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london lights upIan Schrager has taken his cutting-edge brand of hotel across the pond to London, transforming a once-somber 1960's office building into St Martins Lane, a spectacle of color and light. A yellow "carpet" is projected onto the floor...
Residents clearly remember the moment in 1993 when IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch declared that the host city of the 2000 Olympic Games was "Sidd-ay." It's been a frenzy of construction ever since: scads of major hotels (13 downtown alone), ...
Meet Mr. C. Thorne Corse, age 76, a retired San Francisco attorney who, in less than six years, has embarked on 63 cruises aboard the Crystal Symphony and her sister ship, the Crystal Harmony. No other passenger has logged more miles with the com...
Sydney's proximity to absolutely nothing has long been one of its biggest blessings. But that's about to change. As the world skews eastward, reorganizing for the next millennium, the city is moving from a corner of the map to the middle. With th...
once-in-a-lifetime trips for a once-in-a-lifetime moment The Jet Set Ring in the new millennium with a sonic boom. Aboard the Concorde, on Intrav's Ultimate Trip, you and 95 other passengers will hop your way around the globe in 18 days, touc...
For those who suffer from what Cocteau called the "red-and-gold disease," relief is found only in the glittery, cavernous darkness of an opera house. Yet one does not always enter what Jean Harlow would have called a "rafeened" atmosphere. To be s...
Going my way Kevin McCollum, New York-based theater producer (shows include Rent and De La Guarda's Villa Villa); president and CEO of Ordway Music Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bonus points: I always stay in nice hotels -- Ritz-Carlton or the F...
The current motto for Sydney clubgoers: more is more. With four bars and a restaurant set on three levels, the ArtHouse (275 Pitt St.; 61-2/9284-1200) provides something for everyone- music around the clock at Verge Bar, sculpture lessons and poet...
It takes 70 dips in frigid water to become a member of Sydney's Bondi Icebergs Winter Swimming Club. But you can take advantage of the scene without even getting wet. The Icebergs, a Sydney institution since 1929, recently built a five-story Moder...
Ebisu Tokyo By Erika Lederman The area around Ebisu train station is finally living up to its name. According to Japanese folklore, Ebisu is one of the seven gods of good luck, and the statue of this fat little man at the entrance to Ebisu s...
In Sydney, beauty is everything. Which explains why the Banyan Tree resort group chose the harbor city for its first day spa. Angsana Spa Double Bay lists 39 Eastern-influenced treatments on its menu, such as the Indonesian deep-tissue massage and...
My favorite childhood photograph is from the early seventies, from one of my family's annual pilgrimages "up north" from Melbourne. In the picture, my mother, my three sisters, and I are fanned out on the steps of the Sydney Opera House; its famou...
Billed as the world's finest short-stay hotel, Stiletto, (www.stiletto.net.au), a new $9.3 million building in the gentrifying neighborhood of Camperdown, has everyone in Sydney talking. Its swank suites were designed by Hip Group, best known for ...
Some people unpack when they first arrive in a city. Me, I look for Chinatown. It started, I suppose, with my grandparents. Traveling halfway around the world from Hong Kong, they settled in New York's Chinatown in 1960. Even after moving to anoth...
Hedi Slimane, famous for his form-fitting menswear for Dior Homme, has created another up-to-the-minute classic: the round Chiffre Rouge watch, available in three styles. "I wanted it to be heavy, with simple chromatics," says Slimane, who is alwa...