Stories relating to "City chic"
What better backdrop for a love story than Florence, the beautiful capital of Tuscany in central Italy, which served as setting to the romantic awakening of Lucy Honeychurch, portrayed by the young Helena Bonham Carter in James Ivory's big-screen adaptation of E.M. Forster's poignant novel, 'A Room with a View'.
'Urbanauts', a new concept in city-centre hotel accommodation, is transforming empty shop premises in Vienna into chic hotel rooms.
For some, Salzburg is the exquisite UNESCO World Heritage city dotted with fine baroque architecture, the birthplace of Mozart. For others, though, it will always be the Alpine home of the von Trapp family and the setting of the great movie classic 'The Sound of Music'.
If you're planning a trip to Paris, make sure you leave time to visit the exhibition dedicated to Romy Schneider, currently on display at the Espace Landowski in Boulogne-Billancourt, just eight kilometres from the centre of the French capital.
The year ahead is dotted with social and cultural events, celebrations, anniversaries and important sporting events. Have a look at our list and start planning your next getaway; there are plenty of options to choose from.
Under the slogan 'Open Helskinki: embedding design in life', the Finnish capital is all set to start celebrating its role as World Design Capital for 2012. New Year's Eve marks the beginning of a year of festivities with hundreds of design-related events all around the Nordic city.
It doesn't matter how many times you've visited Paris, the French capital always has something new to offer: new boutiques, new fashion trends, an exciting new restaurant... there's always a reason to return. At the moment, though, in addition to everything else, it's Christmas, so what better excuse do you need?
Forget the bland and characterless hotels of the 'costa fortune' and take a look at some of these ultra-modern and ultra-chic hotels on the Iberian peninsula. Not simply places to stay en route, they become part of the sight-seeing tour and destinations in themselves.