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“The most futile and disastrous day,” wrote British writer Evelyn Waugh, “seems well spent when it is reviewed through the blue, fragrant smoke of a Havana cigar.” Waugh wasn’t alone in his passion for Cuba’s premier luxury product... Read More >>

Posted: 9/28/2015 10:58:32 AM by Alexander + Roberts
Fans of British novelist John le Carré’s spy thrillers have just one question when they land in Panama City: the Panama Canal can wait as what they really want to know is when they can visit the Tailor of Panama... Read More >>

Posted: 9/24/2015 10:33:56 AM by Alexander + Roberts
When facts are fuzzy, folklore takes over. Such is the case with Cuba’s legendary cocktail, the Cuba Libre, about which legends abound. Created at the turn of the last century, and made famous in America during World War II, the Cuba Libre... Read More >>

Posted: 9/21/2015 3:18:09 PM by Alexander + Roberts
Despite a slow start in the 19th century, New Zealand’s winemakers have roared into the 21st century determined to carve out a place for their unique wines in the global marketplace.  Unlike their Australian neighbors who focused on... Read More >>

Posted: 9/17/2015 3:37:48 PM by Alexander + Roberts
Peter Carl Fabergé crafted the most iconic and lasting symbols of Romanov Russia: fifty imperial Easter eggs commissioned by Tsar Alexander III for his wife Empress Maria Fyodorovna, and later by his son, Nicholas II, who continued the tradition... Read More >>

Posted: 9/15/2015 2:37:52 PM by Alexander + Roberts
“Above there is heaven. Below there is Hangzhou” runs a popular Chinese proverb, and it is easy to see why. The beautiful city of Hangzhou, one of China’s seven ancient capitals is renowned for its stunning lakefront scenery and its world-famous... Read More >>

Posted: 9/11/2015 10:06:48 AM by Alexander + Roberts
“What news on the Rialto?” asks Shylock, the antihero of Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice.” And it’s a good question. There always seems to be something to see or do near Venice’s famous Rialto Bridge... Read More >>

Posted: 9/10/2015 10:25:22 AM by Alexander + Roberts
Morocco delights all five senses! The cry of the muezzin; that very particular blue which is found only in the elegant native dress; the silky weave of a hand-knotted carpet from Essaouira; and, of course, the pungent sweet, sour, and spicy smell... Read More >>

Posted: 9/3/2015 3:15:54 PM by Alexander + Roberts
The story of isolated Easter Island is almost a biblical parable. Uninhabited for millennia, volcanic Easter Island was settled by intrepid Polynesian explorers - the Rapa Nui who discovered the lush and verdant island teaming with plentiful game and... Read More >>

Posted: 9/2/2015 11:24:09 AM by Alexander + Roberts