Eat, Stay, Buy Locally: Treading Lightly on the Road (The New York Times)

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Between the intricate shrines of Angkor Wat, the diverse landscapes of the countryside and the kindness of its people — and despite the horrors of its recent history — Cambodia knocks a lot of people off their feet. It certainly had that effect on me when I first visited a few years ago and then …

Following Dylan Thomas in Wales (The New York Times)

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  Climbing along a steep coastal path through a forest in southern Wales, with russet red and tawny brown autumn leaves crunching beneath my feet, I reached a crest where the trailhead looked back onto a long estuary lined with salt flats. The River Taf ran through the headlands before me, its glacier-cut course unmistakable …

Finding a Setting That Captures a Scene (New York Times, Feb 2014)

  Wes Anderson’s films are best known for their eccentric characters and rigorously whimsical tone. But just as distinctively captured are their settings. Think of the colors and textures of the Indian landscapes in “The Darjeeling Limited,” for example, or the lovingly rendered Mediterranean locations in “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.” The director’s latest …

CohaneTravels:Update Bangkok

As many of you know, Bangkok has become one of my very favorite cities in the world. And I am not alone in my desire to visit it frequently: according to the new Global Destination Index it is now the most visited city on the globe, even more than spots like New York and London. …

CohaneTravels: Best of 2013

I haven’t posted a blog for about a month but promise it’s for good reason. I have been on the road for more than five weeks, and have discovered some wonderful new places and spots (watch this space). But before moving on to 2014 here were some of my travel highlights of 2013:   The …

CohaneTravels: London Calling

Every Thanksgiving week for the last fifteen years has been spent in London. We have dear friends who put on a feast every season that is one of my favorite traditions of the year, the Christmas lights and windows are starting to give the whole town a festive feel, and it is an opportunity to …

Tactical Retreat (South China Morning Post)

    Holistic approach shifts focus to concentrate on the well-being of the mind and soul, writes Ondine Cohane It can be very hard to change a lifelong habit or deal with stress and still maintain a daily routine, but extra help is at hand. Destination spas and retreats are now attending to their clients’ …

CohaneTravels: Brunello 101.

Living in Pienza close to the Brunello-rich vineyards of Montalcino has its oenophile advantages: a supply of some of the best vintages at prices that are a fraction of those on wine lists in places like London or New York. This weekend we had the opportunity to do a wine tour with Lauren Cicione, the …

CohaneTravels: Dispatch from the north of Italy

Every year Venice, Milan and Cinque Terre are stops on the fall circuit: The Biennale is still up in Venice but the crowds have dissipated, autumn shopping in Milan is outstanding, and Vernazza is still warm but has an end of season crispness. This year’s trip brought new discoveries too: Gritti Palace. I checked out …

CohaneTravels: Hotels Well Worth the Journey

Friends often ask me about resorts I have gone to that are truly worth the trip. One of the best things about my job has been seeing exactly that kind of spot–the perfect mix of locale, design and isolation that makes a place truly unique. It seems that many of the best spots involve more …