Budget Travel came out with their 2008 list of the top 10 “new” places to visit this year which, by “new,” I think they mean “not overrun by tourists yet” rather than physical age. (I have a feeling Bergerac, France is probably not that new.) Here are a few highlights.
? Trying to get off-the-beaten-path in South Africa? Skip Cape Town and Johannesburg and explore Graskop, the Berkeley of
South Africa. Just four hours from Johannesburg, this artist-friendly hamlet is home to an outdoorsy population which thrives on some of the best views in the country.
? Kick back and relax in the famed hot springs of Tanabe, Japan, and explore unblemished Japan at its best.
? Bypass Bordeaux and head to Bergerac, France, for some of the region’s best wines and exquisite meals. There’s also some sort of tobacco museum there, which Wikipedia so elegantly includes in its city description with this:
“Bergerac . . .features a tobacco museum, at which no smoking is allowed.” I’ll stick to the wine, thank you.
I totally agree: the wine in Bergerac is divine. There you are also deliciously in the land of the black truffle, a perfect pairing with Bergerac reds.
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