Marrakesh—A Dichotomous and Delicious Feast for the Senses

This article was excerpted from The Wall Street Journal’s Insider’s Guide to Marrakesh. Marrakesh is a city of split personalities—part “Arabian Nights” fantasy, part French elegance— it is a spiritual haven as well as a hippie retreat, a partiers’ paradise and a glamorous getaway. One moment you’re dodging donkeys in the clogged arteries of the [...]

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Vancouver—The City of Glass Keeps Getting Better

This article was excerpted from The Wall Street Journal’s Insider’s Guide to Vancouver. Known as the City of Glass, Vancouver is considered on the world’s best cities. British Columbia’s largest city is drawing young chefs, artists and designers with its sophistication, ethnic diversity and natural bounty—verdant Vancouver is studded with parks and beaches, and views of [...]

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San Sebastian-From a Sherry and Food Friend from Spain

This from an old Spanish friend in the sherry and food businesses-a true world traveler. Pintxos The area that is full of Pintxos bars is called La Parte Vieja (the Old Part). The most famous street is called 31 Agosto. They’re all excellent, but for avant gard Pintxos go to A Fuego Negro, and for [...]

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San Sebastian recommendations from an avid Gold Class traveler

Hotel Maria Cristina. The best hotel—this world-class, Starwood 5 star hotel is located in the shopping area and not right on the beach, but is an easy walk to everything. Hotel Londres. Centrally located on the promenade overlooking the beach, this hotel is maybe a 3 or 4 star type hotel. The hotel and service is fine yet [...]

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Berlin—a creative revival with an electric pulse

Berlin is electric—its creative boom rivals the smoky jazz club and flirty-flapper cabaret heyday of the early 1920s Weimar Republic. Two decades after the fall of the Wall, Berlin’s young generation is transforming the past into something liberating. Everywhere, particularly in the fashionable Mitte district, former fortresses to fascism shelter art galleries, museums and bars. [...]

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Atlanta—a new take on the South

This article was excerpted from The Wall Street Journal’s Insider’s Guide to Atlanta. Over the last few years, Atlanta has experienced a dramatic metamorphosis. The once dismal downtown feels fresh and lively, and 45 restaurants have opened there since 2008. Underground dining clubs, experimental chocolate shops, and chic and funky boutiques have popped up everywhere. [...]

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Philadelphia—History fused with 21st century cool

Over the past few years, the home of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell has enjoyed an influx of creative energy that transformed Philadelphia into an art-centric, food-focused metropolis. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum and the arrival of the Barnes Foundation, a private collection of post-Impressionist and early modern art, represents the [...]

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Magical Morocco

From a silver contributor: We flew into Casablanca and proceeded directly to Rabat. We stayed half a day in Rabat and visited two main attractions: Kasbah des Oudaias and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V/Hassan II. It’s best to visit these with a local guide.  From there, we proceeded to the city of Meknes. A very [...]

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Seoul—Rich tradition amid constant transformation

Seoul changes so quickly that it’s not uncommon for locals to get lost. The city has been in rebuilding mode for 50 years—from ambitious urbanization projects in the ’80s and ’90s to present day, when hundreds of sites are undergoing government-led reconstructions. Seoul has become a continental trend leader with brand-new cafes and galleries abounding, [...]

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Minneapolis-It’s Cold, It’s Arty and the People are Really Tall

I’ve made two business trips to this northern city, once when it was 10 degrees and I was sick for 3 days afterwards and once when it was 65 degrees in February! So let’s see what my trip is like in early April..This is a great city, great arts, music, the Guthrie, great hotels and [...]

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