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The Belgian Port Town That Inspired James Ensor’s Provocative Art

“Thank you,” I said. “Maybe someday I will.” Now that day had finally come, but to know where to track Ensor in Ostend, I met Xavier Tricot, an artist, writer and one of the world’s pre-eminent Ensor scholars, for a coffee in the cafe at De Grote Post first. The popular cultural center was created from the town’s beautiful former ...

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In Southeast England, White Cliffs, Fish and Chips, and Deals

Ten minutes later, the manager met me at the desk. “Well, I just drove the car around, and it’s perfectly fine,” she said. She eyed me carefully. “Are you sure … you wouldn’t feel more comfortable with an automatic?” I protested briefly, but caved, humbly taking the automatic — which cost an additional £30 per day, nearly doubling what I’d ...

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At Bears Ears in Utah, Heated Politics and Precious Ruins

Was it the drying, warming climate that pushed the ancient farmers off their fertile mesas to live within the canyons, or was it a defensive maneuver to meet the threat of raids and other violent conflict? And the more typical question: Where did they go when they departed? For some visitors, those are diverting, and safely distant, concerns. Others may ...

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Innovations to Help Speed Up Your Travel Planning

AN ESCORT THROUGH THE AIRPORT A new tool, Solve, describes itself as an airport concierge service. Its goal is to save travelers time and alleviate confusion by providing someone to meet them at their arrival gate, expedite the immigration and Customs process, and then escort them to whatever car or shuttle is to take them to their hotel or home ...

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The Remote Oregon Town to Try Next

Hours in any direction from the nearest decent-size city, Wallowa County, Ore., is remote even by the standards of the rural Northwest. To get there, my husband, our daughter and I drove along the straw-colored cliffs of the Columbia River, through Pendleton, home of the sturdy woolen blanket, and La Grande, a college town with a quiet core, before climbing ...

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A Maltese Hotel with Baroque Design and Mediterranean Flair

Photo The Palazzo Consiglio in Malta is a small boutique hotel with a 360-degree view of the city and the harbor. The rooftop freshwater pool is a draw. Rates From 180 euros (about $200) Basics Housed in a traditional Maltese townhouse dating back 400 years, this 13-room boutique hotel represents the Mediterranean island nation’s varied cultural influences — Roman, Arab, ...

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A Boulder Restaurant Celebrating New-Coloradan Cuisine

Photo A dish with dumplings made from masa ground by a neighboring taco shop and served with braised pork and brussels sprout leaves uses local ingredients to bring back Coloradan cuisine. Credit Peter McEwen Colorado was no place to live — at least not for the miners who’d gone looking for gold in the Front Range section of the Southern ...

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How to Plan a Trip With the New TripAdvisor

Before the Trip On TripAdvisor’s new desktop home page, a cleaner design and simpler layout are instantly noticeable, and once you start searching for travel accommodations, you’ll encounter a new “Best Value” filter, which is a ranking using TripAdvisor-specific data such as its user ratings, prices, popularity, location and your personal user preferences. You can also still sort results based ...

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5 Flight Safety Videos Worth Watching

Photo The actors Sir Ian McKellan and Warwick Davis appear in a new British Airways flight safety video. Credit British Airways In the never-ending battle to get passengers to pay attention to flight safety rules, airlines have increasingly attempted to bring humor, creativity and style to their in-flight videos. The latest comes from British Airways, who on Tuesday released a ...

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How to Dine Well — and Properly — in Another Country

Photo Credit Lars Leetaru When you’re traveling internationally, eating at local restaurants is an opportunity to learn about that country’s culture and customs, says Gert Kopera, the executive vice president of global restaurants for Hakkasan Group, a collection of 41 restaurants worldwide. But, Mr. Kopera said, dining out can also make travelers uncomfortable. “Dining etiquette and traditions vary by country, ...

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