Use Your Senses in the Pursuit of Something Different

1. See

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

VANCOUVER ISLAND

Some come to the Bedwell River for the silvers, a.k.a. the coho salmon, which can range from six to 15 lbs., others just to marvel at the river’s beauty as it empties into the Pacific.

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While You’re There:

Carry a Waterworks-Lamson’s Vanquish reel. $549 to $899; waterworks-lamson.com

Wear the British label Folk hoodie rain jacket with deep front pockets. $350; http://folkclothing.com/

Wear the Cary Grant safari, a vintage Rolex Explorer watch from the 1960s ought to do it. From $5,000; on eBay or at http://www.vintagewatchcompany.com/


2. Taste

El Celler de Can Roca

GIRONA, SPAIN

This three-Michelin-star Catalan restaurant knocked Denmark’s Noma out of the top spot on the Diners Club world’s best restaurant list in 2013.

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While You’re There:

Stay at the five-star, 39 -room boutique hotel Mas de Torrent. Doubles from €300; mastorrent.com

Eat at El Celler de Can Roca or have the best pork product in the world is jamón Ibérico de Bellota.

Drink one of the region’s best-reviewed bottles of red wine is Roig Parais Camí de Cormes 2007 Empordà. It’s 120-year-old vines of the Samsó grape.

Buy 1846 briefcases, Loewe is Spain’s eminent luxury leather goods brand-maker of supple, unfussy briefcases such as the portfolio-style Diplomatico. It’s €1,400; find one in the Loewe discount shop in La Roca Village, Barcelona’s finest outlet mall. http://larocavillage.com/


 3. Hear

Bolshoi Theatre

MOSCOW

The Bolshoi was built in 1853 with spectacular acoustics and poor structural integrity. A six-year reno has restored the Moscow landmark.

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While You’re There:

Read Danse Macabre, by David Remnick. The whole tawdry history of Russian dance is explained in this ripping yarn about a modern scandal at the Bolshoi.

Eat at the Bolshoi Restaurant, just steps away from the theatre, with food that’s as Russian as the Lada.

See the stage that premiered Swan Lake, but, for something a little fresher, check out American John Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias in June, 2014.

Stay at the Ritz-Carlton, it sits on the site of the former Intourist Hotel, where Team Canada celebrated with Romanian champagne following the 1972 Summit Series.


4. Smell

F1 Grand Prix

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

The smell of burning rubber means it’s race day at the Yas Marina, a Formula One circuit fit for kings-or, rather, sheiks.

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While You’re There:

Read while it’s set in Saudi Arabia, not the UAE, Dave Eggers’s novel A Hologram for the King helps make sense of the whole region.

Don’t let Lewis Hamilton hog the spotlight. The track maintains a fleet of single-seaters with 3000cc V6s that anyone can take for a spin.

Stay at Yas Viceroy. The hotel straddles the track, so get ready to experience a 720-horsepower alarm clock.


5. Touch

Berluti

PARIS

What do John F. Kennedy, Aristotle Onassis, Robert De Niro and Monaco’s Prince Rainier have in common? Besides being famous, rich and stylish-they’ve all worn handmade shoes from Berluti.

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While You’re There:

Buy Berluti’s recently launched clothing line under creative director Alessandro Sartori, formerly of Z Zegna. You can buy off the rack, where bespoken clients are outfitted with 25 garments, from jeans to a formal suit. http://www.berluti.com

Eat at Bruno Doucet’s La Régalade Saint-Honoré, you can order classic cooking, like perdreau, sautéed foie gras entier, and common pigeon (it sounds better when you call it by the French name, palombe). 123 rue de Saint-Honoré, 33 1 4221 9240

Stay at five-star Le Bristol Paris has rooms dripping in priceless antiques, a rooftop pool, and more Michelin stars (three for its restaurant) than any other European hotel. Junior suites from €850; http://www.lebristolparis.com/

Get Alain Maître Barbier specializes in an old-school barbershop wet shave, a treatment that employs specialty brushes, creams and hot towels. If you’re lucky, you’ll also get a pursed-lip silent treatment from your barber as he straight razor. From €6 a shave; 8 rue St Claude, mitrebarbier.com

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