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Wiener Demeanour: Galleries, Art and Design

Schönbrunn Palace … St Stephen’s Cathedral … the Belvedere … the Albertina … even a cursory list of Vienna’s top attractions packs the sort of artful wallop that would delight even the pickiest of culture vultures. And by all means as many of these (and so many other) places should be included in any sightseeing itinerary of the historic Austrian capital. But that doesn’t mean visitors to Vienna must relegate themselves to an urban escape set only in the past. Continue reading

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New for Paris: Frank Gehry’s Louis Vuitton Foundation (OneTravel)

Opened October 2014 in the Bois de Boulogne public park on the western edge of Paris, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is the city’s newest art museum and cultural center – and is making waves more for the building itself than … Continue reading

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See Basel: A City Artfully Designed to Please

Keen to take a city break that’s chock full of eye candy treats by some of the world’s greatest modern architects, designers, and artists? Go to Basel. I was blown away by all the fascinating stuff I got to behold during my few days there. Continue reading

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My Basel: Taking the Make My Switzerland App for a Spin

Obviously you’ve heard about Switzerland’s stunning panoramas of and from its mighty Alps. But for my first of hopefully many more visits to this friendly little Alpine nation, I found the views shared via a handy Swiss app to be a real wonder to behold as well. The free to download app, called Make My Switzerland, is available via Google Play and Apple’s App Store and offers a wealth of insider knowledge about the things that savvy locals love best in seven Swiss cities – Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, Lugano, and Zurich. I gave the app a whirl over an especially fun weekend in Basel, and I’m more than happy to recommend the city and the app to anybody keen to explore a delightful and compact destination that’s big on culture. Continue reading

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Tops Sights and Sounds Around Muscle Shoals, Alabama (OneTravel)

Nestled along the banks of the Tennessee River, the area of Muscle Shoals in northwest Alabama is a nature lover’s dream. It’s a music lover’s dream too, where a small handful of recording studios have been responsible for some of … Continue reading

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Dixie Detours: Sweet Shoals Music

Before our visit to the Muscle Shoals area of Alabama, I never would have imagined the music of Aretha Franklin could resonate even more with me than it already did. Goosebumps on top of goosebumps – how’s that gonna happen? But there I was standing in Studio A of Fame Studios in humble little Florence, Alabama where the mighty diva recorded such classics as Do Right Woman, Do Right Man, and something clicked in a deep and soulful sort of way. In the few days since Kemey and I checked out the Shoals, listening to Aretha’s songs has been coupled with an even deeper and more satisfying feeling than before. Continue reading

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Win a Pair of Tickets to The View from The Shard

The View from The Shard provides unparalleled 64km (40 mile), 360 degree views of London. Almost twice as high as any other viewing point in London, it is the only place where you can see all of London – all at once – making it the perfect first stop for visitors to the city and a brilliant place to take anyone who loves this city. Stuck for gift ideas this Christmas? Why not give that special someone the whole of London – in one great big sweeping panoramic perch from atop its newest and sleekest icon? Keep reading for details about The View gift certificates and for a chance to win two free tickets to share or keep for yourself. Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Keeper’s House at the Royal Academy

The Keeper’s House at the Royal Academy opens to Friends of the Academy and to the general public today. Continue reading

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Golden Lane Estate and Me: Documentary Screening at Exhibit Gallery, EC1

As I told filmmaker Esther Johnson, the year I lived at Golden Lane Estate was “very potent”. That she happened to come round the estate looking for residents to interview for her film, The View From My Window Tells Me I’m Home, just seemed like a fantastic coincidence to have someone there to document it for me. Continue reading

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The Top 5 Sights in Milan (CheapOair)

It’s difficult to think of a more fashionable destination than Milan. It’s also a fantastic place to delve into Italy’s rich history and culture. Here’s a quick look at five of the city’s must-see attractions that will have you envying the luck of the Milanese … Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Enjoying the View

Photograph taken at the View from The Shard. Read about my visit to the View from The Shard here. The View opens to the public on the 1st of February. To find out more and to book tickets visit theviewfromtheshard.com.

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London Daily Photo: Drizzle

Photograph taken at the View from The Shard. Read about my visit to the View from The Shard here. The View opens to the public on the 1st of February. To find out more and to book tickets visit theviewfromtheshard.com.

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London Daily Photo: On

Photograph taken at the View from The Shard. Read about my visit to the View from The Shard here. The View opens to the public on the 1st of February. To find out more and to book tickets visit theviewfromtheshard.com.

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London Daily Photo: Float

Photograph taken at the View from The Shard. Read about my press preview visit to the View from The Shard here. The View opens to the public on the 1st of February. To find out more and to book tickets visit theviewfromtheshard.com.

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London Daily Photo: St Paul’s and Bridges

Photograph taken at the View from The Shard. Read about my visit to the View from The Shard here. The View opens to the public on the 1st of February. To find out more and to book tickets visit theviewfromtheshard.com.

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London Daily Photo: Borough Below

Photograph taken at the View from The Shard. Read about my press preview visit to the View from The Shard here. The View opens to the public on the 1st of February. To find out more and to book tickets visit theviewfromtheshard.com.

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London Daily Photo: New View

Photograph taken at the View from The Shard. Read about my visit to the View from The Shard here. The View opens to the public on the 1st of February 2013. To find out more and to book tickets visit theviewfromtheshard.com.

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Sneak Peek of the View from The Shard

The View from The Shard offers a new perspective of the London skyline. I loved looking down on the towers in the City of London on the other side of the Thames as well as how Piccadilly Circus seemed like some weird throbbing glare amidst what otherwise appeared as very historic chunk of town. And I was mesmerized by all the trains slinking in and out of London Bridge Station just underneath. Continue reading

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Harmondsworth Barn, the Cathedral of Middlesex (OneTravel)

A barn. But to think of the Harmondsworth Barn as just a barn would be a great disservice to this huge and imposing medieval structure. A much better way to think about the Harmondsworth Barn might be to take a … Continue reading

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Visiting Mackintosh’s Glasgow (CheapOair)

Here’s a list of Mackintosh’s buildings in his home city … all well worth a visit. Read my complete post at the CheapOair blog. Photo/dalbera

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London Daily Photo: Golden Lane Estate

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London Daily Photo: Clumpitecture

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In Pictures: The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011 (Londonist)

An enclosed garden is at the heart of Peter Zumthor’s pavilion Continue reading

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