Hamburg’s Extraordinary Planten un Blomen Park

On a fine warm day in Hamburg, there are two places to be: on a sightseeing cruise or in the Planten un Blomen Park.

13 Upscale Boutiques in Austin

Austin continues to grow as a travel destination. Besides live music, it has other strong points, including its ever-growing number of upscale boutiques.

Indelible Memories: Reflections From the Past Year of Travel

At the end of each year, Andrew Harper editors look back at our travels and reflect on our indelible memories. Here are a few of them that will stay with us.

Indelible Memory: Wordsworth’s Suitcase

Finding kinship with William Wordsworth through a visit to Dove Cottage, in Grasmere, England, where the poet lived for eight years.

Visiting Hadrian’s Wall

At 73 miles long, Hadrian's Wall is the largest Roman structure in existence. The sight offers clues about those who built it more 2,000 years ago.

The Epic Grandeur of Castle Howard

With 145 rooms, Castle Howard is one of England's largest stately homes and exceeds all others in terms of grandeur.

Indelible Memory: Kayaking the Salish Sea

To get an up-close view of orcas, we booked a full-day kayaking excursion with Discovery Sea Kayaks along the coast of San Juan Island.

Indelible Memory: Baltic Coast Beaches

Between Ole Liese and Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort, in the coastal town of Hohwacht, Germany, is the start of one of Europe's great beach walks.

Shopping in Hamburg’s Passages

Hamburg's shopping "passages," mostly in the Neustadt neighborhood, are worth a visit, especially on a cold or rainy day.

How to Visit Machu Picchu

There are many ways to see Machu Picchu, but the best way is to stay at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, adjacent to the ruins.

The Jerez Horse Fair

Feria del Caballo takes place in Jerez, Spain, when thousands gather in the 13-acre Parque Gonzalez Hontoria to see the finest horses in Andalusia.

Adventures in the Baja Desert

It doesn't take long to escape the overdevelopment of Baja. Drivers took us on two excursions, one into the desert and one to a lush oasis.

Two Historic Houses on Key West

Given the number of notable people who have lived on Key West, it’s not surprising that many of their homes have been preserved. Here are two of my favorites.

Shopping and Strolling Through San Angel in Mexico City

The flourishing San Angel neighborhood in Mexico City, located southwest of downtown, is a charming colonial area perfect for an afternoon stroll.

Highlights of Historic Casco Viejo

The historic quarter of Casco Viejo features restored colonial buildings converted into high-end stores and galleries, restaurants and boutique hotels.

The Canals of Xochimilco

One Mr. Harper's most pleasant memories of his trip to Mexico City was an afternoon spent exploring the canals of Xochimilco on a 30-foot-long trajinera.

Bosque de Chapultepec: The Lungs of Mexico City

The largest urban park in Latin America, Bosque de Chapultepec offers nine museums, a presidential palace, restaurants and more amid 1,695 acres.

A French Château's Surreal Clifftop Garden

One of the most splendid gardens in France, at Château de Marqueyssac, uses 150,000 century-old boxwoods to create a surreal landscape.

Lascaux and the Cave Drawings of France

One of the great treasures of southwestern France is its collection of caves decorated with prehistoric paintings and etchings.

The Joys of Traveling During Shoulder Season

Traveling during peak seasons carries a price. Hotels are expensive and restaurants are overcrowded. Read our tips for traveling during shoulder season.

The Legoland That Started It All: Legoland Billund

Three hours west of Copenhagen is the first Legoland park, Legoland Billund Resort, in the town where the Lego Group was founded in 1932.

The Harper Notebook: Things to Do in London

London is one of the world’s most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities, with no shortage of things to do. Here are eight recommendations from Mr. Harper.

The World's Most Stunning Hotel Pools

The very best pools reignite our sense of wonder and bring the hotel into harmony with its surroundings. Here are 15 of our favorites from around the world.

Historic Sites on Highway 1

Driving up the coast from Jenner to Fort Bragg elicits gorgeous scenery and historic sites like Fort Ross, the southernmost Russian settlement in North America.

Fado: The Music of Lisbon

Fado is Portugal’s great contribution to music. While in Lisbon, we tried two contrasting but equally memorable venues.

Coastal Day Trip From Lisbon: Castles, Beaches, Wine and Art

Residents of Lisbon escape to the Setúbal Peninsula, where there are notable wineries, beautiful beaches and medieval castles to tour.

Top Setúbal Wineries

One of the loveliest wine regions in Portugal is Setúbal, less than an hour south of central Lisbon.

16 Must-See Sights in Lisbon

Lisbon has a wealth of attractions, so it's important to be strategic. Here are some hints on how to get the most out of the city's points of interest.

Titanic Belfast: A Museum Worthy of a Great Ship

The Titanic Belfast museum is dedicated to telling the story of the great ocean liner. Visitors learn about its construction, design and ultimate demise.

The Secrets of Lough Corrib

Ancient monastic ruins, sunken Viking ships and the ghosts of inhabitants past: a cruise on Lough Corrib turns otherworldly.

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