City chic

  • 61 Singapore: Exotic highlights of an Asian Tiger
    Ahead of the arrival of the young royal couple Raffles Hotel has pulled out the red carpet and redecorated the walls of its neo-Renaissance architecture.Renowned for its Singapore Sling cocktail...

  • 62 Wind down the romantic canals of Venice
    The film world has descended once more on the magical city of Venice for the 69th Venice Film Festival. But away from the glitz and glam of the red carpet...

  • 63 Holiday with the stars in Miami
    With a tropical climate that boasts hot, humid summers and short, warm winters, Miami is the perfect year round holiday destination. Situated on Florida's Atlantic coast, its swathes of golden...

  • 64 Check in to chic: the world's top boutique hotels
    Since their beginnings in Eighties New York, boutique hotels have sprung up all over the world, each competing to offer a unique, designer edge to the travel experience. Make your...

  • 65 Art, wine and tapas in Barcelona
    A region with its own language, character and history – it is no wonder that its capital is Spain's most cosmopolitan city and one of the Mediterranean's busiest ports. Barcelona...

  • 66 From the South Bank to Portobello Road: London's best freebies
    Check out our top pick of London's cultural attractions, green spaces, walks and markets. Whether you're in town for the Games or fancy an afternoon strolling the capital, this list...

  • 67 European urban adventures: Top five city breaks
    A European city break is a great getaway – in just a few days you can explore a new place, soak up a different culture and indulge in exciting new...

  • 68 The £160 million makeover to restore Ritz Paris to former glory
    At the end of July, the iconic Ritz Paris will close its doors for a £160 million makeover. The landmark hotel, the epitome of opulent travel for the past 114...

  • 69 London 2012 Festival, the hottest ticket in town
    Alongside the Olympic Games, London is hosting its biggest ever cultural festival from June 21 until September 9, the London 2012 Festival. As the Olympic torch races along the home...

  • 70 Shop Istanbul: a fashionista's paradise
    When it comes to shopping destinations, the main ones that spring to mind are Paris, New York, London and Milan. But right now Istanbul is the place to go. This...

  • 71 The crowning jewels of the Cote d'Azur
    From St-Tropez to the Belle Époque aura of Cannes; these seductive locations have always captivated sun lovers and socialites. There are also, of course, those niche spots where the per-capita...

  • 72 Copenhagen: one of Europe's coolest, greenest cities
    The longest pedestrian street in Europe, Strøget, winds through the city centre with shops of world-renowned Danish design, fashion and much more. In its squares and along its fascinating canals...

  • 73 Bamberg: a Bavarian treasure
    The lush green countryside around Bamberg is a charming setting for the seven-hilled town that residents of Bamberg like to compare to Rome. The hills are dotted with an abundance...

  • 74 Gourmet Brussels in seven steps
    Tip 1: Plan your route. Pop into the Office of Tourism and pick up a map (.50€ - about 30p) outlining one of the gastronomy trails organised by the city...

  • 75 Take a gastronomic tour of Lisbon


    They say that the Portuguese have 365 recipes for cod, one for each day the year. But Leonal Pereira, chef at the exclusive restaurant Panorama in Lisbon, claims to have...

  • 76 Discover the world of Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi, France
    Set on the banks of the river Tarn in southern France, the historic French city of Albi is rich in the Languedoc style of architecture, featuring red brick and tiles...

  • 77 Brazilian design comes to Berlin
    Berlin is one of Europe's most attractive cities, not simply because the city itself is beautiful, but because of its rich cultural life and its wealth of art galleries. And...

  • 78 The monumental majesty of Salamanca
    Travel is all about discovery, and to appreciate a place you need to know something of its history, its monuments and its art, as well as sampling regional cuisine and...

  • 79 Last minute Easter escapes
    Leipzig: music, music, music! This year, the three divisions of Leipzig's oldest cultural institution, the Thomana, celebrate their 800th anniversary with a stunning programme of concerts and events. Why not...

  • 80 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...



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