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  • Gifts for travelers, from bags to gadgets Nov 23, 2014 6:30 AM
    What’s the best travel bag out there? What’s the must-have gadget for travelers? AP Travel asked seven people who travel for a living — from Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler to the CEOs of Norwegian Cruise Line and Marriott hotels — what they can’t leave home without. Their answers may be of interest if you’re looking for holiday gift ideas for people who love to travel — or if you want to treat yourself.

  • On the road: Santa and swag on the Mag Mile Nov 22, 2014 7:19 AM
    If you're looking for things to do close to home, try the Magnificent Mile & Santa Offer that combines shopping and hotel stays downtown or a quick trip to a Michigan winery that includes cookie decorating.

  • For video games, a trek to more exotic locales Nov 21, 2014 5:45 AM
    At the beginning of “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” the player is dumped from the sky in a drop pod in Seoul, South Korea. The interactive medium has long built digital playgrounds based on real-world locales. However, recent technological leaps, as well as an endless string of games set in ubiquitous locations like New York and Los Angeles, have motivated developers of some of the year’s biggest games to boldly go where they haven’t before.

  • NYC tour guide license test: It’s no Facebook quiz Nov 21, 2014 6:01 AM
    How well do you know New York City? I’m not just talking Grand Central and the Brooklyn Bridge. Do you know where Jackie O lived and how to reach the Bronx Zoo by subway? Do you know the difference between Peter Minuit and Peter Stuyvesant? This is no Facebook quiz. These questions are from the ultimate test of New York knowledge: the city’s test to license sightseeing guides.

  • Kenya’s celebrity chef bases fine dining on African culture Nov 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    One delicious bite at a time, Kiran Jethwa is trying to show the world that there’s more to Africa than poverty, war and safaris. Jethwa is what many in the Western world consider unlikely — a celebrity chef from Africa. But through two high-end Nairobi restaurants and a Fox International television series, he is using the continent’s extraordinary produce and unique culinary traditions to open the minds and change the palates of curious tourists, urbane Kenyans and bush tribesmen alike.

  • Disney to help New York theatergoers with tickets Nov 19, 2014 5:45 AM
    Disney is giving an early Christmas present to theatergoers in New York — the gift of flexibility. Disney Theatrical Productions is letting ticketholders to its Broadway shows — “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” — the chance to switch the dates they see the musicals for any reason as long as it’s done two hours before the performance.

  • Denver assembles sparkling show of Cartier jewels Nov 19, 2014 6:00 AM
    More than 250 jewels, timepieces and other luxury accessories crafted by Paris-based jeweler Cartier are now on display as part of an exclusive show at the Denver Art Museum. “Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century” shows how Cartier’s creations both mirrored changes in society and helped pioneer styles through wars, the growing independence of women and interest in designs from beyond the West.

  • A first timer's experience at Bayreuth, Glyndebourne opera festivals Nov 16, 2014 6:30 AM
    A first-timer compares two of the most exclusive opera festivals in Europe: the Bayreuth Festival in Germany dedicated exclusively to the works of Wagner and the more diverse Glyndebourne Festival in the United Kingdom, which almost always features at least one Mozart opera on the bill.

  • On the road: Bring the family for holidays in Lake Geneva Nov 15, 2014 10:38 AM
    Christmas in the Country, courtesy of the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, gives you five weeks of festive events to get you into that gentle holiday state of mind with 2 million holiday lights, music, festive food, family fun and interactive displays throughout the resort. Play in tournaments, meet characters from Star Wars to Moshi Monsters, and so much more at the 12th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair. Why not treat yourself and a friend to Chicago's Original Brewery Tour for a pre-holiday outing on the Chicago Brew Bus?

  • South will never forget Sherman’s ‘March to the Sea’ Nov 15, 2014 6:41 PM
    On Nov. 16, 1864, Sherman watched his army pull out of Atlanta, the Southern commercial hub he’d captured two months earlier, a tremendous morale boost for the North that helped ensure Abraham Lincoln’s re-election on Nov. 8.“Behind us lay Atlanta, smoldering and in ruins,” Sherman wrote, recalling the sights and sounds as his great march began: “the gun barrels glistening in the sun, the white-topped wagons stretching away to the south.”

  • Solvang, Calif.: Danish sweets and fine wine Nov 14, 2014 6:00 AM
    Curious about the Danish-American village of Solvang, California, I finally headed there for an overnight stay and 24-hour binge of Danish pastries, wine tasting, and conversations in English and Danish with residents whose businesses add layers of history and heart to the town’s Nordic shtick. Here are four things to do and see in Solvang, which I found to be a warm, fun and funky getaway that, appropriately, translates to mean “sunny field.”

  • Smithsonian unveils $2 billion museum face-lift Nov 14, 2014 5:58 AM
    The Smithsonian unveiled a plan Thursday to give museums and gardens along the south side of Washington’s National Mall a $2 billion face-lift, creating more welcoming entrances, improving connections between the museums and refurbishing the iconic Smithsonian Castle.

  • Every city with hipsters wants to be a Brooklyn Nov 14, 2014 5:45 AM
    For more than a century, cities around the world have compared themselves to Paris. But now the wannabe city is Brooklyn. Every neighborhood with a critical mass of bearded hipsters, bike shops and vegan cafes calls itself “the new Brooklyn.” There’s even a Brooklyn of Paris: the once-gritty suburb of Pantin.

  • Tower of London poppy display draws huge crowds Nov 11, 2014 5:45 AM
    Parts of a display of almost a million ceramic poppies that have filled the Tower of London moat to mark the centenary of World War I will be preserved and go on tour, organizers said. The temporary installation, titled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” has generated intense interest, with thousands lining up daily to look since it opened in August. Each of the 888,246 poppies represents a service member from Britain or its empire killed in the Great War.

  • Wisconsin's Elkhart Lake transforms for the holidays Nov 9, 2014 6:00 AM
    Horse-drawn wagon rides down snow-lined streets. A Christmas market filled with wares from around the world. Breakfast with Santa. It's holiday time in Elkhart Lake. And this tiny Wisconsin town takes on the look of a Christmas card. Len Wiatr of Mount Prospect says the “small-town feel” attracts him to Elkhart Lake. It's not as well-known as Door County or Lake Geneva, he says. “It's like a hidden gem. If you know about it you keep coming back.”

  • Honor Flight inspires Kildeer man to make movie Nov 9, 2014 7:00 AM
    Joining the Honor Flight volunteers in 2008, Dale Chellis of Killdeer was so inspired that hs has had made a documentary film to honor the sacrifices of World War II veterans for those who are unable to make the trip. It includes footage of people visiting the monuments. “You see some grown men with tears falling down their cheeks,” says Chellis.

  • On the road: Reserve a spot on the Holiday Lights bus Nov 8, 2014 5:30 AM
    Make your reservations now for Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Bus Company's “Holiday Lights Tour,” where you'll be whisked through glittering lights and seasonal sights of Chicago, including The Magnificent Mile, Macy's holiday windows, historic State Street and Navy Pier's Winter Wonderfest.

  • Petrified Forest buildings named national treasure Nov 7, 2014 6:01 AM
    The buildings at Petrified Forest National Park are held up as an example of modern architecture with their flat roofs, low silhouettes and large windows that opened up to the vast expanse of rainbow-colored desert. Spanning dozens of acres, the structures provided everything the park staff and visitors would need: a gas station, restaurant, community building, maintenance shop, housing, even a two-room elementary school. The National Park Service entrusted the design to prominent architects Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander ahead of the agency’s 50th birthday, and it’s the only project of theirs still standing within the Park Service.

  • Japan’s chrysanthemums: More than symbol of autumn Nov 7, 2014 6:01 AM
    When Americans think of flowers and Japan, we think of cherry blossoms. But to the Japanese, there’s a flower for every time of year, and right now, it’s the chrysanthemum, celebrated in festivals, shows and home displays. Like the cherry blossom, the chrysanthemum, called “kiku” in Japanese, symbolizes the season, but more than that, it’s a symbol of the country itself. The monarchy is referred to as the Chrysanthemum Throne and the imperial crest is a stylized mum blossom. That seal is embossed on Japanese passports. The flower is also a common motif in art, and it’s seen in everyday life depicted on the 50-yen coin.

  • Mark Twain’s town by the river a trip back in time Nov 7, 2014 6:00 AM
    Mark Twain only lived in Hannibal, Missouri, for 13 years, but many of his most famous stories were inspired by this humble Midwestern city. A visit to Hannibal today, with its excellent museums, preserved historic sites and old-timey antiques shops, offers a way to appreciate the impact this place had on one of America’s best-known writers. And of course, Hannibal sits on the banks of the Mississippi River, which figured so large in Twain’s life and writing.

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