Ondine’s Published Articles

In Norway, the Journey Is the Destination (The New York Times)

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A writer finds emotional solace on some of Norway’s scenic remote roads, which have been transformed into architectural wonders. I was driving up a remote road in central Norway. To be more accurate, it was actually more like I was playing an advanced level video game. Eleven switchbacks were cut into the sheer mountainside, and …

Always Italy
By FRANCES MAYES and ONDINE COHANE(National Geographic)

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Always Italy By FRANCES MAYES and ONDINE COHANE The world’s favorite expert on la dolce vita (Under the Tuscan Sun author) guides readers through Italy’s iconic regions, replete with lavish National Geographic images. This lush guide, featuring more than 350 glorious photographs from National Geographic, showcases the best Italy has to offer from the perspective ...

The Innkeeper’s Diaries (Journey)

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When Ondine Cohane and her husband opened a hotel in the Tuscan countryside, everyone said they were living the dream—only it wasn’t really hers My husband and I are dressed for a photo shoot: he in a crisp linen shirt and jacket, me in a pink Michael Kors shift. His face is tanned from summer …

The Aeolian Islands: Beautiful Italian Countryside, Few Tourists (Conde Nast Traveler)

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There is a small cluster of islands off the coast of Sicily with no throngs of tourists, no teeming crowds, no traffic jams. Instead, what you find is Italy at its dreamiest, picturesque best: acres of olive trees and grapevines; small, just-right hotels; and crystalline waters made for long, lazy swims. Ondine Cohane uncovers the ...

Tuscan Attraction (1st Dibs)

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A magazine editor and her music-industry executive husband leave Brooklyn for the Italian countryside, where despite numerous trials, they succeed in turning a pair of historic buildings into two chic boutique hotels — while recreating their lives in the process. Driving up a steep and deeply rutted dirt road lined with statuesque cypress trees, we …

Eat, Stay, Buy Locally: Treading Lightly on the Road (The New York Times)

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Between the intricate shrines of Angkor Wat, the diverse landscapes of the countryside and the kindness of its people — and despite the horrors of its recent history — Cambodia knocks a lot of people off their feet. It certainly had that effect on me when I first visited a few years ago and then …

Following Dylan Thomas in Wales (The New York Times)

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  Climbing along a steep coastal path through a forest in southern Wales, with russet red and tawny brown autumn leaves crunching beneath my feet, I reached a crest where the trailhead looked back onto a long estuary lined with salt flats. The River Taf ran through the headlands before me, its glacier-cut course unmistakable …

Finding a Setting That Captures a Scene (The New York Times, Feb 2014)

  Wes Anderson’s films are best known for their eccentric characters and rigorously whimsical tone. But just as distinctively captured are their settings. Think of the colors and textures of the Indian landscapes in “The Darjeeling Limited,” for example, or the lovingly rendered Mediterranean locations in “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.” The director’s latest …

The Daily Traveler: Antinori’s New Cantina in Tuscany (Conde Nast Traveler)

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At This Italian Winery, the Architecture’s as Amazing as the Chianti Antinori is one of the biggest names in Italian wine, but it’s not just the Chianti that’s drawing visitors to their hillside winery near the village of Bargino, 20 minutes outside Florence. The winemaker’s new state-of-the-art, cantilevered headquarters, Cantina Antinori, is luring architecture buffs who …

Everything’s Funky in the Philippines (Conde Nast Traveler)

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