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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, Maldives 35 PERCENT OFF Located 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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1. Taffy Brodesser Akner ROME, 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 Tézenas IN 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.” 3. Marcel Theroux SOMEWHERE IN THE…

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letter from the editor

SOME OF MY EARLIEST travel memories are from Europe: Visiting London and being blown away by Big Ben, Parliament, and the mummies at the British Museum. Climbing up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Getting my first taste of grappa in Venice. Sailing around Corsica one sun-soaked summer and thinking there was no place on earth as glamorous and strange. Why were all the women topless and smoking—and why were all the men in Speedos? Even at a young age, I fell in love with Europe. All of it. The history, the people, the escargots, and especially the bread. I felt lucky to be plucked out of suburban Philadelphia for a few weeks at a time and dropped into a new universe that felt older, wiser, and more textured than my own. Of…

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madeira, beyond the glass

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 every suite offers a view out to the horizon. Nearby, the popular Cliff Bay (portobay.com; doubles from $223) has a new sister property,…

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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. FRANKFURT Fly in to Frankfurt and rent a car. Before you skip town, stop at the German Architecture Museum (dam-online.de), where scale models trace…

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where to cruise in europe right now

FRANCE The 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. PORTUGAL This 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 DANUBE This month,…