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Built in 1870, the cliff-edge saltwater swimming pool of the Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc in the south of France has been the centerpiece of that fabled celebrity resort for more than 80 years. Clark Gable bronzed himself on its sun beds; Brigitte Bardot...
Stay True to the hotel's name, the 11 modern rooms at the new Ochre & Brown Boutique Hotel (7 Leokoriou St.; 30-210/331-2950; ochreandbrown.com; doubles from $230) are swathed in earthy colors and brightened with accents of bright red, orange, a...
Africa/Middle East Q: What about Dubai? I’ve been to Al Manzil which was excellent. where else can I stay? Sarah Spagnolo: Well, I can’t stop thinking about the Burj Al Arab. It’s such a landmark in the UAE. Q: I am going to agree with you! Than...
The Local Diet In ancient mythology, the gods ate ambrosia to gain Herculean strength and immortality, and it was Hippocrates who first suggested, circa 400 B.C., “let food be thy medicine.” Today, ordinary citizens of Greece follow that same phi...
Greenland & Iceland Why Go Now: New luxury expeditions to these remote areas allow cruisers to take in scenery from the ship as well as jump in Zodiacs to explore further, says Claudia Gordon from Betty Maclean Travel. Her top sites: the lava ...
Since 1990, Mrs. Tependris, the always fashionable protagonist of L.A.-based artist Konstantin Kakanias's boldly illustrated graphic novels, has been on a mission: to find happiness and purpose without sacrificing her impeccabl...
See our slideshow of the Best Hotel Art Collections. New York City ’s Gramercy Park Hotel is a modern Gothic fantasy, with plush crimson velvets, carved-wood furniture, and baronial fireplaces as well as access to the private roof club and über-e...
q. We'd like to go on a literary tour of the English countryside. -- M.W., Denver, Colo. a. If such sites as Virginia Woolf's Knole House, Vita Sackville-West's Sissinghurst, and D. H. Lawrence's hometown of Eastham are what you have in mind, co...
Ever dreamt of sailing the Neva to visit the czars' summer palace?Or cruising the Rhine, stopping for tastings at vineyards all along the way?Somewhere between traveling by land and by sea lies a blissful medium. It's now possible to sail Europe's...
In homage to Gerald Durrell, who wrote Marrying Off Mother and My Family and Other Animals, both set in Corfu, I visited that Greek island with my mother—who, like Durrell's, was in no mood to be married off—and her dog, a brindle-...
WHO Boundary-breaking, Egypt-born designer Karim Rashid, who has created hundreds of best-selling "blobjects" (the Garbo garbage can, Oh chair, Blib bag) and Philadelphia's new Morimoto restaurant. LATEST PROJECT His first hotel, the Semiramis, se...
"There are thousands of squares in Athens, but when you say, 'Meet me in the square,' everyone knows you mean Kolonáki," says the Greek actor Antonis Fragakis, gesturing out from our marble-topped table in front of the Bibliothèque Café. It's dusk...
VIENNA AUSTRIA $236 At the 16th-century Hotel König von Ungarn (10 Schulerstrasse; 43-1/515-840; www.kvu.at; breakfast included), just a short walk from St. Stephen's Cathedral, gilded mirrors, boldly graphic wallpaper, and ch...
"Athenians may not know how to drive," a Greek friend said as she evaded a motorcycle speeding toward her on a sidewalk packed with parked cars, "but they sure know how to park." Almost a third of Greece's 10 million residents live in greater Athe...
It’s an incongruous sight: a super-modern, glass-walled building set at the foot of the ancient Acropolis. But while the New Acropolis Museum, designed by New York–based architect Bernard Tschumi, may appear to defy Athens’s great history, it is, ...