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Travel Tips: How to Have an Affordable Luxury Trip to France

Photo The Apollo Gallery at the Louvre. Getting a Museum Pass can help you save on a high-end trip to Paris. Credit Dmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times France can be a notoriously expensive vacation destination — particularly if you have got your sights set on Paris or the French Riviera. Are luxury seekers on a limited budget out of luck? Not at all, said Joelle Kolich, the director of See Travel, a Bordeaux-based company selling luxury trips to the country. Here are some of Ms. Kolich’s tips for…

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Footsteps: Chasing the Spirit of a Fractured Spain through García Lorca

To search for García Lorca’s Andalusia is to chase fragments of poetry and loss. He was silenced more than 81 years ago at 38 — murdered in the summer of 1936 by a paramilitary death squad at the outset of the Spanish Civil War for his antifascist sentiments and homosexuality. His burial site in an anonymous mass grave somewhere in fields outside Granada remains a mystery. Continue reading the main story But his powerful voice is still one that binds this nation as it struggles with tensions between the Catalan…

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The Place Beyond the Fire Island Pines

Photo The illustrator Aleix Pons imagines upstate New York in the mid-19th century as a gay paradise. Credit Aleix Pons COLUMBIA COUNTY, N.Y., a two-hour drive north from Manhattan, is a bucolic vision of rural America — lush rolling farmland, cow-dotted hillsides, stalwart red barns. The Hudson River School artists of the mid-19th century captured the visual splendor of the region, including the English-born painter Thomas Cole, who first encountered upstate New York in 1825 and once remarked that “the Hudson for natural magnificence is unsurpassed.” Though primarily agricultural, the…

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Next Stop: In Spice-Laden Kerala, a Break from Urban India

At places like Pai Brothers, crispy, paper-thin dosas might be filled with duck masala or chocolate and cashews. At Dhe Puttu, a small restaurant chain started by the popular Malayalam film stars Dileep and Nadirshah, puttus — traditionally a breakfast staple of soft cylindrical steamed dumplings made from ground rice and coconut — have been pushed into fanciful forms that can take on the flavors of Spanish paella, a biryani or even an ice cream sundae. We ate our last meal there before heading out of the city toward the…

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Bites: A Rare Gem of a Restaurant in Lagos

Photo Bahia fish stew (orange fish in coconut and palm oil broth) is one of the dishes at Nok that draws from the African diaspora. Credit Alara Lagos A few years ago, Pierre Thiam packed up his two restaurants in Brooklyn and headed to his home continent where he hoped to elevate West African street food to gourmet status. The result is Nok by Alara in Lagos, Nigeria, a restaurant whose celebratory feel is informed by both its hip ambience and its new takes on regional staples. Mr. Thiam, who…

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Travel Tips: How to Have a Romantic Vacation

Photo Credit Lars Leetaru Amid the stresses of daily life, it’s easy to lose some of the magic in a romantic relationship, said Claudia Palma, the director of romance at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. A relaxing vacation, she said, is the ideal opportunity for couples to reconnect and remember why they first fell in love. Ms. Palma’s job is to help couples who are guests at Las Ventanas plan romantic getaways to Los Cabos; here, she shares her advice on how to have…

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Wildfires Spared the Vineyards, but the Wines Could Suffer

Aside from the wine, tourism is what the industry depends on, as do all the peripheral components — restaurants, hotels, spas, tour guides — that exist to offer a glimpse of what the pioneering winemaker Robert Mondavi used to call “the good life.” October and November are peak months for Napa and Sonoma, a time when tourists flock to the region, visiting wineries to taste and, often, to enter into long-term relationships as customers. Tres Sabores, a small winery tucked into the hills in the Rutherford Bench area of Napa…

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Vacationing in the United States? Be Warned, Some Countries Say

The shooting in Las Vegas that left 59 people dead may have prompted some of the recent warnings. On Oct. 3, the day after the incident, for example, the New Zealand government’s Safe Travel site updated its travel information to the United States. A statement under the section detailing crime says: “Active shooter incidents occur from time to time in the United States.” A sentence addressing the specifics of the shooting follows. The section also says that violent crime and gun possession is more prevalent in the United States than…

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