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“Dress up! People wearing impressive clothes are treated better.” —Simon Doonan, Creative Director, Barneys New York“Many major hubs like Dallas/Fort... Read More

Vera Gordon, a retired educator in Brooklyn, New York, is a garden-variety traveler. Literally. Like more and more botanically minded tourists, she’s... Read More

BeijingQiThe Lowdown In Chinese, Qi means "Seven"— the number of China’s provinces whose cuisines are on the menu of the Ritz-Carlton Beijing, Financial... Read More

I liked getting to airports early even before the last decade, when my neurosis became a necessity. My wife, on the other hand, considers time spent in... Read More

In my 22 years as a fashion editor, I’ve logged endless hours packing and preparing for long trips to style capitals. Covering the shows requires a... Read More

It’s a freezing cold winter’s day, but that’s not stopping 10,000 men in the northern Japanese city of Konomiya from stripping down to nothing but a... Read More

Japanese fashion conjures up images of avant-garde creations by Rei Kawakubo, Issey Miyake, and Yohji Yamamoto: dark-as-night dresses, trousers, and... Read More

See our video collection of the World’s Best Holiday Light Displays.Let’s face it: most of the things we love about the winter holidays—the family... Read More

Angela HunsingerAssistant director of recreation, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, South CarolinaYears on the Job: 4The Comforts of Home: I love to create... Read More

See the slideshow of the World’s Strangest Spa Treatments.Once you’ve changed into a disposable paper robe, an attendant leads you to a room containing... Read More

Making Merry Around MunichThanks for Guy Trebay’s excellent article on Munich at Christmas. Well-bundled, my wife and I made our way around the city... Read More

“We find inspiration in the oddest places,” says Kristina O’Neal, part of AvroKO, the design firm that rewrote the brief for great-looking restaurants... Read More

Ginza: Perfect KaisekiA highly ritualized, multicourse meal of “small bites,” kaiseki has evolved through the centuries as an offshoot of the Buddhist... Read More

"What were they thinking?"That’s what Paco Underhill, author of the books Why We Buy and Call of the Mall, says he wondered when friends presented him... Read More

See our slideshow of the World’s Strangest Museums.Bunnies, bunnies everywhere, and in all forms: stuffed, ceramic, painted—even a few real ones. Not... Read More

See our slideshow of the World’s Greatest Flea Markets.Some people travel so they can climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower, or ski the Rockies, or feast... Read More

While the megalopolis of tokyo catapults itself into the future, Kyoto—renowned for its temples, shrines, and vibrant geisha culture—has grown... Read More

Reader's FindIn the tiny village of Chassigny, my wife and I found the perfect place from which to explore the region's châteaux and gardens.... Read More

Liya Kebede: ModelLiya Kebede isn’t just another pretty face. The Ethiopian-born mother of two, who lives in New York City, is a goodwill ambassador for... Read More

See our slideshow of the World’s Top Late-Night RestaurantsHow do you coax AnthonyBourdain, Daniel Boulud, and four other celebrated, eternally busy... Read More

Les Touilleurs, MontrealThis sleek white shop in Mile End sells a global range of gear for making the soufflés and terrines of the classic Gallic... Read More

The best drink we’ve had in months was a simple Scotch at Star Bar (starbar.jp), in Tokyo, that took 15 minutes to make, thanks to thehand-carved ice.... Read More

Q: Can you recommend a stylish, well-priced hotel in Madrid? —Salvador Lopez, Austin, Tex.A: The 102-room De Las Letras H&R (doubles from $223),... Read More

Where can you find the tastiest gelato in Rome? How about the best sake in Tokyo? The Terroir Guides (The Little Bookroom, from $24.95) are strictly for... Read More

Maria Trejo-McDonald, Ritz-Carlton New York, Central ParkBackground After more than two decades in Manhattan, Trejo-McDonald, 45, a model turned ballet... Read More

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