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November 29, 2018

We’re passing the green hills of Limburg, the most southern province of the Netherlands. Belgium and Germany are nearby. The train stops at the town of Valkenburg, situated in a valley cut out by the small river Geul.On entering the railway station, built in the shape of a small castle, I find a pleasant café. It’s the oldest existing station building in the country, the waiter tells me, built from marlstone – marl is something I will...

October 3, 2018

Ipoh got rich quick thanks to its tin reserves. Though the mining industry is long gone, the one-time El Dorado is capitalising on other treasures: its rich heritage and happening foodie scene.Nestled snugly among limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, Ipoh is two hours north of Kuala Lumpur on the epic railroad that runs all the way from Singapore to Bangkok. The Eastern & Oriental Express train service shunts back and forth on this very...

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...