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First ladies exhibit reopens at Smithsonian

The new exhibition “The First Ladies” features 26 dresses and about 160 other objects ranging from Martha Washington’s White House collection to a first look at Laura Bush‘s china. It’s the 10th version of the first ladies exhibit in nearly 100 years. The last one closed in October as the museum moves historic objects out […]

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Check In, Check Out: Desert Riviera Hotel, Palm Springs, Calif. — Hotel Review

In Palm Springs, the Desert Riviera has taken the bones of a midcentury motel (from 1951) and updated the interiors with quirky but often chic design details while maintaining a relaxed vibe on pristine grounds dominated by a pool. Rooms start at $109 in the off-season and top out at $179. BASICS The 11-room Desert […]

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Cool gifts for geeks, 2011: Travel gear tech treasures

November 26, 2011, 8:09 AM — One thing that has remained constant over the years is that we still like to travel. Whether it’s by plane, train or automobile, we’re always on the go. They say that the journey is more important than the destination, so we feel that if you have to make the […]

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Cruisers left behind in St. Kitts after bust

Two Americans vacationing this week on a Celebrity Cruises ship were left behind in St. Kitts after they allegedly were caught with marijuana in their cabin, a local news outlet on the island reports. The St. Kitts Observer says William Donovan and Shari Hoffman of Los Angeles were not allowed back on board the Celebrity […]

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Explorer: A Himalayan Highway on the Frozen Zanskar River

“Move back!” Urgain shouted. We quickly dropped our packs and retreated about a hundred yards, turning around in time to watch several tons of rock explode down the cliff, coating the ice just ahead. A wave of dust billowed through the canyon. “They are blasting,” Urgain said with a laugh, wiping the grit from his […]

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ATOL reforms highlight the need for insolvency cover in retail Travel Insurance

International Passenger Protection Ltd (IPP) welcomes the revised ATOL reforms plans to increase consumer awareness of what is protected, however it feels that more could be done to advise the millions of passengers whose bookings will fall outside the legislation. The new ATOL reforms include a draft of the planned ATOL Certificate which will be […]

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Lighten up: Twelve gift ideas for savvy travellers

As airlines continue to hike fees for checked bags and overweight suitcases, fitting everything into one compact bag — whether it is a carry-on or a lightweight suitcase — is more important than ever. Spotting an opportunity, luggage and accessory makers have introduced a host of new packing products, from collapsible lunchboxes to suitcases with […]

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Reagan statue graces namesake D.C. airport

In case you missed this news this month, Washington’s Reagan National Airport has a 9-foot statue of the president whose name graces the D.C. airport. Politico writes, “The $900,000 statue is one of four privately funded statues endorsed by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and placed on the centennial of his birth.” The Associated Press […]

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Journeys: Wisconsin Supper Clubs, Old-Fashioned and Open to All

About that real estate: The Al-Gen occupies a tamarack-log cabin that was built as a restaurant in the 1930s by a couple named Al and Genevieve Nelson and was updated only once, and minimally, in the late 1950s. On the roof, the establishment’s name glows in green neon letters that illuminate the towering fir trees […]

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Essential travel gear to keep your trips more fun

The ultimate piece of travel gear (a claim made with a straight face hundreds of times a year) is lightweight, waterproof, translates “thank-you” into 97 languages (98 if you count Australian), shoots 12MB photos and video, easily locates nearby Nepali restaurants and folds into its own pocket to form a pillow with a three-tumbler combination […]

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