ed­i­tor ’s note

Lonely Planet (UK) - - Editor ’s Note - PETER GRUNERT, GROUP ED­I­TOR @pe­ter_­grunert pe­tervg73

We’re cel­e­brat­ing cities in this is­sue, with four ma­jor fea­tures to fuel your ur­ban ad­ven­tures. ‘Two streets over’ is a term I’ve al­ways liked us­ing, rep­re­sent­ing orig­i­nal ex­pe­ri­ences just be­yond the fa­mil­iar sights: that bar the lo­cals love, the quirky hid­den mu­seum, the tran­quil park across from the hub­bub. The idea is well rep­re­sented in our ex­plo­ration of the var­ied lev­els of New York City, from an un­der­ground sup­per club to views across Man­hat­tan… from a height to set this ver­tigo suf­ferer’s knees knock­ing (p60). Next in our se­quence is a story rank­ing (in a wil­fully un­sci­en­tific way) the un­sung cities we say de­serve to be on your radar (p72). We head on to hunt for the se­crets of San­ti­ago, the cap­i­tal of Chile – the top coun­try in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 – and a fas­ci­nat­ing place, all too of­ten passed through by trav­ellers en route to show­boat­ing nat­u­ral spec­ta­cles like the Ata­cama Desert and Patag­o­nia (p82). Our world­wide smor­gas­bord of cities is com­pleted by Tokyo and Ky­oto, wit­nessed at the time of hanami – the view­ing of cherry blossoms – through the lens of gifted pho­tog­ra­pher Will El­som (p94). Let me sign off with a rec­om­men­da­tion to keep a close eye out for next month’s is­sue, where we’ll be un­veil­ing two ex­cit­ing new front sec­tions that my team is putting the fin­ish­ing touches to right now.

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