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July 31, 2018

For anyone with a liking for art, music, dining, festivals and the good life lived 24 hours a day, the Spanish city of Barcelona is irresistible – especially in summer. Although Barcelona has a 2,000-year history, it presents itself as a progressive, confident and contemporary city of sunlit waterfronts, kilometers of beaches, excellent restaurants and theaters, and, of course, its landmark Gaudí cathedral. The Catalan city’s indulgent spirit...

July 29, 2018

With its picture-postcard beaches, stunning harbour and almost year-round perfect weather, Sydney has something of a reputation as a relaxed destination, free from airs and graces. While that is certainly true, remember this is also the city where properties regularly go under the hammer for AU$30 million (US$22.3 million) plus, and requests for elite services such as private-jet transfers and super yacht charters are increasing significantly....

Turn Left, From Perth
July 18, 2018

At eight o'clock in the evening in Western Australia, or past seven o'clock in the evening in Jakarta was when the customs and excise sheets were distributed by flight attendants in the cabin. Arrival in Jakarta within the next two or three hours. At least, that's the last I remember from the flight status on the screen in front of the chair before I turned it off either a few minutes ago or a few dozen minutes ago. It makes no difference either. No...

Erntezeit Leineufer
July 18, 2018

Harvest time is come to Göttingen. And here's a little picture taken in this summer morning time. I'm still miss you. I wish that you were here with...

July 2, 2018

An island community where exceptional blown glass has been produced for more than seven centuries, Murano is a haven of tranquillity minutes from the busiest attractions of Venice. You cannot say that you know Venice without ever having seen it from the water. While tourists jostle to enjoy the picture-postcard scenes at the bustling Piazza San Marco, Rialto and the Grand Canal, there is a calmer side to this water city, out of the ordinary and only...

April 30, 2018

Step inside fabulous old buildings and look upwards: you might see medieval beams, art nouveau friezes or a madness of baroque plasterwork. This magnificent muddle of styles is hardly surprising. Brussels is a city of mixed identities: a former medieval trading powerhouse, the modest capital of a small nation and the bureaucratic epicentre of the European Union, the latter having brought an influx of money, international ideas and great dining. It...