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13 reasons why Rotterdam may be Europe's new capital of cool

13 reasons why Rotterdam may be Europe's new capital of cool

Long lost in the shadow of Amsterdam, crowdfunding initiatives and striking new architecture have helped boost Rotterdam’s vibe and image recently. Some are now asking, does the city of 630,000 people from 170 nationalities have the credentials to be considered Europe’s new capital of cool? Here are a handful of reasons to visit Rotterdam now. […]

Vegas-style dining comes to D.C. area

Vegas-style dining comes to D.C. area

In 2009, Samuelsson explains, he oversaw the Obamas’ first state dinner at the White House. Afterward, President Barack Obama greeted Samuelsson’s culinary team. “He was so kind to wait around, him and the first lady,” he says, “and he talked to all my cooks. Chef Michael [one of Samuelsson’s cooks], was so nervous… so the […]

Abu Dhabi Emirates Palace photoshoot turns up the opulence

Abu Dhabi Emirates Palace photoshoot turns up the opulence

“Magic,” says Australian photographer Anthony Horth. “Magic, magic, magic.” Horth, who’s previously shot supermodels Christy Turlington, Jean Shrimpton and Eva Herzigov√°, might be biased. The photoshoot at the Emirates Palace was, after all, his. Dominating one end of Abu Dhabi’s Corniche waterfront, the Emirates Palace is a self-styled seven-star hotel. It’s a vast creation, with […]

New Orleans' best rooftop bars

New Orleans' best rooftop bars

Claustrophobic? Jarring? Maddening? For many, the experience down on the ground in the boozy thick of it — particularly the French Quarter and its infamous Bourbon Street — can prove daunting. A retreat for a breather is needed. If you want to be above it all, as it were, while still experiencing the sensory overload […]

On the job with Japan's legendary female ama divers

On the job with Japan's legendary female ama divers

Inside it is a mesh net, known as a sukari, filled with red, yellow and black sea cucumbers, and in the background beyond, a jagged hillside covered with trees. Just as I start getting nervous she appears, popping her cloth-covered head out of the water and exhaling her breath with a sharp whistling sound. Back […]

London's best afternoon teas

London's best afternoon teas

There’s no better place to try this English tradition than in London, which serves up some of the world’s most well-regarded versions. Reputedly spawned when an English duchess made a simple request for cake and tea before dinner time in the mid-1800’s, afternoon tea has since become a more decadent occasion. Plush baked scones, assorted […]

Al Ain oasis: The coolest place to escape the desert

Al Ain oasis: The coolest place to escape the desert

Not because the Swedish furniture giant is now retailing self-assembly ships of the desert — although it probably would if it could. It’s just that Abu Dhabi’s last traditional camel market, a daily bustle of haggling, hooves, handshakes and humps, sits right next to an Ikea store decked in familiar blue and yellow. The camel […]

Ski resorts you can fly into

Ski resorts you can fly into

Certain ski resorts do offer this — and not just the ones involving a helicopter lift from the nearest international airport. “The benefit of private jet travel for ski trips is as much about time saving and convenience, as it is about luxury,” says PrivateFly chief executive Adam Twidell. Here are nine of the best […]

These stunning destinations show off the ingenuity of humanity long before computers or heavy machinery

These stunning destinations show off the ingenuity of humanity long before computers or heavy machinery

The destruction at Palmyra in Syria, the Buddhas at Bamiyan in Afghanistan, and Nimrud’s ruins outside Mosul in Iraq show how precarious the future can be. Here are 23 places that offer glimpses into humanity’s past, and the ingenuity that people brought to creating wonders without computers or heavy machinery. While some are recognizable, others […]

These smart hotels offer mobile workers thoughtful technology, well-designed communal spaces and networking opportunities

These smart hotels offer mobile workers thoughtful technology, well-designed communal spaces and networking opportunities

A new generation of mobile workers has traded cubicles for coffee shops, and offices for hotel rooms around the world. As long as digital nomads have Wi-Fi and a laptop, they can get the job done just about anywhere — be it from the pool, beach bar, or a trendy restaurant. A handful of hotels […]