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Calgary, Cape Town feature in NY Times' '52 Places to Go in 2014'

The skyline of downtown Calgary, Alberta. - Wikimedia Commons
The skyline of downtown Calgary, Alberta.
— image credit: Wikimedia Commons

In case you're of the impression that The Gray Lady is, well, grey, I have some news for you: it's new, it's beautiful, and it can still be the perfect doctor to prescribe your wanderlust.

The New York Times has published its list of '52 Places to Go in 2014', using the newspaper's newfound 'longform' style that it has previously applied to several well-read features in the past year.

From a profile of the 'Flying Tomato' (Shaun White) to 'Snow Fall', the Times has rethought digital and creatively so.

And for a mentally traveling person like myself, who adores style as much as substance (Ocean's Twelve over Michael Clayton any day of the week), the Times's top-down, beautiful scroll is perfect. And the paper has committed to using Woody Allen's favourite font, Windsor-EF Elongated, which is a plus if you're used to Pages and Keynote. (Just saying.)

The '52 Places' bit starts with Cape Town, South Africa and a big, booming photo of that city. Cape Town is No. 1 in the Lady's list of the top destinations for Twenty-Fourteen.

Then, it moves on to Christchurch, New Zealand – at No. 2 – and a photo that actually looks like what you would imagine when someone says to you, "Christ-Church".

Then it's onto the North Coast of California – No. 3 – and the article's first GIF.

From there, the Times ties knots through and around the world. Calgary is the only Canadian city to place on the list, sandwiched at No. 17 between Scotland (16) and Ishigaki, Japan (18).

"Flush with oil money, Calgary has morphed from ho-hum city on the prairie into a cultural hub, with offerings far beyond the Stampede, the annual rodeo and festival," write Times reporter Elisabeth Eaves.

(*Read the U.S. and Canada list here...)

More on Calgary:

"Locals stroll over the tubular Peace Bridge, designed by Santiago Calatrava, opened in 2012. Public art is part of life; in 2013 Jaume Plensa completed Wonderland, a 39-foot-tall steel mesh head installed in front of the new skyline-transforming Norman Foster-designed Bow Tower. They join beloved cultural institutions like the One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theater, whose dancer and choreographer Denise Clarke was in December named to the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest honors."

Every city on this list is a notable. A few that stuck out to me:

(*All photos from Wikimedia Commons)

4. The Albanian Coast

Albania Coast

5. Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown L.A.

10. Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam Netherlands

12. Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt

36. Athens

Athens

45. Nepal

Nepal

46. Vienna

Vienna Palace

49. St. Petersburg, Florida

St Petersburg Florida

And here's another photo of No. 1 Cape Town, with a view over the 'City Bowl':

Cape Town South Africa

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