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W Hotel: Masterpiece or “inglorious beer belly”?

November 28, 2010


W Hotel: Masterpiece or “inglorious beer belly”? by AnneLise Sorensen We just can’t resist starting out with this playful jab: The marketing wizards at the W Hotels have been busy. Check out the W Barcelona website, where the registered trademarks fly fast and furious: There’s Bliss®, Whatever/Whenever®, WET® pool, SWEAT® Fitness Center, and PAW – […]

Feast like a Viking in Denmark

November 24, 2010


Feast like a Viking in Denmark by AnneLise Sorensen Thick smoke streams over the slender herring – rows and rows of them – as their silver scales warm into a deep red. The fisherman, in coveralls and clogs, prods the alderwood embers with a long pole wrapped in rags at one end. Inside the smokehouse, […]

The morning commute in Belize? A couple of minutes in flip-flops from bed to beach.

November 16, 2010


by AnneLise Sorensen “Go slow” is the motto on Caye Caulker, which is pretty much the only speed your golf cart will travel. Here, a couple of iguanas crossing the sandy lane is a traffic jam. Chilling out is the way of life, reggae the music, and five lazy paces the distance from your beach […]

Marathon Miner: From Half a Mile Underground to 26 Miles Across Town

November 8, 2010


by AnneLise Sorensen It was his first time on an airplane. Imagine: To go from half a mile below the earth’s surface to above cloud cover within several weeks. From sweltering heat to crisp November in New York. From dark cave tunnels, where he ran his daily six miles while trapped underground, to loping across […]

Barcelona’s Casa Camper: A Hotel With “Sole”

November 1, 2010


by AnneLise Sorensen The bohemian-chic Camper, Spain’s best-known brand of footwear, knows how to make great shoes. It turns out they’re also good at hotels. The Mallorcan shoe company eschewed the normal route of diversifying into, say, handbags or watches because, as co-founder Miguel Fluxá puts it, “Food and shelter, like shoes, are a basic […]