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Capital of the fiercely proud province of Friesland, the Dutch city is embracing its moment as one of this year’s European Capitals of Culture, with exhibitions, sculptures and cultural centres.
Wilhelminaplein, Leeuwarden

Friesland isn’t like the rest of the Netherlands. The North Sea has shaped this province’s landscape and history, and the area still retains a strong identity — fiercely independent, friendly, freethinking and welcoming. As far back as 1300, the Frisians created a free state, away from centralised authority with their own language, laws, and traditions. Though they’ve been part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for a long time now, the culture and language remains.

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We grab our binoculars and set out to discover the awe-inspiring wildlife of India, scouting out the likes of Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos and snow leopards in some of the subcontinent’s most dramatic national parks. Elsewhere, we explore the winelands of southern Australia; cross the frozen frontier of the Antarctic Circle; and spend a long weekend in the city of Leeuwarden. Other highlights this issue include the Faroe Islands, Tel Aviv, Manhattan, Tokyo and Santiago, while our photo story takes in the fresh air and Alpine beauty of Switzerland.