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Jun 21, 2017
Suppy and Demand, Paul Davidge Breaks the Mold - LALA Magazine
Mar 01, 2017
Kyoto Embraces Modern Design - Luxury Magazine
Apr 15, 2016
Tokyo's Secret Bars - The Wall Street Journal
    A Traveler’s Guide to Tokyo’s Secret Bars Here are the best of the city’s hidden cocktail dens—and all the clues you’ll need to find them    1 of 14fullscreen In front of Kanmidou restaurant and bar in the Nishi-Azabu area.  More ...
Feb 27, 2016
Cesar's Place: A Cultural Oasis in the Canary Islands - The Wall Street Journal
LANDING IN Lanzarote, the easternmost of Spain’s Canary Islands, you’ll encounter hordes of tourists disembarking from the scrum of flights from Northern Europe.  I’ve always thought of this volcanic finger of an island wagging 80 miles off the coast of Africa as a cheap beach ’n’ brews destination for Germans, Scandinavians and Brits.  More ...
Jan 21, 2016
An Insider's Guide to Hong Kong - The Wall Street Journal
NEXT YEAR WILL MARK two decades since the British handed Hong Kong back to China. At the time, many predicted that the financial capital’s influence—and energy—would wane under its new masters.  More ...
Sep 03, 2015
Leonardo Ferragamo Builds the Ultimate Sailing Yacht - The Wall Street Journal
            An Exclusive Look at Nautor’s Swan Most Ambitious Yacht Yet  The cult Finnish yacht maker Nautor’s Swan seduces sailors with sleek and speedy designs.  More ...
Aug 26, 2015
Bloomberg: Aussie Ascot, Hamilton Island Race Week - Bloomberg
“There’s a boat back there!” yelled Sandy Oatley, 64, the avuncular head honcho of Hamilton Island and billionaire scion of the Australian wine and real estate family. Usually he’s at the wheel of his 92-foot, $7 million motor yacht, Andiamo, which he personally designed (locals call it “Sandiamo”).  More ...
Jul 01, 2015
Australian Farmers Add a Second Season for Truffle Lovers - Four Seasons Magazine
“This is an midden site” guide Ed Bourke, tells me in his Aussie twang as we wander up to a sand pit of shells and other ancient debris on the Bay of Fires, an epic windswept shore on Tasmania, the island south of Australia’s mainland.  More ...
Jun 29, 2015
Annie Philbin Raises the Hammer Museum - Los Angeles Confidential
How has the little Hammer Museum—all grown up at 25—emerged as the very symbol of LA’s dynamic, progressive arts scene? Meet Ann Philbin. The courtyard at the Hammer Museum is lined by an only-in-LA mix of students, skateboarders, artists, office workers, senior citizens, and oddballs amid a cluster of trees and lawn furniture rising above the concrete.  More ...
Jun 29, 2015
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Keeps Up the Pace - Los Angeles Confidential
The equestrian world's pedigreed A-list rides into Del Mar this season for SoCal's racing destination of choice.  Ring-a-ding-ding, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club— one of those peculiarly Southern California-retro institutions that have managed to retain its hipness for eight decades—raises the starting gate for a new season July 16.  More ...
May 21, 2015
An Insider's Guide to Venice - The Wall Street Journal
LET’S FACE IT. On first view, iconic places can disappoint. After all of the hype, for example, the Champs-Élysées might not quite measure up to what we’d imagined. Venice is an exception: No photo, no painting, not even the reams of poems written by its centuries of admirers can prepare you for the jolt you get when stepping into this surreal land of water and stone.  More ...
Mar 01, 2015
36 Hours in Lake Tahoe - The New York Times
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Feb 24, 2015
36 Hours in LA's Koreatown - The New York Times
The antidote to Hollywood’s seasonal Academy Awards fever is just a few blocks away, in Koreatown. It’s hard to imagine that two decades ago, K-Town, as it is known in local parlance, was a flash point for the Los Angelesriots: a low-rent district engulfed in flames.  More ...
Feb 01, 2015
LA's Power Families (with Elizabeth Jenkins and Andrew Stone) - Angeleno Magazine
Call it clout. Call it influence. Call it gravitas. Call it style. These leading clans have it in spades. From Hollywood heavyweights and their scions to titans of industry to recent transplants building their empires, here’s a look at the notable names that make moving and shaking in Los Angeles a real family affair.  More ...
Dec 01, 2014
Mezcal Worms Its Way Into the World - Los Angeles Confidential
Mezcal: the poor man's tequila? No way, Jose. The smoky-cool Oaxacan spirit has deep ties to LA and is back in spectacular fashion in watering holes across the city. “Every bar in LA is getting into the [mezcal] game.  More ...
Oct 01, 2014
The Transformer: Jose Huizar is reviving Los Angeles - Los Angeles Confidential
Battling political foes and naysayers, council member José Huizar is finally bringing “uptown” style back to Downtown LA with his Bringing Back Broadway initiative. “How ya doin’, José?” asks a hunched old-timer who corners Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar in the marbled entrance to Los Angeles’s City Hall.  More ...
Sep 30, 2014
Whisky A Go Go Turns 50 - Los Angeles Confidential
Fifty years ago, Whiskey A Go Go introduced miniskirted dancers spinning records between acts. There’s arguably no nightclub on the planet that has had a bigger cultural impact than the Sunset Strip’s Whisky A Go Go, the launching pad for LA’s rock ’n’ roll scene.  More ...
Sep 20, 2014
Malibu Goes Swiss - Angeleno Magazine
Clock watching suddenly got a lot more interesting in Malibu with the opening of Westime's fourth LA store, bringing some of the planets rarest time pieces to the village’s sandaled few. In keeping with the understated ocean-chic of Malibu’s Country Mart, the store, done up in blues and whites, has an open, New England beach vibe making it even more disconcerting to see the dramatic treasures have been unfussily arranged behind the counter.  More ...
Sep 12, 2014
Top Musical Festicals for Fall - The Wall Street Journal
MUSIC-FESTIVAL SEASON isn't over just because summer's done: Some of the most fun, experimental and inspiring gatherings are yet to come. Known as the Woodstock of country-and-western, the Austin City Limits Festival whoops it up for a 13th season in October.  More ...
Aug 22, 2014
Eurailing Around Europe-As an Adult - The Wall Street Journal
For many teenagers it was (and still is) a rite of passage. While Eurailing, I smoked my first cigarette. I learned to play ABBA's "Voulez-Vous" on guitar (still my entire repertoire), to swear in Spanish, Italian and Greek, and to silence snoring neighbors by loudly clicking my tongue as though riding a horse (try it).  More ...
Aug 15, 2014
Slam Jump - Los Angeles Confidential
Why isn’t LA horsier? Settled by ranchers, populated by movie cowboys, and blessed with arguably the best riding terrain of any major city, one would think that this would be one of the planet’s equine hotspots.  More ...
Aug 01, 2014
36 Hours In Havana - New York Times
36 Hours in Havana They love us in Havana. Now that the Cuban government has lifted travel restrictions American visitors are getting especially warmly welcomed as seemingly everyone there already has family in the US or wants to visit.  More ...
Jul 31, 2014
Bespoke Bliss - Angeleno Magazine
Quintessentially, a worldwide elite membership-only concierge service that services 60 cities around the world, is your devoted servant. Launched in London in 2000 by a trio of exceptionally well-connected people including Ben Elliot the nephew of Prince Charles’s wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles, the company has grown so large it now makes roughly 6,000 dinner reservations around the planet daily and has exclusive partnerships with high-end brands like The Peninsula hotel group and Ferrari.  More ...
Jul 25, 2014
Vertu's Smartest Phone Yet - Angeleno Magazine
Forget smart phones. Those British designers over at Vertu have been at it again, and their Signature Touch, launched this month, is more of a genius phone. And quite a looker. too. Think of a pocket-sized, Grade 5 titanium version of that monolith from “Space Odyssey” with hand-tooled cowhide leather backing.  More ...
Jul 07, 2014
Mexican Medici - Los Angeles Confidential
Mexico City scion-cum-LA mega collector Eugenio López Alonso maybe the most important contemporary arts patron in the country. Eli Broad who? Vogue hombre: Eugenio López, LA’s greatest collector and most stylish bachelor, gives good art from his home above Beverly Hills.  More ...
Jun 20, 2014
Stalinist Architecture Makes a Comeback - The Wall Street Journal
  Long shunned as totalitarian kitsch, Stalinist architecture is making a comeback this fall near Red Square with the reappearance of the Hotel Moskva—its facade famously adorns Stolichnaya vodka labels—as a Four Seasons(fourseasons.  More ...
Jun 20, 2014
The Peninsula Hotel Takes Paris - The Wall Street Journal
GILT TRIP | Mirror frames, mid-restoration, in the hotel's main restaurant, due to open this summer.Photography by Harf Zimmermann for WSJ. Magazine PARIS HAS NO SHORTAGE of iconic hotels, but two of its biggest legends, the Crillon and the Ritz, have lately been boarded up for extensive renovations.  More ...
Jun 18, 2014
A Historic Road Trip From London to Edinburgh - The Wall Street Journal
A four-day journey includes visits to Hadrian's Wall, Oxford University, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and more STONE, AGED | A section of the 73-mile-long Hadrian's Wall, which stretches across Northern England.  More ...
Jun 18, 2014
Colorado Wildflower Road Trip - The Wall Street Journal
A perfect itinerary from Denver to Aspen, to see the Rocky Mountains and summer wildflowers   PEAKS AND PETALS | Wildflowers in bloom along Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.  More ...
May 01, 2014
Marianne Faithful - Los Angeles Confidential
As the sun settles over the Pacific, only the sound of mellow guitar music can be heard above the crashing of waves beneath a beach house pyloned on a particularly pricey stretch of Malibu. A particularly pricey group of some 150 people have paid $500 apiece to be jammed shoulder to cashmered shoulder in the living room.  More ...
Apr 06, 2014
COVER STORY The Art Of Living: Inside Trevor Traina's Pacific Heights Home - Forbes
I’ve spent my entire life as a connector of people,” Trevor Traina says in his cozy San Francisco den. It’s the end of a long day that some would find exhilarating, others exhausting and Traina simply typical.  More ...
Jan 02, 2014
Beverley Hills Celebrates a Century of Dreaming - Angeleno Magazine
It’s a picture that defies context for those of us used to zooming Sunset Boulevard between the Technicolored trees and hedgerows shading a riot of Tudor mansions, mini chateaus, and haciendas: An isolated Mediterranean-style, turreted mega hotel in the middle of bean fields nestling the chaparral covered Santa Monica Mountains.  More ...
Dec 22, 2013
36 Hours in Jackson Hole - The New York Times
Ever since the first French fur trappers crossed into Jackson Hole from the area that is now Yellowstone National Park in the early 19th century, visitors have been flabbergasted by the majestic beauty of this flat plain fenced in by snow-clad peaks soaring a mile up from the valley floor, including the now iconic 13,770-foot Grand Teton.  More ...
Dec 05, 2013
An Immovable Feast: Hemingway's Cuban Retreat - The Wall Street Journal
Two boys in faded red shorts are darting around an older man fishing with a homemade bamboo pole, all balanced atop the sea-drenched concrete wall of Havana's Malecón—a coastal drive connecting a strip of weathered Beaux Arts buildings to the narrow streets of Old Havana, where paint peels off gorgeously tattered neo-baroque façades and canopies of laundry shade women selling fruit, old shoes or themselves.  More ...
Nov 13, 2013
Meet the Kabakovs - Architectural Digest
This is turning out to be a banner year for Emilia and Ilya Kabakov who are perhaps Russia’s best-known living artists.  Although superstars overseas who command multi-million dollar prices for their canvasses, sculptures and installations, the husband and wife conceptionalist team is less known on this side of the Atlantic despite having spent the last two decades on Manhattan and Long Island.  More ...
Nov 04, 2013
Homegrown Gets Haute with LA Artisans - Los Angeles Confidential
"It was a cultural wilderness when I first arrived,”" recalls Robert Kuo, who immigrated to Los Angeles in 1973 from China as a young man to start a design business based on the ancient Chinese craft of cloisonné.  More ...
Nov 01, 2013
California Here She Comes: 30 Years Ago the Queen Ushered In the Original Decade of Excess - Los Angeles Confidential
30 years ago the, British Royal Yacht, Britannia, edged up to San Diego’s Embarcadero to commence Queen Elizabeth’s nine day state visit to the West Coast--a thank you to first-term President and perennial Californian Ronald Reagan who the previous year had helped the British reclaim the Falkland Islands.  More ...
Oct 01, 2013
Hollywood-on-the-Thames: LA's New Brit-Pack Invasion - Los Angeles Confidential
“I was intimidated by LA,” admits Guy Salisbury in his North London accent, downing a Pimm’s Cup, the classic English summer cocktail that tastes like boozy ginger ale, as we stand in the airy lobby of Palihouse West Hollywood, a boutique hotel favored by British media types.  More ...
Aug 03, 2013
East Meets West - Architectural Digest
Blame it on Bhutan. In 2005, Siri Marshall, then the chief legal counsel for General Mills in Minneapolis, was feeling slightly left out. “My husband and daughter had gone off trekking in Bhutan,” she recalls.  More ...
Jun 01, 2013
Designer Erika Brunson's Heartwarming Animal Charity, Spay-4-LA - Architectural Digest
When interior designer Erika Brunson moved to Los Angeles after growing up in war-torn Germany, she was immediately inspired by the sun, sea, and laid-back lifestyle. “It was heaven,” she says.  More ...
Apr 28, 2013
Traveling Light: A Solar Powered Plane to Go Around the World - The Wall Street Journal
For Bertrand Piccard, the idea to build a solar-powered plane capable of circumnavigating the globe was hatched while running on empty. In March 1999, Piccard was on the final leg of an around-the-world journey by hot air balloon—the first-ever nonstop flight of its kind—when his Breitling Orbiter 3 swept low over the Egyptian desert and skidded to a halt on the corrugated plains.  More ...
Apr 01, 2013
Ocean Breeze; Abigail Turin Conjures the Home of Her Dreams - Architectural Digest
In 2005 San Francisco designer Abigail Turin and her husband, Jon Gans, ventured at low tide to a swath of California beach that’s hard for anyone other than residents along the shore to access.  More ...
Mar 28, 2013
Amy Einhorn on the Mark of a Best Seller - Gotham
“Growing up, I watched more TV than anything,” remembers Amy Einhorn. It’s a funny observation coming from the woman many hail as being one of the smartest book publishers of our time.  More ...
Jan 11, 2013
Places to Go in 2013: New Delhi, Porto and Jackson Hole - The New York Times
NEW DELHI       Come for the new metro, stay for where it takes you Having surpassed its sibling Mumbai in the number of millionaire residents who call it home, New Delhi is celebrating its economic rise with gusto.  More ...
Jan 01, 2013
Secrets of Grand Central - Gotham
“Don’t dare call it a station,” warns Metro-North spokesperson Dan Brucker, of his beloved workplace. “Grand Central is the terminus of all trains that come here, so it is, and always has been, a terminal, not a station.  More ...
Dec 01, 2012
Rebecca Eaton: The True Mistress of Downton Abbey - Boston Common
Rebecca Eaton, 67, has an endearing trait of humming softly to herself when pondering something.  Given that her office is piled high with scripts awaiting her perusal, one expects this to be a musical place.  More ...
Nov 20, 2012
The New Guard of New York Debutantes - Gotham
Next February 1, 16 debutantes from New York’s international community will take their bows before their families, Manhattan glitterati, and members of the diplomatic corps at the Viennese Opera Ball in the Waldorf-Astoria ballroom.  More ...
Nov 18, 2012
36 Hours in Helsinki - The New York Times
It’s easy to feel transported to some gorgeously surreal interzone while strolling the streets of Helsinki, Finland’s capital and metropolis. Neoclassical domes, 1930s futuristic architecture, and languid Baltic light seem stuck in limbo between Russia and Scandinavia.  More ...
Nov 17, 2012
Olig-Art for the Masses - The Wall Street Journal
IN A MOVE RIGHT OUT of the great American robber barons' playbook, a handful of business moguls in the former Soviet Union are building outstanding private museums that are open to one and all.  More ...
Nov 01, 2012
Well Grounded - Architectural Digest
Despite the compelling artwork and inviting furnishings that pepper Ben Soleimani’s airy Los Angeles home, visitors might be forgiven for staring down at their feet. After all, Soleimani is the scion of a Persian family that has been dealing in carpets for four generations.  More ...
Oct 01, 2012
The First Family of Football - Gotham
What a great time to be a Mara. The mythical New York family that has owned the New York Giants football team for three generations is riding high. Along with last February’s Super Bowl victory—the fourth in the team’s history—the family has opened a new chapter in yet another ultracompetitive field, this time in Hollywood, with sisters Kate and Rooney Mara taking a (literal) starring role: Kate appeared in the feature film 10 Years and will soon be seen in the new Netflix series House of Cards, while Rooney took an Academy Award– nominated star turn in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  More ...
Aug 10, 2012
The Other Siberian Railroad - The New York Times
“FOR me, a young girl in Belarus, listening to the late-night radio broadcasts of them building this rail line in the Siberian frontier had a romance that made me want to be part of it,” said my newest train friend, Mila Kozlova, 57, as we rocked back and forth in our coupe across the Siberian wilderness.  More ...
Jul 05, 2012
Unraveling the Mystery of the Hamptons Blue Book - Hamptons Magazine
Every year around Memorial Day, BookHampton website manager Jane Cochran gets a call, as she has for more than 15 years, from a “very polite disembodied voice” telling her “they’re ready.  More ...
Jun 24, 2012
36 Hours in Kiev, Ukraine - New York Times
AFTER seven decades of Soviet dominance, Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, has emerged as one of Europe’s most vibrant 21st-century cities. With a thriving contemporary art scene, a new generation of chefs taking innovative approaches to Ukrainian cuisine, and a delirious dance-til-dawn night life, Kiev — currently a co-host of the 2012 European Soccer Championship — is a weekend magnet for European and Russian fashionistas.  More ...
Apr 01, 2012
Timothy Corrigan's Los Angeles Home - Architectural Digest
A visit with designer Timothy Corrigan at his residence in Los Angeles’s stately Hancock Park neighborhood turns a familiar American adage on its head: You can go home again. “I grew up in this house,” explains Corrigan.  More ...
Mar 01, 2012
Adam Levine's Hollywood Hills Home - Architectural Digest
As anyone who has watched even a little MTV knows, Los Angeles rock-star bachelor pads tend to fall into two distinct categories: louche Vegas-like fantasies or high-tech digs crammed with the latest toys for boys.  More ...
Feb 25, 2012
Myanmar, All Mine - The Wall Street Journal
Herman van Heusden SHRINE ON | A view over Bagan Manuha Temple had a simple whitewashed exterior, a small door and a surprise: Ducking through the entry, we found ourselves staring into the lap of a three-story-high Buddha that filled the space like a ship in a bottle, smiling benevolently at something far beyond his cramped cell.  More ...
Jan 05, 2012
The Dream Island - Forbes
“When Alive, He Lived,” reads the memorial to FORBES’ late editor-in-chief, Malcolm Forbes, on a palm-shaded lawn overlooking his beloved, green-as-money Laucala Island, a 3,000-acre shoe-shaped Valhalla in the eastern Fijian islands.  More ...
Dec 15, 2011
JF Chen Spotlights Eames - Architectural Digest
This year has turned out to be a big one for celebrating Charles and Ray Eames, the late husband-and-wife design duo who helped give shape to the 20th century with their groundbreaking furniture, architecture, and toys.  More ...
Dec 15, 2011
Desert Flower - Architectural Digest
In 1947, just a few years before designing his most famous sculptural, space-age homes, architect John Lautner erected a small retreat for a film producer outside Palm Springs, California. An inspired complex of four modules made of concrete, redwood, glass and steel, the structure later served as a motel before, sadly, falling into poor condition.  More ...
Dec 01, 2011
Still the One: Germain-Robin distills cognacs some experts say are the world's best - Four Seasons Magazine
Cognac, that elixir against cold winter nights, has long been the sacrosanct province of the French. But for the past three decades a small group of mavericks at the Germain-Robin distillery in Mendocino, California, have been breaking all the rules of traditional cognac production, using ancient French techniques, no less.  More ...
Nov 01, 2011
The Bolshoi Theater's Glamorous Resortation - Architectural Digest
Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater is a glamorous survivor. The 1824 neoclassical icon has weathered fires, the Luftwaffe, and the indignities of Soviet renovations; by 2005 a damaged foundation threatened its very existence.  More ...
Oct 24, 2011
The Bund Is Back - Forbes
  The Bund, a ¾-MILE length of Shanghai waterfront, was the epicenter of power, style and decadence in the 1920s and 1930s, when the city was known as the Paris of the Orient. It was where Europeans and Americans flocked to find an accessible swatch of the vast and unfamiliar continent beyond the headlands--and where the international language of beauty and glamour was often expressed, even among Western women, in a tight silk cheongsam.  More ...
Sep 01, 2011
New Delhi's Latest Luxury Lodgings - Architectural Digest
New Delhi is feeling flush, and it shows. A forest of construction cranes has risen above this capital city—above the imperial domes of Edwin Lutyens’s government buildings, above the gated bungalow compounds on the stately boulevards, above the labyrinthine alleyways of adjoining Old Delhi.  More ...
Aug 01, 2011
The Cult of the Colorado Fourteeners - Four Seasons Magazine
“How MUCH further?” My wife, Kristin, is puffing over a truck-sized boulder on the way up Longs Peak above Estes Park, Colorado. Literally puffing. She’s so warmed up here at 11,000 feet, that I can see the steam coming out of her nose and mouth in the early morning air.  More ...
Jul 22, 2011
A Bilbao on Siberia's Edge? - The New York Times
I WAS wandering though a dozen curtained-off video galleries on the second floor of one of Russia’s newest cultural hot spots, the Perm Museum of Modern Art (Permm), watching provocative art videos by a Siberian performance group named Blue Noses, when I came across a plain cardboard box.  More ...
Apr 25, 2011
Page Turners; The Book Lover's Hall of Fame - Forbes
Five go-to Names in the book lover's Hall of Fame.  Above: Peter Harrington Booked Up Writer Larry McMurtry has a second career as a rare book dealer. He's converted his hometown of Archer City, Tex.  More ...
Apr 01, 2011
Cover Story: Renaissance Man - Architectural Digest
Los Angeles has plenty of mythical neighborhoods, but Malibu’s Broad Beach has its own unique allure. A peaceful sanctuary for A-listers like Dustin Hoffman, Goldie Hawn, and Steven Spielberg, this secluded stretch of Pacific coastline has never bothered with the usual celebrity accoutrements of security gates and cappuccino shops.  More ...
Mar 20, 2011
In Thailand, One Man's Dream Becomes a Bangkok Sanctuary - The New York Times
BUDDHIST temples in Bangkok are about as ubiquitous as hot dog stands in Manhattan, and after a day or two of playing duck-the-camera with tour groups, even the most devout tourists can become shrine shirkers.  More ...
Feb 25, 2011
The Happiest Hotel on Earth - Forbes
The squeaky-mouse sounds emanate from dozens of tiny shoes scampering across the floors of the White Swan Hotel's gargantuan pink marble lobby. The noisy shoes--all the rage in China--are gifts to children newly adopted by American parents.  More ...
Oct 22, 2010
Dream Hideaways: The Eugenia, Bangkok - Forbes
The Eugenia, Bangkok Of course. Please come over," the polite voice at reception encouraged me when I asked whether the Eugenia was still open. I had arrived in Bangkok in the middle of last May's antigovernment Red Shirt Riots, and the Eugenia--a Relais & Châteaux member, 12-suite boutique hotel located on a quiet side street of the then-shuttered Sukhumvit business district--happens to be next to the prime minister's residence.  More ...
Oct 22, 2010
Laos By Motorcycle - Forbes
"We will be serving drinks and snakes, " announced the captain of our Lao Airlines prop flight from Bangkok to the Laotian capital of Vientiane. At last, I thought, a respite from bland airline food! As it turned out, the pilot was mispronouncing snacks, but I would in fact have ample opportunity for sampling snake during ten days of motorcycling around Laos--and nothing was bland at all.  More ...
Sep 09, 2010
Best Stories from ForbesLife 20th Anniverary: Melee On Everest - Forbes
I stood in the sharp sunlight near my tent at Nepal's Everest Base Camp, sipping a mug of tea and scanning the route I was to take for my summit push the next day. After almost two months of acclimating on Mount Everest and filming for the Discovery Channel I was eager to take a crack at the top.  More ...
Oct 25, 2009
Santiago, Chile, Is Hardly Asleep Anymore - The New York Times
WHAT would Pablo Neruda say? The Chilean Nobel-prize-winning poet and devoted Communist had a love-hate relationship with his hometown of Santiago, Chile, which he once described as “asleep for eternity.  More ...
May 14, 2009
Have Mop, Will Travel - The New York Times
IF the image of a caretaker brings to mind a creepy, solitary character from the pages of Stephen King or Harold Pinter’s 1960 play, meet a new breed who travels the world fighting rodents, loose roof tiles, burst pipes and other harbingers of second-home apocalypses.  More ...
Apr 01, 2009
Copenhagen's Hotel Nimb; Amused Bouches - Robb Report
Standing at the edge of Tivoli Gardens—the 19th-century amusement park in Copenhagen that inspired Disneyland—one begins to understand why a recent U.S. study named Denmark the happiest country in the world.  More ...
Feb 06, 2009
A Spa for the Unpretentious - The New York Times
THE woman approaching the hot spring was wearing nothing except for my missing gray ski hat. I had been shivering in my sleeping bag all night without it. The dawn still hadn’t lifted the chill from the valley, which is encased like a tomb by snow-topped mountains.  More ...
Jan 18, 2009
Sunday in the Forest With Parisians at Play - The New York Times
WANDERING off the path and heading up one of the house-sized granite formations that rise up from the pine-needle floor of the Fontainebleau forest, I came face-to-face with two French painters who had made the local scenery internationally famous with their lush canvases, Théodore Rousseau and Jean-François Millet.  More ...
Nov 16, 2008
36 Hours In Santa Barbara - The New York Times
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., may be tiny — its 90,000 residents could be seated in the Los Angeles Coliseum — but it packs Oprah-like cachet. Indeed, the queen of daytime TV and other A-listers have made this former outpost of Spain’s American dominions their second home.  More ...
Sep 28, 2008
36 Hours In Brighton - The New York Times
NOT long ago, the English port town of Brighton was considered louche and seedy, a has-been resort with crumbling piers and weathered hotels for so-called dirty weekends. But with cosmopolitan London just an hour away, it was a matter of time before this funky town regained its color.  More ...
Sep 15, 2008
Status Kuo: Reviving Forgotten Chinese Crafts Is More Than A Sheep Trick - Forbes
My grandmother, an elegant woman who toured China in the early decades of the 20th century,  brought back a collection of tiny cloisonné boxes to decorate her living room. They were precious little affairs with bands of colored enamel in flowery patterns between brass wires.  More ...
Aug 29, 2008
Deep Roots and the Lure of Food on a Stick - The New York Times
IN Minnesota this weekend, excitement will be at a fever pitch, with the Twin Cities about to host a large and historic gathering of campaigning politicians, who will engage in some colorful grandstanding, review the economy, agriculture and family values, and possibly debate a vital question: Should spaghetti and meatballs be served on a stick? It’s Minnesota State Fair time, and from last Thursday, the 21st, through Monday, which also happens to be the first day of the Republican National Convention, the imposing fairgrounds by the banks of the Mississippi will be the focal point for Minnesotans the world over (we get around).  More ...
Aug 08, 2008
Oklahoma City Is Booming With Oil and a New Exuberance - The New York Times
IT took approximately a day for the song — and who doesn’t know that song? — to clear my head once I’d arrived in Oklahoma City. This revitalized metropolis does seem to have a constant wind that comes sweepin’ down the plain, but the windfalls from its booming economy have brought enough new grand urban projects, gleaming museums and sophistication so that one suspects the only folks tempted to yell “Ayipioeeay” are visitors.  More ...
Jun 16, 2008
Cover Story: Stand Up Guy - Forbes
Paddle Surfing Could be the Biggest Thing to Come Out of Hawaii Since "Tiny Bubbles." I am at a stage in life where an absence of time and stamina advises against taking up certain activities with any hope for proficiency.  More ...
May 01, 2008
Great Dane: Falsled Kro - Robb Report
In Karen Blixen’s 1950s short story “Babette’s Feast,” a French woman prepares a life-altering, 10,000-franc dinner for a group of puritan villagers on Denmark’s west coast.  More ...
Apr 25, 2008
Dominican Republic - Forbes
  Dominican Republic Punta Cana: Yes, you can leave New York after the closing bell and still make landfall in time for dinner and a stogie at this beachside jungle getaway. What is even more remarkable is that, despite the sprawl, there are still places in Punta Cana to get away from it all in luxurious privacy.  More ...
Apr 01, 2008
The Skylodge: Park City's New Gathering Spot - Robb Report
Since opening last December, The Skylodge (888-876-2525 www.skylodge.com) has become the one thing Park City has always lacked: An elegant central gathering place as glamorous as Park City itself. Located in the midst of the “Sundance Zone” adjoining Park City’s silver era Victorian Main Street and one block from the main chairlift, the Skylodge eschews the usual ski town motifs in favor of ultra-modern loft design perfect for roomy mountain comforts, including a virtual private water park of hot tub, bathtub, and double showers in most of its 33 sleek glass-lined residences.  More ...
Mar 01, 2008
Crockery Hunter - Forbes
 One morning last November, in a special private skybox overlooking Sotheby’s New York main auction gallery, Richard Baron Cohen, 50, was growing despondent. “This is a collector’s worst nightmare,” he said.  More ...
Feb 19, 2008
Mammoth Mountain Ski Guide - The New York Times
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area   Mammoth Mountain is as funky, innovative and fun-loving as its state, and it has been that way ever since 1955 when Dave McCoy defied all naysayers by getting the National Forest Service to let him sink a ski lift into this remote mountain where he had found consistently superior snow and great weather.  More ...
Jan 11, 2008
For Many a Follower, Sacred Ground in Colorado - The New York Times
“TRUST an unknown future with a known God,” urges the sign in front of the Sangre de Cristo Christian Church on the outskirts of Crestone, Colo., which is close to a four-hour drive south of Denver off Highway 17.  More ...
Jan 06, 2008
36 Hours in Melbourne, Australia - The New York Times
IT’S hard not to feel some sympathy for Melbourne. Often overlooked by travelers as they sprint their way through Australia’s Big Three tourist attractions — the dazzling metropolis of Sydney, the startlingly beautiful Great Barrier Reef and the historic Aboriginal site of Uluru — this laid-back city is a place that takes some time to appreciate.  More ...
Dec 28, 2007
The Spirit Moved Them - The New York Times
THE SPIRIT MOVED THEM - Finn-Olaf Jones WHEN he was a sophomore at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla., Martin Birrittella experienced something that changed how he would spend his free time for the rest of his life — and possibly longer.  More ...
Dec 23, 2007
Next Stop: Adelaide A City of Churches Emerges as a Culinary Hub - The New York Times
“WE searched all over the world for where we could start the kind of restaurant I always wanted to go to,” said Jim Carreker, who left his job as a chief executive in Silicon Valley to start the much-lauded gastronome hotel, the Louise, in the Barossa Valley in Australia last year.  More ...
Dec 11, 2007
Poster Boy - Forbes
Dwight Cleveland, a 48-year-old Chicago real estate developer, stares intently as a dry-cleaning squeegee steams the outermost poster from an old movie theater display board he picked up from an antiques dealer in Duluth, Minnesota.  More ...
Nov 25, 2007
Pacific Palisade: A Scenic Los Angeles Enclave Without Glitter - The New York Times
“Is this really still Los Angeles?” asked Hélène Rottier, a friend from Tahiti, peering across the Santa Monica Mountains obscured in the Wagnerian carpet of mist rising from the Pacific 2,000 feet below.  More ...
Oct 29, 2007
Cover Story: Hawaiian Dynasty--The Parker Ranch - Forbes
Cover StoryHawaiian Dynasty For 160 years the Parker family ruled Hawaii's Big Island. Today their 150,000-acre ranch is a slice of paradise open to all. The Big Island of Hawaii is one of the strongest drugs you can buy without a prescription.  More ...
Oct 29, 2007
The Great Walk of China: Q&A with First People to Walk the Whole Wall - Forbes Life
  In March 2007, Tarka L'Herpiniere, 25, and Katie-Jane Cooper, 27, of Devon, England, became the first people on record to have walked the entire Great Wall of China. Their six-month, 3,000-mile trek from Yumenguan Pass in central China to the North Korean border took them over snowcapped mountains, across the Gobi Desert and to a lot of places in between where local delicacies such as cooked dog head were just another way of saying "Howdy, stranger"--a good thing, as the duo spoke little Mandarin.  More ...
Oct 29, 2007
The Alisal: Horse for the Holidays - Forbes
Santa Ynez Valley: There are few things more worth getting out of bed for thana horse waiting to carry you over the oak-etched Santa Ynez mountains before the morning sun has yanked the Alisal Guest Ranch out of the shadows.  More ...
Sep 23, 2007
Forget the Vespa: Making Your 2 Wheels a Bike in Rome - The New York Times
CAESAR, clad in a bedsheet toga, lighted a morning cigarette next to a centurion wearing a plastic helmet. Both were leaning against a railing on the slope above the Colosseum. But before anyone snapped their photo, I had coasted 300 yards to the Colosseum’s deserted eastern plaza, where it was easier to conjure the lions’ roars and cheering Romans across 16 centuries.  More ...
Sep 17, 2007
Solar Flair - ForbesLife
Bertrand Piccard is one of our era's greatest aviators. In 1992 he won the first transatlantic balloon race and then topped himself in 1999 by captaining the first non-stop balloon flight around the world.  More ...
Sep 17, 2007
The Starchitect: Frank Gehry - ForbesLife
Gehry HouseAs he nears his 80th birthday, Frank Gehry shows no signs of slowing down.They don't hire me to do boxes.-- Frank GehryPrepare for big shiny, curvy buildings coming to a city near you. Cranes will rise in Barcelona, New York, Jerusalem, Las Vegas, Abu Dhabi, Paris and other world centers to construct glass sails, wavy monoliths, bristly multiheaded towers and other alter-the-skyline-forever structures designed by a spectacled, white-haired 78-year-old working out of a bullpen with cardboard furniture in West Los Angeles.  More ...
Sep 17, 2007
Chris Buckley: Give me 10 Finn Joneses and I could rule the world! - ForbesLife
From the Editor's DeskStyle FileChristopher Buckley Some years ago, a writer with the intriguing name of Finn-Olaf Jones wrote to us, saying that he would like to contribute to the magazine. Executive Editor Patrick Cooke, who has a hound's nose for this sort of thing, announced that it was obviously a nom de plume of some gin-stained wretch seeking to hide money from an ex-wife or the IRS.  More ...
Sep 16, 2007
36 Hours in Geneva - The New York Times
36 Hours in Geneva Christophe Margot for The New York Times The United Nations office at the Palais des Nations. By FINN-OLAF JONES Geneva, the political and transportation hub of Europe, is one of those seemingly unavoidable cities.  More ...
Jul 29, 2007
On the Edge of Copenhagen, a Place to Unwind - The New York Times
"Are you nuts?" The Royal Shooting Club's ancient caretaker was furious with me. Wandering the club's secluded public gardens above the beach three miles north of Copenhagen I had stumbled onto a well-manicured range whose target was hidden in a hedge some 200 feet from a high-powered rifle mounted in the club's dining veranda.  More ...
Jul 01, 2007
Bayreuth Without a Ticket; Opera-less in the Realm of Wagner - The New York Times
"WHAT'S your favorite Wagner opera?” I jokingly asked the 11-year-old boy wearing a black T-shirt and reversed baseball cap in the back seat of a car in which I'd hitched a ride. “ ‘Siegfried,' ” he answered immediately.  More ...
Jun 18, 2007
Monza; the Cathedral of Speed - ForbesLife
ITALY Monza: The hordes of Italian Ferrari fans, also known as tifosi, swarmed the tarmac, waving flags with the Ferrari prancing-horse battle standard and greeting the victor of the 2006 Italian Grand Prix with the same hysterical energy their ancestors used in greeting invading Visigoths.  More ...
Jun 01, 2007
Minnesota's "Freshwater Ocean" Attracts a New Generation - The New York Times
THE Shore,” for most Minnesotans, is the North Shore of Lake Superior. Before Highway 61 — which is more than just a road in Bob Dylan’s mythology — was extended from Duluth to the Canadian border in the 1920s, local Scandinavian fisherman took in summer guests who traveled from the railhead in Duluth north on the postal boat.  More ...
May 18, 2007
Not for Kids Only: Seeking Buccaneer Bliss - The New York Times
BLUE BAYOU, Anaheim, Calif.: Caroline Treadwell, 34, stepped gingerly into a boat, then was launched into the bayou darkness to the soothing sounds of crickets, bullfrogs and the distant strumming of a banjo.  More ...
Apr 23, 2007
Trekker - Forbes
Science-fiction legend Ray Bradbury's idea of exotic travel has always been a little bit...different. Few people have covered more intellectual and physical territory than Ray Bradbury, author of 58 books, including Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man and other required reading for modern civilization, both domestic and extraterrestrial.  More ...
Apr 23, 2007
Lenin Slept Here: St. Pete's Hotel Astoria - Forbes
RUSSIA St. Petersburg: For those who expect the Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg's most glamorous hotel, to be anything like its newer, glitzier competitors on the nearby Nevsky Prospekt, the first sight of the stark, even forbidding building across from St.  More ...
Mar 16, 2007
Big Changes at Big Sur - The New York Times
Like anyone who builds in Big Sur, Zachary and Langka Treadwell had to satisfy a lot of California and local environmental regulations. Their hillside home, a cube of glass and rock, has a sod roof. Big Changes at Big Sur   DRIVERS passing through Big Sur on Highway 1 between Los Angeles and San Francisco are inevitably awed by the duel of sea and sky played out against the rugged Santa Lucia Mountains.  More ...
Mar 12, 2007
A Room of Our Own - ForbesLife
Enter the ForbesLife Penthouse at the Beverly Wilshire and slip into something a little more comfortable. When the bold, beautiful and well-read need a place to unwind above the klieg-light glare of Los Angeles, they have a brand-new option: the ForbesLife Penthouse at the Beverly Wilshire at the foot of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.  More ...
Mar 12, 2007
Fashion House - Forbes
There have been milestones in the 16 years of this magazine's life span. In 1991, we announced that the Soviet government was going to auction off the embalmed corpse of Lenin. In 1995, we were credited with forcing NATO's intervention during the Balkan crisis.  More ...
Feb 09, 2007
Sea Change for a Dad - The New York Times
Richard Patterson for The New York Times An adults-only area, during a Caribbean cruise DISNEY theme parks, with their perpetually long lines and aggressive merchandising, have always seemed about as enticing to me as getting mugged by the Seven Dwarfs.  More ...
Jan 12, 2007
In Obliging Waco, Dr Pepper Is the King - The New York Times
American Journeys In Obliging Waco, Dr Pepper Is the King The Texas Ranger museum preserves the mystique of the famous law enforcers of the Old West days. YOU step off the plane, rent a car and notice a gun club off the side of the airport access road.  More ...
Dec 11, 2006
Heritage Books - ForbesLife
LOS ANGELES Hollywood: Ben Weinstein and his assistant gingerly pull an ancient, atlas-sized French book off the shelf and lay it on their oak library table. The copper clasps unfasten and the stiff covers open to reveal not vellum pages but an antique toilet seat on a hinge.  More ...
Dec 01, 2006
Back to Nature in Estes Park, Colo., Off Season in the Shadow of the Rockies - The New York Times
THE large bull elk was calmly walking down the main street of Estes Park, Colo., turning his head this way and that, his five-foot antlers waving in the night air. A lone car approached him and slowed to a crawl, but the elk just kept to his window-shopping pace until he reached his goal: a dozen elk cows huddled like truants in front of the closed Dairy Queen.  More ...
Nov 23, 2006
Bologna, the Fat One - Forbes
Bologna: As the capital of Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, which brought the world prosciutto, tortellini, Bolognese sauce and other culinary wonders, Bologna is so blessed that asking a local to choose a favorite eatery is like asking Hugh Hefner to choose a favorite month.  More ...
Oct 30, 2006
Sport School for Skids - Forbes
  MotoVentures students are requested to bring an exceptional sense of balance, flawless timing and ball-bearings of steel.  More ...
Oct 30, 2006
The 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano grips the road like a slot car. - ForbesLife
The 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano grips the road like a slot car.   It's sometimes said that Ferraris are for egomaniacs.  More ...
Oct 27, 2006
A Tradition to Sip - The New York Times
To the Editor: I read ''A Pour. A Staredown. A Civilized Bonding.'' (Oct. 20) by Finn-Olaf Jones with heartfelt interest. As a Norwegian-American I can fondly relate to all the warm and wonderful tales of sharing aquavit on cold nights, special and not-so-special occasions.  More ...
Oct 20, 2006
A Pour. A Staredown. A Civilized Bonding. - The New York Times
I WAS a colicky and fussy baby. During a visit to my grandparents’ farm in Denmark, my grandmother found the antidote to my fidgeting; two or three drops of aquavit — a vodka-like elixir beloved by Scandinavians — into the baby bottle, and I would calm down.  More ...
Sep 22, 2006
36 Hours in College Station, Tex - The New York Times
THE college in College Station is the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, a k a Texas A&M, home of the Aggies. Beyond the sprawling, oak-lined lawns of the university, alumni Aggies have established vineyards, restaurants, hotels and enough bars and honky-tonks to claim plausibly that College Station and the neighboring town of Bryan have more drinking establishments per capita than anywhere else in the United States.  More ...
Sep 18, 2006
The Right Touch - Forbes
      Peter Westbrook is discovering future Olympic fencing champions in New York's inner city.   Scanning the team photos cluttering the walls of the venerable New York Fencers Club on West 25th Street, it would be a cinch to presume that the "Sport of Princes" was the exclusive domain of Waspish-looking men with upper lips as stiff as a Park Avenue cocktail.  More ...
Sep 18, 2006
Danish Designer Invades Beverly Hills - Forbes Life
The phrase "pregnant duck pitcher" said aloud in L.A. inevitably will have locals asking if there's a role in it for them. But perish such showbizzy thoughts now that Georg Jensen, the Danish company, has opened its first West Coast jewelry boutique in Beverly Hills.  More ...
Sep 18, 2006
Falsled Kro brings flavor to Denmark - Forbes Life
Denmark   Falsled: During a recent visit to Denmark, having endured endless meals of porridge, boiled potatoes and other unflavored items that my Old World relatives somehow believe will build character, I realized I might never get my wife to return to Scandinavia.  More ...
Aug 29, 2006
Tourism Stripping Everest Bare - National Geographic
When I first visited the Khumbu in 1951 the forests were superb—big trees up to an altitude of 13,000 feet (3,900 meters) and extensive areas of azaleas and juniper shrubs…up to 16,000 feet [4,900 meters]," recalls Edmund Hillary in his book, View From the Summit.  More ...
Jul 14, 2006
An Impala's-Eye View of Highway History - The New York Times
CROSS COUNTRY Fifteen Years and Ninety Thousand Miles on the Roads and Interstates of America with Lewis and Clark, a Lot of Bad Motels, a Moving Van, Emily Post, Jack Kerouac, My Wife, My Mother-in-Law, Two Kids, and Enough Coffee to Kill an Elephant.  More ...
Jun 19, 2006
Mixed Media - Forbes
WHERE MEN HIDE, by James B. Twitchell, photographs by Ken Ross; Columbia University Press; $25 Who knew that reaching for another “tall boy” in the Barcalounger could be so fraught with ancient, ritualistic meaning? James Twitchell does, and after reading this provocative book, you will, too.  More ...
Jun 04, 2006
The Danish Soul of That Town in 'Sideways - The New York Times
DRIVE along Highway 246 in California which rolls through the hilly ranch country 36 miles north of Santa Barbara, and you will suddenly find yourself in the middle of — Gud i Himlen! — 18th-century Denmark.  More ...
May 18, 2006
A Hideout of His Own - The New York Times
A Hideout of His Own Ben Garvin for The New York Times Fuller Cowles tracks weather from his cupola, 24 feet from his living room, straight up.  By FINN-OLAF JONES Published: May 18, 2006 ALL those flowers and designs," said Christina Hoff Sommers, a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute in Washington.  More ...
May 08, 2006
Houdini in the Desert - Forbes
Copperfield has grossed $1 billion.   HOUDINI IN THE DESERT The greatest collection of magic in the world lies hidden inside a nondescript Las Vegas warehouse.  More ...
May 04, 2006
Presto: Your Own Collection - Forbes
New York - Collecting magic memorabilia is a complicated business. Not only are there many different collectibles subsets--from magician’s throw cards to large scale illusions--but the prices can be affected by movies and books.  More ...
Apr 24, 2006
It's De Limit, It's Deluxe, It's De-Lovely - Forbes
Jazz Age architects Schultze and Weaver ushered in the era of luxury hotels with masterpieces like the Waldorf-Astoria, The Breakers and the Los Angeles Biltmore. Eighty-five years later, their work is getting a second look.  More ...
Apr 24, 2006
On the Top: San Francisco's Mandarin Oriental Hotel - ForbesLife Travel
San Francisco: Guests heading to their rooms in San Francisco’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel can look forward to an unusually long elevator ride: All the accommodations are on the top 11 floors of the city’s third-tallest building.  More ...
Apr 09, 2006
Into the Wild With Ted Nugent, the Oprah of Hunting - Chicago Tribune
  Into the wild with Ted Nugent, the Oprah of hunting By Finn-Olaf Jones - Special to the TribuneSPIRITWILD RANCH, WACO, Texas -- The fox prowled the edge of a line of trees, seeking a wild turkey or some other snack before sunset.  More ...
Mar 19, 2006
Death Valley, Calif.: These Ghost Towns Have Clean Sheets - The New York Times
The ghost town of Cerro Gordo, Calif. Journeys Death Valley, Calif.: These Ghost Towns Have Clean Sheets IN the moonlight 8,200 feet up on the ridgeline of the Inyo Mountains, one can make out the remains of a dozen miners' shacks slung across a ravine almost eight miles up a steep dirt road twisting up from the desert plains of Owens Valley.  More ...
Dec 12, 2005
My Father's Library - Forbes
One man spent a lifetime collecting the books that would teach his son about life--even after they started disappearing. During the months after my father's debilitating stroke, his second wife divorced him, his bank accounts were emptied, his furniture disappeared, the cat ran away and a trio of booksellers purchased his book collection.  More ...
Nov 29, 2005
Yamaha's Roadliner purrs like a mistress at Tiffany's - Forbes FYI
Twenty years ago, the Harley fanatics at Sturgis used to drop Japanese motorcycles from a 100-foot crane. Today they aren't so smug. Consider the 2006 Roadliner S, the vanguard of Yamaha's stand-alone premium brand, Star Motorcycles.  More ...
Nov 04, 2005
Einstein on the Beach: The Ph.D.'s of Culebra - The New York Times
SOMETIMES, a place is a paradise because nothing ever happens there. On the island of Culebra, 17 miles off the east coast of Puerto Rico, the thing not happening for Marcus P. Knowlton, a Princeton University lecturer in aerospace engineering, and his wife, Merry, a stockbroker, was nuclear fallout.  More ...
Oct 31, 2005
Hotel National, Moscow - Forbes
  Moscow: The formidable Hotel National, within easy rifle range of Red Square, is one of the 20th century's great survivors. Now being run to five-star standards by Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts, this 1903 eclectic art nouveau jewel is reclaiming its czarist-era prominence as Moscow's most elegant hotel.  More ...
Aug 28, 2005
In Moscow, the Old Party Is Gone and a New One Beckons - The New York Times
ENTER into the cavernous nightclub where three middle-aged men are playing industrial music on homemade electric instruments while young men in black and young women with bared midriffs gyrate on the dance floor.  More ...
Jul 17, 2005
On Water's Edge, a Land Where Art Flowered - The New York Times
WHEN most people think of Denmark, they imagine the Baltic version: Lilliputian towns rising out of compact fields, flat landscapes and narrow beaches overlooking close horizons where boats never sail out of sight.  More ...
Apr 25, 2005
Landlord's Fantasy: Henry Darger's Nonrefundable Deposit - Forbes
Your mysterious tenant dies, leaving behind $2 million in odd art. Talk about nonrefundable deposits.What was he up to all those years in that cold and shabby room? Other tenants could hear him shouting late at night, arguing--though Henry Darger lived alone.  More ...
Apr 07, 2005
Iron Giants - Forbes
L.A.'s Petersen Automotive Museum has gathered the classic muscle cars of the '60s and '70s. Their brawny beauty hasn't changed, but the price tags have. Long before airbags, headrests, cup holders and other such clutter, there were muscle cars.  More ...
Mar 04, 2005
In Death Valley, a Technicolor Season - The New York Times
In Death Valley, a Technicolor Season J. Emilio Flores for The New York Times A NEW VISTA Desert gold sunflowers are among the wildflowers that are thriving already near Jubilee Pass in Desert Valley.  More ...
Feb 27, 2005
Books in Los Angeles - The New York Times
FORAGING Books in Los Angeles Jamie Rector for The Mew York Times Given that the career of many a great author (think Fitzgerald or Faulkner) died in Los Angeles, it seems appropriate that one of the city's finest literary institutions - the Heritage Book Shop on Melrose Avenue, with thousands of rare books and manuscripts - is housed in a former mortuary.  More ...
Apr 01, 2002
From Russia with Lomo - USAir Attache
David Byrne, Fidel Castro, Brian Eno and Yasser Arafat probably don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things, but they do share an identical, slightly distorted vision of the world through their personal Lomo Kompakt Automat 35 millimeter cameras—one of the most unlikely hipster products to come out of the Cold War.  More ...
Nov 12, 2001
Into Finn Air - Forbes
Mayhem erupts on Mt. Everest as an e-mail goes astray. "It's all bullshit on Everest these days."--Sir Edmund Hillary I stood in the sharp sunlight near my tent at Nepal's Everest Base Camp, in May 2000, sipping a mug of tea and scanning the route I was to take for my summit push the next day.  More ...
Jun 11, 2001
Austrian Attitude - Forbes
A pair of Viennese turned a shoddy Soviet-era camera into a fad item. What makes them think they can do the same for a wireless device? Second acts--even for a marketing whiz like Richard Branson-- are tough to pull off.  More ...
May 01, 2001
It's Fun to Stay at the YMCA - Outside
The last words in many a climber’s career aren’t, as one might expect, some interesting variation of  “off belaaaaaaaaaaay” but rather something more domestic. “I’m pregnant,” my wife announced four years ago, and suddenly I foresaw long days spent blissfully lost on big mountains being replaced by sterile vacations with Mickey, Donald & Co.  More ...
Jan 01, 2001
Base Instinct - Outside
Thanks to all the trekkers who came to visit us at Base Camp. Let me tell you, you were the sanest people there."   —Gavin Bate, after leading this year's first successful expedition up the Nepalese side of Mount Everest.  More ...
Nov 15, 2000
Best Vacation Places to Get Lost - The Discovery Channel
  "Get away from it all." "Great escapes." "Vacation hideaway." Oh, how these phrases are overused to describe holiday destinations that far too often are about as isolated as your average Manhattan subway station.  More ...
Sep 23, 2000
The Battle of Chancellorsville - The Discovery Channel
  Four-day Discovery.com  webcast that ran concurrent with Discovery Channel show on the Civil War DAY I:   On the bank of the Rappahannock Crossing the Rappahannock Into General Lee's TerritoryBy Finn-Olaf Jones Chancellorsville, Virginia--Early this morning, in the chilly moonlight, your correspondent walked across the Rappahannock River on a surprisingly stable pontoon bridge hastily constructed by Union troops.  More ...
Mar 03, 2000
The Travel Channel Best Beaches: Cape May, New Jersey - The Travel Channel
Some believe that good things come to those who wait, and finding a decent beach in New Jersey may be the best test to that theory. Far down the Jersey Shore, beyond syringe-on-the-beach jokes, beyond thong-thronged boardwalks, beyond the point where anyone says "Joizey" is the Grande Old Dame of the Eastern Shore, Cape May.  More ...
Mar 01, 2000
Morocco By Camel: A Tea in the Sahara - National Geographic Traveler
I blame it on a Minnesota childhood spent watching  “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Beau Geste” too many times while arctic winds piled snow high against the windowpanes. During these years a seed was firmly planted in my mind that out there, beyond this landscape of icy forests and frozen lakes, was a deliriously exotic sun-bleached terrain which held the promise of adventure without the obligation of a snowmobile suit.  More ...
Feb 22, 2000
Morocco: Dealing with Street Hustlers - National Geographic.com: Traveler
| Learn more | Online Exclusive Savory fare ladens stalls in Marrakech’s Djemaa el-Fna. Photograph by Brooks Walker Turning down the road toward the village of Aït Benhaddou, our car was approached by a young boy frantically waving for us to stop.  More ...
Jul 01, 1999
Climbing Mont Blanc - Adventure Travel
I  met Gary and Hamish on the bus from Geneva to Chamonix. They had eyed my climbing gear and I had eyed the row of Scottish peaks tattooed to Gary's forearm and we decided to join forces for a climb up Mont Blanc.  More ...
Jan 07, 1999
Longs Peak; America's Matterhon - Adventure Travel
A full moon lit up the fresh snow between the thick pines allowing me to save on the batteries in the flashlight I’d taped to my wool hat (somewhere out there, forgotten in some drawer in my home, lies an expensive, state-of-the art headlamp that has yet to be used).  More ...
Jan 04, 1999
Mount Roraima: Journey to the Lost World - Adventure Travel
After the half day bus ride through the Brazilian jungle on a long pile of rocks that some hard-butted engineer called a "road," after passing through five interminably thorough military checkpoints, after a spine-crushing Landrover  ride through rough savannah and raging streams, and after a two-day hike through a series of steep hills and rivers which were forded by nosing your worldly goods in an inflated plastic bag through chest-high water , Martin, the diminutive Pemón Indian guide whom I had hired in the thatched village fifteen miles behind me told me that, no, he would not take me up Mount Roraima unless I doubled the fee we'd already agreed upon.  More ...
Jan 01, 1999
The Matterhorn on Drugs - Adventure Travel Magazine
Everyone on the Matterhorn gets summit fever. Finn-Olaf Jones had a little help. Preparing for an upcoming honeymoon to Africa, I made the mistake of getting yellow fever shots five days before going off for a brief climbing stopover in Switzerland.  More ...
Apr 25, 1998
The Legion marches on - Forbes
So, are you ready to join?" the recruiting Sergeant glowers at me. "Can I bring my wife?" I gamely counter. The Sergeant looks at me as if calculating where he wants to stick the bayonet.  More ...
Mar 09, 1998
Basket Cases - Forbes
TO PARAPHRASE TOLSTOY, ALL GOOD HOT-air balloon landings resemble each other. Each bad landing is bad in its own way.The good landings, which occur more than 99.9% of the time, usually go something like this: your chase crew have successfully followed you in their van to the spot where you want to touch down.  More ...
Nov 17, 1997
How I Spent My Summit Vacation - Forbes
On my first morning approaching Aconcagua, I unzipped my tent and came face-to-face with my pack mule. Unfortunately, he was dead. His eyes were frozen in a determined expression, as if before expiring he had finally made up his mind to approach me and ask for a raise.  More ...
Aug 16, 1997
Vive L'Amerique! Vive Budweiser! Vive Mickey! - Forbes
I opened my bank account in Paris with a bank representative whose last name was, reassuringly enough, Million. Returning to my office after interminable form filling I was promptly called by Monsieur Million who invited me to his family's home that evening for dinner.  More ...
Jul 12, 1997
French Paperwork -- a moveable feast for the 90s - Forbes
Hemingway labeled his memories of the years spent savoring Paris' wine, women and Stein "A Moveable Feast." I am fond of this city, too, and thanks to Paris' omnipresent bureaucracy, my favorite souvenirs are almost equally portable; my wallet is bulging with multicolored fiches, tickets, resus, cartes and other numbered, stamped and triplicated delights.  More ...
Nov 25, 1996
Hemingway's Apartment: The Price Also Rises - Forbes
  "Home in the rue Cardinal Lemoine was a two-room flat that had no hot water and no inside toilet facilities except an anti-septic container, not uncomfortable to anyone who was used to a Michigan outhouse.  More ...