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Conde Nast Traveller UK

Conde Nast Traveller UK November 2019

The essential guide to inspirational travel. Breathtaking locations, stunning photography and independent travel advice make Condé Nast Traveller the authority in its field and the premier lifestyle magazine for people with a passion for travel, adventure, culture and new ideas.

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English
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Conde Nast Publications Ltd
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3 min.
editor’s letter

And so, reflecting back on a year in my travelling life and a few of my favourite things. A boiled egg in the breakfast room at Le Bristol Paris, yolk as yellow as dawn, napkins stiff as boards. The smell of Le Bristol Paris. Gardenia or tuberose, I’m not sure what. The sound New York makes before everyone is up, its stereo tremor. A walk on the Long Mynd in Shropshire, looking for kestrels’ nests, the big sky dome of it, the wild ponies, the briars that scratch my legs. Swimming in the bay of St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the water like a velvet blanket scythed apart by my hands; seeking sea urchins, anticipating their sweetbriny softness, wearing my metal gloves, carrying my knife. Washing the dirt off my face in a bucket…

2 min.
contributors

FINN WOLFHARD The Globetrotter’ p158 ‘A little while ago, I asked a few friends to come with me to Lynn Canyon, a mountain-glacier creek near Vancouver, where you can swim surrounded by thick forest. It was a tingling, freeing feeling – the best day ever.’ Canadian actor Finn stars in ‘Ghostbusters 2020’ and ‘The Addams Family’ ALFIE LIN House Call, p31 ‘In 2002, I left my flower shop in Taiwan and set off for a year to explore and immerse myself in the unfamiliar landscape of the German countryside, working with species of plants I hadn’t encountered before. It’s an ongoing journey that continues to this day.’ Alfie is a Taiwanese floral artist NINA FLOHR The View from Here’ p224 ‘In March, I visited Vana wellness retreat in northern India, at the foothills of the Himalayas. It’s the…

2 min.
word of mouth

MULTIPLE EXPOSURE YOUNG-GUN AFRICAN PHOTOGRAPHERS HIT PARIS Imagery of Africa dominates the cultural landscape in the French capital this month, as Paris Photo, the world’s largest photography fair, and AKAA (Also Known As Africa) highlight a new generation of talent who are producing challenging work about the continent. While heritage and identity tend to be core themes, these young artists are looking at their homelands with fresh eyes – and shattering old tropes in the process. DAVID UZOCHUKWU The Austro-Nigerian creative describes his latest series – models styled as water creatures, shot around Senegal’s Saloum river delta – as a ‘critique of racism, a reductio ad absurdum of otherness, but in a way that feels empowering’. At just 20, Uzochukwu already has a rich body of intimate, often surreal portraits, some exploring his father’s…

2 min.
charm campaign

The danger with San Miguel de Allende – the pastel-washed, UNESCO World Heritage-listed colonial town north of Mexico City – has always been that it might languish in its cobblestoned loveliness, trading on the days when Diego Rivera would escape here to paint and Beat poets Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac hung out at Bar La Cucaracha. And yet, there’s a fresh energy bubbling among its Rothko-orange façades, with two vibrant new places to stay. First, textile designer Mariana Barran de Goodall and her Texan husband Taylor turned the one-time mayoral villa into the Hotel Amparo with bold prints and murals, giving the rooftop over to Peruvian-raised chef Kenten Marin. Mariana, whose brand is resurrecting traditional needlework in the area, organises craft workshops, tastings and salsa-making classes. Then there’s LA…

2 min.
superfly

Is fly fishing the new surfing? Certainly, while surfers are running out of fresh beaches to discover, ever-more adventurous fly fishermen are carving out untouched corners of the planet to find virgin waters and boast-worthy catches. With its meditative, go-slow mindfulness, its immersive, deep-cover wilderness hits, the sport is everything we need right now. In the past few years my lifelong obsession has taken me to Cosmoledo, an atoll 640 miles from the main Seychellois island of Mahé, where we slept in shipping containers and chased the bird-catching giant trevally fish made famous by Blue Planet II. It has led me to search out pacu and peacock bass with Kayapo warriors in Kendjam, the most remote village in a vast Amazonian reserve. And this month, I’m off to Chilean Patagonia,…

2 min.
pole stars

THIS YEAR’S NAMES TO WATCH Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, the frontwoman of indie-folk band Of Monsters and Men, still gets excited about Iceland Airwaves. ‘It’s like a magic energy takes over the town,’ she says of the festival, which brings music to bookshops, salons, churches and bars across Reykjavík. Now in its 20th year, the event is a showcase of the country’s near-mythical musical landscape, which has spawned Björk and Sigur Rós, and also buzzing hip-hop and reggae scenes. ‘Creativity is such a normal part of life here that we have punk musicians in parliament,’ says Hilmarsdóttir. ‘It might be the constant pull of Iceland’s nature that inspires these mysterious sounds.’ At Airwaves in 2010, Of Monsters and Men was just another local group, until Seattle radio station KEXP made a lo-fi…