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  1. Much like the finest wines, the Macanudo Gold Label ( www.cigarworld.com ) can be made only after an exceptional harvest. The limited-production cigar owes its sweet delicate taste and lightly veined...
  2. The winning squad in last year’s World Series of Birding, an annual competition in which more than 50 teams vie to spot the most bird species in 24 hours, admits that it had an edge: killer...
  3. All of us imagine a place to unwind—a theoretical oasis of serenity in a world of tumult about which, during the less frenetic interludes of our daily routines, we sometimes dream: an ideal...
  4. Ribbon speakers produce the upper frequencies—the most important segment of the sound spectrum—with superb speed and clarity, which is exactly why Michael Kelly is partial to them. The president and...
  5. Discerning visitors to Washington, D.C., especially those with an appreciation for America’s past, can now enjoy staying in the historic building that even Charles Dickens, who loathed the federal...
  6. It was a drizzly morning in Kirkwall, a village in Scotland’s rugged Orkney Islands, but the villagers ignored the damp to gather on the dock and gaze agog at the mysterious craft floating serenely...
  7. Brad Webb, a 29-year-old New Zealander, is perched on the bow of USA-76, barking into his headset. “Ten meters!” Webb shouts to helmsman Peter Holmberg. “Five, four, three . . .” As bowman, Webb...
  8. It is natural to view Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso as artistic rivals. They were contemporaries who possessed rare and formidable artistic talent, yet differed in temperament, nationality, age,...
  9. Hardy souls who sleep with the window open in February can take that concept a step further by checking in for a night at the Ice Hotel (877.505.0423, www.icehotel-canada.com ) near Quebec City in...
  10. “They are young and fun,” says interior designer Susan Cohen. “They wanted a house with a sense of history, but nothing conventional or boring.” Thus began the transformation of a sprawling house in...

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