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Conde Nast Traveler

Conde Nast Traveler December 2016

Condé Nast Traveler magazine is filled with the travel secrets of celebrated writers and sophisticated travelers. Each monthly issue features breathtaking destinations, including the finest art, architecture, fashion, culture, cuisine, lodgings, and shopping. With Condé Nast Traveler as your guide, you'll discover the best islands, cities, spas, castles, and cruises.

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2 min.

Annie Schlechter Photographer Living in Color, p. 102 Where was the best layover you ever had? In Detroit recently, after a very early flight, I stopped at the beacon of good coffee—Illy— for a perfect cappuccino in a real cup. That little thing makes such a difference after a 7 A.M. takeoff. What dish would you travel for? There are some polpettine (meatballs) at Trattoria Cà D’Oro alla Vedova, in Venice. You go to the antipasti bar at the front and order one, two, three polpettine (they actually float in your mouth). Andrew Solomon Writer Sri Lanka, p. 92 Best hotel room you’ve ever slept in? I had the good fortune, some years ago, to be put up at the Ritz in Paris— in the smallest, ugliest room in the hotel. After I complained rather emphatically, they switched…

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solo flight

I had just returned to work after my second maternity leave when a friend who was starting to think about kids asked me whether I had even a moment to myself during the day. As is true for so many career-centric women, she was anticipating (and perhaps pre-mourning) the loss of her hard-won independence. Her fears were confirmed—and a prescription for another month of birth control pills undoubtedly renewed—when the only answer I could muster was “on the subway to and from work.” Alone time during those sometimes magical, sometimes delirious early days of parenthood is elusive at best. With motherhood comes the radical inversion of oneself from starring role to best supporting actor, at least for a while. That a Q train to Midtown from Brooklyn at rush hour—even…

2 min.
take a river cruise

If you want to tick off half a dozen cities in Europe without feeling rushed, river cruises are the way to go (especially if you don’t have a ton of vacation days). Places like medieval Regensburg, Germany, or the vineyard-studded, castle-filled Wachau Valley might not be destinations on their own, but they’re great for a few hours on an itinerary—which is exactly how you’ll see them by boat. If you’re still on the fence, consider that booking during 2016 will lock in this year’s prices, which could save you a few hundred dollars, depending. You’ll also have your pick of itineraries—smaller rivers like the Elbe and Seine can completely sell out come spring—and first choice of the best cabins on the best lines (Viking and Grand Circle topped our RCA…

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the signature scent

The Chainlink Watch The Travel Bar The Signet Ring The Box Clutch Left, clockwise Donna, Bloomingdale’s stores nationwide; Turbulences, louisvuitton.com; Orchid Soleil, tomford.com; Sì, giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com; Huile Divine, dior.com; La Femme Prada and Tuscan Soul La Corte, Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide; Rose Goldea, bulgari.com. Right, Piccola Catene, Bvlgari boutiques nationwide; Première, Chanel Fine Jewelry boutiques nationwide; Double Wrap, Verdura, N.Y.C.; Faubourg, Hermès boutiques nationwide; Albion, davidyurman.com. Left, clockwise Emerald Signet, 626-799-3109; Lucky Dior, Dior boutiques nationwide; Men’s Classic Chain, johnhardy.com; Aphrodite Bespoke, shop-asha.com; Oval Signet, tiffany.com; Carnelian Seal, Neiman Marcus stores nationwide; Bulgari High Jewelry, 800-285-4274. Right, clockwise Embellished minaudière, Salvatore Ferragamo boutiques nationwide; Dolce Box, select Dolce & Gabbana boutiques nationwide; Empire Sullivan, koturltd.com…

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the ultimate winter adventure guide

1 SNOW There's no better place to start a winter adventure than in the snow. Here are a few ideal destinations for a powder-filled getaway. 2 SUN If you'd rather skip the cold weather. a trip to the tropics can be just as action-packed. These thrilling island escapes will have you loving life. 3 EAT You'll find the most amazing food in the places where you'd least expect it. This selection of remote locales will feed your hunger for excitement . 4 STUFF Don't get stuck in the wild without the right gear. We give you a full rundown of all the equipment you'll need to go globe-trotting . 5 CITY Not everyone can get away for a holiday break. but there are still plenty of ways to stay busy in the city. We…

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home in on

A vacation at an estate in the English countryside can swing too authentic: more shabby than chic, hosted by aristos more house-poor than houseproud. But a desire to indulge in some landed-gentry fantasy—with all its bucolic charm and fireside scotch, butler service and frowning ancestral portraits—persists. The rare arrival on the vacation-rental market of three smartly redone aristocratic houses is all the encouragement we need to start planning a group getaway for the coming holidays or Spring Break. The Quick Jump from London After a ten-month reno, Oliver Wallop, Viscount Lymington, and his wife, Flora, a former Firmdale Hotels designer, opened the stonewalled Georgian Farleigh Wallop (it’s been in the fam since the fifteenth century) in Hampshire, just 45 minutes from Heathrow. Modern updates—wallpaper designed by The World of Interiors founder…