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Portland’s Five Best Bakeries

Jenni Kupelian

Everyone knows Portland is a great coffee town—and what goes better with a morning cup, or a 4 p.m. one, than a little something sweet from one of the city’s best bakeries? For a bakery to be truly noteworthy, it has to master both sweet (pastries that perfectly balance butter, …

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Parisian Peace and Quiet: A Cemetery Tour

PHOTO: Pere Lachaise Cemetery. (photo courtesy of Thinkstock)

Paris is known for its parks, but there is another way to see the city’s quiet, green side: by strolling its cemeteries. These burial grounds are on the itinerary for a surprising number of tourists. The most popular Parisian cemetery is probably Pere Lachaise. This is where you can find …

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Study: Cruise Industry Thrived in 2014

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A new study found that the cruise industry spent a record $21 billion in the United States in 2014, a 16-percent increase from 2010. The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)—the largest cruise industry trade association—released its 2014 Economic Impact Analysis study and revealed that the global cruise industry contributed a …

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Report: Big Ben in Desperate Need of Repairs, Restoration

Big Ben and westminster bridge , London Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

Without repairs or restoration, Big Ben’s 9-foot-long, 660-pound gunmetal clock hands could break off and plummet to the ground. A leaked House of Commons report about the dilapidated state of the iconic, 156-year-old tower pulled no punches, as revealed by the Daily Mail. The implications of not conducting a refurbishment …

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The Tokyo bartender who can’t speak Japanese

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In Tokyo’s mysterious world of Golden Gai – where foreign and Japanese tongues co-mingle – drinking becomes the universal language. Squeezed among high-rise office buildings in Kabukicho, Tokyo’s famous entertainment district, is Golden Gai, a labyrinth of narrow alleys filled with tightly packed bars. It’s a dark, mysterious world that …

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Tbilisi’s cultural revolution

Tbilisi old town and Narikala fortress. Photograph: Corbis

The Georgian capital is steeped in tradition but a new generation of artists and entrepreneurs is offering an alternative to the old ways with the opening of stylish restaurants, hotels, bars and galleries Few countries embrace their national stereotypes as wholeheartedly as Georgia. Ask the average Georgian about the traditions …

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