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Hotels That Make the Most of a Stellar Location

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 6:35 PM

When it comes to hotels, great views are always a selling point. A cityscape, a beach sunset, a lush courtyard...pretty much any slice of wonder or beauty can bump up a room's desirability (and price). But then there are those instances when -- by virtue of its proximity to something...

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Still Shaking: Vintage Diners in Los Angeles (PHOTOS)

(31) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 4:41 PM

The classic diner -- Formica surfaces, greasy-good fare, sassy waitresses, and all -- has long held a special place in the restaurant culture of Los Angeles. In a city this laidback, no matter what food trends come and go, casual diner standards like burgers and shakes have enduring...

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City Nature Breaks For Celebrating Earth Day

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 9:07 AM

If Earth Day finds you deep within the concrete jungle, don't despair: you can still pay tribute to nature and commune with the trees in lush city parks and green spaces tucked into some of the world's most dense and developed cities. Here are six standouts where you can completely...

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Check in to Classic Nightlife: Paris's Best Hotel Bars

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 1:33 PM

Picture this: Crisp French bartenders pouring velvety wines and classic cocktails, a jazz trio tinkling in the corner, a chic crowd engaged in scintillating conversation, and couples curled into softly lit nooks for romantic tête-à-têtes. Surely you've stumbled into that quintessence of Parisian nightlife, the neighborhood bar, right?...

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A Stylish Guide To Manhattan's Greenwich Village And Union Square

(8) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 9:22 AM

Greenwich Village and Union Square, two adjacent New York neighborhoods in Manhattan, share the distinction of having colorful political pasts and lively cultural presents. A visit to both is sure to leave you intellectually enriched, playfully pampered, and especially well fed.

The birthplace of the Beat movement...

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The Best Places In NY's Most Fashionable Neighborhood

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 7:00 AM

As winter continues in New York City, it's time for fashionable New Yorkers to step out in their cold-weather finery. Decked out in on-trend knitted wool hats, faux fur coats and above-the-knee boots, the most sartorially astute get an opportunity to strut layer upon layer of the season's chicest attire.

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Romantic Beijing: A Couples' Itinerary

(9) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 7:00 AM

From spectacular sunsets in Hawaii to low-lit bistros in Paris, the world's best places for lovebirds share one thing in common: over-the-top romance. While we're all for lovey-dovey settings to fete your coupledom, we're also of the mind that romantic clichés can be a little tiresome. Sometimes the...

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A Weekend Passport To Old-School New York

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 7:00 AM

New York is the kind of city where nostalgia lies around every bustling corner. Even as the modern-day Big Apple excels in the ultra avant-garde everywhere from the fashion runway to molecular gastronomy to street art, the slightest provocation (the tinkle of a jazz piano, the glint off...

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A Los Angeles Itinerary For Kids And Immature Adults

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Think of a little girl dressing up in her mom's high heels, make-up and sunglasses, and you'll have an approximation of the essence of Los Angeles. Sure, the city has a veneer of glamour with its Hollywood hullabaloo, and its cultural offerings from art to fashion make it...

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The Best Hotels In Beijing

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2012 | 8:30 AM

You might say the road to Beijing lodging has been paved in silk and Olympic gold. In ancient times, the trade route known as the Silk Road brought an influx of international travelers to the imperial capital, coaxing the construction of roadside inns and royal guesthouses alike. The...

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A Stylish Guide To London's West End

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 8:00 AM

The West End is an umbrella term for a hodgepodge of high-energy, tourist-friendly enclaves. From the footlights of the Theatre District to the flashbulbs of media center Bloomsbury, and the blinking neon of Soho's pulsing nightspots to the soft glow of Chinatown's dumpling houses, the West End offers a glimpse...

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A Stylish Guide To London's Shoreditch Neighborhood

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2012 | 11:25 AM

This is the second piece in a mini-series on London's coolest neighborhoods. With all eyes on London this summer, these areas offer a break from the sightseeing hordes and a chance to connect with the locals. Our last post explored the upscale bohemian charms of Notting...

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A Stylish Guide To London's Notting Hill

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 8:00 AM

With the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in full swing in London, the world's eyes are trained on this stately British capital. Sure, the elite athletes competing in the Games are the focus, but on the sidelines sits a worldly city ripe for exploration. If you're traveling...

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A Guide To The Best Dining In Food-Obsessed Taipei

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Anthropologist extraordinaire Margaret Mead once said, "A city is a place where there is no need to wait for next week to taste the food of any country ... to find new voices to listen to and familiar ones to listen to again." Perhaps nowhere is that more true than...

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The Art Of Gallery Hopping Around The World

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Whether we're in the market for fashion or fruit, we're big believers in the "one-stop-shop." From unique boutique districts like Paris's Saint-Germain-des-Prés to sprawling produce stalls at London's Borough Market, these concentrated shopping experiences can save time and, most importantly, quadruple the fun.

Shopping for art...

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A Summer Stroll Through Le Marais And Surrounds In Paris

(1) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Springtime in Paris may be a cliché of perfection, but summer is when the city is positively deluged by tourists (most notably the school's-out-for-three-months set). Whether you've got a family in tow or are flying solo, though, Paris's charms don't have to be marred by long lines and...

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Manhattan Dining Highlights: A Summer Window of Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 8:00 AM

In the film "New York, I Love You," when speaking about immigrants to the Big Apple, Julie Christie's character quips, "That's one of the things I love best about New York. Everyone came from somewhere else." We couldn't agree more, especially when we get to enjoy that diversity...

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A Brush With Royalty And History In London's Westminster Neighborhood

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2012 | 9:30 AM

With all the flurry of activity in London this weekend for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee (celebrating 60 years of Her Maj), we can't help but think about the best places in London to have a brush with the royal family. When we're seeking a dose of...

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A Weekend Passport To Los Angeles: Old Hollywood Glamour

(8) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 8:00 AM

It may be hard to remember a time before round-the-clock TMZ and Perez. What with incessant updates on Lindsay's latest court appearance and Charlie Sheen's latest manic stunt, movie stardom has been largely stripped of its glamour in the 24/7 spotlight of tell-all celebrity media. But once upon a time,...

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