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cremona violin copy


Cremona was home to three of the most important violin-making families: Stradivari, Guarneri and Amati. The recently opened Museo del Violino tells their story, and offers an insight into five centuries of violin-making. It also examines the method of construction and acoustic characteristics. A recent article suggested that the violion’s evolution might have been a magical accident, rather than design: an […]

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Tunisian mother & girls copy


Tataouine, in southern Tunisia, is famous for the trogolodyte buildings of the native Berber population. It’s so other-worldly, that director George Lucas used it as a backdrop for one of his Star Wars films. The ‘Festival of the Ksour Saharien’ is a music and cultural festival held in the desert. It’s the perfect opportunity to […]

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Krakow Schindler Factory


The German army marched into Kraków on 6 September 1939. By November, all Jews over the age of 12 were commanded to wear armbands. This was the beginning of the occupier’s segregation of the population. Synagogues were closed and non-Jews were discouraged from using Jewish shops. By May 1940 more than 40,000 had been forcibly […]

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Ferrari Museum, Modena


Balsamic, Bottura and beautiful cars… In The Italians, Luigi Barzini offered a consummate portrait of the national character of his compatriots. He cheekily suggested that the art of appearing rich was perfected in places like Modena. The tiny principality boasted ‘immense princely palaces, castles, vast churches, and stately opera houses’ wildly disproportionate to its size. It […]

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