Category Archive for 'Destinations'

This city can’t be exhausted. Ever. Change whips down every street every swift moment. But here are a few random nibbles to take of The Apple (or not, in the case of one restaurant) before summer ends: *The Gagosian Galleries brand represents heavy hitters in the international art scene, with venues in London, Rome, Athens, [...]

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Save a couple of hours for the people at Ô Chateau. They are purveyors of wine-slanted events – three-course dinners, champagne cruises, day trips to wine country, grand cru and paired chocolate tastings, many of them taking place in cellars that once stored thousands of bottles held in the name of Louis XIV. (Not the blueblood [...]

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New Yorkers are different from other Americans. Millions of them don’t own cars and never learn how to drive, depending instead on public transportation and their feet. Don’t ask them about local hotels – they don’t use them, except for bar mitzvahs and weddings.  They sleep in their homes. (They call their apartments their “houses”.) [...]

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Venetian Notebook

The Taverna San Trovaso is always full early, but the crowd starts to thin out by 9:00, when we are seated inside. It’s not a large room,  with an arched brick ceiling and closely spaced tables. An old man sits alone in the middle of the room. He waves away the busboy who comes to [...]

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Paris On My Mind

We’ll Always Have Paris Those of us of a certain age – Depression Babies – feel regret for those who followed – Boomers, GenXers, Millennials – who never fell in thrall to the tales and images of the Lost Generation. Poet Gertrude Stein, who presided over a shifting salon of young artists and writers, coined [...]

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Paris Every Moment

The French Aren’t American They’re thinner, for one thing. They dress better. They work to live, and they make living an art. They know food and wine and cooking, but they aren’t food snobs. It isn’t just foreigners gobbling Big Macs in the hundreds of McDonald’s across the country. But with time and funds, they [...]

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Paris Day-To-Day

Staying Put In line with my devout belief that Paris should not be hurried, there will be no hotel recommendations here.  We don’t use them. They’re too expensive. Laundry and drycleaning are vastly overpriced. You can’t cook your own food. Unless you sneak takeout food into your room, you have to eat out three times [...]

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Eating All the world’s great cuisines – Italian, French, Chinese – and, arguably, Mexican and Spanish, have contributed to the international food revolution of recent decades. Describing the results has involved such tortuously conceived rubrics as “Fusion”, “Pan-Asian”, “Global”, and “Molecular”. But even the most iconoclastic of super-duper chefs concede, albeit reluctantly, that their bedrock [...]

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Paris Anytime

Out & About Only a handful of other world cities can equal the wealth of diversions, monuments, and cultural repositories of this capital on the Seine.  It contains elegant parks and gardens, both spacious and compact; more than sixty museums of grand ambition or narrow iconoclastic mission; a dozen prominent dance venues and scores of [...]

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I hate transfers. That is, the time spent getting from one place to another. Packing. Taxis. Traffic anxiety. Airport. Security. Gate changes. Delayed flights. Airplane seats designed by little people for little people. Circling airports. Passport control. Taxi to hotel. Sullen desk clerks. Room not ready. Unpacking. Jet lag. What’s to like? I’m not a control freak [...]

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