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April Bloomfield on London, California and Not Overplanning Trips

You worked for years in London before coming to the United States. Any lesser-known London spots you would recommend? Hackney is a really great place. It’s probably almost there — I don’t think it’s up-and-coming anymore. My friend Claire Ptak has got a really cute tea and bakery shop there called Violet. I met Claire at Chez Panisse, and every ...

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5 Rules for a Really Good Trip With the Kids

Photo Credit Eleni Kalorkoti The amount of advice for traveling with kids can be overwhelming. But like most of us grown-ups, children often become good travelers through a lucky mix of nature and nurture: Some kids are flexible, some crave a routine, and some are just completely thrown off kilter by the travails of delayed planes, any change in schedule, ...

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A Guide to Cap Ferret, the Cape Cod of France

Sail Fish After midnight, this 33-year-old restaurant clears out its tables and transforms into one of Cap Ferret’s few nightclubs (not to mention concessions to what the French call “le bling-bling”), where the upscale garden-party atmosphere, achieved with wicker chairs and ivy foliage, is offset by disco balls. Somehow, though, the peninsula’s relaxed spirit persists. Guests can often be seen ...

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A Trip Through the Stunning, Rock-Hewed Churches of Ethiopia

I found the tour to be well worthwhile. Not having to use mental bandwidth fretting about transportation, especially when traveling alone, is invaluable. Was it all seamless? Not quite. After a gorgeous, winding drive from the airport, snaking through the Amhara region, the driver dropped me off and unloaded my bag in front of a shabby-looking hotel that was not ...

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An Argentine Chef Brings His Fire-Obsessed Cuisine to Rural France

Photo The wood oven-roasted chicken with cabbage, potatoes and other vegetables at Francis Mallmann at Château La Coste in Provence. Credit Richard Haughton If food lovers gleaned anything about Francis Mallmann from the 2015 “Chef’s Table” episode that chronicled his culinary journey, it’s that the peripatetic Argentine chef finds joy in open flames and remote locales. He runs restaurants in ...

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New TripAdvisor Warnings on Sexual Assault Draw Criticism

“If your role is to educate travelers, leave it up there and let the user decide what they want to digest; what they want to hold onto; what they want to overlook,” she said. Others have posted similar sentiments online, and the travel analyst Henry H. Harteveldt said he agrees. “Even if a hotel has corrected the problem, I think ...

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Mourning in Paris – The New York Times

He’d been sick for a long time, but the last time we spoke, he told me that he was on a new kind of therapy for his cancer. He said it would allow him to live 10 more years. I told him about my work and my new house and my move across the country; I told him I would ...

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5 Destinations for the Thanksgiving Traveler

New York City Now in its 91st year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a quintessential American holiday staple. This year’s lineup of balloons includes Pikachu, SpongeBob SquarePants and several trolls (from the movie of the same name). If you’re in New York, the parade begins at 9 a.m. E.S.T. on the Upper West Side and finishes near Herald Square, ...

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Tasting Victorian London, One Eel at a Time

“It would probably cost £8 to make an eel pie now,” he said. “It wouldn’t be viable to make one anymore.” These facts were not known to me when I corralled my sons, climbed to the upper floor of a bus and crossed the river, trekking to the London neighborhood of Southwark. M. Manze is the oldest of the remaining ...

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When New York City Was a (Literal) Battlefield

New York City is a battlefield. I know what you’re thinking — psychological warfare, the endless grim clashing of economic forces — but I am being literal. When we ponder America’s defining war, the Revolution, we think of Bunker Hill, or Saratoga, or Lexington and Concord, yet its largest battle, a vast and ferociously fought chess match in August and ...

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