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Travel Matters
Thank you, everyone! To celebrate my last days at Longitude, now happily humming along without me in Minnesota, a number of friends and colleagues kindly contributed tales of the transformative power of travel, many of which, perhaps not surprisingly, focus on making a connection. Why else do we travel? I’ll toss in a moment of my own during a hectic tour of Peru on Huayna Picchu, finally alone and eye-to-eye with a gecko; stopping randomly in San Pedro de Atacama for a week on a marathon trip in the 1980s; and the light bulb moment on a muddy street in Chiloe with a guide who gently us asked us not to give anything to the kids. “Do you want to turn our children into beggars,” he chided.
The Ubein Bridge
Kindly contributed by Scott Stulberg, with images from his just released book Passage to Burma.
"After traveling to Burma many times since 2001, it is easy to get attached to some of my favorite areas within the country. The unique Ubein Bridge, within the township of Amarapura, will always hold a special place in my heart. It is known as the longest wooden teak bridge in the world at 1.2km and links two villages to each other across Taungthaman Lake. It is one of the most breathtaking sights in all of Burma, especially at sunrise and sunset, when the low light gives the scene a moody and ethereal feeling.
Africa by DC-3
Kindly contributed by Peter Gardiner, who counts himself fortunate to work with WWF.
Tooling around on a chartered DC-3 from the '30s is a grand way to travel. Ours was truly the most wonderful trip to Africa with a great group and outstanding wildlife encounters. Everyone had multiple leopard sightings -- and I mean full-on sightings, strolling along beside the Land Rover -- along with countless elephants with calves, hippo, giraffe, zebra, impala, kudu, lechwe, baboon, and prides of lions including cubs. In the Okavango Delta we witnessed a pack of rare wild dog take down an impala right in front of our Land Rovers.
Autun, Burgundy
Kindly Contributed by David Downie, author of Paris to the Pyrenees, A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James.
Alison and I spent nearly three months walking 750 miles across France — and we met hundreds of characters along the road, and saw too many startling, sublime or ridiculous things to count.
Paramaribo, Suriname
Kindly contributed by John Gimlette, author of Wild Coast, Travel's on South America's Untamed Edge.
"If I were to design the perfect city, it would be white and have a river running through it. There’d be plantations and fruit trees all around, and little canals would come seeping through the center. There’d be no business district or overbearing banks, and nothing would be taller than a church. At the heart of it all would be a little purple fortress, like a hat full of mansions. There’d be no trains or tubes or public toilets. This would be one of the greatest cities of the eighteenth century.
Sacred Valley, Peru
Kindly contributed by Richard Burger, director of the Peabody Museum and author with his wife and fellow archaeologist Lucy Salazar of Machu Picchu, Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas, the most up-to-date interpretation of the site and the materials found there.
Le Marché Bastille, Paris
Kindly contributed by Marjorie Williams, co-author with Dixon Long of Markets of Paris, now in a second edition — and chock full of maps, color photos and excellent ideas for where to go and what to do.
"My favorite activity in Paris is strolling through markets, so it’s no surprise that my favorite spots are market locations.
Dmanisi, Georgia
Kindly contributed by Ian Tattersall, author of Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins. Besides being a neighbor in the West Village, Tattersall co-curated the marvelous Spitzer Hall of the Human Origins at the American Museum of Natural History, where he is curator emeritus in the Division of Anthropology. Tattersall is also author of
Square du Vert Galant, Paris
Kindly contributed by Susan Cahill, author of the new Hidden Gardens of Paris, A Guide to the Parks, Squares, and Woodlands of the City of Light.
"They're easy to miss, the off-the-beaten-track green spaces of Paris. But whether by metro or on foot — Julia Childs' way of getting to know the city — you can find them, while simultaneously discovering out-of-the-way quartiers, a rare pleasure for most travelers.
Fort Tiracol, Goa
The irrepressible Fiona Caulfield writes in the new Love Goa guide, that “by the end of the 16th century, Goa, then known as Goa Dourado or Golden Goa, was the capital of the world’s spice trade and one of the richest places on earth, with a population larger than London or Paris.”  The convents, seminaries and parish churches, like the dazzling Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. While in Goa, she also suggests a visit to Tiracol Fort, a well-preserved and compact 17th-century building, perched on a cliff at the northerly tip of Goa, which is run as a seven-room heritage hotel and “lovely for lunch”.