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Statues Celebrating A Century of Cinema Unveiled In Leicester Square

Statues of significant moments and characters from cinema have been unveiled in Leicester Square as a celebration of London’s film industry. Bronze depictions of Paddington Bear, Mr Bean, Mary Poppins, Laurel and Hardy and Bugs Bunny have all gone on display.

Each of the statues is a nod to a different decade in cinema, with almost all decades from the 1920s until now represented in the square.

Wonder Woman, Batman and Gene Kelly in Singin’ In The Rain are among the other statues.

Leicester Square was first home to a cinema in 1930, with the first premiere taking place there in 1937. The square has subsequently cemented its place in British cinema history and regularly plays host to some of the most high-profile events in the country’s film calendar.

   

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Funko Announces Pop! Around The World Collection

Come on a fun travel adventure with Freddy Funko! Explore the world, learn fun facts about each country, and make some new friends along the way with Funko’s Pop! Around the World collection.

POP! fans exist all over the world, and now Funko is bringing the world to its fans! Freddy Funko has been traveling to some amazing places around the world and making lots of new friends and can’t wait to introduce them to his Funko Family.

Each month, Freddy will introduce a new Pop! friend available for purchase on Funko Shop and select retailers around the world. Each Pop! comes with its own unique, collectible pin in the box from their country of origin.

Coming soon!

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World Travel: An Irreverent Guide By Anthony Bourdain & Laurie Woolever

A guide to some of the world’s most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host, and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain saw more of the world than nearly anyone. His travels took him from the hidden pockets of his hometown of New York to a tribal longhouse in Borneo, from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai to Tanzania’s utter beauty and the stunning desert solitude of Oman’s Empty Quarter―and many places beyond.

In World Travel, a life of experience is collected into an entertaining, practical, fun and frank travel guide that gives readers an introduction to some of his favorite places―in his own words. Featuring essential advice on how to get there, what to eat, where to stay and, in some cases, what to avoid, World Travel provides essential context that will help readers further appreciate the reasons why Bourdain found a place enchanting and memorable.

Supplementing Bourdain’s words are a handful of essays by friends, colleagues, and family that tell even deeper stories about a place, including sardonic accounts of traveling with Bourdain by his brother, Chris; a guide to Chicago’s best cheap eats by legendary music producer Steve Albini, and more. Additionally, each chapter includes sly, witty illustrations by cartoonist Tony Millionaire.

For veteran travelers, armchair enthusiasts, and those in between, World Travel offers a chance to experience the world like Anthony Bourdain.

Pre-order the 432 page hardcover book HERE. It will be released on October 13, 2020.

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6 Las Vegas Trip Essentials 

Heading to Las Vegas soon? Here are some of the most important things you’ll need to take with you on your trip. 

Chargers

You never want a dead battery on your phone when you’re in Las Vegas. Not only do you need your phone to keep in contact with those you’re traveling with, you also may need it to book an Uber or Lyft, locate friends late night, and of course to take plenty of selfies. Make sure to pack your portable cell phone charger.

Clothing

Las Vegas sees more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Vegas will be very hot in the summer, warm in the spring and fall and chilly in the winter months. Check the forecast before you leave so you can pack appropriately. 

Although rain isn’t likely in the desert, considering packing a small umbrella in case you’re walking outdoors. Comfortable clothes are perfect by day, but remember dresses or slacks for nice dinners out or when you head to world-class Vegas shows. 

Shoes

Comfortable shoes are essential – the strip is 4.2 miles long and there are countless places you can hike in and around Las Vegas. It’s vital to pack shoes that support your feet. It’s good to have some sandals for the pool and some fancy heels for dancing too. A travel packing list can help make sure you don’t forget anything you may need while you’re in Vegas.

Apps

Apps can do nearly everything today, so make sure you download apps that will aid you as you travel in Vegas before you go. Surprisingly, a lot of people who travel to Vegas aren’t interested in sitting at a poker table for eight hours at a time. Rather they want to see the sights and amazing shows that play daily in the city. You can still get in some games like Texas Hold’em and Omaha high-low while seeing the sights. With online poker apps like 888Poker you can play while commuting to and from those amazing sights. 

If you want to save money on your trip, there are apps that allow you to earn loyalty points to save on Vegas vacation purchases. Search online and find the best apps for you and download them before you arrive in Vegas.

Recovery items

If you decide to have a few drinks while at the nightclub or gambling, you may feel it the next day. Don’t let your nighttime fun stop you from having daytime fun. Bring along some bottled water and aspirin so you can nip that headache in the bud and enjoy all the city has to offer.

It’s a good idea to bring a first aid kit with band-aids and grab some after-sun lotion too. 

Not only does Las Vegas offer lovely weather and breathtaking views, it offers countless day and nighttime activities you can enjoy. Make sure you pack all of the essentials for Sin City so you can make the very most of your vacation.  

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TIME’s 2019 World’s Greatest Places

How does one measure the greatness of a place—in miles covered, dollars spent, or visitors captivated? Such metrics can play a part, but also important is something that many travelers aspire to experience: the sense that one has stumbled upon the extraordinary.

To compile TIME’s second annual list of the World’s Greatest Places, the magazine solicited nominations across a variety of categories—including museums, parks, restaurants, and hotels—from our editors and correspondents around the world as well as industry experts. Then they evaluated each one based on key factors, including quality, originality, sustainability, innovation and influence.

The result: 100 new and newly noteworthy destinations to experience right now, from America’s hottest hometown pizzeria to a Tokyo museum bringing digital art to life.

California made the list with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland, Hearst Castle in San Simeon, AutoCamp in Yosemite, Arts District Firehouse Hotel in Los Angeles, and Nyum Bai restaurant in Oakland.

To see the full list, click HERE.

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Weekends Are Better In Boston! Things to Do In Boston For a Weekend Filled With Fun

Boston, Massachusetts has everything anyone could want, and more than you can imagine. From its colonial history to its distinctive accents, Boston will always make an indelible impression on the first time visitor and its frequent traveler, with its outrageous sports fans, gorgeous parks, and quirky personality.

Here are ten things to do in Boston, from the sublime to the ridiculous.

1. Fenway Park 

One of the oldest baseball stadiums in the country, Fenway Park is revered as a shrine by sports fans. The famous Boston Red Sox, winners of the 2018 world series and life long enemies of the New York Yankees, inspire fanatic adulation in Boston natives.

Built in1912, the stadium has been renovated or expanded many times, resulting in weird features like Pesky’s Pole, and the Green Monster in left field.

It has also hosted other sports competitions from soccer to football, in addition to concerts.

2. Harvard Yard 

Not many can get into Harvard, but anyone can tour its hallowed halls and see its Ivy-covered towers. One of the country’s oldest universities and one of the most famous, Harvard is situated in Cambridge, Boston’s sister city across the Charles River. Famous alumni include several Obamas, Mark Zuckerberg, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

You can even download a free walking tour, and explore the famous red brick buildings seeking out the Harvard Crimson (newspaper) offices, the statue of John Harvard, and the Whispering Arch.

Around Harvard, there’s a ton of cool coffee shops, bars, and bookstores to fill up a day with academia and beverages. Don’t forget to pick up a crimson hat or T-shirt to wear at home!

3. New England Aquarium 

Over a million visitors a year check out Boston’s aquarium, which boasts the famous Giant Ocean Tank, a 200,000-gallon tank simulating a Caribbean coral reef. Open at the top, the tank has a walkway that spirals down, giving visitors views of the reef from every angle. You can also see penguins, rare sea dragons electric eels, and sea urchins.

There are special exhibits dedicated to everything from jellyfish and turtles to seals to sharks and stingrays.

4. Quincy Market

This market has been serving food to local Bostonians since the 1800s. Also known at Fanueil Hall, this lively marketplace has all varieties of food plus street performers and all-around great people-watching.

Come here to grab some traditional Bostin meals like clam chowder, Boston cream pie, Boston baked beans with brown bread, and lobster rolls.

Because of Boston’s proximity to the sea, you can find all manner of fresh seafood. Oysters are especially tasty here, as they are freshly plucked from seabeds nearby.

Boston was also a place where many Italians resettled on coming to America. Expect to find a great assortment of Italian specialties, from excellent pizza to delicious desserts like cannolis!

5. Escape Rooms 

If you are traveling with a group, there’s no better way to bond than by solving a problem together. Try it at one of Boston’s newest attractions, Breakout Games. Here your group can search for clues and solves puzzles to escape before time expires in a number of scary scenarios, from being kidnapped to conducting a museum heist.

6.  Whale Watching

During spring and summer, you can jump on a charter boat and try to spot the whales that often travel through Massachusetts waters.  If you are lucky, you might see humpback whales, finback whales, or pilot whales that frequently pass through Massachusetts waters.

Whales migrate to Massachusetts to feed on mackerel, herring, krill, and other fish on their way to warmer climates to mate and give birth. There are lots of tours along the wharf and through the aquarium,  but be prepared to stay on the water several hours to give you a chance to see one. Dress warmly, too!

7. USS Constitution 

The USS Constitution, otherwise known as  “Old Ironsides” is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. Everyone interested in all things maritime will love to explore this relic of the high seas.

A favorite for school trips, the ship and its museum next door have lots of interactive exhibits. If you take a harbor tour, you will learn about the Boston Tea Party, a pivotal moment in our nation’s evolution.

8. Boston Commons and the Public Garden

This beautiful park has swan boats to glide around in, and a statue based on the children’s classic: “Make Way for Ducklings.”

The oldest park in America, over the centuries it has served as a military camp, a dump, and a place for riots and protests. Nowadays, people who live in, work in and visit Boston traverse its paths for a bit of serenity in the middle of the big city.

Throughout all seasons there are things to do, from ice skating to Shakespeare in the Park in the summer to the floating jack-o-lanterns in the Frog Pond in October.

9. Warren Anatomical Museum 

The Warren Anatomical Museum is a treasure trove of strange medical tools, death masks, skeletons, and human abnormalities. See items like the skull of Phineas Gage, who survived an iron bar being driven through his head and lived to tell the tale.

Great for students of medicine or just people who like ghoulish things, this museum displays over a thousand watercolors, drawings, photographs, and lantern slides, a thousand anatomical models and casts, and thousands more medical, dental, and public health instruments and devices.

10. The Museum of Bad Art 

Founded in the fall of 1993, this place is exactly what it sounds like. With a tagline: “art too bad to be ignored,” this museum is currently under renovation but is worth the trip once it reopens.

You will roll on the floor with laughter at its collections of atrocious portraits (“poor traits”), hideous landscapes, and, of course, awful pictures of pets.

Things to Do in Boston: No End to the Possibilities

if you are trying to come up with a list of things to do in Boston, your real problem will be finding the time to do it all! This city is a must-see for history buffs, beer drinkers, and football fans, plus students, artists, and just about everyone else.

Keep checking back to discover new, interesting and silly ways to be entertained.

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Here Is A First Peek At The Taco Bell Pop-Up Hotel In Palm Springs

Taco Bell shared a first peek inside its much-anticipated pop-up hotel in Palm Springs, California named ‘The Bell’.

Reservations open Thursday, June 27,  with availability to guests this summer from August 8 through August 12 for $169 per night.

“The hotel draws on Taco Bell’s vibrant palette to create a unique and flavor-filled destination that is the ultimate expression of the brand, unlike anything the brand has done before,” says Taco Bell’s senior director of retail engagement and experience, Jennifer Arnoldt.

The branded hotel, which will temporarily take over the V Hotel Palm Springs hotel at 333 E. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, will offer 70 rooms. It will feature a “Freeze Lounge”—inspired by the chain’s “Mountain Dew Baja Blast” beverage—where presumably guests can enjoy antifreeze-colored slushies, try to not bounce off the walls in the ensuing sugar rush and ultimately crash into a puddle on the floor.

Other entertainment will include “dive-in movies” and performances from musical acts participating in Taco Bell’s long-running “Feed the Beat” food-for-touring-bands program, as well taco-themed nail art.

While guests will be able to eat Taco Bell-inspired resort fare and new (as-yet-unveiled) menu items, Taco Bell is also hinting that Taco Bell breakfast in bed will be available.

Click HERE for more info.

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Dream Destinations 2: A Disney Travel Poster Exhibition To Open At Gallery Nucleus On July 13

Get ready to pack your bags because Cyclops Print Works is excited to announce Dream Destinations 2: A Disney Travel Poster Exhibition, their newest exhibition in collaboration with Gallery Nucleus opening July 13!

Featuring new limited edition screen prints and 30+ pieces of original art inspired by vintage travel posters, you’ll be visiting your favorite animated Disney locales with a roster of new and returning artists. This exhibition is the perfect getaway for every adventure-seeking Disney fan!

Featured artists include: Alex Asfour, Ameorry Luo, Amanda Jane Sharp, Anoosha Syed, Benjamin Burch, Bill Mudron, Claire Hummel, Corinne Caro, Doki Rosi, Drake Brodahl, Eva Vilhelmiina, Fiona Hsieh, Glen Brogan, Grace Chen, Grace Kum, Izzy Abreu, James Gilleard, James Silvani, Janice Chu, Jestenia Southerland, Keneth Leoncity, Mirelle Ortega, Nadia Kim, Natalie Dombois, Tara Nicole Whitaker, and Zoe Persico.

The reception will be held at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra on July 13 from 6-9PM. See below for more details and a sneak peek of our screen prints!

For more info, please visit HERE.

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Meet scUber: The World’s First Rideshare Submarine On The Great Barrier Reef

Uber is now headed underwater. The ridesharing service has announced scUber, “the world’s first ridesharing submarine.”

ScUber will take riders around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for $2,000 for two people. That cost also includes a helicopter trip to the docking station and the full one hour trip around the reef.

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living organism on Earth and has been hurt by climate change. According to a study recently published in the journal Nature, baby coral in the reef has declined by 89%, and mass-bleaching events caused by climate change have decimated large portions. Uber is matching the dollars spent on scUber—and donating an additional $100,000—to Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef to help protect the reef from future harm.

ScUber is a limited time offering, running until June 18. The main service is only available to riders based in Queensland, Australia, but other regions have a chance to participate by entering Uber’s contest that gives the winner and a friend an all-expense paid trip to Queensland and a free ride on scUber.

Winners will be chosen based on pleas limited to just 25 words. Six of these trips will be awarded to various regions around the world, and submissions must be entered before June 1.

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Here Are America’s 50 Favorite Bookstores

Hoodline has ranked America’s 50 favorite bookstores. 

Topping the list is Oregon’s Powell’s City of Books (my favorite all-time book shop), located at 1005 W. Burnside St. in Portland. With an impressive five stars out of a whopping 3,831 reviews on Yelp, Powell’s is the largest new and used bookstore in the world, with roughly one million books on offer. 

Occupying an entire city block, the bookstore features more than 3,500 different sections and nine color-coded rooms stacked with books, including best-sellers and one-of-a-kind finds in its rare book room. 

I am a bookstore fanatic and have been lucky to have visited: Powell’s City of Books (Portland, Oregon), Strand Bookstore (New York City, New York),

Tattered Cover Book Store (Denver, Colorado), The Last Bookstore (Los Angeles, California), Brookline Booksmith (Brookline, Massachusetts), The Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle, Washington), Harvard Book Store (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Borderlands Books (San Francisco, California)

and Vroman’s Bookstore (Pasadena, California). It appears that I have quite a few more stores to visit during my future travels!

Check out the entire list HERE and see if your favorite bookstore made the cut.

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