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The Weird, Mystic Pull of Southwest England

Totnes and Dartington During the 85-mile drive southwest to Totnes from Glastonbury, Somerset’s plains and soft hills gave way to something wilder, more wooded, more forbidding. Before hitting the town itself, I had an appointment on its outskirts to meet Tom Cox, citizen folklorist and naturalist, author of best-selling books about his cats, for lunch at the Riverford Field Kitchen. Continue reading the main story I arrived at the field kitchen — an airy, relaxed restaurant on the grounds of a large working farm — wearing a floral headband. I…

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Explorer: An Untamed Island Meets Its Match

People no longer live on Horn, but it’s not uninhabited. Despite the toxic military interlude, much living goes on out there, from sea sponges to swamp rabbits, amid brackish lagoons, pine flats and reedy wetlands. Photo A snake carves a spot in the sand. Credit Robert Rausch for The New York Times Horn is the largest of Mississippi’s four barrier islands, which include Cat (once used by the Army to train war dogs), Petit Bois and Ship. The quartet lie parallel to the coast, in the same formation barriers assume…

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Airlines Redesigning Uniforms Find Out How Complicated It Is

People who work on airline uniform designs say it’s common for the process to take two or three years, sometimes longer. Continue reading the main story Ekrem Dimbiloglu, director of airport customer experience for Delta Air Lines, agreed that “there’s a very long lead time associated with producing garments.” In 2015, Delta tapped the fashion designer Zac Posen to develop its new uniforms, which will be rolled out to around 60,000 employees next year. “It’s a million-plus garments,” Mr. Dimbiloglu said. One reason the new designs take so long is…

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Pursuits: Summer, Reimagined — Minus the Gridlock. Five Alternatives

Though you won’t be summiting 14,000-footers off the coast of Seattle, you will be enveloped in nature. As you bike or hike through craggy shorelines and woodlands, you’ll glimpse wild turkeys, red foxes, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, seals, otters and porpoises. Continue reading the main story The most thrilling sighting, of course, is an orca. From Lime Kiln Point State Park, you can spot killer whales (and hear their “blows”) in the Haro Strait as they hunt for king salmon in the deep, nutrient-rich kelp forests. For a more intense…

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Trending: Four Resorts for a Private Island Vacation

Photo The 14-villa Miavana resort on Nosy Ankao, Madagascar. Credit Dook Clunies-Ross for Time & Tide Shared lodging and communal spaces may be trending, but for those seeking more privacy than a “Do Not Disturb” sign offers, a spate of new private island resorts play to castaway-in-comfort fantasies. In the South Pacific, Kokomo Island Fiji opened this spring with 21 beachfront villas and five three-bedroom to six-bedroom residences on a 140-acre island. It is near the Great Astrolabe Reef, among the world’s largest, where travelers can scuba dive, snorkel, sail…

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What To Read Before Your Galápagos Vacation

Photo With their oversize wildlife and gorgeous scenery, the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador have long attracted nature lovers. Charles Darwin visited in 1835 and was inspired to write his seminal work, “The Origin of Species.” Yet that which has allowed the unmatched natural ecosystem to thrive — its isolation, in particular — has also made it inaccessible to many travelers. Over the last ten years, tourism to the archipelago has opened up. If you plan to go, or need some convincing, here are three books on this remarkable destination. THE…

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Fashion Week’s Dirty Little Secret: Laundry

If you seek to make a daily fashion statement like Alex Badia, the style director of Women’s Wear Daily and an Instagram darling, you pack the way 19th-century swells did for the Grand Tour: with oversize suitcases and outfits arranged in advance. Continue reading the main story “Fashion Week is like an expedition, an adventure, like mountain climbing,” Mr. Badia said at a Balenciaga show in the Bois de Boulogne. From two immense North Face bags crammed with his outfits, Mr. Badia had selected on that torrid morning a Joseph…

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Day Trip: All Aboard for Rockaway Beach

“It’s hidden like a speakeasy, but it wasn’t intentional,” Ms. Obolsky said. “A sign wasn’t in the budget.” Photo “The Last Mermaid,” a sculpture by Christina Jorge for “14 Sculptors Inc. on the Rock 2017: An Exhibition of Sculpture,” on display through Oct. 9. Credit Will Glaser/The New York Times Her jalapeño and cheddar-studded scones are fluffy as biscuits, her sticky buns light, faintly salty and redolent of brioche French toast. Even a banana loaf is no humdrum affair, moist and caramelized at the edges with brown butter crumble on…

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