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SCHARBEUTZ, BALTIC SEA, GERMANY SCHARBEUTZ, BALTIC SEA, GERMANY
For northern Europeans, a seaside resort is appealing anytime from early Spring onwards, clouds notwithstanding, as Andrew L. Urban discovers on the Baltic Coast.
 
VILLEFRANCHE, FRANCE VILLEFRANCHE, FRANCE
It’s the most popular cruise ship destination in the Mediterranean, but by drink o’clock, Villefranche is all yours. And the locals are friendly, as Andrew L. Urban discovered staying at the aptly named Belle Vue apartment in the old and charming Medieval port within easy reach of all the glam spots on the Riviera.
 
RITZ-CARLTON, HONG KONG RITZ-CARLTON, HONG KONG
Shortly after its first anniversary, the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, welcomed Andrew L. Urban and Louise Keller for 24 hours of indulgence. Unlike others in the famous chain, with their English gentleman’s club ambiance, this one is ultra modern and ultra high... the highest hotel in the world.
 
BUDAPEST NIGHT LIGHTS CRUISE - HUNGARY BUDAPEST NIGHT LIGHTS CRUISE - HUNGARY
The most sensational visual trip in Budapest is unquestionably a night cruise on the Danube, writes Andrew L. Urban.
 
CLOISTERS, THE - NEW YORK, USA CLOISTERS, THE - NEW YORK, USA
Nearly 75 years (and nine centuries) later, Andrew L. Urban steps into a Medieval monastery – on Manhattan.
 
DANUBE, AUSTRIA: MELK TO KREMS CRUISE DANUBE, AUSTRIA: MELK TO KREMS CRUISE
The spectacular baroque Melk Abbey, and a short cruise past the nudist beaches of the Wachau Valley back to Vienna … with Andrew L. Urban on board.
 
EGER, HUNGARY EGER, HUNGARY
Famous for its Bull's Blood, but also the blood of the Hungarian heroes of the 16th century siege of Eger by Ottoman Turks also runs in its veins, and now there is also chocolate, as Andrew L. Urban found on his visit.
 
FREQUENT FOOLERS - FLYING INTO SALES TRAP FREQUENT FOOLERS - FLYING INTO SALES TRAP
The mostly misnamed loyalty programs of major airlines are looking increasingly like Frequent Foolers programs, intended not so much to reward loyalty to the airline as to demand it. What began as a marketing tool has developed into a sales trap, writes Andrew L. Urban.
 
GIGER OF GRUYÈRES, THE: SWITZERLAND GIGER OF GRUYÈRES, THE: SWITZERLAND
It’s a steep walk from Gruyères railway station to the historic Swiss hilltop village of Gruyères, world famous for its cheese. But Gruyères (population 300) has a dark secret which only the most curious – or well informed – will discover: the gallery of H. R. Giger, Oscar winning designer of the alien in Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) and other things similarly subversive, erotic, fantastic and out of this world. Andrew L. Urban reports.
GILLETTE CASTLE: CONNECTICUT, USA GILLETTE CASTLE: CONNECTICUT, USA
Celebrating its 10th anniversary (in 2012) since reopening to the public in 2002, Gillette Castle in Connecticut now attracts over 300,000 visitors a year – yet it’s virtually unknown internationally as a tourist attraction, with access to it only via beautiful, winding country roads. Andrew L. Urban drove out to see what’s so special about it.
GÖDÖLLŐ - HUNGARIAN ROYAL SUMMER PALACE - 280TH ANNIVERSARY GÖDÖLLŐ – HUNGARIAN ROYAL SUMMER PALACE - 280TH ANNIVERSARY
Andrew L. Urban was disconcerted to unexpectedly come face to face with Australia's ex PM, Kevin Rudd, in this Royal Palace - even if only on a large plasma screen - in a room where Hungary's beloved Queen 'Sisi' Elizabeth (wife of Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Josef (1830 - 1916) once walked, over a hundred years ago.
 
HOTEL CHRISTINA, PERTISAU, TYROL, AUSTRIA HOTEL CHRISTINA, PERTISAU, TYROL, AUSTRIA
The first Australian to visit, Andrew L. Urban explores the Tyrolean village resort of Pertisau and its unique stone oil.
 
LA FONDA, BAJA COAST, MEXICO LA FONDA, BAJA COAST, MEXICO
Naked luaus on the beach, a unique tequila-in-belly-button championship, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Madonna dining with Sean Penn, Bette Midler, Lee Majors, spaced-out magicians and surprise bare-breasting; these - and much more - are the ingredients that make up the legacy of La Fonda. Hotel No-Tell. Andrew L. Urban reports.
LAKE COMO, ITALY LAKE COMO, ITALY
Finding the Hotel Carramazza almost by accident, Andrew L. Urban meets the man whose family has lived there for 430 years – enough time to accumulate many secrets. The hotel is now gone, but the secrets remain …
 
MARGARET RIVER, WA, AUSTRALIA MARGARET RIVER, WA, AUSTRALIA
So many vineyards, so little time ... and so many amazing people to meet, as Andrew L. Urban discovered in between screenings and parties at CinéfestOZ. Margaret River is not just a river, not just a town, not just a destination – it’s a way of life.
MISSISSIPPI CHURNING, USA MISSISSIPPI CHURNING, USA
Slavery, cotton, sugar and the Mississippi - they made the American south prosper. But the money, power and prestige are intertwined with racism in the history of America's greatest river. The river is still a symbol of slavery - and freedom. Andrew L. Urban found this amazing account of the river’s furious past.
MUSEUM OF BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS, ZAGREB, CROATIA MUSEUM OF BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS, ZAGREB, CROATIA
Uniquely recalling the endings of relationships, this award winning museum is really a compelling collection of melancholy, intimate snapshots from the lives of strangers. Andrew L. Urban found its cathartic vibe surprisingly uplifting.
 
POSITANO, AMALFI COAST, ITALY POSITANO, AMALFI COAST, ITALY
Positano is the jewel of the Amalfi coast, says Andrew L. Urban.
 
RESTAURANT LOUIS XV,  HOTEL DE PARIS, MONTE CARLO RESTAURANT LOUIS XV, HOTEL DE PARIS, MONTE CARLO
It’s not just about the fabulous food, says Andrew L. Urban, after sampling one of the most dazzlingly beautiful restaurants in the world.





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