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Clinging to the last of the summer days in majestic Maine

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Stephanie Green takes us on a road trip to the Southern Maine Coast of Kennebunkport, Ogunquit and York for the last days of summer where nothing compares to the gardens and flowers as the season is fleeting... READ MORE
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Growing Up Belvedere

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Paige Peterson takes us to her hometown with a photo tour of its history, Belvedere, California. A beauty you’ll remember... READ MORE
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Sicily and the Coast of Many Cultures

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Barbara Hodes is drawn to Sicily, having explored the island several times. But on this occasion she's decided to try a different piece of the amazing island. And has much to share... READ MORE
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Art Weekend in Richmond Celebrating Elizabeth Locke

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Elizabeth Locke invited close friends to Richmond, Virginia, to celebrate the opening of “A Return to the Grand Tour: Micromosaic Jewels from the Collection of Elizabeth Locke” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts... READ MORE
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Hôtel de la Marine: Monument to the Art of French Living

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Paris lives on as Delia von Neuschatz discovers the palatial Hôtel de la Marine, which is currently undergoing a €100 million renovation and will again, in the spring of 2020, begin showcasing the French “art de vivre.”... READ MORE
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Italian Class: Urban Visions

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Augustus Mayhew still in Italy, sets his camera and his inquiring eye this time in Milan, Turin, and Venice... READ MORE
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La Belle Époque: Splendor in the Past

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Whether 1900 or 2000 every generation has its Belle Époque as past centuries end and new ones begin. For author Thomas Mann’s character Gustav Aschenbach in Death in Venice, an obsession with Beauty leads him to the luxuriousness of the Grand Hotel des Bain on Venice’s Lido. Closed for many years, last year COIMA, a […]... READ MORE
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2019 Carnevale Venezia: Blame it on the Moon

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Since my Venice architectural reconnaissance was planned as a pre-Carnivale miss-all-the-crowds jaunt, imagine my surprise arriving to find Venice SRO, and then some. Fortunately, decided on the out-of-the-way Santa Croce district’s Hotel San Cassiano, away from the festive, sort of, and far from the 21st century and the 19th. Very olde Venic... READ MORE
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My Valentine from Paris

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Dear diary, on the 25th I will be 63 and I have finally been to The City of Light! It’s thanks to two charming young friends. It was a glorious gift and Paris is certainly astonishing! But, I ought to have gone so much sooner. How splendid, though, that on St. Valentine’s Day, dining alone, […]... READ MORE
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A taste of London now; wining & dining at the new Annabel’s

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January is a tough month. After the excess of the holiday season, January is marked by temperance, fasting and long, dark nights. One cure for such malaise is having the opportunity to partake in a wine dinner at Annabel’s nightclub in London featuring vintages by Château d’Yquem and Château Cheval Blanc. Annabel’s nightclub on Berkeley [&h... READ MORE
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Treasures of China’s Heritage, Part VII

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Treasures of China’s Heritage: Touring with the Global Heritage Fund (Seventh of a Seven-part Series) Taiyuan Some of my best memories of the “Middle Kingdom” include my nine-day tour of historically significant sites with the Palo Alto-based Global Heritage Fund (GHF)—an organization devoted to supporting underdeveloped rural areas worldwi... READ MORE
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Mother Photographing Son 9,000 miles from home

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When you haven’t seen your son for months, what’s 22 hours on a plane? Nothing. And when you get there, a 1,400-mile road trip across islands that were among the last to be inhabited by humans? Irresistible. My New York clothes stayed in my closet; I packed for the back of beyond.  My son Peter […]... READ MORE