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Tiffany Haddish is Cosmopolitan’s Travel Issue Cover Star

A BIG congratulations goes out to the ultra-talented superstar Tiffany Haddish for getting the cover of the new Cosmopolitan travel issue!!! Five years since her breakout performance in Girls Trip , Tiffany Haddish is at the top of her game. Between writing multiple books, playing a role in literally every major movie of the summer, filming an Apple TV+ series, and scheming about her next projects, the star finds a little peace—and a hot stranger—while on an early-morning hike with journalist Sylvia Obell for Cosmopolitan’s Issue 5: The Travel Issue . While taking in the sweeping views of Los Angeles, Tiffany opens up about setting boundaries, the privilege of being able to travel, “queendom-building” and more. Plus, in a most hilarious episode of   Cosmopolitan’s “Expensive Taste Test” , Tiffany compares hemp gummies, demim jackets, chocolate, jewelry and more.

Cosmo ’s   Issue 5: The Travel   Issue   hits newsstands nationwide on August 23.

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Here are some highlights from the cover story

On setting boundaries between work and self-care:

“I love and hate telling people no. I love it because it’s for me—I have to take care of Tiffany. I hate it because nine times out of ten, whoever’s asking me is somebody I probably really like and care about. If a friend wants me to do a show or something like that, I have to be honest and say, ‘I can’t do it. I gotta get up early in the morning and the reason I gotta get up so early is because I need to go for a walk.’ So you just got to be selfish in a way, and I hate that feeling of being selfish, but I love the results.”

On turning down a $10 million offer:

“I’ve turned down, sh*t, I’ve turned down $10 million just to do a post because it didn’t represent my brand. I turned down $10 million because my soul is worth more than that to me. My spirit, my integrity, how I want to be able to look at myself in the mirror every day…I’d rather be flat broke than get money to do something that makes me feel like sh*t.”

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On selecting the projects she wants to pursue:

“At first with acting roles, I used to just be like, what seems like fun? Now it’s, what seems like fun and what resonates with my soul? Then I ask, who else is working on it? Will it be my friends? What I’ve noticed lately, though, is that casting has been coming to me first. So I’ve learned how to fight better too. Because it’s a battle getting the people that you want, because everybody still looks at you as talent, when they fail to realize I’ve produced things, got nominated for awards, won trophies…I kind of know what I’m doing. Give me an opportunity to make you richer, sir. I might not know how to keep a man, but I know how to make some money.”

On her dating advice:

“Put on something cute but not too fancy. Be ready for if you go dancing, some shoes that are cute but comfy. I don’t want to be complaining. I’ll wait until date three or four to be that date. I’ll do something uncomfortable and see how he handles my discomfort because you need to know that before you lay down with a man, unless he’s going to be the jump-off. I’m hoping someone will earn their way into my bed soon.”

On how she manages to keep her joy when nothing feels funny:

“I know that it’s going to be okay—whatever it is, it’s going to be okay. But I also know this: If they pass that law where they control our uteruses*, I’m going to start getting into politics and I’m going to write a bill that makes it illegal for men to masturbate. Because every time you masturbate, sir, you ejaculate, sir, you’re killing somebody. That’s my opinion on that. But as far as joy, you gotta protect it. It’s not even just about protection. You got to manifest it. I also watch YouTube videos of babies laughing. That changes my whole vibe.” [*SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade shortly after this interview took place.]

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On Black women being often praised for being “resilient” and “strong”:

“This is the part I hate, and I don’t know if my phone has been listening to me or what, but I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about it on social media. I am not just a strong, Black woman. I am a woman. I need to be nurtured. I need to be protected. I need to be soft.”

On traveling, escapism and the leisure of it all:

“I want to retire and buy a ranch in Wyoming. I will probably be traveling until the day I die, just going between all the properties in my queendom.”

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Multi-hyphenate  Tiffany Haddish  is  Cosmopolitan’s  2022 Travel Issue cover star. For the cover story, Tiffany opens up about setting boundaries, the privilege of being able to travel, queendom-building and more. 

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Wayman + Micah (@waymanandmicah)

On the cover, Tiffany looks incredible in an orange crochet cover-up by Cult Gaia , which she paired with silver hoop earrings from  Gold & Honey and gold rings from Jennifer Fisher . Like always, she sports her platinum blonde buzzcut complemented by a two-toned smokey eye look and neutral lips.

Read excerpts from the interview below:

On setting boundaries between work and self-care

I love and hate telling people no. I love it because it’s for me—I have to take care of Tiffany. I hate it because nine times out of ten, whoever’s asking me is somebody I probably really like and care about. If a friend wants me to do a show or something like that, I have to be honest and say, ‘I can’t do it. I gotta get up early in the morning and the reason I gotta get up so early is because I need to go for a walk. So you just got to be selfish in a way, and I hate that feeling of being selfish, but I love the results.

On staying true to herself in an industry that tends to try to polish celebrities as they ascend

They be trying to polish me. They be trying their best. I ain’t perfect. There is no way on God’s earth that I’m not going to make mistakes, that I’m not going to say something out of pocket, that I’m not going to be out of order. But I’m willing to learn and I’m willing to evolve, and how I feel today might be different than how I feel tomorrow. But if you don’t make mistakes, you’ll never grow. You’ll never be successful. Every successful person I know that’s winning has failed multiple times.

On Black women being often praised for being “resilient” and “strong”

This is the part I hate, and I don’t know if my phone has been listening to me or what, but I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about it on social media. I am not just a strong, Black woman. I am a woman. I need to be nurtured. I need to be protected. I need to be soft.

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On my second tour with the company—the first, in 2016, guided me through the “Heart of Italy”—I too was in search of something more than a vacation. Whether it was a reverent walk through the Holy Door into St. Peter’s Basilica or a gondola ride in pursuit of panoramic views, I was seeking a new perspective on life, not just bragging rights on Instagram. With my passage into adulthood complicated by the Great Recession and contentious politics at home, I wanted to be made over into the thoughtful and informed American abroad—all on a budget. My idealistic dream? To be mistaken for a local. Having been told by my Lebanese mentor that it was possible to spot an American in a crowd by the way they walk , I reckoned I needed more than a guidebook to learn the art of fitting in—something more akin to transformation. I had only a few weeks off from work and wanted a way to see the highlights of an “authentic” Europe in a way that would make me more authentic, too.

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Airports around the United States are preparing for what could be the busiest Fourth of July travel season on record. The nation's roads are no different. Traffic could reach never-before-seen volumes over the Independence Day holiday.

“With summer vacations in full swing and the flexibility of remote work, more Americans are taking extended trips around Independence Day,” Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel, said in a press release. “We anticipate this July 4th week will be the busiest ever.”  

Nearly 71 million people are expected to make trips for the Independence Day travel period, AAA predicts.

Here's what to know about traveling for the holiday this week.

The TSA sets a new record and readies for another

Last week, a record-breaking 2.99 million passengers went through U.S. airports in a single day, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The agency said it's expecting a new travel record this week.

At Philadelphia International Airport, Gerardo Spero, the TSA’s federal security director for the airport, is dealing with an 8% passenger increase this year and is cautioning travelers to give themselves extra time.

“The best advice that I can offer is to get to the airport well before your ticketed departure time,” Spero said in a news release . “Now more than ever it is vital to give yourself plenty of time to park or return a rental car, check in with your airline to check bags and prepare for the security checkpoint."

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There's usually no need to panic when planes make emergency landings. Here's why

Spero also said travelers can help each other out by being "efficient" in the security lines: take off shoes and belts preemptively, empty your pockets into your carry-on, and grab a bin early.

Over at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport — where travel volumes are up 5% — the TSA wants travelers to double-check their carry-on bags before they get to the airport.

“We are asking travelers to be good partners with TSA and ensure that they are prepared for the screening process," TSA Federal Security Director for Washington Greg Hawko said in a release . "Please don’t bring prohibited items in your carry-on luggage."

The busiest airport days are expected to be July 3, 7 and 8, according to flight website Hopper . The company projects Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth and Denver airports to be the ones with the most travelers.

This rise in summer air travel comes amid heightened attention on aircraft maker Boeing's quality control practices after a door plug blew out on a 737 Max jet in midair at the start of the year. Still, flying is the safest way to travel .

On the road

Nearly one in five Americans are set to drive more than 50 miles this Fourth of July travel season, according to an AAA forecast .

If you want to beat the traffic, drive early. INRIX, a transportation data provider, said driving on Monday should save travelers time. Any day after that, the best time to drive is before 10 a.m.

“Drivers in large metro areas can expect the worst traffic delays on Wednesday, July 3, as they leave town, and Sunday, July 7, as they return,” Bob Pishue, transportation analyst at INRIX , said in a statement. “Road trips over the holiday week could take up to 67% longer than normal.” 

The state put the first diverging diamond at a notoriously traffic-clogged intersection in Springfield where it could often take as long as 20 minutes to make a left turn.

When driving on the wrong side of the road is the right way to speed up traffic

If you are preparing for a longer road trip with family and friends, AAA recommends running through this checklist: check kids' car seats, bring an emergency pack (first aid, jumper cables, snacks and water) and map the route.

At the pump, drivers can expect lower gas prices than last year with a gallon costing an average of $3.50. In 2023, gas cost $3.53 per gallon and in 2022, it cost nearly $5.

This year, the states with the most expensive gas are California ($4.80), Hawaii ($4.71), Washington ($4.21), Oregon ($4.07), Nevada ($4.04), Alaska ($3.90), Illinois ($3.88), Michigan ($3.70), Washington, D.C. ($3.66), and Indiana ($3.65).

Another cost to consider is tolls. Not all states have them, but check your route on Toll Guru to see how much change you might need on hand or how much money to have loaded on the E-ZPass.

The weather factor

High temperatures and a few thunderstorms are in the forecast for much of the country, according to AccuWeather . Both can cause travel delays.

The worst heat is expected in California.

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"It's going to be downright hot across the Southwest, especially in California and the Desert Southwest where record highs will be challenged," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Joseph Bauer told the website.

The Southern Plains and Southeast regions are also expected to feel the heat over the Independence Day weekend with higher than average temperatures.

High temperatures can slow down travel. When temperatures get too high, railway tracks can start to bend — forcing trains to slow down or stop completely. And planes may face weight restrictions during severe heat.

Traveling during the morning or evening can help offset the risk of heat-related delays.

While much of the country will face high temperatures on the Fourth of July, the Northern Plains, Midwest and portions of the Northeast may see thunderstorms, according to AccuWeather.

Flight delays and cancellations

As a rule, airlines are required to offer travelers a refund or book them another flight if they cancel a passenger's flight. The rules surrounding flight delays are more complicated.

Airlines are ordered to give full refunds instead of vouchers and to stop hiding fees

Airlines are ordered to give full refunds instead of vouchers and to stop hiding fees

This U.S. Department of Transportation chart offers a full list of specific airline cancellation and delay policies.

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Passenger complaints about airline travel surged in 2023

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U.S. Transportation Department officials last year were up to their necks in complaints submitted by air travelers over everything from delays and cancellations to accommodations for disabled passengers.   

The agency  reported  on Friday that it received nearly 97,000 submissions in 2023, 91% of which were complaints. That's up from about 86,000 total submissions, including complaints, inquiries and opinions in 2022. 

The department said there was such a high volume of consumer grievances filed against airlines and ticket agents last year that it took until this month to sort through the filing and compile final figures.  

The figure marks the largest number of air travel complaints by consumers since 2020, when airlines were slow to give customers refunds after the coronavirus pandemic shut down air travel. That year, the department received roughly 103,000 complaints, according to PIRG.

The increase in complaints came even as airlines canceled far fewer U.S. flights — 116,700, or 1.2% of the total, last year, compared with about 210,500, or 2.3%, in 2022, according to FlightAware data. However, delays remained stubbornly high last year, at around 21% of all flights.

So far this year, cancellations remain relatively low — about 1.3% of all flights — but delays are still running around 21%.

More than two-thirds, or 67,661, of submissions last year dealt with U.S. airlines, but a quarter, or 24,991, covered foreign airlines. Travel agents and tour operators were the reason for 3,162 complaints.

Disability-related grievances rose by more than a quarter compared with 2022, with some incidents making headlines, including a paraplegic Delta Air Lines passenger in December 2023 who claimed he was forced to crawl to his Delta Air Lines seat after no one was available to help him board. Earlier that year in November, a video went viral of American Airlines crew members mishandling a passenger's wheelchair, sparking some people with disabilities to speak out about their negative travel experiences. 

Though they would like to travel by plane, many disabled Americans forego air travel out of fear of not being sufficiently accommodated by airlines, according to an April  study from the Century Foundation. 

Complaints of discrimination, while small in number, also rose sharply. Most were about race or national origin.Airlines receive many more complaints from travelers who don't know how or don't bother to complain to the government, but carriers don't release those numbers. 

The Transportation Department said it is modernizing its complaint-taking system, which the agency says will help it do a better job overseeing the airline industry. However, the department now releases complaint numbers many months late. It did not issue figures for the second half of 2023 until Friday.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Air travel is getting worse. That’s what passengers are telling the U.S. government.

WASHINGTON —  Air travel  got more miserable last year, if the number of consumer complaints filed with the U.S. government is any measure.

The Transportation Department said Friday that it received nearly 97,000 complaints in 2023, up from about 86,000 the year before. The department said there were so many complaints that it took until July to sort through the filings and compile the figures.

That’s the highest number of  consumer complaints about airlines  since 2020, when airlines were slow to give customers refunds after the coronavirus pandemic shut down air travel.

The increase in complaints came even as  airlines canceled  far fewer U.S. flights — 116,700, or 1.2% of the total, last year, compared with about 210,500, or 2.3%,  in 2022 , according to FlightAware data. However, delays remained stubbornly high last year, at around 21% of all flights.

So far this year, cancellations remain relatively low — about 1.3% of all flights — but delays are still running around 21%.

More than two-thirds of all complaints last year dealt with  U.S. airlines , but a quarter covered foreign airlines. Most of the rest were about travel agents and tour operators.

Complaints about treating  passengers with disabilities  rose by more than one-fourth compared with 2022. Complaints of discrimination, while small in number, also rose sharply. Most were  about race  or national origin.

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The Transportation Department said the increase in complaints was partly the result of more consumers knowing about their rights and the ability to file a complaint. The department said it helped Southwest Airlines customers get more than $600 million in refunds and reimbursements after the carrier canceled nearly 17,000 flights during December 2022. Southwest also paid a  $35 million fine .

Airlines receive many more complaints from travelers who don’t know how or don’t bother to complain to the government, but the carriers don’t release those numbers.

The Transportation Department is modernizing its complaint-taking system, which the agency says will help it do a better job overseeing the airline industry. However, the department now releases complaint numbers many months late. It did not issue figures for the second half of 2023 until Friday.

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Cosmopolitan Expands into Travel Experiences with CosmoTrips

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Cosmopolitan , the world's largest women's media brand, announced today the launch of   CosmoTrips , a bespoke travel-booking service. The new offering delivers a unique opportunity for the brand's Gen Z and millennial audience to " travel like an editor " through instantly bookable, curated vacation experiences in top cities across the U.S.

A new business venture for  Cosmopolitan , CosmoTrips—designed and built in partnership with tech-first travel industry leaders  DH Enterprise & Associates (DH) —launched today with a collection of two- and three-night itineraries in four U.S. cities: New York, Austin, Charleston, and West Hollywood. Each itinerary offers best places to stay, eat, and play—plus exclusive perks and insider access—all vetted by the  Cosmo  editorial team and secured in collaboration with experience provider  Travel Curious .  Cosmo  will continue to expand the destination offerings and city-specific itineraries—including New Orleans, Miami, and Las Vegas—in the coming months.

With the launch of CosmoTrips,  Cosmopolitan  is further solidifying its commitment to its audience of travel enthusiasts by leveraging its editorial influence and expertise to create experiences that bring the brand to life and inspire discovery. According to a recent Avail survey, 71% of both Gen Zers and millennials are planning to travel more, or the same amount, in 2022 than they did pre-pandemic, and many in those demographics are either already planning or are considering splurging on a big trip. The CosmoTrips business is designed to serve young Americans' appetite for travel while saving them time by providing one-click access to  Cosmo -approved vacation itineraries.

"Our audience of Gen Zers and millennials are considered the golden generation for travel, and research shows that they prioritize experiences over things," said  Nancy Berger, SVP/publishing director and chief revenue officer of Hearst Youth + Wellness Group . "CosmoTrips travel packages are specifically curated for this demographic, vetted by our editors, and include perks and surprise and delight moments, many of which are exclusive to our offering.  Cosmo  is such a trusted resource on so many aspects of their lives; creating a travel experience they will love, making it easy to book, and guaranteeing them a fun time was a natural brand extension for us."

Over the past year,  Cosmo  has invested in travel coverage, delivering more content than ever before, including travel features in every print issue and a robust digital channel anchored by The Must-Visit List.  Issue 5, the Travel Issue —on newsstands nationwide on August 23—will be entirely dedicated to travel, exploring the hottest places to travel right now, the best places to stay, where to dine, what to wear, and things to check out while you're there. The issue will also include a special CosmoTrips feature spotlighting the four launch destinations.

"Our editors  love  to travel—and so does our audience. CosmoTrips not only takes out the stress of planning their next vacation, but travelers are guaranteed an experience that passes our editors' pickiness test, all without lifting a finger," said  Jessica Giles, editor-in-chief of  Cosmopolitan . "With the coolest destinations, chicest restaurants, and the secret spots only locals know about, these are the extremely curated trips that our audience deserves."

As  Cosmopolitan  further establishes its editorial position in the travel space, it has also attracted new print and digital advertising partners in the category, including Air New Zealand, Sandals, and Texas Tourism as well as CosmoTrips launch destinations Explore Charleston and Visit West Hollywood. To celebrate the launch of the new venture,  Cosmo  will host an invitation-only event in West Hollywood next month.

Among the sponsors supporting the launch of CosmoTrips,  Klarna  serves as the official "travel now, pay later" partner, making it easy for consumers to budget their travel plans. The payment platform is fully integrated into the CosmoTrips booking website, and CosmoTrips will be featured in a variety of premium placement formats across Klarna's app and website as well as promoted through Klarna's influencer network.

"We are excited to be partnering with  Cosmopolitan  on their new travel proposition, CosmoTrips," said  David Sandstrom, chief marketing officer of Klarna . "Together, we are looking forward to giving readers the opportunity to explore new cities whilst spreading the cost of their experience."

"We are thrilled to partner with an iconic brand like  Cosmopolitan . The pairing of DH's bespoke travel technology platform and  Cosmo 's travel-passionate audience is an unbeatable combination," said  Ben Block, CEO of DH Enterprise & Associates . "We are leveraging the best of both companies and we couldn't be more excited to grow the CosmoTrips business together."

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The U.S. is issuing a “travel warning” for Americans traveling to several Caribbean islands this week because they may be hit by a Category 5 hurricane.

The U.S. Embassy warned Americans visiting countries in the path of Hurricane Beryl — Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines — to check the weather forecasts and monitor changes in conditions.

“Beryl will likely bring devastating impacts to Jamaica Wednesday,” The Weather Channel said .

Beryl, which became the earliest Category 5 storm to form in the Atlantic Ocean, is a Category 4 storm that is currently churning toward Jamaica, according to The Weather Channel. It is expected to hit the Cayman Islands on Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, followed by Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Friday and potentially the western Gulf Coast, from Texas to Mexico, on Sunday or early Monday.

The U.S. Embassy is also urging citizens to register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) , a free service for Americans traveling or living overseas to register their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

This program allows Americans to receive important information about what is going on in their country for safety reasons, and gives the U.S. Embassy as well as family and friends a way to contact you in case of an emergency.

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Ukraine war latest: Putin's deadly hypersonic missile attack on Ukrainian cities sparks outrage - killing at least 30 as children's hospital hit

World leaders voice their outrage after Vladimir Putin launches a deadly hypersonic missile attack on multiple Ukrainian cities, with a children's hospital struck in Kyiv. It comes on the eve of a NATO summit in Washington.

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Patients wait to be evacuated following Russian missile strikes on Ohmatdyt Children's Hospital in Kyiv, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine July 8, 2024. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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A major rescue operation has been taking place in Kyiv today after the strike on Okhmatdyt children's hospital which injured at least 16 people and forced the evacuation of patients.

The strike caused a two-storey wing of the hospital to partially collapse, with rescuers still searching through the rubble hours later.

Volunteers formed a line, passing bricks and other debris to each other.

Our security and defence editor Deborah Haynes says the hospital is a key facility treating the most sick and vulnerable of children, including cancer patients.

The UN Security Council will meet tomorrow at the request of several countries after a Russian missile attack on Kyiv saw a children's hospital struck.

Diplomats said the UK, France, Ecuador, Slovenia and the US all called for a meeting of the 15-member council.

"We will call out Russia's cowardly and depraved attack on the hospital," the UK's UN ambassador Barbara Woodward said in a post to X.

Away from Kyiv, at least 11 people have been killed and 68 injured in Russian missile strikes on Ukraine's Dnipro region today, according to an official.

Dnipro regional governor Serhii Lysak said three teenagers, two girls and one boy who lived in the city of Kryvyi Rih, were among the wounded.

In a post to Telegram, Mr Lysak said people "did not have time to recover" from the first attacks this morning before the region was targeted for a second time.

"Sometimes it seemed that not only the walls were shaking, but also the ground under our feet," he said.

By Ivor Bennett , Moscow correspondent

The timing of this attack feels very significant, coming on the eve of the NATO summit.

It's also been matched by a verbal offensive, which underlines the extent to which Moscow is waging an information war, in tandem with the one on the ground.

In a statement on Telegram, Russia's ministry of defence says it targeted "objects of the Ukrainian military-industrial infrastructure".

There's no mention of a children's hospital.

But it denies targeting civilian infrastructure and blames the destruction on Kyiv, asserting (without evidence) that it was caused by a Ukrainian air defence missile.

It even suggests a reason for Kyiv's apparent act of self-harm - to garner support from NATO.

And it's this sentence, I think, which shows why the timing of Russia's latest offensive is no coincidence. 

As Western leaders gather in Washington, it feels like Russia is trying to flex its muscles - to show them that it has the upper hand on the battlefield, and that supporting Ukraine is futile.

But that's not the only thing Russia wants NATO to notice.

India's prime minister Narendra Modi is in Moscow, for his first visit to Russia since the start of the Ukraine war.

An ally of the West, India has also become a key trading partner for Russia, buying up its oil on the cheap after Western markets became cut off.

For Vladimir Putin, though, it's more than that - it's about showing the West, that despite their best efforts, he isn't that isolated after all.

Together with the offensive in Ukraine, this all feels like another Putin power-play, hoping it might prompt his opponents to rethink their strategy.

A top aide to Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said calls for an immediate ceasefire in the war would only prompt Russia to carry out further attacks.

It comes after Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier called on the international community to help support the resumption of direct dialogue between Moscow and Kyiv in order to cool the situation in Ukraine.

He made the comments in a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is visiting Beijing today.

Mr Orban held talks on a potential Ukrainian peace deal with Vladimir Putin on Friday, angering some European Union leaders.

"The leaders of Hungary and China once again demanded 'an immediate ceasefire'... and its purpose is to create a false feeling: the aggressor has the right to kill, because he speaks of 'peace', and the victim should not defend himself," said Mykhailo Podolyak, the head of the Ukrainian president's office, said on X. 

He added that such a proposal "stimulates Russia to continue attacking". 

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko has announced tomorrow as a day of mourning after Russian attacks killed at least 20 people in the capital.

Flags will be flown at half mast on municipal buildings and other private businesses have been urged to lower theirs, he said.

Entertainment events will be banned and TV channels and radio stations are being asked to make changes to their broadcasts, said Mr Klitschko.

By Sam Doak, OSINT producer

Geolocation of footage taken after the Russian strikes show they affected areas across the city of Kyiv.  

A children's hospital, private medical clinic and business park are among the buildings damaged following Russian shelling.  

Subsequent photographs show crowds at the hospital, and patients evacuated to the nearby street. 

Matching footage of the aftermath with publicly available images from Google Maps shows that a building housing the hospital's toxicology unit was heavily damaged, appearing to have been hit directly.

The toxicology unit sits in the east of the hospital grounds, around 50 metres from the main building.  

While Kyiv has been under threat of Russian airstrikes and shelling since the start of the war, this has not occurred as frequently in recent months.

According to data from ACLED, Kyiv was targeted by Russian strikes and shelling 10 times in 2024 prior to 8 July. 

As Ukraine reels from the latest deadly barrage by Vladimir Putin's forces, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been on a visit to Poland to discuss further NATO support with prime minister Donald Tusk.

Mr Zelenskyy said he hoped this week's NATO summit in Washington would provide concrete steps towards bolstering his country's air defences against Russia.

In a joint news conference with Mr Tusk in Warsaw, the Ukrainian leader said he wanted to see "greater resolve in our partners and hear resolute responses to [today's] attacks".

Attendees at the conference were asked to observe a moment of silences for the victims.

During their meeting the two leaders signed a cooperation and defence agreement that spells out Poland's continued support for Ukraine including air defence, energy security and Poland's participation in reconstruction.

More European leaders and ministers are reacting to the Russian bombardment that killed dozens of people and injured scores more in Ukraine in broad daylight today.

Estonian prime minister Kaja Kallas said the images coming out of Kyiv today were "shocking" and a reminder of why the world needed to keep supporting Ukraine.

Italian foreign minister Antonio Tajani described the missile attacks on the Ukrainian capital as "war crimes" that should be "condemned by the entire international community".

The attacks have been branded "inexcusable" by  Czech President Petr Pavel, who said they were "proof that Putin's Russia will stop at nothing".

"I am currently flying to the NATO summit, where I expect a consensus that we all perceive Russia as the biggest threat for which we must be thoroughly prepared," he wrote in a post to X.

Meanwhile, UK foreign minister David Lammy  said the strike on Okhmatdyt children's hospital was an "appalling attack on Ukrainian civilians", as he reiterated that the UK's support for Kyiv was "iron-clad".

It comes after UK Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer earlier condemned the targeting of the hospital as "the most depraved of actions" (see 12.01 post).

Ukraine's security service (SBU) says it found wreckage from a Russian Kh-101 cruise missile at the children's hospital struck in Kyiv today.

The SBU said it deemed the attack a war crime by Russia and has opened criminal proceedings. 

It said officers discovered fragments of the hull of the rear of the missile, as well as a serial number and part of the rudder.

"The SBU investigative team, together with the National Police and other relevant services, continue to work at the scene of the tragedy," the service said in a statement.

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Why do Americans keep bringing guns through airport security?

Five Caribbean vacationers and now a congresswoman have been charged with firearms violations in recent months.

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Michael Lee Evans remembered he had misplaced the ammunition clip for a pistol years ago, but he didn’t expect to see it come out of his luggage. It was an even bigger surprise for the 72-year-old from Texas to learn he could be facing years in prison for bringing the bullets into Turks and Caicos.

Evans said a December anniversary trip turned into a “nightmare” when he and his wife, Sharon Evans, were stopped by security at Providenciales International Airport. He was arrested and taken to the police station, but it wasn’t until he talked to an attorney provided by the local government that he realized the severity of the situation.

“I asked him, ‘How much trouble am I in?’” Evans recalled, and the attorney answered, “You are in significant risk.”

Turks and Caicos prohibits the possession and use of unlicensed firearms and ammunition under an ordinance that has led to at least five American arrests in the British territory over the past seven months, including Evans. In interviews with The Washington Post or reports by other media, each of those travelers have said they packed ammunition by accident. That was the same explanation that Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.) gave after she was charged with bringing an unloaded handgun to Dulles International Airport on June 28.

The incidents in Turks and Caicos tie into a trend with U.S. travelers. The number of firearms detected and intercepted at U.S. airports has risen for the past 10 years , with the exception of 2020, when travel diminished with the start of the pandemic. This summer, with a record-breaking number of Americans traveling, more guns and ammo are making their way into airports.

Flying with an unloaded gun and ammunition is legal in the United States, but only in a checked bag. Transportation Security Administration regulations require that any guns and ammunition be packed and locked inside a hard-sided case and that travelers declare them at baggage drop. Attempting to bring either in a carry-on bag is illegal, as well as dangerous for TSA agents and other travelers, TSA spokesperson Alexa Lopez said.

“The number-one reason we hear from people, and I kid you not, is ‘I forgot I had it in my bag,’” Lopez said.

Though shootings inside airports are rare because of fortified security, there have been reports of shootings in pre-security areas as recently as November , when a woman inside Portland International Airport in Oregon was accused of firing a gun near a TSA checkpoint.

Tim Carey, law and policy adviser at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Gun Violence Solutions, called the rise in Americans caught with improperly packed guns and ammunition a “perfect-storm situation” brought about by two factors: large-scale increases in U.S. gun ownership and states’ deregulation of firearm purchasing and possession.

In a Gallup poll last year, 30 percent of U.S. adults said they personally own a gun. A 2013 survey requested by the European Commission showed the same was true for only 5 percent of Europeans.

“There is a very justifiable increased scrutiny on Americans and guns in foreign places,” Carey said. Besides Turks and Caicos, he cited Mexico , which is suing five U.S. gun dealers for allegedly facilitating gun trafficking across the border.

Misses by TSA

Some of the Americans who have been detained in Turks and Caicos, such as Florida resident Sharitta Grier , passed through TSA checkpoints without being stopped. In response to Grier’s case, TSA acknowledged that rounds of ammunition inside a carry-on were probably missed at Orlando International Airport.

Oklahoma resident Ryan Watson was apprehended with ammunition in Turks and Caicos after clearing TSA in Oklahoma City. TSA officials at Will Rogers World Airport made changes , including additional training, in response to a review.

According to TSA, loose ammunition can be missed when there is no firearm present, which is why gun owners should start packing with an entirely empty bag each time they travel.

Though the U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas had issued a warning about Turks and Caicos’s strict gun regulations last year, Sharon Evans said she and her husband “had no idea” about the law before their December trip.

Michael Lee Evans, who suffers from several health conditions, faced months of hearings and ultimately received a suspended 33-week sentence. Another American arrested in Turks and Caicos, Bryan Hagerich of Pennsylvania, had to wait more than 100 days in crowded jail cells and emergency apartment rentals before receiving a suspended 52-week sentence . Both received their sentences after U.S. leaders — including the governors of Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Virginia and a bipartisan congressional delegation — advocated for the release of Americans.

Stateside, large GoFundMe campaigns and anxious social media posts raised money and awareness for those arrested. Most have paid fines and received suspended sentences.

In January, TSA reported that 2023 was a record-breaking year for guns flagged at security checkpoints. A total of 6,737 firearms were detected at airports across the country, about 93 percent of which were loaded. In the first quarter of this year, TSA intercepted 1,503 firearms.

Whether it’s intentional or inadvertent, trying to pass a gun through airport security has consequences for the gun owner. TSA officers don’t confiscate firearms, but they do call local law enforcement, which can then enforce fines or criminal charges that could lead to jail time, depending on local laws.

How state laws might be changing gun travel

Between 2019 and 2021, an estimated 7.5 million Americans became new gun owners. However, the vast majority of guns purchased during that time were bought by people who already owned one. On average, approximately 1.9 million firearms were purchased per month between January 2020 and April 2021. Just 300,000 of those went to first-time buyers.

“Following covid, there are millions of excess firearms relative to what we would have expected in a country already inundated with firearms,” said Michael D. Anestis, a professor at the Rutgers School of Public Health and executive director of the New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center. “If there’s more firearms, then there are more opportunities for people to, even unintentionally, bring a firearm with them to a TSA checkpoint.”

A 2022 Supreme Court decision then opened the door for legal challenges against state attempts to regulate or limit how people can carry their firearms in public.

“States that are more conservative and more centered on a pro-gun facet have been virtually stripping away their entire regulations or imposing laws to prohibit future regulations,” Carey said. The looser regulations and habits around improper gun storage, he said, mean “we’re going to see more guns in places where they shouldn’t be.”

The Turks and Caicos travelers, for example, all lived in states with relatively scant firearm regulations, Carey said. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Virginia have neither safe-storage requirements nor license or permit requirements for firearm purchases, advocacy groups say.

An issue of responsibility

Beyond security issues, gun ownership experts say it’s simply poor form to skirt laws for travelers.

“To assume that just because you have a firearm, that you can take it anywhere, any place, any time … it’s just not responsible,” said Tom O’Connor, a board member of the Oregon-based Gun Owners for Responsible Gun Ownership. “If you’re going to travel, firearm outside the home, you need to know what the safety rules are, what the firearm regulations are.”

Hagerich, the traveler from Pennsylvania, describes himself as a responsible gun owner who had a slip-up. He keeps his firearms in a separate room protected by two sets of locks and keys and an alarm system, precisely out of an “utmost respect for firearms and ammunition.”

“I am one of the most responsible individuals with firearms. … So, it’s not like we’re reckless individuals here,” Hagerich told The Post in a phone interview. “I’m a human. I make mistakes. We all make mistakes. Unfortunately, mine was a mistake that had very, very, very severe consequences.”

But gun-owning advocates for gun safety said that forgetting a firearm while traveling — even when a gun owner takes great care otherwise — is reckless, especially given that there are legal ways to travel with them.

“I think it’s recklessness and disrespect for laws,” said Paul Kemp, a founding member of Gun Owners for Responsible Gun Ownership. As a lifelong gun owner, he said, “I’d be even more concerned about getting everything right.”

Peter Gurfein, 75, has hunted for more than 50 years and frequently travels with his firearms across the United States. Whenever he does, he said, he locks his guns in a four-padlocked, hard-sided case and gets to the airport four hours early to avoid any problems. TSA regulations are “very efficient,” he said. “There’s no excuse for someone not following TSA regulations.”

Gurfein said a responsible gun owner is one who knows where their gun is at all times. “That’s basic safety. And for someone to say they don’t know where their gun is, is one of the most irresponsible things I can imagine,” he said.

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I tried calling Aerolineas Argentinas’ toll-free number six times. Each time, there was no answer; the call just dropped. I went on the airline website and completed the cancellation request. I received an automated acknowledgment and a case number, but I have not heard from the airline since then.

I sent two successive emails to the airline. I have also tried communicating with it on WhatsApp, but it has not responded. I would like Aerolineas Argentinas to cancel the reservation and issue a full refund. Can you help me get my $571 back?

— Christina Skinner, Lawrenceville, Georgia

ANSWER: Aerolineas Argentinas should have sent you a refund within a week. That’s not just my opinion; it’s a government requirement. If you pay by credit card, the Department of Transportation gives the airline seven days; if it’s by cash or check, the airline has 20 days.

Why didn’t it give you a refund? Well, no airline wants to refund a ticket, so Aerolineas Argentinas is hardly alone. I’ve seen them hem and haw and try to push passengers to take a different flight. But this was a significant schedule change, which means that you can ask for a refund.

The other issue is that your ticket change happened during a turbulent time for Argentina. It was in the middle of an election, and Aerolineas Argentinas was almost certainly affected, since it is the state-owned flag carrier.

But I don’t want to make any excuses for the airline. It should have refunded you promptly. Interestingly, this was a direct booking, so there was no online travel agency involved. You did an excellent job of keeping a paper trail between you and the airline, although it was mostly emails to the airline with no response.

I contacted Aerolineas Argentinas on your behalf. A few weeks later, you sent me an update: “I wanted to provide the happy news that Aerolineas Argentinas has responded and, as of today, has fully refunded my airfare to my American Express account,” you wrote. “Thank you so much for your assistance in contacting them and spurring them into action!”

Christopher Elliott is the founder of Elliott Advocacy , a nonprofit organization that helps consumers solve their problems. Email him at [email protected] or get help by contacting him at elliottadvocacy.org/help/ .

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The Hearst Magazines title Cosmopolitan has killed its CosmoTrips booking product, which it introduced last August in a bid to add another stream of reader revenue to its business, Adweek has learned.

According to a person familiar with the situation, CosmoTrips was wound down following a series of leadership changes among the Hearst Magazines advertising leadership. 

A representative for the publisher declined to comment. 

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In February, Nancy Berger, the senior vice president and group publisher of the youth and wellness group at Hearst Magazines, announced her departure from the company. Berger had played an instrumental role in launching CosmoTrips, and she cited it as a key achievement of her tenure in the LinkedIn post announcing her departure.

The new team, led by EVP and global CRO Lisa Ryan Howard, who joined the company in September 2022, has since shifted its approach to travel-related business, according to the person, to center around sponsorable content with marketing extensions across digital, social and print properties, and will no longer include a booking element. 

The elimination of CosmoTrips reflects both the standard process of a new leader reassessing the strategy of their predecessor, as well as the challenging calculus facing media organizations as they work to diversify their revenue streams.

A counterintuitive proposition

The original CosmoTrips, which was designed and built in partnership with the travel technology firm DH Enterprise & Associates, offered readers instantly bookable, curated vacation experiences in cities across the U.S.

The service featured a collection of two- and three-day itineraries in New York, Austin, Charleston and West Hollywood, with plans to expand to New Orleans, Miami and Las Vegas, Berger told Adweek . With each booking, Cosmopolitan would generate revenue via affiliate fees, and the larger gross merchandise volume of the bundled trip would boost its takeaway. Branded with the tagline “Travel like an editor,” targeting millennials and featuring perks like a free Cosmopolitan cocktail and goodie bags, CosmoTrips sought to differentiate itself from the competition. 

While travel publishers routinely offer booking services , the product fits uneasily into the broader Cosmopolitan brand, which has historically served as a clearinghouse for coverage of relationships, fashion and beauty.

According to Berger, the publisher had increased its travel coverage over the two preceding years, and the Cosmopolitan website had seen a 98% year-to-date increase in traffic to its travel content. Cosmopolitan still covers travel writing under the vertical CosmoTrips.

Reorganization led to changes in travel 

In September 2022, Hearst Magazines hired Howard from The New York Times, where she had served as its global head of advertising and marketing solutions.

In February, Howard reorganized the advertising team to form five industry-specific sales units: fashion/luxury; beauty/wellness and retail; home and design; food and pharmaceuticals; and travel, tech, finance and outdoor.

In April, Howard hired Elizabeth Lunny as the senior vice president, head of beauty, mass retail and wellness, and Haley Buchmann as the SVP, head of fashion and luxury. Later that month she also brought Rachel Savage to the newly created position of SVP of advertising revenue operations.

While booming advertising budgets in the travel sector have bolstered the businesses of other publishers , the travel bookings space is highly competitive. By shifting its attention toward tapping into marketing budgets rather than selling vacation packages, Cosmopolitan no doubt hopes to allocate its commercial and editorial resources more efficiently.

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“I wouldn’t be caught dead in flip-flops,” Tom Ford said in 2017 , emphatic in his disdain for the kind of cisgender man–perhaps the least likely demographic to own exfoliating socks or visit pedicurists–who walks around metropolitan centers with their toes exposed. “I hate flip-flops.” The designer would doubtless baulk at the sheer number of people rediscovering Havaianas in 2024.

Take, for example, Zoë Kravitz , who was yesterday afternoon photographed strolling around New York in a flannel shirt, a bucket hat, sweatpants and $650 rubber sandals from The Row. She looked like she had just been tending to a vegetable patch in an allotment garden, which is perhaps the ultimate example of luxurious living: slow-paced, off-grid and anti-grind. Are those qualities not also intrinsic to the flip-flop itself?

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“You roll up to the bar in a pair of Havaianas and you still look good? That’s cool,” fashion critic Biz Sherbert said back in August when discussing the allure of a cosmopolitan flip-flop. (See also: Aaron Esh , who juxtaposed silken tailoring with comma-shaped thong sandals within his spring 2024 collection .) “The casual signaling that you’ve been to a different destination recently is very chic. You just walked off the airplane and now you’re going about your business? It’s unmatched. Once you start wearing them, you realize that you’ve been a loser for not wearing them all along.”

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16 Best Things to Do at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas!

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Planning to visit Vegas? You’ll definitely want to check out the many exciting things to do at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas!

Part of the City Center complex, the Cosmopolitan is one of the swankiest resorts on the famed Las Vegas Boulevard.

Exploring everything there is to do at the Cosmopolitan (and other City Center properties) is one of the best things to do in Vegas .

Featuring cutting edge architecture and a sleek facade, the Cosmopolitan is known for its topnotch restaurants and bars, many shops, a droolworthy pool complex, and fine art displays.

Chandeliers at the Chandelier Bar at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

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The Cosmopolitan is located right in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip , easy to access and explore.

While it has an enormous casino, the Cosmopolitan offers plenty to do beyond gaming.

One of the fun things about the Cosmopolitan are the eateries and speakeasies “hidden in plain sight.” You’ll want to hunt some of them down when you visit!

By the way, if you are looking to explore more resorts on the Strip, we also have a guide to the best things to do at the Bellagio and an article on the best things to do at the Venetian .

And now, let’s get started discovering the best things to do at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas!

Best Things to Do at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

1. have a drink at the chandelier bar.

Enjoying a drink at the Chandelier Bar is hands down one of the top things to do in the Cosmopolitan.

Spanning three floors at the Cosmopolitan (with three unique experiences!), The Chandelier is one of the most well-known bars in Vegas.

Start by gawking at the gorgeous purple beaded curtain and the gigantic chandeliers that give the bar its name.

Then pick a level to enjoy your drink!

The lowest level is open 24 hours and has an electric “in the heart of all the action” vibe. The drink to try here is the Hotel California, featuring 818 Tequila and raspberry grenadine.

Bottom level of the Chandelier Bar at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas

The middle level, known as “Inside the Chandelier,” is a little quieter and our favorite level to sip a handcrafted cocktail. We like the Grapefruit Guava Smash and Papa Loves Mango! #FeltCute is considered the cocktail to try here.

Level 1.5, the middle level, is open daily from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m.

The uppermost lounge level is also relatively quiet and intimate. On this level, we like the chai-infused concoctions.

The upper level is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. through 3 a.m. and Friday through Sunday 9 a.m. until 3 a.m.

The Chandelier Bar at the Cosmopiltan in Las Vegas, Nevada

Note that cocktail offerings can change from time to time.

The Verbena, likely the bar’s most popular cocktail ever, is no longer on the menu, but they will whip it up for you if you ask. This single drink has racked up several million dollars in sales!

There’s also a wine list on each level if that’s more your thing.

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2. Indulge in a Vegas-style buffet at Wicked Spoon

Food halls may be all the rage in Vegas right now, but the top Las Vegas buffets were still plenty crowded when we visited recently.

And Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan is right up there as one of the top Vegas buffets.

Offerings span many cuisines and the best part is that most dishes are set out in single serving containers and replenished often, so they aren’t sitting out for hours and drying up.

The Angry Mac and Cheese is a must try, and we liked the fresh salads, the ramen bar, the half-samosas, and the mussels.

Wicked Spoon Buffet at the Cosmopolitan in Vegas

They have crab, of course, with drawn butter, bone marrow, and various grilled meats.

The dessert options at the Wicked Spoon are delicious enough to warrant a visit in their own right. The ice cream was the creamiest we’ve had at any of the Vegas buffets, and the pastry selection expansive.

Desserts at the Wicked Spoon in the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas

Hand-crafted beverages are pricey, whether you get drinks à la carte or plump for the bottomless beverage package.

The Wicked Spoon buffet is only open for brunch: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

3. Check out all the contemporary art!

Art lovers will want to keep their eyes open for the many works that are displayed in the hallways and lobbies of the Cosmopolitan.

Hundreds of works of contemporary art are showcased throughout the resort, and you’re never far from another piece of art to view.

Art work at the Cosmopolitan in Vegas

From paintings and mixed-media works to sculptures, murals, and photography, there’s a lot to admire as you explore the Cosmopolitan.

The works are labeled, to help you identify each piece of art and its creator. And nothing is cordoned off, so you can get up close to appreciate details.

At the lobby, a digital art experience combines technology with contemporary art and architecture. A panel that spans the length of the front desk and multiple columns feature a changing library of digital art.

Art aficionados should text Rose, the digital concierge at the Cosmopolitan, for a guided art tour.

4. Try a slice of pizza at Secret Pizza…if you can find it!

One of the “secret” spots in the Cosmopolitan is Secret Pizza.

It’s located on the third floor of the Boulevard Tower, but there’s no sign and the location is very well hidden. Half the fun of this pizza place is finding it!

You have to look for a hallway lined with colorful album covers, from Sinatra to Elvis and more.

Album covers line the hallway that leads to Secret Pizza at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada

Follow the hallway and you’ll arrive at the tiny eatery, where you can choose pizza by the slice from familiar options like cheese, pepperoni, and veggie. You can also order a whole pizza to go, which will be made fresh as you wait.

You’ll have to stand at the counter to eat, or take your pizza outside to the lobby, where there are lots of comfy chairs. They offer a few varieties of beer and soft drinks.

Try the pinball machines if you have a few minutes, or you are waiting for your pizza.

Secret Pizza is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.: it’s the ideal place to go if you are looking for a low cost, tasty late night snack that hits the spot!

Psst! Look for the record-lined hallway between the Blue Ribbon and Jaleo restaurants, which do have signs!

If you visit before 11 a.m., you’ll find that a sliding door closes off the hallway.

5. Eat breakfast at Eggslut

If you want great egg dishes without waking up early, plan on getting breakfast at Eggslut.

Eggslut at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas

The egg-y menu at Eggslut features innovative options if you are looking to try something unique, and familiar choices if you are craving comfort food you know and love.

Try Slut, which is potato puree topped with coddled egg, cooked in a glass jar and served with slices of chewy baguette. Delicious!

The Gaucho sandwich is a gourmet offering, with seared tri-tip and over medium egg. Chimichurri sauce adds loads of flavor, and a warm brioche bun encases it all.

You can choose to enjoy your meal at a bar stool right at the eatery, or get it to go if you are in a hurry.

Eggslut at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada

It was pretty crowded when we visited at breakfast time so you’ll want to arrive early or later in the morning. The line moved fairly fast, though, because the menu is compact.

Eggslut is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.

6. Have mezcal at the Ghost Donkey

Craving a bit of Mexico in Vegas?

Head to the Ghost Donkey, one of the bars hidden in plain sight at the Cosmopolitan.

Interior of the Ghost Donkey bar at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

Here you’ll find a vast selection of mezcal and tequila, plus a few handcrafted cocktails and a flight, if you want to taste. You can also opt for Mexican beer.

One of the best reasons to visit this tiny little bar, apart from the game of trying to find it, is the speakeasy vibe…and the nachos!

While the truffle nachos are the touted offering, we stuck to the steak and black bean nachos and loved them. The guacamole was flavorful as well.

If you plan to try a cocktail, we enjoyed the watermelon basil margarita and the lavender vida loca.

Oh, and if you need a clue to find the Ghost Donkey, look for the door that just has a colorful donkey painted on it, way in the back of Block 16, the food hall on the second floor of the Boulevard Tower.

The Ghost Donkey painting on the door of the bar at The Cosmopiltan in Las Vegas

We found the location early in the day on our last visit to Vegas and they let us snap a few photos of the bar without people!

The Ghost Donkey opens at 4 p.m. everyday and closes at midnight Sunday through Thursday, and at 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

7. Or enjoy cocktails at The Barbershop!

The Barbershop Cuts and Cocktails offers haircuts, yes, but behind the janitor’s door is a bar that takes you back to Prohibition times!

Enjoy entertainment in the evenings (live music, karaoke), along with an extensive menu of drinks that includes a variety of whiskies, including Scotch, American, Canadian, Japanese and more.

Barbershop Cuts and Cocktails at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas

The cocktails are delightful as well, and they offer some non-alcoholic options for those in your group that prefer to abstain.

And if you are really here for a haircut, make sure you have an appointment with one of the pro barbers. They do take walk-ins, but they may be fully booked when you show up!

The barbershop is open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. until midnight on Friday and Saturday. The saloon is open from 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and from 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

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8. Book a Spa Day at the Sahra

We never visit Vegas without booking at least one spa treatment and at our last visit to Vegas we tried the spa at the Cosmopolitan.

Our verdict: for the ultimate in luxurious pampering, make sure to reserve time in your itinerary for the Sahra Spa, Salon, and Hammam.

The hammam, an ode to the ritualistic baths of yore, offers two whirlpools, steam rooms, a heated motherstone slab, and stone loungers.

The Hammam at the Sahra Spa at the Cosmopolitan

Not quite the ambience of an Andalucian spa, but the Sahra Hammam is luxurious for sure.

The full service spa offers a menu of treatments, from massages to skin care. We tried the desert aromatherapy massage and it was such a wonderful soothing experience!

For a splurge couples experience, book a Sahra suite, designed for two.

The Sahra Spa is open for treatments from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

9. Have dinner at Beauty & Essex!

Yet another “hidden” experience at the Cosmopolitan!

Beauty & Essex is an eminently browsable pawn shop, but hidden behind the storefront is a trendy restaurant, similar to the original restaurant in New York.

Beauty & Essex Restaurant at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas

Helmed by celebrity chef Chris Santos (judge on Food Network’s Chopped ), the spectacular restaurant features several jewelry box rooms with glittering accents.

On the menu you’ll find innovative plates featuring a variety of cuisines, many of them shareable, as well as handcrafted cocktails and a selection of wines.

Try the grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings, or the Thai style fried shrimp with tangy green papaya slaw.

We enjoyed the Mexican street corn ravioli and the scallops but we wanted to try the desserts so we skipped the meat mains.

Be sure to leave room for dessert: the strawberry shortcake “shots” were superb. We splurged on the dessert wheel!

The restaurant is open daily from 5 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. You can reserve ahead on Open Table.

10. Eat at Block 16

Food halls are the hottest new trend in Vegas, with many existing resorts transitioning over from buffets and new resorts opting for halls in place of buffets.

The Cosmopolitan’s food hall, Block 16, has a lively vibe and features a number of curated casual eateries, from breakfast to late night options.

Block 16 Food Hall at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

If you haven’t yet tried a Vegas food hall experience, Block 16 is a good choice, although we though Proper Eats at the Aria (described below) was less crowded and therefore a more relaxed experience.

Bang Bar by Momofuku offers flatbread sandwiches and rice bowls. Hattie’s B Hot Chicken serves Nashville hot chicken. Lardo is a pork lover’s paradise.

Hattie B's at Block 16 at the Cosmopolitan in las Vegas

Tekka Bar features made-to-order handrolls with fresh seafood and a signature spicy sauce. And District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew., the New Orleans icon, offers dozens of donut flavors.

Ghost Donkey, the Mexico-inspired speakeasy we described above, is part of Block 16 as well.

We suggest visiting at an off-meal time for a less crowded experience.

11. Skate at the ice rink in the winter

Come holiday season, you can actually enjoy ice skating in the desert at the Cosmopolitan!

The Boulevard Pool at the resort gets transformed into an ice rink in early December each year, making for a magical winter venue on the Las Vegas Strip.

Ice rink at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

The extravagant ice rink features 4,200 square feet of real ice. Enjoy skating, roasting s’mores by the fire, and seasonal food and drink rinkside at The Chalet, which features a large fire pit and festive decor.

You may even experience snow showers at select times throughout the season!

You can enter the ice rink area for free if you just want to look around, but skating requires payment of a day fee. Skate rentals are offered.

12. enjoy the pools in the summer

The Cosmopolitan features three distinct pools, each with its own vibe.

The Chelsea Pool at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Boulevard Pool is a large multilevel pool with gorgeous views over the Las Vegas Strip. It is located on Level 4 of the Boulevard Tower. The vibe here is lively, geared toward socializing.

Rent a cabana or a day bed, and enjoy the poolside bar and bites.

The resort hosts lots of fun events at the Boulevard Pool, from brunches to concerts and movie screenings (the Strip’s only Dive In Movie venue!). There’s also a recreation area with billiards, foosball, and the like.

The Chelsea Pool is located on Level 14 of the Chelsea Tower. It’s a more relaxed vibe, like an oasis in the desert, and you can rent cabanas and daybeds here as well.

You’ll find secluded nooks and crannies for quiet conversations, and spots to relax on your own, away from the noise and hubbub.

The Boulevard and Chelsea Pools are only open to guests of the Cosmopolitan Resort, while the Mayfair Club (see below) is open to the public. Events at the Boulevard Pool are open to the public for a fee.

Note that the open air pools are closed in the winter.

13. Party the night (or day) away at the Mayfair Club

The Marquee Dayclub and Nightclub is the place to party poolside at the Cosmopolitan!

Whether you are planning a night out with friends or your special someone, or you are planning a bachelorette party, the Marquee Dayclub / Nightclub should be on your radar!

Marquee Dayclub and Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas

The 60,000-square-foot space is billed as the ultimate Vegas club experience, and you’ll see why when you go!

Hang out by the pool during the day, noshing on great bites, sipping a specialty cocktail, and enjoying the sunshine and great music.

They offer a raw bar, sushi, and several sandwich, salad, or bowl options for lunch.

Dayclub hours are Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. until sunset, and reservations are recommended.

At night, the Marquee Nightclub is the place to go for throbbing music, light, and a very Vegas nightlife experience.

Marquee Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

Dance the night away, and enjoy the food, drinks, vibe, and music.

Nightclub hours are 10.30 p.m. until late, on Wednesday and Friday through Sunday. Reservations are encouraged.

14. Admire the fine art at the Aria

Also part of the City Center complex, the Aria is a must-visit for art lovers.

Aria’s fine art collection features striking pieces by acclaimed artists and it’s worth walking through the property (and outside) to seek them out.

Hoto artwork by Tatsuo Miyajima at the Aria

You’ll find large paintings, mixed-media works, sculptures, and digital installations to admire. Download a brochure and take a self-guided tour!

Right outside, in the traffic island between the Aria and the Vdara is a large sculpture by Nancy Rubins named Big Edge . It features lots of colorful canoes sculpted together. A great photo op!

Big Edge sculpture by Nancy Rubins outside the Aria in Las Vegas

Inside, admire Silver River by Maya Lin in the main lobby, Hoto by Tatsuo Miyajima featuring lots of LED counters, and many other masterpieces.

15. And Zip into the Vdara for the art as well

Just across from the Aria, the Vdara is a non-gaming tower that merits consideration if you are looking for a centrally-located place to stay on the Strip.

Damascus Gate Variation I by Frank Stella at the Vdara in Vegas

But we mention it here because there are a few pieces of art in the lobby to view.

Behind the front desk, we saw the colorful Damascus Gate Variation I by Frank Stella, and in the concierge lobby are two really tall pieces: Day for Night, Night for Day . They look amazing!

16. Try a Vegas food hall experience at Proper Eats at the Aria

Want to try a Vegas food hall experience? Check out Proper Eats at the Aria.

Like Cosmopolitan’s Block 16, Aria’s Proper Eats offers several curated choices when it comes to food vendors.

Look for Mediterranean favorites at Shalom Y’all, pizza at Pizzaoki, Seoul Bird (the Korean street food icon from London), Wexler’s Deli from LA, and Egghead for breakfast.

Hummus plate at Shalom Y'All in Proper Eats Las Vegas

Easy Donuts hides a speakeasy offering cocktails and live music, and Proper Bar offers drinks in plain sight.

We ate a couple of times at Proper Eats on our most recent visit to Vegas. The hummus at Shalom Y’All was tasty, as was the shawarma cauliflower. And the chicken from Seoul Bird was superb!

Menus are compact but service was good when we visited and it was not super crowded.

17. Shop (or Window Shop) at The Crystals

Between the Aria and the Cosmopolitan you’ll find The Shops at Crystals, an upscale shopping center that’s worth strolling.

Shopping here requires a very deep pocketbook, but window shopping is fun as well.

The Halo Water Feature at the Crystals Shopping Center in Las Vegas

Look for brands such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and the like.

Apart from the shops, The Shops at Crystals has some nice art and architecture to admire.

The Halo water feature is a group of transparent cylinders with water dancing within. The display is accentuated with lights and makes for a great photo stop.

The Treehouse is a huge wood sculpture that spans all three levels of the shopping center. The Grand Staircase is another nice photo op, with lovely colors and effects.

The Treehouse sculpture at The Shops at Crystals in Las Vegas, Nevada

Also look for Shards of Light, a mixed media work that you can see at several places throughout the center.

And for more art, on the top level, you’ll find the Van Gogh immersive experience.

MORE INFORMATION FOR YOUR TRIP TO LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas makes for one of the most exciting  USA weekend trips , no matter what time of the year you go.

Check out our guide to the  best things to do in Las Vegas , with activities on and off The Strip (besides gambling), plus places to explore near the city, like Red Rock Canyon and the spectacular Valley of Fire State Park.

We also have an article on the best things to do on   the Las Vegas Strip , the heart of the city and the place where you’ll likely spend quite a bit of your time on your first visit.

And if it’s your first time in Sin City, we have an article on the best Vegas travel tips that you’ll want to bookmark and reference as you plan!

If you will spend a few days in Las Vegas, check out our round-up of the  best day trips from Vegas  you can take. We also have a guide to the most amazing  weekend getaways from Las Vegas !

Also discover how to visit  Valley of Fire from Vegas , and read about all the best things to do in the park. In our opinion, Valley of Fire is one of the top state parks not just in Nevada but in the US.

Love the outdoors? You’ll want to check out all the  US national parks near Vegas  you can visit, from the Grand Canyon in Arizona to Zion and Bryce in Utah.

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Top 5 reasons you should visit Moscow now

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Long are gone the years of grey concrete buildings and muted cultural life. Today’s Moscow exudes XXI century glamour, green promenades, modern shopping centres and a pompous past and there is something to do no matter what time of the year you visit .

Population is finally increasing after years of decline due to low life expectancy and birth rate and the city seems to have found its own re-birth.

1. Greenery in the heart of the urban centre

The Kremlin

25% of Moscow is made of parks and gardens and it shows. As you land, wander its streets or take a river cruise, you will notice trees everywhere. Gorky Park , in the middle of the city, offers a breath of fresh air. You can stroll along the river banks, hire a bicycle or watch the day go by on one of its benches. Few other cities offer the feeling of being in an urban forest like Moscow does.

2. A dose of history

visit Moscow and the St Basil's Cathedral

Russia’s history goes back hundreds of years and although Moscow was not always the capital of the Empire, most of the recent history including the time of the Tsars and the First and Second World War and the years of Communism can be relived through the guided tours of its Museums and famous landmarks .

The Kremlin, the Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral are only some of its best known destinations that won’t disappoint. Russia’s historical past from the times of Genghis Khan offers an insight into the history of many Asian and European countries.

The incalculable value of the treasure kept in the Armoury of the Kremlin is testament to the wealth the Tsars accumulated. For a modern way to experience its history hop on Moscow’s metro system . Each station is themed with a scene of Russia’s history, perfectly decorated with beautiful statues, paintings and ceilings.

3. White nights and days

Zhivopisny Bridge in Moscow

In late June and July, Moscow’s sun barely sets. Days are long and nights extremely short providing a long twilight period . For a true white winter nothing better than visiting the city during the snow months when most of the famous sights are covered in a romantic white layer. Put on a furry hat and enjoy the magic of its classic monuments and buildings while the snowflakes dance in the wind.

4. Ostentatious glamour

Turandot Restaurant

Moscow is today synonymous with ostentation . From the museums displaying the great treasures to the wide avenues filled with imposing tinted cars the city has long overcome its grey communist past.

Instead, its recent history has been embraced and improved . Mammoth buildings which frequently hosted government entities have been renovated and transformed into classic European-inspired opulent shopping malls or ultra-luxury hotels offering guests a world of extreme wealth and golden decoration.

Crystal chandeliers, polished marble floors and walls, high ceilings, perfectly uniformed staff, expensive restaurants and Renaissance themed rooms all set the scene for a peek into the life of the ultra-rich Muscovites .

Historical hotels such as the Ukraina Hotel (today’s Radisson Royal ), The Metropol or The Hotel Moscow slated to re-open this year under the management of the Four Seasons, offers guests a taste for how the rich aristocracy lived with price tags to match. But it is not only hotels or shopping malls who are unearthing Moscow’s rich past, restaurateurs are also following suit.

Places like Turandot have reconstructed the décor of the 18 th century in such detail that it is hard to decide whether it is a new construction or a renovation of an old building. Golden reliefs of angels and saints under a dome with sparkling chandeliers and Roman-like acoustics are the backdrop for a Chinese inspired menu.

Pair with crystal glasses, heavy silver cutlery and theatre balconies for that special dinner and you have the perfect atmosphere for a proposal or a wedding celebration. The famous Pushkin Café provides the real deal. The ambience has been kept and its dark interiors with dark wooden surfaces and dimed lights invite to deep political discussions to accompany the Bosh and Beef Strogonov.

5. A romantic getaway

Room at the Radisson Royal

Usually overlooked as a romantic destination Moscow is the perfect setting for that special getaway. Pick one of the classic hotels for a fairy-tale sleep. Visit the Armoury for a chock-full exhibition of jewellery, carriages encrusted with thousands of precious stones and royal gowns.

Enjoy lunch on one of the luxury river cruises offering proper dining while the boat takes you on a 2.5h hour tour of Moscow’s main sites seen from a different perspective. Stroll along the river in Gorky Park grounds or take a picnic to the Moscow River banks filled with Muscovites taking in the summer sun on the grass covered shore. Take a walk along New and Old Arbat Streets today lined up with shops, artists, book stalls and European inspired cafes.

Admire the Golden Triangle of the Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral at sunset when the sunlight reflects on the colourful and golden domes. Wine and dine when you visit Moscow and its several excellent restaurants and finish off the evening with an opera at the Bolshoi Theatre. Perfect way to spend a weekend in Moscow .

Tours of Moscow

Just like a tour of any country, it’s best to go with a local guide, especially if you’re on a road trip across Europe . We recommend the following private guided tours so that you can really understand the history and culture of the area:

  • 4 hour Diamond Fund and Museum Armoury Walking Tour that explores the Kremlin.
  • Splash out on a 3 hour limo tour of the capital.
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