Travel & Outdoor

AFAR September/October 2016

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2 min.
founder’s note

American Beauty WHEN I VISIT A COUNTRY for the first time, it is with a sense of discovery. It is easy to go to a place like Cuba or Iran or Morocco with a curious, open mind when you are completely unfamiliar with it. But sometimes it’s good to remind ourselves to bring that same attitude to travels within our own country. In May, after our fascinating three-day AFAR Experiences event in New Orleans, I told a friend of mine that I would like to see rural Louisiana, which I’d never visited. So that weekend we went to his girlfriend’s parents’ house on False River, northwest of Baton Rouge. Our hosts were determined to show me a “rural Louisiana experience” complete with a crayfish and crab boil, and lots of beer, music, and…

1 min.
three perfect pins: moloka‘i

To “Let Hawai‘i Happen” you need to get offthe beaten path. Just ask Sale Sproat, a 4th generation mule man. Sale loves his home, an island with no traffic lights and no buildings taller than a coconut tree. Here are his top Moloka‘i spots: KALAUPAPA GUIDED MULE TOUR “I happen to work here! You’re surrounded by the beautiful sounds, sights and smells of nature as you ride down the highest sea cliffs in the world on a sure-footed mule. My absolute favorite photo spot is along these 3.2 mile sea cliffs.” KALAUPAPA TRAIL “All the views you’re witnessing are mind blowing. The view that you see when you come around the first turn takes your breath away. At the bottom is Kalaupapa, a truly special place like no other you’ll ever experience.” SWEET EVIE’S SNOW…

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p.104 RYAN LOWRY Photographer Motor City’s Next Move p.104 A Rust Belt rebel: “I grew up in northwest Indiana, in the same part of the Rust Belt as Detroit, and I thought of the city as this crazy, lawless place. I snuck up there for a punk show once when I was 17. It is a creative city, but the people are also friendly and hardworking.”New culture, same vibe: “I’ve been shooting in Detroit for the past five years, and each time I visit, it has changed. But it still has a Midwestern ethos.”Explore with him: on Instagram @ryanlowry MIMI ZEIGER Writer Back to the Future p.114 A city like no other: “Cities typically evolve organically over time. Brasília, on the other hand, was conceived as a whole new city, from its urban master plan to its expressive modernist architecture.…

2 min.
una noche buena

POETRY IN MOTION To get a glimpse at the life of Pablo Neruda, the Nobel Prize–winning Chilean poet, take a walk to his former home, La Chascona. Now a small museum, the nautical-themed house is as romantic as The Poetry of Pablo Neruda(which you can purchase at the nearby gift shop). funda cionneruda.org 4 P.M. The Happiest Hour Cafés go from quiet to jammed in the late afternoon, when pisco sours, the national cocktail, start to flow. At Chipe Libre in Barrio Lastarria, the pros behind the bar can school you in pisco’s nuances as they mix two-forone cocktails until 6 p.m. José Victorino Lastarria 282 6 P.M. View With a Room With its soaking tubs and central location, the Singular Santiago makes for a primo home base. It’s also a more intimate stop for a second…

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the biggest museum opening of the year

1 A WORTH-IT AUDIO TOUR I have never LOL-ed in a museum before. But minutes into “I Don’t Get It,” one of the audio tours in the app for the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, I found myself doing just that, as comedian Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) riffed on the meaning of cubism. Developed with the start-up Detour, the location-aware app allows you to put your phone away and focus on the art instead. 2 Bridge the Gap For the best view of where the old building, designed by Mario Botta, meets the new one, designed by the Snøhetta firm, head for the Oculus Bridge. Snøhetta replaced the existing closed staircase with an open one, so you can see more of the museum from the dizzying mesh bridge. 3 EAT A PAINTING Chef…

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cambodia’s temple of cool

1 WHERE TO BL'SS OUT There’s no shortage of options for relaxation in Siem Reap, but the serene Frangipani Spa is the most refined of the bunch. Get a four-hand massage, a jade stone facial, or a kampot pepper scrub surrounded by petals from the spa’s pretty namesake flower. frangipanisiemreap.com 2 TAKE IT HOME Swing by Louise Loubatieres for Southeast Asian curiosities with a high-design polish. The owner (the Louise behind the name) is a French-Vietnamese designer with an eye for colorful lacquered coconut bowls, tie-dyed silk scarves, and bracelets made from water buffalo horn. Everything’s crafted in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. louiseloubatieres.com 3 UNCOMMAON SCENTS Don’t miss the body and beard oils, scented with ingredients like ylang-ylang and vetiver. But the real stars of Saarti, a planet-friendly skin-care and home decor shop, are the…