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Road tripping through West Texas is full of unusual surprises

Road tripping through West Texas is full of unusual surprises

Texas (CNN) — Lonely. Flat. Hot. If that’s what comes to mind when you think about West Texas travel, think again. Lonely? That means uncrowded roads. Flat? The better to view the region’s many mountains rising from the Chihuahuan Desert floor. Hot? OK, yes, in summer. This is Texas after all, but you’ll find temperate […]

You can now rent Madonna's luxury London home

You can now rent Madonna's luxury London home

(CNN) — Just like a prayer, you know she’ll take you there — if “there” is London, that is. Located in the city’s upmarket South Kensington neighborhood, Madonna once shared this space with ex-husband movie director Guy Richie. The couple apparently lived there from 1999-2003, before trading it in for somewhere bigger — in fact, […]

Why are women chefs treated differently?

Why are women chefs treated differently?

(CNN) — In his critique of the 2018 results of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, the late Jonathan Gold, food critic for the Los Angeles Times, referred to the World’s Best Female Chef category as an “unlovable honor.” The award handed out annually at the fine dining world’s equivalent of the Oscars — this […]

Typhoons cause Japan's famed cherry blossoms to bloom early

Typhoons cause Japan's famed cherry blossoms to bloom early

(CNN) — Spring has already sprung — at least for certain confused cherry trees in Japan. The famed “sakura,” or cherry blossoms, have been regarded as a herald of spring for thousands of years — and the industry that springs up around “hanami” — cherry blossom viewing — each year is worth millions. Photo taken […]

Paradise Beach in South Africa lives up to its name

Paradise Beach in South Africa lives up to its name

(CNN) — In the early morning, the wind sends bursts of sand across the beach, painting bits of black and shades of brown around the shells and the deep purple seaweed that washed up during the night. The patterns in the sand elongate and narrow, then blow back a bit over yards and yards of […]

Why do we cry on airplanes?

Why do we cry on airplanes?

Unlike just 25 years ago, it’s now hard to find someone who hasn’t been on a plane.

End of an era as Tokyo fish market closes

End of an era as Tokyo fish market closes

Tokyo (CNN) — Following years of delays and plenty of controversy, Tokyo’s Tsukiji wholesale fish market, one of the city’s most popular destinations for international visitors, has finally shut its doors. The October 6 closing marks the end of an era for a structure that has been central to the metropolis since the mid-1930s and […]

Why Bourdain loved the Philippines

Why Bourdain loved the Philippines

(CNN) — Food travel shows often have a really bad habit of just being a chance for a milquetoast host to vacation through other peoples’ lives, talking a lot while eating their “weird” food. Said host then seems to meander through a city or town’s TripAdvisor highlights while reading factoids from Wikipedia, all of which […]

Indigenous culture in Vancouver

Indigenous culture in Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia (CNN) — Salmon, elk, bison and boar. The prized oily fish oolichan. These staples of Indigenous cuisine in Canada reconnected restaurateur Inez Cook with her First Nations heritage eight years ago. Today, she’s still discovering and sharing that heritage with diners at her Vancouver restaurant Salmon n’ Bannock. Cook’s restaurant is one […]

Harry Potter descends upon New York

Harry Potter descends upon New York

New York City (CNN) — Plants with human bodies that throw parties called mandrakes. All-powerful wands modeled after sinewy snakes. A ferocious dog with three heads aptly named “Fluffy.” Hanging around inside J.K. Rowling’s head could be fun, mystifying and maybe even downright dangerous. Rowling’s sketches — of her Harry Potter characters, fantastical creatures and […]

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