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Here at Travel Channel, we’re saddened to hear that Will and Kate’s private pre-Asia-tour vacation was stalked by the paparazzi, and that a French tabloid went so far as to print topless photos of the lovely Kate Middleton … Although, a stay at Chateau D’Autet — the 640-acre renovated 19th-century hunting lodge where they were vacationing — doesn’t sound too shabby. Don’t get us wrong, we’re totally in favor of a little nude sunbathing every now and then – especially at our favorite nude beaches. But it’s hard to imagine having to lookout for paparazzi using ultra-zoom lenses to snap (and then sell) topless pics of you while on a private getaway.

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The trip they are on now, however, is anything but private. On September 11, the world’s favorite royal couple embarked on a 9-day tour of Asia as part of the yearlong celebration of Queen Elizabeth II in her 60th year of reign.  Their trip kicked off with a visit to the Singapore Botanical Gardens, where they visited the National Orchid Garden and admired the orchid named after them, as well as one named for the late Princess Diana. While in Singapore, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed at the famed Raffles Hotel, famous for their “Singapore Sling” cocktail (which, our ever-so-snarky host of The Layover has called a “disgusting drink”).  On their 2-day stay, the couple toured Gardens by the Bay, the Rolls Royce Seletar campus, the Queenstown Public Housing Estate and the Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery. They also attended a gala in honor of the queen at Eden Hall — in between greeting mobs of adoring locals, of course. READ MORE

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Venture down the stately “Avenue of Oaks” that leads to the majestic Manor House on Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, SC, an impressive remnant of Charleston’s antebellum past that became the star of a real-life fairytale wedding last night.

So you may not be able to plan a star-studded, top-secret, white-tent wedding, or have your $3,000 wedding cake cross 3 state lines in order to grace the dessert plates of Bette Midler or Christian Louboutin … and we’re guessing Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine is probably a bit out of your wedding band budget. READ MORE

MLB Trip Flip at Yankee Stadium

Ever wanted to tour one of the most historic ballparks in all of baseball? Tonight at 9|8c, watch as Trip Flip’s Bert Kreischer gives 2 vacationers the opportunity of a lifetime as he takes them on an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City – including a tour of Yankee Stadium led by former Major League Baseball star Harold Reynolds. READ MORE

Real Housewives of New York

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The women on the infamous Real Housewives franchises are always traveling.  Last season, the cast of Bravo TV’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta took a grand safari trip in Africa. Here at Travel Channel, we like to focus on the cool cultural experiences that come with traveling — but where there are housewives, there’s always drama. READ MORE

Elvis

Elvis Week is now in full swing, with festivities having kicked off last Friday in downtown Memphis. The week’s highlight was definitely its most moving: Last night through this morning, fans gathered outside the gates of Graceland to mark the 35th anniversary of the King’s passing. (The candlelight vigil’s surprise guests were none other than Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley.) READ MORE

Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival
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This weekend, Los Angeles has been taken over by foodies from around the world. Chefs come from near and far to show off their skills in cooking demos, offer their expertise at roundtable discussions and serve their delicious creations to the gourmands who were smart enough to buy a ticket to the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival.

This is only the second year of this festival –with venues in Santa Monica, downtown LA, Hollywood and Beverly Hills — and it’s already a big deal. Last year’s festival featured more than 30 restaurants and 200 vineyards, and this year’s tops that with chefs such as Giada de Laurentiis, the Voltaggio brothers and even our own Andrew Zimmern serving the 15,000 people who are expected to attend.

Need another opportunity to fill your stomach with the best food and wine around? Check out our photos of the Best Food & Wine Festivals in the US, see The Lost Girls’ picks for the best destinations for a food and wine-themed girls’ getaway or grab your significant other and take a Wine Tour Weekend.

Summer Sanders with Michelle Obama at the Olympics

We asked 1992 Olympic gold-medalist and TV personality Summer Sanders to tell us all about her trip to this year’s Olympics in London. She told us about her favorite British treat (tea time, anyone?) and who she was most star-struck to meet (we don’t blame her!).

Summer offers a first-hand opinion on how this year’s Olympics are so different from previous games and what it was like to witness history at the Aquatic Center.

Read Summer’s Postcard from London with her tips on where to stay, what to do and what to pack!

For more tips on traveling to London, check out these must-see neighborhoods, ideas for day trips and tips from Anthony Bourdain’s trip to London.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s tragic death. The air of mystery that surrounded her both in life and in death makes it difficult to not be intrigued by the sex symbol. To honor her, a special exhibition of 23 candid photos of Marilyn will be on display at the Phil Stern Gallery in Los Angeles, starting today.

But if you can’t be in LA to explore the actress’s life through photographs, then check out some of these destinations and relive her most famous films:

Star in your own larger-than-life version of the The Seven Year Itch by getting a photograph with the famous 26-foot-tall Marilyn statue, which now stands in Palm Springs, CA.

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If you’re anything like us, you were probably wondering where the Batcave is actually located (and if it’s a real place) as opposed to paying attention to the plot of Dark Knight Rises. We loved the movie, and we can’t help but be a little destination-obsessed here at Travel Channel. The Gotham City of Dark Knight was so obviously Chicago, that the new locations in Dark Knight Rises had us wondering, “Is that New York?” Turns out, most of it wasn’t.

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