Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Travelife Magazine's April-May 2013 issue. The eternal beauty of Fez, a royal Moroccan city in a time warp.



Travelife Magazine's wonderful summer issue (April-May 2013) has been on sale since last week, and I really hope you get a copy at the bookstore as soon as possible.

It's a truly wonderful issue that includes the most comprehensive feature ever done by a travel magazine in this part of the world on Johannesburg, as well as great stories on Vietnam, Bali, London, and Israel, among many others.


And of course, our cover story is Boracay with top model and PMAP president Phoemela Baranda on the cover. I'm saving the best for last.

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As always, it's an issue that's more labor of love than commercial enterprise.

Travelife is the country's leading travel & lifestyle publication, but it's way more than a magazine.

It's a wonderful way of living life and thinking about life, based on the idea that Travel and Life are inseparable.


ONE OF OUR BEST ISSUES. EVER.



This issue is our thickest one yet, and it's certainly one of our best. I keep saying this, but it's true. Travelife just keeps getting better and better.

Travelife's April-May 2013 issue covers many exotic destinations that are often bypassed for their more famous sisters.

FEZ, AS IT’S ALWAYS BEEN 

Photo by David Lim

The former royal capital of Fez in Morocco is another destination that often gets passed up by travelers in favor of glamorous Marrakech.

However, many culture enthusiasts, myself included, favor this jewel of a quiet town for its storybook images.

I remember first visiting Fez about 12 years ago.

TIME STANDS STILL

Photo by David Lim

It was a beautiful town in a time warp, with tourism infrastructure far from developed.
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The only place to stay was at a refurbished palace just by the gates of the Old Town, and this was where all the adventurous upmarket tourists congregated. We all exchanged stories at the bar every night.

This hotel also had the distinction of having the most decent (and also most expensive) restaurant in town. It was housed in a building attached to the hotel, and I remember that it was quite exotic, full or carpets and brassware.

For me, Fez was a magical experience. Every few steps presented a photo-perfect opportunity.


A PREFERENCE FOR FEZ



Travelife contributing editor David Lim, too, also confesses to preferring low-key Fez.

He first visited Fez about 20 years ago as a young man on a budget.

I can't ever forget his stories of Fez, including his experience on the first trip of staying in a hotel room so small that his head and feet touched the walls.  This most recent -- and infinitely more comfortable -- trip literally took him back in time.

REVISITING FEZ.
THIS TIME IN LUXURY.



Remembering the wonders of this town and the impression it made on him two decades ago, he decided to join a luxury photo trip to Morocco that took him back to his old haunts.

Happily, he writes in Travelife that the old town is still relatively and happily unscathed by modernity. In fact, it’s almost exactly as he remembers it from his first trip.

Reading about Fez certainly made me want to visit Morocco again soon. I'm sure you'll feel the same way when you read his article.

Photo by David Lim

SO MANY AMAZING DESTINATIONS


We feature so many other destinations in this special issue including BaliTokyoVietnamBangkok and several beautiful places in the Philippines.

I'll be explaining them one by one in future blog entries.

Working from Tokyo this week...

For now, let me share with you how putting this heavyweight issue together made me realize that every place is an attractive destination in a Travelife, if you arrive with an open mind and enthusiastic energy for discovery and adventure. 

So read our magazine for inspiration and then start packing for your own version of a never-endingly eventful Travelife.



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