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August 31, 2018

There has been an evolution in the heart of Southeast Sulawesi, transforming a hidden port into a modern city with iconic architecture nestled around a bay. I stopped by to witness the Kendari dynamic. A decade after my first visit, the face of Kendari has truly changed. Then, the views across most of the city consisted of flat and peaceful peatlands. Now, Kendari is awash with new colours. It’s like visiting somewhere totally different. A...

August 30, 2018

India’s greatest metropolis is a riot of experiences crammed into one of the world’s densest, most vibrant urban cores. Discover how to make the most of a threeday stay in Mumbai – and you’ll be sure to find yourself coming back for more. Three days is not enough for Mumbai. Three years is not enough for Mumbai. Three lifetimes would not be enough for Mumbai. At least, that is, for those who understand its singular rhythm and know how to...

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....

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...

March 1, 2018

Germany's capital was once known primarily for its Cold War stand-offs, with the Berlin Wall looming as a potent symbol of all that was bad about East–West relations. Then the Wall came down and Berlin was reunited. It now has one of Europe’s most buzzing arts, cultural and media scenes and boasts a host of new skyscrapers, nightclubs and fashion stores that make it one of the capitals of cool. In short, Berlin is again one of Europe's great...

February 28, 2018

London has a different market for all the days and all the ways there is cash to spend. It has street markets, indoor markets, markets in arcades, archways and shipping containers, markets selling fish and meat or fruit and vegetables or bric-a-brac, book fairs, flea markets, car-boots and pop-ups, vinyl fairs, collectibles and antique bazaars, makers' markets and art fairs, farmers' markets, Christmas markets and charity fetes, street-food markets,...

January 4, 2018

Our car wanders through the farthest parts of Bengkulu, where Ikhsan lives with his wife and two children. We pass by Fort Marlborough, which was constructed by the 18th-century British venture the East India Company (EIC). Fort Marlborough has gone down in history as the second largest British fort in the Asia-Pacific region, following one in India. It now stands in the centre of Bengkulu with its cannon facing the vast Indian Ocean. As our car...