Nestling under Table Mountain's massive sandstone bulk, often draped in a wispy “tablecloth” of cloud, Cape Town is South Africa’s most attractive city, enjoying a Mediterranean climate with dry, hot summers and cooler winters.
Morocco's imperial cities—Marrakesh, Fes, Meknes—conjure up images of silk-clad sultans, mud-brick marketplaces full of spices, leather and all the exotic goods of Africa…and with good reason. Each of these cities has served as the capital of Moroccan empires; kingdoms stretching down into the Sahara as far as Timbuktu and up across Spain to the Pyrenees.
In the last year two magnificent Portuguese palaces—one in the north of the country and the other in the south—have opened their gilded salons to guests, becoming part of the chain of pousadas.
City of dreaming spires and of lost causes, Oxford is the obvious destination for anyone who has exhausted London's charms and wants a day trip outside the capital.
Everyone knows about the treasures in Europe’s great national museums, but exquisite wonders lurk undetected in smaller, overlooked collections.
Don’t go hunting for antiques. Let them come hunting for you. A definite goal leaves you vulnerable to the articulate salesman or, worse still, the self-styled expert who will convince you that what he has is what you really need.
It makes sense for IL readers to learn Spanish when so many low-cost and beautiful countries with a pleasant climate that this magazine writes about are, in fact, in Spanish-speaking Latin America.