Arts and Culture

The Wave of the Danube Meets Wave of the Vils River sculpture in Vilshofen, Germany
The Wave of the Danube Meets Wave of the Vils River in Vilshofen, Germany/Dana Rebmann

Europe and art go hand in hand — especially when you’re visiting the iconic cities on the Danube river. We recently took the AmaWaterways Melodies of the Danube river cruise and found that art has a way of popping up all along the river when you least expect it. You don’t even... Read More

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Candido Portinari's War & Peace Mural at the United Nations
Candido Portinari’s War mural at the UN/Laura Motta

There’s a strange joy that comes with going to Rome and stepping, for an instant, into a whole new country with a simple visit to the Vatican. Travelers to New York City can do the same, but they often don’t think of it, at United Nations Headquarters. Located technically not... Read More

Shelley Seale Frida Kahlo Museum
Shelley Seale/Frida Kahlo Museum

Although Mexico City is known for its history and centuries-old cultural treasures, there’s also a vibrant, thriving modern art movement taking shape in the metropolis. From street artists to young creatives who draw inspiration from today’s social issues, take a walk with us through the streets of Mexico City’s contemporary art... Read More

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The Swatch Group

Original artwork hung in the lobby of a five-star or boutique hotel is nothing new. We’re not even surprised by the occasional masterpiece, thanks to Steve Wynn’s collection of French Impressionist works at the Bellagio. But some hotels take art appreciation to the next level, inviting an artist to complete... Read More

Ørestad, Copenhagen
Flickr/Maria Eklind

If you’re planning a trip to Copenhagen and don’t want to stay in the crowded city center, consider its up-and-coming green neighborhood of Ørestad. Development started in 1995 after a team of Finnish architects (ARKKI) won an international architectural competition to plan the district. Though some areas are still... Read More

Public Radio International
Public Radio International

April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. London and other spots in the UK are gearing up to celebrate his life and works. Here’s a sampling of the trip-worthy special performances and exhibits that any Bard-lover should be booking now. ... Read More

Miraflores Town landscapes in Lima ,Peru

It’s easy to overlook chaotic Lima — Peru’s main international airport — as a mere stopover on the way to exotic destinations such as Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. But to skip the city would be a mistake; these days, Lima’s standing out in its own right. It has an... Read More

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Visit Milwaukee

There’s more to Milwaukee than beer and Harley-Davidson. In just 48 hours, you can also see world-class art, sample German food, and even kayak in the Milwaukee River (weather permitting). ... Read More

Medieval village & Abbey Saint Foy in Conques, Midi-Pyrénées, France

In the southwest region of France, the Midi-Pyrénées attracts throngs of French visitors each year. Yet, the area is unknown to many international travelers, and others who come through treat the area as a stopover on the 1,000-year-old Way of St. James pilgrimage. We think it’s time that that... Read More

Wisconsin1CynthiaL Drake
Cynthia L. Drake

Traveling along the Wisconsin portion of the Great River Road, a 250-mile stretch that runs along the western border of state, is chock-full of rolling hills and rushing rivers. This quintessential Midwest Americana experience, that for the unhurried traveler, can include leisurely stops at pizza farms, wineries, and even... Read More

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Frankfurt Müller-Walter

Frankfurt’s often more known for business over pleasure, but we don’t think it should be. What most travelers don’t realize is that this city houses a collection of internationally prestigious museums, an eclectic Hessian foodie culture, and an insanely trendy red-light district (how often do you hear that?). Here’s... Read More

Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City
Shelley Seale/Chapultepec Castle

Mexico City may have its share of crime, litter, and traffic — as every large city in the world does. But anyone who has visited recently will tell you that many of the travel concerns here, from safety to health, are largely unfounded. In fact, there are plenty of pleasant... Read More

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Commander's Palace
New Orleans CVB/Commander’s Palace

This month marks the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. To celebrate the resiliency of New Orleans, here are eight awesome things to do in the Crescent City right now. ... Read More

Belfast, Ireland Titanic Museum
Flickr/Nico Kaiser

Belfast has risen from the ashes of troubles ever since the historic Good Friday Peace accord in 1998. Today, it brims with boutique hotels, elegant eateries, and new museums — and, yes, all those stunning landscapes featured in Game of Thrones are a few miles from the city. Locals have waited... Read More

ordinary, a great place to eat and drink in new haven
Connie Hum/Ordinary

Ever since the first settlers arrived in New Haven, Connecticut in 1637, the city’s immigrant history has shaped its dining landscape. For culturally minded travelers, New Haven is both the home of delicious local fare that’s stood the test of time and of brilliant chef minds that have conceived some of the States’... Read More