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24 - Brush Strokes of Africa
Inspired by artist Larry Norton’s
personal experiences in Africa, this
collection features the diversity
and richness of the continent’s
landscapes and wildlife.
18 Hotel Spotlight
20 Travel Gear
46 Forty Eight Hours In...
66 Travel For Less
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06 Liquid Inspiration
BY SOPHIA MASON
Five of the world’s most stunning
swimming pools that are a must dip.
12 Amazon by Hammock
BY ANDREW MARSHALL
Traveling the mighty Amazon River
through Peru, Colombia & Brazil.
40 Curated Paris
BY TRACEY DRAKE
Up close and very personal at The
Louvre, Versailles & Le Mariais.
52 Swing of Things
BY JUNE DAGNALL
When it is time to travel, make sure
your golf game is good to go.
58 Visit Virtually
BY ASHLEY BRANKIN
Travel the world from your sofa with
these 12 incredible virtual tours.
70 Travel Bites
BY RUSS MEAD
Australian Celebrity Chef Curtis Stone
teaches us how to make Numus ceviche.
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BY: SOPHIA MASON
With incredible choices for every kind of wanderlust bucket-list, here’s our pick of some
of the world’s most stunning swimming pools - in some of the finest hotels - big and
small - around the world. This list is not just about size or grandeur – these properties
have unique locations, creative pool formations and are designed for water loving travelers. From
the hills of Tuscany to the shores of Malaysia, each pool - be it infinity, wrap around or thermal -
has jaw-dropping views in breathtaking locations.
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Villa Sueno | Spain
Set on a hillside in the Tramuntana Mountains on Mallorca’s west coast, Villa Sueno offers stunning sea and
mountain views from its impressive infinity pool that gives the illusion that you are swimming out to sea.
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Jade Mountain | St. Lucia
Set high in the hills of St. Lucia, five-star luxury resort, Jade Mountain has 24 open-air Infinity Pool
Sanctuaries and 5 Sky Jacuzzi Suites – each of which have been built without a fourth wall so that guests
have panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and one of the most arresting sights in the world, the World
Heritage Piton Mountains. Designed by architect and owner Nick Troubetzkoy, all Infinity Pool Sanctuaries
are individual works of art and ranges in size from 400 - 900 square feet, each unique in color and shape.
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Grand Bad Ragaz | Switzerland
The wellness resort’s Helena bath provides guests with the opportunity to bathe in the world-renowned
thermal waters which are sourced from the neighboring Tamina Gorge. The historic 19th century pool is set
in impressive surrounds and offers a relaxing setting for guests, where they can enjoy, and benefit from, these
healing waters. Famous for its effect on the body, the water is naturally sourced at 36.5° Celsius and its rare
composition is believed to trigger positive reactions within the body, with people traveling to experience the
mystic thermal springs since 1242. Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is one of Europe’s leading wellness and medical
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Pankor Laut Resort | Malaysia
YTL Hotels’ Pangkor Laut Resort is an exclusive private island off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
Nestled comfortably into its jungle island habitat, every element of the resort brings nature and comfort
together in perfect harmony. The resort is not just famous for its celebrity clientele (including the likes of
the late Pavarotti, Joan Collins, Nick Faldo and Sir Jackie Stewart) but it’s stunning infinity pool. The crystal
clear pool stretches along the front of the resort, blending seamlessly into the emerald green bay and bright
blue sky. With panoramic views of the Malaysian coastline there is no better place to take a peaceful dip and
experience nature’s healing tranquility.
Crillon Le Brave | France
Crillon Le Brave lies in an exquisitely authentic natural setting, nestled within a maze of 17th century
buildings. Guests will feel ultimate tranquility whilst cooling down in the pool while surrounded by gorgeous
quaint buildings, with sprawling views of neighboring vineyards and picture-perfect Provencal countryside.
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BY: ANDREW MARSHALL
Andrew Marshall lives out his dream
of traveling the mighty Amazon River
through Peru, Colombia and Brazil...
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Absolute mayhem. People shouting, bodies pushing, a zillion three-wheeled
motorcycle taxis screeching and honking horns. Men with heavy loads on their
backs stream back and forth from the many boats tied bow first to the docks.
The British consulate in town had clearly warned me, “It’s at the port just before
you board the boat that you have to watch out for hustlers.” This is the Amazon
River, Iquitos, Peru.
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Here in Iquitos, the age-old vision of the Amazon River as a watery wilderness
that crosses a continent flanked by steaming rainforest, teeming with wild animals
and populated by isolated communities of indigenous Indians couldn't be further
from the truth.
I can't remember when I first had the romantic notion to travel the length of the
Amazon River, and for some reason I'd always imagined doing it by dugout canoe.
But time and reality have made drastic changes to both my dreams and the river,
and by the time I find myself on banks of the Amazon in Peru, the boats have
become bigger and the river has become a highway for the endless tide of landhungry
humanity that has populated its furthest reaches.
The lifeline of the river communities is the boats. Mostly constructed of wood
(many are in a disreputable condition and way overcrowded), they ply the
river creating a super highway of commerce. Laden with all types of cargo,
from vehicles and livestock, to farm machinery, boxes of groceries and building
materials, the ferries are the Amazon's public transport system and I have come to
travel and experience it the way the locals do.
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My accommodation for the three-day trip to the Colombian/Brazilian border
towns of Leticia and Tabatinga is deck-class hammock, BYO or 'bring your own'
of course. Arriving two to three hours early is the only way to make sure you get
the best position on your chosen boat to hang it, thereby avoiding the multitude
of annoyances that can besiege a passenger.
Hang you hammock by the stairwell leading to the loo and you'll be kept awake
all night by bad smells. Hang it below one of the many light globes, and you'll
enjoy the full benefits of observing the Amazonian insect life at close range. I find
myself sandwiched hip-to-hip between an entire family in a double hammock and
some giggling teenagers. On the deck below me, lie an elderly couple with sacks of
something, that every now and again wiggles and squeaks.
On the second day of my journey we hug the northern shore close enough to
view the interminable tangle of vegetation; vines that climb, smother and strangle,
epiphytes that claim lofty anchorages in the limbs of trees, and the crowns
of towering rainforest giants. If I watch for long enough, I am rewarded with
occasional glimpses of squirrel monkeys working their way along a highway of
tree limbs, or the dark slumbering shape of a sloth in the jungle canopy.
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By day three I am thoroughly in love with riverboat life - it's like one big pajama
party with lots of friends swapping hammocks. I have named the pig that lives in
the sack below me, Alfredo, and have pressured the crew to allow it free reign on a
leash. Carlos and Carmina and their two children in the hammocks next door are
best friends, and I have yet to fall ill on the beans, chicken and rice that we are fed
three times a day. When we pull into small pueblos along the way, there is enough
time to get off, stretch the legs and meet a few locals.
Leticia in Colombia is not what I had imagined it would be. This sleepy port
seems to be inhabited mainly by Colombians that have escaped the rat race of
violence that typifies the rest of the country. Mention Bogotá or the Medellin
cartel to locals and they roll their eyes and shudder, then proudly tell you that
here, they can leave their doors unlocked at night.
Just across the border in Tabatinga, Brazil, I get lucky and find a boat leaving
for Manaus the same day. Sometimes you can be left waiting days for an onward
passage. By the afternoon we are off once again. The mighty Amazon River is
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many kilometers wide at this point, but is dissected into so many channels and
branches, that at times you might be led to believe it is only a hundred meters
wide. What looks like a solid length of riverbank, inevitably reveals itself to be an
island with yet another channel beyond.
Life on board slips into a leisurely pattern. Swinging in the hammock chatting
to neighbors and practicing my limited Spanish and Portuguese is the major
pastime. On the top deck, singer Renaldo Vincinetti croons Portuguese love songs
into a microphone. Around him men fill the tables as they eye up the three dusky
beauties bathing on the sun deck. Cervezas are plentiful and the mood is languid.
Seated on the rail gazing out across the river is what I like to do most. Breathing
in the sultry humidity, I wonder how many ways you can describe the beauty
of the Amazon River? At dawn she is a liquid path of new light reflecting all the
colors of the sky, from pale blue to rose red and pink. Where the mysteries of her
currents form whirlpools, pure gold gilds the ripples casting rings of light along
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At midday she is interminable. A brown ocean covered in floating debris with
islands of aquatic plants adrift on the currents, arks of life blooming with purple
lilies. Sometimes great tree trunks drift by, ripped up by their roots in some
violent storm up river.
In the late afternoon, when the heat of the day builds to a steaming furnace and
culminates in a tropical storm, shafts of white lightning streak the sky, raking the
rainforest with angry fingers, casting a strobe light show across the waters.
But when it is all over and the sun is once more a molten ball sinking on the
horizon, the small communities whose timber huts line the riverbanks, steam in
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the golden light. It's the time of day when all the chores are done, and families reemerge
to relax on their verandas, while children splash in the shallows.
I am enthralled by this riverside pageant of life viewed from my floating
observatory. I already know, that by the time I will have traveled the Amazon
River from its source in the glaciers of the Peruvian Andes, to the river mouth on
the Atlantic Ocean, it will be the people and their special relationship with the
river that will leave the most lasting impression.
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ORIMEI packable coats collection
Orimei’s timeless design elevates style for any occasion and helps simplify daily routines.
The compact coats help save time on packing too, allowing women to focus more on what
they love doing most.
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BUMKINS wet bags
Thier signature waterproof fabric
and heat-sealed seams hold
moisture inside the bag, making
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they could find. These must pack items are perfect when
you’re heading to a colder climate.
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LOWO GOLF cabretta golf gloves
Introducing some fun to the world’s most serious sport.
Our genuine Cabretta leather golf gloves are designed to
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The pants have a gusseted crotch, zippered security pockets,
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because they’re great for hiking, nights out, comfortable enough to
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Phantom of the Falls
In early 2020 good friends had walked into the rain forest adjacent to the Falls and saw a leopard.
The following morning in the pouring rain I went there to search for signs. As the mist, rain and spray
combined to create this mystical atmosphere, it was easy to picture a feline apparition on the edge of the
chasm. Days later we found tracks nearby.
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An Artistic Journey
Featured Artist: Larry Norton
Larry’s classic painting style was inspired by his
many experiences at a very early age with his family
in remote parts of Zimbabwe. Throughout his
international career he has traveled extensively in
Africa soaking in the diversity and richness of the
continent’s people, wildlife and landscapes. His work
has been exhibited in New York and London and
continues to be collected worldwide.
He currently lives and works from his home studio in
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe where his work and Gallery
are situated in the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel. He
undertakes commissions and sells fine art prints on
canvas as well as a full gift range which is on display in
Chizarira Black rhino
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By the Palms
A lion and lioness recline on a sandbank. The river’s banks are resplendent with Reclinata and Ilala
Palms and thick riverine bush. It is another tranquil afternoon on the edge of the Zambezi.
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Scent of Rain
In Hwange National Park in October, an elephant bull senses the end of the dry
season. A storm builds across dusty earth, dry grass and sparse bush. The scent of rain
permeates the air. It is that incredible time of year again...
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Tall as Trees
The magnificent snow-clad peak of Mt Kilimanjaro dominates Amboseli
National Park, rising to 5895m / 19340 feet in height. A herd of giraffes walk
tall through thick bush, set against this unforgettable backdrop.
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A flight of egrets, backlit against the dawn traverse the Victoria Falls. Each
time that I visit the Falls it is different. Shifts in light, season and water
levels create ceaseless inspiration.
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A hundred stories seem intertwined at this busy pan, deep in the Gonarezhou bush. I camped
here for a few days whilst sketching out the canvas for the final painting. It was like walking
through the unfolding pages of a storybook. Wherever I looked, herds of game, flocks of birds
and swarms of insects interacted, feeding, hunting and playing in thick riverine bush.
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Great Victoria Falls Bridge
This classic historic bridge has spanned the Zambezi gorge since
1905. Cecil John Rhodes commissioned the bridge, envisioning
a railway line from the Cape to Cairo. We train for kayaking in
the rapids below the bridge. It is an extraordinary place with
Schalow’s Turaco flying across the gorge and the occasional
sighting of otters in the river.
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Just another day on the Mozambique coast. The east coast of
Africa has always been one of my favorite places.
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North East Zimbabwe
In the North East Zimbabwe in September, the brachystegia woodlands
attain colors that are hard to credit as real. The explosion of color passes too
quickly as the spring leaves soon turn to green.
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Towards the Hidden Falls
A pair of Taita falcons are depicted here
against the backdrop of the Hidden Falls. These
mysterious Falls, between Devil’s Cataract and
the Main Falls are only visible at higher water.
The uncommon Taita Falcons find ideal habitat
and prey species in these rugged basalt gorges.
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It is late afternoon on the banks of the Zambezi river. A pack of wild
dogs recline on the edge of this majestic backdrop. Few places evoke
such African nostalgia as Mana Pools.
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Great White Shark
A massive Great White pursues seals in the cold waters off Seal Island, Cape
coast. Seeing this creature under water in its element, separated by a few steel
bars was unforgettable.
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A cheetah pair recline on a ridge overlooking the plains of the Masai Mara with the Rift
valley beyond, it is East Africa at its best.
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BY: TRACEY DRAKE
The best of Parisian
culture shared by true
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am a contrarian traveler. I
prefer to visit places off season
so that I can become one with
the locals, and not stand out like a
tourist. I choose to design my own
itineraries, so that I am certain that
I get the most authentic experience
in any city or country. As a rule,
I don’t like group tours, and I
especially loathe city sightseeing
tours planned for the masses, where
you are crammed onto odorous
buses and asked to follow a bobbing
flag. So, it still baffles me somewhat
that in the tail end of 2019, just
before the pandemic shut down
the world, I ended up taking three
tours in Paris, in a single week, and
absolutely had the time of my life.
Paris was in the midst of a national
transit strike during our visit, getting
around the City of Lights was nearly
impossible and we had eight days to
see it all. We stayed at the Novatel
Tour Eiffel Hotel, overlooking the
Seine River and walking distance
to the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero
Gardens, and several of the most
famous Parisienne bridges. Walking
so much, due to demand for taxis
during the transit strike, introduced
us to many unique little cafes,
patisseries, and boutiques that we
might have never discovered.
The Tour Guy came highly
recommended and we decided to
give it a try. It is a tourism company
that began in Italy when a man
who loves to travel fell in love with
an Italian woman and never left.
The Tour Guy is made up of many
expert guides in many countries.
We booked three experiences – Le
Marais Food tour, Louvre Under
the Night Stars tour, and Golden
Versailles Palace and Gardens tour.
Groups are very small (our largest
group was 8), and the guides are
incredible – friendly, funny, and so
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Le Marais Paris Food Tour –
Eat like a Parisian with local
expert Rene Khabbaz Diaz
The most delicious day of our time
in Paris was an informative and
delicious food tour of Le Marais, one
of the most desirable neighborhoods
in Paris. Rene, our tour guide was
interesting, funny and very Parisian
and he really understood the
foundations of French food. We were
a small group of six, and it was a
bright, crisp evening in the city.
We began with a tour toast that
consisted of Champagne and fresh
oysters. Next, we stopped at a
frommagerie in a Marais market,
where we sampled several types
of cheese, each paired with a good
French wine. Strolling the streets
of Le Marais at night is magical.
As we walked, Rene stopped and
share history about the third
arrondissement. One of my favorite
eateries was a little corner brasserie
that served the most incredible
crepes. Lastly, we ventured to
a private room in the back of a
restaurant and feasted on savory
Beef Bourguignon, so good it would
have made Julia Child cry; finishing
the evening with a luscious Crème
As an easy group that became fast
friends, we walked, talked and ate
for hours and our host guide didn’t
seem to mind when we exceeded our
three-hour time limit.
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Louvre Under the Stars Evening
Tour – Skip the line access with
expert guide Zdravko Horvat
I desperately wanted to explore The
Louvre Museum but the crowds
were daunting. One of the reasons I
came to Paris was to have a private
audience with the Mona Lisa, but
she was surrounded by tourists that
had waited in line forever to catch
a glimpse of Leonardo da Vinci’s
archetypal masterpiece of the Italian
Renaissance. This evening tour of
the museum was nothing short of
amazing. We were a small group
of five and Zdravko (the z is silent)
was warm spirited and passionate
about art. On this night, the sky
was dark velvet blue and intensely
bright. We went in a back door and
skipped the line. In an effortless
yet skilled way, Zdravko moved
us around the museum in a way
that made the crowds feel distant.
From the paintings in the Great
Hall to the Captif sculptures and
Liberty Leading the People, it was
all so breathtaking. When we finally
arrived at Denon Wing Hall, my few
minutes spent in private audience
with the Mona Lisa was all I had
hoped for; it is true that you feel like
she only has eyes for you. At the end
of this two-hour mesmerizing tour,
we were left to wander the museum
on our end at our leisure.
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Golden Versailles Palace and
Garden Tour – VIP access with
palace expert Ferit Onger
Take the time to visit Chateau de
Versailles. The history, the opulence
and the gardens are exceptional and
a must see on any visit to Paris. This
tour including return transportation
from Paris, usually by train, but
because of the transit strike,
they picked us up in a very nice
Mercedes-Benz passenger bus. There
were just 8 people in our group,
including our expert palace guide
Ferit. We did not wait in the long
entry line, started with a beautiful
private tour of the extensive gardens
featuring 1,400 fountains, and then
went into the opulent 17th century
palace that is dripping in gold. With
more than 2,000 rooms and 2,000
windows, the interior is filled with
priceless artwork, exquisite décor
and period furniture, including the
bed slept in by Marie Antoinette.
Once inhabited by King Louis XIII,
it was his famous son Louis XIV
who built Versailles as you see it
today. Our guide, Ferit also shared
the interesting history of Louis XIV’s
private bed chamber, and the secret
door in which is many mistresses
would come and go. My favorite
part of the castle was the Hall of
Mirrors; a long room adorned with
357 mirrors and many chandeliers.
It was in this space that the Treaty of
Versailles was signed in 1919.
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Our guides were incredible – friendly, funny, and so knowledgeable. Of course, these are in person tours. Via their
website, The Tour Guy currently offers interesting virtual tours with expert local guides. I recommend taking the
60-minute Louvre virtual tour – Napoleon’s Personal Treasure Trove. It is an immersive tour of the main works of art
in this stunning museum and because it’s live, you can ask questions – and all for about $15 USD! Check them out and
book online at thetourguy.com.
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BY: ANDREW MARSHALL
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Berlin has certainly lived through some turbulent times. Decline, fall and
rise again have followed each other in rapid succession since the start of
the 20th century. But since 1989, when the Wall that cut through Berlin’s
heart came tumbling down, the city has re-invented itself as a European
hotspot. Less frenetic than London and cheaper than Paris, this is the place to
come for quirky attractions, buzzing nightlife, chic shopping and history at every
turn. Here's what you can do in two days in the German capital of cool...
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MORNING | Tour With A Twist
Get your Berlin trip underway by
booking a Trabi Safari, a sightseeing
experience with a difference. This
enterprising company has breathed
new life into the now nearlyextinct
Trabant (or Trabi), an East
German- produced automobile from
Communist times, and rents them
out for self-drive tours. The route
of the popular 75-minute 'Berlin
Compact' tour leads you through the
middle and the former east part of
the city along the Karl-Marx Allee
and East Side Gallery and through
the neighborhood of Kreuzberg. The
East Side Gallery is a real highlight,
where hundreds of artists have
revamped a 730-meter stretch of
the Berlin wall on the north bank of
the Spree River to create the world’s
largest open-air gallery featuring
hundreds of airbrushed murals.
AFTERNOON | Step Back In Time
This is an opportunity to experience
some of Berlin's main attractions.
Museum lovers should cross the
Spree River over the Monbijou
Bridge to Museumsinsel (Museum
Island), a UNESCO World Heritage
site that's home to some splendid
museums and galleries. The
Bode Museum exhibits medieval
sculptures and early Christian and
Byzantine art; the Neues Museum
(New Museum) has collections of
Egyptian art, prehistoric objects
and classical antiquities, and the
Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National
Gallery) showcases works by 19th
century impressionists such as
Monet, Degas and Manet.
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For an immersive insight of
everyday life in the former German
Democratic Republic, visit the
DDR Museum, where you can put
on headphones and listen to East
German TV shows, see the typical
living room found in a concreteslab
apartment and walk into an
interrogation room. A thoughtprovoking
and moving experience
is to wander amongst the 2,711
concrete columns rising in sombre
silence from the undulating ground,
that make up the Holocaust-
Denkmal, officially known as the
'Memorial to the Murdered Jews of
EVENING | Eat Like A Local
A gastro must-do when in Berlin, is
to sample the legendary currywurst.
Costing a few euros, this chubby
pork sausage doused in tomato
sauce and laced with spices is
traditionally eaten from a paper plate
with a tiny disposable fork while
standing at chest-high snack tables
on the pavements. The cult place to
go is Konnopke's Imbiss situated
underneath the green girders of a
subway in Prenzlauer Berg, which
has been serving the hungry hordes
from this spot since 1930.
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MORNING | Market Bargains
After breakfast, perhaps some retail
therapy is the order of the day. A
good place to begin is the centuryold
Berlin institution of KaDeWe
with a seemingly never-ending
array of quality merchandise spread
over several floors. For surprising
buys, visit one of Berlin's many
flea markets selling antiques, retro
furniture, secondhand clothes
and vintage knick-knacks. Try the
antiques market on Georgenstrasse
in the Mitte district under the
S-Bahn bridge or the Sunday flea
market at Mauerpark in Prenzlauer
Follow in the footsteps of artists like
Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec
(who drew inspiration from the
mind-altering drink absinthe), by
visiting the Absinth Depot. The
expert owner at this Berlin one-ofa-kind
will guide you through a 100
types of the ‘green fairy’ ranging
from 70cl bottles to smaller giftsized
ones. Absinthe paraphernalia
( spoons, glasses and literature) and
absinthe chocolate and present sets
are also available.
AFTERNOON | Swimming Spree
Take some time out from your
sightseeing and shopping by
relaxing at one of Berlin's several
Strandbars (beach bars) made from
construction-site sand placed on
strips of industrial wasteland along
the Spree River, each with their own
atmosphere. An interesting twist
on the Strandbar is the Badeschiff
(Bathing Ship) located in a gritty
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section of the south-eastern Berlin
district of Treptow, this 30-meter
anchored in the Spree River offers
spectacular city panoramas. A
wooden footbridge with hammocks
connects the barge containing
the pool to the river bank where
the hipster crowd kick back in
beach chairs with cold drinks, play
volleyball or practice yoga.
EVENING | Dinner In The Dark
For a dining experience with a
difference, reserve a table at the
unsicht-Bar 'dark restaurant' on
Gormannstrasse. Blind or visually
impaired waiters or waitresses lead
you through the pitch-black dining
room to your table and explain the
placing of utensils using a clock
analogy (for example, the fork is
located at 9 o'clock and the knife is
at 3 o’clock), so that you can eat in the
dark. The theory behind the concept
is that by voluntarily abandoning your
vision, you will be able to experience
what wonderful work your other
senses are capable of.
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Golf season, not to mention golf travel, is just around the corner, so it’s time to get your “A game”
ready. A day on the links has psychological benefits that improve mood, reduce anxiety, and
increase confidence. Golf keeps you fit, engaged, and sparks friendly competition.
Before you hit the links on your home course or take off to play a famous Nicklaus designed golf course in
Mexico, here are some simple “get ready” tips to make sure you are primed to play with confidence.
Get Back into the
Swing of Things
BY: JUNE DAGNALL
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Approximately 70% of a final golf score is dictated by the short game. Set up
a makeshift putting green in your home and take a few strokes whenever you
have down time. Practicing at home is a great way to focus on fundamentals
that are essential to putting well. There are many inexpensive options on the
market to choose from to have you “rolling the rock” in no time. Everyone
can attest to how frustrating those three putts can be. Practicing in the off
season can make the 19th hole that much more enjoyable.
The art of chipping is essential to keep your score down. Improving the small
shots around the green can save shots significantly affecting your overall score.
A small chipping net and some foam balls can be a game changer for getting
the practice you need at home.
Get a Grip
Golf professionals continually express how fundamentally important the grip
is. It determines what your club face looks like at impact. Holding the club
properly will enable you to have security without tension, resulting in good
speed and power for your swing. The wear on grips is an important factor to
be looked at before the season begins. If the grips are still in good shape, a
thorough cleaning with soap and water will get them ready. If the grips appear
cracked, dried out, or are slipping, the clubs likely need to be re gripped. Do
this in advance of your first game of the season to give you time to adapt to the
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It is no secret that flexibility is one of the most important factors when it
comes to the golf swing. In addition to stretching before and after your regular
workouts, flexibility allows for a better range of motion and improves your
ability to turn through the ball. The hamstrings need to be flexible enough to
allow you to get into a good golf posture. An easy exercise of bending from
your hips and allowing your arms to hang towards the floor can help to loosen
the hamstrings and work towards an optimum golf posture.
(Yes, it’s a thing!) - Increasing your overall cardiovascular endurance prior
to golf season will help maintain stamina on the links. A player walks an
average of three to five miles during an 18-hole round. Fitness experts attest
that cardiovascular workouts that alternate walking and jogging can improve
cardio, and also prepare the muscles to keep firing through all 18 holes.
The preseason work of practice and getting into shape has been
completed. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a lesson. A
seasoned, knowledgeable, and observant teaching professional can assist
with small adjustments that will improve your golf game. In the end,
golf is a game where your only true competition is yourself, so get a
lesson to get your game pointed in the right direction.
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Where to Play...A Round the World
Features 36 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature golf.
Set on 380 acres of peninsula bordered by both
the Pacific Ocean and beautiful Banderas Bay,
golf in Punta Mita is truly a spectacular setting.
Panoramic views make a camera a must as you
play world class golf on either of Punta Mita’s par
72 Championship courses. The private Punta Mita
Golf Club is open exclusively to Club Punta Mita
Members and their guests, and guests of the Four
Seasons and St. Regis resorts.
In addition to its two signature courses (The
Bay Course and The Dunes Course), Costa
Navarino is opening another two 18-hole
courses (designed by Jose Maria Olazabal)
in the next 12 months. When the project is
completed in spring 2022, the Mediterranean’s
prime, sustainable destination will be in the
enviable position of being able to offer its guests
four signature 18-hole golf courses – all within a
Links Course at Royal Isabela
This is a boutique luxury resort on the Northwest tip of
the Island, approximately two hours from capital San
Juan in the Northeast. It has casitas with private plunge
pools for guests (see picture) and sits perched above
150-foot cliffs overlooking the ocean. The course is
a conservationist’s dream, as owners and brothers
Stanley and Charlie Pasarell worked with golf architect
David Pfaff to ensure the course unfurled as seamlessly
and naturally as the gorgeous land deserved.
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The idea of Villas Borghetto is based on the concept of
unlimited luxury and pure perfection for every seeker of an
unforgettable holiday. Located in the magical land of Istria,
villas offer to stay in an area of beautiful nature and unbeatable
charm of authenticity. This is the largest peninsula in the
Adriatic Sea, which boasts a wealth of cultural-historical
heritage and offers a fascinating diversity of activities to every
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The lavish villas are situated close to Poreč,
providing both a chance to escape from the hustle
and bustle of the city and enjoy the vibrancy of
a modern tourist center. This is an unsurpassed
destination to escape from the everyday routine
and find yourself during breathtaking scenery of
Besides the comfortable residences themselves, the
guests of Villas Borghetto can enjoy the numerous
opportunities for active leisure and adventures in
Istria. The marvelous region is open for exploration
through private sightseeing tours, panoramic flights,
cycling tours, or scuba diving in the underwater
world of the Adriatic Sea. The local restaurants
offer splendid menus of European and local cuisine,
including truffles and olive oil, complemented by the
fine wines from the renowned wineries of Istria.
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Travel the World
from your Sofa:
to Visit Virtually
BY: ASHLEY BRANKIN
Traveling around the world is on many people’s bucket list, but this can
prove to be a costly dream. Whether its time or expense, there can be
several barriers that get in the way of travel. Here are twelve destinations
that can be visited around the world virtually, without ever leaving your sofa and
worrying about how you can afford it. From zoos and museums to exploring the
great outdoors and theme parks, there is something to keep everyone entertained.
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The British Museum - London, England
We begin our journey in London, England, where the
British Museum awaits. Founded in 1753 this museum
hosts a wide range of collections and the virtual tourist can
browse 8 million of them online, which is sure to capture
the attention of any museum lover. If the collections aren’t
just enough, there are other areas to visit, such as the
podcast library and behind the scene tours.
Musee d’Orsay - Paris, France
Keeping in the theme of museums the Musee d’Orsay
in Paris, France is next on our list. Learn the history of
the Statue of Liberty. From its conception and journey
to becoming one of the world’s iconic symbols. Find out
why France opted for such an extravagant gift to present
their American friends and feel that little bit more
knowledgeable by making this virtual journey.
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Monterey Bay Aquarium - Monterey Bay, USA
Hopping across the pond, the next stop is the Monterey
Bay Aquarium in Monterey Bay, USA. Located between
San Francisco and Los Angeles, this Aquarium is a popular
destination for many people around the world. Amazing
sights await the explorer with live camera feeds available to
view. From the open sea to sharks and sea otters, hours can
be spent just soaking up the marine life.
Grand Canyon - Arizona, USA
After a morning spent in museums, it is time to take a
breath and enjoy some nature at the Grand Canyon in
Arizona, USA. Whether it’s hiking or rafting, the virtual
tourist is very well catered for here. From a virtual hike
through the trails of the canyon to a raft trip online, there
is no doubt that whatever option the traveler selects, there
are some spectacular views to be seen.
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Museum of Broken Relationships - Los Angeles, USA
Over to the west coast of America, we find ourselves at
the Museum of Broken Relationships. This destination
was designed to be a virtual and physical museum, so
this location is well prepared for the armchair explorer.
The collections here hold some personal significance to
their owners, and while browsing the items, the spectator
can learn all about how the history of their broken
relationships and feel a deeper connection.
Walt Disney World - Florida, USA
Flying over towards the east, we hear Walt Disney World
in Florida call our name. Thanks to amazing features on
Google Maps, guests can ‘walk’ undisturbed around these
fantastic theme parks. Take in the castle at the Magic
Kingdom, see a wide variety of animals at the Animal
Kingdom, look at futuristic Epcot or feel the glamour of
Hollywood at Hollywood Studios. Any rides that catch the
guest’s eye can be experienced on YouTube from the firstperson
point of view. Magical.
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Cincinnati Zoo - Cincinnati, USA
Moving on to Cincinnati, virtual tourists are in for a treat.
Every weekday at 3 pm EST Cincinnati Zoo goes live for
audiences around the globe. Follow the zookeepers on a
live-action safari to learn about a different animal every day.
Perfect for all those animal lovers out there.
Acropolis Monuments – Greece
Heading back over to Europe, thousands of years of
history awaits the virtual tourist to explore at the Acropolis
Monument in Greece. Armchair adventurers can take an
interactive tour to delve into some ancient relics that have
so much history attached to them, it is almost unbelievable.
The Temple of Athena Nike is one of the included attractions
to visit and can leave the visitor in awe.
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Picasso Museum - Barcelona, Spain
You don’t have to be an art lover to know who Picasso
is. This famous artist has an entire museum dedicated
to him in Barcelona, Spain, and guests can take a virtual
stroll around Barcelona and check out where this art
legend lived and worked. An excellent way to spend the
Jerusalem Tour - Jerusalem, Israel
One of the most religious cities in the world opens
up its doors as we jump to Jerusalem, Israel. Thanks to
Samsung’s incredible 360-degree virtual tour, people
from all over the world can explore this historical city
without ever stepping foot in a plane, train, or automobile.
Accompanied by a tour guide, viewers are encouraged to
scout out their fascinating destination.
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Northern Lights - Lapland, Sweden
The beautiful sights of the Northern Lights are our final
stop on our virtual tour, and it will not disappoint. See
the beauty in the skies above Lapland by taking a dog
sled virtual tour. Watch as the sky lights up in a colorful
fashion that must be seen to be believed. A fantastic end
to a fabulous day.
Traveling the world can be expensive and, unfortunately, can be way out of many people’s
budgets. These twelve destinations allow the tourist to explore virtually without ever leaving
their hometown or spending a penny. From theme parks and zoos to museums and nature,
there is something here that everyone will enjoy.
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miles and points -
travel perks that
can work for you
BY: JUNE DAGNALL
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“The world is a book
and those who do not
travel... read only a
page.” – Saint Augustine
2020 saw flights grounded, trips canceled,
borders closed, and major cities and
popular destinations completely deserted.
This is 2021, and the world is feeling
optimistic and excited to get back on the
road again. Where will our travel dreams
take us? There is no better time to plan
than the present, and it starts with your
credit card and how it can help you travel
better, further, and more often.
Learning the ins and outs of the credit
card loyalty points and miles game is
important and since it can be done from
the comfort of your chair, now is the
perfect time to learn!
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According to CNBC Select research
published in March, 2021, these are the
best cards on the market:
Category Credit Card Estimated Rewards Earned After 5 Years
Winner American Express® Gold Card $2719
Runner-Up Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card $2431
Best Welcome Bonus Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card $2028
Best for Luxury Travel Chase Sapphire Reserve® $2755
Best for Low Interest TD First Class Visa Signature® Credit Card $2403
Best for No Annual Fee Wells Fargo Propel American Express® Card $2120
Using a bank debit card, you are spending
money and not getting anything back in return.
When using a credit card however and shopping
online, eating out, buying groceries, or using
it for any other purchases, valuable points can
be earned to use on a future vacation. Other
important benefits on many credit cards include
purchase protection and built-in coverage for
trip delays or cancellation.
To avoid overspending and incurring interest
charges on these purchases, be diligent and pay
monthly credit card bills on time.
Earning points, earning miles, or earning both
can be used like a type of currency. Credit
card companies, airlines, and hotels are closely
intertwined with the objective to use these
currencies to travel. Typically credit card
companies and hotels use points, and most
airlines use miles.
Set up your next travel goal. Will it be spending
a week in Paris? Taking the family to Disney
World? Vacationing in Hawaii? Cycling
through Vietnam? The options are infinite.
Take time to investigate and research different
credit cards that enable you to earn the points
required to make travel dreams happen. Ensure
that the card has transferable points so these can
be transferred to airlines and hotels.
Typically credit card companies carry an annual
fee which can range from approximately $95
to $550 depending on the company and the
perks that are offered. Don’t be deterred – if
you choose the right card, the points earned and
valuable member perks with easily outweigh the
Look for sign-up bonuses! These are an easy
way to get you closer to your next vacation with
generous points, miles and sometimes even
cashback offers to entice you to become a card
Dream > Research > Collect > Travel
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Curtis Stone’s Taste of Australia
BY: RUSS MEAD
While we patiently await borders to reopen, it is always nice to enjoy a little bit
of Australia at home. From bustling Melbourne in Victoria, up to the Blue
Mountains of New South Wales, and Kangaroo Island down south, Australia
has something for everyone, and when it’s safe to welcome travelers back, Australia will
be waiting to say G’Day and show you everything this place has to offer. But for now,
let’s take a culinary trip to Australia with this interesting recipe from celebrity chef and
Australian tourism ambassador Curtis Stone.
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South Australia is a brilliant blend of the country’s
relaxed lifestyle, great food and wine, incredible
Outback landscapes, and wildlife experiences. In
fact, South Australia is the artisan Australia and
offers intimate and behind the scenes culinary and
wine experiences like no other in the world. The
capital of Adelaide is also one of the Wine Capitals
of the World and a premier food destination of
multicultural cuisine. The landscape of South
Australia varies enormously between regions, and
it’s not just the picturesque landscape, wildlife in the
wild experiences, and world-class cellar doors (200
within a 2-hour drive of Adelaide) that woo travelers
to the regions, but it’s the top-notch local produce,
comfortable country retreats and uncrowded charm
that keeps them there.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Make-Ahead: Numus and fried garlic
and shallots can be made 8 hours
ahead. Store fried garlic and shallots
airtight at room temperature. Keep
1/2 medium white onion
1 small Fresno chile pepper
1 small Serrano chile
9 garlic cloves
One 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
Splash of good extra-virgin olive oil
1 fillet lean white fish (such as black
Vegetable oil, for frying
2 small firm but ripe avocados,
pitted, peeled, sliced
1/4 cup small basil leaves
1/4 cup small mint leaves
1/4 cup small arugula
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 finger lime, halved
To make numus:
1. Using mandolin, very thinly slice
onion, chilies, garlic, shallots, and
ginger. In mixing bowl, combine
sliced onions, chilies, one-third of
garlic, and ginger. Stir in lime juice,
vinegar, and splash with oil.
2. Thinly slice fish fillet and add fish
slices to onion mixture. Season with
salt. Cover and refrigerate for at
least 2 hours or until fish slices are
3. Heat oil in large saucepan over
medium heat. Add remaining garlic
to hot oil and fry for about 1 minute,
or until crisp and golden. Using a
mesh spoon, transfer fried garlic to
paper towels to absorb excess oil.
Repeat with shallots.
4. Arrange fish slices along with
some chile slices in single layer
over plate. Top with avocado and
herbs. Drizzle with some marinade.
Sprinkle with fried garlic and
shallots. Sprinkle with sugar. Squeeze
finger lime segments over numus
and serve immediately.
“The numus, a raw fish preparation, was inspired by meeting Dwayne
Bannon-Harrison on the rooftop garden in the middle of Sydney. I was
introduced to Dwayne by my mate, Ben Shewry. Both chefs champion
indigenous ingredients. The fish showcases the incredible seafood and
fresh produce of New South Wales.” -Curtis Stone
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A region in northern Italy, known the world over for its medieval cities and coastal retreats, Emilia-
Romagna is also home to extraordinary gastromony. Photojournalist Andrew Marhsall takes DRIFT
readers on a delicious tour of Parma, Modena and Bologna to savor some of the legendary foods
produced there. Coming to the May/June 2021 issue.
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Discover the unsearchable
Discover the forest
Find a trail near you at
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