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National Geographic Traveler August-September 2013

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editor’s note

Hit the Road IT’S A BREEZY SATURDAY AFTERNOON, and I’m exploring the spiderweb of back roads on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. I’m in my green 1972 MGB, with the top down and the CD player roaring. From my 12-inches-above-the-tarmac perch, I experience an exhilaration of movement and acuity of vision that more ordinary forms of locomotion rarely allow. Taking to the road has always been a comfort and an escape for me. It began with long trips in the family Rambler from Montreal to Cape Cod, a marathon of breakdowns and games of count the license plates. Then came spontaneous road odysseys with my college buddies to wherever seemed good at the time. Since then I have hairpinned on the Tail of the Dragon (11 miles, 318 curves) between Tennessee and North…

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foreign desk

THE BUZZ IN BUCHAREST Romania’s capital once was known as the “Paris of the Balkans” for its mix of period architecture. Domnica Macri, an editor with our Romania edition, shares her suggestions for ultimate Bucharest experiences. MUSICAL CITY One of eastern Europe’s biggest music events, the biennial George Enescu Festival will take hold of Bucharest this September with performances by world-class artists and orchestras. Particularly enjoyable are the open-air concerts, which somehow manage to eclipse the din of the traffic. A REAL MUST Hanul Manuc, a restored 19th century inn (above), has long been a popular Bucharest dining spot. What to order? If it’s fall, try a glass of must—fermented grape juice—and a platter of Romanian cheeses. CULTURE HUB Once you’ve wandered in, it’s hard to leave the multilevel Cărtureşti bookshop. All sorts of nooks and corners—in…

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travel talk

Beyond Skin Deep ARECENT POST on our Intelligent Travel blog about a black family’s experience traveling in China sparked discussion. Blogger Heather Greenwood Davis—aka the Globetrotting Mama, whose family was recognized in our debut “Travelers of the Year” feature (December 2012/January 2013)—shared how she and her husband, Ish, turned the frustration of being gawked at and photographed into a teachable moment for their two sons. Readers chimed in with similar tales—as well as tips on handling unsolicited attention while abroad. “I am living in the Middle East with my multiracial daughter, and her hair is touched quite a bit,” commented one reader. “Arab adults will pat her cheeks in an endearing way, which I learned is cultural—it’s a sign of love for children.” Carolyn B. Heller of Vancouver, British Columbia, found one…

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the place

Racing to the Bay THIS SEPTEMBER 7-21 the global sailing community will navigate to San Francisco for the finals of the America’s Cup, which returns to the U.S. after 18 years overseas . For a soaring race view, cross the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, a hideaway of houseboating free spirits and high-tech high rollers. From the deck at the Trident and other bay-front restaurants, photo ops are framed by Alcatraz, the terra-cotta roofs of the Presidio, and the Transamerica Pyramid. Art galleries, cafés, and shops beckon, while railcar turned museum Ice House chronicles Sausalito’s evolution from Miwok Indian settlement and bawdy seafarers’ village to enclave for bootleggers and bohemians. No matter who takes the trophy, locals bet on Copita for sidewalk tables, quesadillas, and the Oaxacan chocolate shake—a different kind…

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the buy

Subcontinent Style FROM GEM cutters to weavers, artisans have long been synonymous with India’s Pink City, but Jaipur’s craft heritage continues to evolve. In recent years, Western designers have immigrated here and are learning from and employing skilled locals. Swedish-born Sophia Edstrand discovered the centuries-old zardozi embroidery technique while wandering the city’s bazaars and now works with artisans to make silk necklaces and accessories with nature motifs such as peonies and butterflies. Edstrand sells at Colette and Le Bon Marché in Paris, as well as at her pint-size Jaipur atelier. At Frenchman Thierry Journo’s shop, Idli Design, in the Civil Lines neighborhood, lamps come in rich colors (above) , and shawls and tunics are tie-dyed in the regional tradition of bandhani. Homegrown talent is also on the rise, including furniture designer…

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the taste

Volcano Wine SOON AFTER arriving in the Azores in the 1430s and digging into the rich volcanic soil, Portuguese settlers planted Verdelho wine grapes. Six centuries on, travelers are increasingly exploring the vineyards of the Azores, especially Pico Island (the archipelago’s second largest) with a landscape so intricate and unusual UNESCO declared it a World Heritage site. Fivefoot-tall stone walls delineate grape plots (currais) roughly the size of tennis courts. “You drill a hole in the volcanic crust to plant the grapes,” explains Azores wine guru Joaquim Coutinho Costa. “We call it volcano wine.” Along Pico’s Azores Adeliaçor, a burgeoning wine loop to and from the town of Madalena, tourists enjoy lowkey encounters—Napa Valley circa 50 years ago—at spots like Adega da Buraca, with a tasting room and demos of traditional wicker…