Conde Nast Traveller UK January - February 2018

The essential guide to inspirational travel. Breathtaking locations, stunning photography and independent travel advice make Condé Nast Traveller the authority in its field and the premier lifestyle magazine for people with a passion for travel, adventure, culture and new ideas.

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this is the gold list issue 2018

It contains in its pages all things sublime and unridiculous, all things elevated and marvellous. All things classic and exceptional and beautiful as can be. And so it is I find myself in Prague, in what is arguably considered the most beautiful library in the world, the Clementinum. I have underestimated it, so that, having yabbered in the taxi the whole way there – looking askance at the masculine slant of the city’s singular order, hammering along the cobbles, whistling over the Charles Bridge and the Vltava River’s beetleback shine in the winter light, past the opera house where the sculpture of Wagner was said to have been thrown from the rooftop in a case of mistaken identity – upon finally walking into the library, its astonishingness completely takes me by…

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the gold list issue contributors

James Norton Globetrotter (p176) ‘I was at the top of the Himalayas on my own at night with no torch, feeling total terror, thinking, “What the fuck am I doing, I’m an idiot,” while also realising that this was one of the most awe-inspiring things I had ever seen. That was pretty spectacular.’ Actor James has starred in dramas including ‘Happy Valley, ‘War and Peace’ and ‘McMafia’ Massimo Bottura The King of Feasts (p188) ‘Last year we went to Querétaro, north of Mexico City, for my sous chef’s wedding. There were about 20 of the team in town so we booked the entire Criol Hotel. The contemporary design combined with communal breakfasts made it even more memorable.’ Massimo is the owner of three-Michelin-star restaurant Osteria Francescana Oliver Pilcher Photographer, Mexico (p164) ‘In 1995 some friends…

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word of mouth

THE ULTIMATE DISCONNECT SURVIVAL TRIPS We’ve holed up in cabins, checked into silent retreats and even bedded down in copper-lined rooms to block phone signals. It seems the more switched-on our lives become the harder we strive to be cut off from them. Now new journeys are enabling escape by presenting the most primal of distractions: survival. The latest service from boundary-pushing adventure outfit Black Tomato does just that. Called Get Lost, it lets travellers choose only the terrain they want to be stranded in – polar, desert, jungle, coastal or mountain. Once kitted out, skilled up and dropped in the destination, the challenge is to get through a series of checkpoints using just wits and navigational tools (although a background support team will constantly monitor progress). This could mean exploring…

12 minutos
our favourite travellers on their favourite places

BETH DITTO ON PORTLAND ‘I moved to Portland in 2003, back when I thought of it as a big little city. It’s a bigger little city now, and getting bigger and bigger. In my time here, it’s gone from being this under-the-radar place in Oregon to being the byword for hipsterdom. The TV series Portlandia, which satirises the city, is funny because it’s so true! But all the reasons why it is funny are why it’s amazing. It’s an incredible place if you are vegetarian or vegan, for activism and body positivity, to be queer – it’s a mecca for any kind of alternative lifestyle.’ JAMES McAVOY ON TOKYO ‘I WAS HERE FOR MY BIRTHDAY AND DISCOVERED THE COOLEST BAR IN NONBEI YOKOCHO, WHICH TRANSLATES AS DRUNKEN ALLEY. BEHIND EACH DOOR IS A…

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saints and sinners

THE TUSCAN LANDSCAPE HAS BARELY CHANGED over the past 500 years; the countryside punctuated by small farms and villages of sun-faded terracotta brick and plaster, and between them the villas of the old Sienese aristocracy, the former homes of popes and cardinals, the seats of long-ago power. One of the most beautiful of them all is Villa Cetinale, built in 1680 by Cardinal Flavio Chigi for his august relation Pope Alexander VII. This Roman baroque mansion lies hidden, like an enchanted castle, up a long dusty road lined with paintbrush-tipped cypress trees. The first clue is a jumble of blush-pink rooftops and barns, then a vista of silver olive groves reveals graceful statues, lemon trees and the formality of box hedging and parterres close to the house. Iron gates clang…

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the epic encounter

There’s a scene in Fitzcarraldo, Werner Herzog’s crazy-brilliant film about an Irish adventurer who builds an opera house in the Amazon, where the main character watches his steam-boat slowly, everso- slowly being hoisted up a mountain. ‘That slope may look insignificant, but it’s going to be my destiny!’ he declares. Photographer Jimmy Nelson has climbed many not insignificant slopes in pursuit of other people’s destinies, and in doing so has joined the ranks of names such as Sebastião Salgado and Steve McCurry. And you can trace his style back to Edward Sheriff Curtis, an American photographer who spent months living with Native American tribes in the early part of the last century, recording their traditions as they were being eroded by Western settlers. ‘I’m making romantic, interpretative art with a message,’ says…