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A Tour of Portugal with the American Friends of Versailles

Friday, January 5, 2018  –  by Sharon Hoge  – In New York Social Diary Liberally sprinkled with Bourbons, Beauharnais, Orleans and other descendants of noble French families, Portugal was a fitting destination for the American Friends of Versailles annual tour.  Raising … Continue reading

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Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay Review

If silence is golden, the Conrad on Haitang Bay near Sanya, on China’s southern island of Hainan is 24-carat. One of more than a dozen global resorts perched seaside among palms on the south side of the island, its atmosphere … Continue reading

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Cool Off In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Published in Global Traveler Photo: © Leonidikan | Dreamstime.com Just because it’s in the middle of the desert doesn’t mean you can’t make snowballs inRiyadh. Snow World, one of the city’s most unusual clubs, is designed to offer an Arctic … Continue reading

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Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney Review

Published in Global Traveler With two world-class sights, Sydney’s Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, right outside its windows, it may not be an exaggeration to claim the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney offers the world’s best hotel views. More than 90 … Continue reading

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Waikiki Wows When The Workday’s Done

Published in Global Traveler Feast alfresco in Waikiki Photo: Waikiki Beach at sunset © Marek Poplawski | Dreamstime.com Along with sand and sea, sun is one of Waikiki’s touted attributes, but even after the sun goes down there’s a lot … Continue reading

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Hilton Adelaide Review

Adelaide, Australia, may be as “ever-lovin’” as the girlfriend Frank Sinatra sings about inGuys and Dolls, but unlike her, you’re not “takin’ a chance” if you choose to stay in the city’s Hilton. A modern tower surrounded by charming traditional courthouses, … Continue reading

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New in the New Year: Fusion Furniture, Fashions of Herrera and the 30’s, Art Strike(s), Gifts Galore, and the Regency Reopens

Published on Cottages and Gardens      Regular patrons were welcomed back to their celebrated early morning routine when the Regency Hotel hosted a “Power Breakfast” to launch its newly-renovated Regency Bar and Grill.  Spike Lee, former Mayor David Dinkins, former … Continue reading

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Discover Adobe Ruins And Fusion Cuisine

Published in Global Traveler Photo: Huaca Pucllana © Alminaite | Dreamstime.com For Lima visitors who don’t have time to travel up to see the Inca sites at Cusco and Machu Picchu, an alternative is a visit to the huge, seven-step … Continue reading

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Lima’s Economy Is Positively Booming

Companies see big potential in Lima’s resurging economy Photo: Plaza Mayor © Pablo Hidalgo | Dreamstime.com Once the centerpiece of Spain’s South American empire — by royal decree all commerce of the vice-royalty had to pass through it — Lima … Continue reading

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American Friends of Versailles Visit Bourbon Locations in Spain

Escorted by Bourbon descendants of the Kings of France, contributors to the American Friends of Versailles were recently entertained for four days in some of Madrid’s iconic institutions and private homes linked to the Spanish Bourbons. Organized and escorted by … Continue reading

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Taipei: Indispensable Global City

Great leap forward Photo: Taipei 101 and the business district © Roland Nagy | Dreamstime.com Horace Greeley’s advice to enterprising Civil War veterans — “Go West, young man” — might also apply today. But in this century, it points further … Continue reading

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Taipei 101 Holds Sway

Published in Global Traveler Photo: Taipei 101 © Sean Pavone | Dreamstime.com On an ascent to the top of the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower or Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, it’s the outside vista that is the payoff. Of course, the … Continue reading

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Mix And Mingle In Manila

Published in Global Traveler Unwind with the in-crowd after hours in Manila by Sharon King Hoge | July 2014 Photo: Sage Tapas Bar at Makati Shangri-La © Shangri-La After hours in Manila you’re doubly in luck, with opportunities to mingle … Continue reading

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Rediscover Marco Polo’s “City of Heaven”

  Tradition and greenery in China’s most beautiful city Acclaimed by Marco Polo as “the City of Heaven, the most beautiful and magnificent in the world,” Hangzhou (say Han-Cho) is still considered China’s garden city, renowned for its scenery and … Continue reading

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Shangri-La Makati

From Luxuryweb.com article by Sharon King Hoge A Stay at the Shangri-La Makati in Manila, the Philippines With a highly favorable exchange rate, historic sights and a wealth of clubs and restaurants all within easy access to sandy beaches, Manila … Continue reading

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