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I know I’m not alone in finding that every time I visit a city, some major landmark is somehow not going to make it onto my collection of greatest hits. Even when I finally got to Minneapolis — I mean, Minneapolis! — I discovered that Claes Oldenburg’s iconic “Spoonbridge and Cherry” was missing a tiny portion of its celebrated self.

New York City: Towing the High Line

The High Line has been a tantalizing promise for so many years it hardly seems possible that a substantial portion is now actually open. Approaching from West 14 Street, its black iron appears a lot less rusty and its vegetation a lot less random. The formerly derelict elevated rail track looks inviting, but not sissified and not too new.

Venice: Molino Stucky, Europe's Largest Restoration

On Giudecca, just across the way from the main Venetian archipelago, the distinctive red brick complex has been a city landmark for years. A four-year, 200 million-Euro restoration has carefully incorporated its original factory architecture with all the mod-cons of contemporary hostelry, including those, like a rooftop pool, that are new to Venice.