Art & culture

  • 41 Sicily, where the Corleone family has its roots
    The mere mention of Sicily triggers inevitable associations with the Mafia, at least in part because of the acclaimed Godfather trilogy. It's now 40 years since the first of the three films was released,...

  • 42 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,...

  • 43 The jungle where Mowgli grew up
    It's the langurs, their black monkey faces surrounded by a shock of white hair, who are the first to sound the alarm when a tiger approaches; they emit a brief, high-pitched squeal, a warning that penetrates...

  • 44 Lux in Arcana: the Vatican secret archives
    From the court records of the trial of Galileo Galilei, to the request for annulment of the marriage of Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon, the Vatican archives house innumerable documentary treasures....

  • 45 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...

  • 46 Discover the wizardry behind 'Harry Potter'
    If you thought the magic was over, you were wrong: from the end of March 2012, the Warner Bros. behind-the-scenes tour invites visitors see first-hand some of the most memorable sets from the beloved eight-film...

  • 47 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...

  • 48 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...

  • 49 Discover the world of Tatooine in Tunisia
    The vast biblical landscape of southern Tunisia is no stranger to film crews. Here, among the palm-fringed oases, where ragged red cliffs rise above the salt crusts of dried lakes, in the orange expanses...

  • 50 Samba fantasy - carnival in Rio
    Rio de Janeiro may not be capital of Brazil, but it's certainly the international capital of carnival, known around the planet for its beauty, its vivacity and its unmistakable sense of rhythm. The well-earned...

  • 51 Inspirational Dublin pubs


    It is impossible not to be inspired by Dublin. Whether it's the worn cobblestones of the Temple Bar district or the aroma of Guinness along the River Liffey, there's something about the Irish capital that...

  • 52 Cartagena de Indias: a location for love
    Just go through the wall under the clock tower and cross the Plaza de los Coches to reach the Portal de los Dulces. Here, in the shade of the arches is a line of little stalls offering up a sweet treasure...

  • 53 The art of Tapies lives on in Spain
    Cracks and scratches, signs and symbols, numbers and puzzles... all are unmistakable elements of the works of Antoni Tapies, the great Catalan painter and sculptor who died this week at his home in Barcelona,...

  • 54 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...

  • 55 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...

  • 56 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...

  • 57 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...

  • 58 '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...

  • 59 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....

  • 60 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...



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