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National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler May 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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toronto turnaround

WHEN I WAS A KID, I LIVED on a sprawling farm out on Finch Avenue, miles from what is now downtown Toronto. Any rural charm that Finch had then for the boy who grew up exploring its creeks and forests is long gone, buried under concrete. The Toronto I rediscovered in my late teens was a dreary place that closed too early and had yet to give us the comic genius of Second City’s Martin Short, John Candy, and Rick Moranis and the kinetic sizzle of the Toronto International Film Festival. Montreal was the edgy, sophisticated city. As my friend, Montreal-based cartoonist Terry Mosher, said: “Toronto is to Montreal what a frog is to a princess.” I still have family near Toronto, and I made the city my briefest of…

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london lowdown

London’s famed Chelsea Flower Show turns one hundred this year, so we asked Pat Riddell, editor of our U.K. edition, for his take on that and other London highlights. FLOWER POWER The Chelsea Flower Show celebrates its centennial May 21–25 with gardens by top international designers. This year the show highlights sustainable living and the preservation of Britain’s horticultural heritage. If you manage to snag a ticket, take time to chat with the exhibitors, who are keen to discuss their specialties. FREEWHEELING Rent a “Boris Bike”—named after London Mayor Boris Johnson, who introduced them—for a ride along the Regent’s Canal. An eight-mile route runs from Limehouse to Paddington and passes such attractions as the London Zoo and Regent’s Park. ARTS & CULTURE For a glimpse of 19th-century London, visit Sir John Soane’s Museum, once the home…

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singapore slinging

SINGAPORE HAS LONG captivated contributing editor P. F. Kluge, and his February/March 2013 feature, “Singapore Fling,” had a similar effect on readers. “I was born in Singapore, and it is wonderful to see an American get to the essence of the island country—the place, the people, and, most of all, the food,” wrote Stewart Shang of Los Angeles, Calif. Cheryl Surbaugh of Sister Bay, Wis., also praised the piece, albeit with one caveat: “The article enticed me to want to visit Singapore, which I have never wanted to do. However, I found the writer’s disparaging remarks about Ohio [where, incidentally, Kluge lives] unnecessary. Of course Ohio is not Singapore, but it is home to interesting, kind people.” CAFFEINE H IGH Daisann McLane’s column about coffee and tea (Real Travel, February/March 2013)…

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greek rock star

FOR YEARS, traveling to the fortified Greek village of Monemvasia (literally “single entrance”) required a cumbersome drive from Athens to an imposing rock jutting of the tip of the Peloponnesus Peninsula. “It’s a bit of a scandal for a former naval city not to have good transport by sea,” says historian Haris Kalligas. Now a resurrected ferry service from Athens’s port of Piraeus is signaling a new era of smooth sailing in a country fretted by troubled economic waters. Founded by sixth-century Spartans fleeing invaders, the “Gibraltar of the East” (as it’s sometimes called) makes an authentic refuge. ¶ Access isn’t the only bright spot. Visitors meander narrow cobblestoned streets around a main square and church, where a significant Byzantine icon of Christ’s Crucifixion, stolen 30 years ago, was recently…

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tijuana, remixed

UNTIL RECENTLY Tijuana, Mexico, was best left to kids looking for trouble. But a blossoming cultural scene is helping the busy borderland 17 miles south of San Diego turn a sophisticated corner. La Casa del Túnel—named for an illicit tunnel that was once underneath—now traffics in contemporary art, and galleries along the subterranean Pasaje Gómez beckon visitors of main drag Avenida Revolución. “TJ” still breaks a few rules—at sizzling restaurants innovating “Baja-Med” fusion, such as Misión 19 (an Anthony Bourdain pick), El Taller, and La Querencia, with specials like seared beef tongue with chipotle cream. Then there are octopus tacos at the Kokopelli street stand and 30-plus Mexican brews at BCB Tasting Room (just don’t ask for a Corona). On a Turista Libre tour aboard a school bus departing from the Mexican…

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a bear of a problem

REPORTEDLY WORTH MORE than a billion in annual tourism dollars, the koala bear has slipped of balance in its native habitat along Australia’s east coast. The marsupial shows “clear evidence of broad decline,” says Peter Menkhorst, a koala ecologist in Victoria. Deforestation and drier, hotter weather have contributed to shrinking counts in Queensland and New South Wales, recently moving the Australian government to classify the species “vulnerable” in those urbanizing states. Meanwhile, west of Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road, cramped reserves teem with koalas; at Cape Otway, as many as a dozen curl up in a single tree. ¶ Photo ops are a given at Gold Coast’s Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, but Menkhorst advises observing the creatures in wild eucalyptus forests, such as in cooler southeastern Australia, where numbers are…