Europe

  • 61 '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...

  • 62 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....

  • 63 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...

  • 64 2012 - a bumper year for the Northern Lights
    The aurora borealis: named for Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn, and Boreas, the Greek god of the north wind, the bringer of winter, even the name of this atmospheric phenomenon conjures magical...

  • 65 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...

  • 66 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...

  • 67 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...

  • 68 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...

  • 69 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...

  • 70 The world's best toy shops
    Hamleys, London Established in 1760, the seven-storey toy shop on Regents Street is a treat for any family shopping day in the capital. Rocking horses, dolls and other traditional toys, educational toys,...

  • 71 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...

  • 72 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...

  • 73 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...

  • 74 The Canaries – a perfect place for Christmas
    Over four million Brits prefer to celebrate Christmas abroad. Some of them choose snowy ski resorts in the Alps and Pyrenees, but many are looking to add a little sunshine to the last week of the year....

  • 75 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....

  • 76 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...

  • 77 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...

  • 78 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...

  • 79 '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,...

  • 80 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...



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