In a plaza by the Brandenburg Gate, near the center of Berlin, lies a field of gray concrete slabs, each about eight feet long and three feet wide, some as little as eight inches high, others reaching just over 15 feet. The space between them forms a grid where visitors wander in somber remembrance, for this is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. On a gray, cold July day in 2005,... Read more >
AFAR chooses a destination at random—by literally spinning a globe—and sends writer John T. Edge on a spontaneous journey to Kazakhstan. Our horses are lean and healthy,” Orinbasar Kuatov said when I told him that the first bite I took in his town, earlier in the day, was kazy, a sausage made by stuffing a deboned horse rib into a garlic-smeared horse intestine. “What fat they have is just... Read more >
Fabio Viviani, the chef-owner of two Italian restaurants in California and the new Siena Tavern in Chicago, makes Amsterdam his layover stop whenever he travels through Europe. The Florence native has outgrown his youthful curiosity about the city’s red-light district and “coffee shops,” and now seeks out off-the-beaten-path eateries that serve no-frills dishes to rooms full of locals. Here are... Read more >
This week’s edition of Travel Videos Worth a Damn is about atmosphere. There are times in life when the mood, the light, and the timing is just right to put you at ease and allow you to engross yourself in a moment. These videos are glimpses of just such moments, providing a sense for place that is at once timeless and fleeting. “The Golden Sea,” Infinity List: While there are a number of... Read more >
Chris Hopkins, the mixologist at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas recently spent 17 days in Australia consulting the new gastro pub the Merrywell, at the newly revamped Crown Perth. Hopkins, a Perth native, managed to find time to hop over to Melbourne and check out the city’s dynamic bar scene. “The last time I was there I wasn’t really involved in the cocktail world,” he says. “So it was cool... Read more >
NAME: Sir Russell Coutts AGE: 51 BORN IN: Wellington, New Zealand RESIDES IN: San Francisco, California JOB DESCRIPTION: CEO of Oracle Team USA, the American sailing team defending the America’s Cup trophy in September 2013. Coutts has won the prestigious yacht race four times. TIME SPENT ON THE ROAD: Two to three weeks a month PLACES VISITED IN THE LAST YEAR: China, England, France, Italy,... Read more >
When I was 18, I had a job mapping power lines, on foot, across Texas. During that walking tour from Texarkana to Amarillo, Paris to Corsicana, I had lunch in hundreds of cafés, some in towns so small the restaurant was just somebody’s porch. Everyone had a chicken-fried steak special on the menu, and invariably I ordered it. I can’t recall a single proprietor who didn’t swear it was “the... Read more >
Anastasia Miron is a traveler with a social mission. As the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of GlobeIn, an online marketplace that connects local artisans with global buyers, Miron travels to remote stretches of the world seeking out talented creators of handicrafts in order to share their work with a broader audience. Leveraging a dedicated group of Artisan Helpers and regional... Read more >
“Yes Please; Party of One,” T Magazine My friends are often baffled when I tell them I’m taking a trip alone. But I think traveling solo is the ultimate indulgence. Andrew O’Hagan backs me up in his convincing essay, “Party of One,” in T’s Summer Travel Issue. “I believe that traveling alone is the last great test of who you are in a world where everyone aches to be the same,” he says. I... Read more >
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