The power of flamenco

The power of flamenco

The writer Andre Gide recalled that a flamenco performance ‘touched a secret part of my heart’ and said that to hear the song again he would have ‘travelled over three Spains.’  

(City Breaks Seville Episode 09)

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Soviet Art

Soviet Art
Where best to see art in St Petersburg, other than at the Hermitage? There’s a thousand years of Russian art at the Russian Museum.  You can see, beautifully displayed in chronological order, everything from 11th century religious icons right up to works from the soviet era – like this one – and beyond.   It’s a masterclass which you can access for 500 roubles – that’s about £5!  
(St Petersburg Episode 14: Art and Architecture)
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Intellectual Paris

Intellectual Paris

You know you’re in academia as soon as you step off the metro at Cluny la Sorbonne in Paris. Dozens of French intellectuals have ‘autographed’ the ceiling!  Look out for Racine, Heloise and Simone de Beauvoir.

(Episode 11 of the Paris series: Montparnasse and the Latin Quarter)

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Renaissance Art

Renaissance Art

Want to brush up on renaissance art in advance of (or instead of!) a trip to Florence? We suggest checking out https://www.italian-renaissance-art.com/ where you’ll find the history and a timeline, loads of info on the artists and their work and even a special section on The Renaissance in Florence. So many lovely pictures …..

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City Break Idea: Gdansk

City Break Idea: Gdansk

Thank you to Art and Julie, who run a travel podcast (theplaceswherewego.com) and whose suggestion for a city-break idea we borrowed: Gdansk! ‘We fell in love with the history and the food’ they said. The history includes the Royal Way where Poland’s kings used to promenade, the huge outdoor WW2 museum and memorial at Westerplatte and the European Solidarity Centre in the city’s dockyard, where the Solidarity movement’s success in the 1980s led to the fall of communism. And the food? Think sauerkraut, beetroot, gherkins, sour cream, kohlrabi, mushrooms, sausages and smoked sausage.

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City Break Ideas

City Break Ideas

A crêpe fraise-chocolat 

What’s your top city break recommendation? Write a reply below and we’ll compile your ideas into a future episode. Where would you like to go and why?

Our own ideas include St Petersburg, for an evening of ballet at the Mariinsky, Munich for a tour of Ludwig II’s fairy-tale castles or Paris, just to linger over a crêpe at a pavement café in the Quartier Latin. How about you?

 

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A book for city wanderers

A book for city wanderers

If you like discovering cities on foot and are interested in the many authors who have done just that, then you’ll enjoy reading Lauren Elkin’s Flâneuse. It is partly about the cities themselves, partly about the authors wrote in them (think Jean Rhys in Paris and Virginia Woolf in London) and partly about Elkin’s own journey to becoming a writer. Wander via its pages through areas of Paris, New York, London, Venice and Tokyo and, the hint is in the title, meet some of the female authors who were inspired there.

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Gorgeous Georgian Bath

Gorgeous Georgian Bath

Today’s newspaper tells me that Donald Tusk, former President of the European Council, didn’t like the lovely city of Bath, when he spent time there on a language course. Not even the glorious Georgian architecture. After visiting the Circus, he complained that it was merely ‘a circle of boring, identical facades.’ We beg to differ. Bath is so spectacular that, when our Paris series ends, we have chosen it to be the subject of our very first UK series. Something to look forward to!

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Things you didn’t know you needed

Things you didn’t know you needed

Will you be dusting down your poshest knick-knacks for Christmas? Or re-gifting them, perhaps? Can you find anything to match two of our favourites from the Schatzkammer in Munich’s Residenz: golden toothpicks and egg-holder …. for ostrich eggs? Find out more in Episode 02 of our Munich series.

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Lost in Paris

Lost in Paris

The first episode of our new series on Paris will go out on December 4th. Since Paris is the city of ‘flâneurs’, what better time to recall the Paris-born writer Julien Green’s remark that ‘Unless you have wasted time in a city you cannot pretend to know it well.’? And where better to ‘waste’ time than Paris?

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