In Nancy, salivating over Art Nouveau inspired, say, by the curve of a swan’s neck or the swoop of a lily in bloom.
Art galleries abound in Tucson but one, a bit off the beaten path, embodies the native spirit of this city like no other. Celebrating its centennial this year, the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is a must-see, not just for the art but for the place itself: a series of adobe structures built by the hands and imagination of one eccentric, very spiritual artist.
In Kyoto, 13 designers try their hand at solving the city’s special koan. At Hotel Screen — its very name is redolent of both the iconic Japanese room divider and the latticework architecture of Kyoto’s storefronts — design is used to subtly transmit mood and ideas.
The scene greeting us at a certain Cafe des Artistes could have been in Paris, Berlin or Amsterdam or any number of European hot spots. In the dark, smoky room, a chanteuse, young and lovely, yet already world weary, sat perched on a high stool by a piano. With the requisite lit cigarette. . . .
A master of kinetic sculpture, Jean Tinguely created ingenious works from all sorts of everyday materials, including scrap metal, plastic, and discarded wheels. In art-filled Basel, a museum pays homage.
For nearly a century, the Geffrye Museum has been leading visitors-in-the-know on a thoroughly comprehensive tour of urban English interiors.
Philadelphia was designed for pedestrians and horse-drawn carriages, and this makes it nice for bikers and skaters too. Bicycling there has doubled since 2005 and, with newly-announced dedicated bike lanes, it’s about to get even more popular. An overview of the best ways to tour Philadelphia and surroundings on two wheels or four.
In San Francisco, an old army base offers unparalleled views, nature walks, a military cemetery, a municipal golf course, and even a “clothing-optional” beach. A new museum, dedicated to — of all things — the life and work of Walt Disney draws renewed attention to this most unusual national park.
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.