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Seldom has the truism about geography being destiny rung truer than in Slovenia. This spring, as war broke out in Kosovo, 350 miles to the southeast, my wife and I were making our way to Ljubljana, the capital of what was once a republic in the fo...
Prague is one of those cities that everyone seems to have been to except for you. When I admitted I was eager to see it for myself, I was presented with a virtual cornucopia of advice: "It's like a pop-up fairy tale and you must stay there at leas...
Yes, I did always say that travelers in search of a meal would do well to stick to local specialties, the rule of thumb being that a restaurant in Tulsa will produce a great duck À l'orange about the time places in Paris begin turning out decent p...
Rome The Tour Food and Fun. Perfect For Gourmands. Highlights You’ll sample handmade salami at the 139-year-old Volpetti via della Scrofa delicatessen; fresh fish at Testaccio, a lively open-air market; and pizza bianca made at the Roscioli baker...
"Turin is terrible," said my friend Remo Guidieri, a writer and an anthropologist, of his native town. "Don't go there." He himself moved to Paris—the city on which Turin was, after all, modeled. But Remo might not have his delicious contempt for ...
let's call them "map guides" There's a new breed of city map that combines basic street layouts with information typically found in books-- restaurant prices, museum hours, and nightlife options. Some are more successful than others, but it all co...
Recently, a colleague of my husband's— let's call him Daniel— was about to go on an extended trip to India. At a farewell dinner I asked whether he had any special plans. Bad question. Daniel intended to travel to a different town ever...
Reader's FindOur family of four recently stayed at Venice's Romantik Hotel Metropole (39-41/520-5044, fax 39-41/520-3679; doubles $211-$398). Our room was elegant and spacious and filled with antiques, yet it had completely modern amenities. Overl...
Remember the days when flashing a few greenbacks—even singles—made you look like a big shot overseas? Alas, those aren't these days. In Western Europe, one euro costs you nearly $1.50, and in Great Britain, the pound now costs a whopping two buck...
Price Hike in Motor City Detroit Metro Airport's $1.2 billion Northwest Airlines terminal opened this winter to the usual gush over convenient parking, easy check-in, and abundant shopping and dining. But one feature seems more throwback than sta...
Vsehrdova Street, on Prague's Kampa Island, is a jumble of 17th-century architecture, low-rise buildings whose Baroque façades lean precariously over the cobblestoned street. But the faint brownish-green line that runs at shoulder height along the...
Western Europe, pay attention: your neighbors to the east are in the middle of a design-hotel boom. PRAGUE Aria Hotel (9 Trziste, Mala Strana; 212/201-1155; www.ariahotel.net; doubles from $330) takes its operatic name seriously. Mosaic-tile floor...
Scattered among Prague's Baroque palaces and fin-de-siècle apartment houses are a dozen oddly angular buildings, the remnants of a few years in the 1910's that briefly drew Prague into the center of the Cubist movement. Czech Cubism—which largely ...
I'm sitting in a little wine-and-coffee bar in Warsaw, listening to Polish conversations burble all about me, drinking Rioja, and talking with Zbigniew Rytel, a local TV journalist and a friend of a friend. The space is packed, and the two of us a...
OCCUPATION Actor HOME BASE Los Angeles URBAN EXPOSURE While filming Everything Is Illuminated— the adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel, which opens next month—the Iowa native spent three months exploring the backstreets of Prague (the story...