Travel & Outdoor

AFAR November/December 2017

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seine and sensibility

I RECENTLY TOOK my first river cruise, sailing from Paris to Normandy and back on Uniworld’s beautiful new Joie de Vivre on a trip put together by Judy Perl, a member of AFAR’s Travel Advisory Council. Waking up in a new destination each day without having to pack or unpack made the voyage so enjoyable. In Giverny, we rode bikes to Monet’s garden; in Rouen, we explored the churches and museums; in Normandy, we visited the beaches and the U.S. cemetery. Then there were the extraordinary activities Judy arranged. I was traveling with friends from Silver Oak Winery in the Napa Valley, so we had exclusive meals and tastings and visited a local farm to see how Calvados apple brandy is made. What surprised me was how much I enjoyed the…

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anchors aweigh

OCEANIA Oceania Cruises boasts the “finest cuisine at sea,” offering creations from renowned French chef Jacques Pépin. AFAR readers crowned it the best line for Onboard Culinary Programs and Restaurants. HOLLAND AMERICA LINE Celebrating 70 years of Alaska exploration, Holland America has had plenty of time to perfect the art of cruising the Last Frontier. With seven ships and about 130 cruises seasonally, HAL is our Alaska Cruise Line winner for good reason. AFAR Travelers' choice AWARDS AMA WATERWAYS With its fleet of 20 spacious, smartly designed ships; itineraries spanning Europe, Asia, and Africa; and extras such as complimentary bicyles and on-deck pools with swim-up bars, AmaWaterways wins big: Our readers voted it the top River Cruise Line and ranked it number one for Onboard Design. DISNEY Voted favorite Family Cruise Line by AFAR readers, Disney Cruise Line…

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DINA LITOVSKY Photographer Spin the Globe: Tel Aviv p.102 Scout trip: “On my first day photographing in a new city, I don’t shoot—I walk. It’s a flâneur walk: I observe the people, the architecture, the outdoor spaces. I take iPhone pictures of places I want to come back and shoot.” Liquid courage: “Every country has different cultural rules about the camera so I get nervous approaching people in new places. In Tel Aviv, I downed a shot of arak, an Israeli spirit, before shooting.” Follow her gaze: on Instagram @dina_litovsky CHRIS COLIN Writer Even Keel p.114 Cruising with kiddos: “Sure, at times I would rather have slipped off with a third glass of free champagne than deal with my bickering offspring. Then again, we walked through 900-year-old medieval castles. It’s mind-blowing to blow a small person’s mind.”…

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panama endless summer

Fact Sheet Location Southern Central Panama Getting There Take an air-conditioned bus from Panama City. District Population Around 4,000 For years, Panama’s Azuero Peninsula was known mostly for its seco, a sugarcane-based spirit mixed with coconut milk, and its polleras, traditional hand-embroidered dresses worn at beauty pageants and festivals. Now, seemingly overnight, the peninsula is Panama’s hip place to be. In the area around the once-quiet cowboy town of Pedasí, about 200 miles from the capital on the southeastern coast of Azuero, waves of young Panamanians and expats are opening upscale surf resorts and farm-to-table restaurants at a dizzying pace. The most interesting development centers around Playa Venao, a horseshoe-shaped bay fringed with jungle, about 16 miles southwest of Pedasí. Resorts such as El Sitio and Playa Venao Hotel Resort offer whale-watching and fishing trips to clients who…

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more than just a pretty place

Explore further—and plan your trip—at afar.com/visit/bermuda. What’s it like to grow up in Bermuda? “It’s a very unique experience. There are fewer than 65,000 people in the world who can say they’re Bermudian. Because it’s a small island, we’re all very much connected with each other. We’re all trying to make it together on this rock in the middle of nowhere.” Where do you live? “I’ve been in St. George’s, a historic town in the East End, for 14 years. I fell in love with the charm, the history, and all the little winding alleys. A few years back, my husband and I purchased a bookstore that was closing. Now we’re turning it into a gift store and bookshop named Long Story Short. I also started Haunted History, a street performance and walking tour…

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caribbean joyride

STOP 1 URBAN ADVENTURES Settle into San Juan’s La Concha, a renovated midcentury resort a shell’s toss from the Atlantic. Beach time is a must, but spend at least a day in the nearby Santurce arts district, where you can stroll mural-lined alleys, explore galleries devoted to Puerto Rican artists, and tour the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico ($6). Come sundown, head to the noreservations Jose Enrique for deliciously unfussy dishes made with local ingredients, such as fried fish with avocado, papaya, and batata, or yams. STOP 2 BEACH THERAPY The beauty of Puerto Rico is that it’s small enough that you can laze for a few hours at Luquillo Beach ($5), with its calm waters for swimming and chairs and kayaks for rent, and still spend half the day in El Yunque National…