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Prince William Just Gave Us a Delightful Royal Baby Update (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 10:10
<p>On Monday, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband Prince William <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/kate-middleton-prince-william-royal-baby-appearance" target="_blank">welcomed their third child</a>, a boy, into the world.</p><p>Though little is known about the newest member of the royal family, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/most-likely-names-for-third-royal-baby-according-to-bookies" target="_blank">including his name</a>, William did give the world at least one update: He’s behaving like a good royal son should.</p><p>On Wednesday, Prince William attended an Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey alongside his brother Prince Harry and future sister-in-law Meghan Markle. And though everyone is certainly excited about the upcoming <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/royal-wedding-performers" target="_blank">royal wedding</a>, all anyone wanted to discuss was the new baby. When asked by well-wishers how his new child is fairing, William reportedly replied, “Very well, thanks.”</p><p>According to <em><a href="http://people.com/royals/prince-william-new-prince-behaving-sleeping-well/" target="_blank">People</a></em>, William added that everyone, including his wife, is “in good form, luckily” and added that the new baby is sleeping, which is “going reasonably well so far, so he’s behaving himself which is good.”<br /><br />Though perhaps the baby is sleeping because his first few days of life have been nothing short of a whirlwind. Kate, who gave birth at 11:01 a.m. to the 8-lb. and 7-oz. baby, shared him with the world just seven hours later by stepping outside of St. Mary’s Hospital for photos.</p><p>Not long before that, the new baby was introduced to his older brother and sister, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. He was then whisked away to his new home at Kensington Palace, where he’ll undoubtedly be doted on by his parents, uncle, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/syndication/prince-charles-pleased-welcome-new-grandson-jokes-keeping-up" target="_blank">grandparents</a>, and great-grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. </p><p>“It completes them,” royal biographer Ingrid Seward told <em>People </em>in this week’s cover story. A friend close to William and Kate added that Kate “is one of three siblings, and it’s a good family size. Boy-girl-boy is pretty cool as well.” Truly, it is a royal fairytale ending.</p>
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This Popular Ice Cream Chain Is Coming to Disneyland

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 09:56
<p>Stand aside, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/dole-whip-pineapple-donut-disneyland" target="_blank">Dole Whip</a> — it’s ice cream’s turn.</p><p><a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/portland" target="_blank">Portland</a>-based Salt &amp; Straw, a popular West Coast ice creamery, will soon open a new location at Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney district.</p><p>Known for impossibly unique flavors like Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper and Sweet Corn &amp; Waffle Cones as well as savory ingredients including blue cheese, whiskey and ginger beer, the family-run scoop shop is bound to be one of the busiest spots on Disney property when it opens later this year.</p><p>Lines for the ice creamery stretch far outside the doors of its Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles locations, which are popular among locals and tourists alike. Still, sweet tooths should not be spooked by their specialties; Double Fold Vanilla, Chocolate Gooey Brownie and Salted, Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough are among the wildly popular flavors.</p><p>There is no official word on Disney-specific scoops, but exclusives are practically baked into the recipes, as each of Salt &amp; Straw’s cities boast a different and rotating list of flavors reflecting local ingredients, beloved businesses and seasonality. San Francisco flavors include Sightglass Coffee and Berkeley-bred olive oil while Seattle scoops Beecher’s cheese-infused peppercorn toffee ice cream using dairy from the local cheesemonger.</p><p>Like its other shops along the West Coast, the new Disney ice creamery will use Portland-based design firm Osmose for the interiors, bringing a sleek, modern look to Downtown Disney. Locations also tend to host a small collection of artisan treats including caramels, chocolate and coffee, leading Salt &amp; Straw to double as a gourmet grocer on Disney property.</p><p>The announcement only emphasizes the large-scale transformation coming to the Anaheim parks’ Downtown Disney district. Black Tap Craft Burgers &amp; Beer will bring <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/black-tap-cake-shake" target="_blank">sky-high milkshakes</a> and craft burgers to the Happiest Place On Earth later this year, with San Diego-based Ballast Point opening a brewery <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/disneyland-first-brewery" target="_blank">just outside the parks</a> as well. Disneyland will also build its <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/disneyland-new-hotel-2021" target="_blank">first new hotel in 20 years</a>, transforming the far end of Downtown Disney with a new layout, as well as not-yet-announced businesses and shops.</p>
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Why the Royal Baby Is Reportedly Bonding Faster With Princess Charlotte Than Prince George (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 09:40
<p>On Monday, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/kate-middleton-prince-william-royal-baby-appearance" target="_blank">gave birth to the royal family’s third child</a>, a son whose name has yet to be revealed, with her husband Prince William by her side.</p><p>And just hours after giving birth to the healthy baby boy, William and Kate introduced him to his older siblings, Princess Charlotte and Prince George.</p><p>Charlotte and George entered St. Mary's Hospital's Lindo Wing together, holding hands and waving to the press, as any good royal siblings would do. There, they met with their baby brother before heading home to Kensington Palace for a new life as a family of five.</p><p>At home,<i> </i><a href="https://www.elle.com/uk/life-and-culture/culture/a20058629/princess-charlotte-special-bonding-time-royal-baby-brother/" target="_blank"><i>Elle</i></a> reported, princess Charlotte and the new royal baby are getting plenty of one-on-one time because Prince George had to return to school just one day after the child’s birth, while little Charlotte gets to stay home and play with her brand new sibling until Thursday.</p><p>But it’s not all bad news for little George. As <i>Elle</i> pointed out, his father Prince William is expected to walk Prince George to school every day throughout his paternity leave, meaning he will get plenty of father bonding time out of the deal. </p><p>It's also expected that Prince George and Princess Charlotte will get more older sibling bonding time together as they will likely each play major roles in their uncle Prince Harry’s upcoming wedding with Meghan Markle. According to <a href="https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2018/04/what-prince-george-and-princess-charlotte-will-do-at-the-royal-wedding" target="_blank"><i>Vanity Fair</i></a>, George will likely play the part of page boy, while Charlotte will most likely be a flower girl.</p><p>Sadly, the newest royal child will likely be absent from the big day as he will only be a few weeks old when Harry and Meghan <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/royal-wedding-performers" target="_blank">walk down the aisle on May 19</a>.</p>
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Save 33% on a Three-night Stay at the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in New Zealand

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 08:25
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People Are Going to Church to Worship Beyoncé in San Francisco

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 08:23
<p>It’s become a well-established fact that <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/beyonce-private-jet-outfit" target="_blank">Beyoncé is a higher being</a> worthy of our worship, especially after her groundbreaking <a href="http://people.com/music/beyonce-second-coachella-performance/" target="_blank">performance at Coachella</a> earlier in April. Now, <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60713-d116450-Reviews-Grace_Cathedral-San_Francisco_California.html" target="_blank">San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral</a> is using the inspiration that is Queen Bey to take the masses to church.</p><p><a href="https://www.gracecathedral.org/thevine/" target="_blank">The Vine</a>, a contemporary worship service that combines progressive theology and pop music, has announced it will be holding a special mass devoted to Beyoncé’s music and accomplishments on Wednesday, April 25.</p><p>Worshippers will be able to sing along with Beyoncé’s hits and explore her inspirational history, particularly how she “opens a window into the lives of the marginalized and forgotten — particularly black females,” as the church describes on its <a href="https://www.gracecathedral.org/events/about-our-beyonce-mass/" target="_blank">website</a>. The mass also includes reading from scripture by women of color and a sermon by Rev. Yolanda Norton, who also teaches a course called “Beyoncé and the Hebrew Bible” at the San Francisco Theological Seminary.</p><p>“In this year where there’s been so much conversation about the role of women and communities of color, we felt a need to lift up the voices that the church has traditionally suppressed,” Rev. Jude Harmon, founding pastor of the Vine and director of innovative ministry for Grace Cathedral, told <em><a href="https://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/San-Francisco-Grace-Cathedral-Beyonce-Mass-12841392.php" target="_blank">SF Gate</a>.</em></p><p>Harmon addressed critics of the mass, adding, “Jesus used very provocative images in the stories he would tell to incite people to ask hard questions about their own religious assumptions.”</p><p>Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 6:30 p.m. The Vine encourages all attendants to use the hashtag #BeyonceMass on social media. </p><p>More information about the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/beyonce-at-target" target="_blank">Beyoncé</a> mass can be found on the Vine’s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/2080232332195945/" target="_blank">Facebook event page</a>. </p>
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Inside the New United Polaris Lounge at SFO

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 07:30
<p>After an eight-month renovation, the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/united-polaris-business-class" target="_blank">United Polaris</a> lounge at San Francisco International Airport (<a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/sfo-airport" target="_blank">SFO</a>) will reopen to customers on April 30. This is the second United Polaris lounge, following the lounge at Chicago O’Hare (ORD) that opened in summer 2016. (Two more will follow this summer, at Newark (EWR) and Houston (IAH).)</p><p>The renovation of the <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/san-francisco" target="_blank">San Francisco</a> lounge took the existing <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/united-airlines" target="_blank">United</a> Club in the International Terminal near Gate 92 and expanded it to 28,120 square feet. The design and features are intended to boost the premium cabin travel experience, with elevated comfort and service from lounge to landing.</p><img alt="Seating at the Polaris Lounge "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524661008/second-floor-POLARIS0418.jpg?itok=42TFeKrI"><p>Throughout the two-level lounge, white Calacatta marble walls and Turkish marble floors imported from Italy are part of a contemporary color palette that includes gray suede, fabric, and leather furnishings from B&amp;B Italia. A lighting fixture intended to mimic a meteor shower is present throughout the space, and a curated collection of art on loan from SFMOMA lends a distinct northern California aesthetic.</p><p>Large windows let in natural light, as well as sweeping views of the airport and Bay Area, and a special viewing area with standing binoculars lets airplane buffs watch domestic and international flights take off.</p><img alt="The United Polaris Lounge at SFO "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524661008/lounge-seating-POLARIS0418.jpg?itok=BLR8KGal"><p>A custom scent called Landing (a blend of orange peel, bergamot, cypress, fir balsam, black pepper, black tea, violet wood, sandalwood, cedar, amber, leather, and patchouli), a curated cosmopolitan music playlist, and subtle mood lighting all combine to complete the sensory experience.</p><p>A variety of seating areas are available, and travelers won’t have to search for power outlets in the lounge — there are 492 UBS ports and 492 power receptacles in all.</p><img alt="The quiet suite at the Polaris lounge. "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524661008/quiet-suite-POLARIS0418.jpg?itok=UY_JTUrW"><p>The Library provides a quiet area to focus and relax. A service desk is available for guests to reserve Quiet Suites and/or Shower Suites during their visit. The five Quiet Suites, furnished with day beds, Saks Fifth Avenue pillows and duvets, and white-noise machines, allow for a removed space to rest. The eight Shower Suites, complete with Soho House &amp; Co’s Cowshed Spa products, are roomy enough to fit luggage, so guests can keep personal items at hand. A valet will steam clothing items upon request.</p><p>Food and drink selections provide a sense of place of the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as some of the popular destinations United serves from SFO. Chef Tritia Gestuvo has developed the menu to include comfort foods — such as traditional Chinese congee breakfast, a noodle bar, and hand-cut pappardelle pasta with mushroom ragout — as well as popular staples, such as the United Polaris Burger, on the menu at all United Polaris lounges. Dining opportunities include a buffet, a 40-seat dedicated a la carte Dining Room, and The Studio — an interactive space for auxiliary food program offerings, from sushi to wine tasting.</p><img alt="The shower suite at the Polaris lounge "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524661008/shower-POLARIS0418.jpg?itok=PV1ifcDX"><p>Regionally inspired cocktails at the bar include the Mai Tai (invented in Oakland in 1944) and Pisco Punch (a favorite during the California Gold Rush). Other signature cocktails include the United Polaris Old Fashioned and The Paper Plane. A house-made vodka infusion, oolong-steeped bourbon, and house-made vermouth are available, as well as a selection of wine and beer.</p><p>Beginning April 30, 2018, customers in United Polaris first or business class may visit the lounge on departure, connecting, or on arrival. Customers in first or business class on Star Alliance member airlines may access the lounge before departure on their long-haul flight.</p>
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Watch a Rare Pod of Orcas Swim Along Scotland's River Clyde

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 07:08
<p>Whale watchers in Scotland have been enjoying an unforgettable week. </p><p>A pod of orcas have been spotted by several people along the River Clyde, near Gourock and Dunoon, since Saturday. According to the <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-43851369" target="_blank">BBC</a>, orcas are rarely seen in this part of the Clyde, though they are sometimes spotted near the Isle of Arran.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/beluga-whale-diving-manitoba" target="_blank">You Can Swim — and Sing — With Adorable Beluga Whales in Canada</a></p><p>The killer whales have most likely come to this part of the river for its abundance of food, namely porpoises and seals. </p><p>Videos from several locals on ferry tours show the whales swimming and jumping in the waters. David Nairn, a representative of the <a href="http://www.clydeporpoise.org/" target="_blank">Clyde Porpoise</a> marine mammal protection project, told the BBC that the video shows at least one calf in the pod.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/humpback-whale-protects-diver-from-shark" target="_blank">Watch a Humpback Whale Lift a Diver Out of the Water to Protect Her From a Shark</a></p><p>The coast guard has issued some warnings on social media to steer clear of the pods so as not to harm the whales, especially the baby calf.</p><p>Tourists and locals alike have been flocking to the beaches and ferries to get a good look at the rare sight. Many photos can be seen on Twitter.</p><p>Corinne Gordon, out of hours coordinator for British Divers Marine Life Rescue, told <em><a href="https://news.sky.com/story/killer-whales-spend-day-swimming-in-river-clyde-11341822" target="_blank">Sky News</a></em> that her organization has been tracking the pod and making sure the marine mammals remain safe.</p><p>Gordon confirmed rumors that there were six whales total, including one young whale. “There was a pod of six — one bull, one calf and four females — and about 8:45 p.m., they were heading west towards Greenock, in a deep shipping lane and away from danger,” she told <em>Sky News</em>.</p><p>“We had one come into the Clyde a couple of years ago. They are not strangers there but it's not common,” she added.</p>
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These Are the Hottest Destinations for a Summer Vacation in 2018

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 17:00
<p>In much of the U.S., frigid winter weather is <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/winter-storm-toby-snowfall-totals" target="_blank">a very recent memory</a>, but summer is right around the corner — and there's no time to waste in booking your summer vacation.</p><p>According to Google, the biggest spike in searches for summer vacation happens in early May. (Note: That's a week away.) From there on out, prices are only likely to rise for popular summer dates and destinations.</p><p>Florida and California often hold the top spots among the overall most popular summer destinations (for good reason), but for travelers more interested in exploring, Google has released its list of the top trending destinations for summer 2018.</p><p>Three of the top trending domestic destinations are in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/yoga-wellness/happiest-states-2017" target="_blank">one of the happiest states</a> in the U.S.: Hawaii. The Hawaiian islands aren't just popular this year — <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/island-vacations/most-popular-bucket-list-destination" target="_blank">an AARP recent survey</a> found that Hawaii is the number one destination people want to visit before they die.</p><p>Here are the hottest summer vacation spots, according to a rise in Google searches.</p><h2>5. Santa Fe, New Mexico</h2><img alt="Late afternoon in the Red Rocks area of Northern New Mexico. "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524581487/santa-fe-GOOGTREND0418.jpg?itok=1I2R4Bq9"><p>The southwestern U.S. is a nature-lover's paradise, and even though it can get hot in the summer (remember to hydrate), there are few vacations as iconic as a trip to the national parks in and around New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.</p><h2>4. Kona, Hawaii</h2><img alt="Snorkeler on the Big Island, Hawaii, near Kona. "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524581487/kona-hawaii-GOOGTREND0418.jpg?itok=cKERSELN"><p>Kona is one of three Hawaiian destinations that made Google's top five.</p><h2>3. Providence, Rhode Island</h2><img alt="The beach in Rhode Island. "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524581487/rhode-island-GOOGTREND0418.jpg?itok=zEEKzz-Y"><p>The smallest state in the U.S. offers a picture-perfect New England summer vacation.</p><h2>2. Kahului, Hawaii</h2><img alt="Waterfalls along famous road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii. "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524581487/kahului-GOOGTREND0418.jpg?itok=xFLRAoNi"><h2>1. Kauai, Hawaii</h2><img alt="The north shore in Haena in Kauai. "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524581487/kauai-GOOGTREND0418.jpg?itok=7zuuLCQ4"><p>The top summer spot went to Kauai, Hawaii. Although the island has suffered from recent mudslides, this gorgeous destination is sure to recover quickly.</p><p>If you're looking for more ideas, Google has also revealed the top trending international destinations.</p><p>June's FIFA World Cup definitely had a hand in getting Russia two spots on the top five trending international destinations. Moscow took the top spot, followed by Da Nang, Vietnam; St. Petersburg, Russia; Zanzibar, Tanzania; and Langkawi, Indonesia.</p>
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WOW Air Is Offering $69 Flights to Iceland (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 16:12
<p><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/iceland" target="_blank">Tourism in Iceland</a> is booming, and for good reason: Between the gorgeous landscapes, <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/iceland/things-to-do/natural-hot-springs" target="_blank">geothermal pools</a>, and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/iceland-midnight-sun-video" target="_blank">dazzling midnight sun</a>, the country is chock-full of natural beauty. Now, you can visit Iceland during peak season for as little as $69 one-way.</p><p><a href="https://wowair.us/flights/best-fares/" target="_blank">WOW Air</a> is offering deeply discounted flights to Reykjavik from multiple cities in the U.S., including New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. One-way flights on select dates in May and June will run you just $69, as will tickets for September or October dates.</p><p>To access these fares, you’ll need to create a free MyWOW account on <a href="https://wowair.us/flights/best-fares/" target="_blank">WOW Air’s website</a>. You’ll also need to book your return trip through WOW Air. At the time of publishing, certain destinations had return flights for $99.99, although fares may vary.</p><p>The cheap flights included in the WOW Air are available from Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Detroit and Dallas-Fort Worth. Check <a href="https://wowair.us/flights/best-fares/" target="_blank">WOW Air's fare calendar</a> to see which dates are the cheapest.</p><p>Travelers, take note: WOW Air is a budget carrier, which means certain amenities are not included in your airfare. Food, drinks and seat selection will cost extra.</p><p>Need a little guidance when you hit the ground in Reykjavik? Check out <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/iceland" target="_blank"><em>Travel + Leisure</em>’s guide to Iceland</a> to plan your perfect itinerary.</p>
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Watch Anthony Bourdain Make Anderson Cooper Look Like a Total Dork Over Boots of German Beer (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 13:30
<p>Anthony Bourdain is probably one of the only people in the world who can <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/anderson-cooper-travel-style-interview" target="_blank">make Anderson Cooper seem uncool</a>.</p><p>Earlier this month, two of CNN’s most popular hosts met at <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60763-d459348-Reviews-Heidelberg_Restaurant-New_York_City_New_York.html" target="_blank">Heidelberg</a>, a German restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, to film an interview for Cooper’s show, <em>Anderson 360</em>.</p><p>Between courses of sauerbraten, potato pancakes, and various sausages, the pair talked at length about the locations Bourdain visited and the people he met for the new season of <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/culture-design/tv-movies/anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown-season-10" target="_blank"><em>Parts Unknown</em></a>.</p><p>The conversation quickly veered from the cuisine and politics of West Virginia to Berlin’s club scene and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/celebrity-travel/anthony-bourdain-banned-from-azerbaijan" target="_blank">Bourdain’s new status as a <em>persona non grata</em> in Azerbaijan</a> (where it is believed he is working for the CIA).</p><p>When describing a recent episode of “Parts Unknown” filmed in Armenia, Bourdain mentioned one of his guides, Serj Tankian, lead singer for the metal band System of a Down.</p><p>“How do you know so many bands I’ve never even heard of?” Cooper asked jokingly.</p><p>“I’ve seen your taste in food, Anderson, I don’t want to see your taste in music,” Bourdain gibed. “You’re probably one of those people that keeps vinyl on display but only listens to music through your earbuds on the Stairmaster.”</p><p>Cooper laughed back,“Nailed me.”</p><p>Their relationship is one of playfulness. “Anthony likes to torment me,” Cooper explained. Over the past few years, Bourdain and Cooper have dined on aorta, shrimp brain, and tripe — much to the chagrin of the latter’s stomach.</p><p>The meal at Heidelberg was tame compared to previous culinary undertakings, but Cooper still stepped outside his comfort zone with a giant glass boot of pilsner. “How did you not get any on your face?” Cooper asked with amazement as Bourdain lifted a stein the size of his upper arm. “Practice, practice, practice,” Bourdain quipped back.</p><p><em>Anderson Cooper’s interviews with Anthony Bourdain will air on Anderson Cooper 360 on Friday nights at 8 p.m. ET. The eight interviews will air every Friday through June 22. </em></p>
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This Caribbean Castle Was a Countess's Dream Home Brought to Life — and Now It Could Be Yours

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 12:32
<p>Spend an evening browsing the <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g147402-Christiansted_St_Croix_U_S_Virgin_Islands-Vacations.html" target="_blank">shops of Christiansted</a> or digging into <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g147402-Christiansted_St_Croix_U_S_Virgin_Islands.html" target="_blank">fresh seafood at a local restaurant</a>, and you're bound to meet a disproportionate amount of people who, after visiting St. Croix in the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/beach-vacations/vacationing-in-us-virgin-islands-guide" target="_blank">U.S. Virgin Islands</a> for vacation, decided to make it their permanent home.</p><p>Sure, logistics are on the Caribbean island's side — it's a U.S. territory so it's <a href="https://www.caribjournal.com/2015/10/02/how-to-move-to-st-croix-usvi/" target="_blank">relatively simple for a citizen</a> to pick up and move there — but in addition to the requisite pristine beaches, cheerful architecture, proud history, and budding culinary scene, newcomers seem to coexist more naturally with the locals in St. Croix than they do in many other expat destinations.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/honeymoon-destinations/unique-island-honeymoon-destinations" target="_blank">14 Under-the-radar Islands for the Ultimate Romantic Honeymoon</a></p><p>If that all sounds like a dream and you have a spare $12.8 million, no need to house hunt: We've already done it for you. Sitting on 102 acres of property on a mountain overlooking <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g147401-d148780-i41331636-Teague_Bay-St_Croix_U_S_Virgin_Islands.html" target="_blank">the island's yacht club</a>, the Caribbean castle designed by <a href="https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/port-jefferson-station-ny/countess-nadia-de-navarro-farber-5936083" target="_blank">Bulgarian Contessa Nadia Farber</a> has 360-degree views of St. Croix and Buck Island, the reefs of which wowed John F. Kennedy so much he declared it a national monument <a href="http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=23992" target="_blank">in 1961</a>.</p><p>The Moorish-style castle, which the countess shared with her husband, Sid Farber — and stayed in four months out of the year <a href="https://www.newsday.com/business/technology/from-bulgaria-to-belle-terre-1.478704" target="_blank">when she wasn't in Long Island</a>, New York — has six bedrooms and six bathrooms and was the <a href="https://www.realtor.com/news/unique-homes/castle-virgin-islands/" target="_blank">priciest property in the U.S. Virgin Islands</a> when it hit the market for $15 million in 2016. So actually, under $13 million is a relative steal.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/europe-hidden-castles" target="_blank">These Hidden Castles in Europe Are Straight Out of a Fairy Tale</a></p><p>The all-white castle, Farber's very own dream home come to life, features oversized windows and tiered patios that might just be the best place on the entire island to watch a sunset. On St. Croix it is known simply as “The Castle.”</p><p>There is a pool, of course, and a separate three-bedroom cottage for visitors (or a gatekeeper, depending on how you roll). The lucky buyers will also have three acres of beachfront and a half-acre marina site to call their own, according to <a href="https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/13-N-Slob-Eb_Christiansted_VI_00820_M49865-84238" target="_blank">the listing on realtor.com</a>.</p>
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These Are the 25 Best Places for U.K.-style High Tea in the U.S.

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 12:00
<p>Now that Meghan Markle, an American, is <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/destination-weddings/royal-wedding-traditions-prince-harry-meghan-markle" target="_blank">set to walk down the aisle with Prince Harry</a>, an arguably extra-British Brit, it’s perhaps time to start blending just a little bit of both cultures into our daily lives. The best place for Americans to start might be joining the well-known U.K. tradition of high tea.</p><p>“The drinking of tea not only became a social event for the upper classes, it altered the time and manner in which they took tea,” U.K. site <a href="https://afternoontea.co.uk/information/what-is-high-tea/" target="_blank">Afternoon Tea</a> explains. “Afternoon Tea became the bridge between meals because many wouldn't eat their evening meal until maybe 8pm. As such, Afternoon Tea became a 'mini meal' in itself.”</p><p>The site further explained that the tradition of drinking tea in the afternoon soon trickled down to the working masses, only on a slightly different schedule.</p><p>“A wearied factory worker wouldn't arrive home until six in the evening, and when he did, he was famished,” the site explained. “Thus, in the industrial areas of the U.K. (northern England and southern Scotland), the working classes evening meal evolved: high tea.”</p><p>Luckily for Americans interested in taking part (and according to the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/09/03/america-is-slowly-but-surely-becoming-a-nation-of-tea-drinkers/?utm_term=.818fbd74afa7" target="_blank">American Tea Association there are a lot of you</a>), there are plenty of places to do so.</p><p>To help you identify the very best places to sip your tea, Yelp compiled a list of the best places for high tea all around the nation. Keep scrolling to learn where you should go and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/meghan-markle-prince-harry-wedding-beer-windsor-knot" target="_blank">tip a glass in honor of Meghan and Harry</a>.</p>Davis, CA: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/tea-list-davis" target="_blank">Tea List</a>San Francisco, CA: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-rotunda-san-francisco-2" target="_blank">The Rotunda</a>Atlanta, GA: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/tipple-and-rose-tea-parlor-and-apothecary-atlanta" target="_blank">Tipple &amp; Rose Tea Parlor and Apothecary</a>Stony Brook, NY: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/robinsons-tea-room-stony-brook" target="_blank">Robinson's Tea Room</a>Las Vegas, NV: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/tea-lounge-las-vegas" target="_blank">Tea Lounge</a>Plymouth, MI: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/sweet-afton-tea-room-plymouth" target="_blank">Sweet Afton Tea Room</a>Gold Hill, OR: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-teapot-on-wheels-gold-hill-2" target="_blank">The Teapot on Wheels</a>Chicago, IL: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/palm-court-chicago" target="_blank">Palm Court</a>Miami FL: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/cauley-square-tea-room-miami" target="_blank">Cauley Square Tea Room</a>Granite, MD: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-granite-rose-tea-parlour-granite" target="_blank">The Granite Rose Tea Parlour</a>San Antonio, TX: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/madhatters-tea-house-and-cafe-san-antonio" target="_blank">Madhatters Tea House &amp; Cafe</a>Oviedo, FL: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-lemon-lily-tea-room-and-bakery-oviedo" target="_blank">The Lemon Lily Tea Room &amp; Bakery</a>Georgetown, CO: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/dusty-rose-tea-room-georgetown" target="_blank">Dusty Rose Tea Room</a>Denver, CO: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/house-of-commons-denver" target="_blank">House of Commons</a>Phoenix, AZ: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/tipsy-tea-party-phoenix-7" target="_blank">Tipsy Tea Party</a>Rockville Centre, NY: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/chat-noir-rockville-centre" target="_blank">Chat Noir</a>Richardson, TX: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/bangkok-at-beltline-richardson" target="_blank">Bangkok At Beltline</a>Salem, MA: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/jolie-tea-company-salem" target="_blank">Jolie Tea Company</a>Toms River, NJ: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/600-main-bed-and-breakfast-and-victorian-tea-room-toms-river" target="_blank">600 Main Bed &amp; Breakfast and Victorian Tea Room</a>Oak Park, IL: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/serenitea-cafe-and-boutique-oak-park" target="_blank">Serenitea Cafe and Boutique</a>Scottsdale, AZ: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/lobby-tea-court-at-the-phoenician-scottsdale" target="_blank">Lobby Tea Court at the Phoenician</a>Annapolis, MD: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/reynolds-tavern-annapolis" target="_blank">Reynolds Tavern</a>Anoka, MN: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-mad-hatter-anoka-2" target="_blank">The Mad Hatter</a>24 Ann Arbor, MI: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/teahaus-ann-arbor" target="_blank">TeaHaus</a>Philadelphia, PA: <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/mary-cassatt-tea-room-philadelphia" target="_blank">Mary Cassatt Tea Room</a>
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This Man Has Flown More Than Anyone Else in the World — Here’s How He Makes Every Flight Enjoyable

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:31
<p>Fred Finn earned the Guinness record for <a href="http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-air-miles-flown-by-a-passenger" target="_blank">most air miles flown</a> in 1983, and has kept that record going, crossing the Atlantic by plane more than 2,000 times (and <a href="http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-supersonic-passenger-journeys" target="_blank">more than 700 at supersonic speeds</a> on the Concorde.</p><p>He’s visited 139 countries, many of them more than once, and has a particular fondness for Kenya, which he has visited 600 times, and for the country of Georgia.</p><p><em>Travel + Leisure</em> met with Finn at the Crystal Cabin Awards Ceremony in Hamburg, where he was the keynote speaker, and asked him to share his views on the changing passenger experience. Over more 52 years in the skies, he’s seen his share of airplane cabins from the classic Boeing Stratoliner to the 747, and today’s next-generation planes, he’s watched aircraft cabins evolve, and seen many iconic airline brands dwindle or disappear.</p><p>He told T+L that he's felt a bit let down by today’s airlines.</p><p>“It’s all very well, all the nice things that go on here [at the awards] with innovation. But, you know, airlines today are a low-cost hybrid. They’ve lost all of the attraction that they had,” Finn said. “The seats are narrow, and the pitch is cramped. They should come back to where they were. It’s all for profit and they forget the people.”</p><p>“When you go back years ... you used to sit in a big armchair,” he said. “Now, it’s gotten so commercialized and so uncomfortable. They pack people in.”</p><p>Even with today’s airline service standards, though, there’s no place Finn would rather be than on a plane to somewhere.</p><p>We asked him whether, as much as he’s traveled, he’s overcome jet lag. Finn says he doesn’t really believe in <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/common-jet-lag-myths" target="_blank">jet lag</a>.</p><p>“I’ll tell you what I believe jet lag is,” he said. “First off, people are worried about flying the night before; they’re packing. Then, the time comes to go to the airport and they are worried about whether the car will make it, and whether they’ll make their check-in time. Then they have to go to the check-in and find the bag is two kilos heavy, so they have to deal with that. Then they have to get through security. Then they have to get to the gate. Then they are boarding and have to find their seat and a place to put their luggage. They’ve already been going for six hours. Now they fly for another eight or nine hours. When they land, they have to go through immigration, customs, get in a car, get to their hotel. They’ve been up for twenty hours.”</p><p>Finn says that it’s important to adjust to local time at your destination early.</p><p>“The minute they close the aircraft door, I set my watch to the place I’m going to and I live on that time,” he said. “When I get there, I go to bed at local time. And any jet lag, per se, is gone when I wake up in the morning.”</p><p>He also believes that keeping hydrated in flight is important, but eschews <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/style/beauty/skin-moisturizing-oils-serums" target="_blank">fancy skin treatments</a>.</p><p>“What I do is I spray water on my bare skin and every hour or so I close my eyes for 15 minutes,” he said. He also credits modern aircraft for cabin conditions that are gentler on the body. “I like the new Boeing Dreamliner because the air is more moisturized.”</p><p>While some advise that <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/best-drink-to-order-on-plane" target="_blank">drinking alcohol</a> on the plane is bad for the body, Finn disagrees.</p><p>“I drink red wine on a flight,” he told T+L. “It never affected me. What affects me in flight is champagne. It just goes to my head, but then it does the same on Earth. It’s how you pace yourself.”</p><p>We asked Finn what advice he might give nervous fliers.</p><p>“Don’t drink to get drunk before you go onboard. That’s the worst thing you can do. It will make you feel worse,” he said. “Talk to someone who is experienced in flying. I did a fear of flying classes for Pan Am. A lot of the airlines offer those classes now, and they are 98% successful. I think the fear of flying comes mainly because you can’t see where you are going and you can hear all sorts of funny bumps and rumbles going on with the wheels and the flaps coming down. It’s a very strange environment.”</p><p>If Finn has any pet peeves in the cabin, it’s not crying babies. He says they’re just doing what comes naturally.</p><p>“No, it’s the people who when I’m asleep on the plane grab on to the back of my seat to go out,” he said. “That is a pet peeve. Also, if I’m sitting on the aisle seat near the front of the aircraft, how many times I get banged by some guy with a big backpack.”</p><p>As much as Finn loves flying, he is not a fan of flying for hours at a time. In fact, his ideal journey is short and supersonic.</p><p>“I had a 27-year love affair with Concorde,” he said. “It was the most amazing beautiful aircraft in the world — ever. It was a piece of art in the sky.”</p><p>Finn set a record for flying <a href="http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-supersonic-passenger-journeys" target="_blank">718 times</a> on the Concorde, even making the jump across the Atlantic three times in one day. He has been keeping track on the progress of new programs and is most excited over the recent announcement that <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-awards-contract-to-build-quieter-supersonic-aircraft" target="_blank">NASA will have Lockheed Martin</a> build its low-sonic boom aircraft.</p><p>“I do believe is that the Lockheed NASA thing will succeed. Lockheed are very good — they’ve got the Blackbird. If they can navigate the legislative issues — with the low boom that sounds like a cough — that’s going to lessen the time flying from New York to <a href="http://travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/los-angeles" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> to about an hour and a half. Then, it’s going to be viable. It’s going to be brilliant. I want to fly on that.”</p>
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Harley-Davidson’s New Summer Internship Gives You a Free Motorcycle to Tour America

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:01
<p>If you’re looking for a summer job that will get you out of the office and let you explore new places, Harley-Davidson has the position for you.</p><p>The motorcycle company is currently recruiting eight people to take part in a 12-week tour across the U.S. as part of its new <a href="https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/about-us/careers/students-rotational-programs.html" target="_blank">"Find Your Freedom"</a> internship.</p><p><a href="https://www.harley-davidson.com/content/dam/h-d/documents/company/about-us/Find_Your_Freedom_Internship_H-D.pdf" target="_blank">Harley-Davidson's summer interns</a> will get paid to discover what <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/americas-favorite-places/cities" target="_blank">America’s</a> motorcycle culture is like, traveling through the states to participate in Harley-Davidson events while sharing their experiences on social media.</p><p>They’ll also get their very own Harley-Davidson bikes — and will get to keep them after the gig. Anyone who doesn't already know how to ride a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/united-states-motorcycle-journey-travel-diary" target="_blank">motorcycle</a> will be given lessons through the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy. </p><p>Inspiring you to “grab life by the handlebars and take the world,” the #FindYourFreedom internship is meant for those looking to gain a hands-on experience in marketing communications.</p><p>The chosen winners will start in a course in marketing at the company’s headquarters in Milwaukee before heading out on their cross-country adventure, where they’ll be expected to create video content for Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/adventure-travel/solo-motorcycle-trip" target="_blank">How One Woman's Spontaneous Road Trip Turned Into a Solo Motorcycle Adventure Around the World</a> </p><p>Candidates should be social media enthusiasts who are either junior- or senior-level college students or recent graduates. The ideal candidate will also have strong writing and communication skills and be able to work independently.</p><p>The company is accepting applications now through May 11 — whether it’s through an original video, essay, or photo collage — explaining why you’d make a great fit for the position.</p>
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This Travel Hair Dryer Is so Good It’s Replaced My Full-size Blow Dryer

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 10:31
<p>I’m one of those people who relies on one, and only one, tool for hair styling: a hair dryer that delivers. As someone with very fine, stick-straight hair, if I have any hopes of creating lasting volume, I must blow-dry my hair, and said blow dryer must pack some serious power. I’m talking flip my head upside down, <a href="https://www.sephora.com/product/bounce-small-round-thermal-ceramic-brush-P385596" target="_blank">round brush</a> all up in there, lots of teasing at the roots. You get the picture.</p><p>When I travel, I'm wary of using the hotel dryers — here’s <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/think-twice-about-using-hotel-hairdryer" target="_blank">why you should be, too</a> — but I am also not willing to sacrifice my dreams of voluminous locks just because I’m on the road.</p><p>That’s where <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.sephora.com/product/mini-blast-travel-ionic-blow-dryer-P406045" target="_blank">Sephora’s Mini Blast Travel Ionic Blow Dryer</a> comes in. At 5.5 by 3 by 3 inches, this little guy has been a lifesaver for me. Whether I’m just spending a weekend away or heading to the airport for a six-hour transatlantic flight, I will always bring this dual-voltage dryer with me. It packs up super small — small enough to fit in a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-carry-on-luggage" target="_blank">carry-on</a> — and it’s light enough to not weigh down your suitcase. And it’s surprisingly powerful for the size.</p><p> </p><p>If you’re not sold yet, it comes with two attachments: one is a concentrator nozzle that streamlines the hot air (I find that it keeps my hair weighty but straight), and the other is a de-frizzing diffuser. The blow dryer also features a soft-touch rubberized finish, so it’s just as nice to look at as it is to use.</p><p>What this all adds up to? The absolute best blow dryer to travel with. In fact, it actually now occupies some prime real estate in my bedroom closet — I’ve started using it every day, even when I’m at home. At $26, it’s a pretty good deal for frizz-free, touchable volume.</p><h2>Sephora Collection Mini Blast Travel Ionic Blow Dryer</h2><img alt="best travel hair dryer "src="http://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1524515177/sephora-dryer-HAIRDRY0418.jpg?itok=7CmB2TYH"><p>To buy: <a data-ecommerce="true" href="https://www.sephora.com/product/mini-blast-travel-ionic-blow-dryer-P406045" target="_blank">sephora.com</a>, $26</p>
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