• WOW – That was scary.  May 12 at 2:38pm we were in Terra Cotta Warrior Pit #3 near Xian when the earthquake struck.  Dario, who at lunch had drunk one nasty clear liqueur with a three snakes in it and another with a seaturtle, seahorses, seastars and who knows what else, thought it was the […]

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  • It was the most extraordinary gala dinner I have ever attended.  Twenty-six of us, dressed in gold silk jackets hand-tailored for the Golden Birthday event, relished a 6 course meal on the Great Wall of China.  We were attended to by an army of waiters who fanned around the massive table to synchronously serve each […]

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  • Built by the Russians in the early 1950s as part of a war-reparations deal with Germany, the large-scale state-owned plant in Beijing -then officially named Factory 798 – churned out electronic radios and components by the million. Architecturally, the sprawling complex was, and remains, pure Bauhaus. But its significance as a state-owned entity waned in […]

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  • "Marie Antoinette," at the Grand Palais in Paris (open to the public until 30 June), is a fascinating exhibition gushing with rich imagery. Dario and I attended the private, invitation-only, vernissage at the Grand Palais for the fascinating retrospective on Marie Antoinette.  It opens with a rendition of a pearly-eyed adolescent in a rose-strewn dress […]

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  • We had the most wonderful 4 days in Venice this week.  The city sparkled under the brilliant sun and crisp winter air.   Absent the summer crowds and cruise shore-excursions, it was a true pleasure to stroll down the streets, grab an espresso, hop on a vaporetto and even walk right into St Mark’s with nary […]

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  • Dior, Hermes, Chanel, Gaultier – click, click, click. If Fashion is your fancy, boy/girl do we have a treat in store for you! In Paris, fashion is not only during the collections, but year-round. Your very own fashion coach can help you define your new look, whether for business, a wedding, an anniversary, a formal […]

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  • The Cercle de l’Union Interalliée is one of the two oldest, most exclusive and most sought-after private clubs in France, and by far the most elegant. The Cercle is located in a magnificent mansion adjacent to the British Embassy and the residences of the American and British Ambassador, on the aristocratic faubourg Saint-Honoré, where the […]

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  • The fabulous home of Baccarat, redesigned by the world renowned Architect Philippe Starck, is located in Paris’ posh 16th arrondissement in the famous and historic Hôtel de Noailles. Dazzling and scintillating, the Baccarat Museum and showroom’s previous aristocratic owners hosted world-renowned receptions. Starck’s decor is other-worldly; it features a crystal chandelier sunk in an aquarium […]

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