Our Urban Insider Annie Fitzsimmons is highlighting her favorite travel content from across the Web. From great places to stay and one-of-a-kind things to do in her home base, New York City, Annie is here to get you up to speed with cosmopolitan culture. http://intelligenttravel.nationalgeographic.com/blog/urban-insider/
Great Trips: Sailing China's Three Gorges - China’s bucolic side will feel at once familiar and foreign. Want to step into a landscape painting? Sail through the Three Gorges region on the Yangtze River, famous for its recently constructed dam, the largest on Earth.
China's Wild West - Shangri-La - “Welcome to the Wild West of China,” my guide said as we touched down in Lijiang after a 4-hour ﬂight from Shanghai. Though I didn’t yet spot any cowboy boots, I was indeed far west in the Yunnan province, at the foothills of the Himalaya; bordered by Laos, Vietnam, and Burma.
The Best of the West Village - The West Village is a labyrinth of shady brownstone-lined streets, hidden gardens, corner shops, and a mix of sophisticated culinary temples and casual downhome joints. Here are some of my favorite spots!
Road Trip Through Israel - Discovering Israel's countryside is equally as important as exploring its big cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The political and religious events that have occurred in this fabled land have reverberated around the world for thousands of years.
Buenos Aires needs an exclamation point next to its name! I recently spent a full week in the South American capital and left wanting more. The wide boulevards, green parks, French-inspired architecture, late-night dancing, custom leather shops, and delectable dishes combined to deliver an exhilarating travel adventure.
What Parisians Line Up For - I loved this post on a favorite blog, Olive Oil & Lemons. Dina talks about what she saw local Parisians lining up for on a recent trip to Paris - "Poilane gets a line up, as do Eric Kaiser bakeries, Pain Sucré in the Marais and Ble Sucré in the 12th."