The world is a vast, amazing place filled with different cultures and ethnicity’s. Occupying an 1880 Neo-Renaissance building that first served as the city’s opera house, the Mandarin Oriental, Munich, attracts guests who appreciate a bit of formality. Service is flawless, as T+L readers have come to expect from any of the hotel group’s properties; the flagship restaurant, Matsuhisa, serves Peruvian-Japanese cuisine in a sleekly contemporary travel insurance space. Not so long ago, the travel consumer did not have these resources available to them, and had to rely on the blurb in the travel brochure. It was not unknown for some companies to contact travel journalists to write wonderful romantic prose about the travel destination in question. The only problem was, that sometimes the journalist had never visited the resort, and so the description was a complete work of fiction.