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2013 SONY WORLD PHOTOGR APHY AWARDS This beautifully bleak image is called Middlearth, and was taken by Polish photographer Paweł Uchorczak. The landscape that caught his eye is Szczeliniec, in south-western Poland, with views across to Owls Mountains and Kłodzko valley. You can see
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LUCK Y (20)13 Andy Murray fans; stop reading now. Earlier this year, Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open in four sets against the Brit, exciting fans of the Serb that 2013 could be his year. And although no man’s conquered the four grand slams in the same year, Djokovic’s fine form means he could pip the champs to the post. All eyes will be on tennis’ self-proclaimed joker from 26 May to 9 June for the French Open in Paris, and Wimbledon in London from 24 June to 7 July. atpworldtour.com
F r i n ge B e nef i t s Nicknamed Edinburgh’s “naughty grandchild”, the Prague Fringe Festival, is back with its usual eyebrow-raising programme “It’s fun, friendly and intimate,” says co-founder and organiser Steve Gove. “Prague is a magical destination. Its secret basement venues give the Fringe a unique character.” Expect an eclectic mix of cabaret, dance and stand-up comedy along with offbeat shows that defy categorisation, such as Romeo & Chulio. This alternative version of
Shakespeare’s classic is performed by two disco-dancing guys in green and orange bear suits with silly moustaches. At times the venue is wackier than the show. “Last year I came towing my very old green-and-blue caravan that I had refurbished into a miniature storytelling theatre,” recalls artist Nancy Wiltink. “I feared it would fall apart so the exhilaration driving into the Old Town was immense.” Nancy will return with a new offering, What If?, but plans to travel light and leave her mobile home behind. And, proving
you don’t need a wacky theme to be funny, An Average Day for Johnny Moon (pictured) at the Divadlo Na Prádle is an improvised take on the dreams, ambitions and regrets of a man during the course of a day. Having kicked off the festival to a full house in 2012, Andy Silverwood anticipates frank feedback when he showcases his latest comedy, How to Escape from Disney Land: “The Prague Fringe is a great testing ground for new material. Czechs are known for their bluntness, which is why I love them.” praguefringe.com
Renowned for impressive acoustics and 30,000strong seating capacity, Verona’s Arena is one of the most prided symbols of Ancient Roman architecture. Inaugurated as an opera house with a performance of Verdi’s Aida in 1913, one hundred years on, the Verona Arena is celebrating its own anniversary in the 2013 Centennial Festival; a 58-performance event showcasing six different operas. Being that this is fair Verona, it just wouldn’t be right if Romeo and Juliet wasn’t one of them. 14 June – 7 September, arena.it
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Thank Them for the Music Nearly 40 years after they hit the big-time, Stockholm opens an Abba museum Sweden is finally celebrating its most famous export, as the Abba Museum opens in Djurgarden, Stockholm, on 7 May. One of the biggest bands of the 1970s, Abba followed their Eurovision smash Waterloo with classics such as Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Knowing
Me, Knowing You and Thank You for the Music. Curator Ingmarie Halling drew on her memories of working with the band. “We’ve made it feel like you’re walking in the band’s footsteps,” she explains. “You come into the office, into the studio, the stage, and the dressing room. It’s like a film documentary, made into an exhibition.” abbathemuseum.com
A Trip down Melody Lane: Other Musical Museums ● The Beatles Story Head to Liverpool’s Albert Docks to hear about the Fab Four’s rise, with replicas of the Cavern Club and Abbey Road Studios. beatlesstory.com ● Rock’n’Pop Museum Based in Gronau, 90 minutes from Dortmund, this includes memorabilia from Marlene
Dietrich, Jimi Hendrix and The Who’s Pete Townsend. Once a month it stages a gig, too. rock-popmuseum.com ● The British Music Experience Oasis’ Union Jack guitar and the Spice Girls’ Union Jack miniskirt are Britpop items at the iconic O2 arena in London, Greenwich. A retrospective on The Jam begins in May. britishmusicexperience.com
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A ROOM WITH A SEA VIEW Ever left something behind on your travels because you just couldn’t be bothered lugging it all the way back home? We’ll bet it was never as big as a 20ft sea container, of which many are abandoned having transported goods to the port of Antwerp. Well,
not anymore. Inspired by trendy retail “pop up”, Sleeping Around is a hotel pop-up that recycles these wayward carriers by converting them into luxurious hotel rooms. Now don’t expect a gutted out, makeshift affair. Instead, think mod-cons: rain showers, high-quality linen, iPod
docking stations, air conditioning and box-spring beds. There’s even a sauna container for your holiday pleasure. Locations change constantly (at time of press it could be found in Antwerp, just a 40-minute drive from Brussels) so keep up-to-date at sleepingaround.eu
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PRISON BREAK Once a notorious prison islet, these days Thief Island in Oslo is a thriving arts hub. Art-deco hotel The Thief is the latest addition to this urban renewal project. It has astounding waterfront views of the Oslofjord and Tjuvholmen canals from most of its 119 rooms, furnished modern creations by Tom Dixon and Boca do Lobo. It’s just one of more than 280,000 hotels available to book on wizzair.com
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Tec h Co ol To u r New app Tech Cool Tour is set to revolutionise how tourists view ancient sites An enterprising group of Serbs has designed an app that uses augmented reality to bring to life ancient Roman and Byzantine sites. Available in English for free, on Android and iOS devices, the TechCoolTour app is being developed in Belgrade by creative agency LiveViewStudio,
which has collaborated with archaeologists, museums and NGOs, and funded by the EU. LiveViewStudio project manager Jana Rodic says: “Information at tourist sites is sometimes hard to understand, so with this app you can just point your mobile phone or tablet at the space around you and see all the historical layers as a part of your environment, like a disappeared Roman villa in 3D.”
At present there are 12 sites across Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia, such as the Felix Romuliana complex in eastern Serbia, Pula amphitheatre in Croatia, and Fondo Cossar in Aquileia, north-eastern Italy. “Serbia is not somewhere you would think has an important Roman heritage,” says Jana, “but actually 17 Roman emperors were born here!” You can download the app from 1 May, at techcooltour.com
Festival season is hotting up and one of the best line-ups this year goes to Primavera Sound in Barcelona. This year’s bigwigs Band of Horses, Jessie Ware and The Vaccines as well as old-school stalwarts Dinosaur Jr., Fiona Apple and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have already sold-out Primavera’s full festival allocation, though day tickets for 22-26 May (€80 each) are still up for grabs. But if you’re not quick enough on the mark to nab those, there’s always the free concerts on 22 May. primaverasound.es
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Get Lighter in the Cit y of Light ● Ladies – do you really want to get hot and bothered in your exercise routine? Why not think French – it’s more fun to get men hot and bothered. That’s the principle behind performance-oriented Love Dance classes, created by dance instructor Naïla Liscia. “Wear your highest heels because that’s what really trims the calves,” she advises. The work-out ends with a lap-dance that clients are encouraged to share with an appreciative home audience. nl-production.com ● Traditional spin classes might burn off calories, but they can flatten a chic chignon before you shift up to second gear. Aquasvelt is the cool, coiffureconscious alternative: a stationary bike, immersed in fragrant water, in a
pristine private room. Hydro-massage jets provide gentle, micro-peeling treatments that smooth the thighs while you’re pedalling off the love handles. aquasvelt.waterbike.fr ● At the elegant, wine-oriented Caudalie spa in Les Etangs de Corot hotel, just 15 minutes west of Paris, six-day weight-loss programmes start with a soothing soak in brandy-spiked bath-water. What truly makes cellulite disappear? Ah… that will be the Cabernet scrub laced with a top-secret ‘Skinny Concentrate’, pressed from the Grand Cru grapes at the Château Smith Haut Lafitte vineyards outside Bordeaux. etangs-corot.com ● Fitness instructor Régine Petit, who introduced California’s graceful NIA (Neuro-Muscular Integrated Action) exercise technique to Paris in 2007, doubles as a therapist. NIA’s low-impact
pirouettes – part Isadora Duncan, part T’ai Chi – promote “a sense of joy and a positive body image”. An opportunity to tone the body and the mind in 60 minutes? NIA’s 2-in-1 approach allows gives busy Parisiennes more leisure for other body-enhancing pursuits like long lunches and shopping. nianow.fr ● Don’t skip dessert. Be dessert! That’s the proposal of the spa in brand-new, five-star hotel Auberge du Jeu de Paume, in the Paris suburb of Chantilly. Chantilly? That’s whipped cream, surely? Indeed, and the spa’s technicians have created an all-natural, whipped cream body wrap that ensures the smoothest skin on the planet. The treatment ends with another reward – a big dish of strawberries, served with Chantilly. Not quite so good for your thighs! aubergedujeudepaumechantilly.fr
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The Brothers Grimm Two hundred years after the publication of the world’s most popular fairytales, Germany celebrates the work of its two fabled storytellers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were storytellers, fairytale weavers and dream-makers. Last December marked the 200th anniversary of The Children’s and Household’s Tales, their collection of 86 tales. Better known as Grimm’s Fairytales, the stories continue to be children’s favourites. Now the 600km-long Germany Fairytale Route marks a year of festivities, based on these magical tales and the land that inspired them. Their birthplace Hanau, near Frankfurt, is worth a visit between May and June, for
the annual Brothers Grimm Fairytale Festival at Philippsruhe Palace. Or you could journey through the Snow White village of Bad Wildungen from May onwards for 5 Auf Einen Streich (‘Five in One Blow’). Not as gruesome as it sounds, this is a five-week long festival devoted to legends, myths and fairytales across five neighbouring towns on the German Fairytale Route. Or hike the Schwalm River, the setting for Little Red Riding Hood. Though the forest is deep and the trees towering, the big bad wolf is nowhere to be seen and the lovely town of Schwalm is just round the corner. Don’t pass up a trip to Kassel, where the brothers worked as librarians while sourcing and rewriting their
stories. As part of the Brothers Grimm Festival (18 July – 18 August) musical versions of the fables will be performed on a floating stage in Schönefeld Park. Expedition Grimm (27 April – 8 September) indulges in an extensive display of memorabilia relating to their contributions not just to children’s literature, but to the political and linguistic landscape of the nation, in an interactive display spanning 200 enchanting years. And spare some time to visit the Brothers Grimm Museum, which houses the original annotated copies of our childhoods. Grimm 2013 hosts a year of events (grimm2013.de) on the Germany Fairytale Route. germanfairytaleroute.com
A LIT TLE FRIGHT READING This beautiful book celebrates 200 years of the Brothers Grimm’s fairytales, with new translations of 27 stories and vintage illustrations from the 1820s to 1950s. The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (Taschen, £24.99).
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What’s Your Fair ytale Ending? Are you still searching the streets for your very own Prince Charming or Sleeping Beauty?
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Whether you’ve already found the love of your life, or you’re still waiting for them to come along, the next chapter in your fairytale is but a trip away. Take our quiz and watch the magic unfold… What words would you use to best describe your personality… A. Not telling B. Sweet, well-behaved but in need of a makeover C. One of the lads
The best things about castles are… A. Ridding them of rodent infestation – for a fee, of course B. The air of romance and magic that surround them C. Keeping away from them, frankly. I prefer to hide away in the dense, nearby forests
What traits do you look for in your other half? A. A tolerance for vermin B. One day, he has to come C. A kiss, and sooner rather than later Who was your first crush? A. The mousy type B. A stranger who caught my eye. The white steed helped C. I tend to attract Dopey types
MOSTLY A You are: The Pied Piper Head to: Hamelin Your boots are made for walking, and you’ll find them following the sound of the Pied Piper to his village, Hamelin. It’s one of the brothers’ ‘grimmer’ tales, in which a piper besotted the city’s rats, and later its children, with the lilt of his enchanting pipe. Likewise, this charming town draws millions of fairytale lovers. Hamelin features peculiar 16th-century Weser-Renaissance architecture and the shops haven’t missed a trick when it comes to referencing to the fable: you can pick up rat shaped cookies and clockwork figures at the Hochzeitshaus.
What’s your fashion style? A. Colourful, casual. Green spells danger B. Vintage. I love to trawl revival stores for something unique – like a glass slipper C. Hard to say. I prefer to stay clear of looking in the mirror – they tend to be backstabbing What’s your creative outlet? A. Playing hypnotic tunes
MOSTLY B You are: Cinderella Head to: Polle Castle, Polle You old romantic! Daydreamers and homebodies alike will want flock to Cinderella’s magnificent castle – well, at least, its ruins. Though not as intact as some of the other fairytale castles in Germany (both Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Sababurg and Rapunzel’s Tower in Trendelburg are working hotels), this castle walls perch high on a hill. Behind them, open-air renditions of Cinderella are every third Sunday from May to September at 2.15pm, and the Castle Festival’s range of theatrics are from June to August.
B. Daydreaming C. Sewing and knitting Your typical weekend involves… A. Counting my money and learning new songs on my pipe B. Scrubbing, cleaning, polishing, cooking, dusting... C. Hanging out with small people and sorting the good apples from the bad
MOSTLY C You are: Snow White Head to: Siebengebirge Vain? You? Certainly not! You’re much more likely to appreciate the natural beauty of your surroundings rather than your own good looks. The national park of Siebengebirge with its arresting views and deep, verdant valleys is, quite simply, spectacular, and an easy place to hide from jealous stepmothers. Consisting of 40 hills, its seven major peaks (from which it gets its name) inspired Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Get your castle fix with the Schloss Drachenburg Castle, too.
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You spent most of your childhood playing with your… A. Rats B. Nightingales C. Forest animals
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This Is My City: Ky i v culptor Nazar Bilyk graduated from the National Academy of Arts and Architecture in Kyiv. Now a lecturer at the National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture, several of his one-man exhibitions have been held in Kyiv and abroad. Rain, one of his most beautiful sculptures, can be seen in Peyzazhnaya Alleya (‘Landscape alley’).
Sculptor Nazar Bilyk gives his take on the Ukrainian capital he now calls home
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● I was born in Lviv, not in Kyiv, but I’ve been here for 32 years now and consider myself a fully fledged Kyivan. My grandfather, also a sculptor, received a large order for a monument in Kyiv and a new position at the Kyiv Academy of Arts, and so our family moved here. ● I have a favourite road in Kyiv, – the Parkovaya Doroga (‘Park Road’). It dissects a wooded park on the banks of the Dnieper river. I like it any time of the year, but it is at its most beautiful in winter, when heavy, snow-covered tree branches form a natural ‘tunnel’ for you to pass through. Every time I drive through it, I think how beautiful it is, and enjoy a few minutes of peace within this city’s chaotic rhythms.
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● For a special dinner, I have a friend who swears by Prague Restaurant (praha-restaurant.com), in Holosiivskyi Park. It was considered a high-class location as far back as Soviet times. The food is second to none and the service superb. Personally, I prefer something a little more simple. Recently I enjoyed dinner with friends at Restaurant Tarantino (tarantino. kiev.ua/en) at Sagaidachnogo Str 35 in the Old Podol. It offers fresh, flavoursome grilled meat, and is a charming venue. ● Kyiv is very beautiful, thanks to its hillside location. Driving across the Darnitskiy Bridge, there are spectacular views to your left. Witness the breadth and grandeur of the city; the handsome Dnieper, the gold domes of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (which
I strongly advise everyone to visit) and the Cathedral of St Sophia. ● Mistetskyi Arsenal, the National Cultural-Art and Museum Complex, is one of the most exciting art projects in the Ukraine and a contender for world’s top art museum. The recent Fine Art Ukraine exhibition was fantastic. This May, Shevchenko: Status Quo in the 21st Century commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Ukrainian writer and poet. artarsenal.in.ua
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The Last Link in the Chain
pring, and the film crews arrive at Budapest’s Chain Bridge. Hollywood action movies, fashion shoots, TV ads for internet dating sites: they’re all filmed here, on the first permanent link between Buda and Pest. But first, these crews have to deal with János Fazekas, a third-generation bridge master whose daily task is to oversee the city’s most iconic attraction. “When I was a boy, my dad used to bring me here and have me count the lions. I had to make sure there were still four. It was my father’s last wish that I should follow him as master of the Chain Bridge,” says János. Following time spent as a rock guitarist and successful cartoon animator, he settled down to complete the link in the family chain, and now occupies a modest office overlooking this masterpiece of engineering. A Sputnik-era control panel monitors the ventilation of various chambers while a diary records maintenance. On his desk are tokens from the tollbooth days, when even aristocrats found they had to pay up. A photographic history adorns the walls.
The Chain Bridge opened 20 November, 1849. It was commissioned by Count Istaván Széchenyi, known as the ‘Greatest Hungarian’, planned by Englishman William Tierney Clark and carried through by Scotsman Adam Clark. The roundabout between bridge and Tunnel is named after Adam Clark, who later settled in the city.
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János owns an original list of rules from when the bridge opened – to toll-payers only: “Pedestrians: one crown. Luggage: two crowns. Wheelbarrows: three crowns.” Blown up by retreating Nazis in 1945, the Chain Bridge was quickly rebuilt and reopened on 20 November, 1949, exactly 100 years after its inauguration. By the 1990s, Fazekas the younger was put in charge. When Western production companies film here, as well as during official visits, János scales the chains, and manoeuvres himself into the empty chamber above to check for any signs of disturbance. “Getting down is harder,” he laughs. Just below street level is a nondescript door through which only János can enter. He’ll cross the damp, dripping basement brimming with cables, switches and first-aid posters – where his band once rehearsed – to head down a steep staircase. And there is a privileged sight: a chain the size of a living room, the first in a link that rises as elegantly as a countess’s necklace to a small prick of light, at which point the Chain Bridge emerges into public view.
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János Fazekas is the latest family member to be master of Budapest’s Chain Bridge
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The Main Stage The spotlight’s on Poland as its top artists play the UK’s The Great Escape
leftfield jams which often reference US alternative rock stalwarts Low a and Sonic Youth. b Très.b and a dozen other Polish bands have been selected to perform at The t Great Escape in Brighton, in the UK. This three-day event on the south coast, just an hour fr from London, is the biggest fes festival of new music in Britain. A Adele, Vampire Weekend and FFriendly na Fires are some of the names th who’ve performed there in recent years. e Poland is the event’s internatio lead international y partner this year. s “There are some great young and b upcoming bands wh are in Poland who
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“NOW IS A VERY GOOD TIME FOR POLISH MUSIC” are ready for an international career but need support, promotion and professional help,” says Michal from Poland Music Exports. PMX aims to promote Polish music abroad with the help of the state’s Adama Mickiewicza Institute. Bands have been getting funding to go play across the world. They’ve done Vienna, they’ve done New York – next stop, Brighton. “Britain is a huge and difficult market,” muses Maciek. “It’s really tough to build a name for yourself unless you have an amazing team working for you. Your music needs to be contagious and the right people need to hear it and like it.” One of the main attractions in Brighton is Monika Brodka, a former reality TV star known for her cool electro-pop. “There’s a lot of great music in Poland right now,” says 26 year-old Monika, who performs under her surname. “The Polish alternative scene is very interesting and we are increasingly appreciated outside of Poland, too.” The singer – who won Poland’s Pop Idol in 2004 – says of The Great Escape: “It’s one of the most important showcase festivals in Europe so naturally I’m excited about it. Playing concerts in the UK is especially challenging – but I love challenges!” Look out for Krakow’s DJ Daniel Drumz and synth pop trio Kamp!, who are also on the bill. “Its all waiting to be discovered,” confirms Maciek. The Great Escape, 16-18 May, escapegreat.com
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FESTIVAL CAMPER You are about the hippest kind of camper there is. Poorly put-up tents, muddy deluges and no hot shower, who cares as long as there’s good music nearby. EXIT, an hour outside of Belgrade, has Bloc Party and Atoms for Peace headlining. 11-14 July, exitfest.org
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A Pizza the Action ome, unlike Naples, can hardly claim to be a national pizza capital. Those in search of a great Roman pizza may find themselves disappointed by pizzerias touted as “the best”, a superlative that could easily be replaced by the “most crowded” or “most overrated”. In the past few years, however, various pizza styles have captured the Italian capital and Rome now claims some of the best pizza restaurants on the Continent. Here’s my pick of the five must-visit pizzerias in the Eternal City.
At Pizzarium, celebrity baker Gabriele Bonci has elevated pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice) to an art form. His thick and spongy base made from long, leavened spelt flour dough is topped with fun and funky combinations such as foie gras, walnuts and honey. But his best pizzas are the simple ones, such as pizza rossa (literally, red pizza), slathered in slick oil-rich tomato sauce, and pizza bianca, dressed in nothing but a liberal brushing of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt. 43 Via della Meloria, +39 06 3974 5416 Pinsere serves oblong pizzas known as pinse, spongy bases with creative toppings of fig and prosciutto (in season only), a sweet and savory ode to hot Roman nights. The dough is elastic and light. 98 Via Flavia, +39 06 4202 0924. La Pratolina, near the Vatican, also serves pinsa-style pizzas. 248 Via degli Scipioni, +39 06 3600 4409 Sforno and Tonda, Neapolitan-style pizzerias owned by Stefano Callegari and Antonio Pratticò, serve thick crust bases with classic toppings like tomato and mozzarella, but also surprising
Rome blogger Katie Parla tells you where to find the best pizzas in her home city
combinations like Stilton and port reduction (the Greenwich), or egg, pecorino, black pepper and guanciale (called the Carbonara, after a local pasta recipe). Sforno, 110 Via Statilio Ottato, +39 06 7154 6118, sforno.it; Tonda, 31 Via Valle Corteno, Montesacro, +39 06 818 0960, tondatonda.com Da Remo, one of the last quality Roman-style pizza holdouts, is a rough and ready venue on the main square in Testaccio. The service is jovial and the pizzas are dependably thin and crisp. The base is best enjoyed with as few toppings as possible – try the classic margherita. 44 Piazza Santa Maria Liberatrice
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CHEF GABRIELE BONCI’S PIZZA DOUGH 1kg flour 700ml water 0.40g extra virgin olive oil 0.2g salt 3.5g brewer’s yeast In a bowl, mix all ingredients except oil and salt, being sure to slowly add the water to the flour, folding with a spoon until incorporated. When the dough is nearly fully mixed, add the oil and salt. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes. Knead three times; gently every 30 minutes. Set aside in the fridge and let it rise for 24 hours.
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Can Food be Art?
iving up the job of executive chef on The World, a luxury yacht with some of the world’s wealthiest patrons, to focus on a wholly new concept in Romania is no standard career move. But that’s what Dutch chef Paul Oppenkamp did when he and his Romanian wife Mihaela opened The Artist in Bucharest last year. “I could have stayed there and enjoyed a long career,” says Oppenkamp. ”But after I met my wife, we frequently visited Romania on our time off over the next six years. Increasingly we noticed that the food culture in the city was changing, expanding, and taking off in lots of exciting new directions, especially in terms of foreign cuisine and fine dining. Bucharest was already a very cosmopolitan city, and we saw an opportunity to open a restaurant with a truly modern and very different concept. Last year, we decided to do just that. It was a case of now or never.”
“I SEE FOOD AS A PAINTING OR A SCULPTURE. IT TAKES TIME, DEDICATION,, IMAGINATION TION AND PATIENCE” ENCE” ood as art. That concept is food It is a way of taking food a step kamp. further, says Oppenkamp. nting or “I see food as a painting a sculpture. It takes time, tion dedication, imagination ting and patience. Creating dishes is a process of trial and error. You need to iques study cooking techniques urther and then go even further
and look at the science behind cooking. “For me, a perfect dish is a combination of its visual appearance, its smell and its taste. If it’s all done well and you use enough imagination, then there is no reason why a dish can’t be as beautiful as a painting. painting.” For many local loca foodies, it’s his ability to create wo works of art from the most traditional, and sometimes simple, Romanian d dishes that has been the most surpris surprising aspect. Sarmale – le cabbage leaves stuffed (usually) with rice and pork – are transformed by repla replacing pork with lobster, while for dessert, traditional Rom Romanian doughnuts, papanasi, g are given a twist of sour ice crea and oranges. cream “W also like to interact “We with our diners,” he explains. “Wh “Whether it’s having a guest
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Paul Oppenkamp, chef at Bucharest’s The Artist restaurant, believes so
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crush the herbs for their sorbet with the use of liquid nitrogen, or smoking a salmon in front of them, we like to add something to the experience. We can even sprinkle the essence of Romanian truffles on your table while they’re enjoying a truffle soup. We want them to notice the details, to see that we go that bit further. That is how fine dining should be.” The Artist Restaurant, Str Nicolae Tonitza 13, Bucharest. +40 728 31 8871, theartist.ro
OPPENK AMP’S FAVOURITE ROMANIAN DISHES “The best place to eat traditional Romanian food is in the home. I adore ciorba de perisoare (sour soup with meatballs), ardei umpluti (stuffed peppers), mici (pork and mutton meatballs) and salata de boeuf (a combination of finely chopped beef or chicken and root vegetables, folded in mayonnaise). The best Romanian cook in the country, by the way, is my mother-in-law. There is no restaurant better than her kitchen table.”
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Explore London for Free ondon is all about excitement. Though it’s not the cheapest city, its Victorian architecture, squares and parks offer up a free feast for the eyes, and recent renovations to Leicester Square, Exhibition Road and the South Bank have all added new sparkle. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the capital without breaking the bank. Just follow this fab, free London guide.
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BOROUGH MARKET Located on the South Bank near Southwark Cathedral, this buzzy market (pictured right) dates to the 13th century. Burgers, obscure fruit and veg, mouthwatering baked treats and unpronouncable dishes? They’re all here – and more – at this foodie Aladdin’s cave. Taste the free samples, breathe in the aromas and marvel at the colourful produce. Thursday-Saturday, boroughmarket.org.uk FREE THEATRE In the summer, The Scoop at More London (between London Bridge and Tower Bridge) hosts gigs, musical performances, theatre and film screenings at its 800-seater sunken amphitheatre. It’s open to the elements, so maybe bring along a brolly and a sweater. morelondon.com
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COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET Okay, you probably won’t be walking away with armfuls of free posies, but this classic East End market is a must. Every Sunday, the street is transformed into vibrant oasis with everything from 10ft banana trees, carnations and exotic flora on display. From 8am-3pm. columbiaroad.info TIME OUT APP Everyone knows that the best way to properly get into the rhythm of a new city is to ask a local what they like to do. Rather than accost someone on their way to work, why not download the Time Out London app? Search by activity, area or date and it’ll give up-to-date information for everything that’s going on during your stay. timeout.com
MEDITATION If you’re on holiday, you probably won’t feel too stressed, but you should allow time to relax and unwind. Access your inner calm without denting your bank balance at Inner Space, London’s oasis of calm. Thirty-minute meditation classes run every Friday evening in Covent Garden and the City. innerspace.org.uk
CEREMONY OF THE KEYS AT THE TOWER OF LONDON One of the best things about London is its pomp, pageantry and proud sense of history. The Ceremony of the Keys – the tradition of locking up the Tower of London – has taken place every night for 700 years. It’s free to watch this ancient custom, with around 40 others, but you’ll need to apply in advance. hrp.org.uk
THE BRITISH MUSEUM Plenty of London’s museums have free entrance (although there might be an additional charge for some exhibitions), but the one that tops every list is the British Museum. Its two million-plus items embrace world-wide cultures. Don’t miss Egypt’s Rosetta Stone, Greece’s Elgin Marbles and England’s Sutton Hoo Viking ship burial. Open daily. britishmuseum.org
FRIDAY NIGHT SKATE Want to make tracks, get some exercise and meet some cool new people? Then Friday Night Skate is for you! Meet at Hyde Park corner at 8pm and you – with 100 other skaters – will be whisked on a 10-15 mile route around the city. All you need is yourself, some skates, protective gear and a sense of adventure. lfns.co.uk
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et on the Baltic, this Polish city – also known as ‘Stettin’ – has had Swedish, Prussian, German and lastly Soviet influence. Fresh air from the Oder river and many lakes makes for a bracing walk or even hike in city parkland, and there are plenty of stop-offs for coffee.
1. PLAC GRIMWALDZKI This lovely, leafy 16th century square is the gateway to greenery. From here, head north-west to Jasne Błonia (‘Rose Garden’), where the Three Eagles monument pays tribute to the rebuilding of Szczecin, and City Hall. Jasbe Błonia borders Park Kasprowicza, heralded by its huge amphitheatre, seating 4,500.
A Spring Walk in Szczecin With its rivers and parks, no wonder the city is dubbed Poland’s ‘green lung’
2. RESTAURANT KARCZMA POLSKA POD KOGUTEM This rustic venue is highly rated for traditional Polish food. Take an outside table overlooking picturesque Lotników Square if the spring weather allows. Carpaccio of beef tenderloin is 28 złoty. karczmapodkogutem.pl 3. HARBOUR GATE This baroque relic of Prussian fortifications dating to the early 1700s is found between tram tracks at Brama Portowa and is a rare remnant of German power. For more extensive ruins, head north to Forest Park (off map) and Quistorpa Wieza Ruiny, a former observation tower from the early 1900s, with nearby hiking trails.
4. CAFÉ 22 If you want the top spot for a panoramic view, and all for the price of a coffee, head up the PZM tower at Plac Rodła. From here you can look west to Park Deromskiego, the River Oder and Lake Dabie, south to Central Cemetery and north to Park Leśny Głebokie to get the full extent of Szczecin's 5. THE POMERANIAN DUKES’ CASTLE Pomerania was a region stretching across Poland, Germany and the Baltic Sea for centuries. This replica of the 16th-century castle destroyed in World War II is a must-see. Scale the bell tower for the view, then enjoy a drink in the courtyard café.
6. PARK ZEROMSKIEGO This lush space is Szczecin’s second largest park and home to a number of interesting sculptures. For art of a different kind, Transe Express will perform Les Tambours de la Muerte on the nearby green plaza Wały Chrobrego, at 10.30pm on 19 April. kontrapunkt.pl
7. CHOBRY EMBANKMENT On the weekend of 11-12 May, the Chobry Embankment will draw 50,000 visitors to the Picnic on the Oder River. Regional produce sold by exhibitors in little tents, overlooked by the Neo-Gothic New Town Hall, include historical dishes from Pomerania’s past. pikniknadodra.pl
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8.ODER RIVER CRUISE The Oder begins in the Czech Republic and ends at Szczecin, a distance of 854km. One-hour trips on the Odra Queen and Peene Queen run from April to October, leaving from Chobry Embankment and passing the shipyards and nearby islands. Tickets, 22 złoty (€5.50). statki.net.pl
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don’t want to pay premium for a poor quality product. Urbanears shows that you can select a pair of affordable headphones with style and substance in equal measure. This Swedish company has a wide selection of vibrant headphones, and although we like their over-the-ear headphones, in a variety of snazzy colours, we think the compact Bagis are excellent value for money. At just £24.90 (€29), they offer fairly stellar sound (the bass could be a little punchier for our liking) and good noise reduction. The packaging (sadly it doesn’t come in a paint pot!) is neat too: a clean, simple and smooth box in the
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Á SPECIALIZED PROPERO II HELMET The days when a bike helmet looked like an oversized mushroom are long gone, and vanity is no excuse for not wearing this essential piece of lifesaving kit. Luckily today you can find a helmet in almost any shape, size and colour, for if you want to bomb down a steep hill, sprint along a flat
stretch of road, or simply go about your daily commute. The Specialized Propero II helmet is a race-inspired design, but its great fit and fantastic value means that it’s well suited for any rider. Thanks to its 4th Dimension Cooling and matrix internal reinforcement, ventilation is excellent, and the helmet’s soft DryLite webbing won’t stretch when it
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Å BOOKMAN LIGHTS See and be seen with these small but effective LED bike lights. Just fix them to your handlebar or the back of your seat. bookman.se £18.00
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THE BURGER KINGS OF WARSAW In the space of a year, Warsaw’s burgers have gone from fast food to slow food quality. We meet the people behind the city’s new gourmet craze
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t’s 11.50am on a Friday. A crowd of hungry young professionals and hipsters are circling Warburger, a little black-and-white cabin in a leafy northern pocket of Warsaw. Inside, an energetic duo are bustling about, organising grass-fed beef patties, sliced Mimolette cheese, bacon, jalapeño peppers and freshly baked buns. In ten minutes, the first of the midday masses will be chowing down on the city's latest foodie fad: gourmet burgers. Warsaw is currently reaping the benefits of a culinary coming of age, with restaurants embracing high quality food and an adventurous philosophy. But it’s the classic American hamburger that has captured this city’s heart with a slew of brand new burger joints popping up in the last year. But with so many contenders vying for the burger supremacy, the question is: how do they all stack up? Armed with extra napkins, we take an eat-and-run tour of the city’s best burger bars.
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“CHARLIE’S RECIPE FOR GOOD BURGERS IS MAKING THEM PERSONAL”
Kamila Dziudziek CHARLIE FOOD & FRIENDS “It took some time for the people of Warsaw to realise that burgers don’t necessarily have to be junk food – they can be high quality cuisine,” says Kamila Dziudziek, business development manager of Charlie Food & Friends. Set up by Maciej Adamaszek, creator of the popular café chain W Beigu Café, this modern dining spot makes a striking statement in its location, within the grand Rondo 1 tower. Inside, lime green chairs, LED spotlights and large photographs of urban landmarks fill the pristine white, semi-industrial space. But the menu is what makes Charlie’s special: you get to create a bespoke burger from a wide selection of buns and toppings – you can even choose the grill-time of your meat. “Charlie’s recipe for good burgers is making them personal,” says Kamila. “With over 20 different add-ons, our Pick&Mix self-service menu has something for every taste. We also strive to add a little wit to our burgers by offering toppings such as cooked pears, tapenade, beetroot or parsley-root in honey and herbs.”
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Marek Ignaciuk SOUL FOOD BUS “We were the first food truck to serve original burgers in Warsaw, or maybe even in Poland. This created a lot of hype, resulting in a lot of good and bad burger bars that have since sprung up around the city,” says Marek Ignaciuk, who set up Soul Food Bus with fellow burger lover Michał Krzaklewski in 2011. Soul Food Bus specialises in creative American- and Mexican-inspired burgers. The bacon cheeseburger is a standout favourite, but the more extravagant Jamaican (dressed with grilled pineapples), Swiss (including Brie cheese and ruccola) and Pimento (with salami and pimento sauce) are also knock-your-socks-off delicious. “The best burgers are the ones where all the ingredients work together harmoniously, but at the heart lies the meat, which has to be unique and original to stand out. We source ours from a farm in Podlasie.”
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“WE STRIVE TO PREPARE THE MOST SUCCULENT AND JUICY BURGERS THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND”
Norbert Turek BOBBY BURGER “Each customer is very special to us, so we put effort into preparing each and every burger,” says Norbert Turek, burger maestro at Bobby Burger’s mobile unit. His boss, Bogumił “Bobby” Jankiewicz, agrees: “Our goal has always been to sell quality burgers where there are lots of people but a lack of good food.” What began as a trailer catering for lunchtime office crowds is now a brick-and-mortar premises in the cool Powisle precinct. “We only cooperate with a small, select group of suppliers and carefully select each ingredient,” says Norbert. “We strive for the perfect balance between meat and fat to prepare the most succulent and juicy burgers that will blow your mind.” You won’t find whimsically-named items here, just a stripped-down menu of four burger-on-bun creations, each with a succulent beef patty and your choice of melting cheese, crispy bacon and sauces. “It’s important to let the quality of the main ingredients shine,” says Nobert.
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Maciej Folman BARN BURGER “Slow food really came into focus last year and Warsaw’s palate began craving premium, fresh ingredients,” says Maciej Folman of Barn Burger. This downtown venue – dreamt up by Maciej and partner Jacek Petryk on the first day of the EURO 2012 Football Championships – has caused a buzz, thanks to its selection of mouth-watering burgers. Unusual additions (grilled tofu, truffle sauce, cranberries and Tatra Highlander oscypek cheese) certainly help, but there's also the softness of the bun and, of course, the tender beef. “It’s all about getting the right meat,” says Maciej. “Each of our burgers, from the spicy Muppet Burger (jalopeños, bacon and ‘SOS’ BBQ sauce) to the Rockefeller Burger (bacon, parmesan, truffles and pasta), have a blend of carefully selected Charolais beef that gives exceptional depth of flavour. “Our deluxe steak burgers made from 300g of ground rib-eye and tenderloin appeals to connoisseurs. We also have a monthly rotation of Limited Edition burgers garnished with unexpected toppings such as caviar, seafood, ginger and avocados.”
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“After eating good burgers in several European capitals, we realised that it was time to introduce them to Warsaw,” says owner Bartek Pirkel, who with Adam Zakrzewski forms the Warburger unit. It's all about contemporary, bare-bones design, a relaxed vibe and exemplary burger-building prowess. Its arsenal of quirky variations include the Giacomo Burger topped with pesto and a fried egg, and the Wild Burger with venison and goats’ cheese. “The Slow Food movement has caught on in Poland and our burgers are a great example of that. We source ingredients locally, focusing on seasonal produce and free-range gourmet meat. People can eat here several dozen times and not get bored – as the queue shows!”
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THE MALTESE NETWORK With Wizz Air’s new route from Budapest to Malta starting in May, we go online and quiz those who know best – the locals – on how to do Malta their way
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wo days isn’t enough!” my Maltese friends Michael and Jennifer exclaim when I tell them I’m coming to Malta to experience the island like a local. Their email recommends I stay at least four days, especially seeing as there are no trains on the island to ease my journey. “Only buses,” they say, “which are fine around the capital, Valletta, but can be unreliable further out.” Reading this, I laugh. I’ve done my homework and the island of Malta is small enough to cross in under an hour, so a minor bus delay would hardly upset my agenda. Travel today isn’t about ticking off the sights in a guidebook; and travellers want to see more than just the usual tourist hotspots. And, thanks to the internet and social media channels, this is possible in almost every destination. So, before I packed my bags, I hit up Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, you name it, trying to come up with the ultimate “must-do” list for my stay in Malta. Michael and Jennifer were my first port of call, having lived in Malta for many years, and been my friends even longer. Top on their list is the Hypogeum; a subterranean burial ground (hypogeum
means ‘underground’) hewn by ingeniously following natural fault lines in living rock to construct a structurally sound complex of three levels, the oldest dating back to 3300BC. “This must be booked months in advance and you can do this online at booking.heritagemalta.org,” they tell me. True to their word, when I arrive, a sign states that the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum is fully booked for the month. Luckily, I’d listened to their advice and reserved my spot early. (Note: 20 tickets are released daily at the Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, at a premium for late planners/early risers). My next destination is St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta. This Catholic cathedral was commissioned in 1572 as
a conventual church for the Knights of St John who succeeded in defending the faith against the invading Turks. In the 1820s, it gained Co-Cathedral status when the Bishop of Malta was granted permission to use it as an alternative see (seat) to his cathedral in Mdina. While its exterior remains true to the fortresses of the time, the interior, which was re-decorated in the 17th century is a spectacle for the eyes. Gilded in gold, its baroque style is a magnificent display of reverence across eight mini-chapels, each dedicated to the eight “langues” (lands of origin) of the Knights. As I stroll Valletta’s streets, taking in the red and green enclosed balconies, narrow alleys and hidden museums, I understand
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LEFT TO RIGHT: THE HYPOGEUM IN HAL SAFLIENI; CAFFE CORDINA ON REPUBLIC STREET IN VALLETTA; THE BLUE LAGOON; FTIRA WITH CHEESE; ST MARY MAGDALENE CHAPEL AT DINGLI CLIFFS
why Wizz Air passenger Iva Ivanova wrote “La Valletta: love, love, love” on the Wizz Air Facebook page. I uncover the Manoel Theatre (one of the oldest working theatres in Europe) and view the Three Cities (the Knights' fortified cities of Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Senglea) from the Upper Barrakka Gardens as I place my trust in Facebook, again, for some Maltese fare. Quick off the mark, my friend Kristina Gatt tells me to “Have one of the massive sandwiches they sell on the waterfront called a ftira – so tasty!” By now I’ve meandered into the silent city of Mdina and, after exploring its beautiful ancient streets and gawping over its panoramic island-views, I stumble across Fontanella Tea Garden (1 Bastion Street, fontanellateagarden.com) in one of its bastions. Kristina wasn’t kidding, the sandwich is enormous, overstuffed with tuna and tomatoes. I waddle along to her next suggestion: “Ta’ Qali craft village is cute. I used to love watching the glass blowing.” The village is quaint and the glassware, a rainbow of colour and designs. A craftsman manipulates the molten material with ease into everything from a swan to a fish.
Tonight, I’ve been invited by a Msida local to the Hard Rock in Valletta Waterfront for a comedy night in English. As I navigate the massive drinks queue, Richard Light, a Kent University student who’s studying in Malta and moonlighting in comedy, regales me with a tale of Comino, a small Maltese island north of the mainland. “Jumping off a cliff into its Blue Lagoon is one of my most memorable moments. I saw pictures before I went and thought it looked beautiful, but seeing it for real is amazing.” Well, you can guess where I’m headed tomorrow.
“HAVE ONE OF THE MASSIVE SANDWICHES – FTIRA – SOLD ON THE WATERFRONT!”
“And see Dingli Cliffs if you’re into nature,” he adds. “They overlook the sea and it’s lovely to roam around.” Marked by the charming St Mary Magdalene Chapel, Dingli Cliffs sit on Malta’s western coast and are the island’s highest point. High as in 250m above sea level. Still, it’s an impressive drop of rolling fields and farms all the way to water’s edge. A glance in the other direction confirms my opinion of the mainland’s size as I’m granted even more sea views… only now they’re of Valletta’s harbour on the east. With no time to roam (sorry Richard!), I hop back in the car with my mind set on getting a picture of the Blue Grotto. The boats that weave through its network of sea caves aren’t running due to high winds (and sadly, neither is my boat to the Blue Lagoon), though the view from above is arresting. A high arc of rock and scattered vegetation stretches into the blue, opening the cave to a stream of sunlight that plays wonders with the aqua-coloured water. Boats on my mind, I detour to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk, where traditional boats (luzzu) painted in rich colours and adorned with the lucky Phoenician
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ABOVE: DON’T NEGLECT THE REGION’S TOP SEAFOOD PLATTERS. RIGHT: HOPEFULLY THE CHARMS OF THE BLUE GROTTO WILL BE AS ACCESSIBLE
Eye of Horus, overtake the port. Morning catches are sold to waterfront restaurants like Southport Villa & Gardens (Xatt is-Sajjieda Street, southport.com.mt) who alter their menu accordingly, but for a catch closer to the capital, Sciacca (St Augustine Street, sciaccamalta.com) in St Julian’s is a worthy alternative. Modern and chic, its offering of fresh seafood is a culinary delight. I ask the chef for his recommendation and complement it with the local Medina wine as my phone buzzes. ”Where are you?” The message reads. “You know where Le Méridien in Balluta Bay
is? We’re going to Simon’s Pub, which is near it.” No. I don’t know. And neither does my taxi driver, who leaves me to my own devices at the hotel. After a short trek up a steep road, the row of bars where Simon’s Pub lives comes into view (Triq Mons. G. Depiro). It’s a kitsch affair in what looks like a converted townhouse with all manner of paraphernalia lining its glowing green walls. My invitee, Laura, who lives in St Julian’s, greets me from her table. She’s a Lithuanian ex-pat working and adoring the sunshine here. “What are your plans for tomorrow?” she enquires. I mention Golden Bay and her eyes light up. She proceeds to direct me towards its adjacent (and her preferred) beach, Ghajn Tuffieha. I spy it from atop the cliff that borders the two beaches. On one side is Golden Bay, an open and inviting expanse of yellow sand. On the other, a narrow and remote beachfront, tucked neatly away and accessible only via a steep flight of stairs. I grit my teeth as I descend the 70-something steps to the end of my challenge and reassure myself that I’ll deal with the climb back when I have to. After all, who am I to deny the expert opinion of a local?
MORE TO MALTA ● Learn it Having only gained independence from the UK in 1964, Malta possesses some of the most reputable English language schools in the Mediterranean. IELS Malta (iels. com.mt) draws students worldwide and offers a range of courses across various skill levels and intensities, providing you with high quality training and ample leisure time to explore the country. ● Live it Discover Malta with all the personal touches and none of the shaky social media prep we had, with My Tour Talk (mytourtalk.com). Out in April, this free app is like having a local for a guide. Choose your attractions and experiences and it’ll organise an itinerary to suit, with commentary by locals. Best of all, you don’t need Wifi to access it – just download and go.
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n 2008, Glasgow was chosen by UNESCO to become the UK’s first – and still only – City of Music. It was international recognition that Scotland’s biggest city has a unique relationship with song, from traditional ballads to thumping dance music. It’s a place with a rich, almost symphonic history of music spanning different genres, with venues that became famous worldwide. The Glasgow Apollo was totemic in the late 1970s and early 1980s, a slightly scuzzy converted cinema where bands like Status Quo and AC/DC recorded popular live albums. These days, the site of the Apollo is home to the tallest cinema in Europe, but its spirit lives on in venues throughout the city, notably the Barrowland, an ageing but glamorous ballroom in the east end, where My Bloody Valentine played in March. The diversity of Glasgow’s music scene can be experienced by walking along
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“SAUCHIEHALL STREET IS HOME TO THE ROYAL CONCERT HALL AND NICE N’SLEAZY” Sauchiehall Street, the city’s most famous boulevard. At one end, there’s the Royal Concert Hall, home to classical concerts and the annual Celtic Connections roots festival. Further down, there’s the high-ceilinged ABC, where acts as varied as The Script, Europe and Bat For Lashes have played in the past year. And as you
approach Charing Cross, there’s a trio of independent music bars: the notorious Nice N’Sleazy, famous for its eclectic jukebox; the ice-cool Broadcast, which books international cutting-edge acts; and raucous The Box, where energetic young bands with names like Gordon’s Alive! take their musical baby steps.
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GL ASGOW Glaswegians love music, but for those not familiar with the city, getting a handle on the labyrinthine scene can be tricky. Walking Heads (walkingheads.net), a local company, has tried to make things easier for visiting music fans with a smartphone app that includes an exhaustive directory of venues – with locations, contact details and up-to-date gig listings – and a selection of audio tours to guide you round the key musical spots, narrated by DJ Jim Gellatly. Gellatly has tirelessly championed new music in Scotland for many years on Xfm and, latterly, Absolute Radio. He moved to Glasgow in 2000. “As a music fan, what struck me when I moved here was that people I’d admired, like the lead singer of The Pastels, would be hanging out in the coffee shop down the road,” he says. “There’s something quite unique about Glasgow. It’s a creative place and it attracts creative people from all over. One minute they’ll be serving you a beer in Nice N’Sleazy and the next week you’ll recognise them playing up on stage at King Tut’s.” Recording the Walking Heads tours gave Gellatly the opportunity to meet some interesting people. “It’s not just me talking about what’s going on right now,” he says. “You get a sense of the musical heritage too. I spoke to the legendary promoter Tam Coyle about the time Oasis first played at King Tut’s when he was the booker there. And that was the night that Alan McGee signed the band.” There are four different walking audio tours tailored to different parts of the city, and Gellatly reckons even locals might learn something along the way. Graeme MacDonald is singer and guitarist in This Silent Forest (thisissilentforest. com), a hotly-tipped young Glasgow band about to release their debut album after two years gigging in the city. He thinks that becoming involved in the Glasgow scene influenced his songwriting. “I used to be called a folk singer because it was just me and a guitar,” he says. “Living in Glasgow
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is how I got This Silent Forest together, and our sound became more raucous and dynamic. Musically and even lyrically, Glasgow has had a huge effect. Everyone is very friendly – if you’re into music, they welcome you with open arms.” Nicola Meighan is a rock writer for The Herald and has been involved in the Glasgow music scene for almost two decades. “I think what makes the city distinct is its grassroots scene and the diverse styles,” she says. “On
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BELLE AND SEBASTIAN ARE ONE OF THE BANDS THAT CUT THEIR TEETH ON GLASGOW’S MUSIC SCENE
HIP GL ASGOW MUSIC HANGOUTS ● Jim Gellatly recommends King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut “King Tut’s (pictured below) is legendary and the downstairs bar has got some lovely artwork on the wall and bespoke gig posters for bands like the White Stripes and Stereolab. There’s a huge blackboard listing all upcoming gigs. They also have their own specially-brewed King Tut’s beer!” 272a St Vincent Street, kingtuts.co.uk ● Graeme MacDonald recommends Bloc “Bloc was where I started doing open-mic spots in Glasgow. It’s got free live music on every night, is open late and does brilliant pizza and pasta. And on a Sunday afternoon, they have the ‘Blochestra’, with up to 30 musicians playing indie songs on trombones, harps, violins and other instruments. It’s really something to experience.” 117 Bath Street, twitter.com/BarBloc
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● Nicola Meighan recommends Mono “The idea of a one-stop café-bar, exhibition space, record shop and music venue sounds like a tall order, but Mono, and its in-house vinyl emporium Monorail music, really has it all. It’s a regular haunt for Glasgow musicians and you’re guaranteed great tunes, a warm welcome and vegan-friendly food.” 12 King’s Court, monocafebar.com
“PLAYING THE BARROWLAND HAS BEEN A LANDMARK IN THE CAREER OF ANY UK TOURING BAND” any given night, you could stumble upon home-grown pop, folk and indie acts gigging in venues, arts spaces and pub back-rooms, while avant-rock screams out of one basement and hip-hop swaggers out of another.” Meighan points to bands like Belle and Sebastian, Snow Patrol and Franz Ferdinand, who used their time in Glasgow as a launchpad to the big time. It’s become a kind of blueprint, as ambitious musicians head for the city to try and replicate the career trajectory of their heroes. “There’s also a historical resonance in many Glasgow venues, and that’s probably quite inspiring,” says Meighan. “The Barrowland has been a fixture of the UK touring circuit since the 1980s, and playing there is a landmark in any band’s career.” The next major addition to Glasgow’s sprawling list of venues will be The Hydro, a flying saucer-shaped 12,000-capacity arena situated by the River Clyde. Scheduled to open in September with early
gigs by Fleetwood Mac and Jessie J, it’ll offer a more flexible alternative to the busy but rather sterile Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) next door. “I have a young daughter and I go to a lot of big shows at the SECC,” says Gellatly. “And sometimes you don’t get the full production because of height restrictions. So I’m really looking forward to The Hydro. It’s going to be good for the city and I think it will essentially become Scotland’s national arena.” This Silent Forest have already played headline shows at King Tut’s and the Old Fruitmarket, but MacDonald believes filling The Hydro might pose a bigger challenge. “I think it will be a long time before we’re able to sell that place out!” he laughs. “It will definitely be a distinctive-looking venue when it opens. It looks like something out of the Independence Day movie.” Wizz Air now flies to and from Glasgow International Airport
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THESE TEN PEOPLE CAN MAKE YOUR SUMMER
Design hotels and romantic sunset tram rides, secret local delis and hip new art museums – our 10 travel insiders reveal the concrete jungles you’ll actually want to escape to this summer
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BOLOGNA Frankie Bird, author of award-winning travel blog, As The Bird Flies… Known as the fat, learned and red city, thanks to its good food, university and warm, terracotta buildings, Bologna impresses in many unexpected ways, if you let it. Wander into the university district from Via Zamboni and you’ll find the young and edgy city with political and vibrant street art lining its famous porticos, and on Via San Leonardo there’s excellent vintage clothes shopping opportunities. Find Bar Belmeloro on via Belmeloro where you can enjoy lunch for less than €5 complete with coffee, good sounds coming from the speakers and the coolest students for company. For the best views of the city and the rolling EmiliaRomagna hills, head along the 3.5km stretch of 666 arches that make up the world’s longest portico up to the Sanctuary of Madonna di San Luca. And it’s essential that you reward your efforts with gelato at La Sorbetteria Castiglione (Via Castiglione 44), the best in the city.
KYIV Wladimir Klitschko, World Heavyweight Champion One mirror by itself is just a shiny surface. But bring many mirrors together, and the result is a seemingly infinite series of reflections that changes every time you look… kind of like the constant shifts in a boxing match. Visit Kyiv today, and you might experience something similar. The bustling Ukrainian capital is a fairytale city of onion domes and stunning frescoes and a hub of business and economics. You really experience every facet of modernism at Kyiv’s first design hotel, 11 Mirrors (34A B. Khmelnytskogo Street, 11mirrors-hotel. com) where I like to meet friends on the rooftop terrace and enjoy the sunset with a glass of sparkling wine and views of St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral, the National Opera House, Golden Gates and the main street, Khreshchatyk.
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L JUBL JANA Christopher Lukezic, marketing and communications director for Airbnb travel rentals, Eastern Europe While my ancestry may make me biased, Slovenia is one of my favourite countries, and its capital – Ljubljana – is one of the world's best-kept secrets. Devoid of the crowds of summer tourists that you might encounter in some other European cities, Ljubljana is blessed with a village-like charm, and it has
OSLO Tom Hall, Travel Editor, Lonely Planet magazine Oslo thaws for spring, so this is the time to really enjoy the pristine Baltic landscape. The newly redeveloped arts district of Tjuvholmen is the coolest place to hang
some of the best food and nightlife imaginable! While Monday through to Friday I’m at Airbnb, the weekends I pursue my other passion – music. As a DJ, one of my favourite spots in Ljubljana is Klub K4 (ul. Kersnikova 4, klubk4.org). You’ll often find some of the best DJs in the world playing there, but more exciting is their continued effort to showcase Slovenian DJs, making this club the perfect destination for discovering new music.
out – this is the first summer the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Contemporary Art (Strandpromenaden 2, afmuseet.no) has been open. Cindy Sherman’s conceptual portraits, themed Untitled Horrors, opens on 4 May, and lasts to September. Even if you don’t stay in The Thief (Landgangen 1, thethief.com) hotel next door, then go for rooftop drinks and toast the archipelagos around you.
KUTAISI Piotr Repinski, head chef at Baltic Restaurant in London Georgia is little known and rarely travelled to by those from outside the old Soviet Union but has some of the best food to be found anywhere in Europe – a wonderful fresh and zesty combination of Eastern Mediterranean and Central Asian. There are lots of wonderful dishes to choose from but my favourite is a dumpling in the form of pouch filled with diced meats, called khinkali. In Kutaisi there’s a restaurant called Mirzaani
(9 Rustaveli Street) and they do the best khinkali around. These dumplings are designed to be eaten straight from the pot with your fingers. You’ve got to be careful though – you can end up with juice all over your face and clothes! And while you’re in Kutaisi, you must see the Opera House on Tsminda Nino Street. It’s a truly stunning venue, inside and out. Each roof holds a lion perched with its paw on a globe, while on top of several columns stands tall warriors holding a spear. It also hosts some amazing Georgian performances.
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MADRID Up-and-coming singer Lowell is the vocalist on album If You Can, Solve This Jumble with mostly Scandi supergroup Apparatjik Madrid is my pick for amazing food in 2013, proving that traditional tapas can be fresh and innovative, and that you can eat simple, good food in cool and kooky interiors that wouldn’t look out of place of somewhere like New York. Take the new NO restaurant (Calle Puigcerda 8, norestaurant.es), which carves out the space in stripped, and white-washed, timber beams, black-andwhite graphic prints of pioneers (the first female aviator, the first gay activist) and studded throne chairs. Try the unpretentious burger and fries, and apple pie and ice cream after a gig at Sala Arena where I played on my spring tour this year – it hosts new, and big-name, artists. I’ll also go back to an old cider house restaurant called Casa Mingo (Paseo de la Florida 34, casamingo.es) where the speciality of the house is roast chicken, served by ancient, but still very flirtatious, waiters.
2013 is the return of the Venice Biennale (labiennale.org); every two years the contemporary art scene provides a cultural contrast to the gorgeous classical backdrop. Running until November, it’s probably the world’s most prestigious art festival. May sees the Dance Biennale perform its short choreographies in San Marco and the Arsenale, taking over the courtyards, cloisters and other intimate city spaces for the last three days of June. Venice being Venice, there’s a high chance if you go with your partner that you may have amorous thoughts in mind – and it doesn’t get much more romantic than the Riva Rosa restaurant on the island of Burano. Book ahead to reserve the roof terrace table for two. It overlooks the brightly painted houses and canals, and serves delicious, light, traditional Venetian food with an emphasis on fish. From here, you are perfectly placed for a stroll around the island taking in the lace shops for which the island is famous for (and a fashion designer like me swoons over!)
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BUCHAREST Craig Turp, Editor-in-chief of In Your Pocket, Europe’s biggest publisher of locally produced city guides Bucharest’s nocturnal charms are in a different league. Clubbers in the know have been beating a path here for years, others are now following. And it’s not all about the superclubs either – although the extravagant wealth at venues like Player (Str. Primo Nebiolo 5, theplayer.
LVIV Russ Malkin, author of Big Earth – 101 Amazing Adventures, and producer of documentary series Long Way Round and Long Way Down I predict that tourism will take off in Lviv this year – so get there before everyone
ro) has to be seen to be believed (Recession? Crisis? Not here!). Bucharest is also now a seriously good incubator of live acts: Mojo Music Club (Str. Gabroveni 14, mojomusic.ro) in the thumping Old Town has local bands of all musical persuasions performing almost every night of the week, cutting their live teeth in front of the city’s toughest audience. And when new bands aren’t playing, the resident Mojo covers band is.
else does! We filmed there for Long Way Round with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. When we entered Ukraine, it was almost like stepping back in time, with fields being turned over with horse-drawn ploughs and checkpoints manned by fantastic characters in very big hats. Fascinating and wonderfully friendly! Head for the town squares where you’ll find chess games set up on uneven streets, then take a tram
THESSALONIKI Piers Golden, Sunday Times Travel Magazine photographer I like Thessaloniki’s unpretentious edginess. The recession hit the country hard, but one of the few happy consequences is that businesses have come together to support and champion local produce. If you take a few turns off the main strip, Tsimiski Street, into Kouskoura Street, you’ll find a restaurant called Ergon (ergonproducts.gr) and its sister deli – or ‘grocery’ as they call it – next door. They’re both run by young entrepreneurs,
brothers George and Thomas Douzis, with a little help from Dad and Dimitris Skarmoutsos in the kitchen – a judge on MasterChef Greece. I suggest you gorge on delicious fresh tapas such as fava bean dip or crisply coated aubergine and goats’ cheese in the relaxed, chatty cafe. The deli is very well priced considering the fantastic quality, and they sell a sweet mustard and olive tapenade that I would literally fly back to restock if I could. Luckily, they have a store opening in London this spring so I won’t have to.’
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Into the Sunset Buy an apartment in Sunset Kvariati, enjoy your vacation and get guaranteed profit! reathtaking views of the sunset each evening and a clean, cool breeze wafting down from the Acharian Mountains are just two of the many reasons to invest in Sunset Kvariati. This marvellous and exclusive hotel-style apartment complex, located on the Black Sea shore, is just 50m from the water’s edge and a seven-minute drive from Batumi, the capital of Georgia’s Achara region. As such, residents can take advantage of the area’s clear waters and stunning beaches, as well as enjoying the convenience that comes with living near a major city. The spacious and comfortable flats are available in a variety of sizes, starting at 42m2, and each boasts terrific views over the mountains and the sea. They are built to the highest standards, and the entrance, staircases and balconies are elegantly finished with natural granite. The complex comes equipped with its own enclosed yard as well as two lifts – one of which offers panoramic views across the surrounding area and is one of the building’s most distinguishing features. If you’re looking for an impressive vacation destination and steady income
at the same time, then Sunset Kvariati is the obvious choice. By buying an apartment here, you’re certain of a pleasant vacation on the Black Sea shore and a guaranteed income every year. Georgia is well known for its culture and diversity, as well as its hospitality and cuisine, which are attracting increasing numbers of holidaymakers each year. This, combined with the friendly tax regime and rapid development, makes Georgia an ideal place to invest. The property developers Archi Group will rent out the apartment as a hotel room for you every season and then transfer 65% of the generated income to your account. The company, which boasts a number of international partners, has successfully operated in Georgia and beyond since it was first established in May 2006.
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Summer Sizzlers When planning your summer holidays, look no further than this trio of superb resorts
AQ UA M A RI N E This hospitable five-star resort is located in Sevastopol, on the shore of the Black Sea. It offers a range of spacious rooms in a variety of sizes and styles, all of which measure at least 42m2 and provide superb views of the city or the sea. Its conference facilities rank among the best in Ukraine, and include a 252m2 conference hall, four 72m2 meeting rooms and a further 24m2 VIP meeting room. The Lavanda, Abordazh, Temuri fusion and Madera Grill restaurants offer an array of international cuisines in sophisticated settings, while the lobby
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and phyto bar keep guests well refreshed. The resort also boasts a water park, swimming pools, a gym, guest parking and a medical spa centre, complete with a Jacuzzi, saunas and a huge selection of beauty treatments. Meanwhile, the hotel offers a range of services to make your stay or event as comfortable as possible, including buffets and catering, a banquet service and help with transfers and excursions.
+380 692 53 94 93, aquamarinehotel.com.ua
PHOTOGRAPHER: WOJCIECH ZDUNEK LOT SERCE KASZUB
H OT EL N I EDZ W I A D EK Located in a picturesque area of Wdzydzkie National Park, beside 1,500ha of lakes known collectively as the ‘Kasubian Sea’, this is the most popular hotel in Kaszuby District. And, with so much to do, it’s easy to see why. The lake is perfect for sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and diving, while the hotel boasts its own beach, marina, yacht rental, sports courts, rope park and a pond where guests can enjoy a spot of fishing. Families are well-catered for, as the hotel provides a summer swimming school and children’s entertainment. In addition, guests can rent bikes, Nordic walking sticks and cross-country skis, should they wish to venture further afield.
Numerous walking routes have been established to guide guests through the area’s beautiful meadows and forests. Meanwhile, those looking to relax can head to the hotel’s excellent spa centre, where they can begin the day with morning yoga sessions, massages, body and soul treatments and special wellness cuisine, prepared using natural products and consumed while listening to relaxing piano music. Open all year round; check out its special offers for spring and summer.
+48 58 686 13 13, hotelniedzwiadek.pl, facebook.com/NiedzwiadekSpaNatura
H OT EL J U RM A L A S PA ‘Jurmala’ simply means ‘seashore’, which is unsurprising when you consider the 33km of white sandy beaches that have seen this Latvian summer playground become one the Baltics’ premier resort areas. However, the city also has far more to it than this, boasting charming pedestrian streets full of boutique shops and restaurants, fresh salt air and pine forests with mineral water springs and healing muds. In the heart of the city, and home to an unsurpassed quality of service and great-value accommodation, the four-star Hotel
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Jurmala Spa provides the perfect base from which to experience all of this. The spa centre offers an enormous variety of treatments, such as classical massages, while the water relaxation area contains five different saunas, a Jacuzzi, water cascades, swimming pools and an aqua-bar. Visit the hotel in spring or autumn, when the advantageous rates mean that you can really relax for a reasonable price.
+371 67784415, hoteljurmala.com
Pomysły na piękne wnętrze Pie˛kno i funkcjonalnos´c´ na lata
iesiące kwiecień i maj to czas kiedy po zimowym zastoju zaczynamy powoli zastanawiać sie nad tym co zmienić w naszym życiu, aby obudzić się z zimowego snu. Żeby zaradzić pozimowemu marazmowi wielu z nas zdecyduje sie zapewne na upiększenie swojego mieszkania. Nic bowiem nie cieszy bardziej niż pięknie urządzona przestrzeń życiowa, w której spędzamy przecież niemal połowę naszego dnia. Wyselekcjonowaliśmy dla Państwa to co najlepsze z nowinek, które w sezonie wiosna/lato 2013 pojawią się na polskim rynku w branży wyposażenie wnętrz. Mamy nadzieję, iż zaproponowane przez nas rozwiązania staną się inspiracją, dzięki której z uśmiechem dzień po dniu wracać Państwo będziecie do swoich gustownie wyposażonych mieszkań czy domów.
GACC A „Najwaz˙ niejsze jest wzornictwo” to główna dewiza projektantów marki Gacca. Stawiaja˛ sobie oni za cel tworzenie mebli o wyja˛tkowym wzornictwie i wysokiej jakos´ci. Wykorzystuja˛ najlepsze materiały oraz czerpia˛ z dos´wiadczenia mistrzów stolarstwa. Powstaja˛ re˛cznie robione meble wykonane z dbałos´cia˛ o najmniejszy szczegół. Projektanci inspiracji szukaja˛ w polskim i s´wiatowym designie, wyprzedzaja˛c jednoczes´nie obowia˛zuja˛ce trendy. Dzie˛ki zaangaz˙ owaniu zespołu ludzi z pasja˛ powstaja˛ niezwykłe meble dla wymagaja˛cych. Wychodza˛c naprzeciw oczekiwaniom klientów firma Gacca oferuje takz˙ e moz˙ liwos´c´ wyboru z bogatej oferty kolorystycznej proponuja˛c wykon´czenie mebli w jednym z 72 rodzajów fornirów. Oryginalne produkty marki zostały docenione nie tylko przez klientów, ale takz˙ e przez branz˙ e˛. Zdobyły liczne nagrody i wyróz˙ nienia takie jak: „Diament meblarstwa 2012” dla biurka LEO oraz zestawu mebli do sypialni EDI, nagrode˛ specjalna˛ „Diament Meblarstwa” przyznawana˛ przez dziennikarzy zestawowi mebli do sypialni EDI, tytuł „Dobry Design 2013” dla komody Kontra oraz biurka LEO, a takz˙ e kolejne wyróz˙ nienie – Produkt roku 2013 w plebiscycie magazynu Meble Plus – dla biurka LEO. Marka Gacca zdobyła takz˙ e wyróz˙ nienie w prestiz˙ owym konkursie MebWeb 2012.
PIEKARNIKI, PŁYTA GAZOWA ORAZ ZLEWOZMYWAK CRYSTAL BLACK
ZLEWOZMYWAK MARIS Z BATERIA˛ TETRIS
OKAP MARIS ORAZ PŁYTA GAZOWA CRYSTAL WHITE
FR A N K E Systemy kuchenne Franke zaprojektowane zostały z mys´la˛ o osobach, które poszukuja˛ kompletnych rozwia˛zan´. Serie urza˛dzen´ AGD wraz z dopasowanymi zlewozmywakami, bateriami oraz akcesoriami daja˛ gwarancje˛ wne˛trza doskonale dopracowanego pod wzgle˛dem wzornictwa, kolorystyki i wykorzystanych materiałów. Wprowadzenie kompletnych systemów do oferty było odpowiedzia˛ na potrzeby klientów poszukuja˛cych wyrazistych, a jednoczes´nie spójnych rozwia˛zan´ wyposaz˙ enia przestrzeni kuchennej. Oferta Franke przeznaczona jest dla osób, które poszukuja˛ najwyz˙ szej jakos´ci funkcjonalnych produktów, przemys´lanego i dopracowanego wzornictwa. Ws´ród systemów kuchennych Franke znajdziemy propozycje o bardzo nowoczesnym, minimalistycznym wzornictwie, jak Crystal, a takz˙ e propozycje stylizowane, takie jak Country, dzie˛ki której stworzymy pie˛kna˛ kuchnie˛ w klimacie retro. Wykorzystanie urza˛dzen´ z linii Crystal daje gwarancje˛ kuchni funkcjonalnej, pie˛knej, modnej, ale zarazem ponadczasowej, z uwagi na uniwersalnos´c´ bieli i czerni. Prostota i czystos´c´ formy linii Crystal pasuje idealnie do minimalistycznego trendu obecnego od pewnego czasu we wzornictwie mebli i kuchennych wne˛trz. Wersja Crystal White pobudza s´wiez˙ os´cia˛ i lekkos´cia˛, a biel nadaje nowy, bardziej przestrzenny wymiar strefie kuchennej.
Crystal Black natomiast to elegancja i szyk, dyskretny urok, który nie narzuca stylu i doskonale komponuje sie˛ z innymi materiałami oraz kolorami. Gotowe systemy kuchenne sa˛ jedynie propozycja˛ zestawu wyposaz˙ enia. Poszczególne elementy moz˙ na z powodzeniem ła˛czyc´ z innymi produktami z oferty Franke, wykonanymi z tych samych materiałów i zaprojektowanymi w tym samym stylu. System kuchenny Franke Crystal doskonale komponuje sie˛ na przykład z ciesza˛ca˛ sie˛ duz˙ ym zainteresowaniem klientów linia˛ Maris, w której znajduja˛ sie˛ wielokrotnie nagrodzone w konkursach wzorniczych białe lub czarne okapy, zlewozmywaki z Fragranitu+ oraz dopasowane kolorystycznie baterie. Z urza˛dzeniami z linii Crystal imponuja˛cy zestaw tworzy takz˙ e okap Swing, który oferuje uz˙ ytkownikom najwyz˙ sza˛ jakos´c´ i funkcjonalnos´c´. Nowa oferta promocyjna firmy Franke to dobra wiadomos´c´ dla wszystkich, którzy urza˛dzaja˛ i kompleksowo wyposaz˙ aja˛ kuchnie˛. Zakup urza˛dzen´ AGD wysokiej jakos´ci to powaz˙ na pozycja w budz˙ ecie remontowym, a dzie˛ki nowej promocji Franke „4+1 za 1 zł lub 3+1 za 50%”, moz˙ emy wyposaz˙ yc´ nowa˛ kuchnie˛ w nowoczesne i funkcjonalne sprze˛ty AGD, w bardzo atrakcyjnej cenie.
The Wielkopolska Region A land of great history, lakes, rivers and forests, Wielkopolska has something for everyone ielkopolska Region is a cradle of Poland. Here, along the Piast Route you can see the oldest archaeological remnants dating from over 1000 years ago when the Polish State was emerging. Poznan´, the region’s capital, holds graves of the earliest monarchs from the Piast Dynasty, and magnificent landmarks bearing witness to the city’s fascinating history throughout the ages. Here, everyone should see the Old Town
Square with Renaissance Town Hall, Baroque Town Parish Church and Cathedral at Ostrów Tumski. You must also pay a visit to Gniezno, the oldest capital of Poland, where the first Polish monarchs were crowned. Particular noteworthy in Wielkopolska are the numerous castles, palaces and mansions which today hold charming hotels and unique museums. The castles in Kórnik, Rydzyna and Gołuchów, the palaces in Rogalin, Smiełów and Antonin, and
occupied by Prince Mieszko’s fortified settlement holds ruins of his palatium and chapel dating from the 10-11th century. This is the best preserved structure from this period throughout Europe. www.tupowstalapolska.pl www.wielkopolska.travel
the mansions in Koszuty and Russów are a good start to your tour. Wielkopolska is also a land of lakes, rivers and forests, as well as moraine hills adding variety to its landscapes. Here you can take a break from your hectic life, and just relax or you can choose active tourism. Over 1,800 km long, Wielkopolska System of Cycling Routes has been marked with GPS tracks. www.wielkopolska.travel
LEFT: WIELKOPOLSKA IS A LAND OF GREAT HISTORY. ABOVE: STEAM TRAINS AT WOLSZTYN W.LIS. BELOW: RELIQUARY OF ST. ADALBERT IN GNIEZNO CATHEDRAL
WOLSZTYN – STEAM LOCOMOTIVE DEPOT Wielkopolska has unique attractions on offer for enthusiasts of railways. Tourists come here in great numbers to take trips by narrow gauge trains, or draisines (in Krzywin´ and Grodzisk Wielkopolski), and visit Wolsztyn and the only operating locomotive depot in Europe. The locomotive depot provides scheduled services. At its premises you can also see historical train carriages, draisines, railway equipment and accessories. The best known locomotive is Beautiful Helena, Pm 36-2, which in 1937 received gold medal at the exhibition in Paris. It reaches the speed of 130 km/h. The oldest locomotive here dates from 1917. Each year in late April and early May the famous Locomotive Parade takes place here; the event attracts visitors from the farthest corners of the world. Tourists can take a romantic trip by a scheduled steam train running between Wolsztyn and Poznan´ or by one of the trains specially organized for tourists. www.thewolsztynexperience.org www.parowozy.com.pl www.turystyka-kolejowa.eu
GNIEZNO Gniezno is the most important place along the Piast Route, the oldest Polish tourist trail linking the key heritage sites related to the earliest history of Poland when Christianity was introduced here. The greatest attraction of Gniezno is the Cathedral which witnessed the coronation of the Polish kings from the Piast dynasty; it is also the resting place of St. Adalbert and it hosted a meeting of King Bolesław Chrobry and German Emperor Otto III. It is also here that you can see the bronze Gniezno Doors, ranking among the most valuable Romanesque artefacts in Europe. In the vicinity of Gniezno is another attraction closely connected with the early history of Poland – the island of Ostrów Lednicki, which can be accessed by ferry. The area formerly
PROMOT ION the basilica in Lichen´. The Great Loop leads through protected natural areas - Wielkopolski National Park, Rogalin´ski Landscape Reserve. In Wilczy Park in Stobnica it is possible to see wolves. Travelling along the Notec´ River you can admire historical navigation locks – a real historical landmark of technology. www.wielkopolska.travel
RYDZYNA Wielkopolska Region has a wealth of castles, palaces and manor houses. Today these historical buildings hold museums, hotels, restaurants as well as conference and leisure centres. Particularly noteworthy is the castle in Rydzyna, which is one of the most impressive Baroque structures in Poland. Following wartime destruction its interiors were reconstructed with great care. The grand halls embellished with stucco decorations and ancient-style ornaments hold numerous cultural events, social gatherings and conferences. The castle holds a hotel, restaurant and museum. It is surrounded with a moat and an old park. The entire castle complex and the urban layout of Rydzyna are recognized among the Gems of Baroque in Poland. Rydzyna is located approximately 90 km south of Poznan´. www.wielkopolska.travel/ebooks/pl/turystyka_ kulturowa/palace_i_zamki/ www.zamek-rydzyna.com.pl www.wielkopolska.travel
GREAT LOOP OF WIELKOPOLSKA Tourist trail called the Great Loop of Wielkopolska is the Region’s longest water trail. Its total length is 687.9 km and it comprises the rivers Warta and Notec´ as well as S´lesinski Lake and Canal. The trail of the Great Loop has good infrastructure for enthusiasts of motor boating and kayaking. The network of harbours, marinas and slips provides conditions for having a rest, meal or technical repairs. On average it takes 30 days to sail along the entire trail – along the way you can stop and visit landmarks such as the Museum of Agriculture in Szreniawa, the former Cistercian monastery in L d, the palace in Smiełów or
KALISZ Of all Polish towns Kalisz has the oldest birth certificate. Records of the ancient Calisia date from the 2nd century A.D. The oldest tribal stronghold (first half of the 9th century) and then the early-Piast settlement were built in areas adjoining the river Prosna – today this part of Kalisz is called Zawodzie. The significance of the settlement is confirmed by the fact that a church was built within its limits as early as the first half of the 11th century. Today the location holds an archaeological reserve with replicas of early medieval buildings. During the tourist season the Fortified Piast Settlement in Kalisz hosts a number of thematic open-air events where one can see living history shows, participate in presentations and crafts workshops as well as get the taste of medieval cuisine. www.wielkopolska.travel
ABOVE LEFT: MARINA IN CZARNKÓW ON THE WATER TRAIL OF THE GREAT LOOP OF WIELKOPOLSKA. ABOVE RIGHT: CASTLE IN RYDZYNA. HERE: CYCLING IN WIELKOPOLSKA
BICYCLE TOURING Wielkopolska System of Cycling Routes at present comprises 9 trans-regional routes of the total length of 1,800 km. All the trails are marked along easily accessible roads, with low traffic; they lead to the farthest corners of Wielkopolska. These routes are linked with international and local bike trails whose estimated length exceeds 6,000 km. The System is the first and the pioneering element of GPSwielkopolska Project, which promotes the use of satellite navigation technologies in tourism. GPS tracks of the System can be downloaded free of charge at www.gpswielkopolska.pl Wielkopolska System of Cycling Routes stands out for the great thematic diversity of the specific trails. Enthusiasts of wildlife and natural landmarks will enjoy Nadwarcian´ski Bike Route along the Warta River, as well as the Hundred Lakes Route. The early history of Poland can be explored along the Piast Bike Route. The limitless stretches of wildlife as well as cultural heritage sites are a domain of the Trans-Wielkopolska Bike Route. Amber Bike Trail leading along the old trade route will be favoured by those travelling with panniers. Ziemian´ski (Gentry) Bike Route leads to Wielkopolska’s most typical landmarks, such as manor houses, palaces, stud farms and historic churches and monasteries. The Cycling Route around Poznan´ is most popular because of its proximity to the large city.
UPCOMING EVENTS Locomotive Parade – 27 April 2013 - Wolsztyn The largest of all events organized in Wolsztyn Locomotive Depot is the unique Locomotive Parade which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world. On this day additional trains operate on the routes from Poznan´ and Wrocław and carry tourists arriving for the event to Wolsztyn. For a few years now special trains have also come here from Berlin and Cottbus, and most recently also from Dresden; these are pulled by German locomotives and bring here thousands of enthusiasts of old choo-choo trains from the other bank of the Oder river. In recent years the event has been expanded to include an evening show entitled “Light, Sound, Steam”.
Malta Festival Poznan´ - 24-29 June 2013 - Poznan´ This is one of the most important performance art festivals in Poland and Europe. The theatre festival has been regularly held in the capital of Wielkopolska since 1991. The name of the event makes a reference to Maltan´skie Lake located within the city limits. Malta Festival was launched to provide space for showcasing independent, fringe and experimental theatres. In time the formula of the Festival was expanded to include other types of art. Today during Malta you can see performances of pop musicians, dance theatre groups, and circus-style artists; there are also films screenings, lectures, and theatre workshops open for the public. www.malta-festival.pl
Gliders’ Picnic Leszno. Spread Your Wings - 29-30 June 2013 - Leszno Each year the event attracts thousands of participants, mainly families with children. During the gliding picnic guests can enjoy numerous attractions: aerobatics, parachuting shows, and presentations of flight gear; they can also take trips in gliders, airplanes and balloons. The program also includes concerts of pop stars, competitions and arts workshops for kids. A unique attraction, impossible to find elsewhere, is the option to take a gliding flight after sunset. 14th Piast Gathering – August 2013 - Kalisz “Kalisz in Piast Style” is an open-air event making reference to the history of the early medieval stronghold on the river Prosna. The Fortified Piast Settlement in Kalisz is visited by living history groups from all over Poland which in an interesting way present dramatized historical scenes. On this occasion one can encounter knights and their maids strolling around the settlement. Various medieval craftsmen, dwelling in the cottages, present their goods and conduct workshops for visitors. Children can make clay pots or write a letter with a quill. The brave ones may try their hand in swordsmanship, or participate in dance, weaving or blacksmithing workshops.
The land beyond the mists Europe’s largest wetland region and home to a remarkable variety of unique fauna and flora, the great wilderness of the Danube Delta in south-east Romania is just waiting to be explored. These superb hotels are ideally equipped and positioned for you to do just that
DA N U B E D ELTA RE S O R T Located in the heart of the Danube Delta, here is a place where you can feel alive! The resort is ideal for keen fishermen, hunters and adventurers, as well as those who just want to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Delta. It offers daily trips out onto the river, free access to the pool, parties every night, fishing equipment, an introduction to traditional pastimes, water sports and children’s activities, as well as a restaurant, terrace and campfire.
SU N RIS E H OTEL Want to discover a whole new world in one of Europe’s most acclaimed natural reserves, or enjoy an incredible adventure in the continent’s most spectacular wetlands? This superb hotel offers a perfect getaway in the Danube delta, right on the water and far away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. The Sunrise Resort is located in the charming fishing village of Crisan, in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, which is part of the larger UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you have an unrivalled opportunity to discover the incredible wildlife and scenery that characterise the region, by taking any of the boat trips on tourist routes along the delta channel. These excursions vary in their duration, route and type of boat, but each provides the best way to explore this great wilderness. Inside the resort, guests can also enjoy the swimming pool, disco and game room, featuring a dartboard, billiards table and table tennis equipment. It also boasts a fully equipped fitness room, free wireless internet, fish pond and children’s playground, ensuring that visitors have plenty to do away from the water. The hotel’s restaurant serves international and traditional local cuisine across two floors, while the conference room is the ideal venue for seminars and training sessions. Fast water taxis offer the best way to travel quickly across the region.
C A M P O EU RO CLU B Get closer to nature, in the heart of Danube Delta Nature Reserve, at the CampoEuroClub Holiday Village. This three-star resort features individual bungalows with a private bathroom, a wide variety of free on-site activities and excursions for bird-watching, fishing and sailing on the delta. The restaurant uses fresh organic products from its own farm and serves local dishes and fish specialities. CampoEuroClub also has a camping site with all sanitary facilities, as well as a mini-zoo and children’s playground.
+40 74 0306618, www.campoeuroclub.ro
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PENS I U N E A RI CK’S Visit the paradise that is the tranquil Danube Delta, and you’ll soon want to return again and again. With four-star accommodation, peaceful and relaxing surroundings, a swimming pool, a restaurant serving traditional food and excursions out onto the river, Pensiunea Rick’s has everything you need for a stress-free holiday in the region, where you’ll collect memories that will last a lifetime.
+40 74 4253249, www.infopensiuni.ro
This complex is located on the Chilia arm in Periprava, right on Europe’s last frontier, in the 1000ha of wilderness on the Romania-Ukraine border. The four-star accommodation consists of 16 rooms, which are supplemented with a variety of modern facilities and amenities, including a safe-box, satellite TV, air-conditioning and wireless internet – everything you need to feel at home. However, it goes without saying that the hotel’s real charm is in the fantastic surroundings that it enjoys. Here, life has a different rhythm, far away from the madding crowd of the big cities, and the hotel does everything it can to ensure that guests take advantage of the opportunities that this affords. Hotel Ultima Frontiera offers a wide range of exciting outdoor activities, such as sport fishing, birdwatching and photographic trips with the hotel’s exclusive hides. In addition, there are kayak and electric car tours, boat trips down the delta’s channels and excursions to the Lipovans’ village, should guests want to travel further afield.
+40 21 410 53 86, www.hotelultimafrontiera.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
A Danubian Delight With its comfortable accommodation, professional service and unrivalled facilities, the charming Puflene Resort offers everything you need for a great holiday in the beautiful Danube Delta t the end of its long journey from Germany, the Danube River culminates with a magnificent delta where it meets the Black Sea. Located in the south-east of Romania, the Danube Delta represents the largest wetland area in Europe, and is home to a remarkable array of wildlife and stunning natural environments. The Puflene Resort, located on the shore of Lake Murighiol, represents a new standard of hospitality in the Danube Delta, where visitors can enjoy not only the majesty of this beautiful region, but also exceptional comfort and highly professional service. Guests can choose from a range of four-star accommodation options, with double rooms, suites and villas all available, the latter being ideal for families with children. They all feature a stylish modern design, are comfortably furnished and come with every modern convenience, including air-conditioning, a minibar and a safe. The resort boasts a variety of sports courts, swimming pools and a well-equipped games room, while guests can also go on fishing and bird-watching excursions or take
a pedalo out on the 400ha Murighiol Lake. All this activity is sure to build up an appetite and, with a pizzeria, numerous bars and terraces, and a restaurant serving up the best of international and local cuisine, guests are spoilt for choice when it’s time to eat. Puflene also offers a series of excellent conference facilities, suitable for any business event, and an elegant spa area, complete with a Jacuzzi, sauna and beauty salon. Guests can cruise the delta’s channels aboard the hotel’s own boats, which seat 60, 22 and 12 people. This provides the perfect opportunity to take in the fresh country air and admire the region’s unique fauna and flora. And, even if they decide not to leave the grounds, the resort is set among 10ha of fairy-tale landscapes, making a stroll through the garden a delightful experience. Plus, the Puflene Resort is also unique in that it can be accessed directly by car – visitors to any other of the area’s tourist resorts have to endure a frustrating wait for a boat transfer to reach their destination.
+40 0241 487 080 pufleneresort.com, email@example.com
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Jak myśleć w języku obcym? Z metoda˛ je˛zykowa˛ 5S spotkałam sie˛ kilka miesie˛cy temu. Zaskoczyła mnie jej skutecznos´c´ i odmiennos´c´ od wszystkiego co do tej pory poznałam. Dzisiaj rozmawiam z twórca˛ metody je˛zykowej 5S – Piotrem Martem zybkanauka.pro: Co róz˙ ni metode˛ 5S od innych metod je˛zykowych? Piotr Mart: Włas´ciwie wszystko... Metoda 5S skupia sie˛ na odczuwaniu je˛zyka. Wie˛kszos´c´ metod je˛zykowych w mniejszym lub wie˛kszym stopniu skupia sie˛ na tłumaczeniu je˛zyków. szybkanauka.pro: Jak najszybciej i w naturalny sposób nauczyc´ sie˛ mówic´ w obcym je˛zyku? Piotr Mart: Mowa nie jest wynikiem mówienia, ale głe˛bokiego odczuwania je˛zyka. W zwia˛zku z tym, by nauczyc´ sie˛ mówic´ w obcym je˛zyku w sposób zupełnie naturalny, musimy pogłe˛biac´ odczuwanie tego je˛zyka. szybkanauka.pro: Jakie błe˛dy popełniamy ucza˛c sie˛ je˛zyków obcych? Piotr Mart: Chyba podstawowy bła˛d to wiara, z˙ e ucza˛c sie˛ tłumaczyc´ je˛zyk uczymy sie˛ je˛zyka. To nie prawda! Je˛zyk to uczucia. Gdy mówimy to wyraz˙ amy uczucia za pomoca˛ na przykład słów. Gdy uczymy sie˛ tłumaczyc´ to wyraz˙ amy słowa bez uczuc´. szybkanauka.pro: Ile trwa nauka je˛zyka metoda˛ 5S? Piotr Mart: Zakładaja˛c, z˙ e uczymy sie˛ odczuwac´ je˛zyk, biegłos´c´ moz˙ emy osia˛gna˛c´ po około trzech miesia˛cach, pod warunkiem z˙ e pos´wie˛cimy na aktywna˛ nauke˛ około godzine˛ dziennie. szybkanauka.pro: Na jakim poziomie znajomos´ci je˛zyka moz˙ emy uczyc´ sie˛ metoda˛ 5S?
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Barcelona, Spain TOUCH DOWN Barcelona never truly hibernates but, like a beautiful reptile – represented by Gaudi’s technicolour lizard at the gates of Park Güell (pictured right) – the spring sun warms her glassy skin and spurs her into activity. Café terraces, plaza benches and park lawns fill up with cervezaswigging locals, tourists ram La Rambla and burst onto the beach... and the festival season gets under way. GET OUT Sant Jordi (St. George) is the patron saint of Catalonia and on his feast day, 23 April, tradition dictates that men should regale their women with flowers, and that women should offer their menfolk a sturdy book in return.
Buy either from the stalls on La Rambla. From 26 April to 5 May, La Feria de Abril comes to town, bringing flamenco, Ferris wheels and candy floss from the south of Spain to the Parc del Forum. EAT WELL El Boo beach club (Espigó de Bac de Roda 1, +34 932 250 100) serves up fresh fritters and frutos del mar, plus cocktails on its terrace. And if the temperature drops in the evening, the Flemish beef stew at Gilda (Calle Ample 34, +34 93 31 03 492) will put some fire back in your belly.
Daiquiri cocktail and plan your Barcelona bar crawl of the Gothic District.
DRINK UP At Milk Bar (C/Gignas 21, +34 932 680 922) order a
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FLAMENCO FEVER! Want to swish your skirt with the best of them at La Feria de Abril? Why not go to a Flamenco workshop? See barcelonaflamenco.es for more information
Bucharest, Romania TOUCH DOWN Bucharest does spring magnificently, with locals emerging from their long winter hibernation and heading for the nearest terrace the moment the temperature allows. Even the smallest café, bar or
restaurant will find at least one table to stick outside on the pavement. GET OUT While the impressive Palace of Parliament gives concrete a good name, the city is home
to some magnificent parks, and they all bloom in spring, each trying to outdo the other with their fabulous flower displays. Cismigiu Gardens (pictured left), in the city centre, is the pick of the bunch. EAT WELL The stunning interiors, great Romanian food and Old Town location of Caru’ cu Bere (Strada Stavropoleos 5, +40 21 313 7560) mean you will need to wait for a table here if you have not booked (especially if you want to sit outside). The platou of grilled meats for two is great value. Also in the Old Town is Divan (Strada Franceza 46-48, +40 21 312 3034). With great value Turkish food, superb wine, live music and dancing at weekends, and a wide selection
of aromatic tobaccos to smoke from a hookah pipe. DRINK UP If you don’t visit Biutiful (Strada Gabroveni 6-8, +40 737 297 297) while in Bucharest, then you’ve missed out on the most amazing bar to open here in years. It’s serves good beer, cocktails and bar food to an extremely hip crowd of locals. GETTING TO THE CENTRE See page 107 for details. Words by Craig Turp
BUCHAREST'S TOP FIVE PARKS 1. Cismigiu Gardens 2. Botanical Gardens 3. Tineretului Park 4. Herastrau Park 5. Carol Park
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Budapest, Hungary TOUCH DOWN Spring in Budapest sees the opening of the city’s outdoor spas and open-air pools, as terrace tables spread over pavements across town. By May, Budapest’s
‘ruin bars’ provide alfresco drinking in urban residential courtyards. Try the Ellátó kert (Kazinczy utca 48, ellatokert. blogspot.hu) in the heart of the bar quarter in District VII, or
Kertem (kertemfesztival.hu) in the City Park. GET OUT To relax during the day, head to Margaret Island where the Palatinus lido (palatinusstrand. hu) opens its pools from 1 May. EAT WELL The traditional restaurants of hilly Buda open their gardens from spring, including the Vadrózsa (Pentelei Molnár utca 15, vadrozsa.hu). Don’t forget that spring is the season of gyümölcsleves, or fruit soup (pictured left), a healthy cold starter to any outdoor meal. DRINK UP For this spring season, spa party crew Cinetrip (cinetrip.hu) is
moving from the Széchenyi fürdö baths to the Lukács ( lukacsfurdo.hu) every Saturday during April and May, with DJs spinning for a crowd in swimming gear. Look out for the All Inn Records night on 12 April at the A38 boat ( a38.hu), the city’s key live music venue by the Peto˝fi Bridge. GETTING TO THE CENTRE See page 102 for details. Words by Peterjon Cresswell
MARGARET ISLAND Formerly known as the island of the rabbits, Margaret Island sits in the middle of the Danube. It has a 5,350m jogging track that winds round the island.
Gdansk, Poland TOUCH DOWN After surviving the Baltic winter, the Tri-city (Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia) locals visibly brighten as the temperature increases. This region is perfect for outdoor activities, with its comprehensive network of walking and cycle paths along the coast and through the forests. GET OUT With spring a time for renewal, take a trip to Sopot (pictured), which has a rich history as a spa town thanks to the healing waters of St Wojciech spring. Choose between one of the many spa packages in places such as the seafront spa at the Sheraton Hotel (ul. Powstanców Warszawy 10, Sopot +48 (0)58 767 1900).
EAT WELL In a former life Gdansk went by the German name of Danzig – and you can still enjoy the home-brewed beer and pork knuckle experience by visiting Brovarnia (ul. Szafarnia 9, +48 58 320 1970) situated in a beautifully renovated granary building on the waterfront. DRINK UP While Sopot has gone a bit more mainstream and commercial in recent years, there are still typically Sopot places to be found to enjoy a beer or a nightcap. Try Błekitny Pudel (‘The Blue Poodle’; ul. Bohaterow Monte Cassino 44, +48 58 551 1672) where you can sit among antiques and bric-a-brac to enjoy
friendly service and a host of drinks with a slightly older more Bohemian crowd. GETTING TO THE CENTRE See page 104 for details. Words by Martin Kitson
LEARN THE LINGO Please – prosze Thank you – dziekuje Can you tell me the way to the Blue Poodle bar? Czy mozesz mi powiedziec jak dojsc do Błekitny Pudel?
Gothenburg, Sweden TOUCH DOWN April is when the city’s botanical gardens (pictured right) burst into colour, cafés swell onto the streets, and the car-free, craggy islands that make up the Southern Archipelago beg to be explored. GET OUT Just 12 minutes from the mainland with the public ferry, Knarrholmen is a tiny island with its own two-day music festival (knarrholmen.com). Around 2,000 people attended last year’s event, camping out among the birch trees and barbecuing on the rocks. This year’s festival runs 24-25 May, featuring some of Sweden’s best DJs and indie bands.
EAT WELL Gothenburg’s newly refurbished indoor market, Saluhallen, is the place to come for handmade cakes, freshly baked buns and cuts of Swedish sausage. A short walk away on Rosenlundsvägen is Feskekörkan (‘fish church’) where shoppers tuck into mounds of fresh shellfish, including oysters. On 4 May, the Nordic Championships in Oyster Opening take place in the village of Grebbestad, a 90-minute drive north of Gothenburg. DRINK UP For a sociable pre-club drink, check out Ölrepubliken on Kronhusgatan (olrepubliken.se), which has one of the city’s best selections of beers,
including Belgian ales and a peaty brew that’s made with Swedish whisky. GETTING TO THE CENTRE See page 108 for details. Words by Steve Vickers
SALUHALLEN MUST-EATS ● Seafood from Gerdas Fisk & Skaldjursrestaurang ● Open sandwiches from Nybroe Smørrebrød ● Tysta Mari for cheeses, oil and fresh bread
Katowice, Poland TOUCH DOWN Temperatures are on the rise and the country’s cultural calendar comes out of hibernation. GET OUT Katowice is establishing itself as an exciting destination for culture
and the Street Art Festival ( pictured below) from 19-28 April, ( katowicestreetartfestival. pl) features a wide range of interactive events, mural installations, exhibitions and concerts. If you want great views of Kraków’s historical
centre, less than two hours from Katowice, skip the lines for the hot-air balloon and head for Kosciuszko Mound ( Al. Waszyngtona 1, +48 12 425 1109). Surrounded by a fortress, this unique man-made earthwork delivers panoramic views on a fine day. On 3 May, admission is free. EAT WELL Spring society in Kraków centres around the Vistula River, and the area around the pedestrian bridge linking Kazimierz with Podgórze. Become an instant socialite by wining and dining in style on the deck of the Restauracja Alrina riverboat (Bulwar Kurlandzki, +48 668 82 0454), or visit Kraków’s latest buzz-creator, ZaKładka (ul. Józefinska 2, +48 12 442 7442)
for outstanding food and ambience in a townhouse on the Podgórze side. DRINK UP Opposite Kraków’s Zakładka you’ll find Drukarnia (ul. Nadwislanska 1, +48 12 656 6560), which boasts both a dusky candlelit café and modern cocktail bar on the ground floor, and DJ-driven dance-club downstairs. GETTING TO THE CENTRE See page 104 for details. Words by Garrrett Van Reed
VISTULA RIVER From the Beskidy mountains, to Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk and the Baltic Sea, the legendary Vistula, or Wisła, River runs through Poland and is 1,047km long.
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London, UK TOUCH DOWN Join Londoners in the first flush of spring by feeding the ducks in parks, dodging the April showers and sipping the year's first rosé. GET OUT It’s the centenary of the Chelsea Flower Show, and this year looks at garden design of the past 100 years. 21-25 May, rhs.org.uk. See Pop Art at the Tate Modern’s Roy Lichtenstein exhibition. Until 27 May. tate.org.uk EAT WELL A basement on Kingsway, Holborn, isn’t where you'd expect fine Japanese cuisine, but Wabi lives up to its name (‘undeclared beauty’) due to elegant food created by former Nobu chef Scott Hallsworth.
Order the 10-course Kaiseki menu for seabass sashimi, lobster and chips, succulent Wagyu steak and deconstructed tiramisu. wabirestaurants.com. Near Liverpool Street station, Spitalfields’ Italian wine bar and restaurant Enoteca Super Tuscan (pictured right) is part of the renegade wine movement, and its high-quality Tuscan reds defy Italian legislation to good effect. Wednesdays hosts a wine-tasting challenge for £15, with a free glass if you guess correctly. Food, such as tortelloni di funghi, is sumptuous. Open only weekdays. supertuscan.co.uk DRINK UP On weekdays, head to dimly-lit The Shoreditch Butchery (32 Cowper Street) where you’ll find
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EAST LONDON HAUNTS ● Spitalfields Market offers vintage finds on Thursdays ● Vertigo 42: Bar with a View ● Stroll famous Brick Lane ● For gigs, visit Underbelly at Hoxton Square
Prague, Czech Republic TOUCH DOWN Prague is undeniably pretty whatever the season but its fairytale vistas are particularly resplendent in spring. On 1 May, head for
Petrín Hill where you can admire the skyline and give your beloved a kiss under one of the cherry blossoms: according to Czech tradition, this ensures lasting love.
GET OUT Go highbrow and grab tickets for Prague Spring (festival.cz), one of Europe’s most celebrated classical music festivals, from 12 May into June. EAT WELL For karma-free cuisine, check out Zen hidden gem Maitrea (6 Týnská ulicka, +420 221 711 631), behind Old Town Square. Non-carnivores can sample veggie versions of national signature dishes such as svícková and dumplings and enjoy the feng shui interior. If you’d rather dine alfresco, and have decent sea legs, Pizza Grosseto’s floating restaurant (Alšovo nábrež, +420 222 316 744) has outdoor seating with a stunning view of Prague Castle.
DRINK UP If you do decide to pay Prague Castle (pictured left) a visit, avoid the overpriced cafés in the main grounds and sample a glass of Moravian wine at the outdoor bar at its St Wenceslas vineyard instead. After all, you’re not just here for the beer. Na zdraví! GETTING TO THE CENTRE See page 101 for details. Words by Lisette Allen
THINGS TO SEE AND DO AT PETRÍN HILL ● Climb the 299 steps of the 60m-high ‘Eiffel Tower’ ● Observe the sky at Štefánik’s Observatory ● Visit the Mirror Labyrinth
Riga, Latvia TOUCH DOWN The coldest months of the year are behind us, and though snow is still a possibility in April, Riga’s tourist season officially begins now! Being full of parks, you should check out Esplanade, with its Orthodox Cathedral, the smaller Vermanes garden or the National Opera garden and Bastion Hill park. Note that Latvia’s Independence Day is celebrated on 4 May. GET OUT English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding comes to Riga for the first time on 17 April. Prince William and Kate’s Wedding Singer plays the Palladium. palladium.lv. Visit the museums for free during the Night of the Museums on 18 May –there'll
be special exhibitions, too. Riga is known for art nouveau architecture, so why not visit the Art Nouveau Museum, in a 1903 apartment on Alberta Street? Closed Mondays. EAT WELL With French, Asian, Latvian and Russian dishes, the modern and stylish International SV at 1 Hospitalu, near Riga Arena, lives up to its name. Burgundy snails, (€3.50) (pictured right, also smoked quail with pineapple chutney and portwine sauce, tomato and basil soup with oranges and shrimps, and eggplant terrine with mushrooms).
26th floor of the Radisson Blu Hotel on Elizabetes Street. Views are worth the 2 lats (€3) entry fee.
DRINK UP Now the days are extending, the nicest bar is Skyline on the
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RIGA’S ART NOUVEAU As much as 40% of Riga central is art nouveau architecture – that’s some 800 buildings. See them at Alberta Street, Elizabetes Street and in Old Riga.
Varna, Bulgaria GET OUT Spring in Varna brings both locals and visitors out in force,
with many heading for the Sea Garden (pictured below), the city’s largest park and one of its main landmarks. Located directly above the Black Sea, besides offering a whole host of activities – including an open air theatre
– the park also offers some magnificent views of Varna’s beaches. Pop fans should note that from 17 to 19 May the city hosts the Varna International Pop Music Festival, a kind of Eurovision-lite. EAT OUT You are never too far from a decent place to eat in Varna, but a restaurant slightly off the beaten track and worth seeking out is Pri Monahinite (‘At the Nuns’) (bul. Primorski 47, +359 52 611 830), located in what was the city’s first hospital (which was run by nuns) and well known for top Bulgarian food. A little more down to earth is the Varna branch of the Bulgarian chain, Happy (bul. Slivnica 22, +359 888 18 1063, happy. bg) where women in nifty little
uniforms serve good local food at decent prices. DRINK UP While many of Varna’s top night spots are open only during high season, Club Horizont (in the Sea Garden; +359 52 389 141, horizont.bg) is a popular, year-round party venue that regularly brings over top international DJs. GETTING TO THE CENTRE See page 101 for details. Words by freevarnatour.com
THINGS TO SEE AT THE SEA GARDEN ● Natural Science Museum ● Zoo ● Dolphinarium ● Planetarium ● Children’s playground
TOUCH DOWN The third largest city in Bulgaria, Varna is the cultural capital and has much to offer during spring.
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CORK Bus Éireann Air Coaches depart from outside Arrivals. It’s 4.50 single (€7.70 return). A taxi costs €10-15.
Italy Dialling Code: +39 Currency: Euro (€)
BUDAPEST In Budapest we provide a point-to-point bus transfer, between the airport (Ferihegy 2, that's Terminal 2) and Budapest city centre (Deák Ferenc square). Tickets: €5 (€10 return). DEBRECEN In Debrecen we provide a point-to-point bus transfer between the airport and the city centre. Tickets: €2 (€4 return).
Ireland Dialling Code: +353 Currency: Euro (€)
ALGHERO Local buses run to the city centre, 10km away. Tickets: €0.70. A taxi costs €30. BARI Bus 16 goes to Bari centre, 8km outside of the airport. Tickets: €0.90. A taxi costs €25. CATANIA The Alibus 457 leaves every 20 minutes, and takes 20 minutes to get to the city centre. Tickets: €0.80. A taxi costs around €20. FORLÌ/BOLOGNA The bus to Forlì meets flight
ROME From Ciampino airport we provide a low-cost bus transfer to Termini station in Rome city centre. Tickets are €6 (€12 return). From Fiumicino airport we offer a low-cost bus transfer, for €8.50 (€17 return), or opt for our shuttle bus transfer between to any address in Rome for €18 (€36 return). TURIN Trains leave to GTT Dora Railway Station every 30 minutes. Tickets: €3.70. A taxi is around €40 to Turin. VENICE We provide a point-to-point bus transfer between the airport (Treviso) and centre (Piazzale Roma). Tickets cost €7 (€14 return). VERONA The Aerobus leaves for the city centre every 20 minutes. Tickets: €6. A taxi should cost €25.
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PISA Yellow CPT buses go to the centre, 1km away. Route 3 stops at Pisa Centrale. Tickets: €1.10. A taxi costs about €10.
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Israel Dialling Code: +972 Currency: New shekel (ILS)
TEL AVIV Trains run from Terminal 3 to Tel Aviv city centre, 19km away, every 20-30 minutes. Tickets are 12 shekels.
Latvia Dialling Code: +371 Currency: Lats (€)
RIGA Bus 22 takes 30 minutes to get to the centre; it leaves opposite the terminal, behind the car park P1. A one-way ticket from the driver is 0.70 lats (€1) – at the airport information desk ‘Welcome to Riga’ it’s just 0.50 lats.
Lithuania Dialling Code: +370 Currency: Litas (LTL)
VILNIUS We provide two types of airport transfer, a low-cost transfer between the airport and Vilnius city centre, €3.50 (€7 return) and a personalised taxi to any address within the city centre for €15 (€30 return) per car.
Macedonia Dialling Code: +389 Currency: Denar (€)
SKOPJE In Skopje we provide a pointto-point bus transfer between
the airport and Skopje city centre. Tickets: €3 (€6 return).
Malta Dialling Code: +356 Currency: Euro (€)
MALTA There are several express routes from the airport to destinations all over the island. Taxis are available 24 hours a day and are easy to pick up outside the airport. Prices are fixed. A taxi to Valetta will cost you €15; for Mdina it's €20 and St Julians is around €20.
Netherlands Dialling Code: +31 Currency: Euro (€)
EINDHOVEN In Eindhoven we provide a point-to-point bus transfer between Eindhoven airport and Amsterdam city centre. Tickets cost €24 one-way (€40 return).
Norway Dialling Code: +47 Currency: Kroner (NOK)
ÅLESUND The airport bus reaches the city centre in 25 minutes. Tickets 80 kroner. A taxi should cost around 340 kroner. BERGEN The Flybussbergen is an express bus to Bergen city centre, taking 20-30 minutes. Tickets: 70 kroner. HAUGESUND The Flybusse bus reaches
the city centre in 20-30 minutes. Tickets: 70 kroner. A taxi to the centre is around 90 kroner. KRISTIANSAND Take the Flybus to Kristiansand city centre. The journey takes 25 minutes. Tickets: 100 kroner. A taxi to the city centre costs about 250 kroner. STAVANGER The Flybuss express takes 20-30 minutes to get to Stavanger city centre. Tickets: 100 kroner. A taxi to the centre costs about 400 kroner. OSLO SANDEFJORD TORP Take a shuttle bus to the station, then a train to Oslo, taking 1hr 48 minutes. Tickets: 245 kroner. Or get the Torp Express bus, 220 kroner. TRONDHEIM Take the train from Værnes station, inside the terminal, to Trondheim, 35km away. It takes 40 minutes. Tickets: 68 kroner.
Poland Dialling Code: +48 Currency: Złoty (PLN)
GDANSK We provide two types of transfers, a point-to-point bus transfer between the airport and city centre, €4 (€8 return), and a shuttle bus transfer between the airport and any address in Gdansk, €9 (€18 return). ŁÓDZ The centre of Łódz is 5km away. Bus 55 goes to the city centre, near Piotrkowska
Street. Tickets are 3 złoty. Bus 65 goes to the train and bus station, Łódz Kaliska. A taxi should cost around 25-30 złoty into the city centre. LUBLIN The airport is about 10km from Lublin city centre. Take a local train from the terminal at the airport to the main station. The journey should take about 15 minutes and cost 5 złoty (€1). KATOWICE We provide two point-topoint transfers, one between the airport and Katowice city centre, for €6 single (€12 return), and one between Katowice airport and Krakow city centre, for €13 single (€26 return). POZNAN Take an Express Line bus to the Central Railway Station; it takes 20 minutes. Or 59 bus or 48 bus to the city centre (30 minutes). Night bus 242 os from midnight to 4am. You can buy tickets from the newspaper stands in Arrivals. WARSAW In Warsaw Chopin we provide an unlimited regional train transfer between Chopin train station and any of the train stations within the Mazovia region for 24 hours after your flight arrival, and before the departure of your flight. Tickets cost €6 single /€12 return. WROCŁAW From Copernicus Airport Wrocław, get bus 406, which leaves every 20 minutes, and takes that amount of time to get to the Central Railway station. It’ll cost you 2 złoty (€0.50).
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Romania Dialling Code: +40 Currency: Leu (RON)
ARAD The airport is located 4km from the centre of Arad. The best way to get into Arad is via taxi. It should cost 12 leu. BUCHAREST In Bucharest we provide two types of airport transfers; a shuttle bus transfer – tickets: €10 (€20 return) – and a personalised taxi to any address within the city centre, which will cost €20 (€40 return) per car. CLUJ-NAPOCA In Cluj-Napoca we provide a personalised taxi service between the airport and any address within Cluj-Napoca city centre. It will cost you €15 one-way (€30 return) per car. CRAIOVA Craiova airport is close to the city centre. Bus no. 9 runs from the airport to Piata Centrala and Universitate every 30 minutes from 5.30am to 9.30pm. The cost is 2 lei (€0.40) per trip, and the journey takes no more than 20 minutes. A taxi should be €3-5. Avis is the only rent-a-car company at the airport.
Serbia Dialling Code: +381 Currency: Dinar (RSD)
BELGRADE In Belgrade we provide a quick and easy shuttle bus transfer between the airport and any address within Belgrade city centre. Tickets cost €7 single (€14 return).
Slovenia Dialling Code: +386 Currency: Euro (€)
LJUBLJANA It takes about 25 minutes to cover the 25km between Ljubljana’s Jožeta Pucnika airport and the city centre by taxi (it should cost you around €35-45) or the shuttle bus (€5-9). The city bus (hourly, €4.10) takes up to 45 minutes.
Spain Dialling Code: +34 Currency: Euro (€)
ALICANTE Bus route C-6 runs from the airport to the centre of Alicante every 20 minutes. Tickets: €2.70. A taxi to Alicante costs €20. BARCELONA In Barcelona we provide a shuttle bus transfer between the airport and any address within Barcelona city centre. Tickets: €18 (€36 return). MADRID In Madrid we provide a shuttle bus transfer between the airport and any address within Madrid city centre. Tickets: €18 (€36 return). MALAGA The A Express Line connects the city centre with the airport in just 15
minutes. Tickets cost €2. A taxi into the city centre costs about €20. PALMA DE MALLORCA Route 1 leaves for central Palma approximately every 15 minutes. Tickets: €2.50. A taxi into the centre of Palma costs around €20. VALENCIA Metro lines 3 and 5 run straight to the city centre (Colón) and train station (Xativa). Tickets from €1.50. A taxi to Valencia costs around €20. ZARAGOZA The airport is located about 10km outside of Zaragoza. A bus runs between the airport and Paseo Maria Agustín in Zaragoza, with stops at PLAZA, Plaza Imperial and the rail, and bus station. Tickets: €1.65. A taxi should cost you around €15-20.
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TIMISOARA Express bus no.4 connects the airport to the city centre. Tickets cost 2.50 lei. TIRGU MURES In Tirgu-Mures we provide a shuttle bus transfer between the airport and any address within Tirgu-Mures city centre. Tickets cost €8 single (€16 return).
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Sweden Dialling Code: +46 Currency: Krona (SEK)
GOTHENBURG Flygbussarna buses depart every 30 minutes to the centre from 4am-11pm. Tickets: 150 Swedish kronor return. A taxi should cost around 350 kronor to the centre of Gothenburg. MALMÖ In Malmo we provide a point-to-point bus transfer between Malmo airport and Copenhagen, Central Station. Tickets: €20/€40 (return). STOCKHOLM SKAVSTA Take the Flygbussarna bus to Stockholm. Tickets: 129 Swedish kronor. A taxi from the airport costs 1,400 kronor.
Turkey Dialling Code: +90 Currency: Lira (TRY)
ANTALYA Bus service 202 runs to the city centre. Tickets cost €1.50. A taxi into Antalya costs around €25.
UK Dialling Code: +44 Currency: Pound (£)
DONCASTER SHEFFIELD Bus number 91 runs every 30 minutes to Doncaster. National Express run train services from Doncaster to Sheffield every 15 minutes. A taxi from the airport to Doncaster is around £20 (€23); £45 (€52) to Sheffield. GLASGOW First Bus operates an airport
shuttle service. Buses come up to every 10 minutes and stops outside Glasgow Airport, Waterloo St, Queen St and Buchanan Bus Station. Tickets: £5 (€5.80). A taxi to the city centre is around £25 (€29). LIVERPOOL In Liverpool we provide a point-to-point bus transfer between the airport and Liverpool city centre. Tickets: €3 (€6 return). LONDON First Capital Connect train tickets to central London can be purchased onboard. The journey takes 40 minutes into St Pancras International Station. Tickets: €15 (€27 return – the price includes bus transfer to Luton train station). In London we provide a point-to-point bus transfer between London Luton airport and London city centre (Victoria station) in cooperation with Green Line. Tickets: €11.50 one-way (€23 return).
Ukraine Dialling Code: +380 Currency: Hryvnia (UAH)
DONETSK Bus 5 goes to the centre. Tickets: 2 Hungarian forints. Taxis are easy to find outside the airport. KHARKIV Take bus 5 or 115 into the centre of Kharkiv. Taxis cost 100 Hungarian forints. KYIV Mini-buses and trolley bus 22 (in front of Terminal B) to the centre cost from 1.5 to 3 forints. A taxi is 120 forints. LVIV Transfer to the city centre via public transport (no. 95 mini-bus and no. 9 trolley bus services), or take a taxi for 100 UAH. SIMFEROPOL You can take bus 49, 98, 100 or 115 into Simferopol.
Dialling Code: +41 Currency: Swiss Franc (CHF)
BASEL EuroAirport is a binational airport. Exit through Swiss customs. Bus 50 goes to Basel Railway station and takes under 20 minutes, and costs 4.20 Swiss francs (€3.60). A taxi is 40-50 Swiss francs.
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GENEVA Be sure to take a free Unireso ticket in the Arrivals baggage hall, valid for 80 minutes on all forms of public transport. The train into Geneva-Cornavin station takes six minutes. City buses leave from Check-in. A taxi to Geneva should cost around 30-35 Swiss francs.
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New Flights to Malta! This spring, Wizz Air begins flights from Budapest to the small Mediterranean island of Malta. The twiceweekly flights start on 17 May with fares from €27 one-way. And April to May is the best time to be in Malta. You’ll be blessed
with plenty of sunshine, warm temperatures and crowd-free beaches and streets. Valletta, the pint-sized capital city, is a must-see. Being set on an orderly grid, it’s easy to stroll around St John’s Cathedral, the
Museum of Fine Art and the gorgeous, hilltop Upper Barrakka Gardens. Don’t miss the walled medieval city of Mdina, Malta’s neighbouring island of Gozo and the breathtaking Blue Lagoon (pictured) on the island of Comino.
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G o to G eorg ia! You can now fly to Kutaisi in Georgia from Ukraine’s Donetsk and Kharkiv, and from Poland’s Katowice and Warsaw From 23 April, Wizz Air will start a twice weekly service from Donetsk to Kutaisi, in Georgia (pictured below), and from 1 July, a twice weekly service from Kharkiv to Kutaisi. The airline has also
THE SK Y’S THE LIMIT AT BUDAPEST’S NEW TRAINING CENTRE Wizz Air has announced its brand new crew training centre in Budapest. The training centre features a modern A320 full flight simulator, aircraft cabin mock-up and a fire fighting trainer, representing an investment of €15m over a 10-year period. With the state-of-the-art equipment now located in Budapest, Wizz Air plans to train more than 90% of the cabin crew in the new facility. Thanks to the airline’s anticipated expansion, the current number of cabin crew – around 1,000 – could double inthe next five to six years.
launched new routes from Warsaw and Katowice to Kutaisi. Starting from 15th and 18th May respectively, the twice weekly routes will bring Georgia closer to the European Union and show that this often overlooked country, with its gorgeous old architecture, breathtaking mountain scenery and wonderful cuisine, is an up-and-coming holiday destination.
T U RN O N W IZ Z T V Wizz Air is the first European airline to create its own travel videos to showcase its fantastic 90 plus destinations. The videos are hosted by WIZZ Ambassadors and ‘frequent traveller’ Brad (below). Wizz Air’s clever videos bring the WIZZ travel experience to passengers’ screens before they’ve even left their homes. Viewers can get acquainted with their future travel destination and get insider tips from cabin crew. In the first video, WIZZ Ambassador Zsuzsa Lázár shows off her hometown, Budapest, to Brad – and Wizz Air’s passengers. See the videos at wizzair.com and on the Wizz Air YouTube channel.
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Wizz Air has moved its routes from Glasgow to Gdansk and Glasgow to Warsaw from Glasgow Prestwick Airport to the more centrally located Glasgow International Airport. The move is more convenient for passengers, and offers travellers a better opportunity to explore Scotland’s most cosmopolitan city. Marvel at Glasgow’s iconic architecture, including the City Chambers and the Clyde ‘Armadillo’ Auditorium. For the lowdown on the city’s music scene, see our feature on page 56. Fares start at just €23.99 one-way.
This intrepid kiwi bird’s only dream was to discover exciting new destinations. Given that kiwis can’t fly, there was little chance of that. Thanks to Wizz Air, he now has his boarding pass ready! See Brad’s latest adventures with the lovely WIZZ Ambassadors on WIZZ TV at wizzair.com
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What lug gage is the WIZZ team taking on their next t r ip?
I’ve just booked my summer holiday: I’m going away to Crete for a whole week of sunbathing, swimming, relaxing by the pool and eating out. I can’t wait! I’ll be taking checked-in baggage so I can pack my sunscreen and cosmetics without worrying about liquid restrictions. And, unlike other airlines, Wizz Air allows passengers to take up
to 32kg for checked-in bags, for a fee, which means I can take as many changes of outfits as I like, and I’ll still have plenty of room for holiday souvenirs, too!
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additional fee I’ll be taking a larger cabin bag (up to 56 x 45 x 25cm) on my next Budapest-toGeneva flight to bring back gifts for my friends and family.
The next business trip I have planned is a series of meetings with suppliers in London. I’ll be flying from Gdansk to London Luton. I need to try and fit as much as I can into one day, so I’ll be catching an early morning flight and then returning back to Gdansk the same evening. I’ll only need my laptop and a couple of work documents,
The one thing that I often struggle with on short-haul flights is finding a big enough space in the overhead compartments to fit my hand luggage. But with Wizz Air’s new baggage policy, it’s so much easier – people are more conscious of what size baggage they take onboard, which means there’s much more space. For a €10
so I’ll be travelling very light. Wizz Air’s free small cabin bag allowance (for bags smaller than 42 x 32 x 25cm) will be more than sufficient to meet my needs.
My husband and I are heading to Barcelona for a three-day weekend at the end of April. With my pale skin, a big bottle of sunscreen is an absolute must, and given the restrictions on liquids in cabin bags, I’ll need a checked-in bag. I promised not to shop too much so we have opted to save our money to spend on sangria and pack just one checked-in
bag. With a 32kg allowance, I think we can manage! Insider tip: don’t fold your clothes, roll them and save lots of space! See you on the beach in Barcelona!
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WIZZ AIR AMBASSADOR: ANA-MARIA VADUVA Cabin crew member Ana-Maria Vaduva ends her stint as WIZZ Ambassador for Romania “I started flying with Wizz Air four years ago. That’s 3,760 hours of flying since my first day! I remember how proud I felt when I first put on my pink uniform – well, I still am today – and it was that feeling of pride that inspired me to put myself forward as a WIZZ Ambassador two years ago. Passengers voted on our Facebook page for who they wanted to win. I couldn’t believe it when it turned out to be me!
Being an Ambassador wasn’t only giant professional step forward, it was a personal one, too. I’m so lucky to have met many wonderful people across the network, and developed lots of new friendships. As a WIZZ Ambassador, I had a lot of public appearances, interviews for magazines, photo shoots... It’s very glamorous. My favourite tasks included being in a WIZZ TV video with Brad and doing a fun Christmas promotion dressed as Santa – but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every moment as a WIZZ Ambassador.”
Choose the next class! Do you know a Wizz Air cabin crew member who’d make a brilliant Ambassador? Join our 130,000-plus Facebook friends (facebook.com/ wizzaircom) and vote for your favourite. This year, 16 Ambassadors will be chosen to represent their country and spread the WIZZ word. What are you waiting for?
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Safet y Informat ion hilst on board this flight we ask that you consider your fellow passengers and also pay attention to the information below. Be informed that by purchasing your Wizz Air ticket, you have accepted the Wizz Air General Conditions of Carriage. Our cabin crew will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please remember that they are on board primarily for your safety but also for your comfort.
SMOKING Smoking on any Wizz Air flight is strictly forbidden, this includes the use of electronic cigarettes. Lavatories are equipped with smoke detectors. ALCOHOL Alcoholic drinks are available on board as detailed in our inflight magazine, Wizz. These are served at the crew’s discretion to passengers of legal drinking age. While on board, you are only permitted to consume alcoholic drinks purchased from the Wizz Boutique and Café. The cabin crew reserve the right to stop serving alcohol to any passenger who is or appears to be drunk. YOUR CONDUCT ON BOARD In accordance with International Law, the Captain is in command of the aircraft and every person on board shall obey his or her lawful commands. The Captain has the authority to take any actions deemed necessary to manage passengers who are disruptive or cause problems during flights. Our primary concern is for the safety of our passengers and crew. We have a zero-tolerance policy with regard to passengers who are verbally or physically disruptive towards any other person on board the aircraft. In all cases of disruptive or abusive behaviour by passengers, the crew will always put the safety of the aircraft, crew and other passengers first. They will follow related safety procedures and notify the authorities.
SAFETY EQUIPMENT It is an offence to tamper with or remove any safety equipment on board this aircraft, including the life vests. Any such actions may jeopardise the safety of other passengers and lead to prosecution. Life vests for infants are available and will be provided in the event of a landing on water. SAFE STOWAGE OF YOUR HAND BAGGAGE Please ensure that your cabin baggage remains safely stowed for take-off and landing and at any time as instructed by the crew. Place small bags under the seat in front of you (unless you are seated in an emergency exit row); larger items must go in the overhead lockers. Place your bag securely in the locker and take care when opening lockers, as falling items may injure fellow passengers. SHARP ITEMS If you need to dispose of any sharp items (i.e. hypodermic needle), please contact a member of the cabin crew. ELECTRONIC DEVICES In accordance with International Civil Aviation Authority safety regulations, the use of devices for messaging, calls or internet access must remain switched off once the aircraft doors are closed. Some devices can be used during the flight (when the seatbelt sign has been switched off), these include: ● Bluetooth devices, excluding telephones. ● Devices (including PDAs and smart phones) that have a flight-safe mode, provided this is enabled before the aircraft doors are closed. The device must then be switched off for take-off and again for landing. ● Laptops and tablet PCs including those with built-in WLAN/WiFi, provided the WLAN/WiFi is switched off prior to the doors being closed. ● Electronic games, eBooks, MP3s, DVD and CD players, provided that any WLAN/WiFi is switched off prior to the doors being closed.
If in doubt, please keep devices switched off for the duration of the flight as they may interfere with our systems. PALENIE Palenie podczas lotów liniami Wizz Air jest bezwzgle˛ dnie zabronione. Zakaz ten obejmuje równiez˙ papierosy elektroniczne. Toalety s wyposaz˙ one w czujniki dymu. ALKOHOL Na pokładzie samolotu doste˛ pne s napoje alkoholowe wymienione w magazynie pokładowym. S one serwowane pełnoletnim pasaz˙ erom według uznania pracowników obsługi. Na pokładzie samolotu moz˙ na konsumowac´ tylko alkohol zakupiony podczas serwisu WIZZ Café. Ze wzgle˛ dów bezpieczen´ stwa przebywanie na pokładzie samolotu w stanie nietrzez´ wym jest niedozwolone. Zgodnie z własn ocen pracownicy obsługi lotu mog przestac´ serwowac´ alkohol osobom, które s nietrzez´ we lub sprawiaj takie wraz˙ enie.
FUMATUL Este strict interzis fumatul la bordul orica˘rui zbor Wizz Air flight, inclusiv fumarea tiga˘rilor electronice. Toaletele sunt preva˘zute cu detectoare de fum. ALCOOLUL La bord sunt disponibile ba˘uturi alcoolice, asa cum este detaliat în revista de bord a companiei Wizz. Acestea sunt servite, dupa˘ cum decide echipajul, pasagerilor care au vârsta permisa˘ de lege pentru a consuma alcool. Cât timp va˘ aflati la bord, puteti sa˘ consumati doar ba˘uturi alcoolice cumpa˘rate de la WIZZ Café. Din motive de siguranta˘, este interzis sa˘ fiti în stare de ebrietate la bordul unui avion. Însotitorii de zbor îsi rezerva˘ dreptul de a înceta sa˘ mai serveasca˘ alcool orica˘rui pasager care este sau care pare a fi în stare de ebrietate.
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You’ve just landed and you’re ready for your holiday! Minimise stress and get straight to the fun: skip the queues at the airport after arrival and pre-book your airport transfer. Low-cost buses, door-to-door transfers, train or taxi options are available at our major destinations.
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WIZZ PREMIUM Add all your favourite services in just one click and save up to 45%! We’ve packaged our most popular services into two bundles, Wizz Premium (€30) and Wizz Premium Plus (€40). Both packages include airport check-in, Reserved Seat or XXLong Extra Legroom, Wizz Flex, on-time arrival guarantee, large cabin bag and, in the Wizz Premium Plus package, one piece of checked-in baggage. Wizz Premium packages for flights from Budapest include fast-track security service.
WIZZ RESERVED SEAT AND X XLONG EXTR A LEGROOM Beat the crowds and the queues, and enjoy a guaranteed seat in the first front two rows of the plane, or a seat in the emergency rows, with our Reserved Seat and XXLong Extra Legroom services. At only €8 per flight, this great-value addition also include priority boarding. Offering significantly more legroom, it’s perfect for long-limbed travellers, or those that just want to travel in a little more comfort.
THE WIZZ AIR CREDIT CARDS Shop, collect and spend! Apply for a Wizz Air co-branded credit card with one of our partner banks in Hungary (Erste Bank), Poland (Citibank) or Romania (BCR) to collect points on all your purchases (2% for regular purchases, 4% for purchases on wizzair. com) and redeem them on wizzair.com for Wizz Air flights and services. In addition, receive a one-year completely FREE WIZZ Discount Club membership, giving you (and up to nine travelling companions) access to a guaranteed discount of €10 per one-way flight on all fares* exceeding €12.50.
WIZZ FLEX Unlimited online flight change for free! Travel plans can change at the last minute. Purchasing WIZZ Flex for only €10 per flight will allow you to change the date, time and routing of your flight, online and any number of times, up to three hours prior to the scheduled departure time. The change fee will not be charged – however, any fare difference must be paid.
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CHOPARD WISH €20 Wish is a fragrance for women by Chopard. EDP 30ml / Oriental
PACO RABANNE PACO €20 Paco by Paco Rabanne is a citrus aromatic fragrance for both women and men. EDT 100ml / Fresh
MOSCHINO UOMO €20 Moschino is a woody, musky fragrance for men. EDT 50ml / Spicy
MOSCHINO FUNNY! €20 A floral-fruity fragrance for young women. EDT 50ml / Fresh
VERSACE WOMAN €30 EDP 100ml / Floral
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HUGO BOSS NUIT €54 EDP 50ml / Floral
HUGO BOSS BOT TLED €46 EDT 50ml / Fresh
PACO RABANNE LADY MILLION €59 EDP 50ml / Floral
PACO RABANNE 1 MILLION €62 EDT 100ml / Spicy
GIORGIO ARMANI ACQUA DI GIOIA €51 EDP 50ml / Floral
GIORGIO ARMANI ACQUA DI GIO VALUE SET €47 EDT 50ml + Balm 75ml / Fresh
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CALVIN KLEIN ENCOUNTER €43 EDT 50ml / Spicy Alexander Skarsgård
GIORGIO ARMANI GIOR MINIATURE COFFRET €43 MINIATU Armani Code 5ml, Aqua di Gio 5ml, Armani Pour Homme 5ml, Attitude 5ml, A Diamonds 5ml Di
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DUO VOLUME MILLION LASHES €27 TRIO ROUGE CARESSE €28 BUY 3 MAKEUP SETS AND GET 20% OFF
DUO SMOOTHING RESURFACING PRIMER €30
4 COLOUR RICHE NAILS €15
REVITALIFT REPAIR 10 SERUM €19
BUY 2 SKINCARE PRODUCTS 10% OFF
REVITALIFT REPAIR DUO €27
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DONNA KARAN BE DELICIOUS DUO SET €48 2 x 30ml EDP Spray Travel Retail Exclusive
VERSACE YELLOW DIAMOND €55 EDT 50ml / Floral
HAUTE COLLECTION COFFRET €39 All your favourite fragrances in one box. Poeme EDP 4ml, Safari EDP 4ml, Tresor EDP 7.5ml, Noa EDT 7ml, Paloma Picasso EDT 5ml
LANCÓME TRÉSOR IN LOVE SET €49 EDP 50ml. Includes FREE Body Lotion / Fruity
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THE BODY SHOP MINI BODY BUT TER COLLECTION €21 Includes Shea Butter 50ml, Olive Butter 50ml, Pink Grapefruit Butter 50ml and Moringa Butter 50ml
BIOTHERM HOMME AQUA POWER MOISTURIZER €29 For all skin types, intense hydrating, vitalising, smoothing and refreshing. 75ml
CIELO SILVER WATCH €63
CIELO BLACK WATCH €69
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BOURJOIS PARIS SWEET TREAT €37 Five-piece travel set with two eyeshadows, mascara, lip gloss and free nail colour.
BOURJOIS PARIS SMOKY EYES €21 Get gorgeous with rose vintage eyeshadow, black mascara and black eye pencil.
PIERRE CARDIN CHARM BRACELET €19 Charm Bracelet with a free matching pair of Rhodium-plated earrings.
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SIENNA REAL LEATHER BRACELET-WHITE €29
LANCÔME ABSOLUT VOYAGE PALET TE €59 A complete make-up palette, perfect for travelling.
LANCÔME HYPNOSE DOLL EYES MASCARA €24 For volumised, extended and lifted lashes with perfect separation.
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HELLO KIT T Y COFFRET €31 Five colourful EDT Miniatures in the shape of a happy Hello Kitty face. Buy a Hello Kitty Bag and Hello Kitty 60ml EDT or Coffret SAVE 10%
HELLO KIT T Y EDT €21 EDT 60ml. For little girls who love perfume.
HELLO KIT T Y PLUSH €8 Hello Kitty plush toy with pink baby-tartan.
HELLO KIT T Y CARRY BAG €10 This is a fantastic accessory – a bag that folds away into a pocket purse.
HELLO KIT T Y CHARM BRACELET WATCH €40 With quartz analogue watch.
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PHONE CHARGER €10 Ready-to-use emergency phone charger kit, including battery.
MINI SOUND BOX SPEAKER €20 Travel Easy Mini Sound Box Speakers for MP3s and music players
SWISS TRAVEL ADAPTOR €20 One adaptor, four options, for more than 150 countries
SUPER BRICK GAME €17 999 games in one ready-to-use pack with headphones.
TRAVEL BLUE NECK PILLOW €10 Inflatable neck pillow. For your comfort and relaxation during travelling. Made from soft, anti-allergenic, luxury fabric.
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MODEL AIRCRAFT €10
TEDDY BEAR €13 REMOTE-CONTROLLED PLANE €19
TRAVEL TICKETS - SAVE TIME BUYING ON BOARD
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London Thameslink stations (LDN)
Adult tickets start at 16 years and above
TO BEDFORD Adult Open Return Adult Open Single Child Open Return Child Open Single
Luton Airport (LTN)
S In t Pa te nc rn ra at s io na l Fa rri ng do n
€30 €17 €15 €9 €13 €6
Lu Pa ton rk A w ir ay po rt
TO LONDON Adult Open Return Adult Open Single Child Open Return Child Open Single Weekend Only Fare Weekend Child Fare
FIRST CAPITAL CONNECT TRAIN TICKETS:
Blackfriars Tube station closed until late 2011
€23 €12 €11 €6
Adult tickets start at 16 years and above
Tickets include shuttle bus from Luton Airport Parkway
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BOUTIQUE & CAFÉ
KID’S SNACK/ACTIVIT Y BOX €4
ADULT ’S SNACK BOX €4
*ACTIVITIES INCLUDED* Tropical Fruit Pot 113g, Sunny Raisin 42.5g, Cheese Dippers 35g, Hula Hoops 10g, Kinder Chocolate Bar 21g, Rice Krispie Cereal Bar (Kellogg’s), Spoon, six mini colour pencils. Products may vary
Chicken Pâté 25g , Pretzel 10g, Jacob’s Cracker 20g, Eat Natural Apricot, Almond and Yogurt Bar Mini 18g, Dormen’s Cranberry & Cherry 20g, Dormens’s Salted Almonds 20g, Mini Mars Chocolate 18g. Products may vary
Meal Deal Buy any adult/kid’s snackbox or sandwich + soft drink or hot drink (excludes alcohol) and get a FREE Twix, Snickers, Kit Kat or breakfast biscuit.
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BOUTIQUE & CAFÉ HOT DRINKS
COFFEE & DECAF €2
HOT TEA €2
HOT CHOCOLATE €3
Take a sweet break! Cappuccino or Hot Chocolate + 7 Days Croissant or M&M’s 125g.
S AV E €1
S A V E €1 BUY 2 CANS OF BEER FOR €5
PREMIUM WINES €4
RUM / VODKA / WHISKY €4 (0.05L)
PRODUCT MAY VARY
PRODUCT MAY VARY
PRODUCT MAY VARY
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BOUTIQUE & CAFÉ FRESH FOOD
TRIANGLE/BAGUET TE SANDWICH* €4 *We have selected a variety of fillings for our sandwiches, please ask the crew what is available on today’s flight. Products may vary
Wine Deal Buy a glass of wine (red/white) + cheese sandwich and SAVE €1.
S AV E €1
MINERAL WATER €2 sparkling / still ( 0.5L )
BURN ENERGY DRINK €3
COCA-COLA, COCA-COLA LIGHT, SPRITE €2 (0.33L)
PRODUCT MAY VARY
PRODUCT MAY VARY
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BOUTIQUE & CAFÉ S AVO U RY S N ACKS
T WIX €1
KIT KIT €1 M&M’ S FUN CANDY €6 New fun item filled with a 20g bag of M&M’s Milk Chocolate. BREAKFAST BISCUIT €1
BAKE ROLLS €2 garlic/pizza
SALTED, CRUNCHY PEANUTS €1
M&M’ S €2 PRINGLES €3
(125g) SIZE MAY VARY
PRODUCT SELECTION Due to limited space onboard, we apologise if your choice is no longer available when you order your preferred food and beverages. Product selection may vary from country to country.
PAYMENT We are accept the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard. In case of credit card payment, passenger must provide proof of identification. Cash payment can be made in Euros (bank notes of up to €100 value and coins of €1 and €2). Other currencies (Bank notes only): British Pound (excluding Scottish pound), Bulgarian Leva on Bulgarian flights, Czech Kroner on Czech flights, Hungarian Forints on Hungarian flights, Lithuanian Litas on Lithuanian flights, Macedonian Denar on all Macedonian flights, Polish Złoty on Polish flights, Romanian Lei on Romanian flights, Serbian Dinar on Serbian flights, and Swedish Kronor on Swedish flights. All prices are quoted in euros as the base currency. Return change will be given in euros unless local currency is available. Passengers are prohibited from consuming alcoholic beverages that they have supplied themselves. Please make sure that you receive a receipt for your purchase.
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