The Istanbul Culinary Institute

Though not generally well-known in North America, Turkish cooking is one of the world's great cuisines.

From the Travel Office: Memories of 2012

Many Andrew Harper travel consultants spent time abroad last year, exploring new destinations and experiencing Mr. Harper's recommended hotels.

Turkish Delights

Few countries provide more of a contrast of experiences than Turkey--from its disparate geography, amalgam of Eastern and Western ideals, or juxtaposition of old with new.

Faulty Towers: Places to Avoid

Madison Hotel, Memphis. Decorated in a modified art deco style, the rooms here are unfortunately cold and impersonal, despite the multi-thread bedding and fluffy duvets. The public rooms and restaurant also left us cold.

2011 Restaurants of the Year

Restaurants of the year in the United States, Europe and the rest of the world.

Indelible Memories of 2010

Kanha National Park, a remote 750-square-mile tract of forest in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, was the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book." Most visitors can expect to see a tiger if they stay for two or three nights.

Travel Pics From Our Editor

Submitted for your approval: Some recent travel pics from our editor.

Pera Palace, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, Le Pavillon des Lettres, Savoy

Pera Palace, Istanbul -- In 1934, Agatha Christie published Murder on the Orient Express, a book inspired in part by her stays at this peerlessly atmospheric grand hotel.

August Hideaway Report Online

This month's Hideaway Report Online expands on Mr. Harper's recent trip to Istanbul with a rich array of supplemental media, including large-format slide shows of his recommended boutique hotels and restaurants in this vibrant city as well as a video of scenes along the Bosphorus.

Ciya Restaurant, Istanbul

Though it was a few weeks ago now, we're still savoring the superb lunch that we had at Ciya in Istanbul.