Where to eat, shop, and explore in Vilnius, Lithuania

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With its lovely Baroque architecture, cobblestone alleyways, and hip bohemian enclaves, the Lithuanian capital makes an ideal city break, even more so when you realize it’s substantially cheaper than other European cities. Stroll along the charismatic streets of Old Town—a UNESCO cultural heritage site—and along the river into the creative hub of Užupis, known for the quirky fact that it boasts its very own constitution. Craft beer, castles, Soviet relics, and street art round out this ace destination, not to mention a flourishing hotel scene that includes, since the spring of 2018, the fantastic Hotel Pacai, a 17th-century mansion that has been transformed by a team of passionate local architects and designers into a bold, design-driven accommodation for the 21st century. And there’s never been a better time to visit, as 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of the restoration of Lithuanian independence. Rejoice! Continue reading “Where to eat, shop, and explore in Vilnius, Lithuania”

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Revisiting Warsaw’s remarkable postwar monuments

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Warsaw’s postwar architecture is fascinating. Its creators were given a near-completely destroyed city and were given a chance to try something new, something important. Such was the birth of massive embodiments of socio-realist doctrine, like the Hotel MDM or the Palace of Culture and Science, that were injected with everything from prewar modernism to Corbusier’s ideas about housing estates. Continue reading “Revisiting Warsaw’s remarkable postwar monuments”

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Georgia Rising: A Journey into the Caucasus

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Part I ARRIVAL

 

It was after dark when we reached Tbilisi, the city a pour of shadow streaming past the windows of the car that carried us from the airport. Down Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi’s main drag, building façades appeared like specters in flashes of streetlight: curving Renaissance Revival fronts, the domed and striped neo-Moorish edifice of the czarist-era Georgian National Opera Theater, rows of plane trees bending to an arch.

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Six of the world’s most extraordinary cocktail bars
(that happen to be in hotels)

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Crafting a great cocktail might sound like a simple undertaking, but any true connoisseur knows it’s a dauntingly complex endeavor. Taste is not merely enough. Master mixologists stir in a bit of history and geography at these unmissable hotel cocktail bars in Singapore, London, New Orleans, and beyond—and of course, a healthy sprinkling of the unexpected. If you’re not thirsty yet, read on—we promise you will be.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

The spa is dead. Long live the new wellness.

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On my first morning at Eremito, I woke up with the sunrise and listened to the silence until my ears began to ring. Was my brain rebelling against the quiet? No, I decided: it was the sound of my own listening—a sound I had not heard in a very long time. I live in a big city, with cars and rowdy bars and perpetual construction. My workdays are a losing battle against the Internet’s carnival of distraction. And in my free time, whenever I feel the creep of boredom, I do the same thing as everybody else: I fiddle with my phone. Continue reading “The spa is dead. Long live the new wellness.”

Sunday, March 25th, 2018