Escaping the city
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8 September 2016
City life can be a little full on. We find out why it feels good to get away from the concrete, the crowds and the chaos and highlight a few quiet spots in which to slow down before getting back to the bustle of our cities.
8 September 2016
We find out why it feels good to escape the city. What is it that makes us feel relaxed when we get away from the concrete, the crowds and the chaos? Zoe Nalian speaks to University of Sydney professor Phil McManus to find the answers.
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Photo: Barbara Eckstein
Rio de Janeiro is a huge metropolitan area with a population of more than 11 million but just off the coast of the city centre sits a quiet and secluded island that feels like a paradise miles away from any kind of urban metropolis. Monocle’s Rio correspondent Sheena Rossiter samples the serenity of Ilha de Paquetá or Paquetá Island.
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For some people a simple weekend getaway isn’t enough. Peter Crosby finds out why a new wave of New Yorkers are leaving the city behind for good, finding a home and looking to start small businesses in a rural area two hours from the city.
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