Cover Preview: Science Magazine – February 11

City Walking Tours: Bath In Southwestern England

Bath, city, unitary authority of Bath and North East Somerset, historic county of Somerset, southwestern England. Bath lies astride the River Avon (Lower, or Bristol, Avon) in a natural arena of steep hills. It was built of local limestone and is one of the most elegant and architecturally distinguished of British cities. Its 16th-century abbey church of St. Peter and St. Paul is late Perpendicular Gothic and is noted for its windows, but it is the wealth of classical Georgian buildings mounting the steep valley sides that gives Bath its distinction. The city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.

Medieval Bath, incorporated by charter in 1189, shared in the west-of-England wool trade and later in the cloth trade, but the baths, although still used by royalty, were poorly maintained. When portions of the Roman baths were rediscovered in 1755, Bath had already revived as a spa. In its heyday as a fashionable resort—presided over by the social figure Richard (“Beau”) Nash, one of the greatest English dandies—the Elizabethan town was rebuilt and extended in Palladian style by the architects John Wood the Elder and Younger and their patron, Ralph Allen, who provided the stone from his local quarries and built the mansion of Prior Park (1735–48) overlooking the city. In 1769–74 Robert Adam built Pulteney Bridge to connect Bath with the new suburb of Bathwick across the River Avon.

Travel Guide: 15 Things To Do In Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg is an Austrian city on the border of Germany, with views of the Eastern Alps. The city is divided by the Salzach River, with medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank, facing the 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on its right. The Altstadt birthplace of famed composer Mozart is preserved as a museum displaying his childhood instruments.

In this video, we’ll be showing you some of the things you can do in Salzburg during your visit. We’ll tour the cliff top fortress and all the museums it holds within, we’ll explore cemeteries and early Christian catacombs carved into the rock, we’ll enjoy views of the old town with its Baroque architecture, domes and spires. Plus we’ll also give you a few ideas of some Austrian foods to try and some easy day trips you can go on.

00:53 – Ride the funicular 01:06 – Hohensalzburg Fortress 04:42 – Petersfriedhof and Catacombs 06:49 – Salzburg Cathedral 07:54 – Sphaera Sculpture 08:48 – Mönchsberg 09:47 – Austrian foods to try 12:13 – Mozart’s Home 12:35 – Mozart Square 12:45 – Kollegienkirche 13:25 – Stroll along Salzach River 13:57 – Mirabell Palace and Gardens 15:57 – Salzach Island Bar 16:35 – Werfen Day Trip 17:28 – Gaisberg Hiking Day Trip 18:08 – Transportation in Salzburg

Caribbean Stays: Cap Maison On Saint Lucia

Cap Maison, an iconic boutique hotel on the North of the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, is a perfect example.

Quietly understated with staff so full of joy, it was hard not to be swept along with the wonderful atmosphere, as you soak up  jaw-dropping views out to sea and bask in the sound of waves that are audible — and visible —  from the vast beds, fitted with cloud-like bedding.

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Views: The Gondolas And Canals Of Venice, Italy

The gondola is a traditional venetian boat used to move around the city of Venice Italy. In the absence of roads, the inhabitants couldn’t use horses, and the size of the canals required a thin and flat bottomed embarcation. The venitian gondola surely answers all those problems.

The construction of a gondola requires a lot of time ( about a year ) and some well selected pieces of wood (8 different types). The craftsman starts by building the skeleton, then adds the sides and keeps building on top of the structure.

Morning News: Elections In India, Selling Oil & Gas Assets, Democracy Index

The state-legislature poll in Uttar Pradesh is in effect a vote on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s increasingly stringent Hindu-national agenda—and will hint at his party’s chances in 2024. 

Oil majors are getting points for selling off their dirtiest oil-and-gas operations; we ask who is buying them. And which countries are up and which are down in our annual Democracy Index

Winter Walks: Södermalm In Stockholm, Sweden (4K)

Södermalm [sødərˈmalm] (or just Söder) is the southern borough of central Stockholm, consisting of the island of Södermalm proper, two smaller islands connected to it from the west (Långholmen [ˈlɔŋˈhɔlmən] and Reimersholme [rejməʂˈhɔlmə]), as well as the neighbourhood of Hammarby Sjöstad on the opposite bank of the Hammarby Sjö in the east, which is a redeveloped former industrial area that was transformed into a model sustainable residential community.