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Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival …
Stars descended on the small French Riviera town this week for the beginning of the annual Cannes Film Festival. Among the guests was “The Dictator,” a character played by actor Sacha Baron Cohen in the upcoming movie of the same name. READ MORE

NBC’s 17th annual TODAY Summer Concert Series kicks off  (appropriately) … today! If you’re an early bird and in Manhattan on any Friday this summer, head down to Rockefeller Plaza around 6 a.m. to stake out your spot for a free live show. Usher is the first on the all-star roster of performers, which also includes Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Train and Jason Mraz. READ MORE

Chances are if you’re reading this you tuned into last night’s Bachelorette premiere (or at least DVR’d it), to see if single mom Emily Maynard will finally find true love. Here at Travel we’re not wondering who will win her heart so much as where she will fall in love.

Charlotte, NC

For the first time ever the show has been moved from the “Bachelor pad” in Los Angeles to a Southern mansion in Maynard’s hometown of Charlotte, NC, so she could spend as much time with daughter Ricki as possible. Maynard was engaged to NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick who died in a 2004 plane crash while she was pregnant with their child. READ MORE

Marilyn Monroe

Tonight at 9/8c, Mysteries at the Museum, examines the death of Marilyn Monroe, the blonde bombshell who still manages to fascinate the world nearly 50 years after her death. Her story may have been one of high glamour, but it was also universally relatable. Marilyn was “seeking the oldest of rainbows — to be herself and unafraid,” as director John Huston once put it. That may explain why some 40 books have been written about her. And dozens of actresses have played her. The latest is Michelle Williams, whose turn as MM in My Week With Marilyn, is already generating Oscar buzz.

But for all the focus on Marilyn “the lost girl,” another part of her story remains equally fascinating: the circumstances surrounding her death. In tonight’s episode of Mysteries at the Museum, host Don Wildman explores some very unsettling questions. Like, what exactly was Marilyn Monroe’s housekeeper doing on the night Marilyn died? And whatever happened to Marilyn’s diary-gone-missing? (The one in which she probably had a thing or 2 to say about the Kennedy brothers.) Did Marilyn simply die from an overdose? Or did she know too much?

Check out our sneak peak for clues and tune in tonight for Mysteries at the Museum at 9/8c to find out more.

Port St. Charles Marina in Barbados

So, you've decided to take a break from all the schmoozing with celebrity chefs at the Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Festival, and you want to experience the best of Barbados. We have a few suggestions. Check out our slideshow of things to do while on the island and read our top 5 picks below.

1. Hit the beach. There are more than 70 miles of beach to explore in Barbados with no shortage of water sports. Snorkel with sea turtles, go jet-skiing or just drift in a small sail boat. The most pristine beaches are in the south, while surfers will find paradise in the east at Bathesheba.

2. Go to the Oistin’s Fish Fry. Everybody is there on Friday nights, so don’t be the only one to miss out on some of the best food the island has to offer. Stop by Pat’s for the fried or grilled flying fish platter for a mere $10. Have a Banks, the local beer, to wash it all down, then stroll around the open food and craft market and join in the dancing to reggae and soca beats. READ MORE

UPDATE, May 10, 2011:

After much speculation and anticipation, it was reported this morning that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, known to the world simply as William and Kate, arrived in Seychelles for their honeymoon today. The Seychelles, a cluster of islands in the Indian Ocean, are a popular destination for Europe’s elite. It’s rumored that the Royal Couple made a secret pact to get married while on holiday in Desroches Island, Seychelles, in 2007. It was always a likely contender for the royal honeymoon hideaway with the island’s stunning, and very exclusive, private beaches.

Find out more about Seychelles.

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Speculation, rumors and bets have been swirling around for months leading up to the royal wedding of the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. We now know who designed Kate’s dress (Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen), how long the balcony kiss would last (2 quick pecks from Wills), the celebrity guests (the Beckhams and Elton John among others), but one big question still remains: Where will the royal couple honeymoon?

The latest speculation is that the royal couple will travel to Jordan for a Middle-Eastern post-wedding getaway. Australia is also high on the list. After a recent trip Down Under, the Duke was reported as saying that Australia could be the spot for his honeymoon with the Duchess.

And then there’s Kenya. The couple got engaged in Kenya’s remote Rutundu Log Cabins retreat last October, and it is reported that the Duke signed the visitors book: “Look forward to next time. Soon, I hope.” Perhaps Wills will keep his word, and the couple will honeymoon in the wild.

Where do you think the royal couple should honeymoon? Check out our Royal Honeymoon Hideaways slideshow to see the possibilities.

Oscars and Movies That Inspire Travel

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards are tonight!  The King’s Speech, Black Swan, The Fighter and The Social Network are just a few movies nominated in the Best Picture category.

Movies have a way of transporting us to a different time and place. Travel Channel came up with a list of movies that inspire us to pack our bags and visit those real, mystical or magical places captured on film.

Check out our Movies That Inspire Travel slideshow to view our picks. Tell us what movies we may have missed that have inspired you to travel.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models

You walked past the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue on the newsstand, you saw the models basking in the sun, but when you picked it up, you were reading it for the beaches, right? Well, if you’re wondering where those gorgeous destinations are (and you’re mentally packing your bikini and sunscreen for your next vacay), you’re in luck.

We take you to all 9 locations featured in the mag, from Anguilla to Laguna Beach to Singapore. Click through our Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Destinations slideshow for views of the beautiful beaches and deluxe resorts where the models stayed to get inspired. Afterward, you can go from daydreaming to actually booking your trip. Enjoy!

So, which one do you want to visit? Leave your favorite locale in the comments.

Oprah on Yacht

When Oprah filmed her show in Sydney, she had native Australian actor Russell Crowe and his wife, Danielle Spencer, show her the ropes. But she’s hardly the only celebrity we’ve spotted sailing the high seas.

While still-freezing winter temps may have you dreaming of sunbathing like these stars, chances are you wouldn’t be traveling in the lap of luxury on a private yacht or with a supermodel girlfriend like Leonardo DiCaprio — but you can dream. And if that isn’t enough, you can click through our slideshow of Celebs Caught on a Yacht and get inspired by the hot photos for your next warm weather trip.

See Jennifer Lopez in Monaco, Kim Kardashian in Miami, Kate Winslet in Puerta Vallarta and sail Sardinia with Paris Hilton. Though we’ve heard the famous heiress is a celeb you wouldn’t want to travel with.

Don't Travel With These Celebrities

With all the recent hoopla around Arianna Huffington’s cell-phone etiquette and Charlie Sheen’s wild weekend in Vegas, we thought it might be fun to present our own Celebrities You Wouldn’t Want to Travel With Hall of Fame. Whether they’re throwing hissy fits on planes or trashing hotel rooms, this group of winners could make a badger look like a more desirable traveling companion. Are they being treated unfairly because they’re high-profile celebrities, or are they simply acting badly because they suffer from inflated egos and a sense of entitlement? You make the call.

Find out why you shouldn’t travel with Charlie, Paris, Naomi, Lady Gaga and other stars in our fun slideshow.

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