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"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

Cultural Hit ListArtEuropeLondon "Louise Bourgeois," at Tate Modern (Oct. 10–Jan. 20; tate.org.uk). Surrealist, Expressionist, and conceptual artist... Read More

"The Japanese have a love of the hidden, which makes Tokyo a very hard place to navigate," says Nicole Fall. So she founded Bespoke Tokyo, a luxury... Read More

Saturday morning on Omotesando, and the broad sidewalks are crowded, but not overly so, buzzing with early-weekend optimism and the anticipation of... Read More

JAPANESE CITIES ARE LIKE BENTO BOXES," says John McCreery, an anthropology professor who also writes ad copy for Japanese firms. "Each has a different... Read More

q. I've always wanted to take a river cruise in Asia. Can you recommend a good tour operator? —L.V.S., Tempe, Ariz.a. The Irrawaddy Flotilla Co.,... Read More

More than 400 years ago what we now think of as Japanese pottery began to take form. The tradition is based on a strong sensitivity to the harmony of... Read More

Midnight Express was enough to scare anybody straight when it comes to bringing illegal drugs into a foreign country. But even over-the-counter... Read More

Reader's FindIn Paris last summer I discovered an incredible bed-and-breakfast occupying a private barge on the Seine, docked near Notre Dame. The two... Read More

To get into Tokyo from Narita Airport you can catch a cab— and pay more than $150 for a trip that can take two hours— or you can hop the rail link from... Read More

IT'S MY FIRST MORNING IN TAIPEI AND I'M STANDING IN FRONT OF THE SWANK Sherwood hotel in a wool suit (bad idea), sweating despite the damp chill, as I... Read More

On the road, these neo-nomads follow their own set of rules: Keep a closet in several cities, tip freely, pack scented candles, and always get your... Read More

turkey's posh new padTurkey's nightlife capital, Bodrum, now has two landmarks: the seaside Castle of St. Peter and, perched on a hill above it, the... Read More

Airline vacation packages have always been great values that are easy to book. Lately, though, airlines have realized that many travelers don't want to... Read More

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