Sick of reading about Jack Nicholson and his inamorata Lara Flynn Boyle? Really? I dare you to skip the next paragraph. Shades-loving Jack and seductively skinny Lara have been an odd couple since the get-go, but their recent sleeping arrangements in...

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Alexandra, Pia and Marie-Chantal checked out the white leather luggage and the fur-lined sleeping bags in Prada’s luxury store, and Ashley Schiff went for a black fur-trimmed ski jacket that she said she’d wear on and off the slopes. Also roaming the quaint mountain streets and shops were Andrew and Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, Robert and Chantal Miller, Tony Peck with his young son, Kevin Costner, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and way too many more just like them.

Discussing politics is scarcely a way of life in Aspen but one skier remarked, "Wouldn’t it be nice if China and Russia got together and persuaded Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq for good with a billion bucks as the bait?" Snow glare, it has to be.

If Aspen was "the" cold-hot spot over the holidays, the beautiful resort Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic was "the" hot-hot spot. The diverse crowd there ranged from a reigning queen to a former vice president, from rap moguls to Wall Street types, from Latin pop artists to socialites and from sports stars to fashionistas.

Enjoying the villas clustered around Casa de Campo were Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, staying with her whole family, including her son and heir, Prince Alexander, and his pretty wife, Princess Maxima. Also entertaining in their spectacular villas were Madrid’s grand dame Maritin March, the terribly social English couple Dru and Minnie Montagu, and billionaire shopping mall tycoon Mel Simon and his wife, Bren, who hosted Tipper and Al Gore during the Christmas holiday.

The sun and sea, the new marina and the resort’s restaurants in the piazza attracted former Argentine president Fernando de la Rua, Latin sensation Shakira, New Jersey Sen. Jon Corzine and Chelsea Clinton with her forever beau, Ian Klaus.

But more of all this on Friday.
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