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On June 10, France inaugurates its TGV East-European high-speed train service. Travel time from Paris to Reims will be cut in half, to 45 minutes, making the Champagne region an easy day trip from the capital. The journey from Paris to Strasbourg, in Alsace, will take two hours and 20 minutes (raileurope.com).
Club Med Cancún has just opened Passworld, a lounge area exclusively for teens, with activities like dances, movie nights, and crafts classes (clubmed.com)
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is mounting a major exhibition of artist Osamu Tezuka's work, the first to be held outside Japan. Known as the God of Animation, Tezuka is the creator of Astro Boy and one of the founders of the manga and anime movements (June 2-Sept. 9, asianart.org, $12).
Starting next month, Carnival Cruise Lines will offer four- and five-day round-trip cruises from New York City to the Bay of Fundy, with stops in St. John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia (carnival.com, from $429).
On June 6, as part of the annual D-day commemoration ceremonies in Normandy, France, a new 30,000-square-foot visitors center will be dedicated at the American Cemetery and Memorial (abmc.gov, free).
Marking another pivotal moment in World War II, the USS Indianapolis Museum opens July 1 in Indianapolis at the Indiana War Memorial. It'll be home to artifacts related to the famous battleship, which was sunk near the Philippines by the Japanese on July 31, 1945 (ussindianapolis.us, free).
On many Air France flights, passengers can take lessons in a choice of 23 languages on seat-back video screens.
The usually no-frills EasyCruise has a spa with services like massages, facials, and manicures available for a charge on sailings in the Caribbean and the Greek Islands.
At the same time Spirit Airlines is cutting fares by up to 40 percent, it will begin charging $1 for sodas, juice, and coffee, $5 or $10 each for the first two checked bags, and $100 for a third piece of luggage.
SeaLife's ECOshot, a waterproof digital camera, is ideal for beach activities and kayaking and diving excursions, as well as rainy days (sealife-cameras.com, $250).
Hefty introduced OneZip Travel Bags meant to be carried on to planes, with a shape designed for travel-size toothpaste, shampoo, and other liquids.
HBO shows like The Sopranos and Deadwood will be available for $2 and up on Delta flights more than four hours long.
New routes from JetBlue connect Boston to Charlotte and Bermuda; Orlando to Washington Dulles and Ponce, Puerto Rico; and New York JFK to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The U.S. government altered a border-crossing rule due to take effect in June 2009: Children 15 and under will not be required to have passports when entering the U.S. by land or sea.
Marriott is in the process of upgrading the TVs at its high-end properties, adding 32-inch high-definition models that quickly and easily connect to laptops, iPods, video games, and digital cameras.
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