Oman: The Call of Sand and Sea

Lovers of Old Arabia flock to Six Senses, a luxury resort disguised as a simple village by the sea. Marie Antoinette escaped to a farm to live her fantasy of a simple, pastoral life. In Oman the idealized life would … [Read more...]

Mexico: Water Glories

Escape, discover, explore Mexico's Caribbean coast. Resort-hopping along the Riviera Maya allows you to stroll the best beaches, snorkel at offshore reefs and swim in underground rivers in massive caverns that once held gold … [Read more...]

California: Happy Hollandaise

NAPA—Copia has come back to life in time for the holidays. Chefs at the Culinary Institute of America enlighten us on the important matters of life such as making pasta and tasting wine. Find your favorite sparkling … [Read more...]

Italy: Puccini’s Lucca

Beautiful voices and moving stories draw thousands each summer to the Puccini Opera Festival on Lake Massaciuccoli. The circumstances of Puccini’s life are just as captivating. Follow clues in and around Lucca to discover the … [Read more...]

A Destination Wedding in the Nation’s Capital

WASHINGTON D.C. Guests flew in from around the U.S. and across the Pacific recently for my daughter’s wedding. I slept, the first night, on her fiancé’s sofa in his soon-to-be vacated bachelor apartment. The following … [Read more...]

“Dark Universe” Unraveled

People hardly take the time to wonder what’s going on in their neighborhood let alone out in the universe. Going to a planetarium changes that. Everyday concerns dissolve in the dimly lit, dome-shaped theater. The visuals pop … [Read more...]

Coming of age in “Amaluna”

SAN FRANCISCO Cirque du Soleil brings wonder and magic to the holiday season in its newest show, Amaluna. The acrobats and muscians masterfully convey a coming-of-age tale set on a mythic island. As stage lights come up, … [Read more...]

Bracebridge Dinner: Yuletide Revelry in Yosemite

Once snow has settled on Yosemite Valley, a flurry of activity transforms the Ahwahnee Hotel into a 17th century manor for the Bracebridge Dinner. You have to think in technicolor to imagine the visual opulence, pageantry … [Read more...]

Totem: Cirque du Soleil Is Evolving

Wherever your travels take you this holiday season, a Cirque du Soleil show may be playing nearby. You can catch “Varekai” in Brazil, “Iris” in Los Angeles, “Alegria” in Germany and “Zaia” in China. For a special-occasion … [Read more...]

Billy Elliot The Musical

Billy Elliot is growing up in a gritty mining town, the youngest son of a fiercely proud coal miner. In 1984, when the musical takes place, a storm is raging. Striking coal miners and their families survive on the generosity … [Read more...]