjoying dishes from classic Chinese, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Thai, Korean, and Japanese cuisines. Heaping plates of savory noodles, gleaming mahogany-colored roast ducks, a dizzying array of dim sum, and custard tarts with the flakiest pastry beckon visitors to explore the neighborhood with their tastebuds.

These Are the Worlds 10 Most Luxurious Train Journeys

Slow travel in style.

Train journeys are fascinating. Landscapes roll through the window of your cabin; light changes its mood and you see the effects on valleys, hills, and waterscapes. It’s a romantic way to travel and despite all the promises of air travel, it’s still relevant and riveting. You may think that in the age of instant gratification this mode of transportation won’t be thought of as dreamy, but the interest in long train journeys is not waning. With the pandemic, it may just be another avenue for travelers to slow down and experience the old world charm, Agatha Christie-style.  Europe is no stranger to train travel—it’s one of the best ways to experience the region—and there’s more happening on this front. Italy is investing in a new luxury train journey covering 14 regions and 128 cities, with all the trimmings to entertain and impress its passengers. The Dolce Vita train will be a glamorous way to travel through Tuscany, Sicily, Milan, and the Basilicata coast—there are 10 routes planned through the country. Each carriage will be synonymous with the word “grand” with designer fittings in its 32 cabins for 64 passengers.  While this one is expected to make its debut in 2023, there are other trains around the world that have refined the experience. We’re talking butlers unpacking suitcases, fine-dining on freshly caught seafood, and luxury suites with bathtubs! Take a look.