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Sicilian villa embraces history, hominess

I slept in one of Don Arcangelo all'Olmo's bedrooms, floating as if in a dream between Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea. Don Arcangelo all' Olmo, or L'Olmo, as he is affectionately referred to, is actually a villa located near the town of Taormina on Sicily's east coast. It's been in the same family for generations (since the 1700s). The current owners opened their home to paying guests, when L'Olmo joined an exclusive club in The Thinking Traveller's collection of 200 villas in Sicily, Puglia, and the Ionian and Sporades islands.

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Epic experiences: A Santa Cruz sunset sail, with wine

Northern California boasts alfresco wine-tasting venues aplenty, but the most memorable way to sample merlot in the great outdoors is aboard a sailboat. And the Chardonnay II, anchored in Santa Cruz Harbor, is a grand vessel for a seafaring, wine-tasting adventure. At sunset, yet.

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Killer surf and Kilauea hotspots, on Hawaii's Big Island

You wouldn't think that a mellow town such as Hilo, a Hawaiian-style community - and the rainiest place in Hawaii - could brag on much in the way of passion and betrayal. But that's what the movie director, the one I bumped into at a film festival party, said he wanted.

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Translating Disney magic in China

Even before Walt Disney Co. opened Euro Disneyland outside Paris in 1992, French intellectuals called the park a "cultural Chernobyl," workers protested the Disney dress code and neighbors complained that the park's train whistles provoked their dogs to bark and geese to honk.

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Rome makes history shine for visitors

Buongiorno, my hundreds of fellow tourists crowding the Trevi Fountain on this bright spring day. Doesn't it look magnificent? Isn't it grand? Aren't you happy to be the first high-season tourists to see the place again without scaffolding? The baroque fountain was recently closed for 17 months while it was cleaned, scrubbed, repaired and restored to the glory intended by sculptor Salvi when he began carving it in 1762.

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In New Orleans, the ghosts are like family

It’s generally accepted that New Orleans is unlike any other American city. Where else will you find people willingly boarding buses marked “Cemeteries”? Where else will voodoo priests and priestesses be lauded as rock stars, their graves decorated with floral tributes? What other city deifies its sinners and names its football team the Saints?

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How to beat the new airfare rules

A few months ago, the nation’s three major airlines quietly tweaked their fare rules. The result? Travelers encountered notably higher prices for certain multicity round-trips (visiting several cities by plane) and open-jaw trips (flying into one city, traveling to another by, say, car or train, then flying home from that city).

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