February 2012

  Richard West As surely as Hardy follows Laurel, the most attractive books that cross my desk year after year come from Haus Publishing’s The Armchair Traveller series. It’s not just their beautiful endpaper maps, Claude Garamond’s elegant typeset, or the fine writing, no, it’s also their distinctive size and

by Eleanor Berman The drastic contrasts between the ancient and modern worlds make China one of the world’s most fascinating destinations. New China dazzles, but two of the great ancient sights, the Great Wall and the buried army of life-size terra cotta warriors, remain among the world’s wonders, and good

by Steve Jermanok The big news out of Berlin this year is the opening of the $3.4 billion Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport, set to make its debut on June 3rd. However, I’m more excited at what Berlin did with its former airport, Tempelhof, which is now the vast Tempelhofer Freiheit public

By Marian Betancourt Nashville is the home of country music, but this sophisticated city has a lot more going on, such as a world class symphony, thriving art scene, and the world’s only exact replica of the Parthenon, built to honor the intent of the 1779 city founders that this

Everett Potter What did we do on our winter break? My wife and I took our daughter and her cousin, ages 9 and 11 respectively, due north to the land of museums, kid-friendly restaurants, and North America’s first Snow Village. It’s called Montreal. Montreal in winter? With kids? Well, why

Reviewed by Bobbie Leigh Where can you  see a world where everyone is happy, healthy,  and  meticulously dressed in the latest fashion? Nine  iconic  Pierre-Auguste Renoir paintings at The Frick Collection  fit the bill.  They  are  Renoir’s gift to us.  Forget about the criticisms you are likely to hear—too  sensual,

By David McKay Wilson Yellowstone National Park has emerged as a world-class destination for cross-country skiers who yearn for high-altitude touring in and around the world’s first national park. On a visit in mid-February, the powder was dry and light – the kind that provides cross-country skiers with plenty of

by Steve Jermanok It doesn’t surprise me that Richard Bangs is leading the first adventure tour of North Korea, September 21-29, 2012. After all, it was Bangs who led the first tour to the People’s Republic of China back in 1977. He was also the man behind the first American