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Turkish Delight: Visions of Private Hammams, Olive-Infused Scrubs, and Extraordinary Rubdowns at the New Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum

If your Instagram feed is seriously lacking in any sort of exotic-vacation snapshots, then it’s time to wander about. One destination we’ve been daydreaming about lately:<b>Bodrum, Turkey.</b> Haven’t heard of it? It’s where Brit girls such as <b>Kate Moss</b> and <b>Jade Jagger</b> like to hang, and it’s also the …

Behind Claude’s Doors

In 1960s Paris she became known as the world’s most exclusive madam, whose client list was said to include John Kennedy, de Gaulle, Onassis, and multiple Rothschilds, and whose beautiful and cultivated girls often went on to marry wealth, power, and prestige. But among the many secrets Madame …

Get Fit Like a Model at ModelFit

You walk in and there are oversize windows, hammered-tin ceilings, and hardwood floors—sounds more like a coveted apartment listing than the home of a boutique fitness space. Nevertheless, this is the backdrop for <b>ModelFit,the studio of the trainer to Victoria Secret Angels (and now regular</b> …

14 Calendars for 2014

According to the Chinese zodiac, the year of the wood horse promises opportunities and victories, adventures and even surprising romances—if you're willing to take chances like the free-spirited, spontaneous animal. Although the Standard Hotel's 2014 calendar has set the bar high in terms of …

Calendars

The country that doesn’t exist

No other nation recognises Transnistria as a country, but within the sliver of land sandwiched between Moldova and Ukraine, the opinion of the UN doesn’t matter.<p>The last train out of the country was leaving in 10 minutes, and I was sitting in a room no bigger than a prison cell, across from a …

Eastern Europe

The island of Aphrodite’s ancestors

With Ancient Greek, Venetian, Ottoman and British influences sitting alongside rocky cliffs and sweeping coastlines, the tiny Greek island of Cythera will not remain a secret for long.<p>In 2004, Albert Blok closed his eyes and randomly pointed to a spot on a map, determined to spend his next holiday …

European Travel
Travel

The death of the French baguette?

Consumption of the Gallic staple is in steady decline, resulting in a national campaign to get the country back to the bakery.<p>Bread is a staple of French gastronomy, but due to a decline in baguette consumption, the French Bakers’ Lobby has launched a campaign to get people eating more loaves.<p>The …

France
Ancient History

Mini guide to excursions from Reykjavik

Iceland’s capital is the perfect base for a wide range of activities, be it bobbing in a geothermal pool, spotting puffins or taking in one of the world’s best dive sites.<p>Famed for its Viking history and high-energy nightlife, Iceland’s capital is also the perfect pitstop for a range of activities: …

European Travel

Will we ever... live in underwater cities?

Living below the sea is possible, at least for a short time. So what is stopping us creating colonies to ease over-population, or guard against disasters?<p>Ian Koblick hoped the colourful seaweed samples he brought into class would impress. His marine biology professor at Stanford University …

Habitats

Do special running shoes help prevent foot injury?

Trainers designed to cushion feet and raise heels reduce problems, we’re told. But is it true? Claudia Hammond discovers the evidence is not quite so clear-cut.<p>If, like me, you run regularly enough to use customised trainers, the fun of choosing new ones can be outweighed by the embarrassment of …

Running

Why can men grow facial hair but women cannot?

We all agree that beards look a lot better on men than they do on women, but why? Greg Foot combs through the evidence.<p>In the beginning all babies are hairy, covered in a soft light down called vellus hair. Once we hit puberty everything changes. The sex hormones arrive. Androgens are present in …

Hair

Are you fit enough to be a space tourist?

Our space correspondent finds out if he has the right stuff to go into orbit by strapping himself in for an extreme ride.<p>Even when pretending to go into space it’s the waiting that is the worst. Or so I thought.<p>I am strapped into a fighter pilot’s seat at the centre of a battered metal pod, not …

Royal Air Force

Marilyn Monroe’s Medical Records Suggest She Had Plastic Surgery

So much for Marilyn Monroe’s postmortem medical privacy! Next month, the Beverly Hills–based auction house Julien’s will sell off the late actress’s medical records from 1950 to 1962, in a transaction expected to net between $15,000 and $30,000, Reuters reports. The package includes X-rays of …

Living in: St Petersburg

The former capital of the tsars and tsarinas is one of the world’s most expensive, yet its grace, glamour and 300-year history attracts residents from around the globe.<p>The imperial city built by Peter the Great as Russia’s window to the west is filled with beautiful Baroque and Neoclassical …

European Travel

Here's How an American Bakery Became the Third-Best Restaurant in Paris

Bobbie Maker transformed a derelict, unused corner of a restaurant on Paris's Île de la Cité into a cheerful cupcake shop that briefly, if spectacularly, ranked as the third-best restaurant in Paris on TripAdvisor this summer. This weekend, Bertie's CupCakery -- a bastion of American baking almost …

France

London Tube survival guide

RIDING THE LONDON TUBE during rush hour is like being devoured by an angry beast, thrashed around its insides, and then spat out disheveled, …

England

Alexander von Mehren cancelled his US tour

A posting on Alexander’s website reads, “von Mehren unfortunately has to cancel the forthcoming US tour due to immigration issues. New concerts will …

Sinead O’Connor writes another letter to Miley Cyrus

Sinead O’Connor isn’t done with Miley Cyrus. What began as an impassioned open letter to Cyrus advising her not to become a “prostitute” of the music …

Sustainable Design

Kylli Sparre’s Surreal Conceptual Photography Influenced by Dance | Colossal

<p>After years of training to become a professional ballet dancer, artist Kylli Sparre realized it wasn’t the path for her and instead channeled …

Elderly Man Holds On to Eternal Love Through Photographs

<i>Paper Memories</i> is a touching short film by Barcelona-based filmmaker Theo Putzu that explores themes of loneliness, love, and memories. The seven-and-a-half-minute video is an artistic audiovisual presentation featuring an unnamed elderly man feeling the unsettling pangs of loneliness as he longs …

Stop Motion

How a glass can give champagne extra fizz

Drinking champagne from glasses with dimples etched into the bottom can make the drink produce more bubbles and help to improve the way it tastes<p>It is often available at weddings and celebrations in limited amounts, but now there may be a way to help ensure that guests get the most from their …

Paul Hollywood's Danish pastries recipe

Paul Hollywood, the chef and judge of 'The Great British Bake-Off, shares his recipe for Danish pastries packed with sultanas.<p><b>Paul Hollywood: 'I'm a bakery tourist'</b><p><b>Danish pastry dough</b><p>This is my favourite pastry dough. It’s extremely versatile and can be used to make a variety of delicious “morning …

Baking

French Onion Soup with Comté

8 Servings<p>Don’t rush the browning of the onions—it’s essential to the finished soup’s flavor.<p>October 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter or duck fat<p>6 large onions (about 5 lb.), thinly sliced<p>2 large shallots, finely chopped<p>2 garlic cloves, finely chopped<p>Kosher salt and …

Onions

The Best New Restaurants in America, 2013

<i>Published in the November 2013 issue</i><p><b>There is just too much.</b> There are just too many exciting phenomena happening in the world of American dining right now. Fabulous Peruvian food, a German wurst palace, lots of shrimp and grits, the continued onslaught of Italian. Cronuts. To try to ascribe a …

Food & Dining

24 Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Cook

From chicken pot pie and classic Caesar salad to brownies and cookies.<p>We've rounded up 24 basic recipes that everyone should know how to cook, from a pot of rice to pot roast. Master these, and you'll never find yourself stumped in the grocery store.

Cooking

Why your purring cat might not be as happy as it sounds

Scientists warn pet owners to avoid constantly touching their cats because it can make them stressed.<p>For cat lovers, little is more comforting than curling up on a sofa and hearing your beloved pet purr as you stroke it.<p>But your cat may not be as contented as you believe.<p>Scientists have warned pet …

Dogs are people too? We don’t need scientists to tell us that

Wheaten Terrier owner Christopher Middleton isn’t surprised that canines have been found to have human feelings.<p>The discovery by scientists that “dogs are people, too” comes not so much as a shock to us canine-lovers as confirmation of what we have known all along.<p><b>As he relates in the The New York</b> …