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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. AUSTRALIA Much is made in the press of the surge of premium wines from Australia, but one wonders how much of this merely results from a surge in the amount of wine the country makes. The Australian...
  9. CALIFORNIA NAPA VALLEY California is arguably the most important wine-producing region in the New World, and Napa Valley is its viticultural heart. The valley stretches 30 miles north from Carneros...
  10. AUSTRIA Austria has been creating wine since Roman Emperor Probus overturned the ban on growing grapes north of the Alps, in part to avoid mischief by giving his idle armies something to do. Later,...

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