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In this issue: Sao Paulo, Paris, Hawaii’s Big Island….

See: In Paris, the scent of a city
If you’re into self-congratulatory 30th birthdays, stop by the Pompidou Centre in Paris before August 15 to catch the Air de Paris exhibit. The show features work by artists and architects who’ve in some way or another been involved with the Pompidou over the years, including Chris Marker, Nan Goldin, and Daniel Buren, among others. The real highlight, though, is a bizarre glass ampule filled with stinky Parisian air that was on display when the museum opened three decades ago.

Shop: Maximum pool cool in LA
We know what you’ve been thinking. Your outdoor space just doesn’t match your mid-century mod living room, right? Well, there is hope. At L.A.‘s new Poolside, in Santa Monica, you’ll find all the retro outfittings for the perfect summertime, tiki-themed, 1960s-style shindig — comfy chaises lounges, clever martini shakers, serving trays, vintage ashtrays, outdoor lighting, lots of barware, and dining sets with 70s-style designs and colors. Sorry, no Frankie Avalon blow-up dolls — at least not yet.

Eat: A sushi-bistro in São Paulo
What’s a Japanese chef doing cooking Asian-French fusion in São Paulo? Who knows. But it’s definitely worth checking out Aizomê, a smart new restaurant in the tony Jardim Paulista neighborhood. Shinya Koike trained at a sushi bar in Tokyo and a bistro in France (apparently doing a stint at Disneyland in between). His menu is understandably eclectic, and includes such items as duck eggs with creamy house-made tofu and foie gras-wrapped veal milanesa. 39 Fernão Cardim St. Dinner for two is $60.

070709_balcony_st_george_hotel_.SJPG.jpgStay: A Roman palazzo becomes a hotel
The Hotel St. George is Rome’s hottest new auberge. Housed in a 16th-century palazzo jazzed up by architect Lorenzo Bellini, the St. George has 64 rooms swathed in chocolate brown and charcoal grey with custom-designed furnishings that echo Bellini’s finely sculpted interiors. The best feature of the hotel is its location on one of the most beautiful streets in Rome — the Via Giulia — just minutes from Campo dei Fiori and Vatican City. Doubles from $612 (450 euros).

Drink: Manhattan Takes Tokyo
Tokyo bites into the Big Apple with 57, a stylish new Roppongi chophouse-lounge named after one of Manhattan’s most famous streets. The brainchild of Alvaro Perez and PR honcho Steven Hall, 57 introduces New York-style razzle-dazzle to Tokyo. The space, with high-ceilings and amber lighting creates a sexy vibe for beautiful people-watching and cool sipping. Try the Little Italy (fig liqueur, orange juice and bitters) or the Big Apple (vodka, apple schnapps and apple juice). Bring plenty of yen — cocktails start at $12. (Kathryn Matthews)

Play: Hawaii’s top bragging rights
Running a regular old marathon is so last year. Why not step it up a notch and head to Hawaii for the July 28 Kilauea Volcano Runs in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You’ll trot past steam vents, lava fields and across caldera floors. There are three different races for various skill levels, and not to worry — the volcanoes here are some of the gentlest in the world. Of course that’s not what you’ll tell your friends back home.

Stuart Michaels

Photo credits: (1) Pompidou Centre, ©Istockphoto;Texas Mary; (2) Courtesy of St. George’s Hotel