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The Seamy Side of Airbnb Reviews

The Seamy Side of Airbnb Reviews

A system in which hosts and guests rate each other has a chilling effect on travelers, and gives enormous power to homeowners.

Four Great Rooftop Views of Paris

Four Great Rooftop Views of Paris

From pricey tourist traps to cheap thrills, the Paris rooftops are enchanting. Here’s where you can savor the most iconic vistas.

The Whole Bonito on Budget Travel

The Whole Bonito on Budget Travel

Any way you slice it, I went overboard with an impulsive – and bargain – purchase. Here’s how I tackled the culinary challenge.

Eating Like a Grape Picker in Alsace

Eating Like a Grape Picker in Alsace

The harvest is a festive time, with celebrations in wine-producing villages and food stores offering seasonal concoctions. I tried my hand at baeckeoffe.

Why and How to Visit Verdun

Why and How to Visit Verdun

With underground forts and a vast, high-tech, museum, the century-old Verdun battlefield offers lessons for today. Here’s how to structure a brief visit.