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The stereotype of the surly Parisian maître d’ may be losing currency nowadays, but for the determined efforts of one man: Philippe Pinoteau, owner of Le Baratin, a bar à vin/bistro in the 20th Arrondissement. A skilled sommelier and manager, Pin...
Paris has been my home for the past 16 years. My first job here, in 1989, was working for Karl Lagerfeld in the Chanel design studio. Next came W magazine, and then Harper's Bazaar. Consequently, I'm always being called upon for advice—whe...
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Stella Cadente’s Home Fashion designer Stella Cadente transformed a private mansion an hour from Paris into a stylish B&B with nary a doily or floral duvet in sight. Five fairy tale–inspired bedrooms include the Queen of Snow, with etched mirrors...
Stay in a ... Leather Factory Old Montreal’s Le Petit Hotel has 24 rooms with tall warehouse ceilings and exposed brick and stone; the property extends into a former toy factory next door. Doubles from $186. ...Iron Workshop Architect Francisc...
Q: Where can I find the best hotel deals online? —Jacob Kipp, Lafayette, Calif. A: “New functionality at tried-and-true booking sites has made finding low rates simpler than ever. Bing recently added a tool that allows you to compare current rate...
“Rajasthan has fascinating extremes: preciousness and poverty, monumental architecture, and astonishing crafts.” —Angela Missoni, fashion designer “Scotland is such a magical place. Summer evenings are so long, my husband and I can play golf into...
“I first started visiting ’Sconset with my family when I was about eight years old. We rented a place near the Summer House Cottages, on Ocean Avenue, every August. Most days we’d bike the five miles from our front lawn to the town’s general store...
There’s a youthquake afoot at these four shopping landmarks. Paris You could forgive Printemps if it had lost some of its fabled luster after 145 years. But thanks to a $100 million top-to-toe renovation, the famous stained-glass Art Nouveau cup...
From the terrace on Sartène's main square, I can look out over the Rizzanese Valley as far as the blue sea beyond Propriano, a coastal town 10 minutes away. I'm at least 100 feet up, but then every spot in this town seems to overlook a steep drop-...
“The Rue de Lancry winds its way down to the Canal St.-Martin, a two-mile waterway in the 10th Arrondissement built under Napoléon. Now the street is modern and charming and lined with small shops, boulangeries, Italian and Middle Eastern grocers,...
Now you can pedal your way through the European countryside with Ama Waterways (amawaterways.com), which carries 30 bikes on each of its six European vessels (guests can ride the 20-mile Danube route from Melk to Dürnstein, in Austria). Other cru...
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 ...
Looking east from the Pont de Tolbiac in the 13th Arrondissement you wouldn't know you were in Paris. As far as the eye can see, there are cranes and glass towers punctuating the rabbit warrens of old working-class neighborhoods. Below, a soundles...
Guy Martin (Le Grand Véfour, Paris): Air France Sample First-Class Meal: Red pepper, cucumber, and Parmesan tartare, foie gras, and fillet of guinea fowl served with artichokes and scalloped potatoes. Stephan Pyles (Stephan Pyles Restaurant, Da...