Barcelona: Antoni Gaudi’s Palau Güell

The wealthy industrialist Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi, who would become Gaudi’s main patron, commissioned the architect in 1885 to design his private residence, which would become known as Palau Güell. In addition to being a personal residence, Güell intended to use the property to show off his affluence through exhibitions, concerts and other events. The […]

Greece: Jackie O’ Bar on the Mykonos Waterfront

Located just a few feet from the crashing waves of the Mykonos waterfront, Jackie O’ Bar is synonymous with the famed all night party scene that electrifies the small Greek island. As iconic to the island as its namesake, the bar evokes retro glam with a luxurious all-white decor accented by flickering candles from the […]

Ancient Greek Firewater: Crete’s Locally Distilled Spirit

Tsikoudia, commonly referred to as “raki” or “Greek firewater” has come to be known as the national spirit of Crete. A distilled liquor made from grape skins and other remnants from the wine making process, Cretan raki, which lacks the anise flavor of the Turkish variant, typically ranges between 40% and 60% alcohol content. The […]

NYC’s Nutcracker Ballet and the Christmas Holiday

The origin of the Nutcracker, a classic Christmas Story, is a fairy tale ballet in two acts centered on a family’s Christmas Eve celebration. Alexandre Dumas Père’s adaptation of the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann was set to music by Tchaikovsky and originally choreographed by Marius Petipa. It was commissioned by the director of Moscow’s Imperial […]

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