Annie Leibovitz’s calendar girls.

The Pirelli Calendar. The name alone evokes a history of exclusivity, sex appeal, and artistry. Since 1964, the calendar has featured some of the world’s most beautiful models photographed under the artistic direction of renowned photographers.

The source of her appeal.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: She lived a long, well publicized life. She knew and loved, was married to or had affairs with, some of the most famous men of her time. Now, decades after her death, she is still, if not famous, then legendary.

A literary haven.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Books crammed in from wall to wall and from floor to ceiling, hand-lettered signs, a feeling of bohemian creativity, empty wine glasses that will be filled at the conclusion of this fictional book-reading: this is Shakespeare and Company.

Stan Douglas’ multimedia installation.

Amid the glittering skyscrapers so emblematic of Vancouver’s present and future, artist Stan Douglas finds substance in the city’s grittier past. “I wouldn’t say I’m nostalgic,” says Douglas of the installation. “Vancouver circa 1948 was not necessarily great.”

The Italian Riviera, squeezed between the sea and the mountains.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: From one long stretch of Mediterranean the gods wrought two Rivieras—Italian and French—what’s your pleasure? Travel and live on olives, pesto, and espresso, but decline to take this sun-blessed pocket of coastline for granted. The exposure to such gorgeousness could spoil you for life.

The history and fierce romance of Argentina's national passion.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: All men are handsome, all women desirable under the spell of that aroused duenna called tango. The dance is a display of confidence, control, and bravura that spices the desire, intrigue, and tension between the sexes. But within the rise, turn, and fall of seductive cadence and throbbing beat lurk inconstancy, faithlessness, and betrayal. Every dance is an affair, never a marriage—and the final note its inevitable death knell.

A smiling Irish eye.

Visitors to London this fall would do well to include In Residence, a pop-up exhibit of contemporary Irish art organized by noted Dublin gallerist Oliver Sears, in their must-see exhibition list.

The world’s first commercial cycling tour of Antarctica.

The paradox of Antarctica is that its geographical remoteness and inhospitable climate actually enhance its appeal—especially for that particular subset of adventure-seeking vacationers for whom the southernmost point of the globe exudes an almost mystical allure.