May 2009

Flora, about 1516-1518, Titian, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, BostonReviewed by Steve Jermanok       All it takes is one step into the Gund Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to realize that this summer's blockbuster show is not another banal retrospective.  On a wall

Thanks to rampant discounting in the hotel industry, there has probably never been a better time to get a deal on a hotel room using Priceline or Hotwire. Why? Because the discounts on offer in late 2009 are likely to be bigger than ever.

      The tag line for Austin-Lehman Adventures (ALA) is that they've been "Inspiring active bodies and minds since 1985." Quietly inspiring, it seems to me. This is a company that does what it does very well, without a lot of hoopla or bravado. Owners Dan Austin and Paul Lehman

    On a June evening last year, a trove of sea life came to the auction block at Christie's at Rockefeller Plaza. Not shrimp and plankton, mind you, but rarer things. Like an oyster plate from the fabled SS Normandie, designed by Suzanne Lalique circa 1935. A life ring from the

        On any cruise ship, a balcony cabin is as good as it gets. That's especially true when you're sailing in the Caribbean, watching for whales in Alaska's Inside Passage or skirting the Italian coast. Second best is an outside cabin. You won't feel the breezes but you won't miss

   Want to see the largest mammals on earth? Take a whale watching cruise this summer. From May through December, the West Coast is prime territory for summer sightings of blue whales, 80-foot long behemoths that can weigh up to 100 tons. You might also spot humpback whales, which can

By Bobbie Leigh     How did it happen? Amsterdam is that rare city that hasn't been molested by real estate developers. There's no pell-mell loony growth. The city probably has more historic houses than any city in Europe. At least, 5,000 are gabled and protected by landmarks.    Amsterdam is a

 Reviewed by Richard West          In late summer, 1839, 22-year-old  Henry David Thoreau and his older brother John spent a week canoeing the Concord and  Merrimack  rivers in northeast Massachusetts. Six years later Thoreau moved to Walden Pond outside Concord  where he wrote most of his first book, A

  Reviewed by Bobbie Leigh   Maya Lin's  waves don't lap at the shore. They are mid- ocean waves, just seven of them, set in a  greener than green  11-acre site  at the Storm King Art Center, an hour  north of  Manhattan.  Lin's  Storm King  earthworks project is the third