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A dream destination portfolio: the Editor’s Pick

A bowl of egg custard pudding with mushrooms and leaves at Yoshitey in Gotanda Hills in Tokyo
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Is this Japan’s new food hub? | Go, Go Gotanda | A taste of Tokyo

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

Gotanda’s tiny dancers are foodie central for visitors to Tokyo I am sitting at the counter of Yoshitey, one the tiniest in Tokyo I’ve eaten in. At five diners, it’s two more than usual. Chef Yoshitey Enya is delivering dish after dish: butter fish sashimi, charcoal grilled sticks of unctuous salmon, custard pudding with tiny…

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

Groucho
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

Monroe
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

Garbo
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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A word, if you please | writers in paradise | Jaipur in the Maldives

Brando
Charisma and character - and just a little bit game-changing. Action!

At the Jaipur Literary Festival Soneva Fushi this week, words are just the beginning… Australians love a writers’ festival. In 2022, some 140 of them are scheduled or in planning, canvassing genres, themes and dedicated authors, including this month’s Sydney Writers Festival (May 16-22). One of the world’s biggest assemblages of writers occurs each year…

Preparation is everything for Amber Guinness, author of A House Party in Tuscany, who has mastered the art of hospitality.
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Tuscan temptress | what makes a good host | Celebrating easy Italian food

Garbo
Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

For Amber Guinness, Italian hospitality is an art form. In her 18th century farmhouse in Tuscany, where guests come to eat and paint, this passionate home cook shares her template   Before I had even finished browsing through Amber Guinness’s new cookbook, I had made pea and mint soup, an asparagus and ricotta tart, and…

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

Brando
Charisma and character - and just a little bit game-changing. Action!

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…

Spectre, aka MySydneyBoat, reverses into Store Beach near Sydney Harbour's North Head
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Sydney by boat | Harbour secrets | bushland, bays and beaches

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

Tapping into this year’s staycation imperative is a new way to explore Sydney Harbour Excess All Areas played hooky this week, exploring the bays, beaches and bushland of the playground that is Sydney Harbour on Spectre, a sleek 12-metre Scandinavian Axopar37 sports cruiser, aka MySydneyBoat. Company director Mark Dalgleish and his skipper daughter, Elodie Dalgleish,…

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