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The 1970’s The traveler’s map sure looked different in T+L’s first decade. Future hot spots like Shanghai, Prague, Moscow, and Saigon were still well beyond the pale, but Americans were heading to Burma, to Iran (then booming under the shah), and...
In the age of the "ephemeral museum," to borrow a phrase from art historian Francis Haskell, masterpieces are as likely to be flying around the world in jets as the cultural travelers in search of them. The most surprising development in the museu...
“My first concert performance in Berlin was fifteen years ago—I have to pinch myself to believe it has been fifteen years—and I performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Berliner Philharmoniker in the iconic concert hall. Claudio Abba...
Looking Back on Bodrum Peter Jon Lindberg’s “Touring Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula” was most interesting to me, but the glamorous beach resort he describes is not the Bodrum I remember: I arrived there on a sailboat while traveling with a friend from...
With editing by Adrien Glover, Sarah Kantrowitz, John Newton, and Clara O. Sedlak So what if the euro is up and the dollar is down?That doesn’t mean you should skip a trip to Europe this year. You can still find great deals, even in pricey places...
When Germans began debating what kind of a national Holocaust memorial should be built in their capital, cynical Berliners worried that the government would seek an easy way out of an awkward challenge. These critics feared that elected officials ...
Mayor Klaus Wowereit’s description of Berlin in 2003 as “poor but sexy” still holds, but these days the city is much more than shabby chic. Massive construction has brought bright new spaces to the Mitte district, mainly consisting of upscale rest...
There was a time when, if you had told your friends that you were taking a trip to Bilbao, they would have wondered why you were going to a shabby, terrorism-scarred Spanish city. Nowadays, they'd envy you for visiting the world's most talked-abou...
Now that Berlin is being reborn as Germany's capital, many awkward remnants of its tumultuous past are starting to slip out of sight. Fresh plaster and new construction increasingly cover the traces of World War II, and the hundred-mile-long wall ...
What stood out for you at Cannes this year? A highlight was the digital restoration of Luchino Visconti’s seminal 1963 Il Gattopardo, financed by Gucci and the Film Foundation. What other festival is worth the trip? The Berlin film festival (...
There are no toilets at Burgermeister, which is somewhat curious as the place itself is really a toilet. I don’t mean that disparagingly; I mean it is actually a 19th-century cast-iron public bathroom that’s been recommisioned as an Imbiss, or sna...
Q: Is there any way to avoid the long lines at Western Europe’s more popular museums? —Alison Carter, San Jose, Calif. A: “You can often purchase advance or special-entry passes through a website affiliated with the museum or its city. Dodge the ...
“A limo whisks me to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, where I’m escorted up, up to the high-rollers’ suite—bowling alley; pool table—and offered a single perfect red grape by a team of uniformed pamperers, who draw me a bath and inform me ...
Berlin Simon Boccanegra Berlin Staatsoper (October 24–November 13). Plácido Domingo has long said he wanted to end his career by singing the baritone hero of Verdi’s underrated opera. Now, he’s pushing 70 and insists he isn’t yet ready to retir...
British architect David Chipperfield’s nimble rebuilding of the Neues Museum was such a feat of renovation and reconstruction that the city admitted the public to the empty building for several days last March to show off the achievement. After 1...