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

3 green eateries you need to try in Oslo

3 green eateries you need to try in Oslo

Norway’s capital city sets the scene for health-conscious travellers owing to its outdoorsy lifestyle and growing range of superb green eats. Organic, locally produced, and vegetarian options are gaining a foothold in Oslo, thanks to imaginative entrepreneurs, decreasing prices, and soaring demand. Kolonihagen restaurant is one of the forerunners of Oslo’s green eating wave. Their

Czech out this slow haven

Czech out this slow haven

The gem of the Czech Republic is a beautiful protected area – and a UNESCO Global Geopark – rich in nature and culture that lives up to its utopian name. While popular for decades with Czechs seeking family-friendly outdoor activities, Bohemian Paradise is mostly devoid of foreign visitors. That will certainly change as the appeal

Two Viennese wineries that surprise

Two Viennese wineries that surprise

Before the Romans arrived in the Austrian capital, vines were being tended on the gentle slopes beside the Danube. Many winemakers continue to rekindle the Viennese love affair of high-quality wine made and enjoyed within their own city limits. Estate viticulture Fritz Wieninger blazed the trail for the modern image of Viennese wine. Championing the

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,