THE ALLURE OF

FASCINATION

To live the InterContinental® life means to have a passion for travel and a fascination for discovering new places. In this episode, you will discover three new things: a hidden story from the past, a different way of experiencing the present, and an idea of how fascination is formed in the first place. Altogether, you will experience a variety of ways that fascination enriches our lives.

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FASCINATION

A WORLD OF LUXURY RIGHT BENEATH OUR FEET

Historian Donald Miller tells a true story from InterContinental New York Barclay’s past: an underground city from the 1930s where guests once strolled, shopped, and met friends in beautiful, subterranean passageways.

LISTEN TO DONALD’S IMAGINATIVE RETELLING OF A SECRET AND LUXURIOUS NYC PAST

FASCINATION

CENTRAL PARK BY EVERY SENSE BUT SIGHT

Take a walk through New York’s famous Central Park with an unlikely guide: Frank Senior, a New York City native who is a renowned jazz musician and Central Park connoisseur, and also has been blind since birth.

HEAR FRANK’S FULL FASCINATING PERSPECTIVE ON HOW WE PERCEIVE THE WORLD

FASCINATION

ON THE ORIGINS OF FASCINATION

Join bestselling author Julie Klam in the InterContinental New York Barclay’s Gin Parlour for an inspiring conversation about fascination – where it comes from, how it works, and what our interests in the world mean.

HEAR FROM JULIE AS WE EXPLORE A PASSION FOR FASCINATION

“Whatever you’re fascinated by, whatever you’re curious about, gives you information about yourself.”

– Julie Klam

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Beyond Museums: European Artworks Hiding in Living, Breathing Spaces

A continent imbued with unfathomable layers of history, Europe draws visitors from every corner of the globe.
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With Your Own Eyes: Europe’s Most Inspiring Views (and Why You Should Stop Photographing Them)

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Liquid Luxe: Europe’s 9 Most Fascinating Cocktails

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Halong Bay, Vietnam – A Perfect Fusion of Rock, Water and Sky

Halong is a place of contrasts — remote forested limestone ridges and lonely towering pinnacles.
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Less Is Moore: How Innovation Drives the Aesthetics of Tech

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Innovations in science and technology are launching food into a sci-fi future.
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If These Walls Could Talk: the Charms and Challenges of Historic Renovations

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The Accidental Contemporary Art Collector

One of the world's most influential contemporary art collectors began collecting almost entirely by accident.
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The Art of Goldsmithing: From Ancient Greece to Modern Masters

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Journey Through a Humble Beginning

Follow Emirati poet Dr. Shihab M. Ghanem’s poetic journey through the Souqs of old Dubai.
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The True Value of a Swiss Watch

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