5 reasons to pack a bathing suit

5 reasons to pack a bathing suit

Brush up on your breaststroke or front crawl to enjoy some of the most memorable swimming pools around the world. 1. Swimming spree Located in Berlin’s gritty ­Treptow is a 30-metre barge-turned-swimming pool anchored in the Spree River. This is the Badeschiff or Bathing Ship – a symbol of the creative and quirky side of

Follow your nose in Paris

Follow your nose in Paris

Perfumes are one of France’s top ten exports, so it is only fitting that two new museum attractions in the French capital are scentsational. Hymn to perfume Set inside a 19th-century mansion (formerly Christian Lacroix’s haute couture house) in the elegant 8th district is Le Grand Musée du Parfum. Opened at the end of 2016,

Follow the Moomin trail in Finland

Follow the Moomin trail in Finland

Here are five must-visit places around Finland to get your Moomin fix. The new Moomin Museum opens on June 17 in Tampere Hall. Maintained by the Tampere Art Museum, the new premises display a unique collection of Tove Jansson’s original Moomin artwork including hundreds of her beloved illustrations and striking three-dimensional tableaux by her partner

Take a stroll down Brussels’ comics lane

Take a stroll down Brussels’ comics lane

Brussels, the birthplace of Tintin creator Georges Remi (Hergé) and Smurfs creator Pierre Culliford (Peyo), prides itself as the capital city of the comic strip (bandes dessinée) art form. Its Comic Book Route stretches across the city, with more than 50 massive murals featuring bandes dessinée frames from Tintin and Asterix as well as lesser-known

Hit Finland’s glassblowing trail

Hit Finland’s glassblowing trail

Finnish designers have been creating modern marvels with molten sand since the 1950s. Among the top spots to see contemporary glassblowers in action are Fiskars and Nuutajärvi, two creative hubs on Finland’s glass trail. Blown away Fiskars is a postcardesque ironworks village, roughly one hour’s drive west of Helsinki. When Fiskars Corporation – makers of

Enter at your own risk in Berlin

Enter at your own risk in Berlin

Derelict hospitals, abandoned military installations, and other artfully crumbling ruins make the German capital a treasure trove for urban explorers. Leon, Marvin, and Dennis arrive at the wrought-iron gates of Ballhaus Grünau, a boarded-up dance pavilion on the sleepy outskirts of Berlin. Ignoring the “NO ENTRY” sign, they slip in through a gap in the