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Replica of the first flight made by the Wright Brothers at the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kitty Hawk

Replica of the first flight made by the Wright Brothers at the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kitty Hawk


After four years of experiments, Wilbur and Orville Wright, aka the Wright Brothers, took to the sky in the world’s first heavier than air, powered controlled flight. The Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, highlights the beautiful history of the brothers’ success. See photos of the museum and memorial in our gallery.

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The Cloister on Paradise Island, The Bahamas

The Cloister at the Ocean Club on Paradise Island, The Bahamas

On a rock in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas made famous by the movies lies a cloister from a twelfth- or thirteenth-century French monastery. The story goes that the notorious philanthropist and businessman George Huntington Hartford II purchased the pieces of stone from the Montréjeau monastery of the Augustinian order that William Randolph Hearst had brought over from France and stored in a warehouse. Huntington Hartford also purchased what was known as Hog Island in The Bahamas, renamed it Paradise Island and parked his prized possession there. After another flamboyant owner by the name of Merv Griffin owned it, complete with an airline, Paradise Island is now a travel destination for all with The Atlantis Resort and Casino as the anchor piece. The cloisters sit on the property of the Ocean Club, owned today by Sol Kerzner, like the Atlantis, the One & Only luxury hotel chain and more. The hotel is featured in two James Bond films: Thunderball (1965) and Casino Royale (2006), and the cloister is prominent in The Beatles movie Help during the hit song Another Girl.

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2013 Audi RS 5 Coupe

on October 20th, 2012
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Wheel and brake detail on the 2013 Audi RS 5 Coupe

Wheel and brake detail on the 2013 Audi RS 5 Coupe

Offering even greater performance than the Audi S5, this stylish sports coupe features an aggressive 4.2-liter, naturally-aspirated 8-cylinder engine, churning out 450 horsepower and rocketing the RS 5 to 60 mph in just over four seconds.

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Mondrian SoHo New York City

A double room in the NoMo SoHo Hotel in New York City


Taking his cues from Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film adaptation of “La Belle et la Bête,” designer Benjamin Noriega Ortiz brings to life the classic story of “Beauty and the Beast” at this Manhattan boutique hotel.

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Fruits and squashes at the Mercado Juarez

Fruits and squashes at the Mercado Juarez

If all the sight-seeing has made you hungry, duck into one of Mexico City’s many markets for a lunch on the run. Mercado Juarez, located on Avenida Chapultepec, is just a few Metro stops from the Palacio de Bellas Artes or the Zocalo, and is one of the best ways to really immerse yourself like a Mexico City local. Choose from any of the numerous stalls where soups, tacos, flautas and other snacks are sold for the equivalent of a few dollars. Be sure to try one of the local juices, made and served fresh, and, if you’d like, grab some fruit to go. Check out the photo gallery of Mercado Juarez below.

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