The world of travel moves fast! Let’s keep up–together. On Fridays, Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:
*Get in touch with your inner Esther Williams this summer. The Berkeley hotel in London is offering 90-minute synchronized swimming classes through August 29. (via New York Times)
*Train with Russian cosmonauts. A Seattle-based tour group is taking 20 travelers to Russia to view the manned launch of the Soyuz spacecraft en route to the International Space Station. Add-ons include cosmonaut training sessions and zero-gravity flights. (via USA Today)
*This year you have more opportunities than ever to be gay and proud. The International Gay Pride Calendar guides you toward the festivities all over the world. (via Passport Magazine)
*Size Queen… or King… or Full. A new crop of NYC hotels are offering tiny, but well-designed “affordable luxury.” (via New York Times)
*Are you having Downton Abbey withdrawal? Highclere Castle, where the critically acclaimed drama is filmed, is now open for tours Sunday through Thursday. (via MSNBC)
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