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My Time in Saudi Arabia, Part IV

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I’ve been fascinated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since I was a child. As a painter and a writer, I never imagined I could go there. Then I became Executive Vice President of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, which has strong relationships in Saudi Arabia. Recently, and incredibly, I not only got to go to […]... READ MORE
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My Time in Saudi Arabia, Part III

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“Cancer will touch the lives of everyone — either through their own diagnosis or that of a loved one or friend. A notoriously dreadful illness, cancer is a leading cause of death. It strikes regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, or age.” — Dr. Mary Beckerle PhD, CEO and Director of Huntsman Cancer Institute. The [&hellip... READ MORE
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My Time in Saudi Arabia, Part II

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Say “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” and, for many, the first thoughts are one of opulence, royalty, palaces, monuments rising out of the desert. It is all that. Absolutely dazzling. Yes, it was opulent, but I was in search of more than a palace tour. I was after the action and lively hustle I expected […]... READ MORE
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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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Pagoda Paris : : An exotic voyage in the City of Light

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Even in a city brimming with an embarrassment of architectural riches, the Pagoda Paris is a striking stand-out. Jaw-droppingly remarkable both inside and out, the landmark becomes even more alluring when you consider the life of the man responsible for its creation, the enduringly mysterious, persistently controversial and completely self-made ... 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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Shanghai Social Diary: Treasures of China’s Heritage, Part 4

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Treasures of China's Heritage: Touring with the Global Heritage Fund — Fujian and Shanxi... READ MORE
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Shanghai Social Diary: Treasures of China’s Heritage, Part 3

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Treasures of China’s Heritage: Touring with the Global Heritage Fund — Fujian and Shanxi... 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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Shanghai Social Diary: Treasures of China’s Heritage, Part 2

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Treasures of China’s Heritage: Touring with the Global Heritage Fund — Nanjing and Pinghe Counties, Fujian... READ MORE

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