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7 Dec

Urban Zen Promotes Shopping With A Purpose

Since 2007, when fashion designer and philanthropist Donna Karan founded the Urban Zen Foundation, an inspiringly beautiful holiday market appears...

27 Nov

Meditations #93

Islands are passionate things. They are the drips in a Pollack painting, the teardrop in an earring, the question mark and exclamation at the...

29 Oct

Art & Design Flourishing in Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the world’s great cities.  The setting alone is worthy of top billing.  And then you have a vibrant culinary scene,...

3 Oct

Meditations #92

My perfect hotel is a dream of another kind of beauty, of a different soundscape, a sublime civility. For a brief time I can inhabit a world...

1 Oct

The Center for Discovery

I first heard of Chef Cesare Casella when half-listening to an interview with Ruth Reichl on NPR.  I heard her say that Chef Casella had offered...

28 Aug

Meditations #91

Meet the beauty of tea. The Way of Tea is an active meditation, a practice that has evolved over time from a relaxed gathering into the carefully...

27 Aug

The Treasures of Dominican Republic’s Northern Coast

  DR’s south coast has always been the go to beach with its Caribbean waters, golf courses, all inclusive resorts and, indeed, some...

18 Jul

La Vida Portugues

  Just returned from a family trip to Portugal, a destination that surprised me with its lack of pretension, its keen sense of aesthetics...

25 Jun

Meditation #90

Her name is Mabel, from the Latin, Amabilis, meaning loving, lovable, beautiful. Mabel is an orphan –  loving, lovable and beautiful. 100...

14 Jun

Guntu: The Floating Ryokan

  Guntu is the name for the little blue crabs that snag in the fishermen’s nets, crabs that are not valued for their meat –...

7 Jun

John Derian Goes West

John Derian is a treasure.  It’s not that there aren’t many with talent and vision because there are,  the world over.  But Derian...

12 May

Provence: A Timeless Region

Provence in the Spring and Fall are magical times. Before the tourists arrive in full force, it still moves at its own pace.  I have been visiting...

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A vessel and a man praying from the Middle Niger Civilization, the gorgeous embroidery on a boubou tilbi are among so many moving pieces @metmuseum Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara
There is power in the Moai - mana it is called - and power in the sea. Alone out there, more than 2000 miles from the Chilean coast and 1200 miles to the nearest neighbor, you feel the need for protection that the Moai gave to the islanders.
I have been here 3 nights, little time  to dwell in the spirit of a place. But Easter Island is so magnetic, so restful and other-worldly, that I would say it is well worth making a trip solely for this visit or as a part of any Chile adventure.
Dressing up for the banana trunk cresta run to which the whole island turned out in the drizzle. Such fun!
This morning was another memorable moment. If you look at the Moai statue which is second from the left, he has a travel story. In 1969 my father-in-law, Lars Lindblad, brought his head back to New York on the Lindblad Explorer and set it atop a pedestal that matched his height on Park Avenue. The objective was to bring attention to Easter Island, to encourage tourism and interest and fundraising to restore and protect these magnificent statues. I met last night with Patricia Vargas, the renowned anthropologist and archaeologist, who remembers the time well and who has spent her years here on Rapa Nui doing just that alongside her husband, Claudio Cristino.