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NYT names its '52 Places to Go in 2014'

NYT names its '52 Places to Go in 2014'
14 Jan 2014

When you live in the UK on the Greenwich Meridian, it's easy to see yourself at the centre of the planet. 

However, when it comes to choosing a holiday, it's always good to get the perspective of people in different countries who have different outlooks on the world. 

In that vein, the New York Times has just published its list of '52 Places to Go in 2014', which provides an American perspective on what's hot this year. 

Although the publication surprisingly opted for the same number one as the Guardian - Cape Town - which compiled its own list of 40, that's where the similarities end. 

Christchurch

Second on the NYT list went to Christchurch, a city that is 'experiencing a rebirth with creativity and wit' following a powerful earthquake in 2011. 

Although many of the permanent structures have yet to be rebuilt, a cardboard cathedral, a bar inside a shipping container and temporary gardens built on the site of demolished buildings have breathed new life into the New Zealand city. 

Frankfurt

Number 12 on the list is Frankfurt, a city that is also going through a transitional period. 'Long considered strictly a financial capital', says the NYT, the German transport hub is increasingly appealing to tourists with a surge in openings of hip restaurants and clubs that 'makes the case for permanent placement on the culturati map'. 

Art fans will also be drawn to the 32,000 sq ft underground extension at the Stadel Museum, which opened last year.

Athens

Continuing the theme of recovery and renewal, the NYT says Athens - number 36 of 52 - is 'surging back' after the economic crisis. 

New developments in the Greek capital include the National Museum of Contemporary Art, which is opening this spring on the site of a former brewery, while history buffs will be able to view the continuing restoration of the caryatids - the supporting columns carved in the form of women - at the Acropolis Museum. ADNFCR-408-ID-801681978-ADNFCR

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