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National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler February/March 2018

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2 min.
editor’s note by george!

Cities are a geographer’s dream. These conglomerations of physical, environmental, and human geography are mosaics of time and mirrors of our imaginations. Like busy travelers, the world’s best cities are always on the move and forever arriving, which makes them fascinating places to explore. In this issue we look to urban spaces that reflect the creative output of their communities, and we discover in Tokyo’s embrace of the new and Dubrovnik’s culinary revolution that great cities are extraordinary in all aspects, but they are never greater than the people who inhabit them. Cities with sobriquets are always fun. I hail from the Glass City, and I recently toured the Lion City and the Pink City on a National Geographic Expeditions journey that celebrated technological wonders of the world. Singapore thrilled in…

1 min.
beam me in

Visitors to Graz, Austria, can be forgiven for thinking an alien ship has landed in their midst. In the country’s second largest city, with its well-preserved medieval core and roots reaching back to Roman times, the glass and steel Murinsel (German for Mur Island) seems sent directly from the future. But it’s the work of the late forward-thinking New Yorker Vito Acconci, who designed the installation in honor of Graz’s designation as the 2003 European Capital of Culture. Meant to be temporary, the Murinsel morphed into a permanent hot spot reconnecting the city to the once neglected river that runs through it. Footbridges from both riverbanks lead to the shell-shaped hub that offers music concerts, fashion shows, a café for coffee and strudel, and a shop with innovative wares from…

1 min.
welcome to the jungle

Before she was even two years old, Krithi Karanth saw her first wild tiger—thanks to her father, biologist Ullas Karanth. Now as a conservation scientist and Nat Geo explorer, she studies human-wildlife conflict, including how people and tigers interact. To spot the world’s biggest cat, she recommends prowling these Indian national parks and staying for at least three days. Seeing a tiger, she says, requires patience (and a little luck). 1 Nagarahole Located in the south Indian state of Karnataka, this is the park where Karanth caught her first glimpse of the majestic feline. Nagarahole lies near three other reserves that together hold the highest density of tigers in the world. For the best chance of coming across one, try an evening game drive. 2 Ranthambore The former royal hunting ground of the maharajas,…

5 min.
road trip tuscany

Sure, it’s possible to zip between Siena and Florence, two of central Italy’s most beloved towns, in about an hour. But why rush the trip? The Tuscan countryside is like the wine produced there—meant to be savored rather than gulped. There are countless places to explore, each with something gorgeous or delicious to discover. This roundabout route is just a sampling of what’s available. It links up fairy tale castles, artistic treasures, picture-perfect vistas, outdoor adventures, and vineyards galore. What’s not on the itinerary: mobs of tourists. Be prepared for curvy roads and some unexpected twists. 1. BUONCONVENTO Couldn’t Be Happier From Siena, drive about 18 miles south to Buonconvento, a pristinely preserved medieval village that lives up to its name, derived from the Latin for “happy gathering place.” Hikers on the Via Francigena,…

1 min.
city guide buenos aires

With its unique mix of European traditions and Latin flair, Buenos Aires (“BA”) has always had a magnetic appeal. This is true now more than ever as the city’s many small ateliers craft bespoke leather goods and its fashion-forward boutiques sell clothing, jewelry, and ceramics by local designers. Also stepping it up is the food scene, contriving modern twists on traditional dishes. The corner spot Chori pairs its gourmet chorizo sandwiches with negroni and Cinzano concoctions. Add in a crop of world-class cocktail bars and a handful of new hotels, and you’ll find yourself plotting to extend your stay. (Tip: Visit in February and March, when days are long, sunny, and not too hot.) A bonus attraction lies a ferry ride across the Plata River (Río de la Plata): Montevideo, the…

2 min.
the best of ba

Urban Explorers In the up-and-coming neighborhood of Villa Crespo, stop in JT, an airy boutique cum atelier that showcases clothing by Buenos Aires–born designer Jessica Trosman, who creates fashion that is both high concept and fun. Then pop into Yeite for egg tarts, soups—and a dulce de leche “volcano.” Café San Bernardo opened in 1912 but is very up to date, with ping-pong tables and pints of local Quilmes beer. Late night, speakeasy Bar 878 is all subdued lighting, pours of fine whiskeys, and inventive cocktails. Style Seekers Indie designers are churning out fashions inspired by Argentine culture. Three sisters are behind Las Cabrera, a new brand of handbags made from soft goat skin and cow leather that celebrates the gaucho (cowboy) lifestyle of Argentina’s Pampas. In the Palermo neighborhood, a shop front…