Europe’s most anticipated hotel opens: The Fontenay, Hamburg, Germany

The 20-metre horizon-edge indoor/outdoor pool on the top floor of The Fontenay.

It’s only six storeys high, but one of Europe’s most anticipated new hotels took four years to complete, running over time by almost two years.

Now open, the wait was worth it, as the Fontenay, in Hamburg, Germany is being hailed for its unique form – a form that created structural complexities leading to the delays.

Within treed parkland in the well-heeled Rotherbaum district, on the west bank of the Hamburg’s Alster Lake, the Fontenay casts a beautifully organic figure in keeping with its surrounds, including its exterior of shimmering tiles, which obeys a local planning law that stipulates all buildings next to the lake be white.

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Folk music festival brings US back to its Bluegrassroots

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There’s nothing more American than the music attendees will hear this weekend at the Bluegrassroots Timpanogos Folk Festival, according to local musician Marvin Payne.

“It’s just steeped in Americana and American values, and it’s a perfect fit,” Payne said.

The event, part of this year’s Freedom Festival, will include a concert featuring John Reischman and the Jaybirds from the Great Pacific Northwest and Salt Lake City-based duo Otter Creek on Friday night, as well as a “grassroots” open mic performance and workshops with Friday’s featured artists and others on Saturday.

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How to Get Restaurant Recommendations on Google Maps With the Redesigned Explore Tab

Google Maps gets you directions to where you’re going, but now it can also direct on your quest to try all the best tacos in town.

The redesigned Explore tab announced at I/O in May is now live, giving you personalized recommendations for what to eat, drink, and do. Lists from Google’s algorithms and human curators can help you find the area’s best burgers, pizza, cocktails, and more, and if you’re using an Android phone, it can even guess how much you’ll like a new spot before you step foot in the door.

The new Explorer tab is rolling out to Google Maps on iOS and Android, but if you don’t see it yet, be patient. It’ll just appear in the app—you don’t need to upgrade.

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3 Food Experiences That You Should Try In Miami Right Now

With all of the restaurants opening in Miami, many of them outposts from New York, it’s hard to imagine that there’s a need for one more. But after trying Chotto Matte, an import from London located just off Lincoln Road in South Beach that opened in early June, I think it serves a definite need in the dining scene. The interior is colorful, buzzy, with an overlay of energetic music—that much is common—but the Nikkei cuisine, a combination of Japanese and Peruvian, is so vibrant that it’s worth coming in, even if it’s just to try a starter or two.

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Following London’s Blue Plaques Through Musical History

I would love to do a tour like this!  I really enjoying focusing on a single topic.  Maybe “food” or “music” or “public art”.  It helps me to narrow down what I want to see and where I want to go when there are too many choices otherwise.  Such a fun way to travel.  This would be a spectacular way to visit London!

Visitors to London will invariably notice ceramic blue plaques dotting facades of houses and buildings in honor of famous former residents. There are more than 900 of them around the capital, managed by the English Heritage trust.

Some plaques bear the names of illustrious figures in music, including Chopin, Mozart and Bartok. For a deeper dive into musical history, here are some composers, performers and conductors whose names may be new to you, along with the addresses of their individual plaques.

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6 Ways to Transform Family Travel

FOR MANY FAMILIES, summer is a time to hit the open road or fly to a far-off place. But it’s not the destination that matters. Traveling together is your chance to get everyone’s attention off their digital devices and onto each other as you experience something new.

With so much quality time together, your family trip is the perfect training ground to teach your kids the social and emotional skills they need to thrive in the real world. We’re talking things like resourcefulness, planning, compromise, compassion, bravery and communication.

By taking a few simple steps, you can make it not only a fun and memorable summer trip but a learning experience as well.

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A photograph of a humpback whale calf’s tail has earned Reiko Takahashi of Japan the prestigious grand-prize in the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest. Takahashi will receive a $10,000 USD prize. Takahashi’s incredible photo was selected by a panel of National Geographic judges from more than 13,000 entries.

Takahashi took her grand prize-winning photo, titled “Mermaid,” off the coast of Japan’s Kumejima Island. The long-time photographer left her office job to pursue her passion for underwater photography and traveled to Kumejima Island on a mission to photograph humpback whales with their young calves.

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View more Photos of all winners at The Atlantic

Traveling Solo? Checkout These Tips and Hotspots

Traveling solo might one of the most exciting travel opportunities you have. Even if you have to go alone, you can finally visit that dream destination. Whether you’re an extrovert or introvert, following these tips ensure you have can enjoy the trip of a lifetime.

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The Tech You Need to Travel Better

With airline seats getting smaller and highways more crowded, it’s a good thing there are plenty of high-tech, budget-friendly solutions to our travel woes. While there is no gadget that will make your seat wider or lessen traffic, there are some that will help you sleep better and stay relaxed on your next trip.

Here are a few suggestions you may want to invest in, with the help of our colleagues at Wirecutter, the product recommendations site owned by The New York Times.

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