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Hotel for super-dense Hong Kong

Hotel for super-dense Hong Kong

Hong Kong (CNN) — As you walk up the staircase in central Hong Kong, a mural of a woman hugging a pillow appears on the adjacent wall, followed by a message reading: “I’m so good at sleeping, I can do it with my eyes closed.” This is the approach to SLEEEP, billed as Hong Kong’s […]

World's tallest geyser keeps erupting

World's tallest geyser keeps erupting

It doesn’t erupt very often, but when it does, it is the tallest active geyser in the world. The Steamboat Geyser — known to eject a column of water 300 feet in the air — erupted for the fifth time on May 13. It also erupted on May 4, following a March 15 eruption and […]

The best vacation rentals with ocean views

The best vacation rentals with ocean views

(CNN) — You know you’re on vacation when you fall asleep to the sound of the waves lapping against the shore and wake up to the sun rising over a watery horizon. Just ask Sebastiaan Bedaux, a keen traveler who has compiled stunning ocean-based vacation rentals into a new book: “Ocean View: The Perfect Holiday […]

'The Atlas of Beauty': Mothers around the world

'The Atlas of Beauty': Mothers around the world

(CNN) — Now five months pregnant, photographer Mihaela Noroc has been trekking through India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Japan and South Korea, taking pictures of women, including many mothers with their children. She has encountered extreme heat, mosquitoes that carry deadly diseases and — for the first time in the five years she has traveled the world […]

Hamilton effect: Traveling to see blockbuster theater

Hamilton effect: Traveling to see blockbuster theater

New York (CNN) — Florencia Espino stood in line with other eager fans, waiting to get into the sold-out Lyric Theater on West 42nd Street in Manhattan. Playing there: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” starring seven of the actors who originated their roles in London in 2016, including Jamie Parker and Noma Dumezweni, who […]

Europe's epic gorge reopens to visitors

Europe's epic gorge reopens to visitors

(CNN) — A thunderbolt from Zeus couldn’t split the Earth with greater force. The limestone peaks of Crete’s White Mountains are slashed with dozens of gorges, but the mightiest of all is Samaria. It’s the longest gorge in Greece and one of the largest in Europe — and it reopened for the 2018 season at […]

Why do restaurants serve tasting menus?

Why do restaurants serve tasting menus?

New York (CNN) — I still remember the “Oysters and Pearls,” a dish described as a “sabayon” of pearl tapioca with oysters and caviar. It was one of many perfect little Thomas Keller dishes, and they just kept coming. I was delighted to be dining at Per Se that night in 2004, just a few […]

Louisville bourbon bars: Master distiller Marianne Eaves' favorites

Louisville bourbon bars: Master distiller Marianne Eaves' favorites

(CNN) — Don’t let anyone boss you around about bourbon. “Drink it however you like it,” says master distiller Marianne Eaves. “Bourbon purists would shame you for putting bourbon in Coke, but if that’s how you’re going to start to develop an appreciation for the flavors, maybe you start there and then move into some […]

12 best casinos in Las Vegas

12 best casinos in Las Vegas

Las Vegas (CNN) — Between the glitz, the glam, the endless buffets and those seas of slot machines, megahotels in Las Vegas quickly can blend together. Still, to be clear: Not all Vegas resort destinations are created equal. Some properties excel with casino offerings, while others shine in the food and beverage department. Some have […]

The TWA Hotel brings retro style to JFK airport

The TWA Hotel brings retro style to JFK airport

(CNN) — If you remember anything about Trans World Airlines (better known as TWA), you probably remember the legendary white TWA Flight Center just outside of John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Designed in 1962 by groundbreaking Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, the former flight center has been redesigned and reimagined into the […]