FROM THE ARCHIVE: Beneath the farm houses in the tranquil French countryside exists a forgotten city.
It sounds like the set up to a well-worn joke, but what you get when a Spanish soldier, a colonial cook, and pirate walk into a bar, is pretty much every day fare in the historic town of St. Augustine, Florida.
The Gucci story begins with Guccio Gucci, a Florentine immigrant in London who saw the potential of luggage as a status symbol while he was working as a porter at the Savoy Hotel. Ninety years later, the company built its own cultural institution.
Founded in Italy during the 1960s, Brancale dominated the international cycling apparel market during the latter half of the 20th century thanks to the success of a few key products.
Had one thing not gone according to plan—or, if only some of it had—it is entirely possible that none of this would be here. After all, nearly everything that exists in Coronado is thanks to a series of fortuitous circumstances, generous patrons, and dedicated dreamers.
With Gaudi’s cathedral in Barcelona and Dalí’s surreal theatre museum for starters, Spanish Catalonia already has its share of the quirky. Add to those Castell d’Empordà, a gorgeously restored 14th century castle whose secret heart is a famous battle—in miniature.
Museums encourage discovery in unexpected ways, often about the unexpected itself. These seven galleries around the world display the likes of history’s unusual, unpredictable, and oft un-celebrated.
Paris had the triumphal Champs Élysées and London the stately, tree-lined Mall. But in mid-19th-century Vienna—seat of the historic Habsburg monarchy—there was only a faded tangle of old-town streets circled by military towers. And for Emperor Franz Joseph I, that wasn’t good enough.
Wine has long been the subject of hyperbole, whether it’s Pliny the Elder’s statement that “In wine, there is truth” (in vino veritas), Jack Kerouac’s rework that “There’s wisdom in wine,” Ernest Hemingway’s assertion that “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world,” or Michel Bettane’s more recent comment that “Fine wine is part of civilized life.”