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The Ushuaïa Club, Ibiza. © Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel 1. The Ushuaïa Club, Ibiza: You might miss the opening party with Loco Dice, Luciano and Sven Väth as headliner (15 memorable party hours), but the good thing about Ibiza is that it is a place of second chances. So check the summer calendar, choose your favorite DJ and book a Balinese VIP bed by the pool or a room at the Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel overlooking the stage of Playa d'en Bossa.

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If you were given a blank map of your city, what would you mark on it? The houses where you lived, the bars you went to with friends, the corner where you met the love of your life, the corner where you lost it, the ways to get out of it, the road to work that you hated so much ... This is what Becky Cooper did in the summer of 2009, distribute blank maps of Manhattan to strangers through the streets.

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A RESTAURANT: On the 6th floor of the Hotel Hassler is the Imago restaurant (tasting menu: 140 euros). From its windows you can have the entire sky of Rome in one glance before our eyes. Its chef, Neapolitan Francesco Apreda, with a Michelin star, makes contemporary reinterpretations of Italian regional food recipes.

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THE PÉRE LACHAISE CEMETERY AND THE BLACK MISAS It is probably the most famous cemetery in the world: here lie writers like Oscar Wilde, Honoré de Balzac or Paul Elouard and musicians like Jim Morrison or Edith Piaf. But this necropolis, located east of the French capital, is not only famous for hosting an endless list of famous people but also for keeping terrifying mysteries and secrets.

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As always, the important thing is not the what, but the how. It is not enough to fill a room with chairs and place a large screen. The idea of ​​having a cinema in a hotel has to be consistent with the spirit of the place. In addition, the communion that is achieved by watching a movie in the company of, normally, strangers, is too special to miss.

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That is the subject: the adverb. Maybe we are looking close when we should look in. Maybe we should change adverb by preposition. There are interesting hotels in or inside train stations. And there we have slept and we want to sleep. Let's look at the different typologies. 1) Rural hotels in old stations.

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The Hague is a Royal and governmental city so it is not surprising that its most attractive museum is inside a palace like this. In fact, it is normal to condition stately buildings with this effect. What does collide from the beginning is that it is a space dedicated to M.C. Escher, this artist so personal, so funny, so delusional and so daring.

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Two notices before starting: 1) Almost all are urban beaches, which entails comfort (almost all can be reached by public transport, subway, bus ...) and discomfort (many people, many times). 2) The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is still noticeable on some of these beaches and its promenades, such as Rockaway Beach, one of the most affected in October.

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LAKES AND BICYCLES In Berlin, summer is time for lakes. Also of bicycle, that in the German capital is, more than a fashion, a lifestyle. The lakes, in addition to being a few pedaling, allow you to forget about the pool, swim in the middle of nature and give free rein to that love for nudism that the Germans have.

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Then we are facing an exciting hipster dream. The idea of ​​having dinner one night, vegetables that have been picked up in the hotel's own garden, borders on the culmination of contemporary luxury, that which even the word luxury is tacky. The truth (separate mini-sarcasm) is that the orchards in the hotels are a point in their favor.

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From Greece comes the best known travel book, The Odyssey, a journey full of adventures in which the cunning Ulysses fights against the elements and monsters that represent the very life and essence of Greece. Homer's poem, full of avatars, makes us think "... let the past be the past."

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A luxury hotel like the Ritz, located in one of the hearts of Tokyo: Roppongi. Asian luxury to offer all the comforts from the top of a skyscraper (occupies the upper nine floors and the first three levels of the Midtown Tower, 53 floors): its views are unbeatable. Elegant rooms and suites, panoramic views, excellent restaurants, spa, gym and, above all, comfort, two steps from the city's attractions.

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Let's get out of the classic circuits. If Brooklyn has recently sneaked into the Top 10 of what needs to be done when coming to New York, now is the time to expand borders to the north of the island of Manhattan and not just to go to a gospel mass, so that we climb a little more almost to the most northwest tip, to breathe fresh air, enjoy breathtaking views and feel somewhere else for a while.

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A few months ago I stepped on Kenya for the first time. Since the plane landed in Laikipia and I could see the horizon (yes, the horizon, that I had not seen for months) I gave myself. I put my neck to let Africa bite me and inoculate its virus. Every day I was in Africa I slept in places without walls.

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BANGKOK The Thai capital is probably the most intense of the trip. The best and worst of Thailand is concentrated here and can often be too much for the little ones. Run away from the heat, from traffic jams and don't try to walk - let alone push a baby carriage - down its ramshackle and invaded sidewalks.

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Few places are as evocative as Albayzín, with its neighborhood life that does not lose its music for much tourism it receives; few as wild and racial as the Sacramonte, impossible to conceive in any other European city and, of course, few (or none) postcards as idyllic as those of the Alhambra, the Palace of Carlos V and the Generalife Gardens with Sierra Nevada de background.

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Take your eyes off the ground, clean the magnifying glass and reduce the scale, which we map Madrid in two ways: the practicality of a guide map and the aesthetics of an art map. You choose cats. WAU MAPS “We make maps for Madrid people and this is the best way to reach tourists,” says Álvaro Corsini, creator of WAU maps.

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Everything is stimulating and inspiring in Marrakech, one of the four imperial Moroccan cities, always wrapped in a halo of distant exoticism. However ... it is very close. And it is perfect for a weekend city break. Better as a couple. A RESTAURANT As in an oasis, this is how you will feel on the terrace of the restaurant Le Foundouk, contemplating the roofs and minarets of the medina.

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The architecture, witness of everything, is one of its best assets, and gives great moments to the hunters of Art Nouveau details, which is replicated apple after apple in buildings of Ödön Lechner, the Hungarian champion of Jugendstil, and his followers. Unesco has recognized its heritage with mentions of Andrássy Avenue and Heroes' Square, Buda Castle and even the subway, with a historic line for being the second oldest in the world.

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