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Welcome to a world of travel, entertainment and culture, curated from a global collective of writers, photojournalists and artists. Each article of our award-winning magazine is sure to inspire, no matter which of our destinations you call home.

May 2014

Last Look, Toronto

Brian A Richards, 30, fashion show producer for The Collections, Downtown, Toronto says he has “always loved Toronto. I’m from the suburbs and always dreamed of living here. It’s a little big city. It feels very grand but very conquerable. I’m in downtown Toronto today. This area is unique because there are so many restaurants and theatres".

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Studio 28, Paris

Studio 28, run by Alain Roulleau, is the oldest cinema in Paris and has never closed since first opening. Roullea’s father, who was a film producer, bought the cinema in 1948, although it dates back a further 20 years. He is the third generation of the family to be involved, and has worked there from a very young age

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Rua Dom Pedro V, Lisbon

The journey to Rua Dom Pedro V is one of the most dramatic in Europe. Catch the yellow and white Elevador da Glória Carris funicular from Restauradores up to the Bairro Alto, turning on your heels at the top to take in the vista of the city centre. Rua Dom Pedro V runs upwards to the right, skirting between the Bairro Alto and Principe Real districts

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La Pagode, Paris

Unfolding on the banks of the River Gauche and lined with candlelit bistros, pocket-sized florists and Eiffel Tower vistas, Paris’ seventh arrondissement is an exercise in Gallic fantasy. However, nothing sums up the neighbourhood’s ability to transport you to another realm quite like La Pagode, a Japanese-inspired cinema that was built by the director of the city’s Bon Marche department store as a gift to his wife in 1895.

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Roxie Theater, San Francisco

Most of us have a friend with a knack for unearthing obscure, mind-bending movies, but for those of us who don’t, there’s always the Roxie. A long-time fixture of San Francisco’s graffiti-etched Mission District, the freewheeling picture house, which was founded by a disgraced watchmaker in 1909 and screened adult films in the late sixties, is a lesson in the art of cult

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The Phoenix, London

The elegant single-screen cinema is the United Kingdom’s oldest purpose-built movie theatre. The Phoenix has played host to everything from silent films set to live music to cult 1970s films such as Easy Rider.

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Houston - Hotels, Restaurants, Bars and Galleries

They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and Houston is no exception. The sprawling city covers more turf than some US states, and the diversity of places to go and things to do is proportional to its massive scale. Visitors to Texas’ largest city will find relaxed cowboy culture, alongside sophisticated, metropolitan cool. Houston’s bars and restaurants rank among America’s best

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Underground Art, Munich

Thanks to an ambitious public art project, The Munich U-Bahn is about much more than getting from A to B. In the mid 1980s, the Munich government made the decision to begin using public spaces for artistic expression. Rolf Schirmer, from the subway planning council, felt that the stations should “radiate a positive mood” and that “the use of artistic elements should help make a passenger’s wait more pleasant"

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Cine Joia, Rio De Janeiro

Cine Joia, a rebellious picturehouse intent on celebrating the city’s film culture, has made it its business to keep the beachfront’s creative energy alive. Although Raphael Aguinaga, the filmmaker and entrepreneur responsible for restoring the colourful 1960s cinema in 2011, is passionate about screening Brazilian and international independent films, opening the 87-seat theatre up to other kinds of performances is also part of his mission.

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Barcelona - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Albert Adrià

Former elBulli chef Albert Adrià shares his favourite places to eat in the Catalan capital: Granja M Viader, Suculent and Dos Palillos.

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Golden Age Cinema, Sydney

If there’s a fine line between the sentimental and nostalgic, then the Golden Age navigates it with aplomb. The 55-seat basement cinema might be based in a heritage-listed building that was once the epicentre of Australia’s film industry, but it’s less interested in recreating the past than in showing Sydney cinephiles how old-fashioned rituals can deepen modern-day film appreciation

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Regal Cinema, Mumbai

In Mumbai’s sepia-toned Colaba Causeway, where crumbling architecture shares sidewalk space with billboards advertising the latest broadband plan, it’s difficult to distinguish signs of modernity from the faded grandeur of a colonial past. The Regal Cinema is an Art Deco picturehouse that attracted British aristocrats in the 1930s and whose clientele includes expats, students and artists that make up Mumbai’s rising creative class

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The Scala, Bangkok

Navigating the five-minute journey between the Siam BTS station and the Scala, a lavish picturehouse established in 1969, calls for an aversion to everything that makes Bangkok intoxicating: throngs of people, bustling street vendors and an endless sea of neon. But stepping inside the marble foyer, a space characterised by soaring ceilings, giant bronze flowers and a staircase that seems to float in mid-air

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Room 518, The Savoy, London

The Savoy was Britain’s first luxury hotel, built 125 years ago by the famous English impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte. The great and the good made it their hotel of choice, and former guests include George Gershwin, The Beatles and Winston Churchill. Dubbed ‘London’s most famous hotel’, the grand old place has lost none of its charm.

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Sharjah Art Foundation

Sharjah Art Foundation is based in the heart of the city’s heritage area. It is a maze of alleyways, and the walls, constructed from natural coral, once provided homes to earlier generations; that was before the discovery of oil changed everything and the residents of Sharjah moved to brand new villas in other parts of town. Today, arrows direct visitors to a series of courtyards and gallery spaces.

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Amman

As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Middle East, Emirates has been flying to Amman for 28 years, but there is still no shortage of things to see and do in Jordan’s capital city. Tourists come from far and wide to experience Jordan’s world-renowned attractions such as Petra and the Dead Sea, but the capital has just as much to offer

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