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Novelist José Saramago once described Lisbon's Bairro Alto as "exalted in name and location, but low in its way of life." Over the past decade, the low... Read More

I rarely leave my ranch and studio in New Mexico for very long. But I have a thing for animals, and I've always wanted to see whales up close. So a few... Read More

I've always known there was a whole class of people who see hotels as destinations. People who get the same room at the Savoy every year, trade... Read More

At night, when its white cobblestone streets and tiled houses shine, Lisbon rivals that other city of light, Paris. But Lisbon is for players, not... Read More

London's Edge Minimalism becomes the Metropolitan, London's latest ode to utilitarian chic. Hotelier and fashion impresario Christina Ong collaborated... Read More

It's time to celebrate the new. Not just the new new but also the reinvented, re-created, and incomparably well preserved. T+L's Critics' Choice Awards,... Read More

It was good to be back. The last time my wife, Red (then, not my wife), and I visited Portugal, some two years ago, the weather was frequently rainy,... Read More

Shelve the old saw about Portugal being the most unknowable country in Europe. For decades, people with the inside track have known that the most... Read More

After years of chic, simple interiors, decadence is afoot, and the most sensuous areas of the home—the bedroom and the dining room—are being indulged.... Read More

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For most visitors to the Continent, going off the beaten path means finding a restaurant that's not yet in the guidebooks. But Europe is, in fact, the... Read More

Astute hotels now have a way to impress guests long after checkout: signature perfumes. Here, five available through their respective concierges. ... Read More

At 2 a.m. on a warm spring night the streets of Lisbon's Alfama district are quiet. Few people are walking about, and the blue-tiled seafood restaurants... Read More

Our airplane is descending in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and I can't get Barry Manilow out of my head. "It's a miracle!" he keeps singing. "A... Read More

With the euro sky-high these days, it takes more than smarts to navigate the Continent in style without spending a small fortune in the process. It... Read More

The forecasts were not encouraging: rain, ceaseless and violent, for 10 straight days. Unseasonable storms had been plaguing Portugal for weeks,... Read More

Portugal is the last major European country to have entered the modern world. Some thirty years ago, an astute man I know predicted this belated debut... Read More

I'm looking for a weeklong barge tour in France that specializes in fine wine, beautiful scenery, and historic sites. Where should we go? —J.R., Wheat... Read More

VIENNA AUSTRIA $236 At the 16th-century Hotel König von Ungarn (10 Schulerstrasse; 43-1/515-840; www.kvu.at; breakfast ... Read More

With a pair of palace hotels leading the way, Europe delivers a king's ransom of notable debuts this season. The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace... Read More

The broad plain of the Algarve occupies the whole of Portugal's southern coast, but as recently as thirty years ago the only golf courses on the... Read More

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