Discover why history’s greatest artists have always found inspiration in France’s most beautiful region.
Artists have been drawn to the south of France for generations, awed by its luminous colors and crystalline light. Monet, Renoir, Gauguin, and Van Gogh led the way, followed by Léger, Matisse, Picasso, Chagall, and Cocteau. Cézanne had the good fortune to be born in Provence, and he returned there throughout his life. The artists left behind a superb legacy of works, utterly individual but all consistently bathed in Mediterranean color and light. That’s why a visit to this region can be as culturally rich as a month in Paris.
Room service is changing with the times.
With travelers increasingly interested in dining in the comfort, privacy, and safety of their own rooms, hotels across the country have responded by elevating their in-room dining offerings, with broader menus, more unique experiences, and even bringing fine dining tasting menus to your suite. Here are a few properties that are going above and beyond.
Let's go on a snowy journey into the Arctic tundra, and meet a new cast of chilly little creatures.
If there was a word to describe the animals of the Arctic, it’s this: resilient. You have to be to survive such intense temperatures, snow, and overall rough (cold!) terrain. Each of these animals is born with special adaptations to enable them to live in such a harsh environment–thick coats, insulated fat storage, and heightened senses (polar bears can smell a seal three feet below the snow, for example). And another thing they all have in common? They are…quite cute.
London is a magical city, but it also has more spooky places than you can shake a sage stick at.
Horror, tragedy, and mystery: London’s seen it all over the last 2,000 years. All of this activity has left an utterly eerie atmosphere in some corners of the city where strange goings-on are a part of everyday life. From the magnificent to the mundane, it’s difficult to find a public building or attraction that isn’t haunted. Even London’s open spaces reverberate with urban legends and the echoes of ghostly horsemen, plague victims, and past executions. Some places are so notorious that you’ll expect a tell-tale chill in the air, but sometimes you’ll chance upon a seemingly pleasant area and your spine will inexplicably tingle.
While nowhere near the 180 countries U.S. passport holders could visit before the pandemic, there are currently 11 nations that want Americans to visit.
Technically speaking, there are more than three dozen countries that are open to Americans now, even in a pandemic. But the vast majority of those come with potential trip-cancellation measures, like 14-day quarantines or negative COVID tests within 48 hours of arrival, and, for most people, that’s all but impossible to gamble an international trip on. That said, there are several countries that are welcoming Americans now with few, if any, restrictions beyond random temperature checks and simple health declarations. That’s not to say you shouldn’t follow pandemic precautions when visiting the below, especially since the State Department advises against travel during quarantine. But if you’re willing to accept the risk, the easier entry makes the following countries a more viable option for itchy-footed Americans. We’ve got a rundown of each and why their open borders might be worth crossing right now—everything subject to change, of course.