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This Week on Indagare: Why Berlin, one of Europe’s most underrated capitals, is the place to visit now, where to eat and drink in Hong Kong and how to win a five-night trip to the city, and seeing The Nature Conservancy in action in the Caribbean. Plus: Indagare’s Insider Spa trip still has a few spots left.
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We have four suites reserved at Uruguay’s acclaimed Estancia Vik for a first-ever art tour organized by the property’s plugged-in owners. The five-night tour, in February 2012, will include special tours of galleries and museums, private visits to ateliers and dinners with artists. For more information, contact our team.
“Berlin is one of the most vibrant, stimulating and exciting cities I have ever visited,” writes editorial director Simone Girner upon her return from the German capital. The city’s complex and layered history, its wealth of art and architecture, its diverse neighborhoods, green spaces and cool shopping scene created a varied—and fun—itinerary. In her report, Simone writes how to tackle the city’s most important historical sites, about its best hotels and restaurants, including a hidden vegetarian hot spot, where to tango in an old-school dance hall and how to plot out a shopping spree in Mitte. If you are planning a trip to the city, which is a comparative bargain compared to other European capitals, contact Indagare for help with your trip. Read about Simone’s discoveries: Just Back from Berlin.
The Caribbean islands are one of the most-visited tourism destinations in the world, yet few travelers seem aware of just how threatened the region’s incredibly fragile ecosystem is. The perils are great (overfishing, thoughtless coastal development and the effects of climate change), as outlined by Dr. Philip Kramer, the director of The Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean program. The Nature Conservancy is doing amazing work in the region, from establishing underwater coral nurseries and turtle tagging projects to helping governments designate national parks. Normally, the “backstage” areas of TNC’s projects are closed to the public, but Indagare members are invited to observe some of the Caribbean rescue in progress. Read about the programs: Seeing Change or contact Indagare for details. Read an interview with Dr. Kramer about his work: Protecting the Caribbean.
A few spots remain on Indagare’s Spa Trip to Mexico in January 2012. The small group of Indagare members will take over the historic—and stunning—Hacienda San Antonio. Spa and wellness guru Shanon B. Smith developed the programming for the week, which will include personal and group training, daily hiking sessions, nutritional guidance, a delicious, detoxifying menu and an engaging educational component. Shanon comes from a holistic mindset and the belief that every client is unique, catering her innovative programs to meet the unique goals and objectives “befitting” each individual. The beautiful backdrop of the Hacienda, which is renowned for its authentic Mexican art and antiques throughout, its lush gardens and 110-foot swimming pool, will create an experience that’s part relaxing getaway, part energizing fitness camp. Read how to sign up: Insider Spa Trip Mexico.
Besides New York, it’s difficult to think of another city as food-obsessed as Hong Kong. The buzzing metropolis has thousands of eateries with a huge variety of cuisines. Sampling such specialties as spicy crab, Peking duck and dim sum are musts for any visitor. But in recent years the city has also developed a cool private-kitchen scene and the debut of trendy hot spots. Indagare’s short list of Hong Kong favorites includes the best for a big night out, a hip scene, cocktails, and local cuisine. If the descriptions make you want to get on a plane tomorrow, enter the iGourmet Getaway Sweepstakes to win a five-night stay at the InterContinental and round-trip airfare to Asia’s most exciting city. Read about culinary musts: Best of Dining Hong Kong. Enter the iGourmet Getaway Sweeps.
Also New on Indagare: Interview with Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Michael Kahn ; Top Ten Attractions Not to Miss in Hong Kong ; a postcard about a Venice trip with Indagare’s Mapped Out: Venice guide
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