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A Visual Journey to the Australian Outback

Australian Outback

On my way to Tasmania several years ago, I spent a few days in Sydney and told people where I was headed. More than once, the response was "Be careful, it's like 'Deliverance' down there." I then flew to Tazzie's capital city, Hobart, before heading out to Freycinet National Park, on the eastern coast. "Be careful," the Hobart locals told me, "it's like 'Deliverance' out there."

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Score! Visit Cooperstown with Ken Burns

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Are you ready for some baseball? Tauck Tours has drafted documentary filmmaker Ken Burns to host 4-day trip to Cooperstown, New York, in late June.

Participants will be invited to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame after-hours for some private worship at the high church of America’s favorite pastime. Ken Burns will give a keynote address and then hang around to talk ball during a cocktail reception (I hope the ghost of center fielder and bar-keep Mickey Mantle will not permit any craft cocktails made with Gatorade).

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Designer Han Feng's Shanghai

Han Feng

Ask Chinese designer Han Feng what she loves most about her hometown, and she doesn’t hesitate: the art scene. One of her top stops is James Cohan Gallery, in the French Concession. “He’s brought international talent, such as Italy’s Francesco Clemente and New York video artist Bill Viola, to China for the first time,” she says. Feng reveals a few other favorites below.

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“In the morning, I often head to the intersection of Changle and Xiangyang North Roads for a hearty meal fresh off the outdoor stoves: pan-fried breads; Chinese churros; steamed buns with different fillings.”

“The classic Shanghainese cuisine at Fu 1039 ($$), in the Changning neighborhood, is simply amazing. They serve delicious pork stew in a two-layer ceramic pot filled with water so the meat stays tender.”

“Hidden in a tiny basement, Old Jesse (41 Tianping Rd.; 86-21/6282-9260; $$) is the place to try home-style cooking. I always recommend the fried scallion codfish.”

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Robert Doisneau, Paris les Halles Free iPad App

Doisneau, Paris les Halles

More than 110,000 visitors attended the Spring 2012 exhibition "Doisneau, Paris les Halles," a collection of photographs that portray the city’s demolished wholesale food market at the Hotel de Ville. The exhibition was timely: the old structures are being torn down. But if you missed the show—or were discouraged by the lines and the weather—it’s not too late to capture an enhanced digital experience. Now, you can download the free iPad application, which includes photographs, interviews, and special reports.

Paris-based Tina Isaac is a contributor to TravelandLeisure.com.

Photo courtesy of Doisneau Paris les Halles

Eternal Sunshine: EX-PATS Extends its Stay in Panama

While most people take a vacation to escape their jobs, the Reserve Channel’s new YouTube series, EX-PATS shows how an island retreat can turn into a full-time position.

In the sixth episode, former Wall Street lawyer KC Hardin is so inspired by the vibrant culture of Casco Viejo, Panama that he tosses his career to help revitalize the neighborhood. Now founder of the organization, El Conservatorio, KC’s days are spent restoring the eclectic architecture of this 350-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Host Savannah Jane Buffet follows KC and his wife, Patrizia, as they renovate music halls, plant community gardens, and pour tall glasses of wine at their home’s rooftop. Press “play” to watch the inspiring tale.

Maria Pedone is a digital editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

Face-Off: Best New Car Museum

Car Museum: Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari

Between Porsche and Ferrari, who wins the race for best new automobile museum?

Porsche Pavilion at the Autostadt, Wolfsburg, Germany

Location is Everything: Part of the car theme park owned by Volkswagen, Porsche’s parent company.

The Look: Curved, stainless-steel shell by architecture firm Henn. Inspiration: the silhouette of the Porsche 911.

Lure for Car Geeks: Porsche 911 Carrera S (top speed: 188 mph).

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Photographer Anne Menke's "See the World Beautiful"

Anne Menke's See the World Beautiful

In See the World Beautiful (Glitterati; $85), photographer and frequent T+L contributor Anne Menke focuses her eagle eye on Mongolian horsemen, Sioux teenagers, and other style-rich cultures.

Photo by Malley Priebe

Beijing: Taxi Shortage, Peking Duck, and New York–Style China

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Compared to Shanghai—let along Hong Kong, Singapore, and that summit of culinary summits, TokyoBeijing’s fine dining scene still has a long way to go. There’s a lot of mediocrity swimming in a sea of pretense and new money. At the end of the day, Beijingers are a rough-and-ready lot who prefer Sichuan hotpot in a hole-in-the-wall. We recently ate at S.T.A.Y. (pictured), three Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alleno’s outpost at the Shangri-La Beijing. The service was good, the food above average, but the room was utterly dead—we were one of four tables.

But back to the Sichuan hotpot: Beijing has a pretty comprehensive array of restaurants serving regional cuisines. Ten years ago, most Chinese food fanatics would have told you Taipei and Hong Kong were the best places for Chinese food, Beijing being littered with restaurants that served greasy gristle. (Communism plus Cultural Revolution equals abysmal food.) Since we moved here, I’ve had some solid Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, Cantonese, Nanjing, Xinjiang, and even Taiwanese meals here—in nice settings, surrounded mostly by Chinese people.

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Q+A: Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director of the Boston Ballet

Nutcracker

Throughout the United States, the holidays is the season for the Nutcracker ballet. T+L spoke with Mikko Nissinen, the Finnish artistic director of the Boston Ballet and its new–and spectacular–production.

Q: Is this your first production of the Nutcracker in Boston?

A:  No, when I came to Boston, I inherited an extravaganza that had contributions from seven choreographers! There is such a thing as too many cooks in the kitchen. So I started to narrow down the production. I staged the first act, the second act, the Land of Sweets, was by another choreographer. For our new Nutcracker, I have staged the entire ballet, both acts.

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Exploring Vienna's Fashion-Forward Neubau District

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The fashion-forward Neubau district is a hub of inventive boutiques, buzzy restaurants, and the city’s top museums.

Bisovsky: The appointment-only atelier of Susanne Bisovsky, who trained under Vivienne Westwood, sells dramatic couture and ready-to-wear pieces, inspired by traditional Mitteleuropa costume. 13/6 Seidengasse.

Park: This concept store showcases high-profile labels (Martin Margiela; Raf Simons) plus such up-and-comers as Paris-based Damir Doma. You’ll also find art books, Hans Wegner chairs, and brooches made from safety pins. 20 Mondscheingasse.

Lena Hoschek: At the intersection of rockabilly, punk, and Mad Men lies Hoschek’s boudoir-like boutique. The dirndls, dresses, and flowy blouses—ideal for hourglass figures—hit just the right classic-modern note. 17 Gutenberggasse.

Hirsch & Kamel: This new upscale gastropub serves traditional Viennese comfort food with Persian flourishes. Our pick: veal meatballs with pistachios served over mashed potatoes. 6 Stuckgasse. $$

MuseumsQuartier Wien (pictured): The former Hapsburg stables have been transformed into a cultural space with concerts, theater, and plenty of people-watching. Don’t miss the Leopold Museum, home to iconic works by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. 1 Museumsplatz.

Photo by Hertha Hurnaus

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