| Aug 29, 2010
This 2-year-old house inspired by the historic homes of Belgium feels as if it could be sitting in the countryside rather than in a Santa Monica neighborhood just blocks from the boutiques on Montana Avenue.
The house, completed in 2008, is constructed...
| Jan 15, 2011
By what measures do we assign "greatness" to artworks? The word of experts? Public acclaim? Monetary value? By these standards, Jan and Hubert van Eyck's "The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb," also known as the Ghent Altarpiece, surely warrants a place in...
| Jan 24, 2011
Let the other ships have their rock climbing walls and their water slides, their come as-you-are and do-as-you-please ambience. On the new Queen Elizabeth, it's lawn bowling and croquet, formal nights and afternoon teas, assigned seating and fixed...
| Sep 5, 2010
New York Review Books: 560 pp., $17.95 paper
In 1941, a doctor told Georges Simenon that he had two years to live. The famously prolific author eventually learned the diagnosis was wrong (he died in 1989), but the...
| Feb 27, 2011
For tourist information about foreign destinations, contact the government offices below. Several no longer list phone numbers, so information is through their website only. For information about a country not listed, call the United Nations at (212) 963-...
| Jul 17, 2011
| 12:19 AM
A few years ago I got lost in the woods near the eastern border of Belgium. I was looking for Battle of the Bulge sites, and before I knew it I had crossed into Germany. The little road I was on rounded a bend and came into a clearing where I saw, in...
| Nov 29, 2011
| 5:30 AM
It already seems like 2013 is shaping up as a great year for ride enthusiasts around the world, as a number of new theme parks are planned for Asia and several major attractions are in the works for Europe.
> Photos: Best new international theme park...
| Jul 20, 2011
In Chika Unigwe's novel "On Black Sisters Street," the snow-covered streets of Antwerp, Belgium, are a beacon of freedom to the four disadvantaged African women who serve as the book's protagonists. Recruited in Lagos, Nigeria, by a fat slug of a sex...
| Feb 21, 2008
Amid the kerfuffle around Kosovo's declaration of independence, few have paused to note what an extraordinary document it is. It is so hedged with conditions, obligations and reservations, so replete with commitments to consult, honor and obey the...
| Apr 26, 2009
News From the Empire
Fernando del Paso, translated from the Spanish by Alfonso González and Stella T. Clark
Dalkey Archive Press: 710 pp., $18.95 paper
"What happens," writes the Mexican novelist Fernando del Paso, "when an author can't escape...
| Dec 12, 2008
Call it the luck of the Irish.
Since hitting theaters in February, "In Bruges" has not been the toast of award season -- the pitch-black comedic thriller has been more like the season's half-finished drink left sitting on the bar. The movie turned up...