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Stay | Wythe Hotel

  During an unplanned first visit to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I got to know the Wythe Hotel. At the corner of Wythe Avenue and 11th Street, in a neighborhood that appears like a hybrid of Santa Monica and New York, this fascinating structure should not be missed! The Wythe captivates the imagination with its pleasing high…

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Restaurant | Eating Flavorfully and Responsibly

On a late Saturday morning last August in Philadelphia, the wait time for a table for two at the Midtown Village location of Green Eggs Café was no less than 35 minutes. There was a very long line before our arrival, and sure enough the line doubled in size by the time we got our…

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Monument | Fifty Shades of LOVE

A few weeks ago, while passing by John F. Kennedy Plaza in the City Center of Philadelphia, PA, I could not help but pause for a moment. It was a little bit after noontime, under scorching rays. The spectacle of the LOVE Sculpture was worth the sunbath I unintentionally exposed my skin to. Its bright…

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Lobby | The Monaco Hotel of Philadelphia

During a lengthy walk roaming through the historic district in Philadelphia, I insisted on a break to appreciate design in the Hotel Monaco lobby. Located across from Independence Hall, this Kimpton-owned property possesses a celebration of colors reflecting a Chinese-inspired design fused with British aesthetics. I believe the striking design of the reception space was…

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Trip | Cape of Design and Hospitality – Part Three

Nature in Cape Town is unparalleled. In my humble opinion, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the vineyards and a ride atop the Hop-On/Hop-Off (believe it or not!) alongside the coastline are things to be experienced. My advice is to head to Table Mountain about a couple of hours prior to sunset for the spectacular…

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Trip | Cape of Design and Hospitality – Part Two

I cannot pay justice to the walking tour that I took the next morning. It was my first ever tour of its kind and I count myself fortunate to have signed up for the tour with Wanderlust. Ursula, originally from Germany, was passionate and knowledgeable about the city where she has spent fifty years. We…

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Trip | Cape of Design and Hospitality – Part One

Like many of you, I sometimes need an extra reason to venture to a new destination. One freezing early morning in New York City last January my friend rushed into the room with a special release of New York Times travel section titled: “52 Places to Go in 2014.” He was shouting with excitement as…

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Trip | Tranquility of Turquoise – Part Two

My arrival in Bodrum was a bit earlier than the start of the tourism season. The town had a few visitors scattered over the main locations of Gumusluk, Gulluk, Yalikavak, Torba, Bitez, just to name a few.  Many consider Bodrum to be the resort of the haves of Istanbul. Nonetheless, many tourists come from Europe,…

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Trip | Tranquility of Turquoise – Part One

Departing from Sabiha Gokcen International Airport of The Anatolian section of the whimsical Istanbul one evening last May, little did I know that I was off to a wonderful getaway in the southwest coast of Turkey. Bodrum was the name of my destination. I had been putting off this trip for about 11 years as…

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Museum | When Nana Leads the Catwalk

It was the spring of 1994 when my sight fell on the exaggerated high waist of the black cotton trousers mimicking the Spanish bullfighter’s attire. The ensemble was daring and full of creativity, introducing me to the genius mind behind its label: Jean Paul Gaultier (JPG). Throughout the years that followed, I kept a close…