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I'm considering a summer trip to Peru, including some trekking. How crowded is it on the Inca Trail?—D.B., Windsor, Ont. Solitude is unlikely during the May-to-September dry season. The number of hikers on the trail, an ancient 20-mile highway th...
Americans now understand how architecture can occupy the center of a national psyche. We know that what we build at Ground Zero will determine how we collectively remember that catastrophe. Through an aesthetic alchemy, the right architecture will...
World music just got a lot more sultry with the release of "City Series: The Sex, the City, the Music." The CD collection, created by Sydney-based Petrol Records (www.petrolrecords.org), features top indigenous dance music and global grooves from ...
Almost 15 years after the fall of the Ber-lin Wall, the German Democratic Republic, a vanished country, has become a state of mind. Young people who were only children when the wall was up are throwing "Ost Partys" and chugging Rotkäppchen, East G...
Acknowledging the tough truth that stadium-sized malls are not everyone's idea of heaven, luxury brands are reinventing the retail experience. Old-guard London jeweler Garrard (133 Spring St., third floor; 212/688-2209) is wooing a younger fan bas...
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...
Hedi Slimane, famous for his form-fitting menswear for Dior Homme, has created another up-to-the-minute classic: the round Chiffre Rouge watch, available in three styles. "I wanted it to be heavy, with simple chromatics," says Slimane, who is alwa...
See our slideshow of 2009 Travel Trends. In these tumultuous times, we return to the essential pleasures of travel, rediscovering classic destinations and old-fashioned manners, seeking out comfort and serenity and quiet. What’s old is new again ...
MADRID Twenty-two-year-old chef Jaime Renedo had a hard time convincing his mother to let him open a restaurant inside her Asian antiques store. How lucky that she relented: Asiana (4 Travesía de San Mateo; 34/91-310-0965; tasting menu for tw...
The minimally named Temporary Art Hall, a cube parked on the Schlossplatz next to the rusty remains of the Palace of the Republic (kunsthalle-berlin.com), opens on October 30 for two years. The 6,200-square-foot space will host shows that demons...
“Berlin ist gross und ich bin klein” (Berlin is big and I am small) reads a popular children’s T-shirt featuring a forlorn mite of a penguin staring up at the immensity of East Berlin’s iconic TV tower. At barely five foot six I know how that peng...
Paris On the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, is Alain Ducasse’s new Le Jules Verne (Ave. Gustave-Eiffel, Seventh Arr.; 33-1/45-55-61-44; dinner for two $390). Everything about the restaurant is thrilling, from the minimalist Patrick Jouin desig...
Berlin | Kadewe The Place A veritable Disneyland of comestibles, the sixth floor of the KaDeWe department store showcases all the latest food trends and ingredients. At its 30-plus dining bars, one can taste anything from bratwurst to bouillabai...
Das Flötenkonzert, an oil painting by Adolf Menzel, shows King Frederick the Great, the most famous Prussian ruler, playing the flute in his summer castle, called Sans Souci. It hangs in the Alte Nationalgalerie, or Old National Gallery, which is,...
Taj Mahal Emperor Shah Jahan, in 1632, commissioned this most famous of all mausoleums for his favorite wife, Mumtaz. One of the greatest examples of Moghul architecture—a marriage of Hindu, Persian, and Islamic design—the Taj sits amid serene...