Over-the-top Present ideas for the Layout and Traveling lover on your list

Trading up Whether employed after dinner because of its traditional purpose or as a catch-all for baubles and coins, this ceramic ashtray boasts understated luxury in spades. With 24-karat gold accents, its mosaic end is pure Greco-Romannbsp;elegance. Three’s company Versatility is the name of the game when you are packing light, and Gucci’s new three-pack … [Read more…]

This Hindu ‘festival of Colors’ will have you tickled pink

Tfollowing is a skirmish at the middle of Bankey Bihari, a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Krishna in this sacred town. Incongruous, given the religious nature of the area. However, it’s Holi festival, the area is heaving with countless paint-hurling devotees, and my big presence (physical not divine) has obviously irked somenbsp;people. An agitated worshipper … [Read more…]

Travellers find tranquility in the company of dead poets

My romance with cemeteries started with the tomb of 19th-century American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He lay entombed on Mt. Auburn Cemetery’s Indian Ridge Course amid broken, green-hued sun, creeping periwinkles, and a red-tailed hawk perched in the tree overhead. My very first crush in a life of romances with poets, seeing Longfellow’s final resting … [Read more…]

Ski industry slaloms through change

Adriaan Demmers spends most winter evenings as a teacher at Chicopee Ski amp Summer Resort, a rabbit hill near his home in Guelph, Ont. But the actual estate agent and his wife logged 57 days last winter slopes from Maine to Utah, with a MAX Pass, which for $679 (U.S.) buys up to five days … [Read more…]

Culinary tours Provide a glimpse of the world through a chef’s eyes and taste buds

Each year, the paradise which is the Cayman Islands plays host to one of the Caribbean’s most popular events: The Cayman Cookout, a four-day food festival which will mark its 10th season in January. The event’s host hotel is the sprawling beachside Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and the food offerings are indulgent — from upscale scrapbooking … [Read more…]