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Art Europe London “From Russia: French and Russian Master Paintings, 1870–1925, from Moscow and St. Petersburg,” at the Royal Academy of Arts (through April 18; royalacademy.org.uk). This exhibition, highlighting one international love affair b...
Travelers are fueling demand for a bespoke approach to sightseeing: private, off-the-map tours led by savvy locals. "Nowadays, the most sought-after travel operators are those who can bring visitors into direct contact with local culture and peopl...
See our list of 27 affordable beach resorts. Imagine yourself, for an indulgent moment, sunbathing on Tiririca Beach in Brazil’s Bahia. Palm trees cast slender shadows along the stretch of golden sand; the sparkling, azure ocean beckons you in ...
France Hotels covered More than half of France’s hotels, rated from no-star to four-star luxe, participate in this voluntary system. Checklist After counting the number of bedrooms, about 55 criteria are considered—mostly having to do with ...
While an unexpected upgrade is welcome, it’s rarely fun to be surprised by what’s behind your hotel-room door. Enter hotel ratings, which attempt to assess hotels based on a predetermined set of objective criteria. The result: the awarding of star...
Resembling a giant UFO poised for liftoff, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, the performing arts center created by virtuoso architect Santiago Calatrava, completes the ambitious cultural complex City of Arts and Sciences, in Valencia, a Medite...
Two women are sitting under a palm tree at a café in Barcelona's Plaça Reial, nibbling listlessly at a shared boule of ice cream and waiting desperately for the Barri Gòtic to reopen for business. One (me) is checking the time every few minutes on...
Taj Mahal Emperor Shah Jahan, in 1632, commissioned this most famous of all mausoleums for his favorite wife, Mumtaz. One of the greatest examples of Moghul architecture—a marriage of Hindu, Persian, and Islamic design—the Taj sits amid serene...
At Marbella's Restaurante Calima (Avda. José Meliá; 34/952-764-252; dinner for two $200), chef Dani García keeps his menu local—Iberian olive oil, Andalusian jamón, sherry—but manipulates textures like a scientist in a lab, most famously with liqu...
Edited by Niloufar Motamed; Reported by Colin Barraclough, Aric Chen, Florence Fabricant, Amy Farley, Mark Graham, Jaime Gross Darrell Hartman, Sarah Kantrowitz, Xander Kaplan, David A. Keeps, Peter Jon Lindberg, Ralph Martin, Connie McCabe, Shan...
Here, five art-rich cities where passes are worth their price. Paris Paris Museum Pass provides access to the Louvre as well as over 60 museums in Paris and the Île-de-France. Cost: $37 for two days; $56 for four days; $74 for six days. Sold at ...
AMSTERDAM Most Efficient You can rent bicycles at most railway stations, and many streets have designated bike lanes. Cost From $8.50 a day. Scenic but Slow With more than 150 canals in the city, "canal buses" are ideal for exploring. Take the ...
It's eight in the morning in Madrid and the sun is barely visible—but who needs the sun when the cobblestones are still radiating heat from the day before?Paco Ignacio Taibo is on the march, a handsome, sturdy source of nonstop enthusiasm who has ...
Barcelona There's no tastier way to start the day than by prowling the bustling Boqueria market, with its riot of tomatoes, chanterelles, and boutique beans. And that's before you even zero in on the dining bars. While Pinotxo (466 Mercat de la ...
One of Europe's largest mosques is rising over Rotterdam, and many residents are none too pleased. Its ornamented façade and arched windows appear transplanted from afar, and in fact the design was inspired by mosques in Cairo and Dubai. At a rece...