Art & culture

  • 21 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 of medieval churches...

  • 22 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, of which the Cathedral of Sainte Cecile...

  • 23 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 now, until May 5th, 2012, there's...

  • 24 French Polynesia: a paradise that caused a mutiny
    They'd travelled half way across the world to Polynesia to find breadfruit plants for the British empire which were to be planted in the Caribbean to help feed the slaves there, but the long and dangerous...

  • 25 The most spectacular pictures of Earth Hour 2012
    The lights were out in the Acropolis of Athens for Earth Hour, and it wasn't alone. World landmarks such as the Great Wall of China and the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris went dark for 60 minutes to join...

  • 26 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 meeting local people. It also helps...

  • 27 The 'Titanic' legend lives on in Belfast
    Even before the official opening, this awe-inspiring six-storey building located in the Titanic Quarter district has become the pride of the city. Shaped like the bows of four great ocean-going vessels...

  • 28 Vienna Opera Ball: a once-in-a-lifetime event
    Protocol for the event is, of course, strict: women must wear floor-length evening gowns and men tuxedo and tails. Then scenery, dress and music all combine to ensure that, year after year, the Opera...

  • 29 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....

  • 30 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...

  • 31 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...

  • 32 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,...

  • 33 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,...

  • 34 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...

  • 35 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....

  • 36 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...

  • 37 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...

  • 38 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...

  • 39 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...

  • 40 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...



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