The chef behind Philadelphia’s modern Israeli restaurant Zahav was born near Tel Aviv and frequently returns to Israel for culinary inspiration. Recent trips helped shape the menus for his forthcoming Philadelphia restaurants: hummus spot… Read More »
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Skanderberg Square, Tirana. Image by Les Haines / CC BY 2.0
Tirana celebrates 400th anniversary this year
This year Albania’s capital Tirana celebrates 400 years since its foundation by Sulejman Pasha. The authorities will mark the anniversary by placing a foundation stone and other memorials in key locations around the city, and with numerous publications (including old and current maps), tours of the city, fairs and sports activities. Read more: balkaneu.com
Greek authorities declare Kefallonia natural disaster zone
The Greek island of Kefallonia, hit by a
Jazz great Bill Frisell shows us around the Seattle neighborhood that brings him musical inspiration.I WAS BORN INBaltimore and grew up in Denver in a kind ofLeave It toBeaverneighborhood where you rodeyour bike to school and had a paper route…. Read More »
Simply love. Image by MAMJODH / CC BY 2.0
You meet loads of people when traveling. But how often do you meet the love of your life? We asked our Twitter, Facebook and Google+ followers to share their tales of cosmic connections made while traveling. To our delight, many of these were forged with our guidebooks in hand! We can’t take all the credit, of course, but we can share some of our favorite love stories from the road.
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When you read this issue of AFAR, if we’re doing our jobs well, you should feel transported to 37 different places. Through the pages of the magazine, we aim to conjure the feeling of arriving in a new destination, ready for anything, with all of… Read More »
In Scotland, Lisa Abend disconnects from civilization and discovers something much more … civilized.I WAS ABOUT 20 MINUTES INTO THE four-hour train ride from Glasgow to Fort William when I realized I couldn’t stand the two men seated in front of… Read More »
First, AFAR just released an update to our iPhone app, and it’s a big step forward in our effort to make experiential travel better and easier. AFAR’s editors and local experts have curated some 45,000 travel highlights into guides for 200… Read More »
As Tom Downey discovered in “The Grapes of Wrath,” pisco brings out the competitive spirits of Peru and Chile. But the provenance of the liquor, a brandy made from distilled wine, is not the only point of contention. Each country also claims the… Read More »
Chile and Peru both claim the spirit pisco as their own. Tom Downey travels from vineyards to bars to determine who’s right.Peruvian pisco is definitively, irrefutably the one and only pisco in the world.I was thinking this as Johnny Schuler,a top… Read More »
Announcing the start of a February-long sweepstakes: Enter to win an authentic taste of Mexico on this expertly guided journey through some of Mexico’s most famous culinary regions, courtesy of AFAR and Intrepid Travel.Meander through Oaxaca’s… Read More »