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Welcome Journey Through Sicily Tour of the Greek ruins on the Italian island

Lonely Planet Guide

Travel expert Heather Carswell shares her favourite spots in Barcelona

Blogger Tip

We asked a top blogger for their perfect summer destina tion

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Our favourite cities

Summer Musicals 06 Stockholm City Guide 09

Two spots for a new summer adventure

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Relaxing Summer Thermal baths in Switzerland

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Europe Outdoors

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Film, musical or book?

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A pull-out map of the best festivals and events happening on the continent this summer Three new musicals to check out on the London stage

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Travel Tips

The importance of cash

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Stockholm City Guide

Where to go and what to do in the Swedish capital

Sicily’s Greek Ruins 03

Thermal spas 08

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On the Cover Famous Orthodox church with blue domes in the village of Oia on the island of Santorini, Greece.

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Welcome Welcome

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ummer brings to mind memories of picnics in the park, weekend getaways to European beaches and (of course) a great tourist season in London! The past few months leading up to summer have been very busy for ChangeGroup. We have completely re-branded our corporate identity, and given our logo, strapline, and website a facelift all to serve you better. After listening to your comments and feedback, we changed our website too, making it more user friendly and clear and added more products and services, such as Travel Money Online, to ensure that your time abroad and even in the UK, is fantastic!

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In this issue your Travel Magazine, we wanted to share with you our favourite places to go and travel hints and tips which are sure to get your vacation off to a stress-free start. With over 19 years of experience within the foreign exchange and travel industry, we want to pass our expertise on to you and your family.

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In our Travel Guide sections, you’ll find information on hot summer cities, such as Sicily, Croatia and Sweden, with secret and off the beaten path locations, guaranteed to add some excitement into your holiday. We consulted local residents, bloggers and tourist authorities to find out the best places to go. If you want to share your experience about your travels, we’d love to hear about it! Our Europe Outdoors Feature is your definitive guide to what to see and do abroad this summer. We’ve selected the top events, exhibitions, gigs, and festivals to visit for both you and your family – enjoy! As always, we’d love to hear from you. Don’t forget to check follow all of our activity on the web. Our magazine is completely interactive - clicking on links and bolded words throughout the articles will take you directly to the page! Have a great summer! Paul Crombie General Manager - Western Europe

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Travel Guide Blogger Tip Things are getting much easier for tourists looking to find new and exciting spots in a city. With the increase of travel blogs and online travel websites, visitors can learn the ins and outs of a new desintation before they travel and plan their trip well in advance. We asked a top blogger to share with us her secret guide and summer destination pick. photo: swiss-image.ch/Samuel Mizrachi

Blogger Valerie Stivers-Isakova from Virtual GDBK on Switzerland:

Off the Beaten Path

Greek ruins in Sicily Breaking up the rugged and mountainous Mediterranean terrain, the Greek ruins of Sicily offer visitors a visual historical journey through the Italian islands Hellenic past. The most famous of the ruins is found in the southwestern region of Agrigento. Built in 582-580 BCE, the city is home to the ancient city of Akragas and the Valley dei Templi, a site comprising of seven monumental Greek temples, the Temple of Juno and Temple of Concordia. Only a short distance from Palermo, the site is easily accessible by car or bus and is well worth the trip. The best views can be seen at night time, when the hilly terrain is light up with Greek porticos and columns. Near the southeastern corner, visit the city of Syracuse where Greek mathematician Archimedes was born. The historical centre is found on the island of Ortigia, and is a testament to the city’s history of Roman, Norman and Aragonese rulers. The Temple of Apollo, constructed in early 6th c BC and the Fountain of Arethusa are not to be missed. The archaeological complex inland from Ortigia is home to the Tomb of Archimedes, as well as a large Greek theatre still used today. Also visit: Capo Tindari, Taormina, Sellinunte, Segesta (pictured) For more information visit www.palermo.com

photo: swiss-image.ch/Walter Storto

A destination I’m very excited about for summer is Switzerland, especially Zurich which Virtual GDBK runs a page on. There’s something so civilized-OldWorld-Europe about Switzerland’s urban lakes and rivers that are clean enough to swim in, like Lake Geneva and Lake Zurich. In Zurich there are amazing baths on the lakes and architect-designed bathhouses and visiting them seems like the perfect way to enjoy a culture destination and the pleasures of summer. If I were going to Switzerland I’d also take a side trip to visit the St. Benedict Chapel by the architect Peter Zumthor.

photo: swiss-image.ch/Gian Marco Castelberg & Maurice Haas

Valerie Stivers-Isakova runs the travel blog Virtual GDBK, a compliation of recent travel stories, local listings, and more, all chosen by city-specific editors and writers. Visit virtualgdbk.com for more travel tips

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Lonely Planet contributer Heather Carswell shares her favourite spots in Barcelona “Barcelona is one of the world’s great cities. Its Mediterranean location, great weather and welldeserved reputation as a place that knows how to party are just the beginning. The city’s unique mixture of gothic and Modernism architecture makes Barcelona a fascinating place to wander round. From the narrow medieval streets of the Barri Gotic district, to some of Gaudi’s greatest works in L’Eixample such as La Sagrada Familia, there is no shortage of awe-inspiring sights. For the best places to eat give the tourist hotspots such as La Rambla a wide berth. The best places are found by exploring on foot so head out after 8pm (not much is open before then) and you shouldn’t struggle to find an inviting restaurant or cozy tapas

bar. For the best seafood head to La Barceloneta (segonsmercat. com, C. Balboa 16, +93 310 78 80) or to La Ribera (laribera-sa. es, (Pl. Comercial, 11, +93 319 52 06) (both in the Ciutat Vella district) for fusion and international cuisine. Similarly, if you want to experience the most happening nightlife avoid the main streets in the old town which are home to Irish bars and stag parties. I found some fantastic, quirky bars tucked away on nearby side streets. It’s worth having an afternoon nap if you plan on partying as in Barcelona nowhere gets going until after midnight.” Heather Carswell is a Lonley Planet spokesperson.Visit the Lonely Planet website for more great guides. ChangeGroup Our unbeatable online Euro rates lets you enjoy all of the sights of the Catalanan city.

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Take a Trip Summer Destinations With a wide range of long or short haul vacations available, take advantage of great currency rates and cheap flights and a take a trip to a new European city this summer. We selected two of our favourite spots which are guaranteed to give you the perfect break.

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ore than just the Little Mermaid and the Tivioli Museum, Copenhagen is the perfect city to visit for culture, design and open outdoor spaces. From our experience, the best way to experience a new city is on a bike, and Copenhagen is no exception. Not only more economical, it allows you to explore the city’s attractions at your own pace. Rent a bicycle for around 50 kroner/day (cph-bike-rental. dk) and take a trip to the Statens Museum for Kunst (smk.dk, Sølvgade 45-50, +45 3374 8494), the national museum, or picnic in the Fælledparken. Visit The King’s Garden to experience the Renaissance splendor established by Christian IV in the 1600s and be sure to buy some children’s gifts at Krea, the city’s famous toy shop. Design fans should visit the Museum of Art&Design (designmuseum.dk, Bredgade 68, +45 33 187 56 56).

Copenhagen is full of stunning contemporary architecture, especially in the Orestad neighbourhood, which boasts a hotel by Daniel Libeskind and concert hall by Jean Nouvel. For dining, visit the Nyhaven district, known for its electic mix of culture, bars, design, and history. Also visit the free-town of Christiania for a new experience. For shopping and a stroll, walk along Strøget, Europe’s longest pedistrian only street, and take in the old medieval city and the Latin Quarter. A trip to the city wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Noma (Strandgade 93, +45 (0) 3 926 3297), just named the world’s top restaurant by Restaurant Magazine. Also visit the Copenhagen Cooking Festival, (copenhagencooking.dk), taking place between 19 - 28 August for local flavours.

Images (clockwise from top left): Copenhagen Cooking; city cycling; waterfront pier at the Royal Danish Playhouse; one of Rene Redzepi’s, Head Chef at Noma, dishes

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his seaside town and capital of Hvar Island boasts the perfect balance of sightseeing and sunbathing - no wonder it’s called the new French Riviera. Visiting the city is easy, with Jadrolinija (jadrolinija.hr) Ferries operates twice daily sailings from Split. Croatia has several beautiful sites and this island is no exception. Visit the Franciscan Monastery or take a trip to Stari Grad, the oldest settlement on the Island, founded by the Greeks in 400BC. For amazing swimming, visit the Blue Grotto for snorkelling in the crystal clear water after taking a trip around the island via the city’s boats. The city centre is full of restaurants and cafes serving up the best of Dalmatian cuisine, from fresh octopus salad to black risotto. Be sure to visit Macondo (Groda,

+385 21-742-850) for the freshest seafood. Over the recent years, Hvar has become known for their busy nightlife, with well-known spots such as the Riva, located in the Yacht Harbour Hotel (Riva bb, suncanihvar.com) and Carpe Diem (Stipanska, carpe-diembeach.com), complete with its own beach and 6 different bars. If you’re more of an adventure seeker, tour the Croatian coast via charter boat with Captain Anton on Kapetan Jure (kapteanjure. com, +385 21 873 147 ) which takes you to all of the islands on the Hvar Riviera, including mustsee Vis. Jure offers comfortable accommodation and dining on the boat, all for excellent value. The Dalmatian coast is best seen from a boat as the turquoise blue water is not to be missed.

Images (clockwise from top left): Aeiral view of Hvar; One of the beaches at Carpe Diem bar; fresh Dalmatian cuisine; beach view

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Clockwise: Cycling in the Canton Valais region; Burgebad Therme in Leukerbad; natural spa cusine; serentity in a designer spa swiss-image.ch/Tina Steinauer

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Lifestyle Spa Guide - Switzerland Only an hour long train ride away from Zurich, these picture-perfect thermal spas in Switzerland are ideal for both a weekend getaway or a much needed week-long break. The country is home to numerous architect-designed spas and thermal baths, all surrounded by mountains and breathtaking scenery.

Designer Spas Tamina Therme, Bad Ragaz Nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Alps and only an hour away from Zurich, the spa, designed by Yosho Smolensk, boasts several pools, spa treatments and an extensive wellbeing programme. Enjoy a spectacular view overlooking the mountains in one of the spa’s outdoor thermal pools or from inside through the prominent oval windows, all whilst indulging in the serene and tranquil relaxation. Rates: Hotel rates between CHF 200 - 960 Spa day rates between CHF 26 - 30 for 2 or 4 hours and treatments ranging between 96 188 CHF. Directions: trains from either Zurich or Berne stop at Bad Ragaz or via automobile on the A13. Contact: resortragaz.ch +41 (0)81 303 30 30

Therme Vals, Vals Built using Valser quarzite slabs and situated over thermal springs in the Graubünden area, Vals Spa is literally carved out of the mountain. Designed by Peter Zumthor, the hotel and spa are a beautiful fusion between old and new spaces, providing guests with a glorious display of light and elegance. Rates: Most spa treatments between CHF 78 - 98. Double occupancy rates range from CHF 225 - 71 depending on hotel (includes admission to Therme baths). Directions: train to Chur or Post bus to Vals. Chauffeur service for guests arriving by public transport. Contact: therme-vals.ch +41 (0) 81 926 80 80

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Thermal Spas Leukerbad Spa, Leukerbad, Valais As one of the countrys’ largest thermal spas, the hotel offers family packages and accomodation and a wide range of activities in addition to the spa itself, including sports and recreation. The spa has several hotels and apartments where you can choose to stay located around the spa. Perfect for families. Rates: Double room rates between CHF 195 - 595 per night; apartments from CHF 426 - 556 per night. The spa also offers weekly family ‘taster’ packages. Directions: arriving from any Swiss airport hop on the SBB train to Leuk-Susten and change to LLB bus to Leukerbad (roughly 2-3 hours) Contact: leukerbad.ch +41 (0)27 472 71 71

Baines de Lavey, Lavey-lesBains This spa offers daily admission as well as a long-stay hotel accomodation. Enjoy a wide range of treatments, from pressure jets and massage, as well as Turkish baths and hammam. In addition to the spa, the beautiful Chablias region (where the spa is located) offers visitors the opportunity to hike or play golf when they need a break from the busy spa. Rates: Double room CHF 145 per night. Spa rates bewteen CHF 24 - 30 for 3 to 4 hours. Directions: regular buses or trains from St.Maurice or A9 motorway (direction Lausanne) Contact: lavey-les-bains.ch +41 (0)24 486 15 55 Images (clockwise from top left): Tamina Therme spa; Leukerbad spa

Sources des Aples, Leukerbad, Loeche-Les-Bains

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Located on the southern slopes of the Alps, the hotel/spa boasts both a thermal and a beauty centre all in a classicly designed space. Rates: CHF 540 per night (inc. VAT) for a standard double room. Spa treatments range between CHF 55 - 70 and packages CHF 100 - 340. Directions: trains from BernBrig and Lausanne stop at Leuk. Direct LLB bus to Leukerbad on the hour. Contact: sourcesdesalpes.ch +41 (0) 27 472 20 00 photo: Leukerbad Spa

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Europe Outdoors Norway is filled with exciting cultural and historical festivals and events throughout the summer, with the Arts Festival in the northern region being a popular choice.

Brussels comes alive in the summer with several outdoor festivals, even creating an outdoor beach in the city complete with huts. The Beach, Urban BBQ and Summer Festival cannot be missed. Where: Brussels, Belgium When: August With events ranging from tennis, concerts, to exhibitions, London is a great place to visit over the summer. Wimbledon Experience tennis at its best! Where: London, England When: 20 to 27 June www.wimbledon.com Loaded in the Park Festival Annual music festival in Hyde Park Where: London, England When: 29 August www.geloadedinthepark.com

Arts Festival Where: Harstad, Norway When: 18 to 26 June www.visitnorway.com

Copenhagen hosts several events throughout the summer, sure to please everyone, the most famous being the annual rock music festival, Roskildefestivalen. Where: Copenhagen, Denmark When: early July

Risør Wooden Boat Festival Where: Stavanger, Norway When: 4 to 7 August www. trebatfestival.en.no The annual Helsinki Festival is the largest arts festival in the country and celebrates the culture of the region. Where: Helsinki, Finland When: 19 August to 4 September www.helsinginjuhlaviikot.fi Enjoy the seaside at the Maritime Day’s Festival in Tallinn. It’s a great way to visit historical ships, cheer on boat races and taste freshly caught seafood. Where: Tallinn, Estonia When: 16 to 18 July http://www.tallinnamerepaevad.ee/

Paris is a hub of cultural activity during the summer. Be sure to check out these events. Bastille Day Where: Paris, France When: 14 July

The annual White Lights festival in Russia celebrates the international performing arts with a wide range of music and dance performances. Where: St. Petersburg, Russia When: 27 May to 24 July www.wnfa.org/festivalstars.htm

Tour de France Where: Locations throughout France When: 2 to 24 July www.letour.fr

Fancy throwing a tomato at a friend? At La Tomatina you can. Where: Valencia, Spain When: 31 August www.latomatina.org

The Festival ‘Aix-enProvence’, taking place in July, is an international classical music and opera festival. Immerse yourself in Picasso and Cézanne and enjoy the picturesque Provençal landscape. Where: Aix-enProvence, France When: 5 to 25 July www.festival-aix.com

Known throughout the world as the summer music festival, listen to bands ranging from the Arctic Monkeys, The Streets, Arcade Fire and many more, all on the beach. Where: Valencia, Spain When: 14 to 17 July Cost: £165 for a 4 day festival pass www.benicassimfestival.co.uk

Taking place in locations throughout the city, the 54th VeniceArt Biennale is a must-see for any art lovers. Experience artists from around the world and enjoy a ride on a gondola at the same time. Where: Venice, Italy When: 4 June to 27 November www.labiennale.org

The 66th Annual Prague Spring International Music Festival commemorates both the musical accomplishments of the country, as well as international composers. Where: Prague, Czech Republic When: May to June www.prague-springs.net

The Hellenic Epidaurus festival in Athens introduces visitors to the historical and contempoary culture of Greece, with musical and dramatical performances held in the city’s famous ampitheatres. Where: Athens, Greece When: June to September www.greekfestival.gr

Take in the beauty of the Dalmatian coast when the city of Zadar turns off its lights for the Fool Moon celebrations held throughout the summer. Enjoy traditional food, music and local delights all by candlelight. Where: Zadar, Croatia When: Throughout July www.croatia.hr

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Culture Guide Theatre Preview

Film, book or...musical? The musical trend hitting the London theatre scene this summer

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end...and snap!” Hailed as one of the best musicals of 2010, Legally Blonde stole the hearts of London theatregoers and critics when it opened last year to rave reviews. Now, the trend of hit Blockbuster films and Pulitzer-Prize winning books being adapted to the stage has taken over London’s West-End, with fans of the stage being able to see their favourite movies and novels come to life. This summer, four new and hotly anticipated musical are opening on the London stage: ‘Shrek the Musical’, ‘Ghost’, ‘South Pacific’ and ‘Matilda the Musical’. Finally arriving in the UK after a successful run in the States, Shrek the Musical brings to life the original book and film’s dysfunctional fairy tale and outrageous cast, complete with dragons, duelling and a wisecracking donkey. Shrek the Musical follows the story of swamp-dwelling ogre, Shrek (Nigel Lindsay), in his quest to reclaim the deed of his land and to win the heart of the beautiful Princess Fiona (Amanda Holden) away from the diminutive Lord Farquaad. With the help of his loyal steed Donkey (Richard Blackwood), a rouge band of fairytale characters and a sassy gingerbread man, Shrek embarks on hilarious musical adventure sure that is an irresistible mix of fun, laughter and romance. ‘Ghost’,

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Award winning film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg is another film being adapted for the London stage. Already receiving rave reviews when it opened in Manchester in May, the musical follows the story of Sam and Molly as they try to communicate between two worlds, ghost and living. After Sam is murdered, he and Molly hire the help of a phoney physic in the hope of saving her from his murderer. How the famous clay pot scene will translate to musical theatre has yet to be discussed. If the contemporary musical trend isn’t up your alley, head to the Barbican Theatre in August and sing-a-long to Rogers and Hammersteins classic1949 musical romance ‘South Pacific’. Loosely based on James Michener’s novel, the musical follows the story of a young naval nurse who falls for a mysterious French plantation owner and the realities WWII. The long-awaited adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book ‘Matilda the Musical’ arrives at the Cambridge theatre this fall. The famous book about a child prodigy, her evil parents and her wonderful teacher is sure to delight families this fall. Whether you want to see your favourite movie or the pages of a novel brought to musical life this summer, the West-End’s new openings are sure to kick your summer off to a singing start.

Images (clockwise from top left): the cast of ‘South Pacific’; ‘Shrek the Musical’; Susan McFadden as ‘Elle Woods’ in ‘Legally Blonde’; a famous film scene brought to life in ‘Ghost’

Shrek the Musical Theatre Royal Drury Lane London, WC2B 5JF 6 May 2011 - 19 February 2012 Box Office: 0844 871 8810 www.shrekthemusical.co.uk

South Pacific Lincoln Theatre The Barbican, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS 15 August - 1 October 2011 Box Office: 0207 638 8891 www.southpacificonstage.co.uk

Ghost the Musical Piccadilly Theatre Denman Street London, W1D 7DJ 24 June 2011 - 28 January 2012 Box Office: 0844 871 7618 www.ghostthemusical.com

Matilda the Musical Cambridge Theatre Earlham St London, WC2H 9HU 18 October 2011 - 12 February 2012 Box Office: 0207 907 7071 www.matildathemusical.com

Good Advice It’s easy to bring out a credit or a debit card when visiting abroad, but travelers often forget the hidden pitfalls of choosing to swipe instead of paying cash. Travelling with cash allows you to experience new cultures without having to worry about finding a nearby ATM to pay for local goods. And plus, who’s heard of an ice cream stall in the middle of Barcelona taking a credit card?

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City Guide Stockholm, Sweden

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Stockholm, Sweden Known for its stylish design, innovative restaurants, and historic landmarks, Stockholm has quickly become a cultural heaven in Scandinavia. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, this 700 year old city is a perfect weekend break or a family vacation. Take advantange of the city’s three UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Woodland Cemetery, Drottingholm Palace and the Viking Settlement, which are all a short distance from the city centre. Stockholm also offers several family parks, such as the Lill-Skansen Zoo, the Aquaria Water Museum, and the Astrid Lindgren Museum, perfect to keep everyone entertained. Also visit the Moderna Museet and take in works of art by Nils von Dardel and Henri Matisse. The city itself is comprised of several areas, with the Gamla Stan (Old Town) being the most wellknown. The area is home to the Royal Palace, several museums, and the Södermalm district,made famous by the novelist Stieg Larsson and his Millenium trilogy. Enjoy a literary tour recreating the steps of Blomkvist or Salander.

Stockholm is full of contemporary concept hotels as well as the traditional 5-Star. For a completely new sensoral hotel experience, stay at the Nordic Light Hotel (nordiclighthotel.se, +46 (0)8 5056 30 00). Guests enjoy rooms with ‘mood lighting’ where they can control the lighting of their space based on their trips requirements (ie. stress-free, romantic, relaxation). Standard rooms start at SEK 1,335. For a more classic experience, try to the Hotel Stureplan (hotelstureplan. se, +46(0)8 440 66 00) the Grand Hotel (grandhotel.se, +46(0)8 679 35 00 ) and the newly opened Nobis (nobis.se, +46 (0)8 614 10 00). Or, if you want to experience nature full-on, stay at the Woodpecker Hotel where guests stay in treehouses.

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L o c a t e d going out throughout the different areas of the city are bars and nightclubs perfect for every taste. For a more bohemian drink, head to the Södermalm, Vasatan or Kungsholmen areas for some trendier establishments. In recent years, Swedish cuisine has become famous or its innovative combination of flavours and styles. Restaurant Magazine just listed several of Stockholm’s restaurants as being the world’s best, so be sure to take advantage of some new taste sensations when visiting the city. For natural flavours and produce check out Matthias Dahlgren at the Grand Hotel (Grand Hotel, S.Blaiseholmshamnen 6, +46 (0)8 679 35 84, mathiasdahlgren. com). Listed as the ‘ones to watch ‘ for 2011, visit frantzen/lindeberg (Lilla Nyganta 21, +46 (0) 8 20 85 80, frantzen-lindeberg.com) for a total gastronomic journey, which was also named Restaurant of the Year in 2010. For more relaxed dining, visit either Elverket, Cafe Saturnus, or Den Gyldene Freden for some authentic Swedish cuisine. Be sure to taste kalops (meat stew) or inglad sill (sweetened herring). Images (clockwise from top left): Nils von Dardel’s “The Dying Dandy” at the Moderna Museet; Gamla Stan/Old Town; Swedish cuisine; the breathaking archipelago

If you want to experience the Nordic landscape, take a ferry from central Stockholm to the Archipelago, one of the biggest in the Baltic Sea. Comprising of over 24,000 islands, the area is perfect for sailing and is easily accesible via public transport. There are several ferry operators offering fast travel or a longer cruise around the islands, such as Strömma Kanalbolaget (strommakanalbolaget.com) and Cinderella Båtarna (cinderellabatarna.com). Be sure to visit the maritime ports, the Svenska-Hogarna nature harbour and take a stroll around the island of Grinda.

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Image Credits Copenhagen Image Credits Jazz Festival (www.copenhagenmdiacentre.com, © Tuala Hjarno) City of Bikes (www.copenhagenmdiacentre.com, © Kasper Thye) Copenhagen Cooking Festival, Royal Danish Playhouse (www.copenhagenmdiacentre.com, © Tuala Hjarno) Noma, Ditte Isegar, 2006 Hvar, Croatia Carpe Diem Image courtesy of the bar Switzerland Images Table of Contents: swiss-image.ch/ Christof Sonderegger Switzerland Spa Images Thermina Spa image courtesy of Grifco PR, 18 Coda Centre, 189 Munster Rd, London SW6 6AW Leukerbad Spa Image courtesy of the spa Stockholm Image Credits Table of Contents: Cafe Verma at Bergsunds Strand 31, Stockholm (photo: www.imagebank. sweden.se © Nicho Södling/Nicho Södling) Article: F12 Bar (photo: www.imagebank.sweden.se © Conny Fridh/Conny Fridh) Moderna Museet (photo: www.imagebank.sweden.se © Nicho Södling/ Nicho Södling) Gamla Stan/Old Town (photo: www.imagebank.sweden.se © Nicho Södling/ Nicho Södling) Swedish Cuisine (photo: www. Copyright © ChangeGroup International Plc, Meridien House, 42 Upper Berkeley Street, London W1H 5EP. All material is strictly copyright and all rights are reserved. All text, unless otherwise stated, is written by ChangeGroup and is subject to copyright. No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or part without the prior written permission of the copyright holder. Opinions of those expressed in ChangeGroup Magazine are not necessarily those of ChangeGroup and ChangeGroup does not accept responsibility for advertising content. All information and travel details are correct at time of press and may no longer be so on the date of publication.

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Copenhagen, DK

Paris, FR

Karntnerstrasse 38 1010, Vienna +43 1 961 7973

Frederiksbergsgade 28 Copenhagen, 1459 +45 33936383

150 Av Champs-Elysées Sadama 25-B Tallinn 75008, Paris +372 6318573 +33 145610346

Karntnerstrasse 16 1010, Vienna +43 1 961 0666

Ostergade 61 Vesterbrogade 9A Copenhagen, 1620 +45 33240447

99 Rue de Rivoli Louvre, Paris +33 140200942

Singerstrasse 1 1010, Vienna +43 1 521 9911 Vienna Int’l Airport Arrivals Hall +43 1 700 733 Bremen, DE Flughafen Bremen Flughafenallee 20 D-28199 +49 421 559 0988 Lübeck, DE Flughafen Lübeck Blankenseer Straße +49 451 2907402

Vesterbrogade 6D Copenhagen, 1620 +45 33330523 Ostergade 1 Copenhagen, +45 33115550 Towers 47 Kobmagergade Copenhagen, 1150 +45 33322530 Copenhagen, 1161 +45 33930455 Vimmelskafet 47 Copenhagen, 1161 +45 33930418

Pohjoisesplanadi 21 00100 Helsinki +358 927070071

Urho Kekkosen katu 00100 Helsinki +358 93232012

Viru 23, Old Town Tallinn +372 6440109

Mannerheimintie 8 00100 Helsinki +358 927070075

Helsinki Airport

208 Rue de Rivoli Paris 1er +33 149279089

Viru väljak 4/6 Tallinn, 10111 +372 6101588

Mannerheimintie 14B 00100 Helsinki +358 927070075

19 Blvd St-Michel Paris 5eme +33 146346885

Lootsi 13-4 Tallinn, Estonia +372 6621352

Pohjoisesplanadi 37 00100 Helsinki +358 927070074

134 Blvd St-Germain Paris 6eme +33 140468775

Tallinn Airport

Makasiiniterminaali 00160 Helsinki +358 927070076

38 Avenue de l’Opera 75002 Paris +33 149240083 Stockholm, SE Vasterlanggatan 54 11129, Stockholm +46 84 111320

Landside Arrivals Lennujaama tee 2 Tallinn, 11101 +372 605 8093 Tartu, EE Tartu Kaubamaja Riia 1, 5103 Tartu +372 731 4802

Olympiaterminaali 00160 Helsinki +358 927070077 Katajanokan terminaali 00160 Helsinki +358 927070078

T1 Arrivals & Dept. Hall T2 Non - Schengen Vantaa, 01531 Gate 31-32 +358 975 311 76 Vantaa, 01531 +358 975 31718 T2 Airside - Schengen Gate Area 26 Vantaa, 01531 +358 975 31527 T2 Arrivals Hall 3 Vantaa, 01531 +358 975 31718 T2 Arrivals Hall 4 Baggage Reclaim +358 969 0258 T2 Departures Hall Vantaa, 01531 +359 975 31715

Australia Western Territories

Melbourne

Fremantle Town Hall Perth, WA 6000 +61 7 9431 702

101 Collins St Melbourne, VC 3000 +61 3 9654 2768

Sydney (cont’d)

Brisbane&Darwin 37 Swanston Street Melbourne, VC 3000 +61 3 9671 3410

Shop 24, London Court 248 Swanston Street Perth, WA 6000 Melbourne, VC 3000 +61 7 9325 7418 +61 3 9639 1585

385 Bourke Street Melbourne, VC3000 +61 3 9606 0466

Shop 1, Piccadilly Arc. 700 Hay St Perth, WA 6000 +61 8 9485 2263

Centre Point 167 Swanston Street Melbourne, VC 3000 +61 3 9663 6490

Midtown Kiosk 184 Swanston St Melbourne, VC 3000 +61 3 9662 1907

158 Murray Street Perth, WA 6000 +61 8 9221 0288

67 Swanston Street Melbourne, VC 3000 +61 3 9662 2067

Shop 27, Transit Centre 68 Market Street Sydney, NSW 2000 69 Mitchell St +61 2 9233 6619 Darwin, NT0800 +61 8 7941 7401 Shop W2A, Pier 6, Sydney Sydney, NSW 2000 +61 2 9247 2082 Kiosk 6 115 Pitt Street Shop 8 Sydney, NSW 2000 1 Alfred Street Shop 5, Galleria Bld +61 2 9221 9064 Sydney, NSW 2000 Smith Street Mall +61 2 9247 8592 Darwin, NT 0800 254 Pitt Street +61 8 8981 0511 Sydney, NSW 2000 562 George St +61 2 9261 0636 Sydney, NSW 2000 +61 420 503 826 121 Queen Street Brisbane, 4000 +61 7 3012 7618 Shop 10 136 Queen St Brisbane, 4000 +61 7 3012 7577

New Zealand

North America Auckland

Rotoura

Christchurch (cont’d)

San Francisco, CA

New York, NY 339 5th Avenue New York, 10016

11 Custom Street E Auckland, 1010 +64 9 302 0502

95 Queen Street Auckland, 1010 +64 9 3769725

1167 Fenton Street Kiosk inside iSite +64 7 349 6962

747 Colombo St Christchurch, 8011 +64 3 365 9605

114-A Powell Street San Francisco, 94102 +1 (415) 732 7870

285 Queen Street Auckland, 1010 +64 9 307 9320

94 Queen Street Auckland, 1010 +64 9 359 9100

1229 Fenton Street +64 7 350 3279

284 High Street Christchurch, 8011 +64 3 365 7030

175 Queen Street Auckland, 1010 +64 9 307 9344

62 Victoria St West Auckland, 1010 +64 9 379 6778

Pier 39 Fisherman’s Wharf San Fransico, 94133 +1 (415) 627 9150

238 Queen Street Auckland, 1010 +64 9 389 7571

W Kiosk, Britomart Lower Queen Street Auckland, 1010 +64 9 3771485

174 Queen Street Auckland, 1010 +64 9 3771464

Christchurch Shop TG05 125 Cashel St Christchurch, 8011 +64 3 374 9436 63-69 Cathedral Sq Christchurch, 8011 +64 3 377 1233

50 Cathedral Sq Christchurch, 8011 +64 3 377 5823 92 Worcesrster St Christchurch, 8011 +64 3 365 7080

South St Seaport Pier 17, Space 1050 New York, 10038 +1 (212) 608 2956 234 West 42nd St New York, 10036 +1 (212) 391 7258 1568 Broadway New York, 10036 +1 (212) 730 1686 720 7th Avenue Times Square New York, 10036 +1 (212) 245 7020

Shop 2 Opera Quays Sydney, NSW 2000 +61 2 9251 4556 Piccadilly Arcade 222 Pitt Street Sydney, NSW 2000 +61 2 9266 0644 452 George St 2 Sydney, NSW 2000 +61 2 9262 9975

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