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Blog posts tagged with 'A FAVORITE SPOT'

Okavango Delta
Kindly contributed by Geoffrey Kent, co-owner of the luxury travel giant Abercrombie & Kent. In his new book, Safari, A Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer, Kent recounts his journey from his first safari in Nairobi with nothing but a Kenya pound and an old Land Rover to his professional role in shaping today's travel industry. Relating exhilarating stories of growing up barefoot in the African bush and riding his motorcycle across the continent, Kent takes the reader on an inspiring tour around the globe.
  Travel has been my life for the last 50 years, so I’m often asked where my favorite place in the world is.
The Yucatan
Kindly contributed by writer and photographer MacDuff Everton, who spent more than four decades living among the Maya. In his book, The Modern Maya, Everton updates our perception of Maya culture by revealing how individuals and families live, work and preserve their rich culture today. Everton is a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler and author of the book Patagonia: La Ultima Esperanza.
  The Maya and the conquering Spanish looked at the land and saw two completely different realities—the difference between Spain and Yucatán could hardly be greater.
Varanasi, India
Kindly contributed by Piers Moore Ede, author of the new book Kaleidoscope City. Whether he is attending Ramalila -- the city's annual performance of the Ramayana, talking those who work the cremation ghats along the Ganges or simply searching for the best mithai, or sweet, in town, Ede presents a vibrant, kaleidoscopic portrait of contemporary Varanasi.
  There are certain cities which offer up their charms immediately: navigation is easy, comfortable accommodation abounds, the right views materialise before one’s camera. Other cities are far less easy. First time visitors find themselves lost in the backstreets, ripped off by touts, unable to reach the city of their expectation.
Pamplona, Spain
Kindly contributed by Peter Milligan, author of the new book Bulls Before Breakfast. Milligan, who has cheated death in Pamplona over 70 times, introduces readers to the sights and sounds of the city made famous by Ernest Hemingway while recounting his daring showdowns with its long-horned killers, los toros bravos. When he's not running for his life, Milligan focuses on local knowledge, eateries and the Spanish countryside.
  From July 7 to July 14, I run with the bulls with my brother in Pamplona every morning—every summer.
Vizcachas Basin, Patagonia
Kindly contributed by writer and photographer Macduff Everton from his book Patagonia, La Ultima Esperanza, in which his spectacular photographs are paired with the meditative prose of book artist Mary Heebner to present a portrait of a lesser-known, but sublimely beautiful region of Patagonia: Chile's Last Hope Province. Everton has also written extensively on contemporary Maya culture in his book The Modern Maya.
  Most Travelers to Torres del Paine stop in the village of Cerro Castillo, 40 miles north of Puerto Natales.
My Passage to Cuba
Kindly contributed by Cynthia Carris Alonso whose new photography book Passage to Cuba takes readers through the crumbling, baroque splendor of Havana, from well-known spectacles like the National Capital Building and Havana Cathedral as well as the colorful exteriors and unexpected gems of ordinary neighborhoods.
Monument to Peter the Great
Assistant Editor Ashley Bergman Carlin describes a favorite spot she discovered in Moscow, though it took her several passes to see it.
  I probably looked at the giant statue before I saw it. Standing just over 320 feet tall (15 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty), it sits where the Moskva River meets the Vodootvodny Canal to the west of Moscow’s city center and can be seen from far away. The first time I registered the statue as I walked across the Bolshoy Kamenny Bridge, I saw only the top of it, noticing the mast and three furled sails. Squinting, I asked my husband, “Is that a ship?” then realized that I’d seen this mirage modestly listed on my city map as “Monument to Peter the Great.
The Shwedagon of Yangon
Managing editor Jodie Vinson traveled to Yangon, Myanmar where she discovered a favorite spot in the golden glow of the Shwedagon Pagoda.

 

The Shwedagon of Yangon, Myanmar has been a favorite spot for over 2000 years, ever since eight strands of the Buddha’s hair were brought by merchants to King Okkalapa and enshrined beneath the a golden bell-shaped pagoda. Since 600BC the kings and queens of Burma have been adding gold and gems to the shrine, increasing their merit, as well as the merits of the Shwedagon as a destination that attracts travelers from around the world. Not only is the pagoda a place of pilgrimage and worship, the site is also a favorite place for locals to congregate for events ranging from pleasant picnics to political rallies.
Grosseto, Italy
Kindly contributed by Italy correspondent for The Economist John Hooper, who explores Italy -- its baffling contradictions, unique character and contemporary culture -- in his new, illuminating portrait The Italians. A must-read for anyone seeking to understand the country as it exists today.
  For the traveller, unexpected discoveries are commonplace; unexpected journeys are rarer. I had been at a conference in Siena. On the night before my departure, there was one of those apocalyptic storms that break surprisingly often in the skies over Italy. At the railway station the next day they told me the line to Florence was impassable -- hopelessly flooded. The only way back to Rome was by way of Grosseto.
Antarctic Peninsula
Kindly contributed by Felicity Aston, the first woman to ski solo across Antarctica. Her inspirational saga, captured in her new memoir Alone in Antarctica, takes us deep into the polar climate where the daring explorer meditates on human vulnerability, struggle and the kind of aloneness we rarely feel in today's Information Age.
  My first proper job at the age of 23 was as a meteorologist on a British scientific research station on the Antarctic Peninsula. Responsible for monitoring climate and Ozone, one of my regular tasks was to measure the accumulation of snow using an array of stakes that had been established a short distance from the base.