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Travel + Leisure June 2019

TRAVEL + LEISURE™ is an indispensable guide to where to stay, what to eat, and what to do around the globe. Every month, TRAVEL + LEISURE™ puts easy trip ideas, itineraries, and insider information right at your fingertips. Get advice from our travel experts and view the magazine's award-winning photography. The digital edition of TRAVEL + LEISURE™ has all the tools you need to take you where you want to go.

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Meredith Corporation
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letter from the editor

CONTRIBUTORS 1. Julie Satow MEET ME AT THE PLAZA (P. 108) In her debut book, The Plaza (out this month from Twelve), the Manhattan native, a regular contributor to the New York Times, chronicles the history of the iconic Plaza Hotel. A combination of professional interest and personal history inspired the project: “My background as a real estate reporter opened my eyes to the property’s many stories and fascinating characters, but I was also married there, so it holds a special place in my heart.” 2. Sivan Askayo AWAY IN THE ALGARVE (P. 92) In 2015, Askayo, who is based in Tel Aviv, traveled to the Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal, to document the surfing scene in the beach town of Sagres. During her second visit to the region, she got out on the water…

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the balkans, europe's next frontier

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE, what with Croatia’s status as a destination du jour (see: beachgoers, yacht-week revelers, Game of Thrones superfans) that there hasn’t been a direct flight from the U.S. since the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. That’s changing this month, as American Airlines launches a new route from Philadelphia to Dubrovnik. Most nations in the Balkans—an expanse that includes Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Slovenia, among others—have seen major tourism growth in the past decade, and are keeping pace with fresh travel offerings. The nonstop flight makes transfers easy for Natural Habitat Adventures’ new Wild Croatia by Land & Sea itinerary (nathab.com; 10-day trips from $8,995 per person), which features kayaking on the Dalmatian Coast and hikes through mountains and wetlands. Montenegro is…

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artisanal maine, now in the town of biddeford

PORTLAND, MAINE, is now such a food destination that it has created a spillover effect. About 25 minutes south lies Biddeford, a small city overlooking the Saco River. Rents are cheap, and the town is becoming home to some of the same craft-based enterprises that have transformed Portland. Biddeford’s downtown is a modest crossroads where pickups gun their engines at oblivious out-of-staters. On a recent visit, my family and I followed the slope of Main Street down to the river, on the banks of which lie old textile, lumber, and grain mills. Splayed around a sky-piercing smokestack, these structures are huge—like, medieval-fortress huge. The biggest of the Goliaths has been rechristened the Pepperell Mill Campus (pepperellmillcampus.com). It’s a magnificent hive, filled with shops, restaurants, galleries, and apartments. If the idea behind…

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a cultural player emerges in the gulf

YOU DON’T USUALLY go to the desert looking for rain. But Sharjah, one of the seven United Arab Emirates, is full of surprises. At Sharjah Art Foundation (sharjahart.org), in the emirate’s capital city, I recently visited Rain Room, a 2012 installation by the collective Random International that has previously stopped in London and New York. A heavy downpour fell inside a darkened space, but thanks to motion detectors it left me untouched, allowing me to walk slowly and cinematically under a single, moving spotlight. The work, which raises questions about technology, sensation, and climate change, has more than a little in common with Sharjah itself. With its traditional culture and thriving gallery scene, Sharjah challenges assumptions about what an emirate can be. I took the 30-minute drive northeast from Dubai to experience…

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stepping out in athens

Nikolas: “My favorite shop is Yiorgos Eleftheriades (yiorgoseleftheriades.com), which has timeless clothes made with soft fabrics. I always bring visitors to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (snfcc.org), home to the National Opera and the National Library. Café Avissinia (cafeavissinia.net; entrées $28–$34) is the perfect place for dinner after a stroll at Monastiraki Flea Market (2 Ifestou). You get a view of the Acropolis while you drink wine and eat Greek food with a twist.” Christina: “Athens is the most inspiring city—it’s very modern, but has so much history, plus great museums and stores. I love the Ilias Lalaounis Museum (lalaounis-jewelrymuseum.gr), founded by an iconic Greek jewelry designer. It was his workshop, and you can see his creations alongside decorative arts from around the world. My favorite jewelry maker is Lito…

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wellness edition: intro

A vacation once signaled a reprieve from healthy habits (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But these days we’re increasingly building our travels around the quest to feel better in body, mind, and spirit. Now there’s a destination to suit virtually any wellness desire, whether you want to sleep more soundly, overcome anxieties, improve your fitness, or just sit up a little straighter. From running races in far-flung locations to foraging on a Caribbean island, these are experiences that will change the way you approach each day, even after you’ve returned home. PLUS: Our A-List travel advisors share their wellness tips.…

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