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Piece of Dali jewellery, The Eye of Time, in Spain's Dali Theatre Museum
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Day tripping with Dali | Barcelona dreamscape | An eye on art

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Brainy and cheeky. Witty and inventive. Always smoking hot.

Artistic offerings in Barcelona are not confined to the city’s beating heart. In her new book, The Art Lover’s Guide to Barcelona, author and performer Ruby Boukabou plots an out-of-town speed date with Salvador Dalí. Salvador Dalí exemplified the Surrealism art movement, with all its figurative absurdity. The “mischievous provocateur” made paintings about his dreams….

Oceania Cruises' luxury ship Regatta docks at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney on December 12, 2022
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Seafaring for foodies | Dock of the day | All decked out

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Sexy and glamorous. Red carpet ready. Did someone say 'rescue fantasy'?

Small but perfectly formed, Regatta is back in Sydney and dressed to kill. Imagine you’ve arrived a little early at Jay Gatsby’s drawing room in West Egg, Long Island, ahead of a lively soiree. The marble floors are being mopped and polished to a shine; there’s the sound of carpets being vacuumed; the Christmas tree,…

The artist Niki de Saint Phalle's skeleton sculpture in Fribourg's Museum of Art and History.
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Fribourg’s quirky museums | Swiss precision | scrap metal art

Groucho
Brainy and cheeky. Witty and inventive. Always smoking hot.

Sewing machines, puppets, and scrap metal are drawcards in the pretty medieval Swiss town of Fribourg What drew me to Fribourg, located beside the Sarine River in the west of Switzerland, was not so much the Gruyère cheese, the Bénichon mustard, or the meringues with double cream. Not the famous funicular, the medieval towers, or…

Myrtha Hollenweger's butterfly-strewn Swiss flag at the Hans Erni Museum in Lucerne, part of the Typically Swiss exhibition showcasing works by the Swiss Papercut Association
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Lucerne for art lovers | Quay of life | Masters and makers

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Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

Surrealists, cubists, pop artists, paper cutters – just a couple of days in Lucerne and you’ve met the best. Susan Skelly plots an art trail…   I’m walking along the quay by Lake Lucerne, not far from the famous wooden Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge). To my right, the postcard-pretty lake with its alpine backdrop; on my…

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Pass the pepper | new perfume notes | sizzling summer scents |

Monroe
Sexy and glamorous. Red carpet ready. Did someone say 'rescue fantasy'?

Why pepper, lily and Cognac are on the wishlist of perfume connoisseurs This summer, luxury perfumers are drawing inspiration from the Silk Road, warm sun on citrus, 1980s pop culture, ancient opulence, heady islands like Madagascar and Sicily, and warm, after-dinner ambience. Among the new season’s surprising A-list invitees are pepper, lily, Cognac, and that…

Sydney’s new luxury pharmacy | Apothecary chic | Fragrance every which way

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A new luxury pharmacy with scent to burn and treats for pets opens on Sydney’s fashion strip There is no end to the number of ways you can appreciate a good scent. Proof was the official opening this week of Santa Maria Novella at The Intersection in Paddington (Shop 10, 2-16 Glenmore Road), a heady…

Cliffhanger, a property on the Greek island of Antiparos
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Rental as anything | private bubbles

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Keen travellers making up for lost time are seeking holiday homes that promise seclusion, mindfood and a wellbeing upskill… A dazzling Greek villa with lines sharp enough to slice haloumi … a Pacific island retreat with Tjapaltjarri on the walls … a bold new Bondi abode frocked up in perforated aluminium … The luxury holiday…

HMAS Canberra, HMAS Brisbane and HMAS Parramatta docked at Woolloomooloo 2020
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Meet Australia’s fleet | Best Sydney views | Parklife

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Find position, panorama, and a parade of shiny navy ships at Sydney’s Embarkation Park One of Sydney’s best views is from Embarkation Park. It’s located at the Potts Point end of the famous Kings Cross thoroughfare, Victoria Street. In one visual sweep you get the works! Look for the naval ships docked at Garden Island,…

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Classic perfumes | Legends in a bottle | Fragrance Book of the Year |

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* This post may contain affiliate links. Excess All Areas may receive a small commission, at no cost to readers, if a purchase is made What makes a perfume a classic? Michael Edwards dissects the divas of scent in a tome that has this week been named Fragrance Book of the Year… Perfume is a…

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