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Toronto - Around Town - Harbourfront & the Financial District (part 1)
Recreational opportunities – from sunbathing to cycling to children’s amusement rides – abound on the car-free islands, Toronto’s summer playground for more than a century. Ferries depart regularly for the islands from the foot of Bay Street; the 10-minute trip across the harbor offers unparalleled views of downtown .
Boston's Top 10 : Boston Harbor Islands
As the terminal for the harbor islands ferry and water shuttles to other islands, Georges Island is the gateway to the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area.
Boston's Top 10 : Waterfront Areas - Top 10 Views
Provided the Charles River Basin has not frozen over, collegiate rowing crews, canoeists, small sailboats, and the occasional coast guard patrol all share the waters off the Esplanade. Find a bench facing the water and take in the scene.
New York's Top 10 : New York Stores
What can you say about the world’s largest store? Food to futons, the selection is vast. And Macy’s is a major part of the New York scene, from the spring flower show to Tap-O-Mania, when thousands of tap dancers converge on Herald Square .
New York's Top 10 : Festivals and Events - Top 10 Sports Events
River drives close to traffic and huge crowds come out to see this pyrotechnic spectacular over the East River. Macy’s spends over $1 million for this salute to the red, white, and blue.
Paris Top 10 : Children's Attractions
One of the city’s top children’s attractions, with activities for all ages. The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, a high-tech hands-on science museum, gets star billing, while the Cité des Enfants is a science and nature attraction for younger children.
Paris Top 10 : Entertainment Venues - Top 10 Films set in Paris
Home to the world famous troupe of long-legged dancers, the Bluebell Girls, the fabulous special effects include aerial ballets and an on-stage skating rink. There are many who regard this dinner-cabaret as an essential Parisian experience.
London's Top 10 : Pubs
This old-world establishment tucked up an alley looks much as it did in Charles Dickens’ day. In the heart of Covent Garden, it can get crowded – during the summer drinkers spill outside into the quiet alley.
London's Top 10 : West End Shows
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 hit musical, The Phantom of the Opera is based on Gaston Leroux’s novel of the same name and is set in the Paris Opera House. Perhaps it is Lloyd Webber’s most famous production.
Berlin's Top 10 : Parks & Gardens
The Palace Park is one of the most attractive and charming green spaces in Germany. Immediately behind Schloss Charlottenburg is a small but magnificent Baroque garden, and beyond this extends a vast park, dating back to the early 19th century.
Berlin's Top 10 : Sport & Fitness Venues
The Olympic Stadium is worth a visit even if no particular sports events are scheduled. The giant edifice, constructed by Werner Mach for the Olympic Games in 1936, reflects the architectural style typical of the Nazi period.
Wildest Dreams
The APR was set up to facilitate the creation of a 3.5-million-arce national park to celebrate and protect the US prairie landscape, where Gerrity himself grew up. To put the scale of the project in perspective, the Serengeti is 3.6 million acres.
San Francisco's Top 10 : Outdoor Activities - Top 10 Spectator Sports
The Lincoln Park 18-hole course overlooks Land’s End, and Golden Gate Park has a challenging 9-hole course. The newest addition to the scene, the Presidio Golf Course, is considered one of the country’s best.
San Francisco's Top 10 : Nightlife
The only true dance club in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Fabulous music and a great crowd. The dance floor may be a bit small, but that just adds to the atmosphere. Don’t miss the 80s night on Fridays or the Reggae night on Tuesdays.
Washington, D.C.'s Top 10 : Nightspots
Dress to impress at this popular downtown stop, which attracts its share of fashionable locals. This elegant four-level club is known for its smooth music and trendy cocktails.
Washington, D.C.'s Top 10 : Outdoor Activities - Top 10 Spectator Sports
Rock Creek Park has been named one of the top 10 sites in the nation for in-line skating, but most bike trails allow skaters as well. You can rent skates and protective gear from one of the numerous in-line skating companies in the area.
Rome's Top 10 : Romantic Spots
Saunter around arm-in-arm in this elegant park and take in a traditional puppet show, perhaps buy a puppet or two and check out the carousel. But most of all, enjoy the views, considered by many to be the best in the city. If you happen to be here at noon, get ready for a shock when the cannon booms – a daily routine .
A Fascist Art Deco Temple of Karnak is home to this fascinating museum. The most striking exhibit is a 1:250 scale model of what Rome looked like in the 4th century. Other items include models of ancient furniture and musical instruments.
Hong Kong Island – Northwest (part 2) - Colonial Relics
The elegant Neo-Classical Legislative building, completed in 1911, originally served as Hong Kong’s Supreme Court and now functions as Hong Kong’s would-be parliament.
Hong Kong Island – Northwest (part 1)
From the corporate vanities of Central district’s glass towers, through the vodka bars and galleries of SoHo, and spilling down flagstone lanes to the raucous shophouses and old docksides of Western, the Island’s northwest potently concentrates all of Hong Kong’s surreal contradictions.
Hong Kong's Top 10 : Places for Children
The Giant Panda Habitat, Atoll Reef, Sea Jelly Spectacular and Dolphin University exhibits will keep children engrossed for hours. Older kids will love the supervised sessions where you can touch some of the animals.
Madrid's Top 10 : Bars
“The best bar in Spain, certainly” was Ernest Hemingway’s verdict on this cocktail bar. It was in the 1950s and 1960s however that Chicote became really famous, thanks to visiting Hollywood celebrities such as Frank Sinatra. The bar, which preserves its 1930s decor, is at its best late evening .
Madrid's Top 10 : Spanish Dishes - Top 10 Spanish Wines
Sunny Valencia is the acknowledged home of this most famous Spanish rice dish. While traditionally cooked with fish and shellfish, you’ll also find meat based paellas (usually rabbit or chicken).
Beijing's Top 10 : Bars and Pubs - Top 10 Music Bars
The perfect Beijing bar – an old courtyard house kitted out with antique furniture, including kang-style beds. Excellent food, plus weekend DJs .
Beijing's Top 10 : International Restaurants - Top 10 Places to Snack
The look is LA or Sydney, the food is Brazilian. The well balanced menu includes good- value set lunches and dinners that change with the availability of fresh ingredients but great steaks are standard.
The Fun Starts Here
Set sail for Sentosa’s Palawan Beach, where the Port of Lost Wonder is docked. The size of five Olympic swimming pools, this kid’s club is anchored by a water play area in the shape of a jolly pirate ship.
Julia's Walk (Part 6) - Henry Moore Walk
Henry Moore is known for his semi-abstract bronze sculptures that are dotted around the world. The majority of his work features human figures, usually female or mother-and-child, and has attracted a huge following since his display at Tate Britain in 2012.
Julia's Walk (Part 5) - Ancient Paint Palette Course
I love experimenting with artists’ materials and can't walk past an art shop without buying something. But today I wouldn’t be squeezing my paints out of a tube, I’d be digging them out of a cliff.
Chicago's Top 10 : Parks & Beaches
As well as a center for world-class art, music, architecture and landscape design, the 24-acre (10-ha) Millennium Park offers winter ice skating, interactive public art, al fresco dining and free classical music concerts.
Chicago's Top 10 : Film Locations
In Running Scared (1986) Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines are Chicago police pals planning early retirement, but first they must thwart a drug kingpin and stay alive.
Julia's Walk (Part 4) - Tunnicliffe's Malltraeth, Artists' town: Kirkcudbright
With a population of around 3,500 people, the merry Galloway coastal town of Kirkcudbright (pronounced ‘kir-coo-bree’) punches well above its weight when it comes to artistic endeavours.
Julia's Walk (Part 3) - Heritage, Singing ringing tree
The changing fortunes of many the great English country houses are encapsulated at Compton Verney. From barons to billeted soldiers, suffragettes to secretive appeasers, and foxhunters to film stars, the house has been all manner of occupants and uses.
Julia's Walk (Part 2) - Grizedale Forest
Rippling across the crags between Windermere and Conistion, Grizedale is 8,000 acres of mixed forest laced with tracks and endowed with a renowned series of outdoor sculptures.
Julia's Walk (Part 1) - Turner's Buttermere
One can forget a raging toothache on Haystacks… For beauty, variety and interesting detail, for sheer fascination and individuality, the summit area Haystacks is supreme.
Munich's Top 10 : Shopping
Worth a stroll in its own right, Munich’s oldest market is surrounded by speciality shops of all sizes. To the south, you’ll find the shops of the Gärtnerplatz district, while many small antique shops and the city’s largest supermarket for organic foods line the narrow streets leading to Isartor.
Munich's Top 10 : Fine Dining - Top 10 All-Day Breakfasts & Brunches
Arguably one of the best restaurants in the world, Gault Millau awards Tantris its highest score –19 points. Hans Haas’ philosophy of gastronomic pleasure is unequalled anywhere.
Seattle's Top 10 : Islands & Historic Towns
Founded as a sawmill town in the 1860s, Tacoma is known for its historic buildings and strong architectural symbols, which includes the 1893 Italianate tower of Old City Hall.
Seattle's Top 10 : The Eastside
Lake Washington’s famous floating bridges, Interstate 90 and State Route 520, connect Seattle with Bellevue and the Eastside. Both highways resemble ordinary bridges except for the middle portions, which rest on the water’s surface above air-filled pontoons that support tons of traffic and concrete.
A Weekend In Bishop's Castle And The Shropshire Hills
Timber-framed houses line cobbled streets in characterful market towns; crumbling castles dominate high ground with distant views; and charming villages are threaded along green roads once tramped by drovers
Barcelona's Top 10 : Walks & Bike Rides
It’s difficult to believe that this serene nature reserve lies just 10 minutes drive from the metropolis. Explore its delightful hiking, biking and nature trails on foot or by mountain bike.
Barcelona's Top 10 : Parks & Beaches
Barcelona’s largest landscaped park offers a serene antidote to city life. Once the location of the 18th-century military citadel, this lovely 19th-century park is now home to the zoo, the Catalan parliament, two museums and a boating lake.
Toronto's Top 10 : Shopping Destinations
As artists move farther west on Queen Street to more affordable quarters between Bathurst Street and Gladstone Avenue, so too do the independent and experimental art galleries and the clothing shops showcasing funky Canadian designers.
Toronto's Top 10 : Bars & Clubs - Top Ten Places to See Live Music
A haunt of creative types, this bar atop the Park Hyatt Hotel offers refuge from daily stresses. In winter, a fireplace and huge leather chairs beckon; in summer, spectacular views from the terrace .
Boston's Top 10 : Activities for Children
Board a refurbished, World War II era, amphibious vehicle that plies the Charles River waters as smoothly as it navigates Back Bay streets. This historic tour encompasses all the peninsula and is conducted by courteous drivers and informative, entertaining guides who are great at keeping kids engaged.
Boston's Top 10 : Boston Pastimes - Top 10 Beaches
Dawn on the Charles River Basin sees local rowing crews taking advantage of the water’s glass-smooth stillness. By late morning, a breeze kicks up, beckoning fleets of small sailboats. When the wind diminishes toward sunset, canoeists arrive to enjoy the water’s renewed calm.
Paris Top 10 : Festivals and Events - Top 10 Sports Events
Printemp’s great rival store opened in 1894 and is a monument to Parisian style, topped by a glorious steel-and-glass dome. Along with designer clothes, there’s a fabulous food hall. The seventh floor has great views.
Paris Top 10 : Shops and Markets
Printemp’s great rival store opened in 1894 and is a monument to Parisian style, topped by a glorious steel-and-glass dome. Along with designer clothes, there’s a fabulous food hall. The seventh floor has great views.
Skye High
For the first BBC Two series of Great Escape in 2008, my home was an old cattle shed on a beach, close to the village of Applecross in Wester Ross.
Nature June's Wildlife Spectacles
May is the month when fox cubs can be seen taking their first steps into the outside world. Gingerly at first, and when with more confidence and brashness as the month progresses, the youngsters break the cover of the earth and can provide high entertainment.
Kerala's North Forntier
The resort has several secluded nooks and corners along the water’s edge that take private dining to an entirely new level. On the Sunday evening I visited, many couples were out enjoying the intimacy this setting allows, including table maestro Zakir Hussain. Guests can even experience dining on pontoon out on the river.
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