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jun 25 2007

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Versailles reopened its Hall of Mirrors today. After a three-year restoration, the 8,640-square foot gallery is open to visitors again. Most of the hall's 357 mirrors date back to the 1600s. The cheateaux of Versailles was the onetime home of Marie Antoinette and other French royalty, who--as the mirrors make obvious--loved themselves dearly. Tickets cost $27 per person. [French Tourism]

Dubai is heading to the big screen. Yesterday, Paramount announced that it will film a political thriller set in Dubai, according to Variety. The script involves a plot to attack the U.S. economy. No doubt, this film isn't what the tourist officials at Dubai want to see hit the screens. (Perhaps the emirate will buy Paramount to stop the filming.)

Dubai, as you may know, has been busy touting the upcoming construction of Dubailand. This series of delights in the desert will include replicas of the Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Also to be included: Tiger Woods Dubai (a 25-million-square-foot golf course), a Universal Studios theme park, a museum with the name Louvre, and 50 themed hotels with 60,000 rooms. In the meantime, there is a lot to see and do in this Middle Eastern destination already. See our story: Dubai: Just Add Money.

Las Vegas gets a movie, too. "What Happens In Vegas" is the title of an upcoming comedy. The plot: After a night of mischief, two people get married. Hijinks ensue. By the way, "What happens here, stays here," is one of the most successful tourism campaigns ever, first launched four years ago. But tourism officials in Las Vegas are testing a new slogan: "Your Vegas is showing." [story here via Las Vegas Review-Journal and this story via the San Diego Union Tribune]

Related: Visit the 10 locations of 2006's coolest movies.

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