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My Time in Saudi Arabia, Part I

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As we took off on Saudi Arabian Airlines from New York’s JFK International Airport, I settled in for a 13-hour flight. I ate the delicious Lamb Kapsa (lamb cooked with tomato sauce, spices and kapsa rice), informed the flight attendant that I was closing my eyes for a bit, and the next thing I knew […]... READ MORE
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New York to Venice

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Thursday, July 2, 2015. Yesterday in New York was sunny, mild, and not too hot. After very heavy early morning rains to wash the streets, the sidewalks and the air. Many New Yorkers are departing today — if they haven’t already — for their vacation and/or holiday weekend retreats all over the Northeast. Looking back. Save Venice, the [&hel... READ MORE
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Great Italian Gardens: Past Perspectives

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Although two of Lake Como’s best known gardens are located only a few miles apart, they are separated by several centuries of divergent landscape principles and aesthetic values. Villa d’Este’s polished and complex garden is admired for its elegant decorum. While retaining its Renaissance-styled tribute to the glory and grandeur... READ MORE
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Milan Today! Haute Culture: Milano Milieu! Haute Culture

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However alluring Italy’s hill towns, picturesque postcards of Medieval and Quattrocento treasures suspended in time, Milan’s multi-century dynamic is a stimulating cultural aesthetic where Medieval asceticism and Beaux-Arts opulence coexist with Midcentury Modern austerity and Post-Modern panache. Inspired rather than confined by the Renaissanc... READ MORE
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Italy restaurato! Villa Pliniana revived!

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Northern Italy’s wintry fog has lifted and its breathless summer is still months away as artisans brave the spring wind and sun to repair, reconstruct and restore what still must be done before the blitz of travelers arrive — a centuries-old seasonal cycle as much a part of the Lombardian panorama as its daily afternoon […]... READ MORE
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Mary Hilliard’s Journey to China

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Mary Hilliard, known for her society and fashion photography to readers of the NYSD, Vogue, Town & Country as well as the major shelter magazines, took a special trip to China. This was a voyage motivated by the desire to look at another side to living on the planet. It was a trip not so […]... READ MORE
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Shanghai Social Diary: Shanghai Fine Jewellery & Art Fair

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Mark your calendars: the Shanghai Fine Jewellery and Art Fair (SFJAF) will be held here a third time this November (3-11) at the Shanghai Exhibition Center. As a premier fine art and jewelry fair in China, the SFJAF has attracted some of the world’s most elite art galleries who will display antiques, Old Master paintings, […]... READ MORE
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Shanghai Social Diary

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I’m back in the USA for the summer. This past year, I spent another season in Shanghai—that exotic, endlessly fascinating, and ever-changing city. I’ve compiled the best of the stories and pictures I gathered about social life and travels in China in diary form, and I’ll be posting them from time to time. Here’s another:... READ MORE
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Shanghai Social Diary

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I’m back in the USA for the summer. This past year, I spent another season in Shanghai—that exotic, endlessly fascinating, and ever-changing city. I’ve compiled the best of the stories and pictures I gathered about social life and travels in China in diary form, and I’ll be posting them from time to time. Here’s another: [... READ MORE
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Shanghai Social Diary: Hong Merchant Antiques Gallery Opening

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When two friends, Shanghai-based venture capitalist Laurette Hartigan and Santa Barbara-based author Beverly Johnson (who collects Chinese antiques), both suggested I go to an opening at Hong Merchant, a Chinese and French-influenced antiques and art gallery, I knew it was a must. I had enjoyed the inviting atmosphere at Hong Merchant previousl... READ MORE
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Shanghai Social Diary

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SHANGHAI — Now that I’ve returned to the U.S. for the winter and have finally downloaded and organized my photos in Lightroom, I’m back to writing about my fall adventures in China. ARTIST ZHANG HUAN AT THE ROCKBUND ART MUSEUM SHANGHAI — One of the most talked-about events in Shanghai last fall was the reopening […]... READ MORE
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Shanghai Social Diary

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I recently returned from another fall season in Shanghai—that exotic, endlessly fascinating and ever-changing city. I’ve compiled the best of the stories and pictures I gathered about social life and travels in China in diary form, and I’ll be posting them from time to time. Here’s another: NATIONAL DAY HOLIDAY SHANGHAI—I sta... READ MORE