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Best Chocolate Shops in Paris

The French have loved chocolate since the aristocracy popularized it in the 1700s. Here is a selection of our favorite chocolate shops in Paris.

Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche: Paris’ Best Department Store

Created in the mid-1800s, the department store Le Bon Marche on Paris' Left Bank, is still an enjoyable and profoundly Parisian experience.

Mahón: Exploring Menorca’s Charming Capital

Tidy Mahon looks quite different from most Balearic towns. Spared by mass tourism, it is an intimate and delightful place to discover on foot.

Tastes of Menorca: Essential Foods of the Island

Discover the history and traditions of Menorca by sampling some of its essential food products: Mahon cheese, Binifadet wine, olive oils and Xoriguer gin.

Best Art Galleries and Concept Stores in San Miguel

One of the great pleasures of visiting San Miguel de Allende is strolling between galleries and boutiques. The city has plenty of both. Here are the best.

Best Things to Do in Puebla

Fans of San Miguel's colonial architecture, fine restaurants and mild climate will find much to love about Puebla. Founded in 1531, it feels much less touristy.

A Walking Tour of Art Deco Miami

The best way to discover art deco Miami is with a two-hour walking tour by Art Deco Tours. It's a great way to learn about the town and its architecture.

Five Museums Not to Miss in Florida

With collections dedicated to Louis Comfort Tiffany and art from ancient cultures and the African diaspora, these five museums in Florida are worth exploring.

Your Guide to Tampa-St. Petersburg

This is your guide to Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida. Here are the sights to see, the restaurants to enjoy and the hotels to stay in while you're there.

Historical Highlights of Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island has a rich history influenced by the gold rush and timber industry. Here are the three destinations that provide glimpses into its past.

Ancient Rome Without the Crowds

While the Sistine Chapel, Pantheon and Colosseum are overcrowded, Rome has plenty of attractions that are crowd-free. Here are seven worth visiting.

Jewish Rome: A Walking Tour of the Former Ghetto

It helps to visit the former Jewish Ghetto with a guide. We were led us on an engrossing and personal tour through Jewish Roma Walking Tours.

6 Must-Visit Sites for Bernini Fans

Like Michelangelo, Bernini made an immense contribution to the fabric and artistic patrimony of Rome. Here six must-see places to view his dramatic works.

Traveling With Children in California Wine Country

There are a number of activities that can be added to a wine country itinerary to make the journey as memorable for children as for their parents.

Just Back From: Mexico City

Our graphic designer just came back from a mind-blowing trip to Mexico City. He plans on going back soon and this report shows why: There's so much to do!

A Perfect Day In ... Richmond, Virginia

With historic homes and gardens, museums and monuments, and restaurants and hiking trails, Richmond, Virginia, is a great place to make a day of it.

Objects of Desire: Calabrian Ceramics

Ceramic pots, pitchers and plates for domestic use were created in Calabria 3,500 years ago. There are still many ateliers working there today. Here are three.

Seaside Style: The Unexpected Pleasures of Reggio Calabria

Calabria's largest city, Reggio, is often overlooked, but it shouldn't be. It boasts a lovely seaside promenade, elegant buildings and a fashionable populace.

Alsace’s Cultural Jewel: Colmar’s Unterlinden Museum

The Unterlinden Museum has become one of the top attractions in Alsace. It is small, set in historic buildings and has a superb collection of art.

Things to Do in Phoenix and Scottsdale

Phoenix-Scottsdale is known for its golf resorts and cacti, but there is a lot more to explore: museums, shops, hiking trails and Native American history.

Video: Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

A video of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West home in Scottsdale, where the renowned architect wintered from 1937 on.

A Primer on Mayan Civilization

The Mayan empire flourished between A.D. 250 and A.D. 900. Remnants of their large-scale construction projects can be seen in the Yucatán.

A Perfect Day In … the Marais

You could easily spend your entire time in Paris in the Marais. The area between the Third and Fourth Arrondissements is full of cafés, museums and shops.

Grenada’s Ancient Rock Art

Grenada's rock art may not be well-protected or well-maintained, but it's still worth a visit. Here are five sites where you can see ancient petroglyphs.

Five Architectural Landmarks in Porto

Portugal’s second city is famed for its well-preserved medieval core, baroque churches and graceful bridges, but it's also a hub of contemporary architecture.

The Hidden Mardi Gras Museums of New Orleans

Only select locals get to experience the secret side of Mardi Gras. These off-the-radar museums let you in on the magic and the mystery of that world.

Touring the Surprising Architecture of Los Angeles

Though preservation guidelines came late to the city, Los Angeles is full of architectural jewels — if you know where to look. This tour helped us find them.

Top Contemporary Art Museums in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has become one of America’s most important centers of contemporary art. Here we visit four notable museums with exciting collections.

Discovering the Fascinating Medieval City of Troyes

Troyes has yet to attract hordes of tourists and remains a quiet and atmospheric place. There is so much to do that we recommend a two-day visit.

Discovering Santa Barbara’s Storied Past

On a recent trip to Santa Barbara, we got a sense of the area's storied past by visiting its famous mission, a historic park and a maritime museum.

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