6 European alternatives to New York
FOR THE SKYSCRAPERS
It’s not half bad, the Frankfurt skyline (pictured). View from the water at night, with eyes half-closed, and bingo – you could be standing on a ferry off Battery Park. When the city’s planned Millennium Tower is completed it will be the tallest in Europe and almost as lofty as the Empire State Building.
FOR THE PARK LIFE
They don’t have a river running through Valencia, they have a 7km-long, 150m-wide park, with bridges over it and everything. It’s a mecca for cyclists and joggers, and you don’t need to be on CSI to work out you’re standing on the old Turia riverbed – the waters having been diverted after the city flooded in 1957.
FOR THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
When France gave the Big Apple that lady-shaped slab of copper to stick in New York Harbor, they kept a copy for themselves. This mini-version now stands in the Jardin du Luxembourg, but a mildly diverting day’s entertainment can also be had spotting replicas at the Pont de Grenelle, Musée des Arts et Métiers, and Pont de l’Alma tunnel – the latter a life-sized copy of the flame.
FOR THE IRISH EXPERIENCE
It’s said that Irish expats once accounted for a quarter of all the people living in New York – even now you don’t have to go far in the city to find somewhere painted shamrock green and selling Guinness. But we’ll let you in on a little secret: you can get that in Ireland.
FOR THE YELLOW CABS
Well, yellow and black, really, but it’s a pleasingly familiar look and if your driver refuses to go more than a few dozen blocks north after dark, you really could be in Manhattan. “Follow that car!”, should you need it, is “Siga ese coche!”.
FOR THE WATERSIDE VIBE
You’re never more than a kilometre or two from the water in Manhattan, and the same can be said of Stockholm, which embraces its geographical wetness with all the fervour of Venice. The city’s stylish Gondolen bar off ers breathtaking views of sea and sky.