Feel playful at this Mexican toy museum

Toy Museum San Miguel de Allende

We bet Santa would love to get his hands on these toys.

A precious black-and-gold train made from bull horns. Colorfully dressed Frida Kahlo dolls with dark furrowed eyebrows. Airplanes fashioned from Coke cans.

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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


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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Sweet Sleeps

Kenwood Inn and Spa

Kenwood Inn and Spa amid Sonoma’s vineyards

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Planning all your days tasting Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs at award-winning wineries in Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon? Rethink that if you stay at the Kenwood Inn and…

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Madrona Manor: A romantic B&B in Sonoma

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

After biking one day in Sonoma’s wine country, all we wanted to do was cool off with a dip in Madrona Manor’s pool in the rose garden. Refreshed,…

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…

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