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  1. During his brief reign as emperor of Mexico in the mid-1860s, Austrian-born Maximilian I ordered the construction of a wide boulevard that would traverse the country’s capital in the same fashion...
  2. Once while visiting Bombay, George Bernard Shaw was asked if he wanted to travel to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. "I have no desire to see it," the writer replied, "as the Taj Mahal where I am staying...
  3. Just beyond the walls of the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans, Bourbon Street, the St. Louis Cathedral, and the many other attractions of the French Quarter beckon. But you need not leave the Ritz’s...
  4. During winter’s aqua alta , or high-water season, Venetians forgo designer shoes and instead slosh around their city in rubber boots. Sirens warn residents and visitors to move to higher ground as...
  5. Like mainsails strainingagainst a spar, the concave- and convex-walled towers of the new InterContinental Boston appear to billow over the city’s waterfront, including the location where the Tea...
  6. Few hotels better representrecent social, political, cultural, and economic changes than the Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, which opened in July within spying distance of Red Square, the Kremlin, and Lenin’s...
  7. The promotional literature provided in the villas at the Mansion at MGM Grand mentions the property’s "legendary wishing well." The text fails to explain what makes the water feature so renowned—or...
  8. The abundance of rankings and ratings systems available to travelers can serve more to confuse than to inform. Stars, diamonds, numerals, and even crowns purport to denote comparative quality, but...
  9. The remote location of his Argentine cattle ranch—some 1,000 miles from Buenos Aires—did not dissuade Jorge Taylor from converting a portion of Estancia Chapelco into a golf resort and community. Nor...
  10. "Even the French say the best wines are created from vines that see the river," says SageCliffe winemaker Berle "Rusty" Figgins over dinner at the estate’s Tendrils Restaurant. At SageCliffe, a 680-...

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