Category Archive for 'Destinations'

Whether you prefer New York to Los Angeles or Paris to London or, to the point here, Barcelona to Madrid, may well depend upon which city you experienced first.  I first saw Barcelona in 1955 and didn’t get around to Madrid until six years later.  Fiercely exotic Barcelona had me wowed and wide-eyed, after which [...]

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My Pyjamas

This Was Then Most of what I know about food I learned in Spain.  After all, Spaniards eat just about anything that trots, swims, sprouts, crawls, flies, or germinates.  (Nearly anything, at least. They aren’t fond of corn or hot peppers.)  That isn’t a revelation.  Most of the world’s great cuisines began as peasant food, [...]

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London Losing Luster

After a few days in London fore and aft of our two weeks in Paris, I came reluctantly to the conclusion that it is a city in chaotic decline. It wasn’t the famously awful weather, which actually was fine, with temps in the high 60s (shrieked one tabloid headline, LONDON SWELTERS IN HEAT WAVE!). Always the [...]

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As a child of the post-war New York sububurbs, I don’t remember when I first heard the simple but evocative advertising slogan “Castles In Spain”. In that time before five TV channels became five hundred, those three words summoned images of chest-thumping knights in armor, chest-heaving ladies-in-waiting, dramatic jousts with trumpets announcing deadly competitions, and [...]

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We often reflect with pleasure on our breakfasts on the open-air roof terrace of our hotel in Istanbul, looking down upon the Blue Mosque on one side, the Haghia Sophia on the other, and Topkapi Palace and the Sea of Marmara just beyond.  (That’s the so-called New Mosque down there on the left.) The meals [...]

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Up here in the Hudson Highlands, about an hour’s drive north of New York, lies an underutilized cultural resource that deserves a great deal more attention than it receives. The founders provided us with a 500-acre estate of wildflower meadows, tailored forests, and rolling hills, and placed within it the monumental works of some of the [...]

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Even if you’ve never been there, you surely know the Piazza San Marco (right), with its signature basilica and campanile.  They’re as familiar as the Eiffel Tower and London’s Tower Bridge, and the city they symbolize has drawn visitors for centuries. If you have ever seen the 1955 movie, Summertime, starring Katherine Hepburn and Rossano [...]

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Short Summer

The very first crimson leaves start drifting down in late August in New England, although it takes until mid-October for the full-on foliage spectacular. Those couple of months are a good time to commence a series of daytrips to take in the show.  Ridgefield is showplace Connecticut, with a history harking to early Colonial times [...]

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Concert In The Desert

Timbuctou stood as a synonym for “the back of beyond” when most of us were growing up. Our teachers spelled it “Timbuktu” or something like that, but in whatever formulation, none of us, including the teachers, I suspect, knew where that distant city was. It’s in Mali, an impoverished nation at the southern edge of [...]

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Kansas City is burnishing its reputation as a major cultural center of what bi-coastal sophisticates unfairly demean as “flyover country”. They should make time for a stopover. K.C. isn’t just barbecue, stockyards, and jazz anymore. Downtown, industrial loft buildings are being recycled into housing, retail, restaurants, and entertainment and sports venues. They complement the handsome [...]

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