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12 gorgeous aerial photos of the seaside city of Marseille in southern France

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Marseilles from Above

With over 84 million visitors in 2014 alone, France is the most popular tourist destination for international travelers in the world.

While many go to Paris, the seaside city of Marseille, in southern France, is the country's third largest city. The port city is known for its fresh seafood, its thriving marina, and its laid-back culture

Here, get a unique view of this coastal city and its incredible surroundings with aerial shots that truly capture its beauty.  

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Once a highly active maritime dock, The Old Port of Marseille is now a designated marina used by residents and travelers.



Marseille's sea ports have played a significant role in the city's economy throughout its history. Today its commercial port provides some 45,000 jobs.



Marseille is a place for seafood lovers, as it's the birthplace of Bouillabaisse (fish stew).



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This graphic uses top MLB salaries to put New York's record-breaking apartment prices into perspective

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Major League Baseball players are well compensated for their talents. But when it comes to luxury real estate, even the top-paid players are better off avoiding the field in New York. 

During the recent MLB All-Stars Game, CityRealty took a look at how some of the highest-earning All Stars might fare in the New York real estate market — where the average apartment price recently hit a record $1.87 million— versus that of their teams' hometowns.

For example, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and best-paid All-Star Zach Greinke's annual salary is enough to buy 26 houses in LA — or one penthouse in Manhattan's 50 United Nations Plaza.

Check out the full breakdown below. 

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Here's the thing about the Porsche Cayman GTS — it's seriously fun

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Porsche Cayman GTS

The letters GTS and the six-figure price—when extravagantly optioned—are two hints that this Porsche Cayman variant is a serious sports car. While the Cayman GT4, which Porsche begins delivering in July, has track fans swinging from the rafters, the GTS is a more versatile machine that features numerous upgrades from the base Cayman. Foremost among these is an engine output that has been pushed from 275 to 340 hp. The GTS is visually distinguished from the base model by a front fascia with larger air intakes, a slightly lower ride height, and stylish 10-spoke, 20-inch wheels.

The Cayman (and its variants) has a cultlike following among Porschephiles, who appreciate its smaller size and price compared to those of the venerable rear-engine 911. Owners extol the mid-engine model’s agile handling and more balanced weight distribution, which make the Cayman a perfect weekend track toy. Generous front and rear luggage compartments also make it well suited to weekend getaways, as a GTS test car demonstrated on a recent jaunt down the California coast to Del Mar. 

Driving the GTS along back roads in and around Del Mar showed its raison d’être: fun. The standard 6-speed manual transmission (the excellent 7-speed PDK is optional), with its soul-stirring rev matching and slick short-throw shifting, could make any driver feel like a racing pro. And in a world where it seems as though everything operates automatically, calling one’s own shots—which are amplified by a corresponding exhaust symphony—is a rare and satisfying treat.

Porsches have never been torque monsters, and this car’s 280 ft lbs from a 3.4-liter flat 6 may seem underwhelming. But the Cayman GTS can scoot from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds (4.5 when equipped with the PDK transmission and 4.3 seconds when it is in the Sport Plus mode) and reach a top speed of 177 mph (175 mph with the PDK). Notwithstanding these performance specs and track capabilities, the car is best enjoyed on public roads at legal speeds. 

Porsche Active Suspension Management regulates damping force based on road con­ditions, and the optional Porsche Torque Vectoring applies judicious braking to the inside rear wheel when the car enters corners. The locking rear differential gains traction as the Cayman GTS exits the corner and aids in braking stability. The Sport Chrono Package is standard, and in addition to including a feature that records lap times, it provides sportier calibration for the engine, suspension, and gearbox. 

Porsche Cayman GTS

When drivers slow the car’s pace, they will find ample details to appreciate in the cabin, including excellent seats and jewellike controls. The tasteful mix of materials blends leather, plastic, metal, and lots of Alcantara. The GTS that Porsche provided for the ride to Del Mar was fitted with the optional Burmester High-End Surround Sound System. It may be overkill to include this system in a car of this size, but when a rousing Bach cantata is played, it transforms the cabin into a miniature of Leipzig’s Thomaskirche. 

The GTS’s base price is just over $75,000 (about $79,000 with the PDK transmission), but the cost spools up faster than the engine shoots to redline when options are added. Still, the value delivered by the GTS—from its performance to its build quality to its user-friendly character—makes it a must-drive. Other models may be quicker, more exotic, and costlier, but none delivers more of that elusive quality called fun.  

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Here's the easiest way to get more sleep and have more energy during the week

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As much fun as it is to have a lazy Sunday after snoozing until late afternoon, your weekend habit of sleeping in isn't doing you any favors.

You can blame social jetlag. It works just like regular old jetlag, only it happens when our body clocks get thrown off by the gap between our weekend and weekday sleep schedules.

Luckily, there are ways to fix it. Here's how you can make sure your body clock stays on a more normal schedule:

1. Wake up at the same time every day.

Yes, it's hard, because there's no real reason to keep waking up at 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. But staying in the groove is important. Frank Scheer, a professor at Harvard Medical School told Science News he has virtually no social jet lag thanks to early morning wake-ups from his kids.

Even making sure you're waking up a few hours within when you usually wake up during the week would be a lot better than waking up at 2 p.m. Think about it this way: The jet lag from a New York-to-Chicago flight isn't nearly as bad as a flight from New York to San Francisco.

2. Pick a job that lets you be outside in the sunlight — or make sure your office has good natural light

Like our ancestors, our bodies evolved to be awake when it's light out and asleep when it's dark. Dim offices with artificial light can mess up that cycle and trick our bodies into thinking it's later than it is. To fix this, find a way to get as much natural light as possible during the day by sitting by a window or taking walks outside throughout the day.

A man sleeps on a conveyer belt under an American Airlines logo at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

3. Expose yourself to sunlight in the early morning

Leaving for work before the sun has risen and you coming home after it sets can make you feel as if you're nocturnal. The more sunlight you get in the morning, the earlier your central clock will want to get up. By retraining this part of the body, the chances of getting social jet lag go down.

4. Steer clear of bright screens right before bed

As much fun as it is to scroll through social media before snoozing, the light our smartphones and computer screens emit confuses our body clocks because they wans to keep running as if it's still day time.

Instead of powering your body down, the light causes you to be more alert and ready to keep on going — even if it's way past your designated bedtime. So while those late-night Netflix binge sessions seem like a great idea for a relaxing Friday, it's best to switch off screens at least an hour you plan to go to sleep.

The takeaway

What all this boils down to keeping an eye on how you time your exposure to sunlight and sticking with a regular schedule. The more sunlight you get during “natural” waking hours, the earlier your body clock will be set. Having a regular wake-up and bedtime should help you avoid as much social jetlag as possible.

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Millennials are thinking hard about leaning out

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The New York Times has some depressing news for young, ambitious women:

Millennials are more likely than the two generations before them to think their family choices are going to affect their careers.

Claire Cain Miller writes (emphasis added):

A survey of Harvard Business School alumni, released as part of the school’s new gender initiative, found that 37 percent of millennial women and 42 percent of those already married planned to interrupt their career for family. That compared with 28 percent of Generation X women and 17 percent of baby boomers.

And:

A broader Pew Research Center study found that 58 percent of working millennial mothers said being a working mother made it harder for them to get ahead in their careers, compared with 38 percent of older women.

And:

Women’s expectations have declined: 66 percent of millennial women said they expected their careers to be equal to those of their spouses, compared with 79 percent of baby boomers.

The hard question to answer here is whether this means that millennials will end up stepping back more than previous generations, or if they are just planning better for it. It could be that this is a good thing for women in the workplace: It shows that women are really thinking hard about how to balance their career and family goals.

That might make them more likely to weather those exceedingly rough years in the mid-30s when a lot of women are trying to juggle career advancement and small children. Or it might mean that there will be fewer women really committed to "leaning in," in the words of Sheryl Sandberg.

Regardless, it’s something a lot of young adults are worried about, and not just women. As a person who fits in this demographic perfectly, I didn’t have to look far to find a lot of feedback on this issue. A single Facebook post had me bombarded with comments and emails, full of men and women worrying out loud about how they will fit family into their careers. There were slightly more women than men, but not overwhelmingly.

My sample is skewed of course: My Facebook friends skew white, toward journalists, and probably relatively wealthy. (But they didn’t all go to Harvard Business School, so they are more diverse than the Harvard study.)

Peter Labuza, a graduate student in Los Angeles, told me, “As a PhD student I think about this a lot. Some of my colleagues have children and seem to do fine, but I often worry that say I were to have a kid in the next year or so, how I would be able to dedicate my time to both my child and then my research.”

“I would say it's [thinking about kids and the future] one of my primary stressors,” said another friend (female). She has student loans, and works for a startup with no defined maternity benefits. She figures she wants to leave by the time she hits 30 because of this.

Of course that is just what she thinks about in the years leading up to thinking about starting a family. “Then there is actually affording kids,” she said, which is a different thing entirely.

And another friend, a teacher (and male), said he has thought about it, and it makes him not want to have kids at all. “This is selfish but I also don't think I could spend nearly as much time on my job as I do now. It may be cliché but I have too many children already.”

A number of friends sent me a Vox article that explains why it is great to be a working parent in Switzerland, including the option to get full benefits for working part-time.

On a personal note: I think about this often. In almost every life choice I make, I count down from my mid-30s, because that's when I figure I will need to make some very hard choices about the direction my life will go in. My life may or may not happen that way (at 26, I have no plans for marriage or children anytime soon), but I feel I have no choice but to plan for it.

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This 'Swiss Army Knife of jackets' just raised nearly $1.7 million on Kickstarter

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The most funded fashion item in crowdsourcing history is the BauBax jacket, which is equipped to help you face all your daily struggles. The product has been called the Swiss Army knife of jackets and over $1.6 million dollars have been donated (with 41 days still left) to get it off the ground. 

The jacket comes in a number of styles, like a sweatshirt, windbreaker, bomber, and blazer, but it's what underneath that really makes it special. The BauBax's 15 different features include a built-in neck pillow and eye mask in the hood, gloves inside the sleeves, earphone holders, a pocket that acts as a koozie drink holder, and a zipper that detaches and becomes a pen-stylus hybrid. The Kickstarter has over 9,500 backers that are apparently over the days when they don't have a place to keep their drinks cold at all times or a designated pocket for their iPad. 

As of this writing, there's only one spot left in the $99 backer tier, but plenty in the $109 tier. Backers will start receiving their jackets in Nov. of this year, and the company plans to sell the BauBax for $160 once it hits retail. Scoop up your own futuristic outerwear here

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Saudi king is headed to the French Riviera for a summer vacation with 1,000 of his closest friends, and locals are outraged

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman will holiday in France with an entourage of more than 1,000 people

King Salman of Saudi Arabia is expected to arrive in France later on Friday for a Riviera beach holiday, bringing with him no fewer than 1,000 people from his entourage.

While the king's three-week visit is a boon for the local economy, it has also sparked anger due to the closure of a public beach for the privacy and security of the royal party.

The king's inner circle will be put up at the family's private villa, which stretches across a kilometer of Riviera coastline between Antibes and Marseille.

Some 700 other members of his entourage will be accommodated at top hotels on the promenade in Cannes.

Hundreds of other Saudis will be following the king on his holiday — as is the tradition — bringing the total number of Saudi citizens flooding into the southern French beach resorts to around 1,000.

"Clearly this is good news," said Michel Chevillon, president of an association representing hotel managers in Cannes.

"These are people with great purchasing power, which will pep up not only the luxury-hotel industry but also the retail and tourism sectors of the town," said Chevillon.

But not everyone is happy.

An entire kilometer of public beach will be cordoned off for security and privacy reasons and coastguards will stop anyone coming within 300 meters of the villa by sea.

The Saudis also generated a great deal of anger by starting work on an elevator from the beach to the villa, which involved pouring a huge slab of cement directly on to the sand. 

cannesA petition against the "privatization" of the public beach gathered more than 45,000 signatures in eight days.

"We recall that this natural zone, like all maritime public estates, is an intrinsic public property that should be available for the benefit of all, residents, tourists, French, foreigners or people passing through," said the petition.

"We ask the state to guarantee the fundamental principle of the equality of all citizens before the law," the text added.

"We're sick and tired of this messing around," said a local woman, more succinctly.

"I can see it's normal that you need to guarantee their security, but they should let us go for a swim." 

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Early Uber investor and serial entrepreneur Jason Calacanis is selling his Los Angeles home for $3 million

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Jason CalacanisSerial entrepreneur Jason Calacanis — who founded Weblogs, Mahalo.com, and Inside.com in addition to investing in Uber and Tumblr — is officially leaving Los Angeles behind.

Calacanis has listed his four-bedroom home in Brentwood for $2.998 million. He told Business Insider that he and his family have moved to San Francisco full-time. 

"We were splitting time between SF and LA, but we are now firmly planted in SF working on my Launch incubator," Calacanis said. "We just don't use the house any more."

The home has some beautiful details, like a bright sun room and a large swimming pool. 

"The house is delightful, especially for a New Yorker born and bred in Brooklyn," Calacanis said. "It has a huge pool, which I always dreamed of having back when we lived in Bay Ridge." 

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The home, built in 1940, is located in Los Angeles' well-to-do Brentwood neighborhood.



Inside, there's lots of space to lounge in comfort.



One corner serves as an informal eating area.



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Summer rain showers have nothing on this pint-sized Bluetooth speaker [45% off]

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71OAPhXeolL._SL1200_Waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof, the $33 pint-sized Bluetooth speaker pictured here packs a punch you probably wouldn't expect. 

The rugged outdoor speaker is made to withstand sudden downpours (and sandstorms, should you find yourself in the desert) while still managing to deliver a high-quality sound experience — via its enhanced bass resonator.

It also has up to 12 hour of battery life and 33-foot Bluetooth wireless range.

If your phone isn't Bluetooth-enabled, there's a built-in audio jack so you can still connect and enjoy. Simply clip the mini sound system to your backpack, clothing, shower head, what-have-you, and let your favorite songs tag along whenever you go.

EC Technology Outdoor Rugged Bluetooth Speaker, $32.99 (originally $59.99), available at Amazon. [45% off]


 

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26 pictures that will make you want to visit Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu lightIf there was ever a beaten path to take, it's that of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.

Often referred to as the Lost City of the Incas, it consists of more than 150 buildings and is steeped in mystery, as no one can quite agree on what it was and why it was abandoned.

Rediscovered by historian Hiram Bingham on July 24, 1911, Machu Picchu is now one of South America's most famous tourist attractions, with about 1.2 million visitors a year.

Here are 26 photos that show why the ancient Incan city has remained one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world for over a century.

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Welcome to the Inca Trail, one of the most famous hikes in the world.



It's recommended that you hang out in town for a few days (common starting points are Cusco and Ollantaytambo) before attempting the hike in order to get acclimatized to the altitude.



The Inca trail actually consists of three overlapping trails, each of which varies in duration and level of difficulty.



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The best steakhouses in all 50 states

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Rhode IslandQuality steakhouses are peppered throughout every state in America, but in every pond there's one giant, beefy fish that stands out from the rest. 

We collaborated with Foursquare to find the top steakhouses in every state (plus D.C.) based on what Foursquare-savvy diners think. The restaurants were chosen using an algorithm that considers likes, saves, shares, and tip sentiment, among other Foursquare user information.

Foursquare also created a list of America’s 40 Best Steakhouses, just in case you want to make a steak bucket list.

Keep scrolling to take a steakhouse trip around America. 

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ALABAMA: Connors Steak & Seafood

Specializing in fresh seafood and premium aged steaks, Connors was named best restaurant by both The Taste of Huntsville and Valley Planet (2012 and 2012-2013, respectively). It was also deemed best steak for three consecutive years (2011-2013) by Valley Plant, so prepare your taste buds for a juicy delight. 

345 The Bridge St., Huntsville, AL, 256-327-8425

 



ALASKA: Simon & Seafort's Saloon & Grill

Serving USDA Prime aged steak and promising panoramic views of Mount Susitna and the Alaska Range, this 1978 Anchorage landmark is a favorite among locals.

Its 8-ounce chargrilled filet mignon is served with smoked mushrooms and truffle oil, mashed Yukon potatoes, and a brandy-mustard sauce. 

420 "L" St., Anchorage, AK, 907-274-3502



ARIZONA: Roka Akor | Scottsdale

Venture to Scottsdale's Roka Akor for a menu rich with Japanese flair. Prime steaks drizzled with artisanal sauces and dressings — including its signature black-truffle-infused aioli or chili ginger dressing — will take you straight to heaven.

Choose from countless bone-in and dry-aged cuts, in addition to domestic and Australian Wagyu beef, and enjoy the contemporary design and welcoming ambiance.

7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ, 480-306-8800



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Stew Leonard's is called the 'Disneyland of dairy stores' — and after one visit, I totally get the hype

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Even if you forget Whole Foods admitting to overcharging customers and Amazon elbowing in on the grocery market, shopping for food can be quite a stressful experience. 

And while everyone has their favorite supermarket, a few stand above the rest — and I'd heard Stew Leonard's was one of those.

The grocery store has locations in Connecticut and New York, but having grown up in New Hampshire — land of Market Basket— I had never set foot in one.

But with all the hype from Connecticuters, I was pretty curious. The supermarket's reputation for customer service and quality precedes it, and I had heard rumors of animatronic singing produce. I had to check it out.

With the moniker "the Disneyland of Dairy Stores" — given by The New York Times back in 1983— I knew I was in for an experience. But I had no idea just how delightful it is to grocery shop at a Stew Leonard's store.

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I got a chance to visit the original Stew Leonard’s store in Connecticut, located right on Route 1 in East Norwalk.



Immediately upon entering is “The Rock,” a three-ton hunk of granite with the company’s two rules of customer service literally written in stone.



There’s a soft-serve ice cream stand in the entrance, too — and it was crazy busy even at 11 in the morning. Clearly, this was no ordinary grocery store.



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This 32-year-old quit his job to spend over 6 months walking from the Netherlands to New York City

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In March, Arjen Ulrich left his hometown of Alkmaar, the Netherlands, and headed to New York City — on foot.

"For many years I've thought about going for a long-distance walk," Ulrich, 32, says. "I'm not sure how that came to mind, but walking gives a sense of freedom, and the challenge is, to me, quite appealing.

"Two years ago, in April 2013, I flew to New York to visit a friend, go to a music festival and to generally experience the big city by drinking a hot chocolate, having lunch and stroll through downtown or Central Park," he recalls.

"On my way back in the airplane, the map of Europe and North America was shown with a projection of the route. I looked at it and saw it was (nearly) flying over the UK, Iceland, and Greenland, countries that have been at the top of my travel list for a long time. I immediately thought of doing the same trip over land, going from country to country — walking this route had, at that moment, not crossed my mind but quite soon I combined the urge of doing a long distance walk with going to New York over land," he explains.

Ulrich gave notice at his job in February, and set off only weeks later. He has documented his travels on his website, walk2nyc.com, and his Instagram, @arjenulrich.

Keep scrolling to read more about his adventure, in his own words.

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"The first week of walking was terrible. I had never walked more than 10km [6.2 miles] before I made the decision of doing this trip. I did four rather easy walks of 34km [21 miles] in the last three months before I left but walking day in day out with a 15kg [33 pound] backpack wasn't easy at all."

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Day 1 Alkmaar-Haarlem: more detour animals! The beach really beat me this time. There was a lot of wind and it was a difficult walk on the fluffy sand.

 



"I try to keep walking to a maximum of eight hours, which equals 40km [25 miles]. However, when I see I have to do more than that (up to 50km [31 miles]) I will just wake up early and make sure I have enough energy to make it."

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Day 20 Calais-Canterbury: since it is 'Patrick van Holland-day' today I ignored Google Maps and went looking for paths through the fields and forrests between Dover and Canterbury. The walk was therefore a bit longer but also a lot more interesting! Thanks Patrick!



"Looking at the flight path of the plane flying from New York to Amsterdam I figured it would be best to at least cover the UK, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Canada and the US. I've added Belgium and France so that I could walk almost entirely to England, taking only the ferry from Calais to Dover. This first part also allowed me to get used to walking while still talking Dutch in an area that is familiar to me. In case something would terribly go wrong, I could easily take a train home."

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Goodbye Alkmaar!



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21 incredible markets around the world

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Visiting a local market is a great way to gain some insight into a country's culture.

Most markets offer specialties that can only be found in that country, and chances are you're going to have to bargain with locals to get the price you want.

From the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan, to the Witches' Market in La Paz, Bolivia, here are the markets with treasures you won't want to miss out on.

 

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Istanbul's Grand Bazaar certainly lives up to its name. Starting out as a small warehouse built in 1461, the bazaar has grown to a sprawling maze of vendors selling everything from spices to lamps to jewelry, and of course Turkish delight. The bazaar — which is one of the oldest covered markets in the world — is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 am to 7 pm.



Tonalá, a suburb of the Mexican city of Guadalajara, has the largest concentration of artisans in all of Mexico and has for years been a center for pottery-making. So it's no wonder that the Tonalá Market, which runs Thursdays and Saturdays, is primarily a craft market with some food and drink mixed in. It's described by visitors as a much more authentic experience than anything you'll find in the city.



Bangkok's Chatuchak Market is one of the most popular weekend markets in the world. There's truly something for everyone here; the market is separated into 27 sections, includes over 8,000 booths, and spans a whopping 35 acres.



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Here's the glassware you need to expertly execute every type of cocktail

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Serving your friends cocktails in red Solo Cups is immature after graduating from college. You know this much. But, maybe your current glassware isn’t up to snuff either. 

Below, we compiled all of the glassware you need to expertly execute highballs, mojitos, Old Fashioneds, and more at home.


unnamed 9The Moscow Mule 

A Moscow Mule isn't really a Moscow Mule unless it's served in a copper mug. The oxidation of cooper boosts the aroma and flavor of the vodka to make your Mule even better.

Old Dutch International Moscow Mule Mug, $15.99, available at Amazon.


unnamed 10The Tom Collins

Dubbed an adult lemonade, a Tom Collins has simple ingredients, but when made correctly, it is home to a complex range of flavors. A long and narrow glass help keep the cocktail's carbonated water fizzy. 

Stolzle New York Bar 11 Oz. Collins Glass, $34.73, available at Amazon.


Presidio Silver Plated Julep Cup, $19.95, available at Williams SonomaThe Mint Julep 

A staple of the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep is a refreshing concoction of bourbon, crushed ice, and mint. A silver cup allows a frost to form on the vessel's exterior — making the chilled drink extra appealing for hot summer days.

Presidio Silver-Plated Julep Cup, $19.95, available at Williams-Sonoma.


unnamedWhiskey On the Rocks 

This specially designed whiskey glass freezes water into a wedge shape, so every sip tastes good going down — without diluting the rich taste of the spirit.

Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge Glass with Silicone Ice Form, $19.95, available at Amazon.


unnamed 7The Martini 

The signature martini glass shape isn't just for looks. The elongated stem keeps the body heat that emanates from your hands away from the cocktail —  so you can sip on your cocktail slowly instead of glupping it down while it's cold.

Libbey Vina Martini Glass, Set of 6, $16.99, available at Amazon.


unnamed 2The Mimosa 

Flutes add an elegant touch to an otherwise standard breakfast spread of eggs Benedict and pancakes. The tall, narrow shape enhances bubble formation, making every sip of your mimosa or Bellini just the right amount of bubbly. 

Arc International Luminarc Grand Noblesse Flute Set of 6, $12.97, available at Amazon.


unnamed 8The Old Fashioned 

The short tumbler is synonymous with the cocktail that is served in it. The wide brim and thick base make it easy for non-liquid ingredients – like fruit, which imparts a lightness to the drink — to be muddled before alcohol is added. 

Luigi Bormioli Strauss Double Old Fashion Glass, Set of 6, $39.99, available at Amazon.


unnamed 3Sangria 

A deep, spherical goblet is the only way to ensure your drink can hold ample amounts of fruit and wine.

Bormioli Rocco Restaurant Red Wine Glass, Set of 4, $19.99, available at Amazon


unnamed 6The Mojito

The design of mojito glasses, which are slightly taller than Collins glasses, allows you to muddle mint — the cocktail's signature ingredient — against the bottom with ease. 

Final Touch Glass and Wood Mojito Set, $20.29, available at Amazon.


unnamedThe Highball

Scotch and sodas, gin and tonics, and whiskey and cokes are recommended drinks to make when you're entertaining with highball glasses.

Williams-Sonoma Highball Glasses Set of 4, $51.94, available at Williams-Sonoma.


unnamed 4The Frozen Margarita 

Margarita glasses, which looks similar to champagne coupes, have wide brims for salt or sugar and long, thick stems that support denser frozen drinks. 

Clara Margarita Glasses, Set of 4, $43.95, available at Williams-Sonoma.


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There is a seemingly endless number of shot glasses to swig spirits with, but copper cups that can double as jiggers and novelty ice-mold vessels are a couple of our favorites for summer. 

Alchemade Copper Shot Glasses, $19.95, available at Amazon.


 

Now that you have all the glassware you need to entertain at home, you can bartend with confidence and an added dose of class.

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Not getting enough sleep might be way worse for you than we thought

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Losing one night of sleep may do far more damage to your body than simply making you groggy the next day.

A few years ago, scientists figured out which genes are associated with your biological clock — the thing that wakes you up in the morning and tells you when you need to get some sleep. 

These so-called "clock genes" make proteins that rise and fall throughout the day and control various bodily functions, including when we sleep and when we wake up. Our body clocks also help regulate many other things, from our body temperature to our heart rate, blood pressure, and metabolism. 

In a small study published earlier this month, researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden found out that our "clock genes," like many of our other genes, may be negatively affected by external factors in our environment, a field of research known as epigenetics. And these changes, they hypothesized, could take place over the course of just a single night of missed sleep.

While epigenetics itself is still a pretty new field, scientists are discovering that the genes that are altered in this way — known collectively as our epigenome — are affected by everything from what we eat to how stressed we are.

It's important to keep in mind that the effects the researchers observed didn't involve changes to the genes themselves, but rather in how they were expressed. Researchers liken these effects to switching genes on and off. And not sleeping — even for just a single night — appeared to switch some genes off.

Train sleeping To get their results, the researchers had 15 healthy men in their early 20s spend two nights in a lab. On one of the nights they got to sleep a full eight hours, but on the other night they had to stay awake, which the researchers ensured by keeping a close eye on them and not letting them get into bed.

On both mornings, the researchers collected samples of connective tissue below the skin and skeletal muscle to get a look at their genes.

In just one night of not sleeping, some genes appeared to have been hypermethylated, or essentially switched off. That could be bad news for the metabolism, since some of the genes that are affected by lack of sleep are also the genes that break down the sugar from the food we eat. If these blood-sugar-processing genes are silenced, they can't to do their job. 

Christopher Payne, a professor of human molecular genetics at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine who was not involved in the study, expressed some concerns over the limitations of the study, particularly the small sample size and the fact that they only looked at two samples of tissues and only studied four genes. But there's one positive thing the study did find, Payne said:

“The study does provide evidence that there are measurable changes to the circadian clock from just one lost night of sleep."

The researchers haven't figured out if these changes are permanent yet. Payne said from what we know about epigenetics, the changes are likely reversible, so long as they're not consistently repeated.

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This Android tablet may be old, but it's still a great option if you can't afford an iPad or Surface

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Google event Nexus 7The appeal of tablets is in their versatility. Bigger than a smartphone but more portable than a laptop, they can serve as an essential productivity tool or a miniature entertainment hub, depending on your needs.

If you're in the market for a tablet that works well as the latter, you don't have to splurge on a pricey iPad or Microsoft Surface to find something that lets you enjoy the occasional Netflix or web-browsing session.

Instead, you can head down memory lane and pick up a Google Nexus 7 (2013), which Amazon currently has in stock for $150.

Yes, months after Google formally discontinued its production, the Asus-built tablet somehow continues to surpass its competition in a variety of ways.

Its superb display remains its biggest attraction — while other 7-inch slates like the Asus Memo Pad 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 skimp on the pixels, the Nexus features a sharp and colorful 1920 x 1200 panel that makes extended viewing less of an eye strain. Beyond that, it's still wonderfully thin, light, and compact, and, as a Nexus device, it's still privy to new Android updates well before anyone else.

There are certainly risks involved in buying an older gadget like this — its aging processor isn't so quick for gaming and other intense tasks, and its battery has never been the best — but for light users who've been priced out of iPad range, it continues to be a rewarding choice.

Nexus 7 from Google (7-inch, 16 GB, Black) by Asus (2013) Tablet, $149, available at Amazon.


 

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A top sommelier rates the airlines with the best wine lists

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What makes a good flight varies by traveler — for some it's the food, for others leg room, and others again will prioritize duration.

But for a growing number of flyers, it's all about the wine (CNN dubs them "oeno-flyers").

We asked a sommelier to rate the wine lists onthe 10 top international airlines.  Jessica Brown, wine director at The Breslin Bar & Dining Room and The John Dory Oyster Bar in New York, took a look at each airline's wine lists and ranked the top five airlines based on diversity, breadth, and quality of the wines. She also shared the best bottles to get on each.

Keep in mind that wine lists vary by class as well as route, and some airlines, like Qantas, switch up their wine lists so often they don't even keep a list.

Here are the top top 5 airlines for wine, according to Brown, and the best wines to order on each:

​1. Emirates

  • Dom Perignon 2004
  • Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe 2011
  • Y de Yquem 2012

"I have no idea how much a first class ticket on Emirates costs, but you could probably make that flight worth it by drinking a bunch of stuff off that list, and it would be less expensive than going into a restaurant and buying those bottles," Brown says.

"This was the wine list with the most wines that you would see on lists that are really respected, those I would see on wine programs in New York City, or that I would have on my list. I would have thought that airline wine lists would really have to defer to brands that are much more mass produced; I would imagine just for the quantity that they have to deal with that would be an issue, and that's what I most commonly see on airline wine lists — just pretty commercial mass produced and mass marketed brands. So this has the most wines on it that were smaller production, or more unique and classic."

2. Qatar Airways

  • Krug Brut Grand Cuvee Champagne
  • Lanson Brut 1999 Champagne 

"It has some wines that are less well regarded and more mainstream, but still old world in style, and from classic wine regions that are well respected. Neither of these had a lot of new world wine on them, meaning wine coming from Australia, South America, Latin America, South Africa, even California."

3. Thai Airways

  • Pascal Jolivet Pouilly Fume 2013

"Again this list is focused on classic and well-known regions. I picked it for the breadth of their selection, as well as the quality and how respected the brands are."

4. Korean Air

  • PJ Belle Epoque Blanc de Blanc 2002

"Korean, over wines on Virgin or Air New Zealand, focused on old world regions, classic regions and classic styles of wine, as opposed to new world styles and more mass produced brands. There are some mass produced brands on this list, but it has classic regions like Chablis, and Belle Epoque champagne."

5. Singapore Airlines

  • ​Dom Perignon  
  • Krug 

"This was one of the few lists that really kind of had a focus on Burgundy, which is I think is most popular right now for red wine. It is the most popular, and most heralded and expensive region currently on the market."

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