Hot Art: Orozco’s fiery murals in Guadalajara

Orozco mural

He lost an eye and a hand in a fire.

Yet Jose Clemente Orozco was one of Mexico’s three greatest muralists (keeping good company with Diego Rivera, Kahlo Frido’s lover, also one of the trio of renowned muralists).

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Ancient Petra: Lost city of wonder

Petra

Gazing up at Petra’s monuments – feet sinking into soft red sand and dust swirling about – you can’t help but be amazed by the genius of its ancient Nabatean builders. Wealthy traders and masterful rock sculptors, they chiseled a vast city of beautifully carved tombs, temples and houses out of rose-and-peach rock in the Jordanian desert.

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Design City: Revitalized Cape Town travel guide

Cape Town waterfront - photo courtesy Cape Town Tourism

Congrats Cape Town! You beat out L.A., Perth and Rotterdam to top the New York Times list of best places to go in 2014!

That’s in part because you were honored as the World Design Capital 2014.

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Getting High: Walking the Dubrovnik city wall

Walking on the wall's ramparts

“The best time to walk the wall is just before the sun sets,” they say.

 True. And one time – as the setting sun bathed Dubrovnik in a vivid golden glow – we did stroll atop the massive, 1¼ mile-long, stone wall that surrounds the Old City. And it was lovely…

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Sweet Sleeps

A dip in your private pool? photo Kayumanis Nusa Dua

Kayumanis villas make a splash in Bali

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Our own pool? Complimentary airport transfers, 30-minute welcome massages and private anytime shuttle service to town? Breakfast and afternoon tea served in our villa? Oh yes, we were…

Zig-zag pool - Hotel El Ganzo

Oasis of Creative Cool: Hotel El Ganzo

Monday, August 11, 2014

Oh no! There’s a rainbow-colored splash of paint running down one side of the hotel wall. Did someone accidentally spill paint out the window of the Hotel El…

FS Bora Bora - photo FS Bora Bora

Dream Island: Sleeping over water in Bora Bora

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

There’s something deliciously sensual about drifting off to sleep listening to the splish-splash of waves beneath you. Diving off your deck for a morning swim in warm azure…

Charming Europe Hotels

Charming Europe Hotels: Five faves

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Palaces fit for kings and queens? Breezy seaside villas? Hideaway resorts favored by celebs? As professional travel writers, we get to stay at some pretty delightful places around…

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