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Gathering in the Arabian desert for the Hegra Conference of Nobel Laureates

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Sharon Hoge is back from an incredible sojourn in Saudi Arabia where Nobel Laureates, Saudi nobles, business executives, and scientists assembled in an amazing desert region strategizing how to involve the lessons of heritage into future development... READ MORE
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THE AMERICAN FRIENDS OF VERSAILLES Tour the Marche Region of Italy

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Sharon King Hoge takes us on the American Friends of Versailles tour of the Marche Region of Italy of the heritage of architectural and garden design that contributed to Louis XIV’s grand palace Versailles. An amazing tour of late Roman and early renaissance history along the Adriatic Coast... READ MORE
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A Night of Triumph; The firestorm surrounding Safari West

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Paige Peterson recounts the story of the great Northern California fire two years ago today, and how it threatened the 1000 animals of the Safari West Wildlife Preserve... READ MORE
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Clinging to the last of the summer days in majestic Maine

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Stephanie Green takes us on a road trip to the Southern Maine Coast of Kennebunkport, Ogunquit and York for the last days of summer where nothing compares to the gardens and flowers as the season is fleeting... READ MORE
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Growing Up Belvedere

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Paige Peterson takes us to her hometown with a photo tour of its history, Belvedere, California. A beauty you’ll remember... READ MORE
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Sicily and the Coast of Many Cultures

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Barbara Hodes is drawn to Sicily, having explored the island several times. But on this occasion she's decided to try a different piece of the amazing island. And has much to share... READ MORE
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Art Weekend in Richmond Celebrating Elizabeth Locke

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Elizabeth Locke invited close friends to Richmond, Virginia, to celebrate the opening of “A Return to the Grand Tour: Micromosaic Jewels from the Collection of Elizabeth Locke” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts... READ MORE
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Hôtel de la Marine: Monument to the Art of French Living

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Paris lives on as Delia von Neuschatz discovers the palatial Hôtel de la Marine, which is currently undergoing a €100 million renovation and will again, in the spring of 2020, begin showcasing the French “art de vivre.”... READ MORE
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Italian Class: Urban Visions

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Augustus Mayhew still in Italy, sets his camera and his inquiring eye this time in Milan, Turin, and Venice... READ MORE
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La Belle Époque: Splendor in the Past

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Whether 1900 or 2000 every generation has its Belle Époque as past centuries end and new ones begin. For author Thomas Mann’s character Gustav Aschenbach in Death in Venice, an obsession with Beauty leads him to the luxuriousness of the Grand Hotel des Bain on Venice’s Lido. Closed for many years, last year COIMA, a […]... READ MORE
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2019 Carnevale Venezia: Blame it on the Moon

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Since my Venice architectural reconnaissance was planned as a pre-Carnivale miss-all-the-crowds jaunt, imagine my surprise arriving to find Venice SRO, and then some. Fortunately, decided on the out-of-the-way Santa Croce district’s Hotel San Cassiano, away from the festive, sort of, and far from the 21st century and the 19th. Very olde Venic... READ MORE
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My Valentine from Paris

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Dear diary, on the 25th I will be 63 and I have finally been to The City of Light! It’s thanks to two charming young friends. It was a glorious gift and Paris is certainly astonishing! But, I ought to have gone so much sooner. How splendid, though, that on St. Valentine’s Day, dining alone, […]... READ MORE

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