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Travel & Outdoor
National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler Dec-14 Jan-15

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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Frequency:
Back issues only
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in this issue

2 min.
the far edge of travel

WE DRIVE INTO the Ceraunian Mountains of Albania on a switchback-happy coastal road, past walls of black pines and by rickety tables laden with local honey and tea. Slopes spilling down to beaches yield, in season, lemons, oranges, olives. The Ionian Sea shimmers blue to our right, with Corfu visible in the haze. “These are my mountains, the Thunder Mountains,” my guide, Adrian, says. “I grew up here. They are in my blood.” Adrian points out a pass below through which Julius Caesar in 48 b.c. led his legions against Pompey. Then he talks of the thousands of Albanians who fled a communist rule that ended in 1992—and says many are coming home. “My grandmother calls this the land of stone and clouds. The stones are those who came back, who…

1 min.
our favorite things

What do staffers bring back from their travels? Here’s a peek into our baggage. Plus, we’ve created a special gift guide— available online and on our iPad edition—to help you search for your own authentic treasures from abroad. TURNING HEADS “After finding this bronze Buddha head at a tiny shop in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, I loaded it into my backpack and carried it around for another month before arriving home.” —Susan O’Keefe, associate editor FLIGHTS OF FANCY “Designed by Finnish glass artist Oiva Toikka and handcrafted in Nuutajarvi, Finland, this guillemot caught my eye in a Helsinki airport gift shop.” —Carol Enquist, senior photo editor SQUARE ROOT “Wowed by the tile work on fountains throughout Barcelona, I purchased these hand-painted tiles while wandering the city’s Gothic Quarter.” —Jerry Sealy, creative director OLD WIVES’ TALE “In Latvian folklore, the ring’s pendants each symbolize…

1 min.
“it’s going to be a great day.”

In some places, winter is endured. Others meet it with a proud toughness. But in a few very special parts of the world, winter is anticipated—embraced and squeezed for all the enjoyment it will bring. Here, skiers aren’t the only ones with a twinkle in their eye on the eve of a big snow. You might arrive after nightfall, on a flight into Glacier Park International Airport. You'll see the groomers at work as you head into town, their headlights teasing the shape of Whitefish Mountain Resort's peak above town. You'll check in, settle down, and fall asleep cuddling a trail map, with the snow report open on your iPad. You've done your research, of course. You've read stories and reviews about this authentic ski town still reachable by train. You've seen…

5 min.
mexico city mix

I'D NEVER MISSED Mexico City so much as during this past interminable winter in New York. During the weeks before our departure date, I badly needed a haircut, but I didn't get one because on my first day in the D.F.—the Distrito Federal, as locals call Mexico City—I wanted to go to my favorite barbershop, and maybe you should go too, for an authentic Mexican experience. Paris Marinne, in posh Polanco, is a humble place with a barber pole outside. Inside are old-fashioned barber chairs, usually filled with executive types. As soon as you come in, you're offered a drink—tequila or whiskey—which they'll keep refilling as long as you're there. If you stay for a shave, that can be a couple of hours. Men lie back, faces covered with steaming…

1 min.
an ‘‘a’’ for oakland

OAKLAND IS ENJOYING a moment. New residents, attracted to this California city by low rents and ethnic diversity, have bolstered a stream of shops and eateries, including Wood Tavern, known for its pork belly and desserts, and Italian hot spot Pizzaiolo, a best bet for breakfast (spicy cheese croissants, scones). Wineries such as Cerruti Cellars have taken over abandoned spaces, giving the lie, Oaklander Nina Newhouse says, to “the notion that the only way to make fantastic wine is to live in a vineyard.” And an eclectic mix of jewel-box-size boutiques, along with the popular old-style Temescal Alley Barbershop, has everyone flocking to Temescal Alley, where streetcars once ran. FOR MORE FROM ANNIE FITZSIMMONS, OUR URBAN INSIDER, VISIT OUR INTELLIGENT TRAVEL BLOG .…

1 min.
bear essentials on portobello

In December, London’s most lovable bear, Paddington, hits big screens across the globe. To celebrate in England’s capital, retrace the teddy’s wellie-wearing footsteps to Portobello Market. Paddington—the protagonist of the children’s storybook series that started in 1958—came here to visit his friend’s shop, where they enjoyed elevenses (tea, served with cake), and to pick up fruits and vegetables. For more timeless treasures, visit weekends, when antiques vendors set up stalls. Skip the kitschy Will and Kate tea towels and head to the pastelpainted terraces around the Vernon arcade, where sharp eyes can find pocket watches, porcelain, and rare jewelry. Browse through time via Barbarella dresses, aging coin collections, and wiry tongue scrapers from when flushed pink palates were the height of sophistication.…