Travel: Venice, city of love

Known as the city of love, Venice is the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region. Its mix of Italian Renaissance art, distinctive Byzantine-influenced architecture and interconnected canals make it a truly enchanting place to explore.

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11 best places to visit in Slovakia

A land of magnificent cities and majestic castles, Slovakia is one of European’s most spectacular countries, even though many people outside the region might struggle to place it on a map.

Often overlooked by tourists, this modest-sized destination is more sedate than the neighboring Czech Republic, but equally rich in architectural grandeur.

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Introducing Europe’s most underrated region for food

For one sudden, unnerving second, I have become Caligula. The victims are arranged in front of me, impressive in their armour plating – and I have to decide which of them will die tonight for my pleasure; who will survive a little longer. “These two might be the best,” Daniela Kramaric says, identifying a pair of particularly muscular-looking specimens. “But really, this choice is up to you. They are all good.”

The clack of their claws on the platter draws me back to the reality that these are not gladiators destined to battle to the death on a bloody amphitheatre floor, but the scampi who will provide the third act of my dinner. I feel a pang of guilt as I dispatch the two suggested gentlemen to the kitchen, and their dooms. It is a momentary emotion, replaced by a glass of malvasia and Daniela’s reassurance. “The scampi from Kvarner are perfect,” she stresses. “There is just the right level of saltiness in the water, just the right amount of photosynthesis. They don’t have the hard shells of North Sea scampi. They are delicious.”

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Tracee Ellis Ross on How Travel Is ‘Empowering’

Tracee Ellis Ross feels very comfortable at cruising altitude. The actress, director, and star of ABC’s Black-ish grew up in Europe, spent her youth accompanying her mom, singer Diana Ross, on international jaunts, and racks up frequent flier miles monthly. Ross recently partnered with the new United Explorer Card, which now offers Global Entry credit and double rewards, and we sat down with her in her hometown of Los Angeles to talk about taking travel risks, carry-on essentials, and why you should always, always bring home a souvenir.

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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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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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