While many of us won’t be straying far from the sofa for a while longer, hankerings for, say, balmy afternoons
under the Yucatán sky, or rambles across misty Scottish moors, or a proper glass of French fizz are to be expected.
In other words: Tulum, the moody Scottish Highlands, and Paris
are three of the spots we miss visiting most right
about now. This is how we bring these dreamy destinations home.
Outrageously buttery croissants, a pop of just-because champagne outside Café de
Flore…oui, we miss Paris. A lot. Next time we land at CDG, the schedule is sorted: a night at the
sumptuously renovated Le
Bristol, lunch at Septime, a lazy
afternoon of gallery hopping in the 8th. For now, we’re
choosing to bring the essence of one of Europe’s most ethereal cities to us. Bon—or rather non—voyage.
Juliette Binoche, small yappy pooches, and one misadventure after another: Call My
Agent is an utterly charming depiction of Parisians being Parisian. The show depicts a group of
talent agents trying to wiggle out of frequent mishaps with their megawatt clients. But really it’s an
endearing fiftyish minutes of the French cast’s antics around the city. We’re jonesing hard for season
Lost at the Louvre
has beefed up its virtual presence, and the offerings do not disappoint. Since you can’t wander through
the many galleries and pay your respects to the Mona Lisa, we suggest clicking into the Advent of the
Artist tour. Spend an hour zooming in on works by Delacroix and Rembrandt with no tourists blocking
The moody, misty, soaked-in-history landscape of the Scottish Highlands is the topography we crave for an earthy,
into-the-wild trip. The craggy, stony hills; shimmering lakes; and mossy-green vistas make it a place of untamed
beauty. The tartans, cozy hotels (we’re looking at you, Gleneagles), and whisky
aren’t half bad either.
Pour a Dram
Windswept island location? Check. Local third-generation distiller? Check. Peaty, smooth-on-the-tongue
whisky? Check. Laphroaig is one of Scotland’s oldest and most scenic distillers, and its virtual tour is in-depth yet easy to digest.
Scotland Meets Shakespeare
A murky Shakespearean drama set in the heart of the Highlands. Many have worked their way through Macbeth at school, and Justin Kurzel’s film adaption is a triumph of eerieness that’s
beautifully shot, to boot.
Tartan and Tweed
Campbell is the Scottish queen of textiles responsible for the sumptuous array of tweeds throughout
the delightfully quirky Fife Arms in Braemar. But custom tartans aren’t reserved for long-established
clans. Book a virtual appointment with Campbell to design your own family tweed or tartan and browse her
stunning showroom through the screen.
Honestly, if you haven’t watched the sexy eighteenth-century epic that is Outlander, you really should. But
as with so many other adaptions of period dramas, the book is better. Did Diana Gabaldon’s historical fantasy win
a Booker Prize? No. But the series is an immensely transporting, fascinating window into a tumultuous time.
Better still, there are eight books in the series (with two more to come).
Short and Sweet
Buttery shortbread is as quintessentially Scottish as sweet treats come. Sure, there are cleaned-up
versions, but in the spirit of authenticity, keep it old-school with a native recipe or order a tin of Walkers.
There’s a sultry serenity to this slice of the Yucatán. Tulum is a dreamy tropical ecosystem of jungle, sea, and
Mayan history. In the spirit of travel without traveling, bookmark a weekend to revisit some quintessentially
Mexican tastes and textures.
Mainline to Maya
In lieu of paying a visit to the Mayan ruins dotting the cliffs just north of Tulum, bask in the majesty of
these structures via a virtual collaboration between Google and the British Museum.
Learn from Mayan anthropologists and take a meticulously executed virtual tour. Nothing replaces the IRL
experience, but this is the next best thing.
The texture and patina of ceramics carefully carried home from long-ago adventures spikes daily dining with
something so special. 1050 Grados curates the best of artisanal Mexican pottery, like this traditional bowl cast from local clay and burnished with quartz stone.
Samin on Acid
Nothing lifts the pandemic blues quite like Samin Nosrat’s boundless, sunny enthusiasm and deep knowledge
of everything culinary. The “Acid” episode of Netflix’s Salt Fat Acid Heat delves deep into zesty Yucatecán
cuisine. And the riotously colorful backdrop of jungle-meets-market-meets-kitchen of Doña Asaria doesn’t
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