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Posts by Luke Barr

The Moment: Rathausplatz, Vienna
9:19 p.m.: I remember a cauldron filled with molten beeswax, and my mother handing me a piece of string. I was seven or eight. It was Christmas, at a holida... Read More
The Peninsula Paris Makes a Grand Debut
At the newly opened Peninsula Paris, there are two entrances. The first is on Avenue Kléber, where steps lead up to a large terrace café and then into the... Read More
Classic Biarritz Beach Vacation
Biarritz is the classic European beach vacation, newly reinvented as a laid-back, surfer-bohemian hot spot. I met a lot of people from Paris in Biarritz,... Read More
Editor Obsession: Nikon FE
I bought my Nikon FE in 1983, after months of careful shopping and comparing and saving of money. I was 14. I had never owned an object I loved as much as... Read More
An Expert's Favorite Wine Spots
Marco Pasanella is an architect turned New York wine-store owner, a story he retells in Uncorked: My Journey Through the Crazy World of Wine (Clarkson Pot... Read More
Mt. Everest the Next Gay Marriage Hot Spot?
Could Mount Everest be the next gay marriage hot spot? According to an intriguing report by Aaron Hicklin in the new issue of Out Traveler, Nepalese membe... Read More
Obsession: Tokyo Shopping
I love to shop in Tokyo. Especially for everyday things: housewares, stationary supplies, useful stuff. I always visit Loft (, for example, in ... Read More