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‘Redefine the skyline’: how Ho Chi Minh City is erasing its heritage

‘Redefine the skyline’: how Ho Chi Minh City is erasing its heritage The next 15 megacities #7: More than a third of the Vietnamese city’s historic buildings have been destroyed over the past 20 years. Can it learn from mistakes made by other fast-growing Asian cities before it is too late? Read the rest of our megacities series here “People don’t realise what they’ve lost,” says Candy Nguyen as she peers through the locked gates of what was until recently the historic Ba Son shipyard. “Many don’t even know what was here before.” Ho Chi Minh City’s oldest and most important maritime heritage site is hidden from the street by high blue hoardings peppered with slogans such as “Never…

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Milan art tour: fresco heaven, without the crowds

Milan art tour: fresco heaven, without the crowds Resist the urge to splurge in the city’s chic shops and instead lose yourself in its transcendental art Think of Milan and you think of fashion. The first time I spent more than a few hours in the city, I roamed the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – Italy’s oldest shopping arcade, built in the 1860s and still home to the original Prada store, which was opened by the designer’s grandfather Mario in 1913 – wishing that I was rich (or at least, not quite so broke). What on earth is a girl with an overdraft and a fierce lust for buttery leather supposed to do in a place where everyone is…

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On location: 2019 film releases to inspire your travels

On location: 2019 film releases to inspire your travels From Aladdin to Tarantino, China to LA, we pick the locations from upcoming movies that are worth a visit A live-action remake of Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie, comes to the big screen next year, with Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Will Smith as the Genie. It is set in the fictional kingdom of Agrabah, and was filmed in Wadi Rum in Jordan, where the protected desert landscape, sandstone and basalt mountains, canyons and otherworldly rock formations – such as Burdah Rock Bridge, one of the highest natural arches in the world – create a dramatic landscape. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Antonia Wilson Tweet

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The best small UK music venues: readers’ travel tips

The best small UK music venues: readers’ travel tips From a launderette to a church, former school and even a bookshop, readers tip their favourite intimate gig venues A retro-style launderette and coffee house by day, this is a bar and gig venue by night – it also used to be a tiny cinema. The acts are from all over the world, and strong in their field of music. Very enjoyable folk and acoustic nights are so intimate that you’re literally on stage with a musician and a washing machine.• oldcinemalaunderette.comClaire Galloway Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Guardian readers Tweet

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Head for the Black Hills: tales of Crazy Horse and Custer in South Dakota

Head for the Black Hills: tales of Crazy Horse and Custer in South Dakota The carving of the Crazy Horse statue is a story in itself but then insurgent tales and mountain sculptures have helped shape this midwest state It takes a few seconds for the statue of Crazy Horse to come into focus, which is surprising given that it’s being carved out of a 641ft-high stone outcrop. From a distance it looks like just another rocky peak silhouetted against the cloudless South Dakota sky. But get closer and its form and detail become apparent: an unyielding face, a raised arm, a pointing finger, all recreated on a colossal scale. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Dave Everley Tweet

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The Japanese beach that became an Instagram sensation

The Japanese beach that became an Instagram sensation Chichibuga beach on Shikoku island was barely known until photographs of stunning sunsets started to appear on social media. Now visitors flock to capture images of the fiery sea and skies at dusk People were running down the beach. Not for exercise but to get into position before the sun slipped below the horizon. I hurried along, swept up by the sense of urgency. Mini tripods were lined up on the sand at the water’s edge, and selfie sticks were held aloft. Groups of friends, silhouetted against the pink sky, were trying to synchronise their star jumps, while women instructed their boyfriends on exactly how to photograph them as they stared…

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Great literary getaways: 10 writers’ retreats for an inspirational break

Great literary getaways: 10 writers’ retreats for an inspirational break Follow in the footsteps of George Orwell and nine other celebrated writers to the places that inspired their work Sitting in the pretty walled garden of Montague House on Southwold High Street, it’s as if the clock has stopped. There is the same slope of pretty 19th-century roofs and tiles over the wall, the same languor and stillness. There are the same ancient bells ringing out from St Edmund’s church around the corner. All under the same low-slung gloomy Suffolk sky. No sounds of traffic, no distractions. Modern life is held at bay. In other words, the perfect place to write your novel. Or in George Orwell’s case his…

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Independent cinemas in the UK: readers’ travel tips

Independent cinemas in the UK: readers’ travel tips Over 1,500 of you recommended indie picture houses. Here are the top 10 – in stations, warehouses and rural villages Campbeltown Picture House on the Kintyre peninsula is amazing. Recently refurbished, it has retained all of its original charm (it has been a functioning cinema since 1913) but is now a welcoming, contemporary space offering two screens and a cafe. Screen 1 will blow you away with its atmospheric ceiling and half-timbered “wee house” features. It shows all the latest releases, great classics and streamed live theatre. It is a fantastic cultural hub in a remote, rural area and testament to the relentless hard work of the volunteers who fund-raised to…

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10 of the best places to enjoy the dances and music of Cuba

10 of the best places to enjoy the dances and music of Cuba As Havana prepares for its autumn ballet festival, we select places to watch and dance timba, salsa, rumba and more Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Claire Boobbyer Tweet

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Welsh slate region to be nominated as Unesco world heritage site

Welsh slate region to be nominated as Unesco world heritage site Heritage minister says Gwynedd quarries shaped buildings across the world The shattered slate quarry landscape of north-west Wales is to be nominated for world heritage status, a distinction enjoyed by sites such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Taj Mahal and the abandoned southern African kingdom of Mapungubwe. The UK government can put forward one site per calendar year to be considered for Unesco world heritage site status and on Tuesday the heritage minister Michael Ellis announced that it would be Gwynedd’s slate landscape. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Mark Brown Arts correspondent Tweet

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