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  • 41 Opera and so much more in Sydney
    If there is a single image that identifies Sydney, it must be the bright, photogenic silhouette of the city looking out over the harbour. The great arch of the Harbour Bridge and the unfurled 'sails' of...

  • 42 The Spanish 'Mona Lisa' goes to Paris
    This 'twin' of the Mona Lisa comes from the former Royal Collection and has been in Spain since the seventeenth century, and in the possession of the Prado Museum for the last fourteen years. It's only...

  • 43 Getting to the top in Tokyo
    The cutting-edge Sky Tree construction project is almost complete after nearly four years of work. At the start, it was unclear just what the final height of this stylish free-standing tower would be,...

  • 44 St Patrick's Day: all the craic in Dublin
    St Patrick's Day is an excuse to celebrate all things Irish, and Dublin is all set with music, dancing and street performances, fun fairs and walking tours, and, of course, the highlight, the grand St...

  • 45 The romantic heart of Le Mans
    Encompassed by a Roman wall, the beautiful centre of Le Mans is a perfect period setting and it's not unusual to arrive and find the streets lined with straw and sand while a veritable parade of historical...

  • 46 LA dreaming
    When Edward, the rich and handsome businessman played by Richard Gere, gets lost in the sprawling city of LA, he stops in Beverly Hills  to ask the way. And that, of course, is when he meets Vivian...

  • 47 Capital eating around London
    Of the list of the world's 50 best restaurants, three are to be found in the British capital: The Ledbury, St. John and Hibiscus should be a clear indication to anyone who doubts the culinary calibre in...

  • 48 Super ideas for Valentine's getaways
    A touch of nostalgia
 On the Devon coast, the privately owned Burgh Island – actually only separated from the mainland at high tide – is the site of Burgh Island Hotel. This fine art-deco...

  • 49 Stockholm's 'underground' art gallery
    Whether or not this is the largest art gallery in the world, spread out over the 110 kilometres of the underground network of Sweden's capital, it has to be the longest. And the admission fee is simply...

  • 50 Zurich in winter white
    You'll have heard of the 'gnomes of Zurich', but what you might not know is that the city where they are based has an idyllic old quarter that might have been taken straight from a fairy-tale. And if...

  • 51 Vitoria: Spain's emerald city
    A medium-sized city with a huge commitment to the environment and great quality of life, Vitoria combines a pretty medieval Old Town with modern facilities and a forward-thinking attitude to urban management....

  • 52 Be tempted by the Big Apple
    Judging from the TV, just about everything is possible in New York – it seems it's even possible to dash around the city wearing electric-blue 'Manolos' with four-inch heels. Fortunately the shoes...

  • 53 The greenest cities in Europe
    Launched in 2008, with the first award made in 2010, the European Green Capital initiative is designed to promote sustainable development and care for the environment. As around four out of every five...

  • 54 A room with a view of Tuscany
    “Every city, let me teach you, has its own smell." So Miss Lavish, one of the eccentric guests at the Pensione Bartolini explains enthusiastically to the inexperienced Lucy on her first visit...

  • 55 Authentically urban
    So often, the most reasonable city-centre hotels are international chains with the same functional decor and the same anonymous utilitarian style in all their properties. Once you've gone up in the lift...

  • 56 Salzburg: scenes from 'The Sound of Music'
    There are plenty of reasons to visit Salzburg, Austria's fourth largest city set among the beautiful scenery of the Alps: the Old Town is renowned for its many well-preserved baroque buildings commissioned...

  • 57 Romy Schneider exhibition
    "Rarely has an actress been so beautiful and so moving. Rarely has a star been so blessed by the gods and so battered by fate, or a woman been so brilliant and yet so tormented." This is how...

  • 58 Travel highlights for 2012
    London Olympics With three and a half million tickets sold and a build up that has been headline news for the last year or more, it would be hard to miss the fact that in 2012 Britain – and more...

  • 59 Helsinki: a designer city for 2012
    Clearly determined not to miss a moment of the year dedicated to the celebrations, Helsinki has been preparing an exciting programme of events and will be kicking off the year with a ceremony in Senate...

  • 60 Paris: city of - Christmas - light
    They call Paris the City of Light, and at Christmas time the name's more appropriate than ever: the whole of the city on the Seine seems to be decked in magic. with glittering tinsel garlands, streams...



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