Shchukin's 130-Piece Collection Finally Gets Its Proper Exhibition

Oct 24, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s been 119 years since one of the most important modern art collections in history has been available to the public. Owned by Russian textile tycoon Sergei Shchukin, the 130 works of art are now being exhibited at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris until February 20, 2017. The Icons of Modern Art exhibit features works amassed between 1897 and 1914 and showcases artists such as Degas, Monet, Matisse, Picasso and Van Gogh.

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2016's Top Travel Destination Is...

Sep 27, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

According to Mastercard’s annual Global Destinations Cities Index list, Bangkok will hold the title of the world’s number one tourist destination for 2016. The Thai city is projected to receive around 21.47 million international visitors by the end of the year. The index projects visitor volume and spend estimates for the calendar year to come up with their ranking of 132 most-visited cities. 

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Paris' Newest Museum Trades Framed Art for Digital Displays

Sep 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s said to become Paris’ first digital museum of fine art and will offer art aficionados a new way to view large-scale, projection-based exhibits. Set in the 11th arrondissement, L’Atelier des Lumières (The Workshop of Light) will open in 2018 inside the renovated remains of a 19th-century factory on the Rue Saint-Maur. The museum will focus on the greatest names in art history.

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7 of the Most Amazing Presidential Suites

Aug 24, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In only three short months, Americans will choose a new President to lead our country. While we wait to see who will sit in the Oval Office, we couldn’t help but think about some of our most favorite presidential suites around the world. From Paris to Tokyo, Mumbai and everything in between, here are seven extravagant retreats worthy of being named after our Commander-in-Chief.

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Finding a Perfect Parisian Vacation Rental

Aug 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Oscar Raymundo

Our Parisian apartment was on the second floor of a residential building on the Left Bank, right around the corner from the picturesque open-air market on Rue Cler. Here, true Parisians shop for flowers, croissants and coffee on Sunday mornings, our greeter told us. We could also walk to the Eiffel Tower, or see the very tip of it from the living room window. 

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Italy Tops the List for Fall & Holiday Travel in 2016

Aug 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

This week, hordes of travel agents, industry professionals, journalists and bloggers have descended upon Las Vegas for Virtuoso Travel Week. The yearly event is put on by the luxury travel network which is comprised of over 380 agencies with more than 11,400 elite travel advisors in 30 countries. With a few more days left, the by-invitation-only organization has released its findings for the upcoming travel season.

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AccorHotels Finalizes $2.7 Billion Fairmont Acquisition

Jul 13, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

AccorHotels has officially finalized its deal to purchase FRHI Hotels & Resorts for $2.7 billion yesterday. The acquisition consists of $480 million in cash and 46.7 million shares, adding 155 more properties to Accor’s portfolio.

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Baccarat Celebrates 250 Years With $300K Around the World Trip

Jul 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In its 250 years of existence, Baccarat has made a name for itself in the crystal business, becoming one of the most respected and recognizable brands in the game. To celebrate their centuries-long success, the luxury label is offering a 12-day trip around the world starting off in New York.

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Merlin's Medieval Castle in France

Jul 6, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

The Château de Pierrefonds, the atmospheric central location for the popular BBC series Merlin, is located a two-hour drive north-east of Paris, and was originally built by Duke Louis of Orleans in the 14th century. This impressive castle-like structure became the setting for the adventures of the famous magician, King Arthur and the fabled Knights of the Round Table.

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7 Elite Tennis Academies Producing Pros

Jun 27, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In 2014, Time published an article entitled, “What It Costs to Raise a U.S. Open Champion.” The article dove into the competitive world of tennis players and broke down the price tags of getting your child into the best academies, private lessons and tournaments. “In the United States, families of elite tennis players easily spend $30,000 a year so their kids can compete on the national level,” Tim Donovan, founder of Donovan Tennis Strategies, a college recruiting consulting group told the magazine. “That can start as early as age 11 or 12. At the high end, Donovan says, some parents spend $100,000 a year.

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Chef Nobu Takes His Iconic Sushi to Paris

Jun 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

If you haven’t been to one of Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurants, you’re doing your taste buds a disservice. With signature dishes such as Black Cod with Miso, the Albacore Tuna Sashimi with Jalapeño Peppers and Sashimi Tacos, the master chef has created a following across the globe. But dining at Nobu is more than just a culinary experience, it’s evolved into a full-fledged luxury brand. Nobu hotels—with residences on the way—have popped up in chic destinations ranging from Miami Beach to London. Surprisingly, the cultural mecca of Paris hasn’t been privy to the chef’s cuisine, until now.

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4 European Hotels With Distinctive Signature Style

Jun 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Oscar Raymundo

French couturier Yves Saint Laurent once said, “fashions fade, style is eternal.” This point of view is well-suited for designing a top destination hotel. To be considered “best-dressed,” properties not only have to have a signature vibe, but this unique look cannot go out of fashion by the time the next travel season rolls around.

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From Once to Brigadoon: 5 European Itineraries Inspired by Musicals

May 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s hard not to love visiting Europe, especially since country hopping is extremely easy. For jet-setters who frequent the continent, it's always great to find new ways to enjoy some of your favorite cities. So this year, instead of making the typical stops, consider having a theme for your travels. Many of today's most well-loved musical productions have been based on locations around the continent, making it easy to live out these productions in real life.

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Marie Antoinette's Home to Become Luxury Hotel

Apr 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Marie Antoinette is the poster child for lavish living, and come 2018, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in extravagances just as she would. Antoinette’s former home and the site of Kim and Kanye’s wedding rehearsal dinner, will soon become a luxury hotel. The Lov Hotel Collection will transform three buildings within the Palace of Versailles: the Grand Contrôle, the Petit Contrôle and the Pavillon.

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The Newly-Renovated Ritz Paris Catches Fire, Further Delays Opening Set for March

Jan 19, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Talk about bad timing. Early Tuesday morning, the Ritz Paris’ seventh floor caught fire and spread from to the attic and roof. This comes just weeks before the renovated hotel was set to reopen on March 20. Fire crews were alerted of the fire at 7 a.m. local time, and the area was blocked off during rush hour while 60 firefighters and 15 fire engines quickly sprayed the flames. 

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