winner, winner, alpine dinner

Hotel Kristiania Lech is a boutique showpiece of stunning art and gracious Alpine hospitality, where a Reading Butler is on hand to personalize your book collection, the Bath Butler awaits to prepare the perfect bespoke spa experience, and your Lifestyle Attendant obligingly unpacks your suitcase and chauffeurs you around in a Maybach. The uber-chic winter haven even features a personal ski concierge to make sure you are fitted – and outfitted – perfectly for the stellar slopes and all manner of apres-ski activity. (Known for spectacular skiing and snowboarding, the village of Lech is just 90 minutes outside of Innsbruck.) And, they are giving away 3 winter nights of luxury for one lucky winner complete with a special Lech Survival Kit. It’s a surprise but trust me, you are going to find it most delectable. Enter HERE and pass it on; the more you do, the better your chances of sitting pretty this winter atop Austrian slopes.

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live blog: beautiful bariloche

Adios, Buenos Aires.  Bariloche – a two and a half hour flight from Buenos Aires – is Argentina’s answer to the Alps.  We arrived here this afternoon and went up a chairlift to take in the view of the lakes.  (The area is also considered the country’s lake district.) Hopefully this short video will give you a sense of the spectacular Andean scenery – though you probably want to turn down the sound.

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bucket list: 2009 edition – July

images For those of you just joining us, we’re midway through 2009’s 12 Months of Travel.  An antidote of wanderlust to the 12 Days of Christmas.

JULY

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MONTREUX: Ahhh, the Alps.  And the idyllic shores of Lake Geneva: French-flavored Lausanne, Montreux, Vevey, the vineyards of Lavaux, Chillon Castle…..it’s like something out of a Swiss fairytale.  I went for the Montreux Jazz Festival and didn’t want to leave.  Not only does the festival feature some of the greatest names in jazz year in, year out, but it also promotes an incredibly collegial atmosphere.  Outside of the scheduled concerts you’ll often find artists mingling and playing together informally in cafes and bars well into the early morning hours.  How’s this for a random assemblage of talent I witnessed jamming together:  BB King, Grace Jones, George Benson, and Susan Tedeschi.

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