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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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Shanghai Social Diary: Treasures of China’s Heritage, Part 1

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Treasures of China’s Heritage: Touring with the Global Heritage Fund (First of a Seven-part Series)... 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: Chongming, The Eco Island Of Shanghai

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After a late arrival on a flight from the U.S. to Shanghai, I awoke the next morning to an enticing email invitation to Chongming Island. My friend, French architect Jean-Pierre Heim, wanted me to join a group visiting his hotel project there. The alluvial island, also called Edo-Island, formed from silt and rock, is in the Yangtze […]... READ MORE
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Shanghai Social Diary: Shanghai Conservatory Of Music, In The Former Shanghai Jewish Club

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Two American friends, architect Ben Wood and international attorney Barry McComic included me in a planning committee hoping to renovate the former Shanghai Jewish Club, now used by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Their idea was to preserve the historic building as a useful performance space. SHANGHAI JEWISH CLUB Founded by Russian Jews in ... READ MORE

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