Amsterdam—A city of vibrant contradiction

This article was excerpted from the Wall Street Journal’s Insider’s Guide to Amsterdam. Every year, millions come to experience Amsterdam’s special vibe—cosmopolitan but relaxed, a big city that feels like a small town, criss-crossed by charming canals and narrow streets often navigated by bike. While it may seem conventional at a glance, the seedy red-light district [...]

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Cape Town—A chic retreat with charm and authenticity

This article was excerpted from the Wall Street Journal’s Insider’s Guide to Cape Town. Cape Town is a chic retreat bathed in sun most of the year, featuring beach, barbecue and beautiful people. Founded in 1652, this glamorous city boasts glass-and-steel commercial towers in its thriving Central Business District, new luxury resorts along shorefront hamlets and [...]

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The Nines Hotel..Not 9-9-9

The Nines Hotel-A Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel   Thanks Fred, one of our Diamond Club members, for a great Portland hotel tip. Take it away Fred:::: We just completed the ‘perfect urban hotel experience’.  There was nothing about The NINES that was not ‘the nines’.    Decor – you know where you are no matter [...]

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Beantown Picks

This article was excerpted from The Wall Street Journal’s Insider’s Guide to Boston. While reinvention is in the air, Boston still feels like a town, with its grand-scale brownstones, manicured Common gardens and shops along Newbury Street. Cobblestone streets, brick-laid sidewalks and elegant row houses line Beacon Hill, the epicenter of Boston’s Brahmin culture. Neon-lit red sauce [...]

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