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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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Nina’s South African Safari at Phinda Private Game Reserve: June 2012 

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This particular safari in South Africa was different from my previous trips in that husbands/partners were invited; a far cry from all the Bush Ladies Safaris that I have been a part of during the past 18 months. My husband, Leonel Piraino, came along with me to Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa. We spent […]... 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
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Shanghai Social Diary: Shanghai Tour of Jewish History

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Shanghai – Not far from the famous Bund district in Shanghai is Hongkou district (pronounced “hong koh”), a quiet neighborhood with a history of Jewish immigration; it was once known as the Jewish Ghetto. Shanghai-based Israeli photojournalist Dvir Bar-Gal introduced me to the remarkable history of Jews in Shanghai, when I joined his ... READ MORE
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Nina’s Africa Diary, Part III

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Thursday January 19th This morning found me in bed until 8:30. I needed a solid night’s sleepand had been on so many spectacular game drives that I gave myself permission to sleep in. I am sure that Mike gave me a few demerit points for this. Breakfast was brought to my tent and I whiled […]... READ MORE
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Nina’s Africa Diary, Part II

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After a few days on the road, we had become close as a group, and also aware of certain behavioral patterns amongst us. Some liked to rise early, and others enjoyed staying up later at night. So we established a two-tiered morning drive system, whereby one set left camp at 6 a.m. and another at […]... READ MORE