Lucille Ball's Former California Home Is Available For Rent

Vrbo
Vrbo

After paying a visit to the Lucille Ball museum and National Comedy Center in the late performer's hometown of Jamestown, New York, I Love Lucy mega-fans might want to head across the country to Indian Wells, California. Located about three hours east of Los Angeles in the Coachella Valley, the city is home to Ball's former residence—and it's available for rent.

Ball shared the home with her I Love Lucy co-star, Desi Arnaz, whom she was married to for 20 years until their divorce in 1960. The decor is far from dated, though. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom home was remodeled in 2012 in a "vintage mid-century modern" style. Plus, the property contains "new everything," according to the listing on rental site Vrbo.

That includes king-sized beds and en suite bathrooms with sunken, Roman-style showers that double as bathtubs. There's also an outdoor patio and pool, making it the perfect place to host a party or cookout. (But if you prefer a more relaxed evening, you can watch I Love Lucy re-runs on the TV outdoors, or perhaps on the 60-inch flatscreen in the living room.)

The property boasts views of the surrounding mountains and is within walking distance of a country club and two "world-famous" PGA golf courses. Check out some photos of the property below, and visit Vrbo's website if you're interested in booking this property at an average cost of $500 per night.

The patio and pool
Vrbo

A dining area
Vrbo

A bedroom
Vrbo

A bathroom
Vrbo

Attention Aspiring Astronauts: Arlo Skye Now Has Space-Themed Luggage

Arlo Skye
Arlo Skye

While some travelers are preoccupied with getting their luggage through airport security, the designers at Arlo Skye are thinking bigger. As Condé Nast Traveler reports, the brand's new line of suitcases is inspired by space travel, with high tech features and a sleek, futuristic look.

Arlo Skye was founded in 2016 by alumni from Louis Vuitton and Tumi Inc. They set out to create luggage that emphasized design, with luxury polycarbonate suitcases available in trendy colors like rose gold and custom monogramming.

The company's Space Collection may be its most stylized line yet. It comes with a removable, 10,050-milliamp-hour charger with USB C and A ports for charging phones and other devices. The chrome-colored case is 22 inches tall, 9 inches deep, and 14 inches wide and weighs 8.5 pounds empty.

Space Collection suitcase from Arlo Skye
Arlo Skye

Depending on what type of space traveler you are, you can get one of three designs laser-etched on the bottom of your luggage. There's Moon Shot, Team Human, and Occupy Mars; each engraving comes with a short ode to space and a small picture of its respective celestial body. Like other suitcases made by Arlo Skye, these bags are zipper-free and made from polycarbonate with an aluminum frame.

Whether you're a globetrotter or an aspiring astronaut, the Space Collection from Arlo Skye makes a great travel companion.

Buy it from Arlo Skye for $450.

[h/t Condé Nast Traveler]

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Here's How You Can Help Rebuild Paris's Notre-Dame Cathedral

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Kitwood, Getty Images

A fire at Paris’s famed Notre-Dame Cathedral raged for nine hours on Monday, drawing the world’s attention to the partial destruction of one of the best-known cultural monuments on the planet. The efforts of more than 400 firefighters managed to preserve much of the 859-year-old structure, but the roof and spire were destroyed.

Financial support for the building has already come pouring in, with billionaire François-Henri Pinault pledging $113 million toward reconstruction and another billionaire, Bernard Arnault, promising $226 million. A total of roughly $1 billion has come in from donations, but a revitalized Notre-Dame is a considerable expense that could cost even more.

For people who would like to assist, donations are being accepted by the nonprofit French Heritage Society for virtually any amount.

Why will expenses run so high? Prior to the fire, Notre-Dame was in dire need of extensive restoration. Buttresses caused instability to major walls, gargoyles were damaged, and cracks had formed in the now-destroyed spire. The cathedral is owned by the French government, which allots roughly 2 million euros (or about $2.26 million) annually to upkeep. Between the existing wear and the fire, it could take years or possibly decades for the work to be completed.

The publicity surrounding Notre-Dame has also motivated people to assist in rebuilding efforts on a smaller scale, and closer to home. Three churches in Louisiana that were recently targeted in allegedly racist arson attacks saw donations climb from $150,000 to over $1 million following the Notre-Dame fire. You can donate to that GoFundMe campaign here.

[h/t CNN]

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