Tables and chairs from cafes and bars that surround the scruffy but buzzing concrete market area, spill onto the pavements. Almost all of them are occupied by tourists, including groups of lairy 'nurses' and 'convicts', who look determined to drink the city dry as they shout their way from one drinking hole to the next. Krakow, the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland, plays host to an astonishing 10 million visitors a year - and most of them head for the city's Main Square or the rejuvenated Jewish quarter, Kazimierz. But these busy old streets were not always a place of such merriment. Krakow's Jewish community thrived here for more than 500 years and, by the beginning of the Second World War, had swelled to some 68,000 people, about a quarter of the city's population. Amid diabolical scenes of brutality and deprivation, that number nose-dived almost immediately after the Nazis swept into town, in September, 1939. Some 52,000 Jews were forcibly deported, suffering … [Read more...] about Krakow: Could this be the coolest city in Europe right now?
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Sepia-tinted photographs of a Latin Quarter paralysed by protest are now half a century old. May ’68 is still regarded as the biggest upheaval to have hit modern French society – and it has forever recast the tree-lined boulevards of Paris’s fifth arrondissement as the embodiment of France’s famous spirit of rebellion. Jean-Paul Sartre roused students, nurses, doctors and teachers into a frenzy of protest from his crudely-constructed pulpit under the oak trees of the Boulevard Saint Jacques, demonstrators lobbed cobblestones over barricades by the elegant arches of the Sorbonne, and the noise of rioting echoed through the dome-like Pantheon. READ MORE The best design hotels in Paris Today, the sound of the Latin Quarter’s fraught past has undoubtedly been muffled. But this student area remains one of the city’s most delightful places to explore – and yet is perplexingly glossed over in so many travel guides. I … [Read more...] about Paris: Why the Latin Quarter is the French capital’s coolest neighbourhood
Madrid, Munich, Rome. Jürgen Klopp has taken Liverpool without losing to a stage of the Champions League where the locations of all the other teams probably involved make it sound more like a chain of fashion houses rather than a football competition. To understand the significance of the achievement, you have to go backwards. That progression should be sealed at this particular venue in Manchester provided a convenient arch for Liverpool, a club that had played a major role in a golden era of English dominance in the Champions League before tumbling out of contention in 2009 because of poor results against opponents from the perfumed cities of Lyon and Florence. At the start of the next season, Liverpool – now of the Europa League where the challengers came instead from Macedonia – arrived for a league fixture in east Manchester with Javier Mascherano supposedly refusing to travel because he wanted to move to Barcelona and play for Pep Guardiola. The side he … [Read more...] about Liverpool punching well above its weight once again after dispatching Manchester City- just as it always used to do
London is not alone in its recent housing price slump - according to new research, the phenomenon is global. The analysis, published today by property consulting group Knight Frank, shows that average global property prices increased by 4.5 per cent in 2017, down from seven per cent the year before. There is one city that has bucked the trend however. Berlin came out on top out of 150 cities measured by the study, with prices in the German capital ending 21 per cent higher. A growth in population, the stable German economy, low unemployment and increased investment have combined to elevate prices in Europe’s coolest capital. Read more: London property sale prices fall as rental values slump London, meanwhile, slipped all the way down to 101, with only a two per cent increase in prices last year. The best performing city in the UK was Edinburgh, which recorded a price growth of 10.3 per cent last year. It’s neighbor Glasgow also recorded strong growth at 8.8 per cent. … [Read more...] about Amid world property slump, Berlin tops global cities in price growth
An insider's guide into the top places and cities to visit in Spain – and where to stay while you're there – including the best for couples and families, in locations including Madrid, Barcelona, the Costa Brava, Seville, San Sebastian, Andalusia, Valencia, Marbella and Pamplona. Madrid Madrid has really revamped itself in the past couple of years. The Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums have all got bigger and better, while the centre of the city is smartening up with new boutiques, delis, cafés and gastrobars opening up every week. It’s perfect for a culture-rich long weekend or city break, with great food and a lively atmosphere at night. Madrid may be cold in winter – it is one of Europe’s highest capital cities, after all – but the sky is usually blue and the sunshine strong enough to allow visitors to sit at a pavement café sipping a vermut. Where to stay Only You Hotel Atocha Madrid, Spain 9 Telegraph … [Read more...] about The 14 best places to visit in Spain