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Making light work: grand designs at Bodø's Stormen library and cultural centre

This Norwegian town, hastily rebuilt after second world war bombing, now has a vibrant and innovative arts centre in pride of place on its waterfrontOn the waterfront in the coastal town of Bodø, Norway, just north of the Arctic Circle, the £110m Stormen (storm) library and cultural centre stands out against the bland surrounding buildings. Designed by London-based DRDH Architects, the modern cluster of cubist buildings have white concrete surfaces varying from matte to polished, and long windows that flood the interior with light. Much of the town was destroyed in a Luftwaffe attack in May 1940 but the rapidly built prefabricated homes and public buildings are now slowly being replaced by more permanent structures and Stormen, opened in 2014, takes pride of place. Continue reading...Original link
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10 of the best Christmas shopping cities in Europe

Put some sparkle into your festive shopping with our guide to the best boutiques, gift stores and markets in Europe• Plus where to eat, drink and drop after you shop Continue reading...Original link
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The most romantic spots in NYC for a marriage proposal

So you’ve met the person with whom you’d like to share a bathroom for the rest of your life. Here are some of the most romantic spots in NYC to declare your undying love and lock it down with a shiny rock. The Battery, Manhattan If only a spectacular view will do, you have lots of options. Photo: Ashlea Wheeler The southern tip of Manhattan known as The Battery is one of the oldest public parks in NYC. The Dutch established it to defend the city of New Amsterdam soon after they settled it in 1624 and over the years it’s been enlarged and transformed. Dubbed “the front porch of lower Manhattan,” the park transports you far away from the chaos of downtown. From here, Lady Liberty seems almost close enough to swim to, although I wouldn’t recommend that. Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn In Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade...
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Picturesque Italy images

Without a doubt one of the most unique and beautiful countries in Europe, there is much more to Italy than the delicious pizza, pasta, and gelato diet. From snow-capped mountains surrounding crisp blue lakes to multicolored towns built into cliffs along the seafront, Italy is truly a photographers’ paradise. 1 I always say that the best time to see a new place is at sunrise, and this was no exception. As the sun peeked up from behind the Venice skyline, the sky lit up the still-sleeping city. 2 Burano is one of Venice’s best-kept secrets, and it’s definitely worth the 15-minute boat trip to see all these brightly colored buildings. 3 Without a doubt, Lago Di Braies is the most beautiful place in Italy. Especially during the crisp stillness of sunrise. Intermission Trip Planning 11 awesome itineraries for your trip through the Alps Jacqueline Kehoe sponsored Road Trip Guides How to nail...
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