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Neighborhoods at a Glance

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Gleaming with bold, new architectural icons, eateries and a booming residential population, Manhattan's southern tip is back in business. It's in the Financial District (FiDi) that you'll find the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, One World Observatory and Wall Street, and seminal historic sites like Fraunces Tavern Museum, Federal Hall and (just offshore) Ellis Island and Lady Liberty herself. North of FiDi are the warehouse conversions of Tribeca, a salubrious, grown-up place where vibrant restaurants and bars schmooze with high-end galleries and idiosyncratic retail.

SoHo (SOuth of HOuston), NoHo (NOrth of HOuston) and Nolita (NOrth of LIttle ITAly) represent three of Manhattan's coolest neighborhoods, known for their painfully hip boutiques, bars and eateries. Meanwhile, to the south, restless Chinatown and ever-shrinking Little Italy lure with idiosyncratic street life. Together, they serve up a delicious, contradictory jumble of cast-iron architecture, strutting fashionistas, sacred temples and hook-hung ducks and salami.

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Vancouver, Whistler & Vancouver Island

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Vancouver, Whistler & Vancouver Island

Visitors to Canada’s westernmost province are never short of superlatives when typing their travel blogs. It’s hard not to be moved by looming mountains, wildlife-packed forests and uncountable kilometers of pristine coastline that slow your heartbeat like a spa treatment. But British Columbia (BC) is much more than just a nature-hugging diorama.

Cosmopolitan Vancouver is an animated fusion of cuisines and cultures from Asia and beyond, while historic Victoria and resort town Whistler have their own vibrant, alluring scenes. And for sheer character, it’s hard to beat the province’s kaleidoscope of quirky little communities, from the rustic Sunshine Coast to the laid-back Southern Gulf Islands.

Wherever you head, of course, the great outdoors will always be calling. Don’t just point your camera at it. BC is unbeatable for the kind of life-enhancing skiing, kayaking, hiking and biking you’ll want to brag about to everyone back home.

Dec–Mar Powder action stripes the slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

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Sicily

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More of a sugar-spiked espresso than a milky cappuccino, Sicily rewards visitors with an intense, bittersweet experience. Overloaded with art treasures and natural beauty, undersupplied with infrastructure, and continuously struggling against Mafia-driven corruption, Sicily's complexities sometimes seem unfathomable. To really appreciate this place, come with an open mind – and a healthy appetite. Despite the island's perplexing contradictions, one factor remains constant: the uncompromisingly high quality of the cuisine.

After 25 centuries of foreign domination, Sicilians are heirs to an impressive cultural legacy, from the refined architecture of Magna Graecia to the Byzantine splendour and Arab craftsmanship of the island's Norman cathedrals and palaces. This cultural richness is matched by a startlingly diverse landscape that includes bucolic farmland, smouldering volcanoes and kilometres of island-studded aquamarine coastline.

AEaster Colourful religious processions and marzipan lambs in every bakery window.

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Old Harbour

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Largely a service harbour until recently, the Old Harbour has blossomed into a hot spot for tourists, with several museums, volcano and Northern Lights films, and interesting eateries. Whale-watching and puffin-viewing trips depart from the pier, and, as boat bells ding, photo ops abound with views of the Harpa concert hall and snowcapped mountains beyond.

MStart your day with a whale-watching trip from the Old Harbour, cruising nearby waters in search of cetaceans, seabirds and open skies. Then have lunch at one of the area's good, casual restaurants, from the Walk the Plank crab slider trolley to rustic but excellent seafood joint Sægreifinn or hamburger hang-out Hamborgara Búllan.

RGrab a coffee at Café Haiti before heading on to the museum of your choice: Víkin Maritime Museum for nautical history, the Saga Museum for bloodthirsty saga simulations, Aurora Reykjavík for a recreation of the grand borealis, or Whales of Iceland for life-size reconstructions of the great beasts you spotted in the morning. The Cinema at Old Harbour Village No 2 is perfect for catching Icelandic nature films about volcanoes and the Northern Lights. An ice cream at Valdi's will give you a second wind.

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Walking the Freedom Trail

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Summon your inner Paul Revere and follow the red-brick road from the Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument. This 2.5-mile walking trail is the best introduction to revolutionary Boston, tracing the locations of the events that earned this town its status as the 'Cradle of Liberty.'

The Freedom Trail kicks off at the Boston Common, America's oldest public park and the centerpiece of the city. The 50-acre green is criss-crossed with walking paths and dotted with monuments. Don't miss the powerful monument to the victims of the Boston Massacre, erected in 1888.

Overlooking the Boston Common from the northeast corner, the Massachusetts State House occupies a proud spot atop the city's last remaining hill – land that was previously part of John Hancock’s cow pasture. Other Sons of Liberty also had their hands in building the new capitol, literally: Samuel Adams and Paul Revere laid the cornerstones on July 4, 1795.

Just south of the State House, the soaring spire of Park Street Church has been an unmistakable landmark since 1809. The church earned the moniker 'Brimstone Corner' both for its usage as a gunpowder storage place during the War of 1812 and for its fiery preaching.

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