Dear Need To Know Members,
We've loosely picked a watery theme for this month's Editor's Picks by putting our focus on Norfolk (The Broads, long coastline), Amsterdam (more canals than you can shake a stick at), and North Carolina (home to 1,500 large lakes and beautiful stretches of coast, especially on the Outer Banks).
NorfolkHome of round-towered churches, The Broads and over 100 miles of coastline, what was once the most populous county in England is now a delightful backwater. Yet current food trends have well and truly arrived in Norfolk, with excellent local produce available in farm shops and restaurant menus if you know where to look. Our writers have picked out some of their favourite places to inspire a trip to one of England's quietly beautiful counties.
AmsterdamAmsterdam has more canals and bridges than Venice, a lot of bicycles and around 18 million visitors annually. Resident Lauren Collett leads you to the places other tourists won't necessarily know about. Bonus: earlier this year, Eurostar started direct trains between Amsterdam and London, making cross-European travel even easier.
North CarolinaThe Biltmore Estate in Asheville is America's largest home, with a 255 room chateau at its centre. North Carolina was first to open a state-run art gallery and first to form a state-run orchestra. Culture aside, it's also famous for being the birthplace of Pepsi, although milk is actually the state-sanctioned beverage of choice. With mountains to the west and beautiful coastline on the east side, it's one of the lesser-known states that's worth exploring.
This month's most eye-catching nominations from membersThanks to Need To Know members Sarah Sharp for nominating By The Wine – José Maria da Fonseca in Lisbon, Portugal and Tim Arthur for nominating The Sugar Plum in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. Our writers have put them on their list of places to visit. This month Jenni Muir reviewed a recent nomination by Larry Angsty, Max's Sandwich Shop in Stroud Green, London.
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