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Rock, paper, scissors. Aalto, Iittala, Marimekko. Rock, paper, scissors. Aalto, Iittala, Marimekko. Such was the refrain looping in my head in anticipation of a trip to Finland. It would all be there: rocky shores and handsome granite buildings, f...
Finland is a country of extreme contrasts—summers of dizzying, full-time light, followed by depressingly long, dark winters. The sauna regulates it all, offering the benefits of winter in summer and summer in winter, while reducing the anxieties o...
Pisa, Italy Designer Cecilia Iacobelli and chocolatier Paul de Bondt, husband-and-wife team behind Pisa’s De Bondt Chocolate: “This place is so much more than the Leaning Tower. There’s also a buzzing food and art scene.” 8 a.m.: The couple star...
A few years ago, Canadians Terry and Carole Baker vacationed in St. Genis, France and stayed in a place with a kitchen, washer/dryer, and a balcony overlooking the Jura Mountains. They’ve also stayed in a 4,000-square-foot, 18th-floor condo in Pen...
"YOU SHOULD VISIT FINLAND IN SUMMER," says the Lonely Planet guidebook. Thanks for the tip, but the whole point of my "Northern Lights" package, set up by Norvista, Finnair's tour company, was to see winter at its most wintry—to spend six days fro...
layover (lay-oh-ver) n. An unpleasant break in a journey, during which the traveler is subjected to bland, overpriced food, uncomfortable airport seating, and severe bouts of tedium. If this is your definition of a layover, read on. Your world ma...
Before I went to Finland, I considered saunas to be no more than mildly pleasurable aspects of health clubs and hotels. Then a Finnish friend (and sauna addict) took me to Haikko Manor, a modern spa and conference center grouped around a grand Neo...
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...
In 1951, House Beautiful proclaimed a leaf-shaped plywood platter by Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala "the most beautiful object in the world." With its endless, irregular layers of ply curving out from a bisecting vein, Wirkkala's platter doesn't ...
Book now to get a seat at one of these four European newcomers—their names will be on everyone's lips in the coming months. TURANDOT, MOSCOWCrystal chandeliers, gold-leaf trim—it's Versailles writ red at this 475-seat pan-Asian restaurant near ...