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Our 8 favorite destinations in Europe

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Our 8 favorite destinations in Europe

Perfectly inserted in the old Rome (here, the Colosseum), the Museum of the XXI Century (Maxxi) combines raw concrete and natural light.

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Rome archicontemporaine

The Eternal City entered into modernity through the front door: in spring 2010, after years of great work and political procrastination finally open the Maxxi - National Museum of the XXI century -at north of the capital. Zaha Hadid, this gigantic "cultural campus" gave the city its first contemporary art museum and Italy its first museum of architecture. Five artists-including Jenny Holzer and Joseph Kosuth- were selected to perform a single work that exhibit coming inside the campus. Two other names will be named in the coming weeks to create a work outdoors. Horizontal succession of long and shiny modules, the new entity fits ingeniously into the urban fabric of the Flaminio district. Combining raw concrete walls and glass roof letting in natural light, the building bears the signature fluidity while star architect. A total of 30 000 square meters welcome valuable archival materials for architecture and a collection of contemporary art together renowned Italian artists (Stefano Arienti, Lara Favaretto, Domenico Gnoli) and international names (Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter). A set that joins the all-new Ara Pacis Museum, signed Richard Meier and the Auditorium designed by Renzo Piano. In addition to a classic route already stunning -Colisée, Vatican, Pantheon, Piazza baths and in all genres- and exceptional Roman family kitchen which is put into the simplest trattorias to be reckoned with contemporary Rome wingspan.

Confidential retired Matera

At the heart of Basilicata, last no man's land tourist north of Apulia, a hotel prodigy settled in one place, the Grotte della Civita, Matera, which revisits a cave hotel with luxury frugal 18 caverns remain intact devoutly footprints of time: traces of sacred rituals or pastoral development. Born in 2008 (and still confidential), equipped with rustic furniture and Starck bathtubs, he inaugurated a new appointment for dreamers travelers a mystical strand in an exceptional environment. On an incandescent cliff, the village of Matera, chalky maze facades, galleries and staircases, rises steeply above the ravine. In this setting, Pasolini turns in 1964 The Gospel According to St. Matthew, in 1993, the place was declared a World Heritage Site.

A timeless stay as a biblical parable. Italy monastic Atmosphere at the hotel Matera, Basilicata (center).

In France

Metz thinks big

77 meters high! St. Vincent Basilica has something to do chickweed: it is now the steel boom of a contemporary building overlooking the historic capital of Lorraine. The inauguration next spring, the antenna Messina Centre Pompidou will face first in the world. Located in the Amphitheatre, the museum will bring together works lent by its big brother, and the Louvre, Orsay, the Quai Branly or ... MoMA. It is signed Shigeru Ban, Jean de Gastines and Philip Gumuchdjian. This visual disruption adds to Arsenal Arena, Ricardo Bofill, at the Palais Omnisports Arena, designed by Paul Chemetov and Borja Huidobro, or park Seille Jacques Coulon and Laure Planchais.

Nantes has the wind in its sails

Artistic and festive it is known for the success of the cultural festival Estuary, whose second edition this year, has put the city under the spotlight. The effort is bearing fruit in the summer of 2009, tourist numbers rose by over 15% compared to the same period of the previous year, and Nantes appeared in the forefront of cities darlings travelers. A beautiful swing, which is not nearly falter Nantes is now attacking his latest fallow land, the island Beaulieu. For bristling time moving cranes, this area of ​​350 hectares situated on the Loire, in the heart of the city, becomes a new arch design and showcase where it is already live and hang out. The expected event is the opening of the factory, unique cultural incubator to promote emerging cultures - music, dance, visual arts ... See you at the end of 2010.

Lyon: the confluence of modernity

The city of Gaul roars of happiness: it hosted last summer 11% of foreigners more than in summer 2008, Spaniards, Germans and Italians in the lead. Previously leased for its economic dynamism, its surroundings and its enviable geographical position, Lyon is becoming a hotspot of European tourism. The Festival of Lights, unique lighting show at the city level, dance and contemporary art biennials have gained in a decade of international reputations. Not to mention the new Confluence district. Figurehead of a city rooted in modernity, this extensive architectural program out of the ground in 2009 in the south of the peninsula will be completed in 2013. Nicolas Le Bec, Lyon young star stoves, just open the ball by arranging to Rue Le Bec, a superb gastronomic complex including restaurants and food artisans with stunning views of the Saone. Pending the opening of a large leisure center and shopping, as well as a 5-star hotel Columbus in 2010 and a large museum of primitive arts in 2013.

Corsica Oletta, new stop of great charm

Pronounced "Olet", leaving the last syllable in suspension, as if phonetics was deliberately marrying the vertiginous topography of this village balcony. Modest battered houses, some opulent facades and a baroque church bell up a pink and ocher patchwork clinging to the hillside. From Bastia, the traveler would stop breezed to capture the breathtaking panorama of the Gulf of Saint-Florent and Agriates desert. Now, there may be an idyllic stopover between sea and maquis. Blame Jean Barthe, cofounder flower shops On behalf of the Rose and corsophile the first hour, which just plump for a palazzu nestled at the foot of the village. Built in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries on a site overlooking the plain of the Conca d'Oro amid Big Blue, this magnificent Florentine palace turned into great boutique hotel with arty gallery air. The designer Nathalie Battesti, former student of Christian Liaigre and Andrée Putman, eventually to instill new rooms and suites, a harmonious blend of contemporary sophistication and high-tech comfort, while Vanessa Elia, New York girlfriend of the owner, populated public areas of works by Daniel Arsham or Anish Kapoor. A 20-meter pool with cobalt blue waters and an intimate table organic trend complete the package. No doubt, U Palazzu Serenu in 2010 will be the most epicurean stop of the Haute-Corse.

In Northern Ireland

Very fast, Belfast!

The capital of Northern Ireland reborn thanks to a massive injection of peace ... and millions. It's mostly about three quarters booming -Cathedral, Titanic and Queens, are concentrated new trendy addresses. Ruffling two hotels open their doors. The Fitzwilliam, the bold canary yellow and green decor acid. Ambience "vintage 70's" hyperécolo signed the very sharp Project Orange cabinet. The Merchant, based in the buildings of the former Bank of Ulster, offers a Victorian delirium in red and gold, marble and crystal. The side of the plate, heading Shu, an exquisite restaurant in a beautiful Georgian townhouse on Lisburn Road, the street trendy novelties. Or take a table at Deanes at Queens in College Gardens, in the long light wood room, to taste the products from the market almost student price. And as there is no Irish pub without, do not miss Crown Liquor Saloon on Great Victoria Street, one of the most sumptuous "gin palaces" of the British Empire. Finally, follow the beautiful youth of Belfast, overlooking the crashing bombs in decibels Stiff Kitten Club on Bankmore Square.

In Turkey

Istanbul, Capital of Culture 2010

The Turkish capital is the only city in the world to straddle two continents, it blends in around the magnetic Bosphorus. Elected Capital of Culture 2010, it is set to unveil the renovated monuments flamboyant -Musée Atatürk dome of St. Sophia Cathedral, warehouse Japanese and Chinese porcelain Topkapi. In addition to cultural venues such as Depo and Rodeo in old deposits tobacco, numerous exhibition areas will be improvised in the city to disseminate the works of a hundred young Turkish designers. So many good reasons to skim the seven hills of Istanbul. Their slopes thrive recognized trendy neighborhoods like Beyoglu and Nisantasi (see the new Sofa Hotel and Park Hyatt Macka), others become like the pedestrian area around the Galata Tower or bohemian streets of Cihangir . The latter come to welcome Witt Istanbul Suites, the organic form of wooden furniture made fly. Equally bold, the first establishment of the W chain in Europe chose to move to Besiktas, along the Bosphorus. Hitherto rather frequented by the workers, the neighborhood is invested by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jimmy Choo and other Marc Jacobs.


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