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16 Oct

Could Traveling To Green Destinations Make You Happier?

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I had woken up at 6:00 a.m. to get to Waimea Canyon State Park on Kauai by sunrise, squeezing it in ahead of a packed day. After about an hour of driving from the Grand Hyatt in Koloa, I pulled over at a lookout and leaned against the metal fence, staring out into the gorge where chestnut browns met emerald green hues. I stood there for 10 minutes, completely entranced by the rugged terrain and distinctive grooves that ran through the hills, before jumping back in my car and continuing upward. I stopped at three more viewpoints along the way, ending in Koke‘e State Park, catching glimpses of Kalalau Valley and the Na Pali Coast, and spent about an hour completely wrapped up...
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14 Sep

The Trans-Siberian Railway Might Soon Take Passengers From London To Tokyo

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A journey on the Trans Siberian Railway is often hailed as the trip of a lifetime, mostly because the 6,152 mile route between Moscow and Vladivostok is believed to be the longest you can take on just one train. Yet the historic railway could soon become even more spectacular, thanks to an ambitious proposal from the Russian government.

Russia has recently announced its plan to link the Trans-Siberian Railway from London to Tokyo, The Independent reports. Beginning in Britain's capital, the 8,400 mile route would take travelers through Germany, Poland, and the Russian mainland before finishing in Hokkaidok, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, where it would link with the Japanese rail network.

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Trans-Siberian Railway in Krabarovsk, Russi

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7 Sep

LVMH Is Transforming This Iconic Paris Garden Into a $71.5 Million Theme Park

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A Paris garden, with a strong fashion link, is to open as a theme park next year following a €60 million (about $71.5 million) redevelopment.
Luxury goods multinational LVMH, which looks after brands including Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Fendi, has confirmed it has been given planning permission to convert the 157-year-old Jardin d'Acclimatation into one of France's top amusement parks.

CELEBRATION _ The day before the launch of the complete makeover, the @jardindacclimatation invites visitors to a special day of free entry, rides and entertainment. Rendezvous on Sunday, September 3, to celebrate the future Jardin d’Acclimatation! More information on jardindacclimatation.fr _ #jardindacclimatation #themepark #paris #nature
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Sadly, it won't be fashion-themed, but the 18-hectare space...
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31 Aug

Is Phoenix The Coffee Capital Of The Southwest?

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Arizona’s largest city has long been linked with golf, spas, and desert hikes. Coffee took a backseat as cities like Seattle and Portland enticed folks to sip pour-over, single-origin brew. Now, with a cluster of new indie cafés, Phoenix is poised to be the coffee capital of the Southwest. Inside these new spots, terms like seed-to-cup and fair trade are tossed around as often as sports scores or talk about the weather. And the epicenter of this scene is downtown, where baristas run a long shift roasting beans at dawn and stay open late, catering to artists, students, and downtown dwellers. With a new light rail line from the airport, a new Arizona State University campus, and a mix of condos and apartments popping...
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30 Aug

You Can Visit The Real-Life King’s Landing, But Locals Don’t Want You To

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Now that there’s probably more than a year until the next (and final) season of Game of Thrones comes out, you have time to check out some of the real-life locations for yourself. But if you want to visit the real-life King’s Landing, be wary, because every other Game of Thrones fan has had the same idea. Insane overcrowding has led the city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, to crack down on the number of tourists who can visit the area Cersei Lannister calls home.

According to the Telegraph, Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković is set to cap the number of people who can visit each day at just 4,000, which is half of UNESCO's recommendation. That’s because the pedestrian-only medieval section gets overcrowded with visitors.

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28 Aug

You Can Now buy Your Own Private Tropical Island In Australia

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When life gets a little tough, many of us fantasize about running away to live on a tropical island with white sand beaches, turquoise waters and palm trees. But this no longer has to be just a dream – you can now buy your very own tropical island, complete with a four-bedroom house and a caretaker's cottage. However, you may need a fair amount of cash to purchase Victor Island in Mackay, North Queensland, as it's on the market for $2.8 million (AUD $3,500,000). The island has been completely renovated and modernized by the current owners so no repairs need to be done at all. Covering a grand total of 336,910.54 square feet, you'll have lots of space to move around. The island's house comes fully furnished and...
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21 Aug

9 Of The Best Places In America To Watch Th Tatal Solar Eclipse This August

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This August 21, Americans will experience the first total solar eclipse since 1979 to touch the lower 48. But unless you're in the path of totality, you'll only see a partial eclipse, an experience compared to standing next to the grill and only smelling the steak instead of tasting it for real. With that in mind, here are some of the best places to watch this phenomenal solar event as it makes its way from Oregon down to South Carolina.

Madras, Oregon

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Duration of Totality: 2 minutes 4 seconds Starts At: 10:19 a.m. PDT Madras is located in Oregon's high desert about a 2.5 hour drive southeast of Portland, in the shadow of Mount Jefferson. Come early for the Oregon Solar Fest and stick...
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17 Aug

Melbourne Named World’s Most Livable City For Seventh Straight Year

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Every year, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranks the most livable cities in the world, and for the seventh time in a row Melbourne, Australia topped the list. Melbourne scored 97.5 out of 100 on the annual list, beating out Vienna (#2) and Vancouver (#3) for the top spot. Meanwhile, Australia's largest city, Sydney, didn't even crack the top 10 this year. Another notable absence on this list? Any city in the United States. So, what makes Melbourne so great? The Economist Intelligence Unit bases its rankings on stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. While foreign visitors won't necessarily benefit from the city's access to top-notch education or healthcare, Melbourne's excellent food scene, easy access to public transportation, world-class museums and beautiful parks makes...
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14 Aug

The First Timer’s Guide To a Chic Weekend In Nantucket

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Summertime in New York City is all about the weekend getaway. Whether it's the Hamptons, a preppy New England town, or the beaches of New Jersey, there are plenty of easy go-to spots to choose from when escaping the city. But most overlooked for a long weekend trip is the picture-perfect, All-American island of Nantucket. As a New Yorker who's pretty much clueless on all things preppy and New England, I'd never been to Nantucket, Cape Cod, or any of the Northeast's quaint beach towns. So last weekend, I took a long-overdue trip to the charming island to see what ACK (as the locals call it) was all about. From the best lobster rolls to the most picturesque lighthouses, here's a...
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