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Imagine your ideal magazine. Chances are it looks a lot like the one you’re holding right now. And no wonder. This is the premier issue of Mine: My Magazine, My Way, which was designed especially for you—by you. In fact, Mine represents a groundbreaking shift in the way magazines are made, because what’s on each page reects what you asked for when you subscribed. The customized result, which comes to you compliments of Lexus, includes great writing and reporting from your favorite magazines. You’ll ďŹ nd stories that will surprise, delight and inspire you, whether you’re interested in South African wine or solar power. This is truly your magazine, your way.

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Learn what you’re seeing from seat 7A; trade four walls for open air at luxurious camping-inspired getaways. Discover ďŹ ne wines, a thriving art scene and inspiring cuisine against a breathtaking South African backdrop.

to keep kids off the couch; the man who could succeed the 17 Tips Dalai Lama; solar power hits your neighborhood. jeans that ďŹ t; what fashion staple designer Marc Jacobs 23 Find can’t live without; turn your workout into play. your basement into a playful paradise; plan for 29 Transform your future by keeping your nest egg safe now.

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The world at 30,000 feet. By JEFF WISE

   

’M STRAPPING MYSELF IN FOR A RIDE TO THE EDGE of the sky. Outside my porthole, the ground crew is preparing the vehicle for launch. The entry hatch is sealed, the mobile gantry pulled away. All systems are go. Soon, powerful thrusters will accelerate us to more than 500 miles per hour. At the peak of our trajectory, we will soar above

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about 80 percent of the atmosphere. The view of Earth will be panoramic. Then the person behind me kicks my seat. Somewhere in the cabin a baby starts to cry. The college kid next to me slouches in her seat and ips through a magazine. Okay, so maybe a morning ight from JFK to Chicago isn’t all that glamorous. But think about it: At a time 

                                                                                                                       

How to Look Out an Airplane Window


t+l journal | obsessions when people are lining up to pay $200,000 for suborbital rocket rides, I can soar to thirty or forty thousand feet for a fraction of the price—with beverages and pretzels thrown in for free. Now that’s a deal. I didn’t use to care about looking out airplane windows. Like a lot of people, I stuck to aisle seats and spent most of my time wishing I were back on the ground. Then I took an introductory ying lesson and got hooked on small planes. Working

toward my pilot’s license, I learned pilotage, the art of ďŹ guring out where you are by studying what you see on the ground. It’s surprisingly hard: things don’t always appear quite like you expect them to. But once you learn to understand the view from on high, the once-incomprehensible jumble becomes infused with meaning and, by extension, beauty. After learning how to interpret the landscape, ying wasn’t just transportation anymore. It was a real-life IMAX show.

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  The more you know, the more you’ll see. A superb reference is America from the Air by Daniel Mathews and James S. Jackson, which includes annotated aerial photos of topography across the United States and explanations of the predominant landforms. The book also comes with a CD-ROM of the major continental air routes.



  Type your route into Google Earth for a virtual yover, and you’ll get a rough idea of what’s in store. The website fboweb.com generates Google Earth views of exact routes using up-to-the-minute FAA ight-tracking data. If you zoom in and tilt at the right angle, the view of the virtual globe looks just like what you’ll see out the airplane window.



 For the sake of knowing exactly what I’m looking at, I like to bring a computer with ight-planning software that electronically plots a route from origin to destination via the navigational beacons that airliners follow. One such program is Golden Eagle FlightPrep (ightprep.com).



  If a river is so big that its width is discernible from 30,000 feet, the chances are good that you’ve heard of it. Shorelines are easy to decipher. Flights between Berlin and Stockholm, for instance, pass over a large and very striking lagoon on the coast of the Baltic Sea. This is Szczecin Bay, at the mouth of the Oder River on the Polish-German border.



   When you see something remarkable and can’t ďŹ gure out what it is, ag down a ight attendant, who will probably go ask the captain, who will probably be thrilled to show off his or her geographical expertise (even if all it involves is checking the GPS system). One time I was ying north from Phoenix and noticed a gaping pit in the desert oor. A helpful ight attendant went up to the cockpit and came back with a positive ID: it was the famous Meteor Crater, formed by a cosmic impact 50,000 years ago.



    You don’t just have to look down. Some of the most interesting sights are meteorological—on any ight of more than a few hours, you’re bound to witness at least one complete frontal system, and a range of cloud formations. To keep track of the vast menagerie of clouds, get a copy of The Cloudspotter’s Guide by Gavin Pretor-Pinney, with extensive (and effusive) descriptions and photographs. 



Jeff Wise is a T+ L contributing editor.

                                                 

    And avoid sitting over the wing! When you’re making reservations online, keep a tab open to SeatGuru (seatguru.com), a website with charts on every type of aircraft operated by every major carrier, including details on wing location.



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LICE TEMPERLEY LIKES TO CAMP. WHICH IS

why the British fashion designer, who escapes her London workshop to rusticate in a tepee on her Somerset country estate, was recently commissioned by One & Only Le Saint GĂŠran to erect a similar structure on their beach in Mauritius. The 17-foot-high tepee is decked out with beads, streaming ribbons, and embroidered patches—a look Temperley likens to “a jewelry box that glistens in the sand.â€? One & Only offers cookouts by the tent—marshmallows included—served by a liveried butler. By any deďŹ nition, this is an indulgent experience, but given its availability in a structure originally designed for the life nomadic, it signals a shift in our perception of both luxury and escapism. Suddenly, a heightened sense of well-being may owe less to four sheltering walls than to a temporary shedding, not just of our inhibitions but also of all the weighty paraphernalia that clutters up a sedentary life. Tents pitched in far-ung locales have always had romantic cachet—who could forget Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in Out of Africa. And now there’s a trend of textile pleasure domes being adapted for use in diverse settings across the globe. “They provide an experience that you could miss in an ordinary concrete box,â€? says designer Bill Bensley of the tents at the Four Seasons Tented Camp, in Thailand’s

Golden Triangle. “Guests can hear the sound of elephants munching their way through the jungle. It’s escapism to the nth degree.â€? That sentiment is evident in Bensley’s design for the resort. He drew inspiration from northern Thailand’s hill-tribe villages as well as camps he visited in Botswana, and he ďŹ lled the 15 tents with metal craftwork from local artisans, along with explorer-themed antiques (an old compass, ries, primitive ďŹ shing tools). Like Temperley, Nairobi-based fashion designer Anna Trzebinski is also dabbling in the world of hotels, opening the tented Lemarti’s Camp near Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau last year. She stitches tents of locally loomed cotton in the same workshop where she creates beaded tunics and accessories inspired by indigenous Kenyan designs. Set on platforms above a river bend, the camp’s tents are furnished with tables and beds built with wood from dhow boats, and decorated with African-themed found objets d’art: crocodile skulls, elephant shoulder blades, beaded walking sticks and clubs. “For me, a tent should be the veil between you and Mother Africa, a sheer shield to protect but not in any way disconnect you from her presence. To be under canvas on a comfortable bed, with the smell of acacia blossoms —in the old safari days this was intoxicating enough, but now we have the ability to improve on the concept.â€? Âť

                                     

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