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Spring is with us and travel is on our minds. Join us as we journey to Africa through the magical painting of Larry Norton. Visit the might Amazon River, tour Paris, and spend 48hrs in Berlin. All of this and more in the pages of DRIFT Travel Magazine, no passport required.

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TRAVEL MAGAZINE

BRUSH STROKES OF AFRICA

ARTIST LARRY NORTON TAKES US ON A MAGICAL JOURNEY

THE MIGHTY AMAZON BY HAMMOCK

EXPLORING PERU, COLOMBIA + BRAZIL BY RIVERBOAT

CURATED PARIS

THE BEST OF MUSUEMS, FRENCH FOOD + CULTURE

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cover story

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.

06

columns

18 Hotel Spotlight

20 Travel Gear

46 Forty Eight Hours In...

66 Travel For Less

70

73 #WhereToNext

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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.

Contents

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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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Liquid

Inspiration

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

health destinations.

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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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The

Amazon by

Hammock

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

her length.

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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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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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AFRICA

An Artistic Journey

Featured Artist: Larry Norton

Instagram: @larry.norton

Facebook: LarryNortonArt

Website: larrynorton.co.za

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

the gallery.

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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Moment

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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Tembwahata

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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Archipelago

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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Wild Dogs

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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At Rest

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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Curated Paris

BY: TRACEY DRAKE

The best of Parisian

culture shared by true

local experts

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I

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

knowledgeable.

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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

Brûlée.

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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48HOURS IN...

Berlin

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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DAY 1

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

Europe.'

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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DAY 2

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

Berg.

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

barge-turned-swimming pool

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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Your Short

Game

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

new grips.

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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.

Stretching

Your Limits

(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.

Cardio for

Golf

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.

Learn from

a Pro

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Where to Play...A Round the World

Punta Mita,

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.

golfpuntamita.com

Costa Navarino

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

13km radius.

costanavarino.com

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.

royalisabela.com

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potlight

Villas Borghetto

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

taste.

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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

Istria.

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.

villasborghetto.com

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Travel the World

from your Sofa:

12 Destinations

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.

britishmuseum.withgoogle.com

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.

artsandculture.google.com

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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.

montereybayaquarium.org

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.

grandcanyon.org

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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.

brokenships.com

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.

visitorlando.com

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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.

cincinnatizoo.org

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.

takewalks.com

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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

afternoon.

bcn.cat

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.

amazingjerusalem.com

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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.

lightsoverlapland.com

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

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/select/best-travel-credit-cards/

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

annual fee.

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

member.

Dream > Research > Collect > Travel

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Travel Bites

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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NUMUS WITH

GREENS AND

AVOCADO

Serves: 4

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

numus refrigerated.

INGREDIENTS

Numus:

1/2 medium white onion

1 small Fresno chile pepper

1 small Serrano chile

9 garlic cloves

2 shallots

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

snapper)

Sea salt

Vegetable oil, for frying

Salad:

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

METHOD

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

opaque.

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.

To serve:

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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#WHERETONEXT

EMILIA-ROMAGNA, ITALY

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

Discover TheForest.org

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