Bubbles Set in Stone

By Rory Winston

"Come meet me in the sky", sings Lily Allen in her recent hit single Air Balloon – an escapist anthem that asks us to enter an alternate universe in which ‘monkeys run off from zoos’ and ‘ceilings turn into floors’. Reveling in a host of exotic images, the song entreats us to partake in an elevated experience by simply stepping through a door. What door? Where? Getting directions for a place that exists solely in someone’s imagination can be quite a challenge.

Los Angeles: Shangri La, Past and Present


By Kitty Pilgrim

I glimpse an elaborate stone villa on the outskirts of Los Angeles. It looks like the set of the movie Jane Eyre, but it is relatively new, built in the Jazz Age.  Greystone Mansion is a faux English estate, solid and elegant, surrounded by 18 acres of manicured gardens.  Once a private residence for an oil magnate, Edward L. Doheny, the baronial edifice was constructed in 1927 and was used by his family as a country retreat.  Now it serves as a historic landmark, and it no longer sits in isolation - the manor is now in the luxurious enclave of Beverly Hills.

Laos: All My Souls


By Michèle Gerber Klein

My French colonial house on the Aman resort is all elegance with long French windows and hand woven fabrics of silk, cotton and gold. In the back garden my private swimming pool is filled with vermillion rose petals and water that’s Ah! The temperature of my skin. Laos, at the confluence of the Nam Kahn and Mekong rivers is an unspoiled landscape of cloud-topped mountains rooted in the river’s rice and vegetable patties and a plethora of kind elephants half wild half tame. I’ve never been bare back on an elephant particularly in the middle of the Kahn River so I’m feeling very brave on Maya, my elephant before we emerge into the teak forest where she decides to randomly up root saplings and I realize I have absolutely no control.

A Room with a View


By Christopher A. Pape & Anna Ryan

One of my favorite games growing up was Word Association. Everyone knows the rules and they hardly bear repeating. I think of myself as quite good at the game so it came as a surprise to me during my visit at Sedona, Arizona the word most frequently on the tips of everyone’s tongue and most linked to this beautiful city is vortex. Everywhere I went – a national park, canoeing, hiking and even when I went out to eat, the residents were enthralled with the idea of positive energy.



By Kitty Pilgrim

There are normal beach communities, and then there is Nantucket.

Of course there are common joys to all seaside places—a pleasurable day spent riding the surf, the “ahhh” of that first stretch-out on the hot sand, a dripping ice cream cone in the afternoon sun, and the lovely taste of seafood in a lively restaurant, while nursing tender shoulders, pink with sunburn.

Picturesque Provence

Landscape in Provence, France

By Travelin’ Gal Maxine Albert

Have high airfares and complicated connections put the kibosh on your jaunt to the south of France? If only it were possible to wake up in New York and have dinner in Provence without breaking the bank. XL Airways France must have heard our prayers. It’s the only carrier offering nonstop service to the region, and through the end of October, it’s providing direct service from JFK to Marseille for a fraction of the price of other airlines with connecting flights.

Captivating Cartagena


By Travelin’ Gal Maxine Albert

The recent launch of Jet Blue’s direct flights from JFK to Cartagena is great news for New Yorkers. Now jetsetters and all aficionados of vibrant, romantic locales can travel seamlessly to this favorite haunt of well-heeled Latin Americans in just over four hours. Colombia’s most popular vacation destination boasts a magical ancient walled city, an open-air museum of the best of Spanish colonial architecture. If you like charming historic sites, gastronomic cuisine, Latin music, sizzling nightlife and the warm Caribbean - you will love Cartagena.

Paradise Found: The Village Latch Inn


By Isaiah Negron

The understated chic of the historic Village Latch Inn in Southampton made it a favorite of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, who championed both the preservation and restoration of the White House and the turn of the century “cottages” on the East End where she summered as child. Jackie admired the architecture of the Latch, which was built in 1901 and is attributed to the legendary architect Stanford White. Jackie wanted the buildings protected for future generations. In 1974, Marta and Martin White fell in love with this charming property in the Village of Southampton and bought it. The Whites shared Jackie’s vision of the conservation of The Latch, located at 101 Hill Street amidst over 5 acres of lush lawns and gardens. Originally, the property, boarded by tall privet hedges that to this day create a quiet oasis in the heart of the town, only featured the magnificent main house. Preservationists by nature, the couple also purchased the Terry Cottage, which was part of the former Irving Hotel across the street, as well as the homestead buildings and glass greenhouse from the adjacent Merrill Lynch estate, and relocated them to the Village Latch. In doing this, the Whites saved these important structures from the fate of the Irving Hotel, which was burned to the ground as a fireman’s exercise.  “We feel we did our part to help save the architectural authenticity of Southampton,” said Marta.

Living the Villa Life on Anguilla


By Keith Kennedy

It may be summer in New York, but it’s not too early to start planning winter travel. The Caribbean is always appealing and Anguilla is particularly striking.  The British West Indian Island just north of St. Maarten and St. Barts has long enjoyed unfair advantages over its Caribbean neighbors. With over thirty gorgeous white sand beaches on just a sixteen-mile-long island, Anguilla has consistently won the “Best Beaches in the Caribbean” title from travel press and visitors. The island remains a true West Indian charmer: reggae sounds, tropical breezes, great Caribbean cuisine, and an abundance of activities make Anguilla a top destination to kick back, enjoy, and play.