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In the 1980s, Art Bell developed the idea for a 24-hour cable comedy network, which would eventually become Comedy Central. In his memoir “Con…

Author, actress and activist Donzaleigh Abernathy’s latest project is inspired by her godfather Martin Luther King Jr. She’s the lead singer o…

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Born and raised in Germany, actress and author Pia Mechler moved to the United States about a decade ago. Currently she stars alongside Patric…

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Bob Gruen is a pre-eminent roll ‘n’ roll photographer who has captured images of icons such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the Rolling Stones an…

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Born in Los Angeles and currently a resident of California’s Bay Area, author Nancy Jooyoun Kim focuses on a daughter who investigates her mot…

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Actor Sebastian Zurita views his hometown of Mexico City as another character on his Amazon Prime Spanish-language scripted series, “How to Su…

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As we've had to postpone our travels because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here's one of my favorite European memories—a reminder of the inspirational sights that await us at the other end of this crisis. I’m in York (the most interesting stop between London and Edinburgh), following Edwin, a wry and spry retired schoolteacher, on a walk ...

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Although we've had to postpone trips to Europe because of the pandemic, I believe a weekly dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. Here's one of my favorite European activities — a reminder of what's waiting for you at the other end of this crisis. I love exploring the world of ancient Rome, with its grand architecture, fascinating culture, and stories of larger-than-life leaders. But ...

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On a sunny summer evening in Lucca, Italy, I was inspired by the simple joy of watching an old man bicycling with his granddaughter atop the wide, fortified wall that once protected this proud city from its enemies -- and now seems to corral its Old World charm. Then, on rented bikes, a group of chatty tourists frolicked by. Their enthusiasm was contagious. Squinting at the energy in their ...

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Travelers considering pilgrimages in Europe have the opportunity to follow centuries-old routes or trace new paths in a search for perspective on their own culture-- or the culture of others. "The Camino de Santiago-- the" Way of St. James "-- is Europe's ultimate pilgrimage route. Since the Middle Ages, humble pilgrims have trod hundreds of miles across the north of...

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Rome is nicknamed "The Eternal City" and nowadays it could also be referring to the lines you'll wait in. Rome's big sights continue to tinker with ticketing procedures and crowd-control measures. Instead, you can enjoy the magnificence of ancient Rome with a thoughtful visit to one of the city's quieter sights, such as the Baths of Caracalla, south of the Roman...

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But cities like Rome, Florence, and Vienna have a number of attractions where you can get a similar appreciation for a city's cultural importance without the overwhelming crowds. In Rome-- the "Eternal City"-- you can spend what feels like an eternity waiting in line with your fellow tourists at the most crowded spots. Fortunately, Rome has plenty of extremely...

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Every time I travel to Europe in the off-season, I find myself enjoying a cool and comfy tranquility-- and not missing the heat and crowds that so often come with peak season. But even more than that, I enjoy catching Europe by surprise-- at its candid best, living everyday life. When I travel outside of the tourist season, Europe seems even more welcoming than normal.

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From church domes to bell towers, fanciful rooftops to sky-piercing monuments, Europe is full of climbable structures. In Milan, a highlight is strolling the rooftop of the Duomo-- the city's cathedral and the third-largest church in Europe. Though it was built when Gothic dominated Europe, the Florentines decided not to cap their cathedral with a spire, leaving...

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The sharing economy offers two major opportunities for travelers to depart from the conventional: Airbnb rather than hotels for accommodations, and Uber/ Lyft in place of taxis for local transportation. --The seven cities where hotels outscore Airbnb, in decreasing order of hotel advantage, are New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seattle, San Diego and San...

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Sailing into the stony harbor of the island of Malta, surrounded by ramparts and turrets, you realize that this strategic and much fought-over rock midway between Sicily and Africa has had a long and difficult history. Walking on the ramparts of the heavily fortified harbor, I'm reminded of Malta's importance-- whoever controls Malta controls trade routes...

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Long a city of aristocrats, luxury goods, and trade, Venice has an amazing culture. Its fantasy-world atmosphere of elegant decay is like nowhere else in Europe. In the 1700 s, when Venice was Europe's party town, masks became a big part of Carnevale celebrations, the weeks-long Mardi Gras festivities leading up to Lent.

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I always feel at home in Italy, whether struggling onto a crowded bus in Rome, navigating the fun chaos of Naples, sipping a cocktail in a Venetian bar, or sitting on the banister of Florence's Ponte Vecchio for a midnight street-music concert. When I'm in Rome, I like to travel about 18 miles east to the hill town of Tivoli, a popular retreat since ancient times.

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