Fathomaway Compass

I travel for the Culture

A Few Days in Vienna

VIENNA – It's a town for grown-up activities (operas, horses) and guilty pleasures (indecent-looking hot dogs). This is the place for culture and glamour consumed in the most active way.

Uncharted Territory: El Jadida, Morocco

EL JADIDIA, Morocco – The roaring ocean reminded me of my native California. But two pastimes were missing: sunbathing and boozing. A hundred miles of beach and not a bikini in sight!

How Locals Spend a Sabbath: Jerusalem

JERUSALEM – What tourists don’t know is that for 25 hours between Friday night and Saturday night, the city almost completely shuts down. Here's how to keep busy.

Spoiled Rotten in Switzerland

SWITZERLAND – Walking into the chalet, even my new leather pants experienced an inferiority complex. Amidst the heiresses in Hermès and runaways in Rodarte, Helmut Lang feels lame.

Best Day Ever: Rome

ROME – That was fast. Now that the cardinals have picked a new pope, we suggest a walk from the Pantheon toward spaghetti alla carbonara, fried artichokes, and zabaglione with melted chocolate.

Hello, Roma, My Old Friend

ROME – Eiffel Tower? Went up when I was seven. Tower of London? Check. Coliseum? Of course. But what do I really remember? Maybe my child-size visits weren’t enough for a lifetime.

A 12-Step SXSW Survival Guide

AUSTIN, Texas – The bands to see, the parties to get into, the apps to download, the gear to have. Don't even think about heading to the SXSW music festival without us.

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