Disney and Dali, together
Besides his love of wholesome entertainment, Walt Disney also had an appreciation for the eccentric that led to a decades-long friendship with surrealistic artist Salvador Dali. Their improbable bond will be explored in an exhibit running from July 10 through Jan. 3 at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. It will then shift to the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla.
MSP's Terminal 2 to expand
The Metropolitan Airports Commission voted on Monday to proceed with a $27.5 million expansion of Terminal 2 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The move will bring three new gates to the terminal, also known as the Humphrey Terminal. Janet Moore
France wants more wine tours
France wants to boost tourism by developing wine tours in its countryside, part of a series of measures aimed at retaining the country's position as the top destination in the world.
France's foreign affairs minister, Laurent Fabius, set a target of 100 million foreign tourists per year by 2020, up from 84 million now.
Fabius told a news conference: "Tourism is a national treasure. Wine is an important sector to attract foreign customers in our beautiful wine-growing regions that are still under-visited: Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Languedoc, Rhone, Champagne, etc."
Fabius announced the creation of a state-owned investment fund that would, among other things, help finance tourist facilities in vineyard areas. Another measure aims to support events promoting France's gastronomy.
DEAL OF THE WEEK
Hilton in the Caribbean, from $99
The Hilton is holding a Caribbean summer sale with rates from $99 a night. The Stay & Play Longer deal applies to participating hotels and resorts in seven Caribbean destinations (Curaçao, Bahamas, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, etc.) and features a free fourth night, $100 resort credit and gratis stays for kids. Minimum stay of four nights required. Prices vary. For example, in late July, four nights at the Hilton Barbados Resort costs $914, including taxes, a savings of $304. At the Hilton Cartagena in Colombia, pay $575, a savings of nearly $300. Book by Aug. 27; travel by Aug. 31. Info: 800-445-8667, www.hiltoncaribbean.com/summer.
The grand Barcelona bakery hotel
Barcelona has no shortage of boutique hotels. But a boutique hotel at a fair price is in shorter supply. Enter Praktik, a Spanish minichain offering affordable lodging with style and, sometimes, a gimmick or two. Among the latest is the 74-room Hotel Praktik Bakery, which has the uniquely Wes Anderson‑y addition of an artisanal bakery on the ground floor with a glass-walled view of bakers at work. Day and night, handmade boules and pastries from the local dough maven Anna Bellsolá and her Baluard Bakery tempt guests passing through. Make no attempt to start a diet here: The offerings are far too delicious. (From 89 euros a night. www.hotelpraktikbakery.com.)
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