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Name
Mark Thompson
Email
mark@mrny.com
City
New York
State
New York
About / Bio
A member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), as well as NYTW, Mark Thompson is an editor, journalist, and photographer whose work appears in various periodicals, including Travel Weekly, Metrosource, HuffPost, Out There, and OutTraveler. The author of the novels Wolfchild (2000) and My Hawaiian Penthouse (2007), Mark has been awarded residencies at various artists' colonies, including the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and Blue Mountain Center. He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies.
Outlets
Magazines, Newspapers, Books, Web/Blogs
Published in
Travel Weekly, OutTraveler, Metrosource, HuffPost, Global Traveler, Out There, Frontiers, Instinct
Regional Interests
United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean/Bermuda/Bahamas, Europe, Asia, South Pacific, South America
Specialties
Air Travel/Airlines, Arts/Architecture/Culture, Cruises, Destinations, Ethnic, Festivals/Special Events, Flowers/Gardens, Food/Drink/Entertaining, Gay/Lesbian, History/Historic Preservation, Luxury Travel, Photography, Profiles/Personality Features, Rail Travel, Resort Travel, Shopping, Skiing, Spas, Travel/Tourism, Vacation Real Estate/Homes

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Amsterdam\'s Golden Age Encore
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Back in the 1980s, Amsterdam was the Sin City of Europe. The city where my boyfriend and I traveled whenever we needed an escape from the Bible-bleating hegemony of the United States. Even grittier than New York, Amsterdam was where sex was celebrated with brothels and boys—and around every corner were cannabis coffeeshops and when the clubs closed, there was Indonesian rijsttafel, a post-munchie tasting feast imported from colonial Dutch culture when the Netherlands ruled the world.
L\'Art de Vivre in Lyon
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In Lyon, there is a street named for Sister Bouvier who delivered more than 100,000 babies during her decades-long tenure as a member of the hospital order at Hôtel-Dieu (or "hostel of God"). One of the most historic buildings in France, Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon was the hospital where nearly two-thirds of all Lyonnais were born: an imposing structure along the Rhône with a 1,300-foot façade built by Soufflot, the architect who designed the Pantheon in Paris.
A Glorious & Great British Holiday
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Some years ago, while flipping through a magazine on a flight to Great Britain with my godfather, I glimpsed a purple lacquer Asprey cigarette lighter, which, at the time, seemed to me the very height of indulgent luxury. Mind you, this was back when smoking a cigarette was as cool as Juuling is today—and therefore, once in London, I headed to the flagship Asprey on New Bond Street and purchased the purple lighter for my then-boyfriend (a magnanimous gesture that might well have secured him as my decades-later husband).
Vancouver and Whistler Star in “Pacific Northwest”
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When a pearl white Jaguar awaits you in front of your Vancouver hotel, there’s no reason to hesitate. Instead, you speed off into the city known as “Hollywood North” for its appeal to filmmakers and actors who crave its breathtaking natural beauty. Nestled between the waters of the Pacific and the Coast Mountains, Vancouver is blessed with a maritime setting that glistens in the gloaming—and especially from the front seat of a white Jag.
The Mystery of Michelin Stars Deep in the Black Forest
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For years, the gastronomic cognoscenti have been enchanted by the tiny town of Baiersbronn located deep in the heart of the mystical Black Forest. A community of nine villages with a total of 14,500 people, Baiersbronn possesses the highest density of Michelin stars in the world.
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