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Indulge in the flavours of Istria

Indulge in the flavours of Istria

The distinctive olive oils and wines of west Croatia make it a must-visit destination for foodies. A band of gourmands exchange appreciative murmurs as they take generous gulps from a row of glasses. The room is filled with giddy laughter – like at a wine tasting – yet the golden liquid in the glasses is

Get acquainted with the coolest co-working spaces of Shanghai

Get acquainted with the coolest co-working spaces of Shanghai

We visit a few cutting-edge shared office spaces to see how the synthesis of design, digital space, and collaboration are paving the way for a new way of working in China. Lane 189 is a new shopping mall standing proudly against a backdrop of office towers in the northern part of Shanghai’s trendy Jingan district.

Bike the culinary backroads of Denmark

Bike the culinary backroads of Denmark

This Nordic country is famous for its great food and cycling culture, so it makes perfect sense to explore the former by means of the latter. Standing in the vast dining hall at Kronborg Castle at Helsingør, I struggle to grasp the excess of the banquets hosted here by the Danish King Frederick II and

Two Barcelona buildings that amaze

Two Barcelona buildings that amaze

This year, the Spanish city is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Josep Puig i Cadafalch (1867–1956), one of the leading architects of Modernisme (Catalan Art Nouveau). These two buildings are among Puig’s best-loved Modernista marvels. Els 4 Gats Pablo Picasso, at age 17, had his first exhibition in this Gothic Quarter bar

Take a tour of Finland’s eco island

Take a tour of Finland’s eco island

With interest in eco-travel ­continuing to surge, many travel operators are jumping on the bandwagon. But going green was more than a mere whim for Pertti and Virpi Illi, who founded Rakinkotka eco-village in southeast Finland back in 2001. Today this island colony of cottages boasts its own hybrid power system supplying energy for the

5 frozen treats you need to try in NYC

5 frozen treats you need to try in NYC

New York’s love affair with ice cream is over 200 years old and showing no signs of waning. The assortment can be dizzying so we’ve selected our favourite places in the city to indulge in this beloved sweet treat. 1. Riverside charm Situated in a ­converted reboat house at the ­Fulford ferry ­landing, the Brooklyn

Visit the 4 urban saunas that heat up Helsinki

Visit the 4 urban saunas that heat up Helsinki

Once found all over the city, Helsinki’s public saunas were all but lost for over half a century. Now, this beloved Finnish tradition is being completely reimagined with a new generation of public saunas. There was a time when there was a public sauna on almost every corner of the Finnish capital. Helsinki was a

How to pedal your way through the Turku Archipelago

How to pedal your way through the Turku Archipelago

Twenty thousand: that’s the total number of picturesque isles in Finland’s Turku Archipelago. Take your pick and get pedalling. It has been a 30-kilometre bike ride from the town of Naantali in southwestern Finland to the Taivassalo ferry dock. From this point on, I have all the time in the world. But that’s the whole

Three Instagrammable ice creams worth the calories

Three Instagrammable ice creams worth the calories

Macha ice cream has been the go-to Asian cool treat for a while now. This summer, the top spot could well be stolen by one of these desserts. #mochiicecream. Brightly coloured mochi balls, made of sticky rice and usually filled with sweet red bean paste, are a Japanese dessert favourite. A number of cafés have

Beginner’s guide to Åland’s ancient underwater relics

Beginner’s guide to Åland’s ancient underwater relics

An amazing cluster of sunken beauties awaits in the low-saline waters of the Baltic Sea archipelago. Our diving guide, Jan-Ola Karlsson, shares a story about his great-grandfather who was a sailor from Mariehamn. “He helped rescue some of the crew when the Plus sank one stormy night in December 1933,” Karlsson says with pride. That