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In Norway, the Journey Is the Destination (The New York Times)

A writer finds emotional solace on some of Norway’s scenic remote roads, which have been transformed into architectural wonders. I was driving up a remote road in central Norway. To be more accurate, it was actually more like I was playing an advanced level video game. El...

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The Innkeeper’s Diaries (Journey)

When Ondine Cohane and her husband opened a hotel in the Tuscan countryside, everyone said they were living the dream—only it wasn’t really hers My husband and I are dressed for a photo shoot: he in a crisp linen shirt and jacket, me in a pink Michael Kors shift. His face...

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The Aeolian Islands: Beautiful Italian Countryside, Few Tourists (Conde Nast Traveler)

There is a small cluster of islands off the coast of Sicily with no throngs of tourists, no teeming crowds, no traffic jams. Instead, what you find is Italy at its dreamiest, picturesque best: acres of olive trees and grapevines; small, just-right hotels; and crystalline ...

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Tuscan Attraction (1st Dibs)

A magazine editor and her music-industry executive husband leave Brooklyn for the Italian countryside, where despite numerous trials, they succeed in turning a pair of historic buildings into two chic boutique hotels — while recreating their lives in the process. Driving ...

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

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 ...

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Following Dylan Thomas in Wales (The New York Times)

  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 t...

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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 lovin...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...