Travel & Outdoor

AFAR May/June 2016

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2 min.
travel beyond the postcard

AT AFAR, WE BELIEVE IN getting off the beaten path and beneath the surface of a place. Does that mean avoiding the biggest tourist sites? I don’t think so. I just returned from Petra, Jordan, which has been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and I’m so glad I visited. The country’s tourism numbers are down, for no reason other than general misconceptions about travel to the Middle East, so it wasn’t as crowded as you might expect. It was safe. And it was remarkable. From trips to other classic sites (the Taj Mahal, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Great Wall of China), I’ve learned that crowds aren’t that hard to escape. Sure, you have to fight your way past vendors selling trinkets and people attempting to snap…

1 min.
travel more, fear less

THIS SPRING, DURING MY first day in Dubai for AFAR Experiences, our travel event series, I sat down over a minty lemonade with opening speaker Parag Khanna, a 38-year-old geopolitical expert and bestselling author. Parag’s credentials are impressive: CNN Global Contributor and a former fellow at the New America Foundation and the Brookings Institution think tanks. Weeks after he addressed our group, he gave a keynote talk at the TED Conference in Vancouver. For me, Parag defines what a global citizen is today. Born in India, he was raised in Dubai, New York, and Germany, educated in Washington, D.C., and London, and currently calls Singapore home. Parag and I discussed his expat life, travels, and forthcoming book, Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization. The book ambitiously examines the ways in which…

2 min.

ANYA VON BREMZEN WriterA Place at the Tablep.82 A fantasy is born: “I fell in love with Georgia before I traveled there. The country was mythologized in Russia when I was young. My father once came back from a visit with heaps of roses, tangerines, and feijoa, a guava-like fruit. Suddenly our house was this other universe.”Layers of flavors: “Georgian food uses both spices and herbs. The complicated mix of spices boosts the freshness of the herbs.”See her tastes: on Instagram @vonbremzen. ALEX CRÉTEY SYSTERMANS PhotographerWas It All a Dream?p.106 The Chablis sweet spot: “Spring is beautiful around Chablis, but I prefer the fall. There’s something magical about the autumn light on the yellow fields and rolling vineyards.”Market musts: “Whenever I’m at a new market, like the one I shot in Chablis, I gravitate to…

2 min.
wandering distiller

IT’S A SMALL WORLD “Holland is tiny. You can drive it east to west in two hours. Also tiny: the Madurodam, above, a park filled with miniature models of Dutch towns. We have an annual pass, and it’s only a 50-minute drive from Amsterdam. The village of Kinderdijk is about an hour away from the city, too. There, you can bike along rows of gorgeous windmills.” “When I’m out of the country, I crave foods from the North Sea— especially the herring and onions served by vendors at the Albert Cuyp market in Amsterdam.” ART THAT MUST BE EXPERIENCED “You cannot visit Amsterdam without going to the big art institutions—the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum—both of which are next door to the neo-Gothic Conservatorium hotel, left. But also try NEMO, a hands-on science…

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california dreaming

You’ve probably sampled mizuna and daikon at fancy restaurants, but Kamo eggplant and purple komatsuna? Unless you’ve scoured Kyoto’s markets, as Kyle and Katina Connaughton of new farm and restaurant Single Thread have (above, bottom middle and right), you probably aren’t familiar with these esoteric ingredients. After living in Japan for three years, the couple leased five acres of abandoned land in Sonoma and cultivated it. Katina, the farmer, watches over that komatsuna, a mustardy green, as well as hundreds of other unusual crops. She doesn’t just grow by the season; she grows by the microseason. “There’s a term for this in Japan—shun,” says Kyle, a chef who once worked at the celebrated British restaurant the Fat Duck. “We wait and harvest when the product is at its absolute peak.”…

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the 10 best places to sip

OLD-SCHOOL NAPA Go straight for the classic, sturdy cabernets at Mayacamas, whose winery sits on volcanic soils. LEARN TO LOVE CHARDS All California chardonnays are buttery, oaky, pineapple juice— right? So wrong. Stony Hill’s are crisp, nervy, and bright. THE BEACHFRONT ONE Hirsch’s bragging rights: running a top-notch vineyard on Sonoma’s steep—and stunning—coast. TUSCANY, CA The high-acid pinot noir, warm hospitality, and rustic kitchen of Robert Sinskey make you feel like you’re in Italy. FOR ARCHITECTURE BUFFS Famed architect Howard Backen gave Larkmead the simple charm of a small 19th-century farmhouse. GREAT GRAPES AND STYLE At Wind Gap, you can pour firstrate syrah from a growler while listening to Bob Marley on vinyl. INSTAGRAMMABLE PICNICS Most likely place to find chefs from It restaurants and models lounging on a lawn? Scribe. AWAY FROM IT ALL At mountaintop…