September 2008

BACKSTORY: If you’re looking for a great, comfortable and quiet room with a terrific view of the half-moon shaped Copacabana beach and Guanabara Bay, you probably want to stay at the Sofitel Rio de Janeiro. Back in the 1980’s, Frank Sinatra opened the then-new hotel when it was called the

Last Sunday night was a balmy evening in Ipanema and I had just stepped out of Capricciosa, a trendy pizzeria on the corner of Rua Vinicius de Moraes, when I heard live bossa nova playing. Across the narrow street, in front of a shop called Toca do Vinicius, about 100

Which car rental company is the best? Only a few come close to that sweet spot of tech innovation, cool cars, a price you can handle, and a frequent renter program that gets you off the lot as fast as possible. But remember, what works for large corporations with corporate

-Richard West An automobile is just a mobile box, airliners isolating metal tubes whizzing through space. But a train is its own world with great character: mysterious, romantic, and, yes, also ordinary but where commonplace actions can gain a new perspective. When we travel by rail the train itself, unlike