Three ways to see and save the Caribbean’s imperiled reefs.
The front door is locked on this brown-and-cream mobile home, an aluminum outpost at the end of a pine-tree trailer park beyond Birmingham, Ala. But the back door flaps open in a winter wind. Inside are a bag of red beans, some pet food, and a pair of high heels. Nothing else. Even the beds [Continue Reading]
In the wilds of Yemen, the Arab revolution changes everything.
A war refugee turned MD takes the plunge into Africa’s gorilla country.
With Osama dead, U.S. intelligence is zeroing in on the remaining most dangerous terrorists alive, and one man is at the top of the list. Of the eighteen terror attacks attempted in the United States over the past two years, Anwar al-Awlaki’s fingerprints are on eight of them. The moderate turned radical is eloquent, he [Continue Reading]
Download PDF Published in Condé Nast Traveler Slow Food and Agritourism in the Pacific Northwest
It’s Italy’s unsung region, yet its food has conquered the world—or at least the table. Think prosciutto di Parma, Parmesan, porcini, and half of all pastas known to man (just for starters). The source of its power? Po Valley dirt—fine, dense, almost chocolately, accumulated over millennia. Patrick Symmes feasts on the cities of the plain [Continue Reading]
They call it potbelly hill, after the soft, round contour of this final lookout in southeastern Turkey. To the north are forested mountains. East of the hill lies the biblical plain of Harran, and to the south is the Syrian border, visible 20 miles away, pointing toward the ancient lands of Mesopotamia and the Fertile [Continue Reading]
The world’s greatest Communist supereconomy needs all the power it can get. The devil’s choice: Keep burning dirty coal, or tap into Yunnan’s crashing rivers for clean, cheap electricity. With dams rising up all around, PATRICK SYMMES joins a team of Chinese and American rafters as they outrun the concrete on a wild descent of [Continue Reading]
Marco Polo called Hangzhou—the cosmopolitan capital of China’s most decadent dynasties—“City of Heaven.” Eight centuries later, Patrick Symmes finds something familiar under the rising skyline: a refined pleasure dome where a good cup of tea melts all resistance It was 6:03, a porcelain dawn of fog and nothing else, when my body clock finally quit [Continue Reading]