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First Person
Arriving somewhere new at night can trip
you up like that: On a taxi ride into Manhattan
from the airport at 9 or 10 pm, you miss the
traffic and emerge from tunnel or bridge to
find the city in hair-down mode - Wall Street
types are out walking their poodles; you might
even win a smile from a cop.
Getting in late is a kind of beckoning. You're
there, but not yet fully aware of the true
power of a place. The unknown is filled with
promise and opportunity - I tend to relish
the just-under-the-wire quality of it all. Let's
say you trade your frenetic urban routine for
somewhere languid and tropical. The barefoot, laughing couple you glimpse stretched
out casually with drinks holds the possibility
of what future you - relaxed you - might become. Just give it another 24 hours, right?
So much of what makes life alluring is anticipation, and I'm perfectly fine not receiving the whole enchilada the instant I touch
down someplace. Allow the journey to unfold
slowly, and you've mastered the endangered
art of savoring. Consider it the same as with
getting to know people: What fun would dating be if my girlfriend and I had somehow acquired full dossiers on each other the day we
met? Half the pleasure we were having was
the constant discovery, of each other and the
world, side by side.
Once, in the coastal cowboy country south
of Puerto Vallarta, she and I arrived late to
a small hotel we'd been talking about excitedly for weeks. Under cover of night, it looked
nothing like it had in the travel magazines:
The place was actually more magical. The
Milky Way arched overhead, and armies of
fireflies glittered around us. Hundreds of
candles lined the gravel pathway to an openair reception area, which turned out to be an
antique desk under a crystal chandelier dripping with flickering votives. If the true meaning of the word "awe" is to feel small, almost
fearful, in the face of something vast and inexplicable, then this entrance - and sharing it
with someone significant - was as awesome
as any I'd experienced.
On the road, I like to let go of my usual
habits and hang-ups. That's somehow easier at night too. It's acceptable to be a little
wacky from jet lag or to excuse yourself from
small talk about your flight delay and politely
march off to bed. You can be as wrinkled or as
polished, as animated or as pensive, as you

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ALLOW THE
JOURNEY
TO UNFOLD
SLOWLY,
AND YOU'VE
MASTERED THE
ENDANGERED
ART OF
SAVORING.

care to be. Night is the territory of sleep, but
also of dreams. In an unfamiliar setting at the
end of the day, you're as much a mystery to
the new destination as the new destination is
a mystery to you.
In a letter to his brother, Vincent van Gogh
wrote, "It often seems to me that the night
is much more alive and richly colored than
the day." I can see that, especially in a place
like, say, Miami Beach. Motoring down Collins Avenue into the Art Deco District along
South Beach is enjoyable during the day, but
at night, with the hotel names illuminated in
pink and turquoise neon, and the neighborhood's retro futurism in full shimmer, there's
no place like it on earth. And let's not even
compare arriving in Vegas at lunch to getting
there for late cocktails. It just wouldn't pack
the same punch to hear Sinatra sing, "Luck
be a lady this afternoon."
I don't think it's a coincidence that my girlfriend and I ended up getting married two
years later in Palm Springs. After that first
trip, we made a tradition of arriving in the
desert after nightfall. It's just too irresistibly romantic. Even on the day of our wedding, we waited patiently until the sun sank
behind that tall peak before we exchanged
our vows. Our original trip set the tone for a
lifetime together. Like the best arrivals, the
best relationships are about the potential of
what's to come as much as what you see in
front of you.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018

Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018
Contents
Editor’s Note
Contributors
The Virtuoso Life
Virtuoso Reports
Passport
Bon Voyage
Suite Talk
Inspired By
City to Go
Interview
On the Table
Style & Design
Out & About
Well Traveled
Port of Call
In My Bag
Beyond the Bed
Family-Style Italian
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Person
Point of View
Need to Know
Souvenir
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Intro
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Cover2
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Editor’s Note
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Contributors
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - The Virtuoso Life
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Virtuoso Reports
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Bon Voyage
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Suite Talk
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Inspired By
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - City to Go
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Interview
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - On the Table
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Style & Design
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Out & About
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Well Traveled
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Port of Call
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - In My Bag
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 90
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Beyond the Bed
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 92
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Family-Style Italian
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Bohemian Rhapsody
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - First Person
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 122
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 123
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Point of View
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 125
Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Need to Know
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Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - Souvenir
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