Russia's capital is now more visitor-friendly than ever, but for a true flavour of what's changing in the city, head to its restaurants.
Moscow today is nothing like the sullen Soviet metropolis of putt-putting Ladas and empty shelves it once was. It is a city of conspicuous abundance, of high-fashion boutiques and bullet-proof cars. It's difficult to think of another city that has undergone such a portentous shift from penury living and authoritarian rationing to luxuriant partying and fluent spending. This is a new Moscow. Something here, is happening.
The resourceful people of the Greek outpost of Corfu are refusing to be cowed by economic strife and are creating a food-lovers' paradise of barter and sustainability in their beautiful island home.
"Oranges, lemons, figs, feta, honey, asparagus, garlic... it's all here," says Spiros Kaloudis. Gesturing to the tubs of local flower honey shortly to be used in the production of his Ionian Epos beer, he smiles proudly.
A city famous for its wine, Bordeaux has long held the attention of the elite. Once among the most celebrated operatic cities in Europe, it has transformed itself into a cultural metropolis. Since appointing Charles Jude as Director in 1996, the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux has ushered in a new era of ballet and helped to shape the city’s now chic and sophisticated reputation within the Arts.
British journalist David J Constable is interviewed about his article "Architecture, academia and the birthplace of democracy: Athens is the grandest open-air university in the world" and asked for his opinion on the pertinent topic of the Elgin Marbles.