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IN CONVERSATION WITH
ANTHONY BOURDAIN by: Tracey Drake
have always dreamed of living in Italy; perhaps a charming, slightly crumbling Italian villa set in a quaint seaside village, carved into the steep Amalfi Coast; Maiori and Atrani always instantly come to mind. Postcard perfect, right? I thought so. Then, in 2011, after watching possibly my favorite episode of The Layover, Anthony Bourdain opened my eyes to a whole other Italy; a modern Rome. A delicious maze of a city that was pulsing with history, iconic landmarks, passionate Romans and mind-blowing food. And his narrative spoke to me too, “Ideally you visit Rome slowly. You sit, you stroll, you take it as it comes. You don’t go see stuff, you let it slip up on you – one piazza, one fountain, one amazing structure at a time.” In that single
life, it permeated every part of our conversation. And you know what? I learned a lot. A lot about Anthony, food, and why being at the Cayman Cookout is so important to him, and symbolic of where he is at this juncture in his life.
True story. Anthony Bourdain has never traveled the
easy street (or taken the high road) to anywhere. Long and publicly regarded as the black sheep of the culinary world, I personally think he is one of the reasons chefs have become such rock stars. He puts it all on the table, literally and figuratively, and doesn’t care if you like it or not. He has taught us about strange foods, faraway cultures, and how to eat – really eat.
PARENTING, JIU JITSU, CAYMAN COOKOUT
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episode, I simultaneously fell in love with porchetta, Italian Hawaiian pizza, a classic 1970 Fiat Cinquecento and modern Rome. Now five years later, sitting by the pool of the RitzCarlton Grand Cayman with Anthony Bourdain at the Cayman Cookout, I really didn't want to talk about food. After watching him for two days on the Cayman Cookout stage and two decades on television, I felt like I understood his food philosophies. I am happily drawn to his edgy wit, unapologetic sarcasm and palpable love for foreign lands and authentic people. I wanted to talk about that. And so we did, and yet, because food is inextricably woven into the fabric of Anthony Bourdain's
However, in the last decade, his life took a sharp right turn into parts unknown – and it wasn’t a TV show but a life-changing reality. In 2007, at the age of 51, Anthony became a husband and a father and started to take a hard look at his life, in earnest. “At no point before the age of fifty was I able, prepared or up to the job of being a father. Any parent would agree. Once you have a child, you are no longer the star of your own picture. After five decades, to finally realize that on a truly cellular level, you are no longer the center of the universe was a huge relief for me.”
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One of the most watched culinary celebrities in history, today Bourdain has a very carefully calibrated life; and although he still travels a lot, Anthony is home much more than he used to be, so that he can spend time with his wife and daughter. Instead, he takes great pleasure in possibly nurturing the next generation, but only if she's into it. Eight-year-old Ariane Bourdain loves to cook, and especially with her dad, when she can get her hands squishy and dirty. “Look, my daughter grew up Italian, basically with her mom, but also grew up with a lot of unusual foods on the table. So, she eats raw oysters and likes octopus, and understands the bunny is cute, but it also tastes good.”
I asked Anthony whether or not all the responsibilities that come with being a parent keep him up at night. He laughed out loud. “I am a little weirdly, over enthusiastic about expressing love through food, I think. Cycle menu is a little weird for an eight-year-old. And I plan. I have prep lists for the summer. What the f--k? I am feeding a child. But I get over organized and I invest a lot in passing along these powerful food memories that I enjoyed as a kid. But I have had to learn to not get offended if she doesn’t like something that I make her.” The laughter faded, he paused for a few moments, and then offered up something tender and serious. “Look, I say that all I can do as a parent is to let my daughter
“I AM A LITTLE WEIRDLY,
ABOUT EXPRESSING LOVE THROUGH FOOD.”
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know that she is always loved. That she will have high self-esteem and high regard. Also, she has been training Jiu Jitsu for four years, so she'll be able to take care of herself. So yes I am a doting dad. I’m a very happy dad.” Anthony’s Italian wife, Ottavia Busia doesn’t cook at all. It might have something to do with the fact that she is very health conscious, and doesn’t eat starches or carbohydrates. She is a competitive athlete, coach and trainer in the sport of Jiu Jitsu. Anthony credits the sport, and his wife who coaxed (or tricked) him into the introductory Jiu Jitsu lesson, with changing his life. “I was a chain smoker, thirty pounds’ overweight and never been to a gym, like ever in my whole life.” I asked him about that first Jiu Jitsu class. Was it bad? “Yeah, it was f--king awful, but I survived it. And I was proud of myself for surviving it. It was hard with a steep learning curve. An endless learning curve and that is attractive to me. Anthony got healthy over the course of learning and practicing Jiu Jitsu, dropping those thirty pounds and changing other aspects of his lifestyle. But as he sees it, it was never really about getting healthy – that was just a happy side effect. For Bourdain, it was all about the curve. “I am a big believer in the Japanese notion of Shosin, which means Beginner’s Mind.” In a nutshell, Shosin is the Buddhist practice of always learning, from a beginner state of mind. “For me, Jiu Jitsu is like being the worse cook in the kitchen, all over again. You are faced with a steep hill of things you must learn everyday, and I don’t know why, but that makes me happy.”
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Bourdain travels for a living. One might argue
that the travel aspects of his television shows, No Reservations, The Layover and Parts Unknown, are more appealing to viewers than the food he eats along the way. He admits that he still travels about 200 days a year and has rules and rituals in how he travels, and with whom. Air travel for Bourdain is always the same. “My brain and body and nervous system, they see a plane ride, a long plane trip, as an opportunity to sleep with nothing coming in, nothing to do. I just go offline the minute I'm on the plane.” I asked him if he even has the capability to travel for pleasure, or is it always business, even when its not. “I don’t f—king know anymore. But it is worth noting
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that for business, I only go places I want to go. I choose the places I go.” So, where does the business end and pleasure begin? “I am in the enviable position of saying I like to go to Vietnam, jump out of a plane, and then eat some noodles and shoot it in the style of Wang Kar-wai. That’s a pretty awesome thing.” Currently, with one show in production on CNN, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is an award winning series that sees him travel to lesser known parts of the world, exploring unique regions and cultural cuisine. Anthony recently took long time friend, Chef Eric Ripert to the Chengdu region of China. “Whenever I can make television all the way out there, in a strange land
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where I don’t speak the language, with a good friend, I am happy.” Is Barack Obama a good friend? I didn't ask but in a Season 8 episode of Parts Unknown, which airs September 25th, Bourdain shares a $6 dinner with the President at Bún chả Hương Liên in Hanoi, Vietnam. Personal time off comes in an all-American version these days. “When it comes to family vacation, I take an indecent pleasure in feigning normalcy. Meaning, I load up the car with the luggage, we drive to Long Island to the Hamptons, where I rent a house for August every year. I barbecue in the backyard, and I do whatever my daughter wants to do. She makes all the decisions for the entire month.”
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Does Anthony Bourdain have daddy brain? When he told me that this new book, Appetites: A Cookbook is a family cookbook, I honestly thought I had heard him wrong, and asked again. “It is all stuff that I cook at home but hey, we are a very wacky family. The cover design is by Ralph Steadman (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) and with photography by Bobby Fisher, it is game changingly strange.” This new book, which hits bookstores this October, is filled with Anthony’s recipes, and those of long-time assistant/collaborator Laurie Woolever. It is an honest reflection of how he lives, day-to-day, and the food he feeds his family with love.
And speaking of food, family and friends… we
talked for awhile about Grand Cayman Island and the Cayman Cookout. For Anthony Bordain, this event is an important part of his year – in fact, a necessary part of his life, for both personal and professional reasons. The event is an annual 4-day food affair that is the brainchild of Chef Eric Ripert, organized each year with his friends, Chef José Andrés and Anthony Bourdain. In 2001, Anthony Bourdain’s book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, might have bruised a few egos and made a few enemies in the industry, but Bourdain had nice things to say about Chef Ripert and his restaurant, Le Bernardin. Ripert called Bourdain to say thank you, and invite him to lunch. The two have been great friends ever since, and sharing the CaymanKIND experience together since 2008. Cayman Cookout is a stellar signature event that takes place each January at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, directly on famous Seven Mile Beach. Cayman Cookout brings together top chefs from all over the world to celebrate the best in food and wine. Set in such natural
Caribbean beauty, in one of the most beautiful hotels on Grand Cayman Island, the event is at once elegant and relaxed – two words you don’t often see together when discussing famous chefs and high-end food. Over the course of four days, guests are treated to demonstrations and intimate events with famous chefs, tours and tastings of stellar brands, and unprecedented access to the world’s most famous chefs. In addition to Ripert, Andrés and Bourdain, world class culinary giants Hubert Keller, Cindy Hutson, Ludo Lefebvre, Dean Max, Michael Mina, Florian Bellanger and Tom Colicchio were part of the 2016 all-star lineup.
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IT'S AN EXTENSION OF NATIONALIST FEELING, ETHNIC FEELING, YOUR PERSONAL HISTORY, YOUR PROVINCE, YOUR REGION,
YOUR TRIBE, YOUR GRANDMA .
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Every year, Anthony brings his family with him to Grand Cayman, and his daughter spends time with Chef Jose Andrés three daughters and Chef Eric Ripert’s son. The three amigos, and their families, stay on site at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman Hotel. Cayman Cookout is not penciled into the Bourdain calendar – it’s inked in. “For Cookout, my daughter misses two or three days of school. That’s a big deal. But necessary. Here, the kids can run barefoot in the sand after dark, get up to kid mischief as they should, and I don’t ever have to worry about my daughter’s safety here, unlike in the city.” I asked Anthony what he would like to see done differently at Cayman Cookout next year. “It works
place on the formal lawns of the Ritz-Carlton and I followed Anthony around while he visited each local booth – watching him taste each dish and listening to him reflect on the local Caribbean flavors. Which booths left a lasting impression on Anthony? “Any time you put a pig on a spit, that’s pretty awesome.” Local restaurant Anchor & Den served up Cordo al Asador at their booth – local pig that was roasted at the event. Bourdain swooned over it. One of my personal favorites of the day was the pepper jelly from the Cayman Pepper Patch booth. Not only did I love the product, but the owner/producer Carol Hay was really lovely as well. I asked Anthony what he thought of the local jelly. “I don’t usually care about
Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman great just as it is. The caliber of chefs, old guys and new kids on the block, that come every year is astounding to me, so I enjoy that side too." Spending quality time with his Chef Mafia. This year, Anthony was part of several signature Cayman Cookout events. The first that I attended was “The Adventures of Tony and Eric”, where the two old friends climbed up on stage, made cocktails, cooked a little fish, light-heartedly shared each other’s shortcomings and took questions from the packed house, which happened to be a very chic open-air tent right on Seven Mile Beach. Another event, “The Rundown with Anthony Bourdain”, was so interesting and a lot of fun. It took
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those things – jams, preserves, but that pepper jelly was really good and the cheeses she was pairing them with speak to a really refined palette.” This signature event showed off the island’s finest and demonstrated clearly why Grand Cayman is considered the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Clearly, Anthony Bourdain comes to Grand Cayman each year for the event, Cayman Cookout. He comes to be with and support his friends. He comes to take a deep breath and spend time with his family. He comes to do the things he loves best – to cook, eat and meet new people. He comes for all of the same reasons that he is so passionate about food and traveling the world in search of the perfect cultural bite.
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urope is full of great landscapes, and there’s no better way to experience its variety of natural attractions than to hike some of the long distance paths that stitch the continent together. Hikers will always debate which are the greatest hikes, of course, but these ten routes are classics and ideal for fall weather trekking.
ENGLAND/SCOTLAND Pennine Way starts just outside the busy
industrial city of Sheffield, but within a few miles it’s crossing bleak wild peat moors and striding gritstone cliffs. The route follows the watershed up the backbone of England, finally crossing Hadrian’s wall and the border into Scotland and the Cheviot hills.
267 mi l e s (430 km )
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FRANCE/SPAIN Camino de Santiago, also known as GR
65 or Chemin de Saint-Jacques follows the medieval pilgrimage path from Le Puy in the center of France to Santiago de Compostela at the western edge of Spain, though many hikers only walk the Spanish stretch. The full route takes a couple of months. This hike is fascinating as it has both cultural and natural attractions; the cathedrals of Le Puy, Pamplona, Burgos, Leon and Astorga are all visited en route, while there are many ancient pilgrim hospices and monasteries, and even Roman bridges to be crossed.
Way of St. Jame s: 5 0 0 mil e s ( 80 4 km )
FRANCE/ITALY Via Francigena is another medieval route,
but itâ€™s less well known than the Camino de Santiago. It was the route pilgrims took from northern France to Rome, and the stretch from Lucca to Rome runs through remote Tuscan hill towns, past Romanesque churches, Etruscan monuments, and bubbling hot springs. Most of the route is fairly gentle, running through vineyards and farmland until it reaches the suburbs of Rome.
270 mi l e s (780 km )
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Camino de Santiago collage: The many sights along the way
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Path of the Gods: Walking over blue waters
ITALY Path of the Gods is an Amalfi Coast
walk along the Mediterranean, and between small towns and villages. There are tiny beaches and coves below, monasteries and rough forested peaks above, with some stiff and sweaty ascents, but itâ€™s worth it when you come across a fragrant lemon grove suspended vertiginously above the sea. Hikers can take time off to visit some of the fine palaces and ancient cathedrals along the route, or drink Amalfiâ€™s famous limoncello liqueur and enjoy a plate of seafood.
25 mi l e s (40km )
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From our cover: Lemon tree fields, Italian skies and Mediterranean waters along the Amalfi Coast
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Malerweg: Exploring narrow, moss covered gorges
SWEDEN Kungsleden or ‘King’s Way’ in the far
ICELAND Laugavegur is a big tough four-day hike
north of Sweden is a true wilderness trek, taking a month or more to complete. The landscape encompasses tundra, birch forests, heathland, glaciers, and Sweden’s highest mountain, and wild camping is permitted everywhere along the route - indeed, it’s so remote that hikers need to carry a tent and food for some portions of the route.
(six if you carry on from Thorsmork to the coast) covering some of Iceland’s wickedest terrain. There are high ice fields, brightly colored volcanic rocks, amazing views of gorges gouged out by glacial floods, and mud geysers that spit sulfurous fumes as you pass. Best of all, at both ends of the trail, there are hot springs to bathe in after a hard day’s hiking.
270 mi l e s (440 km )
GERMANY The Malerweg or ‘Painters’ Way’ in the
sandstone hills of Saxony is one of the most romantic hikes in the world. Its picturesque scenery of limestone carved by wind and water includes narrow mossy gorges and splendid spires of rock; it’s worth getting up early for sunrise, when the rock glows pale yellow and pink and mist rises from the valleys.
69 mi l e s (112km )
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GERMANY Saar Hunsrueck Steig, near Trier, is
a pretty and highly adaptable trail. It was designed with a number of loops that can be added to the hike or made into day hikes. The landscape is always changing; there are castles, forests, megalithic sites, small towns, lakes, and open heath, and best of all there’s an iconic view of the Saarschleife, where the river Saar makes a tight u-bend between forested hills.
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CORSICA GR 20, Corsica’s high route, makes
hikers earn their rewards; it’s formidably tough in sections, including one via ferrata where chains are attached to the rock to enable walkers to scramble upwards. In return for hard work, it offers tremendous views over the island and out to sea, as well as mountain lakes that gleam turquoise in the Mediterranean sun.
112 mi l e s (180 km )
ITALY Alta Via 1 is a high route through
the Dolomites, offering the hiker a chance to see some of the most spectacular limestone scenery in Europe, together with alpine lakes and meadows. There are soaring dark limestone spikes, long sharp ridges, and gentle, fertile valleys, and best of all there are numerous mountain huts and refuges to spend the night.
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Corsica: Climbing nature's mountain staircase
While many travelers are primarily interested in the cultural highlights of Europe found in the densely populated cities and quaint historic towns, hiking offers a completely different way to appreciate Europe’s vast landscapes and different cultures. Many tour operators now offer packages for hikers which include bed and breakfast and packed meals as well as luggage transfers - search “Hiking Tours Europe” to research tour operator options. Or for the more experienced (or adventurous) hiker, ready your backpack, turn up at the start of your chosen hiking route and hit the trails! 28 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
Alta Via 1: Lac di Sorapis in the Dolomites
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BALINESE MAGIC AT MANDAPA I had been looking forward to my trip to Bali for months; my mind creating all kinds of daydream scenarios that involved spectacular places and unforgettable experiences. Of course, those all came true (if you have been to Bali, you know exactly what I mean), but what I didn't expect was that one of the most memorable would be a hotel. I should qualify that statement by saying this is no ordinary hotel - this is Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Ubud. Traveling with my husband, we booked an Uber car in Denpasar, and headed north to Ubud. It is an interesting drive through the bustling streets of Denpasar with hundreds of motorized scooters going every which way. On the highway, we passed many small towns that were well into their daily routines. About an hour later, we arrived at the outskirts of Ubud, and I watched out my window in fascination as a busy intersection and a sharp left turn quickly became a serene residential lane-way that led us to the gates of Mandapa. I had arrived in paradise. Mandapas (meaning temples) have been a foundation of Balinese culture for thousands
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of years. In Ubud and all over Bali, these temples offer a restful place for devotees to restore mind, body and soul. So, it seems very fitting to me that Ritz-Carlton would choose the name Mandapa for this magical oasis. My first visual introduction to Mandapa literally left me speechless. Perched high on a hill, the hotel's open air terraced reception area offers 270 degree views of lush rolling jungle landscape, rice paddies and the Ayung River. Less than one year old, I was impressed to see that instead of simply building a modern resort, the hotel was built around the magnificent rice fields, ancient trees and Balinese jungle. In fact, from the lobby, you can immediately see how the sprawling property wraps around the beautiful nature that is uniquely Bali. Henry, our personal butler, introduced himself and ushered us to a golf cart that was the mode of transportation here, due to the very steep inclines from the villas to the hotel's main buildings. FOLLOW @TraceyDrakeEditor on Instagram & Twitter or search hashtag #TheTravellingEditor
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• Driver: The charming village of Ubud is just ten minutes away, and there are so many wonderful places to visit in the immediate area. The hotel staff will be happy to arrange a Mandapa driver to take you to and from town. • Sun and Shade: A lovely locally made market tote and sun hat are provided for you, as well as quality sunblock and skin refresher spray. Take my advice - use them when you go into town or head out on a walking adventure. • Personal Butler: Day and night, there is a Patih at your service, a dedicated certified butler who can tend to your every need. Available by email, text or by calling the concierge desk. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
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Our private villa, just one of sixty at this intimate property, was luxurious and authentically Balinese. The outdoor space featured a bubbling fountain, mature trees and the most peaceful swimming pool, that reflected nature in its still waters, like an ever changing work of art. Showcasing regional architecture and craftsmanship, the elegant living space was in a separate riverfront building and the massive sleeping quarters had a poolside terrace. I felt like I was in Bali, with furniture made from local woods, and artwork that represented Balinese history. As you would expect from any Ritz-Carlton hotel, the amenities were exceptional; quality linens, towels, robes, and toiletries. The soaker bathtub with garden views and the indoor/ outdoor shower did not go unnoticed. The lush green rice paddies at and around Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve are so much more than just lovely scenery. I tried my hand at rice farming for a day, learning why rice is an important foundation in Balinese culture, and coming away with a sincere appreciation of how hard rice farmers work each day. Dining at Mandapa was a pleasure and options were plentiful. We enjoyed healthy juiceology at the Pool Bar. Each morning, we ordered a hearty breakfast at Sawah Terrace Restaurant, overlooking the rice paddies. On our first night, we experienced a Mediterranean-European fusion menu at Kubu, dining inside a private bamboo cocoon. On our final night, which also happened to be our wedding anniversary, the staff at Mandapa treated us to Dining Beyond, an unforgettable "BerDua at Mandapa Rice Field" dinner for two, with a lovely table set among the rice paddies. I would be remiss if I did not mention the restorative afternoon I spent in the Mandapa Spa. The wide open spa looks out over the Ayung River and is such a special place to TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 35
clear your mind and rid your body aches. I opted for an authentic Balinese Massage. If you've ever had one by a skilled massage therapist, you know it is not overly relaxing. As the expert hands of my therapist found every kink and knot in my stressed body, I felt it. However, the session ended with a gentle head and face massage, and with the soothing sounds of the rushing Ayung River outside the window, I soon forget about the sore bits. In fact, by the next day, my body was feeling so free and de-stressed, I wanted to go back for another. Mandapa Spa truly is focused on traditional healing therapies. 36 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is located in a region of Bali famous for creative arts, stunning temples and natural beauty. This is a place where one can easily get lost in the serenity, and then find yourself again, but in a much better place - mentally and physically. I cannot wait until the day I can return to the magic at Mandapa.
The Case for Better Travel.
EricL I FHimel’s E+STYLE
by: ERIC HIMEL
acations are always a time to look forward to, but the logistics of packing can be a nightmare! Whether your destination is a winter wonderland or fun in the sun, you always want to make sure you pack smartly: pack light, chic and be prepared for any vacation occasion! Here's my tips for packing with a plan - taking the guess work out of predicting what you will need!
FUN IN THE SUN Pick a theme - create a look. You can’t pack everything so choose what your vibe or color palette is going to be. Do you look good in white? Pastels? Nautical? Or animal prints? Pick one, and build out from there. Also decide if your jewelry is going to be silver or gold but don’t pack both. Lightweight scarves are always great for a chic style element to add to a basic outfit as well as being able to wrap it around your shoulders or neck at night if it happens to turn cool. Pick one that can double as a light shawl. Linen is great for warm weather
ERIC’S CHIC GUIDE TO PACKING LIGHT FOR YOUR MOST STYLISH VACATION EVER!
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vacations just don’t get OCD about it if it gets wrinkly - just go with the flow. Fabrics that have a synthetic component to them pack better and eliminate wrinkles. Since shoes take up so much room, pack a flat sandal, a wedge and a heel for night and if you’re going to exercise on your trip your last pair should be a workout shoe - this will cover all of your bases. You can recycle the same outfit by bringing extra accessories such as scarves and jewelry to make the looks different from one day to the next. This will save on packing space. COLD WEATHER CHIC Just like packing for warm weather vacations, pick a color or theme as the central look for your vacation wardrobe. As a base color, go with blacks or browns, but not both. If you choose black, some accent colors that work great would be grays and burgundies. If a warm color work better on you, choose chocolate brown and accents with beige, cream and dark green or rust. Layering is key so bring tops and sweaters that work together. Infuse velvet or chunky knits to give some textural interest. Swap out a skinny jean with a skinny cord to mix up a casual look. And don’t forget fun gloves, scarves and hats that can take a blah outfit to a totally chic one in a very inexpensive way and won’t take up a lot of extra room in your luggage.
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Airplanes Can Be Cold: Large cashmere shawl or pashmina to keep in your carry-on for cold flights.
Get The Most Out of Your 2nd Carry-On Bag: A chic, durable tote bag will double as your purse and 2nd carry-on for maximum storage. Keep your good jewelry, small makeup bag and one change of clothes in tote (if checking bags) in case airline loses it!
Keep Hydrated & Protected: Don’t forget a good moisturizer with sunscreen (less than 100ml for airport travel).
Skin Is In: Pack a good body scrub to exfoliate your patchy skin from either dry, cold weather or after hours of laying in the sun! TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 39
Spain’s Canary Islands are among the most sought after holiday destinations in the world with people from all over the globe visiting every year. Tenerife is the most popular of the islands, with impressive hotels situated all over the island, hundreds of bars creating fantastic nightlife, and world class beaches. However, there are plenty of other things to do on the island; attractions that will leave you with memorable moments on your next trip to Tenerife. Golf Del Sur is popular with the older generation, and snowbirds often come here to settle in their retirement. It’s a peaceful location with stunning views and hotels as well as a spectacular golf course that is perfectly situated and surrounded by breathtaking landscape. Designed by Pepe Gancedo, who is considered the “Picasso” of his field, it’s one of the most peaceful golf courses you will ever play on!
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TAKING FLIGHT PREMIUM ECONOMY VANCOUVER TO HONG KONG CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS
by: TRACEY DRAKE
y travel budget doesnâ€™t usually allow for business class travel on long-haul flights. However, I use flying time as an opportunity to get a lot of work done so I am free to experience my final destination immediately upon arrival. So, I need elbow room and space for my MacBook and notepads. I also have quite long legs, which are a curse on any flight, but more so on a 13.5 hour flight from Western Canada to Hong Kong. With business class out of my financial reach, and economy out of my comfort zone, I went in search of middle ground and found a new option Premium Economy with Cathay Pacific Airways. This is a new level of service for Vancouver to Hong Kong flights. For the dates I was traveling (April/ May 2016), premium economy was just $710 more than economy, but $3,530 less than business class. From the moment I arrived at the airport, I knew the experience was going to be markedly different. There was a premium economy priority line at the Cathay Pacific counter (just like business and first class) and baggage allowance was 25kg/55lbs, compared to just 20kg/44lbs for economy passengers. Translation? More shopping for me in Asia! At the gate, there was a designated line and priority boarding for premium economy passengers. Aboard the airplane, there was a separate cabin of the aircraft for premium economy, with in-flight crew. We were offered a hot towel, welcome beverage and a newspaper while we prepared for take-off.
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LONG HAUL COMFORT There were less than thirty seats in the premium economy cabin, which was modern, clean and spacious. There was ample room between my seat and the passenger beside me. My seat featured eight inches of recline and a four-way headrest for body support and comfortable sleeping. I reserved a front row seat, which included a legrest and lots of stretching space for my long limbs. The larger tray table was perfect for working or dining, and there was a secondary drinks table for extra tabletop space. Meal service (served twice on my flight) included elegant entrĂŠes Asian or Western options. Wine, cocktails, bottled water and yummy snacks were always available. I must mention how much I appreciated the noise cancelling headphones, and the stylish amenity kit with travel socks, eye shade, earplugs, toothbrush and toothpaste. Its limited edition felted wool pouch, designed for Cathay Pacific by G.O.D - Goods of Desire, has become the chic new home for my passport!
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TAKING FLIGHT Cathay Pacific currently offers two flights daily from Vancouver International Airport to Hong Kong. You can choose to depart YVR in the afternoon (2:25pm PST) or in the early morning (2:05am PST). I chose the latter because it offered the most sleep time, allowing me to arrive 13.5 hours later in Hong Kong, at the beginning of a new day, feeling refreshed and ready to start exploring. Premium economy class is available to and from many different cities and countries. More info at CathayPacific.com
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by: ELIZABETH DEAN
here is a place between Taiwan and Japan where speckles of land skip across the surface of the ocean. Forty nine of these small islands are inhabited and one hundred and eleven belong to the tropical wild. These are the Okinawa Islands. Where the lands are flooded with lush overgrown jungle, the sands are white as snow, and the waters are clearer than a glass of cool water. The islands are rich in history with fascinating legends of the Ryukyu culture. Once its own temperate kingdom, Okinawa now belongs to Japan and divides the Pacific Ocean and the East China Sea.
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THE OPEN SEA WHAT’S IN A NAME? The stretch of tropical islands wind across the open blue, perched precariously on the steadily moving waters of the easterly sea. Just as they appear from above, the name Okinawa translates to “rope in the open sea”.
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Be sure to indulge in at least one traditional Okinawan dish, the local cuisine is famous for its part in good health. The locals have the longest life expectancy in the world; their mantra is “nuchi gusui”, meaning, food is medicine. There are plenty of spots to go snorkeling or diving and experience the exotic marine life and impressive coral reef. While the sea will lure and tempt you, don’t neglect the magnificent land. Explore a mangrove jungle by canoe, or hike through the mountains. Iriomote Island, called ‘the last unexplored region of Japan’, and Onna Village, are magical places to see rare animals and plants. There is also a lot to be learned about the culture and history – stroll through the historical sites and interact with the locals.
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HA VANA a photographic journey Featured Photographer: Alex R. Elms Alex R. Elms is a filmmaker and photographer, who has traveled the world looking for unique shots and perspectives. Selected for the NME photography awards, and short-listed at Cannes in the Young Lion film category, Alex sees unlimited potential through the lens. Photographing fashion, live music, travel and events, Alex has a current/past client list that includes Nike, BBC, M&C Saatchi, Bestival, Gigwise, Virtual Festivals, Consequence of Sound, British Red Cross, Bath In Fashion, and Alter Art. CAMERA EQUIPMENT: C anon 5D MK III C anon 24- 70 F 2.8 II C anon 50mm F 1.4 C anon 17- 40 F 4 FOLLOW ALEX ONLINE: Web s ite : a le x rel ms.c om Inst ag ram: @a l exrel ms
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In Havana, homes naturally spill out onto the street, making for strong communities. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 49
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Fishing off the seawall is a favorite pastime of many Cubans.
Evenings on the Malecรณn are a sight to see.
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The charm of 1950â€™s cars is still very much alive in Havana.
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Havana city center is forever on the move. Hidden away amongst rows of houses, street markets sell all the fresh produce you could ever want. Fruit sellers wander the streets, working long into the night until their stock is sold.
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HAVANA, THE CAPITAL OF CUBA is the largest city in the Caribbean with 2.1 million inhabitants, and one of the most culturally rich urban centers in the world. Cuba’s love of music flows from the city’s clubs and cabarets every night, and dance spills out onto Havana’s sidewalks with impromptu streetside salsas. Its pride and appreciation
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for its glorious colonial past is reflected in Havana’s many castles, cathedrals, museums and mansions. The historic neighborhood of Vieja Habana (Old Havana) is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with more than 900 landmarks. Havana’s stunning Malecón and captivating coastline offers nearly 15 km of excellent beaches and unspoiled coral reefs.
With a love of new places, new faces and new subjects to shoot, I’d travel anywhere for a photograph. Specializing in performance and events, I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world for my work. I’m still desperate to see more. ALEX R. ELMS
Color co-ordination is not required to get on the school bus.
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off the beaten path
by: RONAN MAHONY
Thailand is one of the most frequently visited countries in the world - and with good reason. Each year, over 25 million people flock to the Land of Smiles in search of exotic cuisine, idyllic beaches, and unique culture.
This influx of visitors also means that it can be difficult to find somewhere authentic to visit that hasnâ€™t been taken over by tourism. Luckily, there are still lesser known, quieter locations for those who want to see the real Thailand. Here are the details on three less-touristy destinations you can visit while in Thailand.
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Prachuap Khiri Khan This gorgeous seaside town is the capital of the province of the same name. Thousands of tourists make their way to this province each year, but most of them go to Hua Hin, a popular beach resort. Little do they know that the sleepy, laid-back town of Prachuap is located just one hour down the road and is filled with the magic that is Thailand. If you are searching for an authentic experience where you can immerse yourself in local culture, Prachuap has it in spades. It retains a sense of the real charm of Thailand with bustling night markets full of amazing Thai food. The
weekend market is one of the best in the country, giving visitors the opportunity to dine on cheap, scrumptious seafood right beside the water. There is also a glorious beach known as Ao Manao (meaning Lime Bay) nearby, just a 10-minute bike ride from town. This serene bay is unique in that it is situated inside Wing 5 of the Royal Thai Air Force base. Accommodation is cheap in this region of Thailand, and there is so much to do and see, without the tourist crowds.
Prachuap Khiri Khan is located in the northern part of the Malay Peninsula, 240 kilometers south of Bangkok.
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Loei Loei is located in the Isaan region of Thailand, which is the least-visited region of the country - all the more reason to go! Loei is a beautiful, quiet area located on the banks of the mighty Mekong River. A real nature lovers’ paradise, Loei is surrounded by many beautiful mountains. In the daytime, you can visit one of the mountains or national parks in the vicinity. When you’ve had enough exercise, head back to town and soak up the relaxed atmosphere with a cold beer on the banks of the Mekong. Loei is the perfect place to chill out for a few days and escape, relax and recharge for the next leg of your journey.
Buriram Also situated in the Isaan province, the city of Buriram has been hailed as the next major tourist spot in Thailand. For the moment it has retained its sense of charm, but with more and more hotels popping up around the city, you should aim to get there as soon as possible if you want an authentic Thai experience. Buriram is a history buffs’ paradise, with an abundance of majestic Khmer ruins, similar to those found at the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia. It's also an animal lovers’ dream, with a bird park that has more than 100 different species. Fans of soccer will enjoy this city, as it’s the home of one of Thailand’s most well-known teams, Buriram United. If you’re lucky enough to be there when a match is scheduled, buy a ticket and experience the unique atmosphere. The people of Thailand are extremely passionate about the beautiful game. Situated just five hours from Bangkok, Buriram is easy to get to and well worth a visit.
These are three exceptional destinations in Thailand that are off the beaten path. Whether you are visiting the Land of Smiles in search of a true Thai experience, or you just want to escape the busier cities, include Prachuap, Loei and Buriram in your travel plans.
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One place that I looked at a lot from space and which looks alluring is New Zealand, especially the North Island. Itâ€™s a big broad valley with a river flowing through it, and you can see the wine-making dryness of the land. CHRIS HADFIELD
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7 NE W Z E A LA ND INCREDIBLE THINGS TO SEE IN
by: CHRISTOPHER CLAYTON
gorgeous country with friendly people and lots of things to do, New Zealand has become a top destination over the past few years. Like Australia, European settlers made homes in New Zealand in the 1800s and learned to live alongside the indigenous people. But donâ€™t be fooled into thinking these two countries are similar. They may be neighbors, but New Zealand and Australia are very different countries with their own unique identities. If the two countries were human, Australia would be the fun, active party type, while New Zealand would be the laid back, smart, and cool.
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The Beauty of New Zealand’s South Island If New Zealand is known for one thing, it’s the incredible natural beauty. The country has everything from lush rolling hills to majestic, snow-covered peaks, from fjords and lakes to gorgeous beaches. It doesn’t get more beautiful than the South Island, though, particularly the West Coast. While you’re there you can see the Franz Josef Glacier and the Fox Glacier, which can be accessed by helicopter for an unforgettable hike through the ice. Go during ski season and hit the slopes as well. Don’t miss Milford Sound in the South, where you’ll see dramatic waterfalls and fjords. Hiking, kayaking, and jet-boating are popular ways to view the beauty there, or relax and take it all in on a scenic train tour.
Middle-earth Peter Jackson arguably put New Zealand on the map, tourism-wise, after shooting his Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies there. The movies took advantage of the amazing landscapes in this country. They were perfect for creating the other-worldly feel the movie required. You can visit many of the film locations and see where it all happened with your own eyes. The green rolling hills around the town of Matamata became the setting for the Shire, where Bilbo Baggins lives. Tour are available for you to see the sets. The “Hobbiton” sets were built but then removed after the first films were made, and then the whole thing was rebuilt for the Hobbit films and is now there to stay. The majority of the famous filming locations for The Lord of the Rings movies are located on the South Island yet another reason to visit the South Island.
Māori Culture Kia ora! Learning about the Maori culture is a must while in New Zealand. The Maori people, originally from Eastern Polynesia, predated the European settlers by more than 500 years and developed their own distinct cultural practices. You’ll no doubt encounter the art, language, and people on your travels through the country, but you can also arrange to be part of a tour that focuses on discovering more about the Maori culture. Learn about the way their ancestors greeted visitors, the games they played, and the way they cook food in the ground; find out about the significance of the face tattoos, the common design elements in Maori art and architecture, and of course the haka. Many cities feature these kinds of tours, including Kaikoura, Rotorua, and Waimarama. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 73
Visit the blue penguins in Oamaru (and yes, they really are blue!)
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Get Your Adventure On Helicopter tours, hiking, kayaking, jet-boating, and skiing, are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things to do in New Zealand. The country is also a hot spot for extreme sports and adrenaline-pumping activities like skydiving, white water rafting, zip lining, and Zorbing. It was a New Zealander, A. J. Hackett, who started organizing commercial bungee jumping, in 1986, seven years after it appeared in the U.K., and it’s not difficult to find bungee operators in New Zealand now. The Geothermal Features of Rotorua Rotorua stinks - literally. This town in the North Island smells like sulfur (that not-so-delightful rotten egg smell) because of its intense geothermal activity. Visit and you’ll see bubbling mud pots, steam rising from the hot pools of water everywhere, and bursting geysers. These features aren’t very common in the world; only Japan, Russia, Iceland, and the U.S. have areas of similar geothermal activity. So it’s an incredible opportunity to see one of earth’s rare wonders. To really get up close and personal, consider going to a spa where you can soak in the health benefits of the mineral waters in hot baths and mineral pools. While you’re at it, get a massage, too - after all, you’re on vacation.
Glow Worm Caves Glow worms are insects that glow with bioluminescence, like fireflies, and they’re plentiful (relatively speaking) in both Australia and New Zealand. Make the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves part of your itinerary, and you’ll see thousands of these little creatures light up the cave as you travel through by boat - a truly wondrous site. Waitomo is located in the North Island, not too far from Rotorua. Whales, Dolphins, Seals, and Penguins New Zealand is a great place to see an abundance of wild animals you might otherwise never see in your lifetime. Head out on a whale-spotting sea tour. Two good places to try are Auckland, a city in the North Island, and Kaikoura, in the South Island. You’ll likely also encounter some dolphins on your boat trip. You may see the common dolphin, the bottle-nosed dolphin, the dusky dolphin, or even the rare Hector’s dolphin, which lives only in the waters off New Zealand. After whales and dolphins, go check out some seals. In Kaikoura, you can walk out to see the seal colony up close and personal - but not too close watch out that you don’t trip over a seal sunning herself.
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little eateries in the Crowded streets, towering skyscrapers and packed subway cars are expected when you visit New York City. However, sometimes you just want to take a rest from the chaos of The Big Apple and find a quiet place to refuel. Tiny restaurants to the rescue!
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DRIFT has rounded up three of our favorite teeny eateries in NYC, each with world-class cuisine, imaginative cocktail menus and a lot of awesome packed into very little square footage. These are our pint-sized culinary heroes that definitely keep the New York dining scene fresh, creative and delightfully unpredictable.
wallflower | 235 West 12th Street, NYC | wallflowernyc.com
Inspired by French-country cuisine, Wallflower in the West Village truly proves the old adage, ‘‘good things come in small packages’. With just 30 seats, the low-key boîte is known for a truly superlative cocktail list (crafted by Xavier Herit, a veteran of Daniel and the Experimental Cocktail Club) as well as adventurous seasonal tasting and a la carte menus. Executive chef Derrick Paez modernizes French classics on his menus. DRIFT RECOMMENDS: Main: Jerk Spiced Quail Dessert: Caramelized Bread Pudding Drink: New York to Lima
dinnertable | 206 Avenue A, NYC | dinnertable.nyc Dining at dinnertable feels as intimate as sharing a meal at your best friend’s home. With a tiny open kitchen, husband-and-wife chef duo Scott Tacinelli and Angie Rito produce some of the most impressive food in the city. The speakeasy-style restaurant is nestled in the East Village and serves just 19 people at a time. The menu allows diners to savor funky Italian dishes that pair optimally with the venue’s spot-on drink menu. DRIFT RECOMMENDS: Main: The Sixth Guy’s Burger Dessert: Toasted Strudel Drink: The Willis
the eddy | 342 East 6th Street, NYC | theeddynyc.com Nestled between sleepy storefronts on quaint East 6th Street, The Eddy features an 11-seat bar area and 32-seat dining room. Chef/Owner Brendan McHale rotates his five-course tasting menus almost daily, updating classic American dishes with unpredictable preparations, which pair perfectly with Wine Director/Owner Jason Soloway’s sophisticated wine list and the seasonal cocktails of head bartender Luis Hernandez. DRIFT RECOMMENDS: Main: Grass Fed Strip Steak Dessert: Cardamom Panna Cotta Drink: Purple Rain TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 77
5 islands to visit
YOU DIE by: LAURIE ATTIS
T H E R E I S A C E RTA I N SECLUDED CHARM ABOUT ISLANDS These
paradise are divided from the continents by vast amounts of ocean. There are over 700 million islands in the world, but a few of these stand out for their unique beauty. These five islands should be on every world traveler’s bucket list.
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Arthur Frommer once stated that Mo’orea is the most beautiful island in the world. It’s not surprising that it greatly impressed this seasoned world traveler. Mo’orea, a 10-milewide island off the western coast of Tahiti, is a secluded mountain paradise. In order to get on the island, you must take a small plane from Tahiti. There is only a single road that goes around the entire island. The sapphire-colored waters, swaying palms, and cloud-topped mountains are more than worth the inconvenience of getting to Mo’orea. Walking around the sandy beaches will reveal hidden coves where you feel as though you have stumbled on your
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own private heaven. Because the island is surrounded by a coral reef, it is an amazing place to dive and snorkel.
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This rugged island is a green jewel set in the North Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Canada. The wild rocky shores jut out into the dark blue Atlantic. The lush green land set against bright blue skies and sloping mountains make this a treat for the eyes. Visitors to the island will be steeped in the deeply ingrained Scottish heritage and infamous Celtic
music traditions of Cape Breton. One of the worldâ€™s most beautiful scenic highways winds through the island, so you can take in the majesty of the place in a single day from the comfort of your vehicle. If you prefer to get handson, you can also explore the remote beaches and cliffs by hiking. The oceans around the island are heavily populated with whales, so you can view the arresting sight of the far off island while whale watching. If you time your visit perfectly, you can participate in one of the Scottish festivals where there is plenty of food, fun, and fiddle music.
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Expansive white sand beaches, gray rocks rising from a turquoise ocean, and a range of biodiverse wildlife make Palawan Island in the Philippines a top bucketlist item. Unlike many islands, the natives of Palawan have managed to preserve their culture and are more than happy to share local customs and traditions with visitors. The bright, clear oceans make Palawan an ideal place for swimming, diving, and snorkeling. Those who are brave enough can try cliff diving from the high rocks into the ocean. For the traveler that loves food, Palawan Island has an exquisite range of delicious cuisine. One of the best pastimes is setting up a hammock and enjoying the unparalleled natural beauty surrounding you.
Right off the coast of Italy lies the charming island of Malta. The amazing weather and rich history of Malta make it one of the best European islands to visit. Maltaâ€™s historical record begins in 5200 BCE when it was settled by mainland explorers. Beginning at that time it was successively claimed by many different countries and empires, who all left their mark in some way. For this reason, architectural enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the temples, churches, palaces, and state buildings that date from hundreds of years ago. Even though the island has perfect weather, the temperature rarely dipping below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, the area is not overdeveloped. The small population that lives there is deeply religious. There are a number of festivals centering around the islandâ€™s Roman Catholic religion, including carnival, festivals dedicated to saints and holy week. The warm, sandy beaches are a haven for surfers, divers, and swimmers. The island also features magnificent opportunities for rock climbing and curvy paved roads for recreational driving.
THE SMALLEST ISLAND on the planet is Bishop Rock, lo cated in the Isles of S cilly, just off the coast of C ornwall in Britain. At low tide, Bishop Rock measures just 150 feet long and 52 feet long.
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This large island off the West Coast of Canada has an abundance of mountains, forests, and water. It inhabits the beauty of the scenes Jack London captured in his works on Alaskan landscapes. The shorelines are lined with large, towering timbers, and the interior is dotted with picturesque lakes reflecting the imposing snow-capped mountains in the background. Vancouver Island boasts one of Canada’s warmest climates. It is a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year. In the warmer months, there are chances for breathtaking hiking, good fishing, surfing, and whale watching. In the winter months, visitors to Vancouver Island can ski on picturesque runs. Victoria on the island’s southern tip is the most populated city and is as quaint as a postcard. On the rugged west side of the island, a trip to Tofino is worth the harrowing water’s edge road trip. The fertile nature of the island attracts wildlife of all kinds. The island's locally produced craft beers and BC wines are famous throughout Canada.
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All five of these islands to "visit before you die" offer travelers a wide variety of scenery and culture, but they share the trait of being too beautiful to describe with just a handful of words. Get yourself to these islands, and prepare to be awestruck.
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LONDON LOO TOURS “Don’t pay that! Follow me instead” says Erickson, waving her plunger aloft and
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ay one of my trip to London and I’m caught short at Victoria Station. But rather than pay 30p for turnstile entry to the public washrooms, I hit the upstairs food court, congratulating myself on finding a freebie alternative. Except it isn’t. The turnstile here says ‘50p.’ “It’s one of the reasons I started this tour,” Rachel Erickson tells me the next day. The Californian moved to London to study drama in 2011 and, between classes, she launched a rent-paying sideline reflecting her keen interest in finding places to pee in the city without having to pay. And while she recently returned to her home country for the 2015 launch of San Francisco toilet tours, her popular London walks continue with two like-minded local loo guides. Showcasing quirky sanitation anecdotes and a thick slice of history, the 90-120 minute wanders run on several days throughout the week. On my visit, Erickson who likes to be known as the loo lady was still leading the bowl-tastic tours herself. Meeting at Waterloo Station where else? I join a dozen other participants ready to go. Naturally, we’re gathered outside the station’s ever-busy public facilities (30p). 84 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM
leading us onto the streets outside.” We soon stop in our tracks as she points to a tiny ‘Community Toilet’ sign nearby. It indicates a gratis facility in a local pub, part of a scheme that designates bar and restaurant loos for public use.
But history, it transpires, is the bottom line when it comes to London’s fascinating toilet tale. And when we reach the nearby River Thames and enter the Jubiloo a slick, privatelyowned facility that normally charges 50p we learn that early Londoners would have poo pooed the very idea of paying. Ascending a footbridge over the river, we hear why. “This is London’s first toilet,” Erickson announces with a wry smile. But while communal Roman lavatories emptied straight into the fetid waterway, the city’s ablution habits eventually backed-up.
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“By the 1850s, the river was a giant cesspit. But it wasn’t until the stench reached the Houses of Parliament during a summer nicknamed the Great Stink by the locals that action was taken.” That meant designing a gargantuan brick-built sewerage system, much of which is still in use today. On the other side of the bridge, we’re ushered towards a memorial to the man who brought order to London’s ordure. Civil engineer Joseph Bazalgette built a system for three million locals, 10 million short of the number it services now. Weaving north from the river, we next pass some City of Westminster public toilets charging 50p a visit, Erickson laments then arrive at a discreet steel ring embedded in the sidewalk. It’s a pop-up urinal that rises nightly from the ground to discourage ‘late-night piddlers’ from sullying area alleyways. But it’s not the only way to spend a penny here without handing over some coin. Near Trafalgar Square, our guide lists several gratis options in the area, from Starbucks to the National Gallery. Making a mental note for future visits, I turn to my fellow toilet tourists for their take on the tour. “We chose it because it’s odd and a little exotic,” chuckles Greenville, SC resident Bill Whiting, visiting London with his wife Rhonda. She adds that their son-in-law encouraged them to take the plunge and she’s glad they did” “we’re enjoying seeing parts of London other tourists don’t see.” Crossing Covent Garden’s brickcobbled plaza, we’re also hearing stories few other visitors encounter. London’s 1851 Great Exhibition, we’re told, marked the first time paid
restrooms were tried in the capital and their success of 827,000 visitors and a handsome profit triggered a flush of pay-to-pee facilities. But London has always been a toileting innovator. On a side street near the Strand’s grand Savoy Hotel, we gather around an unassuming street lamp. In Victorian times, lamps like this lined the city, powered by excess biogas from the sewerage system. When all London’s gas lamps, not just sewerage-fueled ones, were eventually superseded by electricity, this final biogas example was saved and restored as an historical reminder. It’s now, Erickson claims, fueled from the washrooms of the Savoy. But this isn’t the only change to London’s lavatorial landscape over the years. Many conveniences have been converted into housing or businesses in recent decades including our final stop. Descending a darkened stairwell in a nearby sidewalk, we’re told that ‘company-seeking’ regulars from Oscar Wilde to Joe Orton notoriously favored this former gentlemen’s public loo for their nighttime activities. Closed in the 1980s, it’s since become a jazzy subterranean bar with a nice line in cocktails. After inspecting its cubicle toilets the glass doors turn opaque when locked I wave goodbye to the group and return to the sidewalk above. My days of paying to pee in London, I promise myself, are now firmly behind me.
London Loo Tours: The Waterloo Tour Iconic London from a new perspective, introducing guests to the history and surprisingly dynamic modern politics of the Public Toilet. You’ll never have felt more British, as you learn about ‘spending a penny’ at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and explore London’s most patriotic toilet. The Bloomsbury Tour Interesting and thought provoking walk and talk about toilets, sanitation, and other fun historical facts about going to the Loo! The revamped Bloomsbury Loo Tour will burst open the lavatorial door to another side of the toilet saga! Walking Tours last about two hours, finishing in a pub or bar. Walking tour costs £12 for adults and £10 for students and seniors. More info online: lootours.com.
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by: RYAN LOGAN
pain’s Canary Islands are among the most sought after holiday destinations in the world with people from all over the globe visiting every year. Tenerife is the most popular of the islands, with impressive hotels situated all over the island, hundreds of bars creating fantastic nightlife, and world class beaches. However, there are plenty of other things to do on the island; attractions that will leave you with memorable moments on your next trip to Tenerife. Golf Del Sur is popular with the older generation, and snowbirds often come here to settle in their retirement. It’s a peaceful location with stunning views and hotels as well as a spectacular golf course that is perfectly situated and surrounded by breathtaking landscape. Designed by Pepe Gancedo, who is considered the “Picasso” of his field, it’s one of the most peaceful golf courses you will ever play on!
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Teide National Park is the spot to learn about the Tenerife culture. There are daily tours taking people on a wonderful day out to see the sights, including the island’s historic volcano. Mount Teide, the true foundation of Tenerife, created the “gray sand” beaches.
wave pool that everyone loves to cool down in. Relax by the wave pool on the man-made beach and then go round the park seeing all of the different water flumes, including the famous Lazy River. Grab a rubber ring and float around the river while soaking TOURISTS VISIT TENERIFE EACH YEAR. up the sunshine. Playa de las Americas is THE LARGEST OF THE SEVEN CANARY If you are feeling the heart of Tenerife, and invincible, have a ISLANDS, TENERIFE MEASURES 785 offers cabaret shows, famous go on the Tower of SQUARE MILES AND HAS MORE THAN Power, one of the tributes, comedians, and hypnotists, all providing you largest water flumes 850,000 INHABITANTS. with a great night out. You in the world with an will also find some of the almost vertical drop. best shops on the island in Americas, where everything is Only the bravest have what it takes to slide down it! completely authentic, as no fake items are allowed in the center. Adeje also has a selection of night spots, including Tenerife is truly one of the most spectacular and adventuresome of the best cocktail bars on the island. Many of these filled islands in the world. If you’re looking for a fun, are situated directly on the coast, right next to the beach, so exciting holiday in the sun, book a flight to Tenerife. Stay you can enjoy the view while you have the time of your life. in Playa de las Americas or Costa Adeje to make the most of your holiday. If you’re looking for a cheap and peaceful Siam Park has been rated the best water park in Europe holiday, then Puerto de la Cruz might be a better option. and one of the ten best in the world. There is an enormous Nonetheless have a good time!
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RIOMAGGIORE, ITALY Situated right on the Gulf of Genoa, in the province of La Spezia in the Liguria region of Italy, and one of the five famous Italian fishing villages known as Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore is one of the prettiest villages in the world. Charming by day and breathtaking by night, the village of Riomaggiore dates back to the early thirteenth century.
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Surviving looks a lot like thriving Breast cancer flipped Katherine’s world upside down. But in the five years since she underwent treatment, Katherine’s been doing some flips of her own. Thanks to research to discover new treatments, women like Katherine are having their lives put right side up after a cancer diagnosis. That’s why Stand Up To Cancer Canada and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation have teamed up to accelerate the pace of research done by collaborative teams of scientists working to develop new treatments faster. Giving more women, like Katherine, their lives back. To learn more about advances in research, clinical trials testing innovative treatments, and how to get involved, go to standup2cancer.ca/breastcancer and cbcf.org.
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Kim Cattrall, Stand Up To Cancer Canada Ambassador Katherine Chan, Breast Cancer Survivor
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