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National Geographic Traveler November 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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the layover makeover

IN MORE THAN 50 YEARS of airplane travel I’ve logged hundreds of hours in airports, many during unanticipated layovers. I note this as I sit, delayed by thunderclouds and lightning, in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. My instinct is to spend as little time as possible here, yet these days I’m conflicted. This no longer is the drab place that 20 years ago offered travelers a handful of newsstands and fast-food joints. Atlanta’s airport now is a little city with a broad range of diversions. It became the first airport in the United States to offer Minute Suites—small private rooms on Concourse B that include daybeds, workstations, free Wi-Fi, and a noise-neutralizing system. The restaurant One Flew South, which bills itself as “the first upscale dining experience at the world’s busiest…

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SISSE BRIMBERG & COTTON COULSON PHOTOGRAPHERS, “DANISH MODERN” HOME: Glasgow, after a decade in Copenhagen. Scotland’s natural beauty helps ease the transition. NORDIC TRACK: When we lived in Copenhagen, our favorite way to wind down was to walk, run, and birdwatch around the moat and ramparts of Kastellet, the old bastion of the harbor. CITY LENS: What makes Copenhagen unique is its design—how the new and old traditions coexist, how it manifests itself in people’s daily lives. Even the airport has world-class furniture to experience. Some of the chairs are worth $10,000. DANISH CHIC: Copenhagen’s fashion scene has changed a lot. Back in the 1970s, everyone dressed the same, in blue jeans and olive green jackets. Stroget today is like a runway for all that’s hip and colorful. GO GLOW: We dream of March in Svalbard,…

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treasures of the caribbean

TALK TO US E-mail: travel_ 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 1-800-NGS-LINE (647-5463) CHARLES KULANDER danced the Cayman Islands three-step in our August/September 2013 issue (“On Cayman Time”), finding abundant riches on the trio of islands—Cayman Brac, Grand Cayman, and Little Cayman—to the delight of reader Lia Kaufman of Carmel, N.Y. “I have been going to Grand Cayman for over 40 years,” she wrote. “When I was a little kid, the airport had chickens running through it. More recently, I have been enjoying Little Cayman’s peace and simplicity, with its incredible starlit nights. I lie on my chaise longue on our second-floor deck and watch shooting…

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inside national geographic travel

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE O Canada: 50 Amazing Places Our launch of a digital hub for all things Canadian lets travelers in on North America’s massive secret: the wonderland of experiences greeting visitors in the Great White North. Our 50 editor-selected “Places of a Lifetime” span the country and feature photo galleries and insider tips, whether your dream is to soak up the kaleidoscopic lakes of the Canadian Rockies, kayak the reefs of Salt Spring Island (right), navigate the ethnic enclaves of Toronto, or stroll the cobblestones and ramparts of Quebec City. NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC.COM/50PLACESCANADA READ IT, DO IT DEEP IN THE HEART OF JAPAN In “Japan’s Past Perfect” (January/February 2012), contributing editor Don George fell for the pastoral side of the country. His article inspired National Geographic Expeditions’ new “Inside Japan” journey, which brings travelers to the vine bridges…

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seven score and ten years later

“THAT GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” In the 150 years since Abraham Lincoln gave the “Gettysburg Address,” his 273 words have become a hallowed text , “a North Star for the country,” as historian D. Scott Hartwig says . Soldiers’ National Cemetery hosts an official commemoration ceremony on November 19, including a graveside salute to the U.S. Colored Troops, followed by a parade on November 23. Visitors can also tour the battlefield by podcast, car, bus, or foot, such as on a guided walk interpreting the myriad pressures facing Lincoln in 1863 . New this year is the Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum, in a former field hospital that treated 600 soldiers from both sides. On the hill where…

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popular mechanics in western france

ON A SMALL ISLAND in the Loire River in the city of Nantes, a trumpeting mechanical elephant sprays water from its trunk. The curious creature carries 50 passengers at a time, who survey former shipyards from balconies four stories up as well as the internal gears that keep its giant legs lumbering. It’s the star attraction of Nantes’s Les Machines de L’Ile theme park, which has commandeered the once industrial Ile de Nantes with a fantasyland of inventions inspired by native son Jules Verne. This year the sci-fihero’s futuristic legacy is also a factor in his hometown’s reign as European Green Capital. To spread goodwill for plant-powered energy, an eight-ton mechanized sculpture called “Aeroflorale II” has spent 2013 traversing the Continent with its creators at the helm. Outfitted with pinwheeling…