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Yes, We Cannes


THE MARTINEZ AT 80 // Stars don’t sleep much in Cannes, the idyllic French Riviera town that hosts the world’s most prestigious film festival. But when they do, it’s inevitably at the Hotel Martinez, an 80-year-old luxury resort with nary a wrinkle. To celebrate entering its ninth decade, the Martinez is offering a host of deals revolving around the number 80, including 80 euros of complimentary resort credits for those who stay three nights. www.hotel-martinez.com.

ROLL OF THE DICE // Can a dose of sin resurrect Bethlehem? The once-proud steel town in eastern Pennsylvania is gambling on just that. Opening on June 9, the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem (built on the site of a historic steel plant) is expected to bring 1,000 jobs — and 3,000 slot machines.

DON’T PAY AS YOU WISH // When the French culture ministry announced it was making many of its famed art museums free for those 25 and under, it was a gift to all of the country’s young art-lovers. Less happy about the promotion are those young Frenchmen who don’t regularly visit the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay or the Centre Georges Pompidou, who now have one less excuse for not knowing the difference between Claude Monet and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

WALL OF FAME // The Berlin Ritz-Carlton’s “Remember the Wall” package ($325/night) includes a DVD of the film Goodbye Lenin, tickets to the Berlin Wall Museum and your very own piece of graffiti-covered concrete from the notorious wall itself.

ME TARZAN, YOU PLANE // On the verdant coast of Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park, nestled amid towering palm trees teeming with squirrel monkeys, is the oddest hotel room this side of Terminal A. Hotel Costa Verde’s newest luxury suite, housed in an orange and silver Boeing 727 that once ferried the well-heeled to South Africa, is outfitted with AC, flatscreen TVs, a kitchenette, two bedrooms and plenty of overhead bins. Almost as nice as business class.

CAPE CRUSADER // Tycoon Sol Kerzner’s newest property, the One&Only Hotel, opened in April in Cape Town and features restaurants by Gordon Ramsay and Nobu Matsuhisa and, yes, two manmade islands. The room rate? A mere $600 a night.


CAIRO // Egypt’s famed “bent” pyramid opens to those tourists brave enough to enter its 4,500-year-old inner chambers. Watch out for mummified mice. www.egypt.travel

BRUSSELS // Forty-two years after his death, famed surrealist René Magritte gets what he’s long deserved — a museum of his own. www.musee-magritte-museum.be

WASHINGTON, D.C. // The summer nights might be sweltering in D.C., but the Capital Jazz Fest is supercool. www.capitaljazz.com

NASHVILLE // The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival transforms a farm in the middle of Tennessee into a mecca of rock bands, comedians and sweaty campers. www.bonnaroo.com

TEL AVIV // Dozens of windsurfers dot the horizon off Tel Aviv when the RS:X Class European Championship breezes into town. www.rsxclass.com

NEW YORK // Being Puerto Rican is not a requirement to enjoy the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. Loving to party is. www.nationalpuertoricandayparade.org

CHICAGO // Just for Laughs comedy festival is four days of knee slaps and spit takes, featuring scores of comedians, from Louis CK to Ellen DeGeneres. www.justforlaughschicago.com

MAUI // There’s only so much sand, sun and natural wonder you can take before plopping down in front of a movie screen and zoning out. That’s what the Maui Film Festival is for. www.mauifilmfestival.com

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