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Today we celebrate Switzerland's Beauty in Winter.

 

 

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This quaint Connecticut community has everyone falling in love with its New England charm.

This town of 18,600 overlooking Long Island Sound is so New England picturesque  at a mere 36 square miles along the Connecticut shoreline, Madison is easy to miss—and residents happen to like it that way.

Almost exactly halfway between New York City and Boston, Madison attracts a sophisticated mix of professionals—lawyers, accountants, architects—as well as a growing community of artists. They frequent the town's independent boutiques and family-owned restaurants, most of which are housed in the two-story shingled and redbrick buildings (many dating from the 1930s) that line Main Street. In the summer, a scenic green in the heart of downtown hosts outdoor concerts and a farmers' market.

Credit: Coastal Living

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Summertime and vacations ~ Here we have 12 exciting spots we think are worthy to visit.  Where will you be headed this Summer? 

Europe
Stay just about anywhere in Europe, where the euro is down 18 percent against the dollar since 2014. A €500 room used to work out to $690. Now it’s yours for $560.

Croatia's Brač Island

Renew at Yoga for Bad People’s retreat (Aug. 20–27) on Brač, an island that noses into the Adriatic Sea and blends mindfulness with beaching on Golden Cape.

Istanbul

The Jameel Prize is one of the world’s most prestigious awards in Islamic art and design, and this year’s selection, on view at Istanbul’s Pera Museum, is the last picked under Zaha Hadid, the prize’s late patron. It’s also the first time the exhibition will be shown outside London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Old West, USA

Road trip the Old West—and its new places to stay—with the whole family this summer. We love Dunton Hot Springs resort in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, which is why we’re expecting big things from its new Telluride spin-off, Dunton Town House. (And everyone knows ski towns are at their best in the summer.) The newly opened Smith Fork Ranch, from the creative team behind leather goods brand Ghurka, is 90 minutes by car from Grand Junction but feels more remote—and only takes 28 guests a week. Grand Canyon Under Canvas brings safari-style tents to the hotel-starved high desert about an hour from the South Rim. Or stay mobile and book a week with Airstream 2 Go, which rents 23- and 28-foot chrome trailers (and the SUVs to tow them) out of Las Vegas.

Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

Tour Ireland on a winding, sometimes white-knuckle 1,550-mile road trip. The west coast’s Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest coastal drive, rolling past surf breaks, timeless pubs, and seafood stands serving caught-that-hour fish.

Folegandros, Greece

Live your Greek fantasy without the crowds. Folegandros has all the great beaches, the simple but delicious taverna food, and the epic sunsets over the sea that you expect from a Greek isle—without the disco vibe and mega-yachts. Even better, high-speed ferries from Piraeus now get you there in three hours instead of the 11 it used to take.

Lake Iseo, Italy

For just three weeks starting on June 18, the quixotic environmental artist Christo will weave 753,500 square feet of yellow fabric across pine-shrouded Lake Iseo in Northern Italy to create The Floating Piers, which visitors can literally walk across. Shake off the crowds by booking L’Albereta, a Relais & Châteaux hotel set amid the region’s vineyards, where you’ll be less than 45 minutes by car from the lake.

Oman

Discover the antidote to Abu Dhabi’s skyscrapers or Dubai’s excess: Oman. The tranquil Arabian Peninsula country will see two new Anantara hotels open this summer: Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort near Grand Canyon–esque Jebel Shams and Al Baleed Resort Salalah on the Arabian Sea.

Havana

So you’ve decided to go to Cuba—but you’re intimidated by everything planning your own trip will require: trolling Airbnb, refreshing airline websites, e-mailing transportation companies in Havana, and dialing on-the-ground cultural institutions and dance troupes to make sure your itinerary is legit. Skip the hassle and simply call an expert, like Tom Popper at InsightCuba or Adam Vaught at Zicasso, who can handle all the details—’cause that’s what they do.

Camden, Maine

Four words: lobster rolls and windjammers.

Victoria, British Columbia

For a postcard-perfect international escape just three hours from Seattle.

 

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Newly renovated all-American waterfront resort in Sag Harbor is a delight. We absolutely love Barons Cove.

Refreshed. Renewed. Reopened.  After an extensive, two year renovation, Baron’s Cove is reopened with an infusion of comfort and sophistication.

THE HOTEL

The Hotel features sixty-seven charming village & harbor facing rooms and suites with plush bedding. We even have dog-friendly rooms for guests who travel with their pets. Our family friendly amenities include the harbor side heated saltwater pool, tennis court, fitness studio, spa services, complimentary beach service with transportation. And be sure to speak to our onsite concierge who can help you take full advantage of the hotel and all there is to do in the Sag Harbor area.


 

Book now at Baron's Cove

 

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I mean, look at this place: It's a Newport mansion on a National Recreation Trail and just a three-minute walk from the beach. Inside, the 1873 congressman's residence mixes Gothic, Renaissance, and English Tudor interiors—nothing says "romance, romance, romance" like the Old World, right? Readers agree: "Amazing setting, service, and style."

Courtesy The Chanler at Cliff Walk

Each of the 20 rooms come "made for romance," quote another reader. Custom linens line antique furnishings, while fireplaces and stone bathrooms with heated floors keep things cozy. Spring for a villa, and you'll even have your own outdoor hot tub.

Prefer an indoor soak? Look no further than the marble bath with a walk-in shower and separate double Jacuzzi tub. Every detail was "examined and refined," said one reader.

Courtesy The Chanler at Cliff Walk

Rooms are decorated according to theme, with period pieces and ensembles ranging from French Provincial to Greek Revival. The whole vibe is downy and plush—the kind of room that you might not want to leave.

Courtesy The Chanler at Cliff Walk

Unless, of course, you're taking an extended break for a six- or nine-course tasting menu at the hotel's "exceptional" fine-dining restaurant, The Spiced Pear. With just a few seatings, you're encouraged to linger and drink up both handcrafted cocktails—and the views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Courtesy The Chanler at Cliff Walk

Even the entrées are seductive: Go à la carte with Nova Scotia halibut, five-spiced Muscovy duck breast, or Berkshire pork chops. Whatever you choose, "you won't be disappointed," said one reader.

Courtesy The Chanler at Cliff Walk

At dusk, take some wine outside and sit around a stone fireplace to catch the sunset—and later, a sky full of stars. "Beautiful" only begins to describe it.

Courtesy The Chanler at Cliff Walk

Happy Valentine's Day 2016

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The island of San Giorgio Maggiore at 2 a.m.

Working largely at night, roaming near-empty streets until 4 or 5 a.m., he hit upon a seldom seen side of an overexposed cityscape. In odd corners and offhand moments, Venice sang a quieter tune after midnight—a dreamy, hypnotic counterpoint to the daytime crowds and clamor.

Just before midnight, a gondolier takes a break by the Rialto Bridge

“I love how night transforms this city,” says the Istanbul-born photographer, who shoots with film, using only ambient light. “I kept thinking back to Van Gogh’s Café Terrace at Night, how light and color completely change the environment.”

“A flash,” he says, “would take away the romance of how people behave in that space”—and make private moments, like the gondolier savoring an unguarded interlude of calm, impossible to capture. We are all, Dukovic notes, different people in the dark.

A boy runs barefoot across the Piazza San Marco as rain and seawater flood the square

He found novel angles in daylight, too. When a rainstorm enveloped the city one afternoon, Dukovic hit the streets, pants rolled up and cameras in hand. (He favors “smaller, low-profile” models—a Nikon F100 and a Yashica T4 point-and-shoot—“so I can stay incognito.”)

A view across the Grand Canal to Punta della Dogana, through the rain-blurred window of a water taxi

Crossing the Grand Canal by water taxi, he caught this image through the boat’s rain-lashed window—a tableau that evokes not the sun-pierced clouds of the Rococo but the misty atmospherics of the Romantics—more Turner than Tiepolo. “What I love about Venice is how your eye level is so close to sea level, so you’re always looking upward, through the buildings to the sky,” Dukovic says. (That’s in contrast to Istanbul, he adds, where one generally looks down on the Bosphorus from above.)

Pigeons in the Piazza San Marco on one of Dukovic’s rare sunny days in Venice

Dukovic’s painterly style preserves the rich, moody chiaroscuro of those scenes.

Credit to: AD

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Here are some of our favorite Parisian Hotel

Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

Rooms designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon are illuminated by chandeliers and have classic French furniture, rich fabrics, and reproductions of Renaissance art. Floral arrangements throughout are works of genius.

Everything that has made the Plaza Athénée one of the world’s most distinguished hotels is still there, from the red window awnings and matching flowers blooming on its Art Nouveau balconies to the sumptuous fabrics and period French furnishings (not to mention unparalleled views of the Eiffel Tower).

Le Meurice

Staying at this seven-story 1835 landmark is like sliding into a comfortable smoking jacket—a perfect fit. On the rue de Rivoli between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, it’s in the best location in all of Paris, especially for museum lovers.

The Peninsula Paris

It took Peninsula more than four years to resuscitate the circa 1908 Hotel Majestic (where George Gershwin penned parts of An American in Paris in 1928), marshaling some of France’s most venerated artisans to restore original marble, giltwork, and mosaics in the grand public spaces. Behind the meticulous craftsmanship lies 21st-century technology that made the 200-room Peninsula Paris one of the most highly anticipated hotel openings of 2015.

Near the Trocadero in the buttoned-up sixteenth arrondissement, the Shangri-La occupies an elegant 1896 limestone mansion. Originally built as the residence of Roland Bonaparte (grand-nephew of the emperor), its public rooms retain regal grandeur—sky-high ceilings, ormolu and wedding cake moldings—that define Paris’s "palace" hotels. The Shangri-La scrupulously follows all of the codes of the Grand Hotel Experience, from the liveried doormen to the firmament of crystal chandeliers.

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We'd like to wish everyone aHappy New Year. May 2016 be filled with joy, laughter and happiness and may each new day bring you moments to cherish.  To be happy is truly the greatest wish in life.

Here's a look around the world at some amazing New Year Eve's celebrations - thanks to Conde Nast.

BELOW: New York, NY

BELOW: Paris, France

BELOW: Florence, Italy

BELOW: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

BELOW: Vienna, Austria

BELOW:  Sydney, Australia

BELOW: Cape Town, South Africa

BELOW: London, England

BELOW: Kowloon, Hong Kong

BELOW: Edinburgh, Scotland

BELOW: Nassau, Bahamas

BELOW: Hawaii

 

 

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Chapels were originally built as places of worship attached to private residences. Today, famous examples, such as the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City and the Sassetti Chapel in Florence, Italy, have turned into tourist attractions.

Throughout Europe, there remain many beautiful chapels that are largely unknown. Found in locations as varied as the foothills of the Italian Alps and along the shores of Greek, these ten charming chapels surveyed by AD are sure to inspire both spiritual seekers and travel lovers alike. Pictured here is St. Paul’s Bay in Lindos, Greece.

A chapel in the forests of Cholomontas mountain, Macedonia, Greece.

A chapel stands within a vineyard in Rheinhessen, Germany.

At the foothills of the Dolomites is St. Johann Chapel, near South Tirol, Italy.

St. Martin Guernsey, constructed of broken china in Guernsey, located between England and France.

A red stone chapel in Santorini, Greece.

A chapel built along the foothills of the Stubai Alps in Tirol, Austria.

Credit:AD

 

 

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Perfect Weekend in Munich

Despite the popularity of the annual Oktoberfest celebration, Munich isn’t all beer gardens and lederhosen. The Bavarian capital is also home to palatial parks, internationally lauded fine dining, and a budding art scene.

Courtesy Pinakothek der Moderne - In Pinakotheks der Moderne's collection of 20th and 21st century art, design, graphic, and architecture works, you can find masterworks of German expressionism, modernism, and surrealism from artists like László Moholy-Nagy, Otto Dix, and Max Ernst.

Day 1: Art & History

For your morning caffeine fix, head to Man Versus Machine, Munich’s best, uber-modern coffee shop (think baristas that take 10 minutes to froth the perfect milk for your latte). Using single-source beans roasted on site, they serve up perfectly balanced espressos in a modern Scandinavian interior.

Spend the rest of the morning museum-hopping in the Lehel district. For modern art, head to Pinakothek der Moderne. For contemporary, the nearby Haus der Kunst houses the city’s largest collection, in addition to regularly hosting parties for the art-world elite. Pop in for a lunch of filling salads and light dishes at Nage and Sauge and, in the evening, check out a burlesque show at the Theater Drehleier, featuring local talent and international stars. But be warned! In this intimate, underground theater, the audience is often pulled into the act.
Day 2: Shopping & Nightlife

Start the day with a trip to the Viktualienmarkt, a large farmers' market in the center of the city. Stalls are laden with fresh produce, flowers, and every type of Bavarian cheese. Graze through the market, trying local specialties like Weißwurst with sweet mustard, hot pretzels, and chilled glasses of foamy Pilsner. You can also stock up on local delicacies like wild mushrooms and Bavarian jams—the latter make perfect gifts.

For more contemporary finds, check out uber-hip Cheers From Downtown, which stocks the latest in apparel and accessories from independent German designers, like wooden sunglasses from Cheesy as well as cheeky tanks from FYFY. The nearby shop Soda is a magazine-lover’s paradise, with an extensive collection of fashion, design, and lifestyle magazine, ‘zines, journals, and paper crafts.

Courtesy Kismet - Vegetarian-friendly North African and Middle Eastern fare meets inventive cocktails and an impressive wine selection at the modern and chic Kismet.

Getty - Get lost exploring the extensive grounds of the enchanting Englischer Garten, one of the largest urban parks in the world.

Day 3: Englischer Garten & Beer Halls

Start the day off early at the Englischer Garten, Munich’s largest public park, which is equal parts beautifully manicured lawns and curated wilderness. Without leaving the park, you may take tea at the authentic Japanese tea house, surf the waves on Eisbach, the park’s artificial river, or sunbathe the local way (completely au naturel) on the Schönfeld meadow.

Laze away the rest of the afternoon at one of the dozens of beer gardens, like Zum Flaucher, along the Isar River. Sidle up to one of the long tables and chat with the locals while gripping a glass stein of one of the legendary local brews.

Credit: Conde Nast Traveler

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