The Portuguese capital is chic but, in places, charmingly shabby and, if you know where to look, you’ll find a lively fashion and design scene in Lisbon.
For a generation now, Antwerp has been regarded as more than just a pleasant, history-steeped city in Flanders. To people in the fashion industry, Antwerp is avant-garde and exciting; a place bursting with innovative design ideas.
The Casa das Historias Paula Rego - the ‘Paula Rego Houses of Stories’ - is an eye-catching centre for the display and appreciation of contemporary art in Cascais, 30km (20 miles) from Lisbon.
Portugal’s history, like that of all nations, is peppered with significant dates. The 1st November 1755, for example, is infamous as the day the Great Earthquake struck, resulting in fires and tidal waves that destroyed much of Lisbon and wreaked significant damage on a several other towns and cities.
Over recent years Greece has taken a lot of stick about the way it has managed its economy. For all the shortcomings regarding macroeconomic management, Greeks certainly know how to be outstanding hosts and make their guests feel welcome.
The Museum aan de Stroom (Museum by the River) opened in 2011 to widespread acclaim in Antwerp, Belgium.
“Propaganda is really no more than communication of ideas designed to persuade people to think and behave in a desired way,” read Philip Taylor’s words by a pointing, stern-faced Uncle Sam figure.
The exhibition space within Antwerp’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the MHKA, is reminiscent of New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne.
My legs feel weak and heart is thumping. Vikki looks into my eyes and offers calm words of encouragement; she’s come to rescue me from the practice loop of the ropes course at Tree Top Adventure, near Betws-y-Coed in North Wales.
“It’s like Prague in the palm of your hand,” enthused travel writer David Graham, as we strolled through a misty drizzle into the Old Town of Tallinn as dusk enveloped the city. The yellow glow of street lamps reflected on damp cobbles and we passed Gothic doorways dating from the Middle-Ages.