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  1. The poker game’s participants, all men from New York, include a Broadway producer, a former assistant attorney general turned novelist, a real estate developer, and a restaurateur. It is the end of...
  2. Residenz Heinz Winkler The spa resort in Aschau, near Neuschwanstein, is designed like a private villa set around a colorful courtyard. Heinz Winkler was 31 when he became the youngest chef ever to...
  3. The simple pleasures of Bavarian folk revels are a world apart from the elaborate displays that greet the hiker farther along Maximilian’s trail. As it continues eastward from Ruhpolding, the purple...
  4. In a turn-of-the-century newspaper article, a reporter identified Clara Driscoll as the designer of the Dragonfly Tiffany lamp. Such a revelation was rare, for Louis Comfort Tiffany took pains to...
  5. Since 1967, when he introduced his Polo label with a series of handmade ties, Ralph Lauren has been demonstrating his penchant for preppy apparel. The designer, who was born Ralph Lifshitz in the...
  6. Private helicopter/airplane hybrids are winging our way. As of December, fliers had placed 65 orders for the two-pilot, nine-passenger BA609 Tiltrotor from Bell/Agusta Aerospace Co. ( www.bellagusta...
  7. August Henningsen, the CEO of Lufthansa Technik, remembers the 2000 Olympics well. “That was when we refitted a Boeing 747 to take 10 horses to the games,” he says. Over the years, the Hamburg...
  8. By any standard, the 198-foot Blue Moon , the fourth Feadship owned by Chicago industrialist Richard Duchossois, is an extravagant vessel. The $90 million yacht–the largest to appear at the Fort...
  9. Visiting Napa Valley’s Meadowood resort, touring the prominent local wineries, and driving 13 of the finest new automobiles sound like enjoyable ways to spend a few fall days. But the readers who...
  10. In 1682, Louis XIV—wishing to lock his fractious nobles in a golden cage where he could keep an eye on them—established the French center of government at a former hunting lodge in Versailles. Until...

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