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Country Life

Country Life 25-Mar-2020

Published by TI Media Limited Country Life, the quintessential English magazine, is undoubtedly one of the biggest and instantly recognisable brands in the UK today. It has a unique core mix of contemporary country-related editorial and top end property advertising. Editorially, the magazine comments in-depth on a wide variety of subjects, such as architecture, the arts, gardens and gardening, travel, the countryside, field-sports and wildlife. With renowned columnists and superb photography Country Life delivers the very best of British life every week.

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zurich’s wild side

ZURICH has long had a reputation as a city of grey suits, but it would be wrong to dismiss it as dull and boring. Over the years, it was the cradle of Dadaism, the last home of James Joyce and, as I was surprised to discover when living there in recent years, it is now a metropolis with a thriving nightlife. A walk through the city will reveal not only striking art installations (not least Niki de Saint Phalle’s colourful Guardian Angel in Zurich Main’s station concourse), intriguing architecture (such as the Freitag Tower, a panoramic building constructed from former freight-containers, which houses a showroom for must-have bags made from recycled tarpaulin), but also more nightclubs than almost anywhere else in Switzerland—you can find a new bar, club or restaurant seemingly…

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the best places to eat, drink and dance

Zeughauskeller Set in a 15th-century armoury, this popular restaurant serves traditional Swiss dishes (Bahnhofstrasse 28a; www.zeughauskeller.ch) Frau Gerold’s Garten Located in Zurich West, a former industrial wasteland that has been transformed into one of the city’s trendiest neighbourhoods, this is a large and lively beer garden with a restaurant—as well as a handy stop after shopping for accessories at the Freitag Tower (Geroldstrasse 23; www.fraugerold.ch) Talacker Bar This relaxing bar, decked out in old sofas, serves food (Talacker 41; www.talackerbar.ch) Mascotte One of Switzerland’s oldest clubs, it’s still going strong today (Theaterstrasse 10; www.mascotte.ch)…

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Bloomin’ marvellous MEDELLÍN, Colombia, is known as the city of eternal spring for its mild weather and its Botanical Garden has azaleas in bloom nearly all year round, as well as a massive collection of orchids. That said, the best time to visit is early August, when the Feria de las Flores, the Flower Festival takes place: among other events, growers create magnificent displays on chair-like frames called silleteros, which they carry on their backs in a flamboyant parade. Drink with a view SAN DIEGO residents flock across the bay to the historic Hotel Del Coronado for coffee and drinks in a scenic setting. The building is a grand wooden confection dating from the late-Victorian era —its opulent Crown Room is said to be the place where the then Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson…

4 Min.
sailing into the sunset

GLIDING through crystal-clear waters at twilight, gin and tonic in hand, has to be one of life’s greatest pleasures. From May to September, there is nowhere in the world better to sail than the Mediterranean: the sea is clear and calm and the scenery is spectacular. The Med is a Mecca for super-yachts in summertime, but, as Alasdair Pritchard from Knight Frank’s Private Office (020–3553 7755) points out, only very few people can afford a vessel large enough to be comfortable for any length of time: ‘The majority of those who sail prefer to own a villa on the water, and charter boats as they go along,’ he notes. So where are the best locations from which you can easily get out on the waves? ‘From May to September, there is…

5 Min.
city of dreams

THE cool grey city of love is certainly urban. Yet it is the place for people who don’t like cities, who long for fresh air, dog walks, open spaces and endless views. San Francisco, or SF—never San Fran or Frisco—has a unique character, preserved from untrammelled development in much of its 49 square mile demesne by the simple fact that it’s bounded on three sides by the sea. Only in its southern environs, where neighbourhoods stretch down the Peninsula to merge eventually with tech capital Palo Alto, does it become more akin to other urban areas. In SF proper, SoMa (south of Market, the long street that cuts diagonally through the city’s road map from Twin Peaks to the Ferry Building) is the epicentre of new building, with skyscrapers springing up so…

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property: the new gold rush

In the past 10 years, the property market across San Francisco has changed dramatically: prices per square foot are up nearly 100% (from $510 to just over $1,000). In 2010, an average property cost San Franciscans $954,000; today, that has risen to $1.929m. The reasons for this have been well publicised: despite its relatively small size (it’s the 15th largest city in the US), the Californian hub dominates the technology industry, with Silicon Valley lying less than 40 miles down the road. Prosperity generated in both that industry and among the venture capitalists that followed in its wake has spawned a new subset of people dubbed the ‘nouveau wealthy’. ‘Where buyers in San Francisco were once labelled as “blue collar” or “white collar”, this new segment can be typified as “no…