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A little more than five hours from neon-buzzed Tokyo lies a very different Japan, one of thatched-roof houses and black nights illuminated by lantern light. Pico Iyer travels to the country’s snowy western region to explore two villages untouched by modernity—and alive with their own quiet magic.
A century ago, travel wasn’t just about how to get most efficiently from point A to point B: It was as much about the glamour of the journey. Today, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – still traversing in its iconic route from Venice to Paris – reminds us that a slow arrival is often the most memorable. Cue the monogrammed trunks…
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Just because you’re eating gelato in Italy doesn’t automatically mean it’s authentic or even any good. Unfortunately, many gelaterias continue to pass off subpar, factory-made junk as the real deal, so we have a guide to help you with that. That said, Italy still abounds with artisans who serve up fresh, handmade, all natural gelato daily. Below, we’ve handpicked the places where you’ll find the best gelato in Italy, from Rome to Milan to Florence (where gelato was created).
Beer and Boquerones. When it comes to tapas, each region in Spain has its own specialties and customs, and Madrid is no exception. So what do Madrileños usually start their tapeo off with? At the most authentic tavernas, you won’t necessarily see glasses of deep red rioja wine with fancy canapé pinchos; instead, expect beer and boquerones—anchovies!
The bookstore has been condemned as a dying business for many years now, but we still believe in our favorite literary shops. These days, bookstores have become destinations in their own right, with charming settings, a roster of top-notch events, exceptional people-watching, and in-house cafes that keep us lingering for hours. We’ve found some of the best mega bookstores—what we like to think of as the meccas in the world of brick-and-mortar booksellers.
When it comes to Italian cuisine, Venice often gets a bad rap. However, if you stick to where the locals eat, you'll find plenty of delicious food finds.
The problem isn’t the city itself, but expectations from visitors who come looking for stereotypical Italian fare, and the many tourist-trap restaurants selling what locals refer to as “plastic food” to make an easy buck. But don't despair - good food can be found in all corners of the island (yes, even the touristy parts)!
“There was a time not long ago when the idea of whiskey or gin that came from Brooklyn would have been nothing more than a punch line,” write Peter Thomas Fornatale and Chris Wertz in their new book about the booming drinking scene in their home borough. And while Brooklyn Spirits: Craft Distilling and Cocktails from the World’s Hippest Borough has lots to say about the New Yorkers creating a new wave of fine whiskeys, gins, and other liquors, the book also highlights the many local bars that are putting all that product to good use. Here are Fornatale and Wertz’s picks for the best cocktail bars in Brooklyn, with their notes on why each is special.