Art & culture

  • 61 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...

  • 62 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...

  • 63 Bo Sang's paper parasols
    Located just nine kilometres from Chiang Mai, the dynamic northern Thai city, where tradition and modernity live side-by-side, Bo Sang may not be the most famous place in the world, but it is the home...

  • 64 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...

  • 65 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...

  • 66 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...

  • 67 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...

  • 68 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...

  • 69 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...

  • 70 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....

  • 71 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...

  • 72 'Fado', the music of Lisbon
    The music of a country is one of the keys to its culture; Argentina has the tango, Spain has flamenco, and Portugal has fado. It's a musical form that draws on many different historical and cultural elements,...

  • 73 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...

  • 74 A German Christmas market in the Midlands
    You don't need to travel to Germany to get a taste of authentic German Christmas traditions: our own city of Birmingham has been a partner city to Frankfurt for nearly half a century, and in the run up...

  • 75 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...

  • 76 Twilighting in Washington State
    Up in the far northwest of America, on the border with Canada, the State of Washington is a land of contrasts with mountains, deserts, steppe landscapes and active volcanoes. Its Pacific edge boasts a...

  • 77 Christmas carols and concerts in Vienna
    In Vienna, it's Advent rather than simply Christmas, that is celebrated with a pure magical passion. First there are all the little markets selling crafts and knick-knacks and home-baked goodies that blossom...

  • 78 On location in the Moroccan desert
    When it comes to making a Hollywood blockbuster, cast and crew travel all over the wolrld to get just the right location and ambience for the different scenes. This was certainly the case for the team...

  • 79 Autumn colours in Kyoto
    Recently the readers of U.S. magazine Conde Nast Traveler name Kyoto the best Asian city, ahead of Bangkok and Hong Kong in a survey whose result pays tribute to the time-honoured cultural wealth of the...

  • 80 Puerto Rico: more than just rum
    It's not just Johnny Depp who has found Puerto Rico the perfect location: from the classic 1963 Lord of the Flies, to the up-coming Treasure Island starring Eddie Izzard as Long John Silver, the cluster...



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