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National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler December 2013-January 2014

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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United States
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National Geographic Society
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the world of generation next

LAST SUMMER I brought a wisp of my childhood to our dinner table, a game called Geography that my family played when I was growing up. Each person would name a place starting with the last letter of the preceding destination: me, SwedeN; my mother, NormandY; my sister, YellowstonE; and so on. Playing this game, my children—Mackenzie (seven) and Chase (nine)— have become conversant with the world’s unfamiliar names, which lead s to discussion of unusual customs. They seem to love all that is foreign. My daughter is often nose down in an atlas, ferreting out names that she hopes will stump the rest of us: Lesotho, Montevideo, Iqaluit. For decades, the geographic literacy rate has been pitiful among American youth . A National Geographic/Roper survey taken in 2006 revealed that…

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contributors

AMY ALIPIO EDITOR, “BEST OF THE WORLD: 20 PLACES TO SEE NOW” HOME: I’m one of few Traveler staffers born here in D.C. In a city of transients, we native Washingtonians are a rare and proud breed. PERSONAL BEST: After our first “Best of the World” list launched in 2011, Boyd Matson interviewed me for his National Geographic Weekend radio show and asked me to name my favorite. I said London; he looked disappointed I didn’t pick a more exotic place. But London has always been the axis where many of my passions converge: art, theater, literature, afternoon tea. SURPRISE MOM SPOT: The wide boulevards of Bucharest remind me of Paris, and the city is unusually kid-friendly— from parks with cool play sets to a restaurant in old town where someone will entertain your…

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rocking and rolling

TALK TO US E-mail: travel_ talk@ngs.org Twitter: @NatGeoTravel Instagram: @NatGeoTravel Facebook: National Geographic Travel Letters: Travel Talk Editor,National Geographic Traveler, 1145 17th St. N.W. Washington, DC 20036 Include address and daytime telephone number. Letters we publish may be excerpted or edited. Subscriber Services:ngtservice.com 1-800-NGS-LINE (647-5463) MARK JENKINS extolled Devils Tower, Yosemite, and Yellowstone as “geologic temples” in October 2013’s “America’s Cathedrals.” Those places are also held sacred by many of our readers, who responded with a joyful noise— and a few notes of displeasure. A photo of Jenkins on a rock perch overlooking Yosemite’s Half Dome disturbed Kenneth Leeds of Beverly Hills, Calif. “He clearly has disobeyed the warnings to stay off the slab for his safety and the need to preserve a natural phenomenon. Sadly, your beautiful picture may encourage others to do the same.” Maj. R. J.…

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montana go deeper

In some very special places, winter is more than deep snow and sidewalks to shovel. Across Montana, winter is anticipated, embraced and squeezed for all the recreation and enjoyment that it contains. A blanket of snow makes a beautiful landscape even more so, and in places like southwest Montana’s Yellowstone Country and the northern town of Whitefish, the snowy season brings a whole new list of reasons to visit. A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING In the southwest, the landscape opens up into Yellowstone Country—a collection of alpine ski areas, snowmobile trails and nordic ski areas flanking Yellowstone, the world’s first national park. All three of Montana’s Yellowstone entrances are open during the winter months. Guided snowcoach tours from West Yellowstone and Gardiner head to geyser and wildlife sightings against the snowy landscape. And…

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strange planet

AT YOUR SERVICE Some 20 robots prepare and serve dumplings at the Robot Restaurant in Harbin, China. The automatons work a five-hour shift before breaking for a mandatory two-hour electric charge. BUG OUT A rare type of glowworm lights up the darkness in caves along New Zealand’s Waitomo River. AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER Every Valentine’s Day a few lucky couples get a free wedding at the Empire State Building, in New York City. Hundreds of lovebirds enter the contest with their tales of courtship. MERRY ... FISTFIGHTING On December 25 at the Takanakuy festivals in the Peruvian cities of Santo Tomas, Cusco, and Lima, locals punch each other in an effort to settle old grudges. CHEEKY BIRD The kea, New Zealand’s largest parrot, found in the South Island, is a…

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perfect croissants in paris

AS DAWN BREAKS IN THE City of Light, doughy smells permeate the air, and locals line up at neighborhood boulangeries for freshly baked croissants. These yeast-leavened pastries from Vienna—known there as viennoiseries— reportedly arrived in France in the 18th century when Queen Marie Antoinette, originally from Austria, introduced them to the court. Initially a treat of the aristocracy, the flaky pastry spread to the masses when another Austrian, August Zang, began making them in his Right Bank boulangerie in 1839. Today, Parisians enjoy the crescent bread alongside morning coffee and as an afternoon goûter, or snack. The key to a good croissant is its many fine layers, created by repeated flattening and folding with butter. The result is a crisp, golden shell that protects a light, tender interior. In the trendy Canal…