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Paige Follet and Kyle Wargo were married on September 22, 2022, with a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse, followed by a reception at The Heirloom. The venue’s open layout and exposed brick walls, along with live band The Naked Karate

Girls, were perfect for the festive and fun atmosphere the couple wanted to create for their guests. Paige and Kyle met as students at Purdue University in 2014, and now make their home in Nashville, Tennessee. sl

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Molly McCann and Martin Weiss celebrated their wedding on December 31, 2022, at the Crane Bay Event Center. Their moving ceremony combined elements of Christian and Jewish traditions, with one of the couple’s best friends officiating. The bride had always dreamed of a New Year’s Eve wedding, and envisioned an

elegant, black-and-white affair with a profusion of white roses, flowing champagne and a dramatic balloon drop at midnight. As balloons rained down, the couple remained on the floor to share one last private dance as newlyweds, then exited the reception as guests waved sparklers to send them on their way. sl

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Ryann Greenberg and Spencer Tew were married on October 8, 2022, with a ceremony and reception at The Lennox Hotel in Boston. The couple first met at North Central High School and reconnected as graduate students in Boston, when Lauren serendipitously entered a pizza shop to find Spencer there as

manager. Their ceremony melded aspects of the couple’s respective family traditions, including a Celtic handfasting and a Jewish tallit, or prayer shawl. The two both work in education in the Boston area, Ryann as a middle school dance and theater teacher, and Spencer in the computer science department of Brandeis University. sl

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On November 12, 2023, more than 115 of the bride and groom’s closest friends and family gathered to celebrate the marriage of Lauren Bauer to Vince Kasparian. The Hotel Carmichael in Carmel was the perfect backdrop for the couple’s nuptials; the bride notes that the first snow of the season added a magical “snow-globe” look to the surroundings. The bride added “something blue” to her stunning Marie Gabriel gown with a pair of cornflower blue sapphire earrings by Robert Procop, as well as a custom 34-carat diamond Riviera

necklace and diamond bracelets, all from Moyer Fine Jewelers. The couple first met on the day before Indiana’s Covid lockdown, and without the ability to visit restaurants or other venues, began walking Carmel’s Monon Trail on dates.Two years later, Vince proposed on the beach at Lauren’s family’s Florida vacation home, with Lauren’s family gathered around and Vince’s family there via FaceTime. The couple now reside in Carmel, and they enjoy trying new restaurants, collecting rare bourbon, and, of course, vacationing in Florida. sl

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The original intent behind self-care was to help people take ownership of their health and their efforts to improve it. Today it has become synonymous with bubble baths and “me time,” but it is so much more than that. Self-care encompasses nutrition, lifestyle, social habits, and attitudes toward health, both physical and mental. In my wellness practice, I work with busy people of all types to manage stress and prevent burnout, and in my research, I study best practices and barriers to self-care. My definition of self-care is “the deliberate steps we take to tend to our own needs, too.” Carving out time each day for self-care helps us develop greater self-reliance, strengthens our sense of empowerment, autonomy, and self-efficacy, and better protects us against the psychological “wear and tear” of never-ending obligations, responsibilities, and deadlines.

I have found that when it comes to barriers to self-care, about 25% of people say they don’t have enough time for it, about 40% say they don’t have enough energy, and about 30% say they don’t really know what self-care activities they should be doing. These are important distinctions to make, because each may require a different approach.

For those struggling to find time, I might suggest incorporating some aspect of self-care into activities you are already doing. In other words, if you want to practice self-care every day, make everyday things a self-care practice. For example, doing chores can be an act of self-care–maybe not the most glamorous or luxurious–but practice being fully present and engaged in the task you are doing. Our routine, day-to-day activities can be made more interesting, and therefore more rewarding, by challenging ourselves to be more fully absorbed in them.

If I only had an hour for self-care, I would exercise. Exercise, or any type of physical movement, provides the best return on our self-care investment. If I am unable to do that because it’s the middle of the workday or I have my kids with me, I might carve up that time into a few activities, like doing about 5-10 minutes of centering or breathing just to collect my thoughts. I ask myself: “How am I doing? What do I need?” The answer to those questions might guide me into the next activity, which could be making a cup of coffee and savoring it, or taking a walk outside for 10-15 minutes. If I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed, I might take out a piece of paper and make a “To Do” list, or journal for 5-10 minutes. I use an acronym to help remind me and my clients of the self-care essentials: “ESCAPE.” This provides an easy-toremember checklist to help us decide what our options are and what to do with our time. “E” is for exercise or physical activity; “S” is for sleep or rest; “C” is for connecting with others; “A” is for appreciation or gratitude practice; “P” is for play or pleasure, and “E” is for exhale. All of these are available without the need for any special equipment or appointment, are free, and can be done at home with as little or as much time as you have.

Finally, in behavioral science, it’s understood that we as humans receive important cues (or feedback) about how we’re doing based on our behavior. When we practice self-care, that behavior sends an important message back to us. It says we are doing OK, and it also says we are worth the time and effort it takes to do these things. And, in my opinion, this is probably the most important aspect of self-care for preventing burnout and prioritizing wellness. sl For

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Carmel-based Gary Nance is a nationally recognized architect whose work has been featured in Midwest Living, Traditional Home and Better Homes & Gardens magazines.

What are the biggest challenges of your job? Staying on top of new features to keep designs fresh and exciting for my clients without giving into trends of the moment.

Do you have a signature style (in your design)?

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How would you describe yourself in one word? Different.

If you weren’t in this line of work, what career would you want to pursue? Entertainment.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? What I am doing now. I have always known.

What advice would you give yourself at age 15? Pay attention to your surroundings and always listen to your instincts.

What’s the very first job you had and what did you learn from it? Construction. How to put in a hard day’s work without complaining, and learning things I thought I already knew.

What advice would you give to your former boss? I told you so.

What’s the riskiest decision you’ve made in your career? To go out on my own.

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If you had only one day left to live, how would you spend it? With my family.

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As someone who loves to cook, one of the best birthday gifts I’ve received was Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Last year for my birthday, my daughter gave me Emily in Paris, The Official Cookbook, and I have to admit, I was just as thrilled.

I have a confession to make: I’m an Emily in Paris fan. And in my defense, according to GQ magazine, I’m not the only dude who watches. A recent article examined why men tune into the show, and answers ranged from “it’s soothing television, like a video mood board” to “I watch to make fun of it” (as GQ pointed out, a hate-watch is still a watch). And who can forget the priceless Peyton Manning bit on Saturday Night Live, where he ostensibly was there to provide commentary on the NFL playoffs, but admitted he’d been too busy watching Emily in Paris , giving plot updates in football playbook style while wearing a jaunty red beret.

In case you aren’t familiar with it, Emily in Paris is about a young woman who moves to Paris to help run a luxury marketing agency. She quickly meets a lot of French friends and frenemies, frustrates and then grudgingly wins the respect of her French boss, and runs around Paris Instagramming all the touristy spots wearing clothing no Parisian would be caught dead in. And she’s a caricature of the stereotypical American in Paris, refusing to learn the language, even though she’s ostensibly working there (the brief scenes of Emily in her work-mandated French language class make it seem like they never progress from “comment-allez vous?”). In reality, of course, the premise that a global luxury marketing agency would send a mid-level staffer like Emily to take an executive’s place in Paris is far-fetched at best, but where’s the fun in that?

I began watching when our teenage daughter tuned in during Covid lockdown. Travel was a memory, and the light-hearted show featuring gorgeous scenes of one of our favorite cities in the world felt like the escape we needed. At first, my wife found it hilarious and teased me, but she quickly got hooked too. Fluff though it may be (and isn’t that the point?), Emily in Paris draws you in.

At its heart, the show is a classic fish-out-of-water story, and we root for Emily to succeed as a young American girl trying to make a career in Paris. Of course, the French characters are all too willing to dismiss her, but Emily soon shows them that she’s made of sterner stuff, and eventually, despite themselves, they’re impressed.

But one of the most fun things about the show is that we get to know the French characters too, and as you might expect, they’re a charming lot. Sylvie, Emily’s elegant French boss, played by veteran actress Philipine Leroy Beaulieu, is so compelling that fans are lobbying for her to get a spin-off show. The French contemporaries Emily meets are a dream cast of who you’d like to hang out with in Paris. There’s Gabriel, the accomplished chef and restaurant owner; beautiful Camille and her parents, who own a vineyard complete with majestic chateau in the French countryside; the quirky co-workers Benoit and Luc; and even Pierre Cadault, the haughty designer with a heart of gold. Though at one point or another, almost every French character derides Emily as “ringarde” (basic), the fun is in seeing how they all eventually learn to like and respect her, as we get a bit of each character’s back story and motivation.

As you can imagine, now that we can finally travel, the show has us dreaming of visiting Paris again. My daughter and I are planning an Emily in Paris-themed trip for the family (a fun send-off before she heads to college this fall). Although my wife and I have taken the kids to Paris several times, we’re looking forward to experiencing it anew through the lens of our daughter’s favorite show (though we may have a bit of explaining to do along the way for her 15-year-old brother.)

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St. Barths…St. Bart…St. Barts... However you choose to spell it, the tiny volcanic island, encircled by shallow reefs, is endowed with an embarrassment of riches, from its abundant natural beauty to the bounty of billionaire's bodacious yachts docked in and around Gustavia's harbor during the winter months. With no shortage of sprawling villas and upscale resorts catering to the glitterati, luxury is a given. Seeking to differentiate itself, Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa and its sister brand, Le Barth Villa Rentals, sets a high bar for an island idyll that pairs sumptuousness with sustainability. Going green, they say, is the new gold standard. "The hospitality industry is normalizing 'green' so that it's no longer a trend but necessary and logical," remarked Michael Martinez, Le Barthélemy's Director of Food and Beverage, during a sustainable cooking class conducted around the island of the kitchen at Le Barthélemy's oceanfront Villa Aqua.

The dramatic air arrival is part of the St. Barths' experience, highly recommended over the ferry from nearby St. Maarten, a voyage known to make even a seasoned seafarer queasy. Traveling aboard Tradewind Aviation's Pilatus PC-12 aircraft for the 45-minute flight from San Juan to one of the smallest airports in the world includes a steep descent between hills before stopping on a 2,100-foot

runway with a 2-degree downslope that terminates in the Caribbean. As many as 100 private jets a day arrive during peak season. From there, it's a short chauffeured ride to Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, opened in 2016 and nestled in the arc of St. Barths' Grand Cul-de-Sac beach, a pretty lagoon with white sand beaches and calm, shallow water courtesy of an offshore coral reef that keeps roiling waves at bay. It's a setting that Sebastian Maingourd, Regional General Manager of Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, says "creates a secluded privacy that encapsulates our ethos of using nature as our muse to cultivate the deepest sense of relaxation. The island's buzz in Gustavia and St. Jean is set apart, yet easily accessible so guests can enjoy the best of both worlds."

Apropos for an island full of beautiful people, an army of impeccably attired attendants were waiting as our car arrived, making the check-in process seamless and quick and immediately exemplifying what the property calls their "human-centered, couture hospitality." Not wanting to miss our first sunset, we sent our bags to our rooms and headed for the Amis St. Barth bar, where we had difficulty selecting a celebratory cocktail from an innovative lineup that included ingredients such as bergamot, gingerbread syrup, and lemon foam. 33
Amplifying the island experience with Francophile flair.

Sipping and surveying the alfresco environment of the common areas, I noted that the familiar motifs of island décor are both understated and deliberate and accentuated by whimsical touches, such as birdcage chairs in the reception area. Vibrant pops of color that call to mind the sea, sun, and blue skies contrast with natural textures of rattan, terracotta, wood, and stone.

Forty-four rooms and suites populate two-story buildings whose steeply pitched rooflines mirror the contours of the surrounding landscape. Guests can opt for ocean, garden, or lake views, with many first-floor ocean-view rooms boasting heated private plunge pools. Those needing more elbow room can book a three-bedroom suite or one of two on-site oceanfront six-bedroom villas, each with a 55-foot swimming pool.

Le Barthélemy's villa rental company has access to 250 of the most luxurious properties on the island combined with 24/7 concierge services, and all the amenities of being a guest at a hotel voted the #1 Resort in St Barths, the #1 Best Resort in the Caribbean and among the Best Resorts in the World by Condé Nast Reader's Choice Awards 2022. Your budget is the only limit on their a la carte menu of experiences.

"Our portfolio of villas spans every nook and cranny across the island so guests can choose the qualities that matter most to

them – whether it's beachfront access or a panoramic birds-eye view, the layouts and amenities are virtually infinite," said Guillaume Bichot, General Manager of Le Barth Villa Rentals. "Beyond having their own private space, Le Barth Villa Rentals go above and beyond to allow guests the same exclusive access to Le Barthélemy's luxury resort amenities— including a guaranteed lounge chair on the resort's spectacular beach – at no additional cost."

My second-floor Le Barth Ocean room boasted a soaring vaulted ceiling and a large terrace with a retractable screen that invited the sound of the waves in and kept pesky bugs out. As part of the brand's commitment to sustainability, supreme cotton sheets in guest rooms are made of traceable organically grown cotton, and sixty percent of all in-room amenities come from ethical and environmentally friendly labels.

Familiarizing myself with the graciously proportioned room and admiring the bulbous blown glass pendant lighting on one side of the bed, I was thrilled to find a box of truffles and a bottle of the house champagne - Leclerc Briant – a pioneer in biodynamic bubbly, on ice in a custom branded box. There's also a "champagne please" button on the in-room phone should you find your well has run dry. Le Barthélemy's owners purchased Leclerc Briant, founded in 1872 on a single plot in Epernay, France, in 2012.

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At evening view at Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, looking across the extended pyramid skylight of the subterranean La Spa to the oceanfront inifinity pool.

Reflective of UNESCO's 2010 declaration of the "The Gastronomic Meal of the French" as a World Intangible Heritage of Humanity, the hotel's recently revamped Amis St. Barth restaurant is now a dining destination in its own right. Here, executive chef Vincent Gomis' dishes, such as black truffle lobster piemontaise, stuffed squid, and chicken breast with a flavorful olive crust, are infused with the flavors of the South of France and the Mediterranean basin. In addition, Le Barthélemy's affable advanced sommelier, hailing from a two Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, offers expert pairing advice and is available to lead guests through an hour-long immersion covering a trio of different wines. Impress your friends by polishing your bartending skills during cocktail master class led Amis St Barths' mixology bartender Thursday through Monday.

Chef Gomis, who grew up among a family of chefs in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France, followed his passions to the hilltop French culinary town of Carcassonne at the young age of 15. He went on to work at one of Paris' most revered restaurants, Epicure at Le Bristol, alongside triple Michelin-starred French Chef Eric Fréchon. The kitchen at Amis is a family affair, as Gomis' wife Marie Cécile, whom he met at Le Bristol, is the sous-chef.

Gomis is committed to getting the kitchen close to zero waste and sourcing seasonal ingredients, citing sustainably harvested local mahi-mahi and spices from neighboring Guadeloupe as examples. "As a chef, I want to be able to make every product special," he said during our intimate cooking class, where he shared that overlooked vegetable peels are part of his unique sauces and dressings and that the kitchen composts non-edible food waste.

As if one was remiss in noticing the scores of pretty people partaking of the toes-in-the-sand lunch at Amis St. Barth, the owner of the on-site boutique regularly uses the boardwalk lining the al fresco dining area as a runway for long-legged models to showcase her collection of unique clothing, swimsuits, and accessories.

Innovative and upscale dining isn't limited to the confines of the restaurant. As part of their bespoke guest experiences, we booked a day aboard Le Barthélemy's 35-foot Boston Whaler. Departing directly from the hotel, we explored quiet coves, admired dramatic cliffside villas, and indulged in a picnic lunch of grilled octopus and Niçoise salad (and bubbly, of course), among other delicacies. The sky is the limit regarding Amis St. Barths' range of customized dining experiences; we enjoyed a multi-course bohemian beachfront feast illuminated with candlelight and laughter.

Interior of Amis St. Barth restaurant A picnic lunch on board the hotel's 35-foot Boston Whaler. Chef Vincent Gomis
Alfresco lunch at Amis St. Barth restaurant

One of Le Barthélemy's most unique aspects is the comprehensive offerings at its subterranean Le Spa, whose common area sits beneath a skylight reminiscent of the Louvre's famous pyramid. Notably, Le Spa has the distinction of being the only Caribbean hotel utilizing La Mer products. A nod to Sweden's control of St. Barths from 1784-1878, the spa's Nordic baths comprise a trio of Red Cedar plunge pools ranging from horribly cold to hot. The self-guided journey is invigorating and endorphin-boosting. Treatment rooms feature ceilings animated with a cosmography of fiber optic lighting that induces a dreamlike state even before the treatment commences. An indulgent facial incorporating La Mer's Miracle Broth, derived from highly regenerating Giant Sea Kelp, left my skin noticeably glowy for days.

Le Spa's newest offerings— Janzu and Aquatic Tibetan Sound Healing—are unique-to-the-island offerings aimed at holistic well-being. During Janzu, a trained expert utilizes the weightlessness of water and the deep state of relaxation it encourages to guide guests through a series of rhythmic movements inspired by ancient Shamanic regression techniques. Paired with Janzu or a stand-alone experience, singing bowls are

placed on top of the water during Aquatic Tibetan Sound Healing, allowing the sound to transmit deep vibrational frequencies 4x faster than through air, creating a profound vibrational effect on the internal organs and energy system. Guests can experience these treatments in the Nature's Reserve in front of the hotel when the ocean is calm, in private plunge pools, the hotel's oceanfront infinity pool, or villa pools.

An all-encompassing destination, the on-site watersports program means that days are amply occupied by snorkeling or paddling in the lagoon, where you're nearly guaranteed to spot a sea turtle. In addition, the surrounding reefs are undergoing active restoration partly due to the hotel's partnership with Coral Restoration St. Barth.

After dinner, Le Barthélemy's rooftop bar, Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot, cheekily named after the manager's reaction following the 2017 hurricane when he surveyed the space and found it nearly unscathed among the wreckage, is the place for inventive cocktails, live music, and buzzy DJ sets. "We've created a vacation experience that nurtures and reinvigorates the mind, body, and soul," said Maingourd. sl

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Nordic baths at Le Spa


If you’ve ever been in the back seat of an Uber as it inched its way through the seemingly ceaseless traffic on the Las Vegas strip, it would seem hard to believe that in November of this year, a select few drivers will have the privilege of racing down the garishly grand boulevard in excess of 200 MPH as part of the Formula 1 Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix and related events on November 16-19. The event marks the first time the unmistakable shrill whine of an F1 engine operating at max capacity will quicken pulses in Sin City in nearly four decades.

In 1981 and 1982, the F1 world championship was decided by the Caesar’s Palace Grand Prix and staged on a temporary anticlockwise street circuit curiously squeezed between concrete barriers in a coiled snake configuration within the Caesar’s Palace parking lot. Australian driver Alan Jones, driving for Williams-Ford won the 75-lap race in 1981, with Michele Alboreto taking the checkered flag the following year in a Terrell-Ford. The 1982 race marked the end of famed driver Mario Andretti’s F1 career. However, he would return to the site to race after F1 dropped Vegas from

its calendar and the circuit was reconfigured into a modified oval for Indy Car. In 1984, the last year of parking lot racing in Vegas, Andretti was crowned the Indy Car series champion.

The 2023 track design is 3.8 miles long from start to finish, with top speeds estimated to be over 212mph. Held on the evening of November 19 under lights in the heart of Las Vegas, the typical strip energy will be amplified with additional off-track entertainment before the drivers take on 50 race laps designed with three main straights and 17 corners. Drivers will zoom past iconic locations including Caesar’s Palace, the Bellagio, and the Venetian.

If attendance at kickoff events this past November is any indication, demand for tickets will far exceed the 100,000+ official spectator capacity. “Taking over the sports and entertainment capital of the world for almost an entire week is going to be a game changer for Formula 1 and has the potential to set the benchmark for all global sports and entertainment events in the future,” said Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1.

The Formula 1 Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix will take over the strip with racing and scores of off-track entertainment from November 16-18
Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes driving on track during the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix 2023 launch party on November 05, 2022 on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Enjoy the epitome of Las Vegas hospitality from the best seats in the house. The Paddock Club sits on a newly- purchased 39-acre parcel of land adjacent to Las Vegas Boulevard, serving as the central point of the Las Vegas Strip Circuit.

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Located inside the Paddock Club with a theme heartening back to the 1920s, the Gatsby-esque setting will offer the most indulgent and glamorous vantage point to watch the race.

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Situated above the premium start/finish grandstand featuring excellent views of the start/finish and the pre- and post-race festivities.

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These private suites feature elevated views of the race action as the cars head into the Koval straightaway.

Through an initiative with the Las Vegas Grand Prix Foundation, in just 24 hours this past August, F1 fans interested in securing a spot in line for tickets donated enough funds to provide one million free meals to the local Las Vegas community. “While we are confident in the positive economic impact the Grand Prix will bring to the greater Las Vegas area, we are focused on making a difference for those most in need,” said Grand Prix’s CEO Renee Wilm." We are in Las Vegas for the long term and look forward to contributing to the community in many ways over the coming years. One million free meals is just the beginning.”

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Greg Maffei, Liberty Media President and CEO, Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1, Steven Sisolak, Governor of Nevada, Jim Gibson, Clark County Commission Chair and pose for a photograph after painting the start line during the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix 2023 launch party on November 05, 2022 on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Meaning “pavement” in French, stones in a pavé setting create an unbroken line of continuous sparkle.

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"Hello lady...Are you awake?"

Under any other circumstances, hearing an unfamiliar man's voice call out in the pre-dawn darkness to rouse me from sleep would have sounded an immediate alarm. But here, following my first night at Mahali Mzuri, during which I listened intently to an intermittent cacophony of animal noises so close I was certain that the Great Migration was taking place outside my tent, the endearingly low-tech wake-up call put a smile on my face as my brain navigated the fuzzy boundary delineating dreamland and reality.

Opened in 2013 and part of Sir Richard Branson's portfolio of luxury properties operating under the Virgin Limited Edition umbrella, Mahali Mzuri is one of just five safari camps in Kenya's Olare Motorogi Conservancy, part of the larger Maasai Mara ecosystem. The result of a comprehensive and collaborative effort to provide a mutually beneficial arrangement for wildlife and the Maasai pastoralist community, there are only 94 beds allowed within its 33,000 protected acres, meaning that visitors get incomparable and uncrowded wildlife viewing experiences.

The five camps located in the conservancy make monthly rental payments to local tribes and donate $5 per night per guest to The Maa Trust (, a research-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of Maasai women,

youth, and children for the long-term sustainable conservation of the Maasai Mara ecosystem. Mahali Mzuri takes its philanthropy a step further by supporting a local primary school. A visit here is a humbling experience, particularly when considering what conditions were like before the recent renovations. Resort guests can have a donation to the school added to their folio at checkout or request the school's wish list before their stay as part of their "Pack for a Purpose" program. Visits can also be arranged to the Maa Trust's beading shop and a local village, where 100% of the tour costs are donated back to the community.

At Mahali Mzuri, which means 'beautiful place' in Swahili, accommodations encompass 12 tented suites that cantilever over a valley bisected by something more precious than gold in this parched region: the Olkuroto River. Technically glamping, the spacious tented suites are far from roughing it. Outside, the colors of the canvas blend with the local stone and indigenous red oat grass. Inside, interior designer Yvonne Golds of Real Studio worked closely with Kenyan designers and artisans to source local fabrics, furniture, and artwork. A generous overhanging roof creates an oasis of shade on the tent's large terrace and makes an ideal spot for afternoon yoga during the time in-between game drives. It was surreal to come up from a downward dog to see a giraffe nibbling the treetops below my tent.

Culture, philanthropy, and camaraderie enhance the safari experience
Dinner under the starts at Mahali Mzuri Mahali Mzuri's inifinity pool is nestled beneath the camp into a natural alcove of boulders. 43
Interior of a guest tent.

With only 94 beds in the 33,000-acre Olare Motorogi Conservancy, vistors get incomporable and uncrowded wildlife viewing experiences.

Receiving a warm welcome in a traditional Massai village
A lionness en route to chasing down her breakfast

When it's dark, guests must have a Maasai tribe member escort them from their tent to and from the common areas. One evening I asked my guide if he ever spots animals close to the walkway; a quick flick of his flashlight to the right illuminated a massive water buffalo chomping on grass. Smiling from ear to ear after seeing my surprise, he said, "No fences here."

Splitting the camp in two is a common area comprised of tents for dining and lounging and a large deck with ample seating for savoring the view. This centralized setup brings guests together at various points throughout the day to swap stories of what they'd seen and experienced, creating charming camp camaraderie. Of course, it also doesn't hurt that the food is outstanding. I particularly enjoyed the soup of the day – cold at lunch and hot at dinner. In-camp meals are complemented by experiences like campfire cocktails and a lavish buffet BBQ dinner in the bush. At the lounge tent, bartender Raymond serves up craft cocktails with Swahili names inspired by the animals and the landscape. My favorite was the "Dawa," an easily replicable chilled version of the hot toddy made with vodka, lime, and honey.

There are two game drives each day. The first departs just as the colors of the sky turn from bruised to blush. When asked what was on the itinerary, Jackson, our guide, responded, "a game drive

is like fishing…let us see what nature will provide us." Nature felt particularly peacocky on our inaugural morning drive, with the opening hours unfolding like the acts of a dramatic stage play. Fifteen minutes after leaving camp, we spotted a trio of impossibly cute lion cubs from the Iseketa pride languidly sunbathing atop a rock when the lionesses suddenly sprang into action. Jackson told us to hold on and gave chase in our 4x4 vehicle. Soon we were witnessing the lionesses taking down a trio of wildebeests a few hundred feet from our vehicle—close enough to hear flesh tearing and the lionesses' guttural grumbles of satisfaction.

Initially unsure of how we'd feel about a front-row seat to such a "circle of life" moment, in short order, our group acted like Romans watching a battle in the Coliseum and calling for more. Jackson soothed our sad feelings for the doomed quadrupeds after telling us that the Swahili term for the wildebeest is sifuri ubongo, translated as "zero brains." However, our bloodthirst was tested on a subsequent outing when a tiny leopard cub came dangerously close to being a hyena's lunch. Moments like this, and seeing a doe-eyed Jackal, who could have been ripped from the pages of a Disney storybook, carrying the head of a baby gazelle in its mouth, gave me a whole new perspective on life and the fact that my worries seem trivial when compared with constantly worrying about being eaten! 45
Maasai guide Jackson provding a warm welcome before a sunrise game drive. Adumu, the Maasai jumping dance A mother elephant and her offspring, the littlest just weeks old. Picnic lunch in the bush. A tense moment as a young lion eyes a water buffalo grazing beneath the pride in close proximity to our 4x4.
Raymond serves craft cocktails with Swahili names inspired by the landscape.

It was candy that drew Jackson, who grew up on the main road leading into the conservancy, to become a guide. Noticing that "little white jeeps" always had an ample supply of candy, he and his friends would run alongside, yelling, "give me sweets" (something we also heard at the primary school). "I told my friends I wanted to be a driver because I was sure I'd get lots of candy," he laughed. With fifteen years of experience, Jackson explained that becoming a guide is more than just learning to drive; he holds a specialty certification from the Koiyaki Guiding School. Book smarts and natural curiosity combine to make Jackson a wealth of knowledge about wildlife and the region's 43 distinct tribes. I quickly filled a notebook with his anecdotes, from Maasai burial practices to how fences and elephants have accelerated deforestation.

During our conversations with Jackson, it was interesting to learn how the culture of the Maasai continues to evolve as tourism improves their quality of life. Programs like Lighting Up Africa, which brings renewable, off-grid energy to remote communities, allow for access to the internet and the outside world, but traditions persist. For example, while the iPhone in his pocket signals success, Jackson said the measure of his personal wealth remains based on the number of cows in his herd.

Constantly scanning the horizon, eagle-eyed Jackson always spotted the next frame of our highlight reel from far away and jokingly referred to our many erroneous sightings as "ATLs," or

"animal-looking things." Unlike the Maasai Mara, where vehicles are limited to designated roadways, guides in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy are free to go off-road in a respectful pursuit of wildlife, who generally seemed unbothered by our presence, as long as we kept all of our extremities in the vehicle. Jackson said that while it would be common to have 20 vehicles crowded around a sighting in the Maasai Mara, in Olare, only five can congregate.

Like the wildlife who seek shade to sleep away the heat of the day, the afternoons at Mahali Mzuri are all about relaxation. Some guests retreat to the infinity pool, nestled into a natural alcove of grey boulders, or to the spa, located in a secluded spot close to the valley floor.

Making an appointment at the latter was a no-brainer following a blissful neck and shoulder massage offered during check-in, an amenity I'd choose over a welcome cocktail any day.

After dinner each evening, I'd settle into bed, grateful for the thoughtful addition of a hot water bottle under the sheets to avert the evening chill (along with one waiting in my seat in the 4x4 each morning). I was excited to drift off to sleep, not only because I was physically spent following the fullness of the day's itinerary but also because I knew my dreams would be splendidly saturated with the colors and culture of Kenya. sl

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Picnic lunch in the bush.



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Germany's Oberhofer winery works with some of the oldest vines in the world using the newest know-how.

Looking out over the 62 acres of vines on the Oberhofer winery, you can see the terracotta-tiled roofs of the village of Edesheim and the local church's steeple. Piercing the horizon are the Haardt mountains, which protect the town from the frigid and wet weather blowing in from the Atlantic, giving this region the aptly named title "The Tuscany of Germany." Edesheim sits in the Pfalz region of Germany, also known as "the Palatinate," in southwest Germany just north of France's Alsace region and only an hour south of Frankfurt.

The Haardt mountains make it one of the warmer and drier areas in Germany, allowing almonds, figs, and lemons to grow here alongside wine grapes in villages whose home call to mind the structure of a cuckoo clock. With a favorable microclimate and extra sunny days compared to the rest of the country, the only thing brighter than the sun is the contagious smiles of the Oberhofer family.

The Oberhofer family first started making wine in 1754 in Alto Adige, Italy. Some 250 years later, after emigrating to Germany, Stefan and Heidi Oberhofer built the foundation for their own winery by merging their parents' vineyards on the Southern Wine Route to establish the Oberhofer winery in Edesheim. One could say the Oberhofers are one of the original "nepo babies" of the wine world. Now their children have a hand in the business (literally),

with their son Pascal as the resident winemaker at just 29 years old and their two other children helping out as well.

Contrary to most well-established and revered family wineries in the Old World, the Oberhofers don't believe in old practices and outdated traditions but instead evolving their winery for the modern age. Stefan and Heidi give their son creative freedom to try new techniques and styles of wine. Just 15 years ago, the Oberhofers switched to strictly organic winegrowing, way before "organic" became the buzzword it is today, and were leading the charge on organic viticulture in Germany.

One of the easiest ways to understand their approach is through one of the winemakers' favorite quotes from an unknown source: "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children." At its roots, organic winegrowing is about preserving biodiversity in vineyards and maintaining soil life so that the terroir of winegrowing areas doesn't deteriorate to a point where the cultivation of vines will no longer be possible.

The youngest of the Oberhofer children, Marlene, explains her family’s philosophy by saying, "The more you take care of your soil, you have more healthy vines and powerful grapes, and the less you have to 'add' anything during the winemaking process to compensate mistakes and illness from the grapes." Therefore, they don't use chemicals or pesticides and co-cultivate

Winemaker Pascal Oberhofer

various other plants within the vineyard's rows, which naturally adds nutrients to the soil and strengthens the vines.

The Oberhofer's production is primarily white grapes: Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer Just under forty percent of their grapes are red: Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The climate, reminiscent of Northern Italy, makes their wines fresh and balanced, perfect for those who enjoy nice acidity and fruit components in their wine. Their Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of exotic fruits balanced with vegetal aromas. Their Riesling, susceptible to the soil and climate, thrives in this region with cool nights and warm days, resulting in notes of crisp apple, citrus fruit, honey, and minerality, all balanced by fresh acidity.

While the Oberhofers fully embrace modern methods, they're also proud to have the oldest vine in the world, known as "The Eldest ."Church documents record an unknown winegrower planted vines during the Thirty Years' War in the early-to mid17th century in "Rhodter Rosengarten ."Despite being one the most destructive and protracted conflicts in European history, four hundred of those ancient vines still exist today, growing in the rich limestone marl soil and producing a small yield of Gewürztraminer grapes. The grapes are hand-harvested, and after fermentation, wine from "The Eldest" is aged in oak barrels,

followed by a gentle filtration and another three months of aging in complete darkness. Due to the fragility and small yield of the vine, the only way to taste this vieille vigne is to get your hands on one of the 300 bottles produced in those years when yields allow cultivation.

The Oberhofer's have taken place in national and international competitions, such as AWC Vienna and the Meininger's International Spirits Award, where they have won both silver and gold, along with three different design awards for the packaging of their Eldest wine. Looking to the future, the Oberhofers want to continue their objective of growing their vines harmoniously with nature rather than fighting against it. Reminiscent of looking out across the Oberhofer vineyards, their bottles have a design that is a kaleidoscope of colors, different for each vintage. Marlene says, "The design of the labels reminds us of the many elements that make this genuine natural product possible: The family farm. The ecological care of soil and vines. The care of the harvest. The artisanal winemaking in the cellar. The patience during storage. The joy of the product. The harmony between the generations and how every single point works together,". The Oberhofers have found a balance between their vines and nature, work and family, the past and the future, to create a truly exceptional wine domain. sl 51
Marlene Oberhofer with her father Stefan


January 15th marked 110 years since Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford officially formed a partnership leading to the creation of the first Aston Martin car, rising from humble beginnings in a small workshop in Henniker Mews, London, and becoming one of the world's most renowned automotive marques. To commemorate the milestone, Aston Martin commissioned a series of photographs bringing together two of its iconic models—the record-breaking 1923 racer Razor Blade alongside the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar—highlighting the brand's commitment to pushing the boundaries of performance and applying engineering from Grand Prix racing to the road.

One of the earliest cars to be designed explicitly with aerodynamics in mind and propelled by an Aston Martin Grand Prix specification engine, the trailblazing Razor Blade took numerous class records at Brooklands in 1923, a year on from Aston Martin's Grand Prix debut with TT1 – the car nicknamed 'Green Pea'. A century later, the era-defining Valkyrie embodies Aston Martin's role as an innovator with its high-performance models that modern Formula One engineering to the road.

2023 is already turning out to be a monumental year for the brand, which recently sent out a sweet swan song for its DBS with the unleashing of the DBS 770 Ultimate. Long associated with cars of exquisite style and intoxicating performance, since 2018, the DBS nameplate has stood at the pinnacle of Aston Martin's series production range: a Twin-Turbo V12 powerhouse endowed with ferocious power and unmatched style.

The DB moniker, named for English industrialist David Brown, came about after he acquired the company in 1947. While not an official DB model, the 2-Liter Sport, Based on Aston Martin's Atom concept car, is the first model to be produced under Brown's leadership and became known as the DB1. It secured a spot in the annals of racing with a decisive victory in its debut outing, the 1948 Spa 24 Hours.

A highly-collectible variant of Aston Martin's flagship Super GT, extensive design and engineering enhancements combine to make the DBS 770 Ultimate the fastest and most powerful production model in Aston Martin's history. Available in both Coupe and Volante variants, the DBS770 Ultimate is limited to 300 Coupes and 199 Volantes, all of which are spoken for.

Aston Martin, the marque of choice for James Bond, opens up a year-long celebration of its 110th anniversary.

DBS 770 Ultimate features a ferocious iteration of Aston Martin's quad-cam 60-deg 5.2-litre V12 engine. Developing 770PS at 6500rpm and a colossal 900Nm of torque from just 1800rpm to 5000rpm, it propels the hypercar to a top speed of 211mph. The engine benefits from both modified air and ignition pathways that provide a seven-percent increase in maximum turbo boost pressure. Precise tuning of power and torque curves gives the driver a sense of boundless performance, with an intoxicating blend of exceptional response, outstanding in-gear acceleration, and the authentic V12 soundtrack.

Aston Martin Chief Technology Officer, Roberto Fedeli, said of the DSB 770 Ultimate: "When an iconic model generation reaches the end of production, it is important to mark the occasion with something special. In the case of the DBS 770 Ultimate, we have spared nothing in ensuring the final version of our current series production flagship is the best ever in every respect. Not only is it the fastest and most powerful DBS in our history, thanks to a comprehensive suite of improvements to the transmission, steering, suspension, and underbody structure; it is also the best to drive."

Later this year, Aston Martin will unveil the first of its highly anticipated next generation of sports cars, teased via prototype as a more aggressive successor of the DB11, which will further enhance Aston Martin's focus on ultra-luxury, high-performance, and driving intensity. The milestone will also take center stage of this year's British Grand Prix at Silverstone (July 7-9), Goodwood Festival of Speed (April 15-16), Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance (August 20th), and other significant events as part of a global marketing campaign entitled 'Intensity: 110 Years in the Making'. Amedeo Felisa, Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda, said: "In 1913, Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford came together with a shared vision of racing cars and using learnings from the racetrack to push the boundaries of automotive innovation. One hundred ten years and little over 110,000 cars later, that spirit continues. Our 110th year promises to be just as exciting as our first, as we turn a new chapter in Aston Martin history with the launch of our next generation of sports cars and the reveal of an extraordinary special model later this year that will celebrate this unique milestone." sl 53


The story of bestselling food writer Nigel Slater’s life via 150 easy recipes based on his childhood food memories and culinary inspirations, interspersed with reflective personal essays. Nigel Slater—A Cook’s Book—hardcover, 512 pages, Ten Speed Press

In her first book, interior designer Betsy Wentz shares 12 fabulous family homes filled with exciting mixes of color and pattern. Betsy Wentz—Design Happy: Colorful Homes for the Modern Family— hardcover, 224 pages;

Just in time for March madness, David Hollander, JD, an ssistant dean and clinical professor with the Tisch Institute for Global Sport at New York University, provides a thought-provoking exploration of how basketball—and the values rooted in the game— can solve today’s most pressing issues. David Hollander—How Basketball Can Save the World: 13 Guiding Principles for Reimagining What’s Possible—hardcover, 320 pages, Harmony Press

Alex Prud’homme, coauthor of Julia Child’s memoir, My Life in France, invites readers into the White House kitchen to reveal the sometimes curious tastes of twenty-six of America’s most influential presidents, how their meals were prepared and by whom, and the ways their choices affected food policy around the world. Alex Prud’homme— Dinner With the President: Food, Politics, and a History of Breaking Bread at the White House— Hardcover, 512 pages, Knopf Publishing

From Jeff Benedict, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Tiger Woods and The Dynasty, this is the definitive biography of basketball legend LeBron James. Jeff Benedict—LeBron— hardcover, 576 pages, Avid Reader Press

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Until recently, the “Big Five” referred to the five big-game animals that were most difficult for colonial hunters to shoot and kill. For this book, wildlife photographer Graeme Green received feedback from 50,000 participants around the world who voted for the five animals they most wanted to photograph: the elephant, polar bear, tiger, lion, and gorilla. The resulting book brings together the world’s greatest wildlife photographers, conservationists, and advocates in a mission to not only celebrate the natural beauty of the animal world, but to raise awareness of the crucial issues facing these magnificent creatures. Available April 4. Graeme Green—The New Big 5: A Global Photography Project for Endangered Species—hardcover, 272 pages, Earth Aware Editions.

Using the science of neuroaesthetics, authors Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross offer compelling research that shows how engaging in an art project for as little as forty-five minutes reduces the stress hormone cortisol, no matter your skill level, and just one art experience per month can extend your life by ten years. Available March 21. Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross—Your Brain on Art: How the Arts Transform Us—hardcover, 304 pages, Random House Publishing

John Whelan and Oskar Proctor traveled throughout Europe visiting ateliers, some established during the Renaissance, where European artists work and teach their crafts. The profiles of these decorative arts workshops detail how artisans continue to maintain the highest centuries-old standards of workmanship and creativity. John Whelan (writer), Oskar Proctor (photographer)—Ateliers of Europe— hardcover, 288 pages, Prestel

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Aerial photography of quintessentially Californian homes by renowned architects that emphasize the indoor-outdoor relationship and an intensive attention of landscaping. Available in May. Eva Hagberg—A View from the Top: The Viewpoint Collection—hardcover, ORO Editions; 55


What’s new and notable for the home inside and out.

Tradeshows and markets have come roaring back across the globe in 2023, with companies using events such as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), and Maison & Objet/Paris Design Week to launch products aimed at both the trade and consumers. We’ve run the gamut of exhibitors, sorting through offerings ranging from wacky to wonderful, to share a few of our new favorite things.

Compiled by Bridget Williams

Opposite page: Recently launched products from Castro Interiors include the Harp chair, Elea dining table and Teardrop suspension lamp ( This page, clockwise from top left: Jomo Tariku Ashanti stool/end table ( | Extruded Ribbon Console (2022) by Marc Newson and presented by Gagosian as part of Paris Design Week, is a work carved from a single piece of Azul Macaubas marble (| Designed by art director Antonio Citterio, and presented at Maison&Objet in Paris, Maxalto’s Lilum is designed specifically for convivial and intimate interactions (| Tokasu is L’Objet’s newest collection, handmade and inspired by the Japanese technique of indigo dyeing ($325-$475; | ISLABLANCA outdoor chair from GANDIABLASCO | Spinni is Division Twelve’s first product launch of 2023 and the brand’s first design collaboration with Canadian designer Thom Fougere. Available in 20+ powder-coated colors ( | The new Nooch modular outdoor seating system by Piero Lissoni for B& B Italia ( 57

This page, clockwise from top left: A first for the brand, True Residential recently launched a 36” refrigerator with bottom freezer, available in both sold and glass door options and in several colors, including the company’s newest hue, Bluestone ( | Perlick debuted their brand-new Tobin Ellis Signature Series limited edition mobile bar, designed for homeowners to take entertaining to the next level. The ultimate bartending cockpit on wheels, it features luxury finishes such as eco-friendly “Toffee Crocodile” recycled leather on the exterior of the unit and a chic offwhite “Vanilla Sugar” solid surface bar top, and storage for everything from liquor bottles and garnishes to glassware and ice ( | Forza’s 48-inch professional range top features eight full brass burners and is equipped with Forza’s continuous Infinito Grate System, the industry’s largest continuous usable cooking surface. Its fastback porcelain trim provides a seamless integration into a kitchen island while increasing the usable cooking surface even further for maximum efficiency ($4,199; | Fulgor Milano’s 48” Sofia professional induction range is now available for purchase in North America. Handcrafted in Italy and available with or without a griddle, the range’s premium technology delivers precise and responsive induction power using professional-style control knobs one might expect on a gas range. Available in six matte and glossy colors ( Opposite page: Häcker Kitchens, a leading German manufacturer of modern kitchen cabinetry recently introduced AV 6023 GL, an elaborately manufactured grooved front system available in oak, walnut and black oak. The intensity of the production process requires 129 square feet of veneer to create about 10 square feet of grooved front ( | At KBIS Perlick launched their brand new Marine and Coastal Grade Undercounter Refrigeration with Perlick Armor, the first and only all-stainless marine-grade undercounted refrigeration line available today ( | L’Atelier Paris has the ability to make an entire range that is electric or induction, without losing the perks of gas stoves. The double induction burner set consists of two 3.5 KW induction burners that excel in speed, control, safety, and energy efficiency. Other than the fun factor of cooking on an open flame, everything else is there for induction stoves ( | Skynest is Flos’ newest pendant made in collaboration with Marcel Wanders Studio. LED strips pass through recycled (and recyclable!) woven polyester fabric tubes creating a basket-like pattern. Micro-connectors keep each piece in place and make it possible for the pendant to easily be fully disassembled for repairs, replacements, and proper recycling. Available in four colors ($4,345; | Users of the Miele CM6 MilkPerfection Coffee System can customize everything from the quantities of water, milk and even froth to suit their preferences. Further settings, such as the quantity of ground coffee or water, water temperature and pre-brewing option, can be stored (subject to the model) in four or eight custom user profiles ($2,799; | Top Knobs newly expanded range of more than 30 finish options aim to transform cabinetry and furniture into conversation pieces (priced from $9.90-$189.20; topknobs. com) | Kohler started its 150th year by showcasing its lineup of smart products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Among these was their Anthem Smart Showering Valves and Controls that can simultaneously deliver different temperatures, pressures, and spray settings for each water outlet with the touch of a button. Anthem digital smart showering systems control up to six water outlets and display how much water was used after each shower to help inform people about their consumption. Starting at $560 for valves and controls. Shown with Statement Showing Collection ( | Robam R-Max-A678S range hood ($1,549;

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As auctions in the worlds of contemporary art and modern masters reach new heights of popularity and prices, it's starting to become hard for people - even those of means - to get into that market. However, I would argue that the most exciting part of the art world is one that has been around for centuries—prints—or more accurately described as the multiples market, as each image is typically printed in an edition of six to 100, giving more than one buyer a chance to own a piece of history.

For someone interested in owning an original Andy Warhol, prices run in the millions, with the most recent selling for $195 million in 2022. Even Warhol prints that sold for a few thousand dollars 20 years ago are fetching hundreds of thousands. For example, an edition print of Queen Elizabeth II fetched $855,600 at an auction this past November. But fear not, as there are still many opportunities to buy exceptional works that will appreciate over time as you appreciate them today on your wall.

The print market has been growing forever. Pieter Bruegel was making multiples during the Dutch and Flemish Renaissance. Rembrandt didn't carve the copper used to make his prints. Instead, there were master printers that worked with him under his supervision. As time passed, the print process changed from woodcut to lithography to silkscreen and digital printing. Many artists can work in any of these mediums and prefer to switch around from time to time.

Suppose you're a new collector. Where you start all depends on your financial ability. The fact is that most people buy art to decorate their homes. They want a picture that's 36 by 72 inches over the sofa. So when they're coming in, they're just thinking about what will look best. While this is a perfectly fine approach, considering that you can still buy a print in the $5,000 range from blue-chip artists like Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg, or Jasper Johns, my decision would be based on more than just what matches the sofa.

For example, when we publish a print with Ugo Rondinone or Alex Katz, those prints go up in value as they sell out. And many of those prints are auctioned at Sotheby's and Christie's. So, that print in your living room has the potential to sell for more than you paid for it. In the meantime, even if you made your money back, you got to live with something beautiful for five years. Meanwhile, that sofa you were hoping to match likely didn't appreciate over the same period.

As a fine art publisher, I represent a group of 30 or so artists, and that artwork works together. Because of my design background, I have an innate sense of what will sell, and then I'll put the money into it. We finance our projects up front, and the artist is paid in full rather than as it sells, which is unique in the industry. If I believe in a project, I will go for it.

Some prints can take a year or longer from the artist's preliminary work to screen printing, proofing, and the final product. We don't do huge editions. It could be as small as six for

Donald Sultan, 2020. Poppies series. Large prints on 4-ply museum board.

a sculpture or as big as 100 to 150 for a print. If it's a real piece of 'candy,' meaning it's easy for people to digest, we'll print up to 150.

We recently did a portfolio by Alex Katz called Ada. It has ten prints in the portfolio. Eight of the prints are terrific. Two of the prints are tough, meaning that in my opinion, they might not be suitable for everyone. However, people who really know and follow Katz's work are the ones that will like them.

We like to publish a group of prints because often, like with the Ada prints, it's a canned exhibition for dealers worldwide. We're doing shows with this group of prints right now at galleries in Fort Lauderdale, Cologne, and Frankfurt, and because this is a brand-new release, we're just getting started. They'll be fighting for those prints before all those shows are over. In between these major projects, we'll maybe do a pair of prints, some woodcuts, linocuts, and a few digital prints, and then we'll go back to a silkscreen.

Sometimes an artist will give you a print that is a tough sell, but I never say no. That's the nature of the business. You take it, do it, and make the artist happy, then you're on to the next thing. If you're demanding and are slow at paying, artists can be hard to get on the phone. But, if you pay them fast to make a friend, have a good personal relationship, and don't complain, then you're okay.

Sometimes the prints are numbered, and sometimes it says AP for artist proof, which is exactly like the edition. In my opinion, having an artist proof instead of the main edition isn't a greater value because when these prints are made, you can't tell the first from the last.

Etchings can be a different story because they ink a plate each pass in an etching. So what happens with the etching at the beginning is that the plates are often darker. Then, as you go through the edition, the prints get lighter. A real pro etching collector who collects Picasso etchings from an edition of 50 usually wants to buy 24, 25, or 26 in that edition because they feel like that's its heart.

There are also monoprints, meaning an edition of one. For example, we did a woodcut project called Grace with Alex Katz of 50 prints. Katz added more cuts as the edition was printed, so each edition of 50 was slightly different. While these are not considered monoprints, if Katz were to take just one of these and add a colored background, then it would become a monoprint, and its uniqueness would make it more valuable.

When we had them, the Reigning Queen prints from Andy Warhol sold for $5,000 a piece and were tough to sell. The last one most recently sold for $450,000. Why? When it comes to buying prints from younger or older artists, it depends on how the artist has set up their estate. In the case of Andy Warhol, when he died, his career wasn't at the top but fluttering in the middle. So, for the first year after his death, his estate didn't sell anything, opting to figure out what they had in inventory, and then decide to whom they would sell. There were 4,000 prints in the estate, and they released them gradually. The Warhol Foundation spent 25 years selling prints, raising prices until they sold out, and never selling any themselves at auction. 63
Kenny Scharf, Paradis Perdu, 2022, Archival pigment inks with high gloss varnish and diamond , 42x54”. Photo by Paul Takeuchi

Most museums aren't focused on editions; they want originals. One exception is the Albertina Museum in Vienna, primarily a print museum. Next month the entire museum will be given over to Alex Katz prints with the publication of a new catalog raisonné. Based on the requests we're getting, European dealers are capitalizing on this spotlight by showing Katz's work over the next 90 days. So, for Katz, who was often underrated, the value of his work continues to rise.

Some of the new hot artists are doing prints and objects, but it's not the easiest thing to get a publisher. They may self-publish, but the headache of logistics and red tape often leads them to give up some money to have somebody with a good reputation take care of it. Unfortunately, many dealers and publishers like to short-change artists, which is a bad idea because you're not going to be rich on two extra prints. So when we're splitting prints with artists, the artist always gets the extra if it's an odd number.

Only a few artists make sculptures in editions. Some, like Donald Sultan, have a terrific print and multiples market. Many people aren't familiar with his work but fall in love with it when they see it. It works in both traditional and contemporary interiors. You look at it and smile, and you don't have to think any further.

David Salle is one of the 80's boys becoming very popular again, along with Kenny Scharf, Keith Haring’s roommate. While everyone doesn't like contemporary art, that market is becoming more significant daily. Check out one of the big art shows in Venice, New York, Miami, or even Chicago for proof. If you don't get tickets early, you may not get in.

While our business primarily sells to dealers, please call us if you have any questions. Check out our website (lococofineart. com), and if you are interested in one of our new editions, put your name on the waiting list before it sells out. But most of all, enjoy the process of collecting. sl

Alex Katz, Straw Hat Vivien, 2021, silkscreen print, 79 x 44” Photo by Paul Takeuchi David Salle, Over Under (Red), 2021, Archival pigment inks with hand-varnish. Photo by Paul Takeuchi Ugo Rondinone, Sun 6, 2019, silkscreen print on museum board
Photo by Paul Takeuchi
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Living the urban Indianapolis life in style

Walking to Colts and Pacers games, watching downtown fireworks, the 500 Festival Parade and the Circle of Lights from their balcony, and living the quintessential urban Indianapolis lifestyle, is now reality for homeowners Kurt Fazekas and fiancee Kimberly Syrus in their new downtown condominium.

Kurt and Kim’s children were grown, and their expansive waterfront home on Geist Reservoir suddenly seemed too large. So after much discussion, the couple decided to sell and search for the perfect place in the heart of their native city.

“Finding something that’s walkable to downtown activities was a priority,” Kurt says, and a condo in a luxury hotel with

all of its inviting amenities was on the short list for a time. “But considering the volume of short-term guests in a hotel, the amenities didn’t seem as important.”

Then, a real estate agent friend of Kim’s saw a condo for sale in a central downtown location. The penthouse, one of only 18 units in the building, had a serene vibe and did not require extensive remodeling to make it into a space that would suit their needs and tastes. The unit offered spectacular views of the Indianapolis’ skyline, spacious rooms, and plenty of opportunity for the couple to add their own creative touches. Kurt and Kim were wowed, and eagerly purchased their downtown home together.

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The “glam” room with its cowhide chaise

The two knew decorating their new residence would require the talents of a professional. Interior designer and Savvy Decor owner Linda Mordoh worked as an interior designer for Kurt years before, and as fate would have it, Kurt kept running into her at various events around town. After seeing her on a few occasions, Linda’s name was on Kurt’s mind; meanwhile, Kim knew Linda’s husband through a group that rode motorcycles together. “We both thought of Linda at the same time,” Kurt recalls. “She was a consummate professional from the start. It was just easy.”

Kurt told Linda that she would have an “open canvas” for design elements, with the caveat that they wanted the home to be contemporary, with cool color tones. “She and her team just ran with it,” he says, “I had no idea the amount of detail they’d put into the design. They had storyboards of each room with color swatches, carpet samples and drapery samples.”

Linda started by making a plan of how Kurt and Kim would live in their new five-bedroom home, including what they might do with one room that the previous owners had turned into a glitzy

ballroom complete with a disco ball. “It was a dream job, so exciting, and we made it all about the views,” she says. Using the homeowner’s contemporary style as a guide, she used a neutral color palette, with a lot of black, white and gray, allowing the view to be the star of the show, along with the colors served up by the weather on any given day. “They were so easy to work with and so open to ideas,” Linda adds.

The main living area is finished with vaulted ceilings, curling beams with a faux rusted iron effect, and accented with silver and gold leafing. The ballroom was transformed into the primary bedroom, with the headboard on the bed accessorized in semiprecious stones, and lamps made of fused glass.

Since the couple did not need that many bedrooms, Kurt’s idea was to transform one of the rooms into a music room. The space is dotted with custom, vintage features, including a handmade stand for a record player, a rare Led Zeppelin pinball machine, and a Blues Brothers painting (by Carmel artist Gavin Goode) Kim presented to Kurt for Christmas. The room acts as a retreat for Kurt, a comfortable space for him to play his guitar.

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Pieces from the couple’s extensive art collection, like this portrait of Paul McCartney by Walter Knabe, reflect their love of music.
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The “glam” room

Rounding out the project, Kurt shared his idea to create a “glam” room. The one-of-a-kind area was primarily intended as a space for Kim to apply her makeup and store her glamor items. Chris Beehler at Beehler Kitchens created a custom makeup table and extensive built-in shelving to accommodate all of Kim’s needs. The drawers provide ample space for beauty products, curling irons, flat irons and blow dryers. Debbie Harrison at Ferguson Appliance Gallery supplied the dual-use wine refrigerator for cocktails and storage of her cold beauty products.The display area shows off Kim’s handbags, shoes, and accessories.

Completing the space, Linda added a circular white fur ottoman, a conversation-piece pink cuckoo clock, and a wall adorned with a likeness of Marilyn Monroe. The piece, which Kurt and Kim saw found in a gallery in Florida, is made from paint strips. Linda says, “To top it off, my team and I found a white ostrich feather floor lamp, to which we added a cowhide shade. It’s the most important room in the house to Kim and possibly to Kurt. Any woman would love to have this room.”

Mordoh designed the dining area to take full advantage of the natural light and stunning views, adding swivel chairs around the table, allowing guests to turn and drink in the cityscape through the floor-to-ceiling windows. A bar in the center of the room includes a built-in wine cellar, modern lighting, and stools upholstered in

zebra print, giving the room an eclectic feel. “It’s a great place for entertaining–so spacious, yet comfortable,” she adds.

To highlight the Indianapolis angle, Linda selected pieces from local artists Walter Knabe and Gavin Goode, among others. Custom remote control solar shades were installed throughout the condo for convenience and a modern feel. The design makes the most of the home’s vast, open layout, and the couple enjoy the way it effortlessly flows from one area to another. Kurt, ever efficient, often treks the long hallway from their bedroom to the far side of the condo on his scooter.

The penthouse, which Linda calls her “dream place” to live in, was not her first condo project. She recalls, “The first time we did a condo, we had difficulty getting things to fit in the elevator, and ultimately used a crane to lift the sectional. This time, I made sure to measure everything I ordered so that we could avoid the hassle of walking it up nine flights of stairs.” In the end, she is delighted to see the couple living in their new home the way she hoped they would, and that is what makes her happiest.

“We walk to Colts games, the Pacers games are just a 10-minute walk, and we joined the Columbia Club, which is close,” Kurt says. “We do a lot of entertaining while enjoying the incredible views, and we look forward to exploring all things Indy that have been right under our noses all along.” sl

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Garden Table opens in Carmel

Located in The Railyard at Midtown building in the revitalized Midtown Carmel district, the new Garden Table is the third iteration of the successful restaurant established in 2013 in Broad Ripple by husband-and-wife team Greg and Jessie Harden. Occupying a prime space just feet away from the outdoor public plaza, the location could scarcely be more propitious. From its inception, Garden Table has set itself apart from more mainstream health food eateries; today the restaurants offer not only a selection of cold-pressed juices and farm-fresh salads, but also a robust cocktail menu and several farm-to-fork meat dishes whose inclusion might raise the eyebrows of diehard vegans, but undoubtedly attract a diverse dinner crowd. Drawing high-quality ingredients from a long list of regional organic and sustainable suppliers, Garden Table pays more than lip service to the concept of healthy local eating. For those concerned about the provenance and sourcing of their food, few restaurants in town offer a more compelling affirmation of their commitment to quality and sustainability.

Part of the original grand scheme since the first restaurant’s inception, the Carmel location has been a long time coming. “After opening our Mass Ave restaurant, we started looking for the perfect spot in Carmel, which took time and patience. Our lease was signed in March of 2020, days before Covid hit,” says Jessie. “As things returned to normal, we revisited the design based on the needs we saw during the pandemic, turning the private events room into a to-go counter for Monon traffic and delivery services.” With brunch beginning at 9 a.m., shareable snacks and cocktails at three and dinner at five, Garden Table offers an ambitious and surprisingly lengthy menu that caters to a broad cross-section of tastes.

The Carmel restaurant is the couple’s first new construction project, a departure from the first two locations, enabled partly by investor and partner Sarah Simon, who has been on board since day one. While the Broad Ripple location is smaller and cozier, occupying a storefront with counter service, the Massachusetts Avenue restaurant occupies a former retail establishment with an abundance of character that required a substantial build-out. “Jessie conceived the interior look of the Carmel store over several years, and bringing it to life was so fulfilling for her,” says Greg. “It’s important to her for the interior design to be dictated first by the space and the building. Our space was also our first new construction, built out by Mike Boaz, who enabled us to create an environment that could transition from a bright and energetic brunch service to a vibey and eclectic dinner and cocktail service.”

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With columns, high ceilings and concrete floors, the brand-new construction provided a blank canvas for Jessie and her design partners to create a clean, contemporary environment, which they accomplished by softening the warm white walls with arches, strategic lighting and colorful watercolor wallpaper. Two large abstract installations by Sheena Birt of Color Story Studio further break up the expanse of white, but at no point does the décor draw attention to itself, allowing diners to enjoy the food and each others’ company without undue distraction.

Many of our readers will be quite familiar by now with Garden Table’s wonderfully invigorating range of juices and salads, so on our most recent visit we decided to try something new and focus on dinner. The Dad Juice cocktail proved to be an excellent place to start. Based on the classic Sazerac, this boozy libation offers the additional bonus of cognac and Benedictine to the already heady mix of spirits. It has become a firm favorite of Sophisticated Living’s publisher and editor-in-chief Jeffrey Cohen, who hails from New Orleans and gives it two enthusiastic thumbs up. The well-designed drinks menu offers a broad selection of traditional and contemporary cocktails made with top-quality ingredients, as well as a clutch of solid draft beers and a short but carefully selected wine list.

Mention healthy food and many diners will think of lettuce and rabbits. Garden Table’s shareable snacks are both nutritious and full of flavor: small dishes designed to stimulate the taste buds without overwhelming the stomach. Our choices of starters included a creamy burrata served with hot honey, prosciutto and toasted baguette, followed by a hot, spicy, savory and citrusy street corn dip and then, as if this wasn’t enough, some crispy roasted potatoes with aioli. Be forewarned: these are substantial dishes, and a few of them would work beautifully as a fun, shareable dinner. For our main course, we enjoyed a perfectly rendered duck breast with crispy skin, a delicate pink throughout, served on a bed of wild mushroom risotto and a very rich and craveable gastrique sauce that would be wonderful spread generously on toast. Our second main course consisted of bourbon-glazed salmon paired simply with fresh vegetables, the sweet-and-salty glaze contrasting nicely with the moist and slightly fatty interior of the salmon, which was perfectly cooked.

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Beginning life as a juice bar, Garden Table now caters to diners of all stripes at every meal of the day at its new location. Future plans include recapturing the dinner business that was lost during the pandemic at the downtown restaurant, and eventually expanding the footprint of the Broad Ripple location. Currently, the presence of a pergola allows outdoor seating year-round; in the spring both Broad Ripple and downtown will have regular outdoor seating, too. We look forward to breakfast, lunch, dinner and juices come rain or shine, indoors or out, secure in the knowledge that no matter what side of town we are on, there is a Garden Table nearby. sl For more information, visit 85
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A memorable cruise through the heart of Europe

Departing from a bustling pier in Budapest, my family and I recently joined Uniworld Boutique River Cruises for an eight-day journey down the river Danube to Passau, Germany, stopping in Bratislava, Vienna and Salzburg along the way. The shimmering waters flow for thousands of miles through the very heart of Europe, bearing silent witness to centuries of artistic achievement and historical events.

Walking across the gangway and on board the exquisitely appointed S.S. Maria Theresa (named after the great Hapsburg ruler) for the first time was like stepping into a floating five-star hotel. For the next week or so, we would be treated to food, drink, sights and sounds that we will be talking about for years. This perfectly designed cruise is a cultural snapshot of four beguiling countries, with the added dimension of allowing travelers to experience the entire trip from the water, a significantly altered perspective from the usual adventure by plane and car.

Operating around the world, from Europe to India and South America, each of Uniworld’s unique ships is inspired by the very rivers upon which they cruise. With distinctive themes, color palettes, custom fabrics, original artwork, sumptuous furnishings

and antiques, each element has been thoughtfully considered and flawlessly rendered. This would be our second time aboard a Uniworld riverboat, the first being a Generations cruise on the Seine, one of many programs designed for multi-generations and “world travelers-in-training”, as our children were at the time.

Ensconced in our two suites–the kids in one, my wife and I in the other–we were beginning to unpack our bags when there was a knock at the door. It was the butler, one of two assigned to us to provide round-the-clock service. A charming gentleman, he insisted on unpacking for us, even steaming our clothes as needed. His colleague was equally attentive, quickly arranging for a tour of the ship, including a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the wheelhouse, where we marveled at the captain’s skill as he steered the boat mere inches from other crafts along the river, expertly navigating through the locks that control the narrow canal depth. We were stunned by the grandeur of our boat, which included a marble lobby with sweeping staircase and glass elevator, as well as a cinema, fitness center and spa, indoor pool, coffee shop, several bars and an elegant dining room.

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Each suite is attended to by its own butler.

At noon, we headed to the Baroque Restaurant for our first onboard meal. Providing two sumptuously elaborate buffet lines at breakfast and lunch, and a host of à la carte dishes for dinner, the meticulously crafted menus offer regional variations depending on the day and location. In Budapest there was plenty of sausage, bell pepper and paprika, and as we sailed towards Vienna, veal made an appearance. For those with a sweet tooth, this must be one of the most hedonistic places on earth: cakes, petit-fours, cookies and sweetmeats seem to be part of the daily diet in Austria and Hungary. Uniworld cruises include all on-board meals and drinks, and being both hungry and adventurous, we experienced new dishes and wines at virtually every meandering turn on the languid Danube. The wine list was significantly more refined than we could have hoped: we were truly spoiled by the quality and selection.

Following a post-prandial nap, the family repaired to the Habsburg Salon for a spot of afternoon tea, featuring dainty sandwiches (including, of course, thinly sliced cucumber sandwiches) and scones served with clotted cream and preserves that kept us going nicely until the captain’s welcome dinner. The expert sommelier paired local wines with various dishes; truly astounding on this occasion was a sublime Tokaji from eastern Hungary that was the perfect match for custard-filled pastries and fresh apricots. I came to relish regular conversations with this enthusiastic wine authority,

and I learned plenty about regions with which I had previously been largely unfamiliar. Once we were comfortably seated at dinner that evening, the ship cast off and headed downriver through the center of Budapest before turning around and returning to its moorings so we could all see both sides of the city. By now quite dark, the illuminated riverfront with its magnificent skyline was truly spectacular as we drifted by.

On the first full day of our cruise, we saw even more of Budapest. After my daily workout in the fitness center, and a breakfast of pastries and coffee, we boarded a private coach that took us to the Franz Liszt Academy, where we experienced an exclusive piano recital before taking a panoramic tour back through the Pest side of the city, then on to the Buda Hill district with its spectacular views over the river. Making sure to stop at regular intervals to grab sustenance at one of the hundreds of tiny restaurants populated largely by locals, we needed every step we took to work off the hearty fare. Uniworld provides locally-based experts at each stop along the route who provide invaluable insider knowledge well beyond the must-sees of each region, with under-the-radar locales and VIP access to places only a privileged few will ever experience, and there are numerous tours offered at each destination that cater to a variety of interests. They also stock bikes onboard each ship, an amenity our children made use of at every opportunity.

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The Szechenyi Thermal Baths in Budapest
Vienna’s Graben Street glows at night.

Budapest is a spa city, with a bathing culture dating back to Roman times. My wife was especially excited to visit the Szechenyi Baths, a stunning edifice built in the Neo-baroque style. We spent a relaxing hour in the spa’s healing waters, before heading to Vaci Street for some souvenir and gift shopping. Specialties here include elaborately costumed dolls, embroidered goods and, of course, sweets. Always bringing a wine suitcase on our travels, I made sure to pick up a couple of bottles of hard-tofind Tokaji Essenzia to take home.

Returning to the S.S. Maria Theresa by late afternoon, we soon set sail again, this time for the thirteen-hour voyage to Bratislava in Slovakia. After dinner and digestifs on the top deck, we retired to our rooms and were quickly lulled to sleep by the motion of the ship, awakening to enjoy our approach to this small but perfect city. With its beautiful 18th century streets and stunning castle, Bratislava is surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian Mountains–not quite Dracula country, but certainly evocative. Here, we hiked up to the castle, enjoyed strong coffee and potato dumplings with sheep’s milk cheese for lunch, then did some more sightseeing in the Old Town prior to heading back to the boat for our short trip downriver to Hainburg

in Austria. That night, we took Uniworld’s beautifully appointed tour bus to the Albert Hall Palace, where we enjoyed a private concert of Mozart and Strauss before returning to continue our journey to Vienna.

No bucket list is complete without a visit to Vienna. With its stunning baroque architecture, world-renowned museums and libraries, gorgeous opera houses, magnificent tea rooms and the apartments of Sigmund Freud and Ludwig Van Beethoven, the city is one of the great cultural centers of Europe. Early in the day, we partook in a guided tour through the Vienna Art History Museum, a program entitled “Morning With The Masters”. After a quick lunch, it was off to the truly opulent Schonbrunn Palace, former home to the emperor Franz Joseph and his Empress Elisabeth. The history of this palace and its occupants is both crucial to our modern history, yet hard to comprehend these days. As if that was not enough for one day, we peeled off the palace tour early to join a culinary walking tour, making four stops along the way to sample the diversity and richness of Vienna’s fabled cuisine. And no visit to this remarkable city is complete without a ride on the Prater, a massive Ferris wheel made famous by Orson Welles in The Third Man. 95
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The ship’s 24-hour coffee bar

Making a memorable stop in the Wachau Valley to visit the site of some of the finest white wines in the world, we were privileged to receive an intimate tour and tasting at Nikolaihof, a superstar producer on the oldest wine estate in Austria, and one of the first in the world to have begun operating by biodynamic principles. The winery’s 1995 Vinothek Riesling received a perfect 100 rating, virtually unheard of. This estate in the village of Mautern is an intriguing ancient Celtic religious site made up of a series of connected structures, chapels, walls and cellars, and has been owned by the Saahs family since 1894. Nikolaus Saahs took over the winery in 2005 and is with his vines every day to ensure a close relationship between man and nature. He observes, checks, tastes, and lets the grapes develop until the time is ripe for harvesting and they are ready to enter the historic Nikolaihof cellar. Being an aficionado, though certainly not a connoisseur, I was thrilled to spend a few minutes with the winemaker himself.

Arriving in Salzburg, one of the most picturesque cities in the world, we visited Mozart’s birthplace and various original filming locations featured in The Sound Of Music. As a family, we have always been huge fans of the movie, and it was thrilling to walk in the footsteps of the Von Trapps (and Julie Andrews), unabashedly singing our way through town. It was also a bit surreal to see the actual hills and church, appearing just as they were almost sixty years ago when the film was shot, as if time had stood still. Salzburg is quintessentially romantic and abounding in history and, more importantly, at least to the younger members of the family, wonderful chocolate.

Obviously, there is so much more to do than can be packed into eight days, yet we feel that we had a lifetime’s travel experiences on our picturesque foray down the Danube. This is a part of the world that can boast an extraordinary past, and seems to promise an equally extraordinary future. We cannot wait to go back. sl

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The S.S. Maria Theresa glides by the famous Bavarian village in Passau, Germany.


Cosmopolitan luxury in the heart of vibrant Budapest

With a population approaching two million, the city of Budapest straddles the river Danube approximately 150 miles east of Vienna, with which it once shared the title of capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Budapest took its present name in 1873 when the independent cities of Buda, Obuda, and Pest were combined. Now a Unesco World Heritage Site, the city center, one of the most beautiful in Europe and abounding in classical architecture, underwent significant damage during World War II and the subsequent subjugation by the Soviet Union. Today those physical scars have been healed through decades of restoration, and this once great metropolis has again become a must-visit on every traveler’s bucket list.

It was here last fall that my family and I found ourselves with a day to spare before embarking on a cruise along the Danube, and had booked ourselves into the magnificent Kozmo Hotel Suites & Spa in the very center of the Pest side of the city. With the airline industry on the verge of a global meltdown, and with horror stories of luggage seemingly winding up as far away as Mars, my wife deemed it prudent for us to leave home a day early so we might

(vainly, as it turned out) hope to be united with our bags before setting sail. I must say I shared her pessimism and urged our children not to pack anything the loss of which they might regret for the remainder of their lives.

As it turned out, my wife was correct in her prognostication. While we humans changed planes in Amsterdam, our luggage apparently decided to stick around for a bit of sightseeing. Owing to rampant labor shortages throughout the industry, we were told that we could expect our bags in two to three days. It was a setback by all means (although we got through baggage claim in record time), but our spirits were lifted when we were met by the Kozmo’s private car upon arrival in Budapest. We were whisked to the hotel and warmly greeted by the general manager, with whom we struck up an immediate rapport. The kids were disappointed to have just missed Ed Sheeran, and I was delighted to learn that one of the Formula One teams calls the Kozmo home during the Hungarian Grand Prix, two resounding endorsements, certainly. Accompanied to our luxuriously appointed suites, one with a rooftop terrace, we began to settle in and plan our next move.

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The Kozmo’s grand staircase Patio dining at the Kozmo
Budapest at twilight

Without a shred of spare clothing apart from the few small items that would fit in our carry-ons, we were forced to make a decision about what to do about our ‘crisis.’ Ever resourceful, my family found various solutions to the problem. Our industrious son took it upon himself to wash a few items in the sink, while my wife and teenage daughter immediately, and dare I say gleefully, headed out to Andrassy Street, the Rodeo Drive of Budapest, in search of suitable attire. For my part, I rang the concierge to have my clothes pressed to return them to a semblance of freshness. A harbinger of the extremely attentive service we would receive for the rest of our short stay, he also thoughtfully took care of our immediate toiletry requirements, then, to our surprise, called around midnight to announce the unexpected and most welcome arrival of our luggage. The hotel’s caring attitude toward all is evident from even a quick perusal of the website, where it states that they offer special rates for Ukraine refugees.

Owned and conceived by award-winning Spanish architects, Kozmo Hotel Suites & Spa occupies a historic landmark that was formerly home to the largest telecommunications center in Eastern and central Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. Sensitively repurposed, this prodigious building has retained many of its original elements; a protected property, the interior has been reimagined to provide the lap of luxury to its patrons while highlighting architectural and design elements of its era, such as the red-pink brick of the facade, the palatial ceilings, and the imposing staircase that presides above the lobby. It is not hard to imagine hundreds of well-shod feet clattering round the stone floors of this monument to the industrial age as people went about their business

a hundred years ago, though it is safe to say they would have had little opportunity to enjoy the art, featuring photographs by Carlos Cánovas and works by fresco artist Lluis Lléo, that now adorns the guest rooms and public spaces.

With just 84 rooms, including 21 suites, the guest accommodations fit very comfortably into Kozmo’s vast footprint, leaving an abundance of room for large public areas, including a library and business center that are almost cathedral-like in their dimensions. The decor throughout features bespoke furnishings that are grand, yet somehow plush and cozy, enticing guests to settle in and relax. As we sat enjoying a coffee amidst the hotel’s almost monastic tranquility, my wife remarked that it felt otherworldly to have so much luxurious personal space in the midst of a bustling city like Budapest, adding that she wished we had arrived a few days earlier.

By dinnertime, we (the men at any rate) were still without a change of clothes, so it was with a degree of trepidation that we ventured downstairs wearing what we were in when we crossed the Atlantic. Fortunately, everyone was too polite to notice, and my wife and I headed to the hotel’s Oyster Bar, where we enjoyed a dozen excellent oysters with a festive sangria vinaigrette, along with some bubbles to celebrate the start of our trip. We then joined our children at the Bistro, where they ordered all-American burgers and I dove into the goulash. The food and service left nothing to be desired, and we all finally found ourselves transitioning into holiday mode. Exhausted by the travel and shopping, the ladies retired to bed, while my son and I played a game of billiards, he with a cup of hot chocolate and I with something a bit stronger. 105
The Kozmo
Budapest is known for its charming architecture. A suite at the Kozmo A spa-like bathroom Breakfast al fresco at the Kozmo The hotel’s elegant entry 107
One of the hotel’s many inviting gathering spots
A serene pool in the hotel’s spa

The following morning I took the lift to what can only be described as a temple of wellness, the spa and fitness center. As the elevator doors opened, I was struck by the zen-like hush of the lobby. In the spa, guests can avail themselves of a variety of massages and treatments by specialists trained by the prestigious Swiss cellular cosmetics firm Valmont, with products by the distinguished organic brand Adrienne Feller. Open 24 hours a day, the training room offers a variety of cardiovascular machines and an array of the latest in fitness equipment. Two pools, one hot and one cold, provided an invigorating cool-down after my workout.

Breakfast for my wife and me was in the Bistro; offering a modern interpretation of traditional Hungarian fare, the menu is considerably less rib-sticking than one might imagine, very much catering to sophisticated international travelers without losing sight of its culinary roots. After a basket of pastries, I enjoyed a smoked salmon Benedict with a foamy, ethereal hollandaise, while the chef, concerned our children might be jet-lagged, sent breakfast up to their suite (where it was no doubt partaken in bed). One of the many things I love about wonderful boutique hotels like the Kozmo is the relentless attention to detail. I just hope our kids don’t expect the rest of their lives to be this easy.

Properly caffeinated, we headed out to explore a bit, awed by the many important World War II historical sites, as well as the Dohány Street Synagogue, the largest in Europe. Budapest is also

renowned for its healing thermal baths, which my wife especially wanted to visit (she had planned ahead and insisted we all pack a bathing suit in our carry-ons, assuming correctly that our luggage would be detained). Science has yet to confirm the healing effects of balneotherapy, the treatment of pain in thermal water; it’s possible mineral-rich water is useful to supplement standard treatments, but who knows? Either way, soaking in hot water in grand old buildings is a great way to relax, reflect or socialize, and gathering at the baths is a time-honored social activity for Budapest’s residents. We visited the Szechenyi Baths, comprising 18 pools–15 indoors and three outdoors–and which are known as the “Times Square” of baths. People linger in the water for hours–we actually saw several chess games in progress along the edge. While my wife and I enjoyed this unique and certainly memorable experience, our children may have been a bit disconcerted by the communal aspect of taking a dip with a few hundred new (and suddenly close) friends.

We returned to the Kozmo, where the staff thoughtfully insisted we take all the time we needed to change and pack before driving us to meet our cruise boat, although we hated to leave. We agreed that a single day of sightseeing could not possibly do justice to this awe-inspiring city, and that we would need to return to once again enjoy this luxurious and stunningly elegant hotel and immerse ourselves more completely in Budapest’s role in the history of Europe. sl For more information, visit 109
Communal bathing is a time-honored tradition in Budapest.
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