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14 April 2016
This week is all about how we experience our cities. We discover the joys of urban tree-climbing, hop over to sunny Portugal with our Lisbon Passport and hear the sounds of the Amazon in Times Square.
14 April 2016
On average 300,000 people walk through Times Square each day; on a busy day that number can exceed 460,000. The Times Square Arts programme makes this busy place a little more friendly and this April it has teamed up with Soundwalk Collective to bring the sounds of the Amazon to the streets.
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There are a few different ways to explore a city: getting lost as you discover hidden pockets; tagging along with locals; or religiously following your favourite travel guide. Now another option has been added to the Portuguese capital: Lisbon Passport.
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Above our heads is a place to escape from the hustle and bustle: our city's trees. Jack Cooke, author of the ‘The Tree Climber’s Guide’, urges us to release our inner gibbon. Monocle’s Bill Leuty takes a leafy tour.
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