" On the way to Tilcara and Humahuaca, the landscape is unreal, the color tones of the earth, and the huge mountains, are all overwhelming"

"Positano, like Capri is more of a way of life than a tourist destination.  La Marina Grande is the small main beach."

Aperitif on the beach at sunset, in Grand Cayman, is priceless

" The new Hong Kong edition of Art Basel will draw more than 50% of participating galleries from Asia and the Asia-Pacific region with more than 2,000 artists from around the globe"

Artist: Emilio Perez
"All I can Say"
Gallery: Galerie Lelong, NYC

These two teenagers fighting were so amazingly close you could hear their tusks clanking

Land of the Incas

According to everyone we met in Lima, it never rains there, though the city is quite green with many lush gardens. At the end of August, winter in Peru, it was cloudy, misty, and cool during the day, 60-65 degrees, perfect weather for walking. Our private guide, Mariela, took us to the historical center of Lima, the Plaza de Armas, to see its colonial buildings and to the San Francisco Monastery, which boasts intriguing catacombs that date to the early 1800s. We had lunch at the Cala Restaurant, high on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, specializing in contemporary seafood dishes, and watched the surfers and hang gliders during our meal.     The national drink, the Pisco Sour, and dish, ceviche, are for those with a strong stomach: both depend on a lot of lime juice. Pisco, the liquor, is similar to Italian Grappa, an eau-de-vie made from grapes, and the drink mixes it and lime juice with sugar and egg white to make a frothy, sweet-and-sour concoction....
After a quick 2 1/2-hour flight from La Guardia and a 25-minute taxi ride, we arrived at a little piece of heaven, 1Hotels South Beach on Collins Avenue and 23rd Street. The hotel was just weeks old when we visited and so taxi drivers knew it as the former Gansevoort—that said, you’d never recognize it as such. As one enters the lobby the first thing one senses is the wonderful aroma of wood; my daughter kept looking around for the scented candles but the smell is natural, a byproduct of the building materials used in the hotel’s design. In fact, we discovered that much of the ash wood came from a forest in Colorado that had succumbed to a beetle infestation. The 1Hotels company bought the dead trees and replanted the forest. Eco-friendly, recycled materials are everywhere, yet the result is serene, elegant, fresh, and natural; no one is roughing it here.  After a quick check in, we went to our rooms, one overlooking the city with two queen beds and the...
We had a few days when my family could all take off from work and take a long weekend in the sun.  We had been to Grand Cayman during the school Winter Break, but longed for more sun and beach.  I had recently read that Dorado Beach had been taken over by the Ritz Carlton and they had done a real bang up job.  At the same time, an old friend who was a chef in NYC had left for Puerto Rico and was cooking at a fancy hotel/restaurant in Condado, so we decided to combine the two and go.  The end of March is somewhat of a crap shoot weather-wise.  We arrived with rain and most of the day was cloudy. We stayed at the Ritz Carlton in San Juan which is about five minutes from the Muñoz Marin Airport, so you land and soon enough you can be at the beach, that is if the hotel does not manage to misplace all your luggage for almost two hours. Since it was Easter vacation, the place was really full.  Because the ocean was a bit rough and it was windy,...
I ticked off another destination on my bucket list and, in retrospect, am finding it hard to determine which vacation I loved more: the South African Safari http://singita.com/ or a recent trip to the Galapagos Islands. I chose the “Islander” boat from National Geographic Expeditions because I figured National Geographic would keep stewardship of this fragile and important ecosystem at the fore and because this particular ship accommodates only 48 people maximum (in 24 cabins), which would feel like a community and not a huge herd. And those were both true. What I did not figure is that a smaller boat would rock more. I have never suffered from sea sickness before, but it seems that with age, that changes. It hit me the first night, but, fortunately, there was a bowl of Dramamine at the reception desk. Once I started taking it, I was fine. (The rest of my family, it should be noted, felt no effects at all and did not take motion sickness medication during the entire...