If you’re not in the mood to stand in line with a bunch of Twihards tonight to see Breaking Dawn: Part II, escape to the evocative world of 19th-century Russia in Anna Karenina, which also opens this weekend. Though some would be horrified that we are putting the 2 films in the same sentence, there are some similarities between the 2 stories: both are based on love affairs with the forbidden; one between a vampire and a human, the other between a married socialite and a young cavalry officer. And both are set in romantic, but equally dark settings — rainy Pacific Northwest and snow-covered Russia. And both make us want to travel.
St. Basil’s Cathedral Photography by Getty Images
This cinematic take on Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel, Anna Karenina — the story of a married St. Petersburg socialite embarking on a passionate and disastrous love affair — is a visual masterpiece, already garnering Oscar buzz. As with all film adaptions, this version takes creative liberties and scenes are set on a theater stage, showing very little of Russia or its famous landmarks. Being the travel junkies we are, it’s inspiring us to embark on our own Russian adventure.
Catch an all-new episode of Ghost Adventures at 9|8c when the guys head to Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, to investigate Tor House. Tor House is a beautiful stone house built by the American poet, Robinson Jeffers, for his family.
Tonight on the season premiere of Baggage Battles, at 8|7c, Billy Leroy, Mark Meyer, and Laurence and Sally Martin do a double-header in Brooklyn and Boston. First up: Brooklyn. The auction specialists attend the US Customs & Border Protection auction where they attempt to strike it rich with an international cargo. Will they find rags or riches?
Then, at 8:30|7:30c, the specialists head up north to Boston for an estate sale that holds quite a bit of historical value.
Go behind the scenes with a sneak peek of this season’s auctions lineup and catch a glimpse of tonight’s episodes in Brooklyn and Boston.
Last but not least, we have a special treat for you. Ever wonder how Billy Leroy spends his time? Here’s your chance. Check out A Day With Billy Leroy.
Watch Baggage Battles on Wednesdays at 8|7c.
Names chiseled on black granite. No war memorial in America is more recognized than the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. Dedicated 30 years ago, this week, its design was unlike anything anyone had ever seen before — the work of a 21-year-old Yale student named Maya Lin. So revolutionary was Lin’s design concept that critics initially took offense, seeing the design as just a gloomy gash of darkness that emerged from the earth.
Photography by Chris Waits, flickr
Not so today. While some walls divide, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial brings people together; relics, from baseball mitts to old photos, are often left at its base. For family, friends and old military buddies, the wall is the closest many can come to pay their respects to those 58,272 Americans who lost their lives in America’s longest, most contentious military engagement. What unfolds, as you walk down the pathway, is a story of sacrifice, for sure, but also of chance and memory: Because every last name on the wall is written in the order in which the individual was reported to have died. READ MORE
By Marianela Pereyra
Ever since I was little I was drawn to lighthouses. There was always an element of mystery to them and they encouraged my imagination to wander. I was always intrigued by the life of the keepers and all the work that went into tending the lighthouse. If you haven’t visited Point Arena, you better add this to your bucket list! At first thought, who would go out of there way to visit a lighthouse? Trust me when I tell you that once you get here you will be happy that you did, because it’s one of the only lighthouses on the Pacific Coast that allows you to climb all the way to the top!
“Contrary to how it may look, I am NOT cruising Ipanema Beach for guys while my wife works out at the gym.” – Tony Bourdain
Nearing the end of his final tour around the world with No Reservations, last night Anthony Bourdain visited Rio de Janeiro to accompany his wife to her jiu jitsu battle. Tony isn’t a newbie to the ridiculously beautiful white-sand beaches of Rio and the city’s delicious cuisine. But when your wife travels such a great distance to battle it out, you gotta go!
Tony made time to explore ports of Rio that he hadn’t seen before, such as a beach that’s secluded from the crowds and a bodega in the Rio neighborhood of Santa Teresa.
And let’s not forget about the food! Tony checked out Barraca do Uruguay, located on Ipanema Beach — this was the same vendor that Tony had visited 10 years ago! Get a complete list of all the restaurants and eateries that Tony checked out in Rio in our Travel Guide.
Get Tony’s thoughts and favorite picks in his Rio Journal and watch his Rio Bourdainisms, a collection of Tony’s one-liners from this episode.
Did you miss this episode? No worries. Watch our episode recap.
The Final Tour of No Reservations will come to an end on Monday, Nov. 5, at 9|8c, in Brooklyn, NY.
By Marianela Pereyra
Sometimes you just need to get away, especially if you live in a big city like San Francisco. Rodeo Beach is that perfect escape! It’s only 2 miles north of the Golden Gate bridge, and as you travel through a mystical tunnel to get there, you also travel back in time. It’s a mixture of beautiful coastal trails, old army barracks, and a front row seat to the Pacific ocean. You can spend the day exploring old ruins, hiking the coastal trails, or hanging with your dog, family, and friends at picnic! Yes, Rodeo Beach is dog friendly which is a huge plus considering not many beaches are in California. READ MORE
Last night on No Reservations Tony Bourdain continued his final tour around the world with a stop in Emilia Romagna. During his visit, Tony lived every man’s dream and got behind the wheel of a red-hot Ferrari California. Accompanying Tony was chef Michael White, who returned to San Domenico Restaurant where he spent his formative chef years. Miss last night’s episode? Watch an episode recap.
Get insights from Tony on the episode with his Emilia Romagna Journal and get Tony’s Travel Guide for each restaurant, activity and accommodation that he enjoyed.
Where’s Tony off to next week? Burgundy, France! See this location and others on our No Reservations’ Final Tour interactive map.
Our beloved show of 9-plus years is nearing the end of its run. If you’re not traveling to Austin, Sydney or even Emilia Romagna, just to name a few of the places where Anthony Bourdain has been, you can follow Tony and the No Reservations’ crew from afar. Check out our new No Reservations interactive map, complete with episode descriptions, photos, video and episode recaps for each of the remaining pit stops. New content will be added each week!
Don’t forget, the final episode of No Reservations airs Monday, Nov. 5, at 9|8c.
Photograph by Oliver Cox
Think you need a VIP ticket to enjoy Charlotte during DNC week? Not really. In democratic style, travelers can see and be seen in the company of major politicos and media celebrities, all in town for the week. You just need to know where to go. Check out these prime spots in uptown Charlotte during DNC week. READ MORE