With the official start of winter nearly here, and ski resorts all over the world opening for the season, this seems like a great moment to address a profound question in the sphere of winter wellness: why do people love to ski and snowboard? Said another way, why would anyone in their right mind voluntarily choose to don clunky heavy boots, several layers of clothing, a helmet, face mask and googles, and then strap two sticks or an over-sized skate board to their feet and hurl themselves headlong down a mountain? Unless they were being pursued by a bear, or the Huns, or creating a YouTube video, really, what’s the point? Dear reader, we’re glad you asked. In our view, here are the top reasons that people love to ski and snowboard.
Have you ever dreamed of getting schooled about diamonds? Van Cleef & Arpels recently conducted a New York pop-up of its Paris-based school of instruction in haute joaillerie. Our head of research, Jillian Tangen, spent a brilliant day at the School of Jewelry by Van Cleef’s. Here’s her report.
In a world full of luxury hotels, with new ones opening all the time, which ones are the best? In our ongoing series, we share our finds. They’re hotels and resorts at which we’ve personally stayed (with no promotional consideration involved). We’d recommend these to friends and family – and to you, dear reader. In this edition of best luxury hotels in the world: the Beaumont in London.
In a city filled with wondrous works of art from every conceivable time period and genre, and from hundreds of nations and cultures, which one is the most beautiful of all? This fall in New York City, the art critics and experts have reached an uncommonly uniform consensus. The most beautiful painting in New York City – at least for another few weeks – is Visitation, an oil painting by the Italian Mannerist Jacopo da Pontormo (1494–1556). You can see it for yourself from now until January 6, 2019 at the Morgan Library & Museum.
When in London, you really should take time for a proper British tea at least once. It’s a deeply civilized ritual, and when you’re in the right setting, it can be great fun. And delicious. The only dilemma is this: there are hundreds of options for afternoon tea in London. Which one’s the best? Said another way: is the best afternoon tea in London at Claridge’s?