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National Geographic Traveler April 2013

National Geographic Traveler is the world's most widely read travel magazine. With captivating storytelling and beautiful you-are-there photography, National Geographic Traveler brings you the world’s best destinations. Experience the same high-quality articles and breathtaking photography contained in the print edition.

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rooting for travel

SOMEWHERE IN A SHOE BOX is a picture of me at 11 years old in London’s Trafalgar Square, enveloped in a cloud of pigeons. I’m with my mother on my first trip to the “home countries,” which for her were England and Scotland (she was born a McPherson). We stayed with my grandparents, who regaled me with stories of the Blitz (Granddad in a taxi strafed by a Messerschmitt, Grandmother finally having decided to sleep in the root cellar on the very night their house took a direct hit from a German V-2 buzz bomb). From there we traveled to Matlock in the heart of then industrial Derbyshire, where I spent a week making deliveries in a lorry for my uncle’s textile factory (I recall lots of tepid, sugary English…

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insider’s amsterdam

Throughout 2013, Amsterdam celebrates a host of cultural milestones. We asked our colleague Paul Römer, the managing editor of the Netherlands edition of National Geographic Traveler, for his local take. ALL ABOARD The picturesque canals— built 400 years ago—are best explored aboard a Museumboot. Stop in the nearby city of Haarlem for the century-old Frans Hals Museum, a gem that rivals the more famous Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum—both of which, by the way, are reopening this spring after extensive renovations. IN BLOOM For a tulip fix [below], follow the crowds of locals and tourists to “Amsterdam’s backyard”—the huge, exuberant park called Keukenhof (open late March through May) in nearby Lisse. Tours depart Amsterdam daily, and you’ll see plenty of flower fields along the way, too. MOVING PICTURES The EYE Film Institute Netherlands, a Dutch center…

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best in show

TRUE TO FORM, our annual “Best of the World” selections (December 2012/January 2013), which ranged from Bagan, Myanmar, to Thessaloniki, Greece, got people talking. “I’m so proud to see Ecuador’s beautiful capital, Quito, where I was born, in your magazine,” wrote Sadira Delgado Laiben, now of Arlington, Texas. The Daily Freeman, a Kingston, N.Y., newspaper, applauded our inclusion of the Hudson Valley—aka the “girl next door” who is often overlooked, as the paper’s editors described its region: “We do love this well-considered shout-out from National Geographic Traveler, including the hip prose positing that ‘not even Rip Van Winkle could sleep through the cultural clarion of today’s Hudson Valley.’ (‘No wonder we keep waking up at 3:30 a.m., Ma. It’s not the train, it’s the damn cultural clarion, again.’)” Other feedback took…

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the year in wanderlust

Where in the world would you most love to travel in 2013? We asked that question across our community—in print, on our Intelligent Travel blog, and via Twitter and Facebook. Your responses got us reaching for our passports: “I’m starting now to plan for the World Cup in Brazil. I’ll attend some games in Recife and Natal and from those cities visit Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago of the coast.” ANA MARIA CABALLERO MCGUIRE | NEEDHAM, MASS. “As a child I called Indiana Jones my hero, and more than anything I want to see Petra, Jordan.” BRANDI BENNETT BENTONVILLE, ARK. “Madagascar is high on my list—for the chocolate.” DOREEN PENDGRACS MATLOCK, MANITOBA “I’ve always wanted to go to Tusheti National Park in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia—what a dramatic landscape.” DANIELLE MEGYERI CAMPBELL, CALIF. “This…

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something to squawk about

GONE ARE THE DAYS of farmers carting tobacco leaves to auction in downtown Durham, North Carolina. In their place, city dwellers tend to backyard chicken coops in Raleigh and deliver foraged figs, persimmons, and pawpaws to be infused into craft beer at Durham’s Fullsteam Brewery. “People come in with buckets or bags full of fruit,” says Fullsteam founder Sean Wilson, who has earned a James Beard nod as well as advanced degrees from Duke University. He’s part of the Research Triangle’s new crop—highly educated farmers, chefs, and small-business owners—to sprout as much of the area’s tobacco industry goes up in smoke. Chapel Hill’s Top of the Hill Distillery makes whiskey using organic grain from nearby fields, while Raleigh City Farm grows veggies next to locavore Market Restaurant. ¶ Spring brings…

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rome’s full monti

TWO MILLENNIA AGO, gladiators, prostitutes, and politicians— Julius Caesar, for one—rubbed shoulders in Monti, Rome, a red-light district adjacent to the Forum and Colosseum. Today Monti is again red hot. In this zone where something new is always opening, Italians gather for animated conversations outside overflowing wine bars, and young women in stilettos pick their way through cobblestoned streets. Even so, white-haired nonnas still shop for brutti ma buoni cookies at the local bakeries, passersby still greet one another by name, and only one big-name American retailer has sneaked in. “Monti has changed into a VIP zone,” says Giovanna Dughera, owner of a Monti art boutique. “But it still has a spirit of past times.” 1 Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Sparkling from its gold-cof ered ceiling to its fifth-century mosaics,…