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“A limo whisks me to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, where I’m escorted up, up to the high-rollers’ suite—bowling alley; pool table—and offered a single perfect red grape by a team of uniformed pamperers, who draw me a bath and inform me ...
Greenland & Iceland Why Go Now: New luxury expeditions to these remote areas allow cruisers to take in scenery from the ship as well as jump in Zodiacs to explore further, says Claudia Gordon from Betty Maclean Travel. Her top sites: the lava ...
Q: Do you have any tips for packing light? —Carol Sanders, Macon, Ga. A: “Before you go, lay out your pieces and play mix-and-match to determine which ones work in the most possible combinations. A cashmere cardigan, for example, goes just as wel...
"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 with a souvenir gift from Chile: a paperweight rendered from the hoof of a Clydesdale horse. "...
A drowned piano will be making its way across North America and Europe this fall during the international tour of Pictures Reframed, a collaborative performance by Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and visual artist Robin Rhode. Debuting at Li...
Train Travel “Traveling by train is an amazing way to see the hinterland of a destination, without having to stay there,” says Diane Hilliard. And more remote areas are now accessible via luxury trains. Coober Pedy, the Australian outback minin...
Ex-czarist capital, ex-Soviet hero city, St. Petersburg is haunted by the creative souls who’ve inhabited it, and its house museums offer a step into history. Travelers can visit the apartment where Alexander Pushkin was brought to die; the palace...
Q: Where can I find affordable designer pieces in Milan? —Kathryn Mills, Huntington, N.Y. A: Before your trip, order Marina Martorana’s book Low Cost (Antonio Vallardi; lafeltrinelli.it; $18; in Italian only). It has the addresses of more than 50...
Dust off your dancin’ shoes. Participants travel by bus or train from Moscow to villages in western Russia to study and learn the traditional folk music and dance of the region. Visitors preserve and record the choreography and music through photo...
Maria Trejo-McDonald, Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park Background After more than two decades in Manhattan, Trejo-McDonald, 45, a model turned ballet dancer turned concierge, is particularly agile at steering guests toward unique Gotham experi...
Conceived by Karl Lagerfeld, designed by Zaha Hadid, and commissioned by the house that Coco built to mark the 50th anniversary of an iconic handbag, the Chanel Mobile Art pavilion is a provocative synthesis of style, culture, and commerce. The ro...
no free rides Travel agents' fees are on the rise For decades, travel agents reminded consumers that their services cost nothing, since they are paid commissions by airlines and other suppliers. But the commissions doled out by major airlines have...
Before the U.S.S.R. broke up in 1991, its national airline, Aeroflot, was generally considered sky-high hell. Foreign travelers were shocked at having to haul their luggage across an icy tarmac. Once aboard, they often stumbled over one another in...
In junior high, some friends and I discovered a way into our town's rain sewers. With cigarette lighters to guide us, we crawled through dark concrete tubes to emerge in a chamber just high enough to stand in. Fifty feet below street level, we'd f...
Ever dreamt of sailing the Neva to visit the czars' summer palace?Or cruising the Rhine, stopping for tastings at vineyards all along the way?Somewhere between traveling by land and by sea lies a blissful medium. It's now possible to sail Europe's...