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You’ve only just cleared security, and your neck is already in knots. Be Relax (berelax.com; one-hour table massages from $160), a European chain of... Read More

Berlin | KadeweThe PlaceA veritable Disneyland of comestibles, the sixth floor of the KaDeWe department store showcases all the latest food trends and... Read More

Planning a monthlong trip to Paris, I realized I wanted to live in the city, not just stay there. So I decided to rent a furnished apartment, figuring I... Read More

Le FloorsBurgers are made to order with a list of 10 special sauces in a three-story glass-walled space. Try the one with crisp bacon, cheese, onion... Read More

For years, the guides to Paris, London, Milan, and New York included in Smythson’s Fashion Diary ($405; 866/769-8476; www.smythson.com) have made it the... Read More

Bons vivants may already know the Lucien Barrière group, which owns such legendary palace hotels as Deauville’s Normandy and the Majestic in Cannes. Now... Read More

Secluded Scottish CastleBy Shane MitchellAny faraway land gets my blood pumping, but if I desire the pleasure of my husband’s company, the choice... Read More

ArtEuropeLondon"Hogarth" at Tate Britain (through Apr. 29). This wide-ranging retrospective, the most comprehensive devoted to the 18th-century British... Read More

New OrleansBarLe Phare 523 Gravier St.; 504/636-1890; drinks from $7.The ClassicSazerac Absinthe, rye, or bourbon; simple syrup; Peychaud’s bitters;... Read More

You can now savor Paris in slow motion. The Hôtel Plaza Athénée (25 Ave. Montaigne, Eighth Arr.; 800/650-1842; plaza-athenee-paris.com; doubles from $1... Read More

ArtEuropeLondon“From Russia: French and Russian Master Paintings, 1870–1925, from Moscow and St. Petersburg,” at the Royal Academy of Arts (through... Read More

In an effort to help the City of Light go green, the French outdoor advertising company JCDecaux has partnered with city officials to launch the largest... Read More

Good design enhances every aspect of the travel experience. Walking into a beautifully built air terminal or railway station can ease the stress of... Read More

I was gazing at the perfect pink town houses of Place des Vosges from a private balcony one evening last summer as a fellow dinner guest, an auctioneer,... Read More

Bruno FrisoniArtistic Director, Roger Vivier Hometown: Bouzy, FranceFor almost a quarter-century, 46-year-old Bruno Frisoni has created everything from... Read More

ShoppingU.S. + Canada1. GREAT VALUE San Francisco The Four Seasons makes luxury shopping in nearby Union Square even more enticing. Their partnership... Read More

The past is another country, and it's the only place I ever want to go. When the air collects into soup at the bottom of the bowl that Paris sits in,... Read More

french bliss Hotelier Grace Leo-Andrieu, who transformed Paris's Hotel Montalembert and Le Toiny on St. Barts into stylish enclaves, has once... Read More

Mid-February. Ads for Presidents' Day sales pad the newspapers, offering relief from the flat-line lull that sets in after the holidays and lasts until... Read More

Rising in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, Jean Nouvel's sweeping Musée du Quai Branly (222 Rue de l'Université; 33-1/56-61-70-00; www.quaibranly.fr)... Read More

ParisLe Relais du Parc, at Sofitel le Parc 55–59 Ave. Raymond-Poincaré, 16th Arr.; 33-1/44-05-66-10; www.sofitel.com; dinner for two $170; doubles... Read More

Eleven years as a sports journalist cushioned me against the hard realities of negotiating tennis's version of the Super Bowl—the four high-powered,... Read More

Musée du Quai BranlyPoised like a giant wood-and-metal tortoise on the roof of Paris's newest museum, Les Ombres (27 Quai Branly, Seventh Arr.; 33-1/47... Read More

Here, five art-rich cities where passes are worth their price.ParisParis Museum Pass provides access to the Louvre as well as over 60 museums in Paris... Read More

AMSTERDAMMost Efficient You can rent bicycles at most railway stations, and many streets have designated bike lanes. Cost From $8.50 a day.Scenic but... Read More

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