| Nov 3, 2011
In France, food is an art. Even UNESCO seems to agree, having named French gastronomy part of the world's "intangible cultural heritage" last year. Yet unlike other cultural contributors, great French chefs, the artists of the business, say they suffer...
| May 29, 2011
On a recent trip to the Alsace-Lorraine area in northeast France, I was hoping to stop at the new Musée Lalique in Wingen-sur-Moder, 28 miles outside Strasbourg and half a mile from the main Lalique factory. The museum, created from a former glassworks...
| May 22, 2011
Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum
Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 375 pp., $28
What on earth were they thinking? That's the question that comes repeatedly to mind while...
| Jun 9, 2011
Jorge Semprun, a writer and politician who chronicled his experiences in the Nazis' Buchenwald death camp, struggled against dictatorship in his native Spain and later became that country's culture minister, has died. He was 87.
Semprun died Tuesday in...
| Nov 27, 2011
What traveler hasn't landed in a dreamed-of destination and found it crawling with tourists, fast-food franchises, name-brand stores and dollar-a-beer bars? The good bones of Charleston, S.C., which made the World Monuments Fund's list of imperiled...
| Jun 12, 2011
To her admirers, Alicia Alonso is the gracious grande dame of Cuban classical ballet. To detractors, she's a conservative cultural czarina who has clung to power even longer than Fidel Castro.
But even some of her fiercest critics will concede that...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 5:03 PM
Walk in the footsteps of kings and prophets while exploring Israel. As the spiritual capital for three of the world's major religions — Christianity, Islam and Judaism — Israel inspires religious pilgrimages year round. Venture beyond the holy...
| Nov 9, 2013
| 7:50 PM
MANILA Philippine rescue workers struggled Sunday to reach areas devastated by one of the world's strongest typhoons, amid fears that more than 1,000 were killed by sea surges that flattened towns.
Typhoon Haiyan cut off power, knocked out...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 12:27 PM
Dictators have an unfair advantage over democratic governments; they can overturn their previous decisions without needing to explain themselves to anyone. In their territory they are king.
Such is the case of Rafael Correa in Ecuador and of his...
| Oct 8, 2013
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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — During four days in the historic heart of the Dominican capital, I saw men gather every afternoon in the central square to play dominoes, usually ringed by crowds of onlookers.
I saw four women park beside the...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 6:28 AM
For nature lovers it is paradise: Ecuador's Archipiélago de Colón, islands better known as the Galapagos. Located in the proverbial "middle of nowhere" in the Pacific Ocean, 600 miles from the coast of Ecuador, these remote islands of volcanic origin...