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  1. TOUR DE FRANCE Drawn by breakthroughs in French painting technique, American artists visited Paris in droves during the last half of the 19th century. More than 100 of their finest pieces appear in...
  2. When cleopatra drank a pearl dissolved in vinegar, she did so, wrote Pliny, to impress Marc Antony. Some of the extravagant restaurant dishes that have emerged recently seem to appeal to that same...
  3. Some passengers on the 20-seat planes that service St. Barts may be too concerned about a splash landing to notice their bird’s-eye view of the Eden Rock Hotel. As the pilot cuts the throttle to...
  4. GROUNDBREAKING EVENT When the British aristocracy invented elephant polo at the turn of the 20th century, the players swatted soccer balls. Unfortunately, the elephants squashed these flimsy...
  5. As the world’s largest sloop, the 247-foot-long Mirabella V tends to draw attention to herself. In fact, her mast, rising nearly 300 feet from the deck, is so tall that pilots complained it was a...
  6. Those who charter Christina O join a roster of passengers who have included John F. Kennedy, the Aga Khan, Winston Churchill, Maria Callas, Rudolph Nureyev, J. Paul Getty, Greta Garbo, Frank Sinatra...
  7. We had a large group of friends who wanted to be together on a Caribbean cruise, but we also wanted the intimacy of a medium- to large-size yacht, not something as grand as Christina O. Our charter...
  8. A vessel the caliber of Charlatan is an anomaly in the South Pacific, which, unlike the Caribbean, suffers from a paucity of crewed luxury yachts. This is unfortunate when you consider that this...
  9. Adam Katz, the genial, effusive founder of the New York–based aircraft charter operation Talon Air, often pilots his planes himself. He also enjoys ferrying clients from place to place in his...
  10. You settle into a mini-suite, secluded by privacy barriers and flanked by mahogany-trimmed consoles. After cocktails and a four-course meal—perhaps with a dinner guest sitting on a separate, fold-...

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