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Conde Nast Traveler

Conde Nast Traveler April 2016

Condé Nast Traveler magazine is filled with the travel secrets of celebrated writers and sophisticated travelers. Each monthly issue features breathtaking destinations, including the finest art, architecture, fashion, culture, cuisine, lodgings, and shopping. With Condé Nast Traveler as your guide, you'll discover the best islands, cities, spas, castles, and cruises.

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3 min.
the far side

THE SUMMER AFTER graduating from U.C. Berkeley, I wrote for the Berkeley Guides, a new Fodor’s imprint that was the Bay Area’s answer to Harvard’s Let’s Go series. The assignment was to cover three regions of Italy in three months on a $60-a-day stipend. I crisscrossed Liguria, Le Marche, and Emilia-Romagna by train and bus, then rented a car in Sardinia, taking over for a writer who’d left the island unexpectedly. I filed my manuscripts in longhand via DHL. I drove through herds of goats along unmarked routes, praying that my miniature Fiat Panda, which felt like a go-cart with its Tinkertoy manual transmission, could handle the flooded dirt roads. Invariably I would land in tiny town squares during the evening passeggiata, interrupting that near monastic arm-in-arm circumambulation that is…

2 min.
shows we’re loving in april

Almanac ’90s fashion, an epic rock ’n’ roll act, and antique atlases fill our culture calendar. THROUGH JUNE 27 “Juan Tessi: Cameo” Argentine abstract painter Juan Tessi created this two-part multimedia show specifically for Gallery 1 at South America’s leading contemporary art house. MALBA, Buenos Aires MARCH 18—AUGUST 28 “L’image Volée” Works from more than 60 painters and sculptors, including Gerhard Richter and Maurizio Cattelan, look at the idea of artistic influence. Fondazione Prada, Milan MARCH 31—APRIL 4 “Ex Libris Jean R. Perrette: Important Travel, Exploration, and Cartography” Check out antique atlases, books, and maps dating from the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries before they hit the auction block on April 4. Christie’s, New York MARCH 31—JULY 11 2 “Seydou Keïta” Stunning portraiture from the esteemed Malian photographer shows why he was one of the most important African artists of the twentieth century…

1 min.
ride on!

The things we can’t leave without This may look like a traditional two-wheeler, but it’s actually an electric bike: Just flip a handlebar switch and pedal along with a motorized boost (models like Faraday’s Porteur, shown here, have rechargeable batteries that last 14 to 20 miles). They’re big in Seattle and the Bay Area—rent your own at Blazing Saddles in Fisherman’s Wharf and Seattle E-Bike, which offer guided tours. FROM TOP: J.CREW COLLECTION MOTORCYCLE JACKET AND J.CREW STRIPED T-SHIRT ( JCREW.COM; $ 550 AND $ 45); A.P.C. ETROIT COURT JEAN ( USONLINE.APC.FR; $ 200); FARADAY PORTEUR BICYCLE (FARADAYBIKES .COM; $3,499); FENDI PEEKABOO HANDBAG (FENDI.COM; $4,500); BRUNELLO CUCINELLI MOCCASIN (212-334-1010; $1,495)…

1 min.
taj falaknuma palace, hyderabad

In 1894, the local prime minister built himself this massive Tudor-Italianate palace. Japanese, Mogul, and European gardens; 24-karatgold light fixtures; and a cantilevered suspension staircase with each step carved from Italian marble are just some of its lavish features. The prime minister actually ran out of money because of all these extravagances and wound up gifting the palace to the nizam, who settled the prime minister’s debt. In 2010, this otherworldly estate was turned into a 60-room hotel after a three-year restoration. The details above remain, along with the stately dining room and its legendary 101-seat table. The acoustics allowed the nizam to hear the conversations of guests seated at either end—a party trick for you to try out on your next visit. LOCATION IS EVERYTHING The Taj Falaknuma Palace is set…

3 min.
airport roulette

“In the eighties I sold shoes to a store in the U.K. that went out of business, so the owner offered some of his assets as payment. I walked away with two seats to Wimbledon every summer for life. “The first year we went—in 1989—I took my 21-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. It rained the entire time. I think we saw about two hours of tennis. Finally, I said, ‘Tomorrow we’re going away for two nights. Meet me in the hotel lobby.’ Of course, she wanted more details, so I said, ‘We’re going to play a game we’ll call airport roulette: You’ll look at the departures screen and we’ll go to the first place we can get two tickets to.’ All she said was, ‘That’s so cool.’ If you’re a parent, you know…

2 min.
“ i relax on a flight with a bloody mary—and as many movies as possible . . . ”

No matter where I’m going—even if it’s someplace warm— I always travel in worn-in jeans and a soft gray sweatshirt from J.Crew layered over a white longsleeved Helmut Lang shirt that I’ve owned for 15 years. And because my feet swell a bit when I fly, I wear Birkenstocks with comfortable ragg socks. I want to feel like I’m wearing pajamas. Oh, and I never leave home without my RRL baseball cap—you never know how you’ll look when you wake up on a flight. My hard Rimowa suitcase opens up like a book and takes up a lot of space, so I unpack as soon as I arrive at my hotel. Then I make a cup of Earl Grey using the hot-water kettle in the room and I add lots of…