Artful Traveler

Richard West It’s true, the best way to drum a place into your head and heart is with your feet, ideally, on a walking vacation. You notice the scents, discover idiosyncrasies, meet the locals. Many travel writers have put one foot before the other before you and written about it,

  Reviewed by Richard West Sometimes you can tell a book by the cover. One of the many charms of Robbins’ work is a striking cover image/photo of a bright red apple with a Kazakhstan-shaped bite on the fruit’s faintly imposed map of the Russian Federation. Apples, specifically the Aport,

by Bobbie Leigh When you are sitting on almost 10 percent of the world’s oil, you should be able to accomplish miracles. Even without a surfeit of petrodollars, China built its new Beijing Airport in less than four years. Now we await the Abu Dhabi miracle: Sadiyaat Island. This is

Looking for adventure? And I mean an ultimate adventure, not a mere walk in the woods? Then check out Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to Fifty Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler, by Don Mankin and Shannon Stowell (National Geographic). Stowell, president of the Adventure Travel

  Reviewed by Richard West. Tramps there a traveler who, upon arriving at a delightful destination, hasn’t thought, lo!, I could happily live here? Bet they are rare as pinto flamingos. Kauai, Vancouver, Paris (who hasn’t?), New Zealand, Iceland (summer cottage only), Crestone, Co., and Vienna are a few of

Review by Bobbie Leigh Leading contemporary realist painter Jacob Collins has been dubbed a "modern old-master" and visitors to his fourth solo show at Hirschl & Adler will immediately understand why.  Following in the tradition of Hudson River School painters, Collins studies every aspect of sky, land, and sea as

Back in the 80’s, I was one of those Americans who never went to Paris without my dog-eared copy of “The Food Lovers Guide to Paris” by Patricia Wells. Wells opened my eyes, and those of countless others, to the bounty of Parisian restaurants, food shops and market places. But

Reviewed by Richard West I adore books written about Paris. My collection doesn’t fill the 250 feet of shelving Thomas Jefferson required to hold the books he brought home from Paris but mine are many. My heart sank, however, when I read the title of Mr. Dallas’s new book, thinking

   “Who is Sylvia? What is she, that all our swains commend her…” Substitute Sylvia for Antea and you have some idea of the love affair between viewers and the radiant portrait, “Antea,” at the Frick Collection. As the superstar of a single painting exhibition, Antea doesn’t hang on the

If the strong Euro means that you can’t make it to Paris for dinner or Lyon for lunch in the foreseeable future, then consider a copy of Anne Willan’s new book, The Country Cooking of France. Willan founded La Varenne, the famed Paris cooking school, back in 1975. The author