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Top 5 ancient wonders in Rome

Italy is a country blessed with exquisite cities and Rome is the daddy of them all. There are just too many reasons to fall in love with Rome: the masterpieces around every corner; the shade-wearing, scooter-driving Romans; the operatic piazzas; and the cocktail of provinciality and …

Natural Remedies: Eat This, Cure That!

Your pantry is full of powerful healers. Try these food cures before popping a pill<p>Food is good natural medicine, and not just in the self-medicating-with-chocolate way. "Not only are whole foods rich in vitamins and minerals, but they're also loaded with phytonutrients that support the immune …


Living in the 'I Don't Know'

This morning I woke up at 5 a.m. from a bad dream. I was on my way to a job interview somewhere in midtown Manhattan and I ended up in Canada. Lost. No offense to Canada, but I felt an overwhelming sense of anxiety and dread. I was too embarrassed in the dream to call the person I was meeting, so I …

The Best Holiday Teas in London

Nothing bad can happen at afternoon tea. On the occasional dreadful day when everything seems to be going wrong, I head straight for the teapot to sort out any problems. After sipping a cuppa and nibbling on flaky scones and lemon-drizzled cakes, even the biggest grumps have no choice but to emerge …

How to Drink a Cuppa (Tea)

Never mind that tea wasn’t introduced to Britain until the mid-17th century or that coffee actually preceded it to the Scepter’d Isle: The image of an English afternoon tea is practically synonymous with refined British culture.<p>Traditionally served between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., afternoon tea can be a …

Paris Sights


National Geographic Travel


Classic Cafés

Off-the-Beaten-Path Romance

I have to laugh when I see things like “rented” swans, petal-strewn hotel beds, and string-quartet serenades. While truly fine hotels will go to great lengths to help you plan memorable romantic experiences (they might even secure those swans for you if you insist), I’m more interested in simple, …