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Antarctica
No one could have ever imagined that one day there would be a tourist shop here, selling T-shirts and maps, fleece jackets and bumper stickers. But today there is, at this renovated former British refuge hut. Roughly half of the 30,000 who visit...
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San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile
My favorite small town in the world. Period. Dusty and dry, located on the edge of the Atacama desert in South America’s Altiplano (High Plains) this little post-hippie adobe town has boomed in recent years as tourists have “discovered” the north...
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Taranna TAS 7180, Australia
We kayaked halfway around Australia’s heart-shaped island state in four weeks and almost every night dined off what we caught or pried from the sea. When the tide was low, we would pull over and knife oysters and clams from the coral and bake them...
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Tuamotus Islands, French Polynesia
The Tuamotu archipelago – 78 coral reef atolls spread north and east of Tahiti – are just remote enough they’ve not been spoiled by excessive tourism. There are a few high-end hotels, but just a few. Instead of tourism, the local economy is still...
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Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
One of my favorite big cities in the world because it was designed by a Frenchman, thus low buildings and big skies (see Washington D.C. and Paris). Nothing can be built taller than Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum. Start the morning observing tai chi...
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Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
Halfway down the 1,500-mile coast, this incredibly well preserved, two-thousand-year-old trading post on the sea was the end point of our two-month long sea kayaking adventure that began at the Chinese border. Just south of the big city of Danang,...
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Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA
The Aleutian Islands, days away from civilization, with winds blowing 70 mph and pouring rain, I'm glad that I like to write (with pen and paper, because there are no battery chargers). Dutch Harbor is a main point of interest, but the whole of...
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Pape'ete, French Polynesia
What Tahiti’s capitol city lacks in style it makes up for at its sprawling town center market, open every day. Fresh flowers, exotic fruits, anything you can imagine made from coconut oil, plenty of tropical shirts and skirts and jewelry made from...
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Murter, Croatia
The biggest national park in Croatia is made up of 140 islands in the northern corner of the Adriatic Sea. Located along the coastline known as Dalmatia, Kornati National Park is accessible from Zadar. It boasts islands that are not much more than...
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
I lived in Paris for ten years and as much as I love France, I can make an argument for Dubrovnik being the most beautiful city in Europe. Smack on the border between Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, the Dalmatian coast here offers evidence...
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Piazza del Duomo, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
Designed by Giuseppe Mengoni in 1865, and named after the first king of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II, an arching cast-iron dome of vaulted glass arcades covers the street connecting Piazza del Duomo to Piazza della Scala. The Galleria is a popular...
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888 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, USA
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This six-story department store located in the Flatiron district of Manhattan surprises: It’s pure luxury disguised by a generic name and lives up to the promise of hidden treasure. No matter whether you count on pulling out the plastic or not,...
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79 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012, USA
Firmdale’s kitsch-but-classy classic-meets-contemporary English elegance has landed in Manhattan. As you’d expect from anything Firmdale, as well as it dripping in Kit Kemp’s special blend of inspired fabrics, textured wallcoverings and colourful...
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75009 Paris, France
Galeries Lafayette Haussmann is worth a visit if only to stand under its magnificent glass dome. The family business has survived as a one-stop-shopping hub for five generations, thanks to steady innovation and an emphasis on high fashion and...
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Via Filodrammatici, 2, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Designed by the great neoclassical architect Giuseppe Piermarini, the glorious interior is quite the opposite from its austere exterior. Acoustics are amazing, not only from the exemplary construction of the venue but also thanks to the perfect...
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31 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France
With the smallest room a sprawling 400 square feet, and suites and public spaces filled with original 18th- and 19th-century art and antiques, the George V, flagship of the Four Seasons chain, lives up to its billing as a palace, an official...
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11 W Halkin St, Belgravia, London SW1X 8JL, UK
Women-only members’ clubs are on the rise. Grace Belgravia has seen some mixed publicity: Stabs at the founders for their desire to create an environment free of men are tempered with praise for a focus on nurturing women. Art-lined walls, smooth...
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6 E River Bikeway, New York, NY 10004, USA
There’s no way to get a better grasp on a city’s layout than by private helicopter tour. The bird’s-eye view of the Big Apple wings you around the entire island, with an otherwise impossible perspective of the city’s highlights: the Statue of...
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35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021, USA
Located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side Carlyle Hotel, the Art Deco-style Bemelmans Bar is where the upper crust comes to party. Guests are surrounded by murals designed by the bar’s namesake, Ludwig Bemelmans (author of the famous Madeline...
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400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB, UK
The strength of the British Pound means that shopping in England can really take a bite out of your wallet. If you're like me and prefer to splurge on food and drink, you may choose to skip out on the shopping of Oxford and Bond streets. But these...
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Jl. Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Uluwatu, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
The crown jewel of the Bali Bulgari Resort is its namesake Villa, an exclusive 2-story private enclave on the sprawling cliffside property. The Bulgari Villa reaches the pinnacle of the resort’s traditional-Balinese-meets-high-Italian style: each...
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Jl. Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Uluwatu, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Raise a glass to the watercolor sunsets that splash across the Balinese sky. Il Bar, Bulgari’s cliffside cocktail lounge, toasts every evening with a selection of fine wines and signature libations inspired by Bali’s tropical setting. Try the...
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Jl. Uluwatu, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
A dining experience so definitive it’s known simply as Il Ristorante. A meal at Bulgari’s dinner-only restaurant is a must for foodies on the island. Once you’ve secured one of the eatery’s 36 seats, enjoy top-tier dishes that blend imported...
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Jl. Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Uluwatu, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Bali’s rich culture is world-renowned, and travelers have long told tales of the island’s exuberant artistic and religious heritage. Experience both by attending the Kecak dance ritual performed nightly in front of the Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple....
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London, UK
What was once a private hunting ground for Henry VIII is now a favorite destination for London locals and visitors alike. One of the eight Royal Parks, Hyde simultaneously serves as a natural oasis and civic hub. A day on the green has endless...
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Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AP, UK
The iconic Royal Albert Hall is one of the world’s most famous venues and has hosted great artists and millions of visitors since it was opened by Queen Victoria in 1871. The BBC Proms, an eight-week summer season of classical music concerts, is a...
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171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW, UK
A hidden jewel inside London’s Bulgari Hotel, the Bulgari Spa offers a radiant and restorative retreat setting. The onyx, oak, Vicenza stone and Italian glass interior soothes the senses, while luxurious spa treatments put mind and body at ease....
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171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW, UK
It’s not always easy to indulge in gentlemanly pursuits while traveling. But after a drink at Il Bar in London’s Bulgari Hotel, a rare opportunity presents itself. Follow the discreet staircase to the side of the bar to find the exquisite Edward...
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Via Privata Fratelli Gabba, 7b, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
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Chef Andrea Ferrero spotlights Italy’s impeccable ingredients at Il Ristorante, an elegant dining destination within the Bulgari Hotel. Known for infusing classic recipes with unconventional additions, he serves an unforgettable spaghetti alla...
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Via Privata Fratelli Gabba, 7b, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
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What was once a 16th-century monastery garden is now a beautiful outdoor oasis in the heart of bustling Milan. Il Giardino is a 4000-square-meter manicured getaway accessible only to guests at the Bulgari Hotel. More than a garden, it’s a true...
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Via Gerolamo Morone, 3, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Dino Colla opened his legendary barbershop in 1904, and the tradition of the hot towel shave lives on at this Milanese institution. The current owner, Franco Bompieri, has been faithfully serving clients since 1960 and the faded photos of famous...
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Via Privata Fratelli Gabba, 7b, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
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Some of Europe’s most lauded artists, authors, and designers make Milan their home, and guests at the Bulgari Hotel are offered an exclusive opportunity to visit their authentic ateliers. Editors from TAR magazine, an avant-garde glossy, guide...
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When the sun sets on the Manhattan neighborhood of Nolita, chef Sarah Simmons goes to work. Several nights each week, she and her team transform a daytime retail space into a chic dining room, from which they operate City Grit, a culinary salon...
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223 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA
This is not your mama’s coffee shop—though your mama would still love the wide selection of Counter Culture coffees and botanical teas. Other things to love include everything on the menu (I couldn’t get enough of the sausage gravy and Ashe County...
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Union Square, New York, NY 10003, USA
Union Square is my hands-down favorite market. Not only does it offer a bounty of the area’s best produce, it’s a great spot to catch up with my chef friends before we head into work. I pop out of bed on Wednesday mornings in the spring and summer...
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370A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA
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Without question, the Late Night Ramen at Ken Oringer’s Uni Sashimi Bar is my favorite last stop after a big night out. The noodle bowls rival any I had when I lived in Japan and pair perfectly with a tall Sapporo followed by one of Monica Glass’s...
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662 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
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This is what I hope heaven is like— beautifully lit, full of perfectly organized books, with handcrafted alcoholic punches on tap. I suggest you try them all—and then give Kate Bolton and Alex Smith a high-five to congratulate them on...
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310 W Willie Nelson Blvd Suite 1A, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Not only is this a fantastic live-music venue that somehow manages to combine the vastness of a large stadium with the intimacy of a smaller stage—it also happens to be around the corner from one of my all-time favorite restaurants, La Condesa. It...
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Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024, USA
Nothing makes me feel as small (in the best possible way) than a day at this extraordinary museum. I am as happy going by myself as taking out-of-town guests there—but I especially love going with friends who have young kids, because I feel like a...
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108 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
These sister shops are an accessory-fiend and gift-giver’s dream! It was hard for me to keep from scooping up all the gorgeous handbags, hats, and jewelry at Verde—or loading up on Marcie Blaine’s amazing creations from the back-of-shop chocolate...
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If you want to get in touch with nature, spend an afternoon in Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s answer to New York’s Central Park. Spread over 189 acres, the sprawling park boasts a running track, bocce and tennis courts, a swimming pool,...
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SW 9th St, Beaverton, OR 97005, USA
You could spend a week eating just from food carts in Portland—and you’ll still eat really well. The pod at SW 9th and Alder has the largest concentration of food carts in the country, and the variety is just amazing. Some of my favorites are Nong...
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3800 Sundlauenen, Switzerland
While many walked through the streets of the small town, I decided to head along the river and came across this beautiful view of Lake Brienz.
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845 Market St Suite 169, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Reopened in 2014 in the city's Financial District at a grand party hosted by art patrons Vanessa Getty and Sloan Barnett, Burberry's San Francisco flagship extends over four floors of a historic townhouse. Chief Creative and Chief Executive...
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1315 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
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Be sure to check out their website for the lovely story as to how the original Farley's location began. Know that this is the perfect place in Potrero Hill for coffee, tea, community and most definitely, your favorite magazines. If you're waiting...
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505 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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The cheeky moniker of its city namesake, San Franpsycho, is a quintessentially local shop. On top of the variety of merchandise, the store holds events, which seems like a great way to meet locals. They sell locally created tanks, toques, sweaters...
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One Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Outdoor markets always tell a story about their city: what goods are for sale, what foods are locally grown and how the residents interact with one another as they buy and sell their wares. San Francisco's Saturday Market at the Ferry Terminal...
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One Ferry Building, #17, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
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The Ferry Building in San Francisco is a must for any food lover, and Cowgirl Creamery is one of my favorite stops. This producer of artisanal cheeses is a place to pick up cheese for a snack or picnic and to ask questions about California cheese....
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220 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
For a dose of culture, head to Park Life in the Inner Richmond. The goal of this gallery-cum-retail space is to feature today’s most engaging contemporary art. Located in a 1,400-square-foot former furniture store, Park Life showcases 10 exhibits...
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600 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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The tall white walls are the perfect easel for the bibelots on sale at Rare Device. Whether functional or decorative, each item looks like a work of art that you'll really want in your home. You'll find things like Scandinavian-designed coffee...
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4035 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
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An artist and an architect curate a cool mix of practical things here. You’ll find books on furniture and design, and interesting items like wooden radios and pencil sets. Lots of it is handmade. The store also sells chairs and tables that Luke...
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Mission Dolores, San Francisco, CA, USA
A small boutique in The Mission, this store is a combination of three local retailers: home decor supplier Acacia, skin-care product line Heliotrope and clothing label Turk + Taylor's. Although the products aren't cheap, they're responsibly made...
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904 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
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Next time you're in the Dogpatch neighborhood of SF, don't miss the chance to swing by Rickshaw and create a custom bag. Tucked away in your Rickshaw bag you’ll find a tag with their special heart symbol, something called the Rickshaw “PCQ Tattoo”...
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1300 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
It was by accident that I found Al's, while trying to find parking for an event in North Beach. It immediately stole my heart with their window display of vintage inspired, hand made shoes and clothing and I'm so glad that I went in. The fact that...
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1530 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
The Haight Street Market is the local grocery store for residents of Haight Ashbury neighborhood (which they actually call "Upper Haight"). Along the register area is one of the best places to grab lunch in said neighborhood - the Haight Street...
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327 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Inside The Other Shop you'll find antique displays of barware laid out stylishly for the treasure-hunting mixologist. The vintage shoes are fanned in a circular display while the sunglasses and jewelry behind department store style displays. The...
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1573 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
When I went in this Haight Ashbury store full of totems to Hindu deities, patchwork tops and skirts, and crystals, loads and loads of crystals, I felt like I was back in Goa. The pachyderm-headed god is everywhere amidst the full shelves, floors,...