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NANTUCKET AHOY!

You’re strolling along the waterfront of an important early American port town admiring how the sunlight, diffused by an early morning fog, wraps the gray shingled buildings in a soft glow.
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OF CASTLES AND CAVES

“The landscape is epic and open, with soft rolling hills, lush and green … one of the most beautiful and ravishing places I’ve ever been. It’s home to caves with the earliest petroglyphs known to man and castle strongholds that defended France from England for centuries.” —Anjelica Huston
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BERMUDA BECKONS

We arrived in Bermuda for a mid-January getaway as islanders were preparing for this summer’s 35th America’s Cup races. The weather was mild and sunny with the temperature in the mid-60s.
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AMSTERDAM—AND BEYOND

Windmills, tulips, canals, Gouda cheese—and the paintings of Vermeer, Van Gogh and Rembrandt—define the Netherlands for many Americans.
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CALIFORNIA BOUND

If you want to combine a city experience with an escape to the wilderness, consider a journey that includes both exploring the San Francisco Bay Area and a side trip to the Yosemite Valley via Stockton. Even if you’ve been to these destinations before, you’ll find there’s always more to discover. Our recent 10-day trip proved the point. We selectively highlight what’s currently popular as well as what’s new.
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OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Portugal captured our hearts. We traveled to this small country 20 years ago on an ambitious road trip that took us around most of her regions. Afterward, we vowed to return.
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COLONIAL TREASURES

Mexico’s Spanish colonial cities, architectural gems dating from the 16th century, have special appeal: stunning European-style architecture, pedestrian-friendly streets lined with shops full of indigenous art and textiles, restaurants with sophisticated cuisine, and festivals that showcase traditional music and dancing.
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FROM PARIS TO PRAGUE

The climb up the narrow spiral stairs took us higher and higher inside the dark stone tower. Ascending to the top of Notre Dame Cathedral caused feelings of claustrophobia and dizziness. Breathless, we finally stepped onto a sunlit belvedere as the cathedral’s bells sounded the hour.
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CARIBBEAN JOIE DE VIVRE

My husband and I had just taken our seats on a small commuter plane on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten when the woman next to us asked, “Are you ready for an exciting landing?” I had no idea what she was talking about.
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A RETURN TO EDEN

Ernest Hemingway once wrote: “All I wanted to do was get back to Africa. We had not left it, yet, but when I would wake in the night, I would lie, listening, homesick for it already.”
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AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Our beginning starts at the end. The end of the world to be exact. Terra Incognita. Finis Mundi … Patagonia.
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A Private Eden

I’m dining by candlelight with my husband on the veranda of the Peninsula House, a gingerbread-style mansion perched atop a hill on the Dominican Republic’s north coast. It’s dusk, and from here I can watch the outline of a palmfringed bay slowly fade into the darkness.
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Taking the High Road

Hesitantly, we took a bite of the meat. It was chewy and slightly gamey. “La carne de llama hace feliz in la cama,” declared our server, Rosario, with a twinkle in her eye. Our Ecuadorian guide, Fabricio, chuckled. “It’s a rhyme,” he said. “‘If llama you’re fed, you’ll be happy in bed.’ … Here, they say llama meat is an aphrodisiac.”
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Extraordinary Honeymoons

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting more than a few high-end resorts during my 15 years as a travel editor. Whenever I came upon one where everything seemed to come together, where romantic surroundings were complemented by first-class service, I made a mental note. “This,” I fantasized, “would be the perfect place for a honeymoon.”
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Step into the Gilded Age

This spring, in addition to attending local home tours, why not visit two of the South’s most impressive Gilded Age mansions-turned-museums: the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., and Whitehall in Palm Beach, Fla.? Not only will you learn about the lifestyles of the wealthy families that built them, but you’ll also be able to explore the region’s most desirable resort destinations.
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HEAVEN’S GATE

The Dolomites are the crown jewels of the Alps. Fairytale spires, twisted towers and sheer rock faces soar above emerald valleys. A collision of continental plates millions of years ago thrust the rock up and out of the sea and formed these spectacular mountains, whose highest peaks are nearly 11,000 feet.
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Historic Camden

Who’d ever heard of cantaloupe soup? But there it was, served in an embossed white bowl and topped with a dollop of crème fraîche. It was not a juice. It had more body. And it was foamy, airy…refreshing. Certainly, this was the most unusual presentation of cantaloupe we’d ever seen.
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Forbidden Fruit

In the twilight, our taxi pulled up to an old, white mansion in Centro Havana. Adorned with ornate moldings and weighty balustrades, it whispered “faded glory.” This was La Guarida (Spanish for “the lair”), arguably the most famous of Havana’s new breed of small, privately owned restaurants or paladares A hefty man opened the cab’s door. “Buenos noches,” he said. Then, detecting we were English speakers, he asked, “From where do you come?” “Estados Unidos,” we replied.

“Welcome! Did you know Beyoncé and Jay-Z were here last month?”

We knew. In fact, it was big news in the United States at the time, with several members of Congress denouncing the couple’s visit to Cuba as a thinly disguised tourist trip, violating U.S. restrictions on tourism.

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