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Sacsayhuaman, Peru
Cap your trip to Machu Picchu with a pisco sour on the Orient-Express train ride back to Cuzco. After boarding this luxury train for dinner and the return journey, everyone meets in the bar car for a drink. Live music, the rocking of the train,...
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Kampung Banggul Sanai, Guar Chempedak, Kedah, Malaysia
When it comes to nostalgia for places we've never been, our (unearned!) love for the golden age of rail travel surely takes the cake. In October I took the cake from Singapore to Bangkok aboard the lavish Eastern & Orient Express. I took the...
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Banjar Susut, Desa Buahan, Payangan, Buahan, Payangan, Buahan, Payangan, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
A Balinese death is actually a joyous occasion when the deceased reaches ascension... something the living cannot achieve. The man who passed away was a professor at a local university. He was placed in a bed of banana trunks and burned.
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Taj Palace, Diplomatic Enclave Road Chanakyapuri, Sardar Patel Marg, Taj, Palace Lobby Level, New Delhi, Delhi 110021, India
Imagine a scene from Scott F. Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby where a live jazz band serenades guests as they subliminally move to the rhythm of the music, with hors d’oeuvres in one hand and a vodka martini in the other. Expect a mirrored image of the...
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Plazoleta Nazarenas 223, Cusco 08000, Peru
Like its nearby sister, the Belmond Hotel Monasterio, the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is a hotel with ancient roots: the onetime private residence-turned-convent—and now turned hotel—has original Inca walls and colonial-era frescoes.

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