Seattle

Florence Italy: La Città Più Bella

Florence excels at striking that perfect balance between modern design and classic architecture. The city’s streets are positively dripping with history. Sprinkled between Renaissance palazzi and churches housing world-class art are enough tiny architectural details, sculptural accents and ornate surprises to keep visitors infinitely intrigued.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Jewel of the Adriatic: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is seeped in history, with traces of all the empires that left their mark here still visible below the surface. It’s so beautiful here that it’s easy to see why Dubrovnik changed hands so many times. Ruled by the Venetians, the Hungarians, the Ottomans, the Austro-Hungarian empire, and later by Yugoslavia, it wasn’t until 1991 that Croatia finally gained independence.

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Top 10 Attractions in Oslo, Norway

Oslo is the modern epicenter of Norway and serves as a great introduction to the country. Filled with cultural gems, and a harmonious fusion of old and new, traditional and contemporary, a few days here will have you primed for the stunning landscapes and breathtaking fjords waiting for you across Norway. Be sure not to miss the following top sights...

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Traveling with No Reservations

Gone are the days of pre-booked hotels and finely-tuned travel itineraries. What began as a flawlessly organized trip, reserved down to the last detail, has now become a spontaneous beast, and I am completely at its mercy. On the positive side, there is nothing as freeing as rolling into a city and deciding on the fly what to do, where to stay and how long to stay for. But what about the cons?

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Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn: A Slice of Estonia in 3 Days

Tallinn, Estonia is the perfect weekend addition to a tour of Scandinavia. It’s a quick, easy and inexpensive ferry ride away from both Stockholm and Helsinki. With its charming and well preserved old town, ringed with stone walls adorned by fairytale turrets, it’s the perfect place to experience pure Baltic flavor laced with a sliver of Scandinavian influence.

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La Sultana Marrakech: A Luxury Hotel Fit for Sultans

I've never set foot in a more beautiful hotel. La Sultana is a shrine to Moroccan design and craftsmanship. From the minute you step into this hotel, filled with glimmering gold accents, you can feel the outside world of endless streets, honking mopeds, open-air butcher shops, donkey traffic, aggressive hawkers, and snake charmers melt away to nothing but a distant whisper.

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Seattle

Dublin City Guide

Dublin, Ireland has always been on my must-see list. Pubs, the color green, friendly people, Celtic symbology, fairies & leprechauns, and Guinness were all swirling around like sugarplums in my head. Ok, so Ireland is much more than these clichés, but I did find a refreshing desire to preserve tradition and Irish culture everywhere I turned.

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Irish Manor Splendor: Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney, Ireland

Staying in an Irish manor house in Ireland is an absolute must if you’re exploring the Irish countryside. One of the quintessential Irish experiences, they can be found speckled throughout the countryside and offer little pockets of homey luxury. At Cahernane House Hotel, the common rooms are splendid. Decked out in classy period furniture, they are so well appointed they rival the interiors of most Irish castles.

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Seattle

Seattle Weekend Design Guide

Your insider's companion to Seattle's art and design scene. Explore Seattle's hottest cultural highlights while eating, sleeping, and shopping in style.

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Boutique Luxury: Seville's Stylish Sacristía de Santa Ana Hotel

This hotel is simply beautiful. The interior design fuses traditional and contemporary design elements perfectly, creating a stylish interior space inside a former 18th century church vestry. The fashionable interiors combine the best of classic Andalusian design, including decorative painted tilework and rooms surrounding a multi-story courtyard accented by a Moorish fountain.

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Spa Report: The Moroccan Hammam

When in Morocco, you can't miss the traditional Moroccan hammam, or Turkish-style steam bath. There are a variety of public and private hammams ranging from uber-luxurious spa experiences to simple public bathhouses. So how does it work?

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Essential Macau Highlights for the Non-Gambler

Macau is China's challenge to Las Vegas—a city filled with casinos and an exciting mix of Portuguese and Chinese culture. While most travelers to Macau flock here to gamble, there is plenty to see outside the casinos. No trip to Macau is complete without a visit to the following top sights that feature the best of both old and new Macau.

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At Home in Madrid: Casa de Madrid

For those seeking a unique place to sleep in Spain's capital, look no further. This boutique retreat in an upscale 18th century building is located in the heart of the city, just steps from both Madrid's iconic Puerta del Sol square and the Royal Palace, as well as some of the city's top dining spots. Staying here is like rooming at a friend's house, that is a friend with impeccable design taste.

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Seattle Trendsetter: Hotel Andra

Iconic fish tanks filled with neon tetras and guest rooms accented in cobalt blues. A contemporary lobby outfitted in sleek, minimalist furniture and natural wood tables. Add to the mix alpaca headboards, retro clocks, and FACE Stockholm bath products in all the guest rooms, then top it all off with an avant-garde celebrity chef restaurant that's turning heads—and you know you've arrived at Hotel Andra.

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eagle creek

Eagle Creek Switchback Max 25: Rugged and Multi-Functional

There just isn't much travel gear out there that can double as rolling luggage and a backpack. For a recent trip to Spain and Morocco that involved 5 flights, 6 train rides, and a long-distance bus journey, I was searching for that perfect combination: luggage that rolls in airports and lobbies, and can also be strapped on when traversing the unpaved alleys of Morocco's labyrinth medinas.

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Toilet Talk: One Fancy John

Okay, I'm not usually one to talk about time spent in the bathroom. However, I just have to make an exception for the über-luxe guest bathrooms at the St. Regis hotel in Beijing. Alright, I'm not actually just talking about the bathrooms, although the designer bath and body products, fresh flowers, and flat screen television in the mirror are certainly nice. What I'm really dying to tell you about is the toilet!

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griffith park

Free Things to Do in Los Angeles: Griffith Observatory

Perched on a hilltop just past the Greek Theater in Griffith Park, visitors can stroll through the arches of this classic art deco building, admiring the endless grid of streets below, stretching clear to the Pacific Ocean and broken up only by clusters of skyscrapers and familiar Hollywood landmarks. The copper-clad domes of the observatory’s telescopes sit upon white walls that soak up pure California sunshine.

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Riad Central: Marrakech’s Luxury Retreats

Marrakech is a city of pink buildings drowning in a sea of satellite dishes. Imagine narrow winding streets filled with mopeds. Snake charmers. French-style pâtisseries. Open air butcher shops. Tea shops, full to the brim even in the sweltering heat of the day. Donkey traffic. The never-ending song of aggressive hawkers echoing from every souk.

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Bergen, Norway

Bergen: Norway’s Second Capital

Bergen is the gateway to Norway’s fjord country, and it’s also the second largest city in Norway. But unlike cosmopolitan Oslo with its glittering skyscrapers, Bergen manages to maintain a small-town vibe with its colorful old-style buildings and bustling seafront harbor.

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