June 2009

By Betsy Wade     As most of us have found out by now, on June 1, the U.S. snugged up its borders a bit more. After several postponed deadlines, the government enforced a requirement that a citizen returning to the U.S. from Canada, Mexico or any of 17 Caribbean nations

The author in the Dead Sea. Credit: Jennifer Laceda.   By Ed Wetschler     Jerusalem may pull up the sidewalks for Shabbat, but the Dead Sea, about a one-hour drive to the east, stays open seven days a week (how could you close it)? And so do several other strange

Napkin, 2009. Hendrik Kerstens Reviewed by Deborah Hay         When Henry Hudson, sailing on behalf of the Dutch East India Company in 1609, stumbled upon the river that would later bear his name, he opened the way for the Dutch colonization of the island we now call Manhattan. To

"Godyns Punt" by Misha de RidderReviewed by Bobbie Leigh     When guest curator Kathy Ryan  hosted a panel discussion about a new show of Dutch photography at the Museum of the City of New York, she posed the question: "Why are so many of the world's best photographers Dutch?"    

        How can you afford a trip to Paris this summer or fall?    Rent an apartment. There are studios in the 6th, two bedrooms in the 11th and more pied-a-terre's with slanted ceilings than you can imagine in the Marais.     Most apartments in Paris must be rented on

Reviewed by Richard West     Many are the reasons to visit France: the way they butcher meat, the seriousness of the pharmacies, the world’s best foie gras, the fastest trains, children’s exemplary behavior in restaurants, the unexpected road signs warning you about beetroots (betteraves) in red triangles. For me, however,

By Richard West     The perfect companion to Eiffel’s Tower (reviewed above) is Spectacular Paris, a gorgeous coffee-table book by the renowned publisher of beautiful photographic volumes, Rizzoli International Publications. William Scheller’s text is as illuminating as the pictures and illustrations. Chapter Eight, “The Building of Modern Paris,” begins a

       How much do I love flea markets? Let me count the things. There's the art pottery from the 1920's, my collection of 1950's world globes and the weathered wire baskets from French farms. Not to mention the century-old Woodstock typewriter, the 1950's Brownie cameras and the vintage postcards,

The Chain Bridge, Budapest – Betsy Wade     As a site for a meeting on travel health, Budapest seemed to exert itself to teach by example.     Take our arrival. Grasping passports to be welcomed into Hungary, the unsuspecting passengers of Delta 99, a nonstop from JFK, confronted a sportscreen-sized

Reviewed by Deborah Hay   La Chaise by Charles and Ray Eames           On a recent visit to the design galleries of New York's Museum of Modern Art, I overheard more than one visitor declare a personal kinship to an item in the newest exhibition.     "Wow! We