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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
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Nina’s Africa Diary, Part I Khaki Fever

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On Jan 12th,  2012, I returned to Africa for the second time in the past 18 months, to visit Kenya and Tanzania, with a group of 13 ladies led by Krista Krieger, the Chair of the Africa Foundation Board. In 2010, some of this same intrepid group (including me) visited Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia; combining […]... READ MORE
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Shanghai Social Diary: San Francisco Asian Art Museum Trip: Part I

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SHANGHAI — I was in Shanghai when the San Francisco Museum of Asian Art delegation came to Shanghai (its sister city since 1980), and I was delighted to join them for a few busy days. I like to report on various museum’s trips to China, as it highlights what is happening in the art and […]... READ MORE
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Part II: Grand Hotels in the Italian Lake District: Lake Como’s Uncommon Allure

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Before setting off for a week in Menaggio, we had planned only two days at the Hotel Metropole-Suisse in Como. We might have stayed a week had we realized the “City of Silk’s” wealth of architectural gems. Often heralded mostly for its immense Gothic cathedral, Como offers a walled medieval maze of streets, an attractive […]... READ MORE
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Venetian Heritage as seen by Mary Hilliard

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Venetian Heritage, one of the intrepid groups which raises money for preservation and restoration in Venice, Italy, held a gala event there for a few beautifully sunny days in early June. Their scheduled activities for the 200 or so guests coincided with the opening of the Biennale, the much discussed and often maligned, but nevertheless […]... READ MORE
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Grand Hotels in the Italian Lake District

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However much the Italian Lakes District is culturally set apart from the more well-traveled museum-saturated Venice-Florence-Rome-Naples route, the region’s breathtaking scenery, invigorating alpine air, virtuoso villas, and splendid gardens are as enthralling as any Botticelli or Tintoretto. While the tradition of the European Grand Tour dated b... READ MORE
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Villa Carlotta abloom! Lake Como bellissimo

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Years ago, I lived in a wonderful villa in Florence, a former Strozzi hunting lodge transformed into a classic 19th-century villa set amidst a tree-filled park. Back then, I never found myself attracted to the allure of Italy’s Lake District. Instead, my youthful springs meant Luxor, Mykonos, Crete and Marrakesh; not Lake Maggiore or Lake [&helli... READ MORE
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Milano Moderno

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My planned spring retreat to the scenic Italian Lake District had a bit of a detour when my travel companion scored a last-minute ticket for Cenacolo Vinciano, as the Milanese call The Last Supper. So we made the stop before heading to Lago Maggiore and Lago di Como. And with so much happening in Italia […]... READ MORE

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