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French Riviera on a budget

French Riviera on a budget

There’s plenty of fun to be had yacht cruising, casino crawling, and celebrity spotting, but the luxury and flashiness of Monte Carlo and Cannes represents a tiny, clichéd fraction of the South of France. Beyond the red carpet of the film festival, Nice’s Promenade des Anglais, and the Grimaldis’ Palace, there is a region filled …

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Bikini Atoll beer prompts backlash

Bikini Atoll beer prompts backlash

Texas-based Manhattan Project Beer Company is facing backlash following the release of a new beer named after Bikini Atoll, the site of numerous nuclear tests in the wake of World War II. Pacific Islanders who found the name offensive or insensitive called out the company on Twitter, and the Marshall Islands government weighed in disapprovingly. …

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‘Plastic Ocean’ underwater art piece

‘Plastic Ocean’ underwater art piece

Usually, plastic in the ocean is a bad thing. In this case, people dove down not to collect it but to marvel at it. The 24-piece “Plastic Ocean Project” was an underwater art exhibit by photographer Andreas Franke of Austria, attached to the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg shipwreck. After spending three months submerged — collecting …

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Animals saved from extinction

Animals saved from extinction

It is a hard pill to swallow that Earth is in the midst of a mass extinction event, driven almost entirely by human activities. In order to halt the decline in global biodiversity, in 2010 the governments of 193 countries that are part of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity committed to protecting 17 percent …

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Popular Canada Airbnb host suspended

Popular Canada Airbnb host suspended

One of Airbnb’s most popular hosts in Canada has had his account shut down after it was reported by CBC’s investigation team that he was misleading guests about the accommodations and creating fake accounts to boost his own ratings. The host known as “AJ” rented properties in Montreal and had 90 listings on the website. …

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Winter in Japan: 2 perfect trips

Winter in Japan: 2 perfect trips

Winter in Japan: 2 perfect trips By: Selena Hoy Photo: Japan National Tourism Organization Japan is marked by a series of handsome mountain chains — you can thank the country’s position on the edge of several colliding tectonic plates for that. And on many of these mountains, winter brings some of the finest powder in …

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Where to see grunge music in Seattle

Where to see grunge music in Seattle

The less than flattering term “grunge” dates back to at least 1981, when a young high school student named Mark McLaughlin was describing his band, Mr. Epp and the Calculations, in the now-defunct Desperate Times magazine. The man who would later replace his surname McLaughlin with the edgier Arm referred to his band as “pure …

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Surfing tourism in Nicaragua

Surfing tourism in Nicaragua

As I shuffled toward my seat in the back of the plane on a recent trip to Nicaragua, I was surprised by the faces that looked up at me as I passed. My earlier trip to the country in 2016 had been at the height of its tourism boom. During that time, a flight bound …

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Get paid to eat and drink in Croatia

Get paid to eat and drink in Croatia

Here’s a question that is guaranteed to get a yes from even the most dedicated homebodies: Do you want to travel around Croatia, drinking wine and eating at restaurants for free? Follow up: Would you also be interested in being paid to do it? No, this is not a too-good-to-be-true practical joke; it is a …

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Hand sculpture in Wellington

Hand sculpture in Wellington

A dystopian sculpture is looming over Wellington, New Zealand, casting an ominous shadow. On Monday, a giant hand with a face was installed on top of Wellington’s City Gallery, carried in by a helicopter. Created in 2016 by Ronnie van Hout, the artwork was originally located on top of the Christchurch Art Gallery. Now, it’s …

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