Category Archives: Cultural trips

A local’s guide to Lisbon: 10 top tips

The Serbian-born writer picks the best places in his ‘beautiful, luminous’ adopted city for eating, shopping, walking or just hanging out and soaking up the views

Before I moved to Lisbon, almost a quarter of a century ago, someone told me: “From afar, it looks like a queen. But from closer you see that the old empress’s make-up is smudged and flaking, and that the ornaments fluttering in the wind are not lace, but someone’s laundry drying at the windows. But she’s still is a real beauty.”

I fell in love with Lisbon from the off. The city has since been seriously spruced up and redeveloped, but it hasn’t lost its shabby-chic glamour. It’s a very user-friendly city: not too big, not too small, safe, and not too expensive. Even today, 20 years later, it still manages to surprise me with its beauty and luminosity.

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10 of the best new UK museums and galleries for 2018

From the reopening of favourites like Kettle’s Yard and the Royal Academy to the spectacular new V&A on the Dundee waterfront, this is an exciting year for the art world

One of the most significant new openings of the year will be Scotland’s first design museum – and also the first V&A anywhere outside of London – on 15 September. The museum building sits on the river Tay and boasts a bold, radical design by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma – its shape and form inspired by cliffs on Scotland’s east coast. It will celebrate Scottish design, objects in its collection ranging from a Cartier “Valkyrie” diamond tiara commissioned by the late Mary Crewe-Milnes, Duchess of Roxburghe, to original artworks of The Beano.
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'My romantic holiday’: the good, the bad and the calamitous

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we asked writers to describe their best (or worst) romantic escapes and adventures with the ones they love

Eight years ago, as a birthday present, I took my daughter to Kauai, one of the Hawaiian islands. Greener and less-populated than the larger islands, the “Garden Island” is a paradise of rivers, dense forests and waterfalls, bracketed by stretches of mostly deserted, sandy beach.

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