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Travel + Leisure May 2019

TRAVEL + LEISURE™ is an indispensable guide to where to stay, what to eat, and what to do around the globe. Every month, TRAVEL + LEISURE™ puts easy trip ideas, itineraries, and insider information right at your fingertips. Get advice from our travel experts and view the magazine's award-winning photography. The digital edition of TRAVEL + LEISURE™ has all the tools you need to take you where you want to go.

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operation vacation

At Travel + Leisure, we want every American to join us in committing to use up all our vacation days this year. So we created Operation Vacation, a program of exclusive travel deals designed to inspire your next trip. Whatever experience you’re looking for, you’ll find dozens of terrific discounts on flights, hotels, cruises, and vacation packages at travelandleisure.com/operation-vacation. Here are two of this month’s highlights.1. Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives35 PERCENT OFFLocated on a small island in the Maldives’ North Malé Atoll, an area of the Indian Ocean known for superb scuba diving, this resort comprises 120 palm-roofed bungalows, many of which sit above the water. Take part in a guided dive, snorkel around coral reefs, or try Jet Ski parasailing. DETAILS: 35 percent off best available rates when booking…

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(ERIK TANNER/COURTESY OF TAFFY BRODESSER-AKNER)1. Taffy Brodesser AknerROME, WITH THE KIDS (P. 86)Not everything went according to plan on the New York Times writer’s first family trip to Europe. Ankles were twisted and awkward conversations about human anatomy were had. Misfortunes aside, her two children were taken by Rome’s old-world attractions and gastronomic delights. “My youngest son is still talking about the pizza,” she says.2. Ambroise TézenasIN THEIR OWN TIME (P. 94)The Paris photographer was caught off guard by the charms of Languedoc, France. “The sea is just as beautiful as it is at St.-Tropez, but the vibe is laid-back,” he says. His greatest discovery, however, was Tarbouriech oysters, known for their perfectly balanced salinity. “And my family is from the coastal region of Vendée, so I know my shellfish.”(MADEEHA…

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letter from the editor

At the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai in March. (More on that soon!) (COURTESY OF JACQUELINE GIFFORD)FROM MY TRAVELSOn my most recent trip to Europe, I spent time in London, where I had a drink at the Blue Bar at the Berkeley (the-berkeley.co.uk; doubles from $749), in my opinion one of the most quietly gracious places to stay in the city. I then ticked something off my bucket list: sailing under Tower Bridge. Some small cruise ships can get fairly far up the Thames, including Silversea’s fleet of luxury vessels (silversea.com; seven-night itineraries from $5,100). All the passengers got on deck to watch the bridge fold up, as folks onshore waved. It’s little rituals like this that still enchant me on every trip.SOME OF MY EARLIEST travel memories are…

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madeira, beyond the glass

The Cliff Bay hotel, in Funchal (COURTESY OF THE CLIFF BAY)the Levada das 25 Fontes hiking trail passes through Madeira’s Laurisilva forest. (MIKEL BILBAO/AGE FOTOSTOCK/SUPERSTOCK)PORTUGAL’S MADEIRA ISLANDS are best known for their namesake fortified wine. But there are many other reasons to visit, as a growing number of travelers to the archipelago—a collection of volcanic chunks off the coast of Morocco, about 750 miles southwest of Lisbon—have been discovering. The latest: the main island is undergoing a round of development just as Madeira celebrates 600 years since its discovery.In the island capital of Funchal, at least three hotels cut the ribbon this spring, including the much-anticipated Savoy Palace (savoyresorts.com; doubles from $230), with 352 rooms, five restaurants, six bars, and an 11-room spa. The 16-story property curves toward the sea, so…

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get schooled in all things bauhaus

THE BAUHAUS, the influential German school of Modernist art founded by Walter Gropius, whose members included architects such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer, existed for only 14 years before the Nazi regime shut it down and its founders fled Germany. Yet the school’s ethos—a clean aesthetic and a philosophy that prized both form and function—has become ubiquitous across the globe. Now, with the April debut of the Bauhaus Museum Weimar, two more museums on their way, and a calendar full of celebratory exhibitions and events, Germany has Bauhaus on the brain. Here’s how to take a pilgrimage to the country’s most notable Bauhaus sites.furniture at the former Bauhaus Museum Weimar, which has just reopened in a new building. (FAUSTO GIACCONE/ANZENBERGER/REDUX)FRANKFURTFly in to Frankfurt and rent a…

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where to cruise in europe right now

FRANCEThe Bon Voyage, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s just-launched 124-passenger ship, complete with a swimming pool, four suites, and marble bathrooms, tours the rivers of France. For wine lovers, there are Bordeaux cruises, which include cycling excursions and tastings at the Rémy Martin distillery. Travelers with vacation days to spare can book the 22-day Ultimate France itinerary. uniworld.com; eight-day sailings from $2,199.PORTUGALThis year sees the arrival of a whopping seven new European ships from Viking River Cruises. Among them: the Viking Helgrim, a small vessel designed specifically for a trip called Portugal’s River of Gold, which follows the Douro from Porto to Pinhão, past rolling hills and ancient vineyards. The other six are 190-passenger ships that will sail the Rhine, Main, and Danube. vikingrivercruises.com; eight-day sailings from $1,899.THE DANUBEThis month, river-cruise…