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Historic Hotels in and Around Capri

When in South Italy’s storied Campania region, where would you rather stay:

A) a mega-chain hotel?
B) a restored monastery, palace or manor?

If you answered “A,” no need to read on. But for travelers who yearn to be lord of a castle -- even for only a night -- can discover top heritage properties in the Campania capital of Naples, in nearby Sorrento and on the island of Capri across the bay.

And what getaway to these mainland cities is complete without a boat ride to Capri? Here are several vintage offerings to bring history to your bedside after visiting the Greek temples at Paestum, the Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum or the resorts Tiberius left behind on the “Blue Island” of Capri.

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The Heritage Hotels of Lisbon

Cherry brandy, fado music and hand-painted tiles  make for three perfectly sound reasons to visit Lisbon, Portugal, any time of the year. Two more are its international documentary showcase, Doclisboa (in October) and festival of independent world cinema called Indie Lisboa (in April).

If you're attending either, or both, of these emerging festivals, you'll want a fabulous place to repair to after hectic days of screenings, panels and parties. One solution to consider is the Heritage Hotels of Lisbon, a boutique chain of luxury boutique hotels that arguably rivals cinema in providing period stories and fantasy escape.

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Doing it The Czech Way--The Cesky Krumlov Hotels

Český Krumlov, the Czech Republic's answer to Camelot, is so fairy-tale perfect you half expect mini-chiclets to rain down on its cobbled streets. Marionettes deck the panes of its gingerbread shops. Bears roam a castle moat. And the town's very name describes the bend in the Vltava River that rings this UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 13th century.

It's no wonder Hollywood came here to shoot The Adventures of Pinocchio and opening frames of The Illusionist. All that's missing in the medieval fantasy set is a green ogre. Český Krumlov's mediating role between filmed artifice and real world makes it an ideal junction after summer's cinema rites in another corner of Bohemia, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Yet unlike the spa town of Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), this South Bohemia destination lacks thermal waters to drink in or splash about. The closest thing is the indoor pool, sauna and solarium of its five-star Hotel Růže, housed in a 16th-century Jesuit monastery and university.

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Egon Schiele Retrospective at New York's Galerie St. Etienne & Others

(Detail from Egon Schiele, Self-Portrait with Peacock Waistcoat, Standing. 1911, gouache, watercolor and black crayon. Collection Ernst Ploil, Vienna)

100 years since his passing in 1918, the art of Egon Schiele is still intensely gripping and fascinating to this day. Raw, grotesque, passionate, shocking and sexual, Schiele’s art is unlike any other artist of the 20th century.

To celebrate his life and art, galleries around the world are also mounting similar exhibitions.

New York’s Galerie St. Etienne (24 West 57th Street #802) will be presenting Egon Schiele: In Search of the Perfect Line from November 1, 2019 through March 2, 2019. Galerie St. Etienne has the distinction of being home to Schiele’s first American one man show in 1941, and their new loan exhibition planned to coincide with the release, by the Kallir Research Institute, of an updated, digitized version of Jane Kallir's catalogue raisonné, Egon Schiele: The Complete Works.

Other exhibitions include:

Egon Schiele

Fondation Louis VuittonParis

The first monographic presentation of Schiele’s work ever mounted at a French museum, this exhibition features over 100 works by the Austrian artist. It includes loans organized by the Galerie St. Etienne and an exhibition catalogue essay by gallery co-director Jane Kallir. The show runs concurrently with a retrospective of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
October 3, 2018, through January 14, 2019

Egon Schiele: The Making of a Collection
This centenary exhibition takes an in-depth look at Schiele’s works as they relate to the collecting history of the Viennese institution. Including preliminary studies and sketches, the show reveals new findings about Schiele’s painting technique and working methods. With loans organized by the Galerie St. Etienne and an exhibition catalogue essay by gallery co-director Jane Kallir who will deliver an opening address on October 18.
October 19, 2018, through February 17, 2019

Klimt/Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna
Royal Academy of Arts in London
Featuring close to 100 works, this exhibition provides an rare look at the Albertina's unparalleled collection of drawings by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Join Galerie St. Etienne co-director Jane Kallir at the RA on Friday, November 9, for a special examination of Schiele’s mysterious watercolor “The Cellist.” An essay by Ms. Kallir appears in the exhibition catalogue.
November 4, 2018, through February 3, 2019

To learn more, go to:

Egon Schiele: In Search of the Perfect Line
November 1, 2019 - March 2, 2019.

Galerie St. Etienne
24 W 57th St #802
New York, NY 10019

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