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24 Hours in Adelaide

Adelaide’s graceful colonial-era buildings are elegantly laid out in leafy parkland beside the River Torrens, but its small-city charm can be deceiving: the capital of South Australia has a vibrant multi-ethnic population, a liking for pop-up shops and experimental festivals, and a thriving live music scene. Its inner-city laneways buzz with restaurants and cafés, while good museums prove the city’s cultural bent. This is one of Australia’s most agreeable urban destinations, made for laid-back lingering.

24 Hours in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has so much visual ambition it’s hard to know where to start. The dream-like hotels and restaurants of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. The impossible rides and theme-park attractions of Universal City and Anaheim. The unrivalled Pacific-coast sunsets from the palm tree-lined hills of Griffith Park. It’s a city to be savoured, rather than rushed around, revealing its very best only when you know where to go.

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24 Hours in Edinburgh

Crime fiction writer Ian Rankin once described Edinburgh as “a city the size of a town that feels like a village”. Certainly, this UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Site offers both the cool cosmopolitan delights of a capital city – a hub for culture, education, and high-tech start-ups – alongside more low-key aspects of village life. It’s also an eminently walkable city in terms of scale – as long as you don’t mind climbing steep hills, that is!

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24 Hours in Durban

The biggest city in the South African province KwaZulu-Natal, Durban is a melting-pot of rich and diverse cultures. The Zulu name for Durban is eThekwini, which is derived from itheku, meaning ‘bay’ or ‘lagoon’. A major centre for manufacturing and tourism, and the busiest port in South Africa, Durban is also home to many coffee shops, art galleries, markets, beautiful beaches, and wonderful weather – it’s perfect to visit all year round.

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24 Hours in Boston

Home to some of the USA’s best seafood, universities, and sports teams, Boston is both a cosmopolitan hub and an unimposing small town. Walkable from end to end in just a couple of hours, the city is divided into several distinct neighbourhoods, each with its own flair. While the North End is home to the city’s vibrant Italian population, the South End is where the city’s arts community chooses to roost.

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24 hours in Copenhagen

As well as being the cultural, economic, and political centre of Denmark, Copenhagen is also a paradise for lovers of art and design, combining a traditional, maritime atmosphere with modern Danish architecture to form a unique and beautiful cityscape. In recent years, Copenhagen has emerged as a true gourmet destination and can pride itself on being the home of many world-class restaurants. The city’s very own brand of effortless style and low-key sophistication make this Nordic capital worth a visit.

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24 hours in New York City

It’s called ‘the city that never sleeps’, and for good reason. New York City defines energy, and any visitor to the city absorbs this immediately. The USA’s largest city since 1790, New York has become an international cultural, political, and financial epicentre. More than a third of its residents were born outside the country, and more than 170 languages are spoken. From food to the arts, diversity is New York’s brand.

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24 Hours in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city proud of its past, with a rich history built on maritime trade and a long tradition of excellence in the arts, especially painting. Yet the Dutch city is also a forward-looking place, full of hot young designers, recently redeveloped museums, and progressive ideas. Quirky, innovative, and fun, Amsterdam is best enjoyed with a slow pedal by bicycle, a stroll along its canals, or an hour spent on a café terrace watching the world go by.

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24 hours in Jakarta

Known as the ‘Big Durian’, Jakarta is a hot, bustling, eclectic cultural melting pot of a metropolis, with a smorgasbord of choices to indulge the intrepid traveller. Packed with skyscrapers juxtaposed with street vendors, Jakarta is a city of traditions and contrasts. You will find five-star restaurants to satiate your culinary demands alongside behemoth malls filled with designer shops, and markets where you can haggle over a rupiah or two.

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24 Hours in Barcelona

Barcelona is nestled snugly between pine-clad hills and the twinkling embrace of the Mediterranean Sea.

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24 Hours in Chicago

In 2015, all eyes are on the USA’s new ‘It’ city: Chicago. The ‘Second City’ (behind New York) has seen an influx of trendy restaurants, luxury shops, and swanky high-rise skyscrapers recently. But where Chicago shines is its down-to-earth, everyman sensibility mixed with its unabashed lifelong love for architecture, urban planning, and design. When winter whips in off icy Lake Michigan, tough Midwesterners just throw on an extra layer or head inside those beautiful buildings.

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