Romance


By: David Farley Pop quiz – which one of the following statements about Prague is false: along with Lyon and Turin, Prague is the capital of white magic; eggs are one of the main ingredients in the bewitching 650-year-old Charles Bridge; Mozart loved Prague and was more well-received here than... Read More

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By: Anja Mutic Madrileños are known to proclaim desde Madrid al cielo! (Madrid is the closest you’ll get to heaven) about their hometown. Think what you will of the platitude, but there’s no denying that the vivacious Spanish capital has a lot going for it, including some of Europe’s top... Read More

By: David Appell The fact that Key West is one of the world’s most-recognized vacation destinations begs the question – what is all the fuss about? It’s hardly about the beaches (which pale in comparison to others in South Florida). Rather, it’s the local sense of sun-drenched hedonism that tourists... Read More

By: Jordan Simon Just 30 years ago, Napa Valley wines got no respect. But 1976 was, as they say, a vintage year: Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay bested some of France’s legendary names in a prestigious blind tasting that shocked the wine world. Since then, this sublimely scenic destination has... Read More

By: Meghan Aftosmis If you know anything about Amsterdam, you know it’s progressive. But spend a day walking the 17th-century European capital that Rembrandt called home and you’ll know that life is good here – and tolerance is the key to that happiness. Locals, made up of at least 170... Read More

By: David Appell The most architecturally handsome capital in Latin America (and possibly the hemisphere) Buenos Aires is a brash, exciting, 10-million-person jumble of contradictions, its 50-some neighborhoods sprawling over nearly 80 square miles where Argentina’s extensive pampas (grasslands) meet the Río de la Plata where it opens into the... Read More

By: Elissa Richard Ahhhhhh, que la vie est belle à Paris. You’re sure to be uttering words much like these (ahhhh, isn’t life beautiful in Paris) after visiting this fabled European city that has inspired and mesmerized starry-eyed lovers, writers, artists, dreamers, and schemers for centuries. Inherently designed for romance... Read More

By: Jordan Simon Little did the British passengers of the Sea Venture, shipwrecked en route to Jamestown, Virginia in 1609, imagine that the series of rocky reef-encircled Atlantic islets they washed up on would, nearly four centuries later, be synonymous with posh retreats and serenity. Resembling a vast botanical garden... Read More

By: Stephanie Johnnidis With its colorful colonial village, jungle-covered slopes, miles of palm-shaded shores, and idyllic waterfront setting along the turquoise waters of Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Flags), one of the world’s deepest bays (and Mexico’s largest), Puerto Vallarta (known as PV in shorthand), is not just another Mexican... Read More

By: David Appell Adventure and eco-tourism vacations have become the hottest and fastest-growing categories of the travel industry and it’s in this type of outdoorsy, back-to-nature tourism that Costa Rica has made itself a world superstar, adroitly leveraging the many extraordinary natural and cultural wealth it packs into its little... Read More

iStock InternationalChoose from10 worldwide wine regions that offer superlative sipping and scenery alike

The harvest season is here for many of the world’s viticultural centers, tempting visitors to tastings of tried-and-true vintages and more innovative wines. Our favorite wine regions to visit at this time of year range from the classic castle country of France’s scenic Loire Valley and the sun-kissed vineyards... Read More

iStock InternationalWinter sports aside, this diverse and sophisticated region offers plenty to see and do

By: David Appell Already toured Tuscany, run around Rome, visited Venice, and in the market for a luscious slice of the bel paese not clogged with turisti? Have we got an under-the-radar charmer for you: Piedmont. ... Read More

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Taj Lake PalaceThis romantic castle hotel is open to guests in Rajasthan, India

Gone are the days when you needed a royal title to spend the night in a castle. Nowadays, even the masses can stay in a storied, turreted keep, as residences of bygone kings and rulers are converted into premier hotels in Europe and beyond. We’ve rounded up our top... Read More

By: Anja Mutic Breaking news: The French Riviera is officially passé. The new hot spot: Dubrovnik, Croatia. Indeed, crowds are once again flocking to this wondrous city on the southernmost stretch of Croatia’s coast, as enchanted by its beauty today as the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, who once proclaimed... Read More