ISTANBUL: Buy A Turkish Rug Like A Local

Editor's note: It's Thanksgiving, when one gives thanks naturally and thinks of, among other things... turkey. Please indulge us a little here as we take you to the other Turkey (actually it's Türkiye) for an insider's look into how to buy a Turkish rug without losing your shirt. For many people, the country of Turkey calls up myriad images that conjure the senses: Whirling Dervishes,  … [Read more...]

Berlin’s West-Side Story

Once overshadowed by the dramatic transformation of East Berlin, the one-time political enclave of West Berlin is burnishing its image as hip galleries, restaurants and attractions take root. With the fall of the Berlin Wall just over 20 years ago, once-cloistered East Berlin has risen to become not only a powerful icon for democratic change, but a coveted stop for world travelers. Not … [Read more...]

Fashionista Alert: Shop Hollywood at Petit Ermitage

Exclusive boutiques from Robertson Boulevard, Melrose Place and Sunset Boulevard will offer a 20% discount to Petit Ermitage guests from November 11th – December 30th. Guests at Hollywood’s stylish Petit Ermitage hotel can enjoy exclusive access to private trunk shows, fashion cocktail events and discounts at the number one shopping destination of the stars in the weeks leading up to Christmas. … [Read more...]

Gifts With Humanity

October is Fair Trade Month! What's that? Fair Trade is a system of exchange that honors producers, communities, consumers, and the environment. It is a model for the global economy rooted in people-to-people connections, justice, and sustainability. When you make Fair Trade purchases you are supporting fair prices, investment in people and communities, environmental sustainability, economic … [Read more...]

Cool Kayaks and Clear Waters

Wandermelon loves these fun transparent and collapsible kayaks from the Titanium Adventure Company. The Napali is the world's only transparent foldable kayak, weighing in at just 26 lbs, this little gem's innovative design allows it to fold up small enough to fit into a backpack and is on display in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The see-through Molokini, … [Read more...]

Prague, Czech Republic

Sleep The Franz Josef is the hippest of Prague's new hip hotels. British-based architect Eva Jiricná brings a new study on the interior use of glass to her native land with its own long history of the glazier's craft. Every piece of space breathes with life and light, breaking the stuffy mold of most high-end hotels. Room 801, a penthouse suite with a magnificent vista of the Prague skyline, is … [Read more...]