Chinese culture is hand-sewn into silk slippers with leather soles by Suzhou (“sue-joe”) Cobblers. The Shanghai boutique’s artists create a rainbow of styles, including Mandarin Duck, Plum Flower and Green Tea. About $100 to $230. (http://www.suzhou-cobblers.com)
A trip to China isn’t complete without appreciating its fine porcelain. These cloisonné plates are hand-painted with dragons and phoenixes, which represent unity. The surrounding Jindi patterns are inlaid with red copper wire. About $100 to $140. (http://www.artisticchinesecreations.com)
“Better to be deprived of food for three days than tea for one.” This ancient Chinese proverb speaks of the nation’s 2,000-yearlong love of tea. A popular choice is Dragon Well (Longjing), grown in the West Lake area and revered for its sweet taste and nutritional punch. About $25 for 50 grams. (http://www.teaspring.com)
Jade represents many virtues to Chinese people, among them beauty and power. Some believe the stone transmits Qi, or an energy flow, to its wearer. This pendant commemorates 2008’s Year of the Rat. About $25. (http://www.yingyujade.com)
Looking for a city tour that goes beyond the basics? In Rome, local experts in everything from architecture to food and photography take guests on deep dives into their city, where they share not just their expertise but their passion.
Reconnecting the World: GBTA Convention 2023 Spotlights the Vital Role of Business Travel and In-Person Connection
In an increasingly digital and interconnected world, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Convention remains an indispensable platform for business travel industry professionals seeking to make the most of the power of face-to-face connections. Taking place August 13–15 in Dallas, the 2023 GBTA Convention provides the unique opportunity for professionals and companies to join visionaries, thought leaders and industry experts for meaningful networking, cutting-edge insights and inspiring innovation.
After an almost four-year redesign and expansion, Vienna’s popular Wien Museum Karlsplatz reopened its doors to visitors in late 2023. The original 1950s-era building, designed by noted Austrian architect Oswald Haerdtl, now has a new exterior and two additional floors.
At Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection, guests can uncover the secrets to a longer, happier and healthier life in the heart of Costa Rica with its new Blue Zone Immersion series. The three-month series runs from May 9 to July 31 and invites guests to explore individual pillars of the Blue Zone philosophy through workshops, local visiting masters and immersive programs. With each month comes a different theme, letting travelers pick which experience works best for them.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
Embracing a life well lived often means embracing a life well-traveled. Every journey becomes a canvas for experiences that shape our lives and at the heart of every adventure lies the indispensable companion: quality luggage.
Treat yourself to the ultimate mid-week getaway at Hotel San Luis Obispo. The hotel’s Mid Weekend special blends luxury with adventure and great savings. Book the hotel’s two-night, mid-weekend offer and enjoy an exclusive 20 percent discount on guestrooms and suites.