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Heading Heavenward in the Pyrenees

The French mountains are a beautiful blend of wilderness and centuries-old culture, and a tourist’s first sight of the Pyrenees can be unforgettable: They emerge from the summer haze like a bank of thunderclouds, assuming the stature of real mountains as canyons, ridges, and snowpack resembling an alpinist’s dreamland.

Downtown San Leandro Has Plenty to See, Taste, and Do

San Leandro is often overlooked, but it has a lively downtown.

Meet the Other Brazil

The country’s unheralded, European South is more than beaches, rainforests, and Carnival.

Unironic Bliss in San Diego

San Diego’s charms can disarm even the crankiest among us, putting many a northerner at home in its revitalized downtown.

Color Ideas to Make Room

Interior designers Angelisse Karol and Laura Martin Bovard say beige is passé, warm whites are just right, and the grays are here to stay. Add bold splashes of a color in rich, deep shades for a fresh new look.

Lampshades and Lushness Come to Restaurant Decor

What’s good for au courant restaurant decor may be finding a way into residential homes.

Fabrics Made for the Outdoors Move Indoors

High-performance outdoor fabrics—like solution-dyed acrylics—are softer, brighter, and more durable than the old stuff of awnings and cushions and are finding new uses indoors.

Wily Window Treatments

A little prep, a bit of measuring, and a generous dose of fabric add up to stylish.

Russian River Getaway

Guerneville and others are rich in resorts, redwoods and rainbow flags.

Vintage Romance in Beautiful Los Angeles

Los Angeles city still offers opportunities for 1920s-esque romance and pampering and its dining, cocktail, and fashion scenes are stronger than ever.