Open Jaw: Why Dali work is no longer at 'the centre of the universe'
Saturday 18 December 2010
I wonder when you were last in Perpignan? I was there in July to find that the famed Dali monument atop the railway station at "the centre of the universe" is no longer there. It's a shame they've moved it; it took me a while to track it down as nobody at the railway station knew what had happened to it.
It was only when I went to the downtown Office de Tourisme in Place Arago, to ask after its fate that a kind member of their information staff was able to proudly show me its present site – hidden among a lot of palm fronds on the roof of the modern pavilion-style building which houses the tourist office and some restaurants.
It was much surely more surrealistic atop the SNCF station, where it looked as if Dali was about to tumble down off the roof (into the next world?); today it is very hard to discern. Strange, given that everyone in that part of France still talks about it and the railway station when the topic of Perpignan arises!
High-speed rail – to Geneva, Figueres and beyond
The opening (as a main-line route) of the Haut-Bugey line cuts the distance from Paris to Geneva and also includes some quite spectacular viaducts through great scenery. The Paris-Figueres train is easily combined with a connecting express service to Barcelona. The high-speed journey is now bookable at tgv-europe. com from €67.70. I recommend investing a bit more in a top-deck table for two in first class, from €84.
Mark Smith, 'The Man in Seat 61'
City in the snow: Vancouver
This article displays a strangely London-centric view of direct flight opportunities to Vancouver. Perhaps your contributor considers that no one north of the capital has the necessary cash, or inclination, to travel to Vancouver. I would expect your contributor to at least offer the information that Canadian Affair fly direct to Vancouver from Manchester and Glasgow, as well as London Gatwick.
We didn't include these Manchester and Glasgow flights because they are summer only, and start again in May.
easyJet flies to Jordan
Sounds brilliant. Petra is on my to-do-list and now it is available on the cheap.
Street food in Austin
You should've tried Hey Cupcake! on South Congress Avenue. So delicious.
See sales in the Seychelles
Beautiful place, I cannot recommend it enough. The lobster is to die for.
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