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L.A.’s shrine to heartbreak
The personal objects on display at Hollywood’s newest museum “look like priceless artifacts, because they are,” said Meredith Goldstein in The Boston Globe. The Museum of Broken Relationships, though its name suggests a gag, is instead “a legitimate gallery,” and its mission is to gather and exhibit mementos from romances gone sour. A jar of pickles, a toothpaste tube, a bundle of a man’s long dreadlocks—all get gallery treatment, complete with captions. The dreadlocks, we learn, grew for 10 years and the colored thread adorning them was braided in by the man’s ex during their early days together. The idea for the museum came from a Croatian institution of the same name, and the spin-off honors the original’s spirit. The Hollywood Boulevard space “feels like a church, or better yet, a quiet place for introspection.” On one display stand sits a melted cellphone. It was found in the oven of an apartment that had been shared by a loudly warring couple.
A road trip through Kentucky history
Many of Kentucky’s treasures can be seen on a day’s drive along a storied route, said Erik Reece in Garden & Gun. My family used to follow the Dixie Highway south from Louisville to visit Mammoth Cave, one of the world’s largest, and recently I retraced our path. My first stop was Bardstown, the “Bourbon Capital of the World,” where on a tour of the Barton 1792 Distillery I watched sweet mash bubbling in fermenters and marveled at a warehouse leaning under the weight of 19,000 barrels. The town’s Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral is the unlikely home of several great paintings by Dutch masters, gifts of a future French king who visited while revolution roiled his homeland. Jesse James used to play poker at Talbott Tavern, and left bullet holes in the wall. In nearby Hodgenville, I picnicked by a replica of Knob Creek, Abe Lincoln’s boyhood home. The cabin stands in a pretty bottomland that appears unchanged by the centuries.
Last-minute travel deals
A Mississippi Christmas
The American Queen Steamboat Co. is discounting its five remaining 2016 Memphis-to– New Orleans Mississippi River cruises, offering savings of up to $1,000 on top-end staterooms. A nine-day December cruise starts at $1,649 a person. aqsc.com
A jump on the ski season
Through Dec. 15, enjoy fourth nights free on midweek stays at Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, N.Y. Doubles start at $362 a night before the discount and include breakfasts and access to the resort’s steam rooms, bowling lanes, and skating rink. thewhitefacelodge.com
Cuba tour package
Join a seven-day tour of Cuba in early 2017 and save $800 per couple when you book by Nov. 22. Friendly Planet’s Treasures of Eastern Cuba package starts at $2,899 per person, double occupancy, and includes round-trip airfare from Miami. friendlyplanet.com