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13 reasons why Rotterdam may be Europe's new capital of cool

13 reasons why Rotterdam may be Europe's new capital of cool

Long lost in the shadow of Amsterdam, crowdfunding initiatives and striking new architecture have helped boost Rotterdam’s vibe and image recently. Some are now asking, does the city of 630,000 people from 170 nationalities have the credentials to be considered Europe’s new capital of cool? Here are a handful of reasons to visit Rotterdam now. […]

Vegas-style dining comes to D.C. area

Vegas-style dining comes to D.C. area

In 2009, Samuelsson explains, he oversaw the Obamas’ first state dinner at the White House. Afterward, President Barack Obama greeted Samuelsson’s culinary team. “He was so kind to wait around, him and the first lady,” he says, “and he talked to all my cooks. Chef Michael [one of Samuelsson’s cooks], was so nervous… so the […]

Abu Dhabi Emirates Palace photoshoot turns up the opulence

Abu Dhabi Emirates Palace photoshoot turns up the opulence

“Magic,” says Australian photographer Anthony Horth. “Magic, magic, magic.” Horth, who’s previously shot supermodels Christy Turlington, Jean Shrimpton and Eva Herzigov√°, might be biased. The photoshoot at the Emirates Palace was, after all, his. Dominating one end of Abu Dhabi’s Corniche waterfront, the Emirates Palace is a self-styled seven-star hotel. It’s a vast creation, with […]

Truth Coffee: Cape Town's steampunk cafe

Truth Coffee: Cape Town's steampunk cafe

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On the job with Japan's legendary female ama divers

On the job with Japan's legendary female ama divers

Inside it is a mesh net, known as a sukari, filled with red, yellow and black sea cucumbers, and in the background beyond, a jagged hillside covered with trees. Just as I start getting nervous she appears, popping her cloth-covered head out of the water and exhaling her breath with a sharp whistling sound. Back […]

London's best afternoon teas

London's best afternoon teas

There’s no better place to try this English tradition than in London, which serves up some of the world’s most well-regarded versions. Reputedly spawned when an English duchess made a simple request for cake and tea before dinner time in the mid-1800’s, afternoon tea has since become a more decadent occasion. Plush baked scones, assorted […]

Al Ain oasis: The coolest place to escape the desert

Al Ain oasis: The coolest place to escape the desert

Not because the Swedish furniture giant is now retailing self-assembly ships of the desert — although it probably would if it could. It’s just that Abu Dhabi’s last traditional camel market, a daily bustle of haggling, hooves, handshakes and humps, sits right next to an Ikea store decked in familiar blue and yellow. The camel […]

New Orleans' best rooftop bars

New Orleans' best rooftop bars

Claustrophobic? Jarring? Maddening? For many, the experience down on the ground in the boozy thick of it — particularly the French Quarter and its infamous Bourbon Street — can prove daunting. A retreat for a breather is needed. If you want to be above it all, as it were, while still experiencing the sensory overload […]

Ski resorts you can fly into

Ski resorts you can fly into

Certain ski resorts do offer this — and not just the ones involving a helicopter lift from the nearest international airport. “The benefit of private jet travel for ski trips is as much about time saving and convenience, as it is about luxury,” says PrivateFly chief executive Adam Twidell. Here are nine of the best […]

Greece's spectacular monasteries in the sky

Greece's spectacular monasteries in the sky

In centuries past, their place of worship brought them solitude and protection from unwanted trespassers. Today, the Orthodox monasteries are one of the most popular destinations in all of Greece. Only a few hours from Athens at the fringe of the Plain of Thessaly, the town of Kalambaka plays host to Meteora’s spectacular mountaintop attractions. […]