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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 [...]

July 31, 2018

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by: danang

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 [...]

July 29, 2018

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by: danang

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 [...]

July 2, 2018

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by: danang

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 [...]

April 30, 2018

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by: danang

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 [...]

March 1, 2018

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by: danang

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, [...]

February 28, 2018

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by: danang

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 [...]

January 4, 2018

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by: danang

It takes a few moments for the reason to register: I’ve just flown the brand-new kangaroo route by Garuda Indonesia, giving me just enough time to enjoy a cup of coffee before continuing my journey in utter comfort (I’m not going to lie; I fell asleep again). It’s fortunate really, because if there’s anything my [...]

January 3, 2018

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by: danang

First advice to visitors to Finland: don’t try telling your hosts that Santa Claus comes from anywhere else. Its Nordic neighbours of Sweden and Norway make especially spurious claims to be the home of the gentleman in question, but his official residence is in the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland. That’s it. Don’t argue. It is [...]

November 30, 2017

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by: danang