Two of my very favorite destinations, Bogota, Colombia, and the Alentejo region of Portugal were featured in the New York Times special glossy travel magazine on 5/23/2010.
Firstly Bogota. It's the second time in the past 2 months that Colombia has been featured and I take it as further evidence that this once unthought of destination is quickly moving onto the traveller's hot list. Bogota's a fascinating city, and once there, you're likely to forget all the stories you once heard about Colombia, and revel in the passion and energy of the people. I loved the introduction to the piece. The author's first night in Bogota is rocked by the shocking news that the biggest event in town is a ...Coldplay concert ! How can this wild, untameable city be so mainstream ? Seriously, go to Colombia - you will not regret it.
Likewise the Alentejo in Portugal has often been overlooked, lagging behind Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve as top tourist destinations. The Alentejo is dry and very hot, and often very empty, BUT it has great beauty and charm as well. You could be driving along and seemingly in the middle of nowhere, when suddenly on a hilltop you'll spot a picture perfect white walled town with a medieval castle to boot. I would ALWAYS include this area for a few days and not only the tourist hub Evora, but the countryside as well.