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  • 41 Frederick the Great's three hundredth birthday
    January 24, 2012 marked the 300th anniversary of the birth of Frederick the Great, but the celebrations and tributes to this historical figure are planned to continue for months, with numerous events and...

  • 42 'The Quiet Man' movie trail
    For the film, the American director of Irish descent created the now mythical town of Innisfree as a setting for the love story between the former boxer Sean Thornton, portrayed with a gentle warmth...

  • 43 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....

  • 44 Salzburg pays tribute to her most famous son
    Salzburg is a musical city, and it has especially close ties to Mozart and his work. It was here, at number 9 in the Getreidegasse, that he was born on January 27th, 1756, a date that has been celebrated...

  • 45 What the Dickens is going on?
    The name of Dickens evokes a very specific historical period, and the great writer's cultural influence extends far beyond the literary with his stories being inseparable from the topic of social reform....

  • 46 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...

  • 47 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...

  • 48 Take a healthy break
    Do you fancy an escape from the daily grind, a chance to recharge your batteries after the excesses of mid-winter, to pamper yourself, mind, body and spirit? It's a good time to be thinking about a little...

  • 49 Masada, Herod's desert fortress
    In the middle of the first century AD, after the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus, son of Emperor Vespasian, a group of Jewish zealots found refuge from the Roman troops in the desert fortress built...

  • 50 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...

  • 51 At home with the mountain gorillas
    The dense forests that carpet the volcanic Virunga mountains are one of the last refuges of the mountain gorilla. We invite you to an African adventure deep in this jungle, where American primatologist...

  • 52 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...

  • 53 It all began in Nazareth
    From Nazareth where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary with the very first “Ave Maria" – “Hail Mary, full of grace” – to Bethlehem where the baby was born; Ein Kerem...

  • 54 Five spectacular New Year plans
    Magical, musical New Year in Dublin Not satisfied with a single night of fun, the Irish capital is planning to ring in the New Year with the NYE Festival, a three-day extravaganza of music and entertainment....

  • 55 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...

  • 56 The labyrinthine streets of Carcassonne
    The director, who is behind recent TV series The Good Wife and The Pillars of the Earth, as well as movie greats including Thelma and Louise and Blade Runner, has described Labyrinth as "a wonderful...

  • 57 Cool and unusual Spanish hotels
    How do you fancy sleeping in a tree top? In a red stone fortress? Under the stars? In a converted cinema? Or in a traditional Bedouin haymah? These original hotels appeal to the deepest emotions, the sense...

  • 58 Flying south for winter
    Usually a Monarch butterfly lives for just four or five short weeks. But by some miracle of nature, the last generation of the summer may survive for as long as seven months, allowing them to fly south...

  • 59 Oslo, capital of peace
    On the day of the award ceremony, all eyes wll be on Oslo Town Hall, the imposing red building where the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize will be presented to this year's joint winners: President of Liberia, Ellen...

  • 60 Advent comes to Germany
    From the northern coast to the Alps in the south, hardly a city in Germany can resist setting up their own Christmas market and stuffing it full of music and handicrafts, tempting scents and delicious...



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